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Bryan crashes the top again

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 – Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" continues the party for Bryan because it will be number one for a second straight week on the Billboard 200, selling 159,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Bryan's sales were down 70 percent.

The disc becomes only the sixth out of 29 to spend more than one week at number one this year.

John Mayer debuted in second with "Paradise Valley."

Jimmy Buffett was fourth with "Songs From St. Somewhere" with 55,000 units. This is Buffett's 11th top 10 release dating back to 1978's "Son of a Son of a Sailor," which was 10th.

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