Luke Bryan’s new album debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Jimi Hendrix reaches No. 2

By Daniel S Levine,

Country star Luke Bryan’s latest album, Spring Break … Here To Party debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, becoming the singer’s first No. 1 album. His main competition this week was new music from an artist who died over 40 years ago - Jimi Hendrix.

Spring Break sold 150,000 copies this past week, according to Nielsen SoundScan numbers, notes Billboard. The album, a compilation of tracks from his Spring Break EPs, earned his best sales week, topping Tailgates & Tanlines’ No. 2 debut in 2011. Tailgates debuted to 145,000 copies when it was released.

Hendix’s People, Hell and Angels reached No. 2 with 72,000 copies sold in its first week. The album is a collection of unreleased recordings dating to 1968-1970. This was his first time in the top 2 on the chart since Electric Ladyland reached No. 1 in 1968. His last time in the Top 5 was for the 2010 release Valleys of Neptune, which sold 94,000 copies in its debut and reached No. 4.

The rest of the Top 10 included:
Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox (51,000)
Mumford & Sons’ Babel (35,000)
Macklemore & Ray Lewis’ The Heist (29,000)
Rihanna’s Unapologetic (29,000)
Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the good times (26,000)
Now 45 (24,000)
The Lumineers (24,000)

According to MTV, Macklemore & Ray Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” earned the top spot on the Digital Songs Chart again with 306,000 downloads. It’s been at the top for nine weeks now. Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” was at No. 4, while Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason” jumped 17 slots to No. 8.



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