Luke Bryan's 'Crash My Party' Still

Country singer still top on U.S. album charts

Despite a strong challenge from a new John Mayer release and an influx of five fresh titles into the top 10, country singer Luke Bryan held onto his No. 1 perch on the U.S. album chart last week.

Bryan’s “Crash My Party” (Capitol Nashville) suffered a steep 70% sales decline, but still retained the apex of the chart in its second stanza with 159,9000 units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Aug. 25. The release debuted with a 528,000-unit frame.

Singer-guitarist Mayer’s “Paradise Valley” (Columbia) was the bestseller among four new albums that crowded into the top five. His sixth studio album rang up 144,000 copies in its debut week. “Paradise Valley” matched the peak of 2006’s “Continuum”; his last two sets, “Born and Raised” (2012) and “Battle Studies” (2009), reached No. 1, though both witnessed a large dropoff in sales in comparison to previous releases.

“Three Kings” (Atlantic), the aptly named debut by R&B supergroup TGT, bowed at No. 3 with a 76,000-copy tally. It’s the first offering by the vocal trio of Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank, all of whom boast platinum track records on their own.

Jimmy Buffett’s Parrothead faithful lofted the singer-songwriter’s “Songs From St. Somewhere” (Mailboat) onto the chart at No. 4 with 55,000 sold. It matches the peak of the easy-going singer-songwriter’s 2006 opus “Take the Weather With You.”

Odd Future posse member Earl Sweatshirt made his formal album debut with “Doris” (Columbia), which leaped in at No. 5, tracking 49,000. The rapper (born Thebe Neruda Kgositsile) released his debut set “Earl” as a free download on the L.A. group’s web site in 2010.

Rapper A$AP Ferg rounded out the week’s debuts, claiming No. 9 with “Trap Lord” (RCA), which sold 32,000. It is the Harlem hip-hopper’s first full-length release.

The week’s other holdover top-10 titles included Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (no. 6, 46,000 sold, down just 5%), the “Now 47” compilation (No. 7, 33,000, off 36%), the “Teen Beach Movie” soundtrack (No. 8, 32,000, down 2%) and Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” (No. 10, 30,000, off 21%).

Metal unit Avenged Sevenfold is a likely candidate for top 10 dominance next week.

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