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Country Star Luke Bryan ‘Party’ Crashes to the Top

As anticipated, country star Luke Bryan’s new “Crash My Party” debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart behind a socko first week.

Bryan’s Capitol Nashville collection took the top slot with 528,000 sold out of the box, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending Aug. 18. That tally is the third-best debut number for a 2013 release: “Party” trails only Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (968,000 units) and Jay Z’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail” (528,000).

It’s Bryan’s second No. 1 set: 2011’s “Tailgates and Tanlines” also bowed at the top, and has shifted more than 2 million copies to date.

The frame’s only other top 10 debut was R&B thrush K. Michelle’s “Rebellious Soul” (Atlantic), which trailed Bryan’s collection at a distant No. 2 with a 72,000-week score. It is the formal full-length debut of the singer, who was featured on VH1’s “Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta.”

The remainder of the week’s bestsellers saw little sales action. Running out the top five were the “Now 47” compilation (No. 3, 52,000 sold, down 37%), Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (No. 4, 48,000, off 26%), and “The Civil Wars” (No. 5, 39,000, down 66%).

Filling out the top 10 were “Magna Carta…Holy Grail” (No. 6, 37,000, off 23%), the “Teen Beach Movie” soundtrack (No. 7, 33,000, down 13%), Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s to the Good Times” (No. 8, 31,000, up 19%), Imagine Dragons’ “Night Vision” (No. 9, 27,000, down 26%) and Five Finger Death Punch’s “The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell” (No. 10, 22,000, off 38%).

“Paradise Valley,” the latest from singer-guitarist John Mayer, is the top contender for a big debut next week.

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