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Luke Bryan, Jimi Hendrix Reign Atop Album Chart

“Spring Break…Here to Party,” a compilation by country singer Luke Bryan, entered at No. 1 on the U.S. album chart last week, trailed by a collection of Jimi Hendrix material that became the late guitar icon’s highest-charting album in 44 years.

“Spring Break,” which collects the contents of Bryan’s party-themed Capitol Nashville EPs released in digital-only in March the past four years, shifted 150,000 copies in its physical debut, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending March 10.

The comp, which includes two newly recorded numbers, is the vocalist’s first No. 1 release and his highest-charting entry; his last studio album “Tailgates & Tanlines” peaked at No. 2 in 2011. In its 83rd week, that set stands at No. 41 on the current chart.

Hendrix’s “People, Hell and Angels” (Experience Hendrix/Sony Legacy) arrived at No. 2, tracking sales of 72,000 in its debut week. In terms of chart position, it is second only to the two-LP 1968 release “Electric Ladyland,” which commanded the No. 1 slot for two weeks.

Hendrix died in 1970; 10 collections of previously unreleased studio material have been issued since then. The last posthumous Hendrix collection, “Valleys of Neptune,” peaked at No. 4 in 2010, but with a higher first-week tally of 95,000 units.

Filling out the top five were last week’s No. 1 set, Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (No. 3, 51,000 sold, down 46%), Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” (No. 4, 35,000, off 18%) and Macklemore & Rayn Lewis’ “The Heist” (No. 5, 29,000, down 29%).

Online sale pricing afforded bumps to some of the remaining albums in the national top 10. Filling out the list were Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” (No. 6, 29,000, up 1%), Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s to the Good Times” (No. 7, 26,000, up 21%), Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” (No. 8, 26,000, up 8%), the “Now 45” compilation (No. 9, 24,000, off 25%) and “The Lumineers” (No. 10, 24,000. Down 22%).

New titles by Bon Jovi and David Bowie will likely make their way into the top 10 in the coming week.

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