Luke Bryan's compilation "Spring Break...Here to Party" debuts at the top of the album chart this week, giving the country singer his first ever Billboard 200 No. 1 album. Its impressive 150,000 units sales was enough to beat the 72,000 total posted by the late Jimi Hendrix's posthumously-released new album "People, Hell and Angels".
Both debuts duplicate previous records set by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson with his "This Is It" album. Bryan's album is the latest compilation by a single artist to reach the top of the charts, the last one before it being MJ's "This Is It" soundtrack, which also debuted at No. 1 when it was first released.
As for Hendrix, his new album follows Jackson's also posthumously-released "This Is It" to reach the runner-up spot when it spent two weeks at No. 2 back in November 2009. Although it fails to earn the top spot, it marks Hendrix's highest-charting album in 44 years, since the iconic rocker's untimely demise.
Meanwhile, the rest of the top ten features both mainstays and a couple of returnees. Last week's No. 1, Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" falls to No. 3, down 46% with 51,000, while Mumford & Sons' Grammy Award-winning album "Babel" moves down one spot from No. 3 to No. 4 with 35,000 for an 18% decline. It bumps last week's No. 4, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" to the fifth spot, which with 29,000 copies sold is down 30%. The only climber is Rihanna's "Unapologetic", which is up three spots from No. 9 to No. 6, maintaining the 29,000 total she set last week.
Country duo Florida Georgia Line's debut album "Here's to the Good Times" enters the top 10 at No. 7 from its last week ranking of No. 18 with 26,000, up by 21%. Posting an 8% increase and almost similar 26,000 sales result is Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" which climbs to No. 8 from No. 15.
Rounding up the top ten this week with almost identical 24,000 sales totals are the "Now 45" album which drops from No. 6 to No. 9 (down 25%) and The Lumineers' self-titled album which also moves three places down from No. 7 to No. 10 (down 22%).