Luke Bryan Earns First #1, Jimi Hendrix Still Rocks Charts 42 Years After Death

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Billboard Hot 200 - Luke Bryan, Jimi Hendrix

Luke Bryan is #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart, Jimi Hendrix secures #2 spot with new album

Country singer Luke Bryan has earned his first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his compilation album, Spring Break…Here to Party, which features songs from his first four spring break-themed EPs, plus two new songs, “Buzzkill” and “Just a Sip.”

According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album pushed a total of 150,000 copies in it’s first week, which also marks the singer’s best sales week yet.

Released between 2009 and 2012, the four EPs have sold a combined 145,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan, and were only available as downloads.

His last studio album, 2011’s Tailgates & Tanlines, bowed at the #2 spot with sales of 145,000 copies, just 5,000 copies short of his current record.

Icon and gone-too-soon artist Jimi Hendrix holds the #2 spot on the chart with his new album, People, Hell and Angels, with a total of 72,000 copies.

The album contains a total of 12 previously unreleased studio recordings completed by Hendrix between 1968 and 1970. His last album to chart this high was Electric Ladyland, which spent two weeks at #1 in November of 1968.

Hendrix most recently visited the top 10 of the chart when another from-the-vaults album, 2010’s Valleys of Neptune, debuted and peaked at #4 with a 95,000 start.

Rounding out the top 10 this week is last week’s chart topper Bruno Mars, with his second studio album Unorthodox Jukebox, at #3 with 51,000 copies, with Mumford & Sons’ Babel sitting at the #4 spot with 35,000 copies.

Newly successful duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hold the #5 spot with their album, The Heist, selling 29,000 this week, and Rihanna‘s seventh studio album, Unapologetic, rises from #9 to #6 with 29,000 as well.

Country duo, Florida Georgia Line hits a new peak on the Billboard 200, as their debut full-length album, Here’s to the Good Times, jumps from #18 to #7 with 26,000. While Imagine DragonsNight Visions rallies from #15 to #8 with 26,000 copies.

Holding the #9 spot is Now 45, which spends its 10th week on the chart with 24,000 copies and the Lumineer‘s self-titled album falls from #7 to #10 with 24,000 copies. Thoughts?

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