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Luke Bryan’s ‘Crash My Party’ Debuts at No. 1

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Luke Bryan is undoubtedly in a celebratory mood. The Georgia native’s latest album, ‘Crash My Party,’ not only debuted at No. 1, but also earned gold status, selling more than 500,000 units in its first week of release.

With 528,000 copies sold since the CD hit shelves on August 13, Bryan’s first-week sales are the third highest of the year, coming in behind  Justin Timberlake‘s ‘The 20/20 Experience’ and only slightly behind Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail,’ which also sold 528,000 copies during its first week’s release.

According to Billboard magazine, Bryan’s sales record is the biggest sales peak for a male country artist since 2004, when Tim McGraw‘s hit, ‘Live Like You were Dying,’ sold an impressive 766,000 units. Bryan also matches only one other country artist — Taylor Swift — who has sold more than 500,000 records in one week since 2008. Swift’s last three albums — ‘Fearless,’ ‘Speak Now’ and ‘Red’ — have each sold half a million copies in their debut week.

The 37-year-old admits he was motivated by the success of his previous album, ‘Tailgates & Tanlines,’ while he was working on ‘Crash My Party.’

“There’s always added pressure, but you just have to work harder,” he tells The Boot. “I wouldn’t say I was nervous. I was just motivated to work harder and try to beat ‘Tailgates and Tanlines.’ At the end of the day, if it does better, it does better, if not, I’ve still got wonderful loyal fans out there that are going to be excited about hearing new music.”

The title track of the album also soared to the top of the charts. Bryan will continue his Dirt Road Diaries tour this weekend with shows in New York and New Jersey. See all of his upcoming concerts here.

Next: The Top 10 Luke Bryan Songs

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