Bryan keeps top spot on Billboard album chart


LOS ANGELES — Country singer Luke Bryan topped the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday for the second consecutive week, denying singer-songwriter John Mayer’s latest album the No. 1 spot in its first week.


Bryan’s Crash My Party sold 159 000 copies in the past week after tallying 527 000 in sales the prior week, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan.

Mayer’s sixth studio album, Paradise Valley, sold 144 000 in its first week on the chart. Four of Mayer’s six albums have topped the weekly US album chart.

Half of the albums to reach Billboard’s top 10 did so in their first week of sales, including three debut studio albums.

R&B super-group TGT, composed of singers Tyrese, Ginuwine, and Tank, landed at number, selling 76 000 copies of their debut album Three Kings in its first week.

Teenage rapper Earl Sweatshirt’s first album, Doris, sold 49 000 copies, which was good enough for number five, while A$AP Ferg’s debut album, Trap Lord, entered the chart at number nine with 39 000 copies sold.

Veteran singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett’s 27th studio album, Songs from St. Somewhere, sold 55 000 copies in its opening week, reaching number four.

Pop singer Katy Perry still holds the top spot on the digital songs chart as her new single Roar sold 392 000 copies last week, a week-over-week decline of 30%.

Year-to-date album sales are down 6% to 181 million, while year-to-date digital song downloads are off 3% to 865,4 million.