For the third time in his meteoric career, Luke Bryan tops the multi-genre Billboard 200 album chart as Kill the Lights holds the Number One spot in its debut week. Perhaps even more significantly, Bryan’s chart berth prevents hip-hop icon Dr. Dre from claiming the pole position, although that album is currently only available for streaming via Apple Music.
Kill the Lights, which also becomes Bryan’s sixth Number One album on the country chart, shifted a total of 345,000 units, according to Billboard, whereas Dre’s Compton racked up a total of 295,000 units sold. The superstar entertainer also enjoys the largest sales week for a country LP in nearly two years, coming in second to his now-double-platinum Crash My Party, released in August 2013. In that LP’s first week, Bryan debuted at Number One (on both the country chart and Billboard 200) with 528,000 copies sold.
It’s been an eventful year already for the Georgia native. His Kick the Dust Up Tour is now underway and in March he packed up the last of his wildly popular series of Spring Break EPs to focus on what would become his fifth full-length studio album. Yet, the fun-loving performer insists his approach to Kill the Lights echoes what he has always worked toward when putting together an LP.
“The subject matters will obviously grow beyond Spring Break subject matters,” Bryan tells Rolling Stone Country. “But for the most part, I’m still going to have fun with my music and always try to write that song that makes everybody dance and have a good time.”
On August 21st, Bryan’s tour begins a two-night stint at Atlanta’s Philips Arena in the singer’s home state. See more of his tour dates here.