Luke Bryan may be leaving behind the beach on his latest LP, but the release is springing him into the record books. The Georgia native’s Spring Break… Checkin’ Out album debuts at Number One this week on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart, while his Spring Break… The Set List: The Complete Spring Break Collection ZinePak comes in at Number Five. According to Billboard, Bryan is now the first artist ever to score two Top Five debuts on that chart simultaneously.
Checkin’ Out…, which is a reissue of last year’s Spring Break 6… Like We Ain’t Ever EP with five new tunes added to it, is the third in the Spring Break series to top the country chart. The Spring Break… Here to Party compilation in 2013, along with Spring Break 6 and Checkin’ Out… have all reached Number One. The latest LP also bows at Number Three on the multi-genre Billboard 200.
Spring Break…Checkin’ Out was celebrated with concerts at Spinnaker Beach Club in Panama City Beach, Florida, March 11th and 12th, with more than 400,000 fans in attendance, outdoing last year’s shows there, which attracted a crowd of 230,000. Bryan announced earlier this year that the concerts and subsequent recorded projects would be the last-ever in his Spring Break canon.
“My fans have been so wonderful to embrace these special Spring Break albums over the last seven years,” Bryan noted in a statement. “We’ve created a lot of amazing memories writing these songs and performing them at the beach shows in Florida. Those concerts are among the most enjoyable of my career!”
With nearly 89,000 copies of the latest LP (and 6,000 copies of The Set List) sold, Bryan has now exceeded sales of 1.2 million with all his Spring Break-themed releases in the five years since his first, Spring Break… With All My Friends, in 2009. The superstar entertainer has notched a total of five Number One albums on the country chart throughout his career, including 2011’s Tailgates and Tanlines and Crash My Party in 2013.
In May, Bryan wraps his That’s My Kind of Night Tour, just before launching the Kick the Dust Up Tour, which begins on May 8th in Grand Forks, North Dakota. In 2014, 1.7 million fans attended his live shows.