Alabama posts its best rank and sales week in seven years on Top Country Albums, as "Alabama & Friends" bows at No. 2 with 32,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The collaborative tribute set is the group's 42nd charted title on the survey.
With a career-best rank and biggest sales week on Top Country Albums (14,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan), country rap/southern rock duo the Lacs (Clay Sharpe and Brian King) draw Hot Shot Debut applause at No. 3 with their third album, "Keep it Redneck." Their previous best was No. 16 with "190 Proof," which debuted in April 2012 with 7,000 sold.
As previously reported, Luke Bryan's "Crash My Party" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums with the third-largest sales week of the year: just less than 528,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Buddy Guy nets his highest charting album ever on the Billboard 200, Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" nets the longest streak of 20,000-plus sales weeks this year, and Bruno Mars' incredible run in the top 20 continues as his album spends its 34th week in the top 20.
As Robin Thicke tops both the Billboard 200 albums chart and the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart this week, he's the first artist to concurrently reign at No. 1 on both tallies since December 2012. And Maroon 5 claims its eighth career top 10 single, as "Love Somebody" rises 14-10.
Country Music Hall of Fame honoree Vince Gill and steel guitar master Paul Franklin bow at No. 4 on Top Country Albums with "Bakersfield," a collaborative tribute set honoring the city's two biggest musical figures, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens.