Luke Bryan Bound for First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart
The country star will notch the top spot with his "Spring Break" compilation.
Country star Luke Bryan is headed for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Label sources say his new compilation "Spring Break . . . Here to Party" may sell a bit over 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 10.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, March 13.
Bryan's new 14-song set is mostly a compilation of tracks previously released on his four earlier "Spring Break"-themed EPs -- all of which were only available as digital releases. Released between 2009 and 2012, the four earlier EPs have sold a combined 145,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Unlike the four EPs, the new "Spring Break . . . Here to Party" album is available as both a download and a physical CD. Of its 14 cuts, two of them are newly recorded tunes specifically for the album.
Bryan is currently on tour and at work recording his fourth studio album, the follow-up to 2011's "Tailgates & Tanlines." That set debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and was the 8th-biggest selling album of 2012 overall, according to SoundScan. It moved 1.1 million last year.
One more album is on course for a top 10 debut next week: Jimi Hendrix's "People, Hell and Angels." The set contains 12 previously unreleased studio recordings completed by Hendrix between 1968 and 1970. The legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist died on Sept. 18, 1970.