Country Growth: Luke Bryan Beats Rapper for No. 1 Album
Country music continues to show signs of growth, and here’s more proof: Country star Luke Bryan has claimed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart, beating out rapper Dr. Dre.
That’s not such good news if you’re a rap fan, but encouraging news if you play guitar, like guitar music, or are in the guitar industry -- whether or not you even like country music.
And let’s face it, much modern country these days might as well be called country-rock, because much of it leans closer to what rock fans consider “classic rock” than much of anything else being released by any artists these days.
Bryan’s new album, Kill The Lights, debuted in the No. 1 spot for the week ending August 13, with 320,000 actual albums sold (that’s not including digital downloads). Dr. Dre also hit the charts with his new album for the first time the same week, but came in at No. 2.
Kill The Lights is Bryan’s third consecutive No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and his sixth consecutive No. 1 on the Top Country Album charts. Also, sales of Kill The Lights marks the biggest single-week country album sales in three years.
Luke Bryan’s tour hits stadiums and major concert venues in Atlanta, Cleveland, St. Lake City, San Francisco, Buffalo, and more in the next few weeks.
Listen to Luke Bryan’s “Move” from Kill The Lights:
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