Luke Bryan’s Spring Break 6 Bows In as Country’s Best-Selling Album

Frankie Ballard Notches His First Chart Topping Song With "Helluva Life"

There’s a lotta Luke to love this week, starting with Mr. Bryan’s Spring Break 6 … Like We Ain’t Ever EP which frolics in at No. 1 on Billboard’s top country albums chart.

It earned that distinction via first-week sales of 74,296 units, according to Nielsen Soundscan’s count.

Bryan’s burblings are all over the chart, occupying the No. 4, No. 25 and No. 50 slots, as well. Call him Luke the Drifter II.

The champagne corks are bouncing off the walls for Frankie Ballard , too, in observance of the fact that his “Helluva Life” is this week’s most-played song — and his first No. 1.

Sara Evans is back in the fray with a bundle of new songs after a three-year hiatus. Her Slow Me Down arrives at No. 2, thrust there by the sale of 25,509 copies.

The remaining new album is Don WilliamsReflections (No. 19).

Re-entering are the Statler BrothersBest From the Farewell Concert (No. 57) and Bryan’s 4 Album Collection (No. 50).

There are three first-time songs: David Nail’s “Kiss You Tonight” (No. 54), Kacey Musgraves’ “Keep It to Yourself” (No. 56) and Avicii’s “Hey Brother” added (No. 59).

Dylan Scott’s “Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy” rebounds from the netherworld in which it’s resided since its first brief appearance to No. 60.

The No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 albums, in that order, are Eric Church’s The Outsiders, Bryan’s Crash My Party and Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s to the Good Times.

Bryan’s Spring Break … Here to Party jumps from its last-week niche at No. 50 to No. 25.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs for this week, in descending order, are Blake Shelton’s “Doin’ What She Likes,” Dierks Bentley’s “I Hold On,” Randy Houser’s “Goodnight Kiss” and Thompson Square’s “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About.” Last week’s No. 1 song, Lady Antebellum’s “Compass,” logs in at No. 9 this time around.

OK, please hold your hisses while I take a turn at title tales, that infuriatingly easy exercise in which we jam together two or more song titles from the current chart to say or suggest things that none of the titles implies on its own.

So here goes: “When She Says Baby/I Hold On,” “Helluva Life/Makin’ This Boy Go Crazy,” and “Hey Brother/You Sound Good to Me.”

The prosecution rests.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to