Charts: Spring Is Breaking Out All Over for Luke Bryan

Brett Eldredge’s "Mean to Me" Is Week’s Most-Played Country Song

Finally, it’s spring. So what could be more fitting than seeing Luke Bryan’s Spring Break … Checkin’ Out debut at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart?

Bringing further delight to the Bryan camp is the fact that the turgidly titled Spring Break … The Set List: The Complete Spring Break Collection ZinePak bows at No. 5.

Brett Eldredge has cause to rejoice, as well. After an arduous 36-week trek, his recording of “Mean to Me” plants its flag on the peak of the country airplay list.

By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, Spring Break … Checkin’ Out sold 88,782 copies its first week out and Spring Break … The Set List (available only through Walmart) sold 6,165.

Bryan’s Crash My Party — which has now sold an almost 2.4 million copies — debuted in August 2013 at No. 68 on the sale of 586 copies. But that was because someone jumped the gun on the label-approved release date and sold albums a week prematurely.

The next week, Crash My Party rocketed into No. 1 on sales of 527,783 units. And it’s been pumping out dollars ever since. This week it ranks at No. 12.

There are two other new albums to report: the Eli Young Band’s EP, Turn It On (No. 11) and the eponymous EP, Kelsea Ballerini (No. 40).

Returning to action are Tennessee Ernie Ford’s Amazing Grace: 14 Cherished Hymns (No. 36) and RaeLynn’s Me EP (No. 46).

The new songs are Ashley Monroe’s “On to Something Good” (No. 59) and Drake White’s “It Feels Good” (No. 60).

The No. 2 through No. 4 albums, in that order, are Sam Hunt’s Montevallo, Shania Twain’s Still the One: Live From Las Vegas and Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt.

Completing the Top 5 songs array are Aldean’s “Just Gettin’ Started” (last week’s No. 1), Cole Swindell’s “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey,” Chris Young’s “Lonely Eyes” and the Zac Brown Band’s “Homegrown” (not to be confused with Darius Rucker’s “Homegrown Honey,” which occupies the adjacent No. 6 spot.)

Getting back to Bryan’s latest success, we don’t know if anyone has written a history of the spring break phenomenon that has served Bryan so well, but we know it can be traced back at least to the 1960 movie, Where the Boys Are, which chronicles the amorous fortunes of four Midwestern college girls who decamp to Florida for some sunny relaxation in Fort Lauderdale

One of the movie’s spring-breakers, Angie, was played by singer Connie Francis, who had a Top 5 pop hit the following year with the film’s title song.

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