If Luke Bryan ever had any doubts about the joys of spring break, they were surely put to rest this week. His Spring Break ... Here to Party tops not only the country albums chart but the Billboard 200 all-genres ranking. According to Nielsen SoundScan, it took these honors on sales of 149,515 copies.
Tim McGraw has nothing to grouch about either. His single "One of Those Nights" is now at its third week at No. 1 on the country airplay list.
There are four other new albums to acknowledge: Ashley Monroe's Like a Rose (blooming at No. 10), Caitlin Rose's The Stand-In (No. 42), the multi-artist collection Veggie Tales: Bob & Larry Go Country (No. 65) and Playlist: The Very Best of Sara Evans (No. 73).
Alas, only two new songs rear their lovely heads: Billy Currington's "Hey Girl" (No. 57) and Kristen Kelly's "He Loves to Make Me Cry" (No. 60).
The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" returns to the chart at No. 59.
Following Bryan within the Top 5 cluster of country albums are Florida Georgia Line's Here's to the Good Times, Taylor Swift's Red, McGraw's Two Lanes of Freedom and Little Big Town's Tornado, in that order.
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Little Big Town's "Tornado," Blake Shelton's "Sure Be Cool If You Did," Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs" and Hunter Hayes' "Somebody's Heartbreak."
There are a lot of major albums headed your way. So keep the doors open and the lights on.