"Crash My Party" sold 528,000 copies for the week ending Aug. 18, according to the Nielsen SoundScan stats that constitute the Billboard charts. That's the largest debut week for a male country artist in almost nine years, Billboard reports.
One has to go all the way back to 2004 to
"Crash My Party" gives Bryan the third-largest debut week of the year -- behind albums from
The title track for "Crash My Party" had already topped sales of 1.2 million downloads heading into the week of release. His 2011 effort "Tailgates & Tanlines" has to date sold more than 2 million copies.
Last year Bryan spoke to The Times about expanding his audience beyond the borders of country music. At the time, his single "Drunk on You" (from 2011's "Tailgates & Tanlines") was roaring up the Hot 100, Billboard's chart that tallies the country's most popular singles.