• LUKE BRYAN SET TO KICK OFF HIS ANNUAL CRASH MY PLAYA NEXT WEEK.

    Luke Bryan will kick off the fourth annual Crash My Playa destination event next week (Jan. 17-20) in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Luke will headline two of the four night beach front concerts during the all-inclusive vacation event with Blake Shelton and Sam Hunt headlining the remaining two nights. Also set to perform are Dustin Lynch, Maren Morris and Brett Young along with new additions to the star power The Cadillac Three, Ryan Hurd, Adam Craig, Maggie Rose, Kendell Marvel and DJ Rock. In addition to the beach front shows, additional day time performances will take place at the Barceló and Hard Rock Hotel.

    Following three consecutive sold-out years, Crash My Playa features all-inclusive food and drink, 24-hour concierge service, daily onsite activities, official Crash My Playa merchandise packages, and more. Offsite adventures like deep-sea fishing, zip-lining, and ATV tours, day trips to Tulum and more can be purchased for additional fees.

    To view the full performance schedule, to find additional information, and to book one of a few remaining four night all-inclusive packages please visit: www.crashmyplaya.com.

  • LUKE BRYAN’S ‘MOST PEOPLE ARE GOOD’ HITS THE AIRWAVES.

    Luke Bryan has just released his new single, “Most People are Good,” the follow-up to his recent No. 1 “Light It Up.” The song, , is  from his chart0topping album, What Makes You Country.

    The song, written by David Frazier, Ed Hill and Josh Kear, was in consideration for the first single, but because of the nature of the song, Luke wanted to wait to release it. “‘Most People are Good’ was really, really, really in consideration for the first single, but we had just come off of ‘Fast,’ so you kinda got two heavy songs in a row, two songs that are very reflective. But when I heard ‘Most People are Good’ for the first time, I really believed that was going to be a really, really important song in my career. I think it’s a song that the songwriters wrote perfectly from A to Z; not one wasted lyric in that thing. Anytime you can find a song that does that, I think it’s something special.”

    Luke will launch his What Makes You Country Tour will launch February 16th in Springfield, Missouri.

    Audio / Luke Bryan says "Most People Are Good" is a special song.

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    Luke Bryan (Most People are Good) 3 OC: …something special. :41
    “‘Most People are Good’ was really, really, really in consideration for the first single, but we had just come off of ‘Fast,’ so you kinda got two heavy songs in a row, two songs that are very reflective. But when I heard ‘Most People are Good’ for the first time, I really believed that was going to be a really, really important song in my career. I think it’s a song that the songwriters wrote perfectly from A to Z; not one wasted lyric in that thing. Anytime you can find a song that does that, I think it’s something special.”

  • LUKE BRYAN RELEASES HIS NEW SINGLE, ‘MOST PEOPLE ARE GOOD.

    Luke Bryan has released his new single, “Most People Are Good,” and the song couldn’t be a more welcome more appropriately timed with all of the tragedy that people around the world experienced in 2017.

    With such poignant lyrics such as “I believe this world ain’t half as bad as it looks/I believe most people are good/I believe that days go slow and years go fast/and every breath’s a gift, the first one to the last,” this song could be just what we needed, a song that carries a welcome message, which could lead to a healing of hearts and minds.

    “I think it’s a song that will truly help people believe in people again. I think it’s so truthful in so many ways. We do get reminded every day of all the negativity of what humans are, and truly it’s only .001 percent of people causing all the negativity. I mean, I truly believe that,” says Luke. “I’m going to open the door for anybody and so many other people believe that way. I’m going to say hey to a stranger. I’m going to help somebody out in need, and that’s what this song really, really preaches. It preaches the innocence of children, the beauty of mothers, the beauty of relationships, the beauty of what life truly could be and should be and really is. I truly believe that most people lay their heads down at night and try to be better and try to be good to other people. And I think this song captures those emotions perfectly.”

    “Most People Are Good” is from Luke’s new chart-topping album, What Makes You Country, as well as the follow-up to his recent No. 1 hit, “Light It Up.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan says “Most People Are Good” is one of the best songs he’s ever recorded.

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    Luke Bryan (Most People Are Good) 1 OC: …emotions perfectly. 1:08
    “I think that ‘Most People Are Good’ might be one of my best songs I’ve ever recorded. I think it’s a song that will truly help people believe in people again. I think it’s so truthful in so many ways. We do get reminded every day of all the negativity of what humans are, and truly it’s only .001 percent of people causing all the negativity. I mean, I truly believe that. I’m going to open the door for anybody and so many other people believe that way. I’m going to say hey to a stranger. I’m going to help somebody out in need, and that’s what this song really, really preaches. It preaches the innocence of children, the beauty of mothers, the beauty of relationships, the beauty of what life truly could be and should be and really is. I truly believe that most people lay their heads down at night and try to be better and and try to be good to other people. And I think this song captures those emotions perfectly.”

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  • LUKE BRYAN THRILLED TO HONOR HIS FRIEND AND HERO LIONEL RICHIE.

    Luke Bryan is set to honor his friend and idol Lionel Richie during the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors next week. The two are also co-workers now as both have been tapped as judges for ABC’s American Idol reboot premiering in March 2018.

    The Georgia native says it’s one of the biggest honors he’s ever had to pay tribute to Lionel on the Kennedy Center Honors. “Nobody, in my opinion is more deserving than Lionel when you look at his whole body of work as a singer-songwriter, as a band member, as an individual artist, as what he was able to do with charitable stuff through his years,” says Luke. “I mean Lionel has always been himself and he embodies certainly what the Kennedy Center Honors is looking for, and the fact that I can stand there on that stage and sing songs from my childhood and my life to one of my heroes in that setting is something I will never forget. One of the biggest honors of my life, and I’m so proud to be a part of it. It’s just going to be an amazingly special moment for me and something that I can look back and go, ‘Wow! How was I in the room on that one?’”

    Luke sings a two-song medley of Lionel’s huge hit “Penny Lover” and The Commodores’ “Sail On.” He then joins Stevie Wonder and Leona Lewis on the singalong “All Night Long” for the show’s finale.

    Catch Luke, Lionel, as well as the other honorees Gloria Estefan, Rapper/actor LL Cool J, iconic TV producer Norman Lear and dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, during the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors airing Tuesday (December 26th) beginning at 9pm ET on CBS.

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about honoring his friend and idol Lionel Richie during this year’s Kennedy Center Honors.

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    Luke Bryan talks about honoring his friend and idol Lionel Richie during this year’s Kennedy Center Honors.

    Luke Bryan (Kennedy Center Honors) OC: …that one? 1:22
    “One of the biggest honors in our society, I’ve always felt like, have been the Kennedy Center Honors. I’ve watched that show for years and when you look at the people in the past that have been honored, it’s people that have done so much for the arts and culture and music and songs. Now my buddy Lionel Richie, his time has come to be honored. Nobody, in my opinion is more deserving than Lionel when you look at his whole body of work as a singer-songwriter, as a band member, as an individual artist as what he was able to do with charitable stuff through his years. I mean Lionel has always been himself and he embodies certainly what the Kennedy Center Honors is looking for, and the fact that I can stand there on that stage and sing songs from my childhood and my life to one of my heroes in that setting is something I will never forget. One of the biggest honors of my life, and I’m so proud to be a part of it. It’s just going to be an amazingly special moment for me and something that I can look back and go, ‘Wow! How was I in the room on that one?’”

     

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  • NEW YEAR’S EVE 2017

    What are some of your favorite stars doing to welcome in the New Year? Some of them are working to help fans celebrate. Several artists have taken the time off around the holidays and will hit it hard when they return to the road in January. Some artists have resolutions and some are very helpful with their own hangover cures for those who imbibe too much on New Year’s Eve.

    Keith Urban is set to headline Music City on New Year’s Eve for the second year in a row. He’ll perform against the backdrop of the State Capitol Building as part of the Jack Daniels Music City Midnight Bash. Maren Morris, Cheap Trick, Carly Pearce, Johnny P, Larkin Poe and the Fisk Jubilee Singers are also on the bill.

    Canaan Smith will perform on New Year’s Eve in Nashville as part of Team USA’s WinterFest at the Walk of Fame Park at 3:30p.

    Audio / Brothers Osborne talk about how people spend the last moments of the year, and the first moments of the new year.

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    Brothers Osborne (New Year) OC: (TJ) …next month. :44
    JOHN: “I think it’s kind of funny how we spend literally the last moment and the very first moment of every year being extremely intoxicated, extremely, because you don’t want to wait until like 12:30 to get your buzz on. You’ve got to do it before midnight, and then once midnight happens, you’re like, ‘Omigod! Now it’s time to celebrate even more.’ Debauchery is the literally bookending your entire year.” TJ: “I love how everyone starts the year off with diets and then we end the year with like excessive amounts of food. And then you get to the end of the year, you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m going to start a diet on the 1st, so I’m going to eat everything that’s in front of me.’ I love it.” JOHN: “And come February 1st, ‘what diet?’” [laughs] TJ: “What diet? I’ll start it next month.” [laughs]

    Audio / John Osborne of Brothers Osborne says a little hair of the dog is definitely the cure for a hangover.

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    Brothers Osborne (hangover cure) OC: …of the year. :07
    “Usually drinking more. I mean, a little hair of the dog never hurt anybody. Plus, it’s the first of the year.”

     

    Audio / Canaan Smith says there’s really no cure for a hangover.

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    Canaan Smith (no hangover cure) OC: …long, you know? :32
    “There is no hangover cure. The older I get I’m like, ‘Oh God! What am I thinking?’ It’s terrible. Hangovers are awful. Tequila’s the worst. I try to stay away from Tequila, because it hurts me bad. I used to be a whiskey guy. I still am every now and then, but of late, I’m domestic, American beer, just something light and tasty. Shots are my worst enemy. When I start working shots into the picture, that’s when I know I’m gonna hurt the next morning. I just try to keep it the same, whether it’s whiskey or beer or whatever, I just stick with that same drink the whole night long, you know?”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley says there’s not really a cure for a hangover.

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    Dierks (NYE) OC: …for that. :10
    “I think January first is universally accepted as a dog. So I mean, a little hair of the dog, I guess. But just…water and stay on the couch, I guess. There’s no real sure-fire cure for that.”

    Audio / Eric Church has a couple of hangover cures for those times (especially on New Year’s Eve) when you might imbibe a little too much.

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    Eric Church (hangover cure) OC: …every time. :17
    “The best hangover cure – I’ve got two. One is 5-hour Energy [bottles], because of all the B-vitamins that are in it. You can start pounding those, and it’s either gonna work, or it’s gonna keep you up and prolong your misery. But the other one I have is just take two Advil and a beer in the morning. Hair of the dog, man – that works every time.”

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    Jon Pardi (hangover cure) OC: …deal with it. :20
    “My hangover cure is Bloody Marys, but be careful – because once you have a couple, don’t go to beer, because if you go to beer, you’re gonna start drinking again and you’ll end up a morning drunk. OR if you want to go the non-alcoholic route, there’s nothing you can do for hangovers. [laughs] You just go deal with it.”

    Audio / Kacey Musgraves, who is expected to release her new album sometime in 2018, has her own hangover cure.

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    Kacey Musgraves (hangover cure) OC: …water. Yup! :32
    “Coconut water is a major help with hangovers and also, a lot of times we go and eat Vietnamese fuh. It’s a soup, and it’s got this awesome broth. You can get different things in it or whatever, but for some reason, it’s just like…it’s almost like a chicken noodle soup kind of an idea, you know, but it’s good. That’s good for hangovers too. That, sleep, Tylenol, coconut water and just water, in general. And when you’re drinking, have your alcohol, drink a little bit of water, drink some more alcohol, drink some water. Yup!”

    Audio / Keith Urban talks about the emotions he feels on New Year’s Eve.

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    Keith Urban (New Year’s emotions) OC: …of time. :35
    “Yeah, I go for every emotion on New Year’s Eve, every emotion – regret, remorse, melancholy, joy, hope, sadness, gratitude, calm, anxiety. [laughs] There’s a lot in that night for a lot of people. I’ve always been a big, I love New Year’s…Nic’s not a big New Year’s Eve person. I love New Year’s Eve. The counting down is important to me and I find it huge, that demarcation of time.”

    Audio / Kip Moore gives advice on how to avoid a hangover on New Year’s Eve.

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    Kip Moore (avoiding hangovers on NYE) OC: …yourself. :03
    “Pace yourself on New Year’s – that’s the remedy. Pace yourself.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan’s favorite New Year’s Eve has to be when he and his now wife Caroline reunited.

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    Luke Bryan (New Years-best) OC: …great night. :17
    “My best New Year’s Eve is definitely when my wife and I started back dating. We started back dating right before Christmas, and we went on a trip down to Florida and met some friends. And her birthday is New Year’s Eve. We celebrated it that night. It was just a great night.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan takes a look back at his busy 2017, including releasing his brand new album, What Makes You Country.

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    Luke Bryan (looking back on 2017) OC: …about it. :40
    “I look back on the year, and certainly it’s been a crazy busy year, but I don’t know any other way on doing this business other than it being really, really crazy and really, really busy. I try to sit down and write music and write songs and then I’m constantly listening through what the city of Nashville and what all the wonderful songwriters there are churning out. So, yeah, listening and writing and then we go into the studio and try to make some music happen. So, we’ve been going in periodically through the year in getting this album done, and it’s finally, finally here and I’m pretty excited about it.”

  • NEW YEAR’S LINERS 2017

    Audio / LINER Brandon Lay (New Year)

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    “What’s up everybody? This is Brandon Lay, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

     

    Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (New Year)

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    “Hey! This is TJ, and I’m John, and we are Brothers Osborne. Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Canaan Smith (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey, what’s up guys? I’m Canaan Smith, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

     

    Audio / LINER Carrie Underwood (New Year)

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    “Hi! I’m Carrie Underwood, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

     

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey! I’m Clare Dunn, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

     

    Audio / LINER Clare Dunn (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey! I’m Clare Dunn, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Darius Rucker (Happy New Year)

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    Audio / LINER Dierks Bentley (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey, it’s Dierks Bentley. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Easton Corbin (New Years)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Easton Corbin, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Eric Church (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey! It’s Eric Church, hoping you have a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Eric Paslay (Happy New Year)

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    “Hi! I’m Eric Paslay, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Gary Allan (New Year)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Gary Allan. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (New Year)

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    “Hi! I’m Jon Pardi, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (New Year)

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    “Hey! I’m Jordan Davis, wishing you a Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Josh Turner (New Year)

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    “Hey! I’m Josh Turner. Happy New Year!”

     

    Audio / LINER Kacey Musgraves (New Year)

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    “Hey! It’s Kacey Musgraves, hoping you have a safe and Happy New Year!”

     

    Audio / LINER Keith Urban (New Year)

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    “Hey everyone! This is Keith Urban. Have a safe and happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Kip Moore (New Year)

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    “It’s Kip Moore, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (New Year)

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    “This is Lauren Alaina, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER LBT (New Year)

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    “Hey! We’re Little Big Town. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Luke Bryan (New Year)

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    “Hey! This is Luke Bryan, hoping you have a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Mickey Guyton (New Year)

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    “Hey! This is Mickey Guyton, wishing you a Happy New Year.”

    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Happy New Year)

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    “Hey everybody! I’m Sam Hunt. Happy New Year!”

    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Happy New Year)

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    “Hi! This is Shania Twain. Happy New Year!”

  • TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS 2017

    UMG Nashville is starting a new tradition having our talented artists recite the age-old holiday poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” This year, we have Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, TJ and John Osborne (Brothers Osborne), Jordan Davis and Brandon Lay doing the honors.

    For your convenience, we’re offering a produced and dry versions of the holiday classic.

    Happy Holidays!

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  • LUKE BRYAN, ALAN JACKSON, LADY A, LBT AND CB30 PERFORM DURING THE ENCORE PRESENTATION OF THE CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL AIRING THURSDAY.

    Country Music’s biggest names celebrate the holidays with an encore presentation of “CMA Country Christmas,” airing this Thursday, Dec. 21st at 9/8c on ABC.

    The eighth annual “CMA Country Christmas” returns with first-time host and iconic entertainer Reba McEntire and features two hours of festive performances from Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry House by Luke Bryan, CB30, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Kelsea Ballerini, Reba, CeCe Winans, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young. Don’t miss fantastic collaborations by Ballerini and Reba, Little Big Town and Reba, and Jackson and Young.

    Visit CMApress.com for artist interviews and performance clips. For more information, visit CMAChristmas.com and follow us on Twitter @Countrymusic.

  • LUKE BRYAN DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON ALBUM CHART AND NAMED BILLBOARD COUNTRY AIRPLAY LEADER.

    Luke Bryan debuted his What Makes You Country album at #1 on both the Billboard Top 200 and Top Country Albums charts this week. This is Luke’s third consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Top 200 and his fifth #1 debut on the Top Country Albums Chart. In addition, Luke’s 19th career #1 single “Light It Up,” the first release from What Makes You Country, marked his 10th straight Billboard Country Airplay leader, the longest current streak among all artists which began with “Play It Again” in 2014.

    “So much thought goes into creating new music and I really try to write and find songs that I feel are staying true to me while staying fresh and fun,” said Luke. “I try and imagine people singing along in their cars or with me at my shows. To have What Makes You Country go #1 is so exciting and rewarding for me, my team and my fans. It drives me to keep working harder and growing! Thank you so much for these opportunities!”

    Critics are raving about What Makes You Country as the New York Times touted, “Bryan’s omnivorous approach to country production is arguably more ambitious and musically progressive; it’s certainly more in tune with the genre’s younger listeners.” And the Associated Press shares, “Bryan’s country is playful, inclusive, flirty and good-natured on the album.” “Luke makes country hit-making seem effortless,” shared Newsday. Radio.com said, “the 15-song project is a versatile one that includes the party songs Bryan is known and loved for as well as the more poignant and introspective ballads that take a look into who we are as people and where Bryan came from.”

    Luke concluded his album promotional tour in Los Angeles last week with two appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, fan events and performances with Citi, Spotify and iHeart radio. The week prior Luke performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America and visited Lennox Hill Hospital with Musicians On Call to launch their Music Pharmacy program. He also performed songs from the new album for fans at events hosted by Pandora, NASH-FM and Samsung.

    Watch Luke’s tv performances here:

    Good Morning America

    Tonight Show

    Ellen DeGeneres Show

    Over the Christmas holidays, fans can watch Luke on the “40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors” gala in honor of his friend and idol Lionel Richie airing on Dec. 26, 9/8CT on CBS. Luke is also appearing on the encore presentation of “CMA Country Christmas” on Dec. 21, 9/8CT on ABC.

    What Makes You Country was produced by Jeff Stevens and Jody Stevens and contains 15 songs, seven of them co-written by Luke including the title track.

  • LUKE BRYAN’S ‘WHAT MAKES YOU COUNTRY’ DEBUTS AT NO. 1.

    Luke Bryan’s What Makes You Country album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, as well as the top of the Country Album chart. The collection sold more than 107,000 copies with 7.8 million streams.

    “My hope for every album is to put songs out that drive people to want to come see the shows.  It drives people to want to listen to it on the radio and obviously have these songs incorporated in their life,” says Luke. “I always want to have a rollercoaster of emotions through the albums – the sad songs, the love songs, the happy songs, the drinking songs, the party songs. I want to have songs that people can come to big outdoor stadium like concerts and rock and party and have a blast. I want something driving, something to hit people in the face, and let’s make some big ole fun music and some big ole fun memories.”

    Luke just hit No. 1 on the country singles charts with “Light It Up.” He’ll also light up the small screen on ABC’s reboot of American Idol beginning March 11th.

    Audio / Luke Bryan reveals his own expectations for his new album, What Makes You Country.

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    Luke Bryan (album expectations) OC: …fun memories. :44
    “My hope for every album is to put songs out that drive people to want to come see the shows.  It drives people to want to listen to it on the radio and obviously have these songs incorporated in their life.  I always want to have a rollercoaster of emotions through the albums – the sad songs, the love songs, the happy songs, the drinking songs, the party songs.  I want to have songs that people can come to big outdoor stadium like concerts and rock and party and have a blast.  I want something driving, something to hit people in the face, and let’s make some big ole fun music and some big ole fun memories.”