Superstar and Stadium Headliner Luke Bryan is at the top of his game and yet, his latest album, Crash My Party, proves he has no limits.
Crash My Party is the follow-up to Luke’s most successful album to date, tailgates & tanlines, both have been certified Double Platinum. The latter album featured three back-to-back Platinum and Double Platinum singles and has sold over 10 million tracks while Crash My Party currently feature four consecutive No. 1 singles and sold nearly 7 million tracks.
Crash My Party debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Country sales chart, selling 527,783 copies, making it the largest sales debut at the time for a Country male artist since 2004. Additionally, Luke is one of only two country artists – the other being Taylor Swift – that have sold more than a half-million copies of an album in a single week since 2008. This is Bryan’s second consecutive Top 200 #1 album and since its release has now sold over two million copies.
Crash My Party also releases on the heels of Luke’s most successful Spring Break series album, Spring Break…Here To Party, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart and is certified Gold.
Luke’s superstar status was further cemented by the 2013 Academy of Country Music Award win for the highly coveted fan-voted Entertainer of the Year, in addition to his win for Vocal Event (“Only Way I Know” with Eric Church and Jason Aldean), along with his first-time ACM hosting duty with Blake Shelton. That same year, he also won a Billboard Music Award as Top Country Artist and was honored as the Favorite Male Artist- Country at the American Music Awards. In December of 2013, Luke was named Artist of The Year at the American Country Awards, the night’s highest award, as well as Artist of the Year, Male and Touring Artist of the Year bringing his total career wins at the ACA’s to 12!
In 2014, Luke co-hosted the ACM Awards for a second time and won two additional Billboard Music Awards, including Top Country album for Crash My Party as well as two CMT Music Awards. And the amazing news is that the Leesburg, Ga., native has only scratched the surface of what he can achieve.
Bryan’s latest album, by far his best yet, builds on the success of his previous releases and proves that his rich musical mine has only begun to be tapped.
First single and title cut “Crash My Party,” a multi-week No. 1, Double Platinum single, is full of playful longing. “It’s a great hook and a great way to say, ‘come love on me,’” says Luke. The album also contains three additional No. 1 singles, “That’s My Kind of Night,” “Drink A Beer,” and “Play It Again” bringing his career No. 1 total to ten. Luke’s current single “Roller Coaster” is the fifth release from Crash My Party.
“I decided Crash My Party was perfect title for this album because, like the song, the album goes beyond the literal meaning of the title,” Luke explains. “The song isn’t what you think it is, it is unexpected, and in the same way fans will definitely hear some surprises on my new album. It still reflects my sound but you will get to hear a little bit deeper, different side to me musically as well.”
A different side indeed. Luke’s career album—once again produced by Jeff Stevens—includes, “Goodbye Girl,” which taps into a new vein for Bryan. “Usually I’m singing kind of loud and forceful and on ‘Goodbye Girl’ I’m using my tender, Conway Twitty-like, soft voice,” Luke says. “It’s one my favorite things I’ve ever recorded.”
Back road party song “Beer In The Headlights” may tread on familiar territory but the song finds Luke stretching vocally. “This album has some songs that showcase a big voice and long notes and we’ve never done that before,” Luke says, referencing “Beer In The Headlights,” the inspiring “Blood Brothers” and the head-over-heels love song “Roller Coaster.”
Luke calls the sticks-in-your-head “Play It Again” “one of the biggest hits on the album. How many times have you or your girlfriend had a favorite song and when it comes on it fires you up?” Luke says.
“Dirt Road Diary,” which Luke co-wrote with fellow Georgians Dallas Davidson, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, is the story of his life, he says. “It wrote itself. Dirt roads were an important part of my childhood.”
“’Dirt Road Diary’ is a song that I can envision country boys driving around on a dirt road listening to,” Luke adds.
Luke’s first headline tour in 2013, the “Dirt Road Diaries Tour,” played for 1.3 million fans with all dates selling out! His new tour, “That’s My Kind of Night Tour,” launched in January 2014 and sold-out all dates on the tour’s first leg, including two sold-out Madison Square Garden shows. As the tour continues this summer Luke will play his first stadium dates in Pittsburgh, Boston, Philadelphia and Chicago.
His annual Farm Tour, which is held in every fall and is a way to give back to local farming communities, continues to connect the son of a peanut farmer with his rural roots. It’s not surprising then that rural themes are a staple for Luke’s music. “’Shut It Down’ is a song that touches on rural areas and farming and I feel like I always have to have those songs,” Luke says emphatically.
As with his new album, Luke is determined to give the fans on his headlining tour the most for their hard-earned money. “My main thing is to keep upping the ante and upping the sound and staying creative,” Luke says adamantly. “I don’t want to give the fans the same thing year in and year out. I want to give them something they’ll come back to for years and years to come.”
“I aspire to do it for many years at a high level and keep growing it,” he emphasizes. “It’s amazing looking out there and knowing that the people in the audience are your crowd. They came to see you. It’s what I dreamed of when I moved to town.”
Luke had a number of dreams when he moved to Nashville but even he has to be surprised by his success, including multi-Platinum albums sales, back-to-back No. 1 singles and his first No. 1 album debut. His Spring Break shows in Panama City Beach, Fla., in March of 2014 brought in 230,000 fans during the two-day concert event.
For all he has achieved—and it’s plenty—Luke remains steadfast in what’s important to him: family. “I can’t be more happy in life than when I’ve got my family with me and I get to go out and do shows for a living,” says Luke. “The only negative about this is business is being away from your family, so when they’re out on the road with me, the negatives are removed and it’s nothing but positives.”
Luke calls his 2013 ACM Entertainer of the Year award “validation. It’s checking the biggest goal for your career off the list. It reminds me just how wonderful my fans are. It’s every emotion possible.”
As important as the award is, Luke says his life is filled with pinch-me moments. “Every night that I’m selling places out is a pinch me moment,” he says humbly. “When a fan comes up to me in the Boston airport because she recognized me is a pinch me moment. I tend to have a lot of pinch me moments. There’s a lot of amazing stuff coming my way and I try to remember it and appreciate it.”
With the imminent success of Crash My Party, it’s certain Luke will have plenty more pinch me moments to remember and appreciate.
Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie were in Nashville late last week as American Idol stopped in Music City to hold auditions for the first season of the talent competition on ABC.
This was the third city on their national trek to find the next big superstar, and it seems like the trio have really become a cohesive team.
“[Luke’s] one of those guys you meet and you swear he’s been a part of your life forever,” says Lionel. “I’m going back to check my yearbook. I’m going back to check The Commodores; I know he was in the band somewhere, but he’s got that personality.”
Luke is getting into a groove and feels comfortable now stating his opinion in front of the other two judges. “To be on this ride with them and to see how serious they take it and how important it is. It’s an undertaking and a challenge that, when I started saying my opinion on the first day and they started agreeing with it, I was like, ‘Hell yes, I’m gonna be okay. We’re on the same page,’” he says. “I was very flattered that I could come in and be the ole country boy voice. But back to them, I mean obviously huge fans of everything that they’ve done from the word go.”
Adding, “I haven’t ever even told Katy this. I remember the first time I heard ‘I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It,’ like I was just starting touring and I got my band guys on the bus and I was like, ‘Guys, this is what a huge ass pop hit sounds like.’ We’re sitting there jamming to [sings] ‘I kissed a girl,’ and obviously, that was Katy’s first endeavor.”
Katy appreciates the benefit of having three different and distinct artists on the panel. “We all have our strengths and I think that we are a very diverse panel and I think we all can give a different perspective. Lionel tells a lot of incredible stories and people come in singing Whitney and Prince, and he’s like, ‘Oh, well, those are my homies,’” she says. “We have a lot of fun, obviously, but we are really looking for talent and talent is presenting itself. It’s funny because I kept on saying I think that everything’s been discovered, every stone has been turned, every diamond has been polished, and I feel like actually we’re finding pretty great stuff.”
Luke is also getting a few pointers from Lionel on the piano.
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) October 20, 2017
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) October 21, 2017
Luke has climbed into the Top 10 on the country charts with “Light It Up,” the first release from his upcoming album, What Makes You Country, available December 8th.
The Georgia native, who is nominated for this year’s CMA Entertainer of the Year (an award he’s won twice), is also busy on the road with his Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour, which makes stops in San Diego on Wednesday (October 25th), Phoenix on Thursday (October 26th) and San Bernadino on Friday (October 27th).
American Idol (Lionel on Luke) OC: (Luke) …a Commodores roadie. :14
LIONEL: “When I first met him, though, I must admit – you know [Luke’s] one of those guys you meet and you swear he’s been a part of your life forever. I’m going back to check my yearbook. I’m going back to check The Commodores; I know he was in the band somewhere, but he’s got that personality.” LUKE: “A Commodores roadie.” [Lionel laughs]
American Idol (Luke on Idol and Katy Perry) OC: …endeavor. :57
“To be on this ride with them and to see how serious they take it and how important it is. It’s an undertaking and a challenge that, when I started saying my opinion on the first day and they started agreeing with it, I was like, ‘Hell yes, I’m gonna be okay. We’re on the same page.’ I was very flattered that I could come in and be the ole country boy voice. But back to them, I mean obviously huge fans of everything that they’ve done from the word go. I haven’t ever even told Katy this. I remember the first time I heard ‘I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It,’ like I was just starting touring and I got my band guys on the bus and I was like, ‘Guys, this is what a huge ass pop hit sounds like.’ We’re sitting there jamming to [sings] ‘I kissed a girl,’ and obviously, that was Katy’s first endeavor.”
American Idol (Katy Perry) OC: …great stuff. :41
KATIE: “We all have our strengths and I think that we are a very diverse panel and I think we all can give a different perspective. Lionel tells a lot of incredible stories and people come in singing Whitney and Prince, and he’s like, ‘Oh, well, those are my homies!’” LIONEL: “We’ll start there, and then she goes, ‘Lionel, how’s your blood sugar? What do you need?’” KATIE: “What do you need? You need a cracker? Here’s some Pedialyte.’ We have a lot of fun, obviously, but we are really looking for talent and talent is presenting itself. It’s funny because I kept on saying I think that everything’s been discovered, every stone has been turned, every diamond has been polished, and I feel like actually we’re finding pretty great stuff.”
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) October 20, 2017
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) October 21, 2017
Carrie Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher helped raise $500,000 when they hosted a benefit for Danita’s Children Sunday night. Proceeds will assist the people of Haiti.
Tyminski will perform on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert October 25th.
Luke Bryan will appear on the Ellen DeGeneres Show October 26th.
The first round of performers has been announced for this year’s CMA Awards. Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Jon Pardi and new Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson will perform, as well as Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett.
Luke is a two-time consecutive CMA Entertainer of the Year (2014, 2015), returning to compete for his fifth nomination in the category. He has garnered 15 CMA Awards nominations since 2010.
Up for three nominations this year, Eric is a three-time CMA Awards winner with 25 total career nods. He returns this year with recognition in the Entertainer of the Year category, in addition to Musical Event and his sixth consecutive nomination for Male Vocalist.
Little Big Town claims four nominations this year including Vocal Group, Album for The Breaker, and Single and Music Video for “Better Man.” They are seven-time CMA Awards winners with a career total of 26 CMA Awards nominations.
Stapleton is a five-time CMA Awards winner nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist, and Album for From A Room: Volume 1. He receives one nomination for Album, but can receive an additional trophy as producer. This is his third consecutive nomination for Male, which he’s won the past two years. He was also nominated for Entertainer last year and won Album for Traveller in 2015. He is an 11-time CMA Awards nominee.
The reigning CMA Vocal Duo Brothers Osborne received their first Music Video nod for “It Ain’t My Fault” and will once again vie for Vocal Duo, their third nomination in the category.
First-time nominee, Jon Pardi, vies for two categories with nominations for New Artist of the Year and Single for “Dirt On My Boots,” which he co-produced. He receives one nomination for Single of the Year, but can receive an additional trophy as producer.
With six CMA Awards to her name, Carrie, who is also co-hosting the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley, returns to vie for Female Vocalist, a category she’s won four times (2006-2008, 2016) and nominated for consecutively since 2006.
With 81 career nominations, Alan is the second most nominated artist in CMA Awards history. This year marks Jackson’s 24th CMA Awards performance since debuting in 1990 with “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.” He will receive Country Music’s Highest Honor, induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, on Sunday, Oct. 22 during the official Medallion Ceremony at the CMA Theater.
The 51st Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 8th at 8pm ET on ABC.