Five-Time Entertainer of the Year and country music superstar Luke Bryan landed the 27th #1 single of his career today as “Waves” ripples to the top of the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts. The song was written by Zach Crowell, Ryan Hurd and Chase McGill and is the fifth #1 single off Luke’s BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE album.
Luke told Billboard, “It’s crazy to know we are five singles deep off the ‘Born Here Live Here Die Here’ album. The longevity that country radio and my fans have given my career truly means a lot. I have never taken for granted that I get to make my living doing something that makes me so happy. Thank you for this #1 and loving a song about summer love!”
“Waves” debuted at country radio in April as the most added song in the nation and Luke performed it for the first time on television on Good Morning America to promote the release of the deluxe edition of his BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE album. Combined, those projects boast FIVE #1 singles: “Waves,” “Down To One,” “One Margarita,” “What She Wants Tonight,” and “Knockin’ Boots.”
The BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE album originally debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart last summer, making it Luke’s sixth consecutive appearance in the top position. The album became his eleventh top 10 album on Billboard’s Top 200 since his first appearance with 2009’s DOIN’ MY THING.
Luke’s “Proud To Be Right Here Tour,” named after a line in the album’s title track, is scheduled through the fall.
Airing now, fans can see Luke’s original five-part docuseries Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary, on IMDb TV, Amazon’s premium free streaming service. It features a new song Luke co-wrote with Luke Laird and Josh Osborne, “Songs You Never Heard,” in honor of his late brother Chris, who was always Luke’s biggest supporter of chasing his musical dreams. The song is available digitally HERE.
About Luke Bryan
Since his debut, Luke Bryan has garnered 27 #1 hits and has more RIAA certified digital singles than any other country artist with 68.5 million, has 15.6 billion streams worldwide, and has sold nearly 13 million albums. His headline concert tours have played sold-out shows for 12 million fans inclusive of 36 stadium concerts, Farm Tours, Spring Break shows, and seven sold-out ‘Crash My Playa’ destination concert events. Luke has won over 50 major music awards including five wins as Entertainer of the Year. His third and most recent Entertainer win was awarded by the Academy of Country Music this April, and he also holds two Entertainer honors by the Country Music Association. Additional awards include six recognitions as a CMT Artist of the Year, NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year, the first-ever recipient of the ACM Album of the Decade Award for Crash My Party, seven CMT Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, and four American Music Awards – as well as being named Billboard’s Top Country Artist of the 2010s, the ‘Most Heard Artist of the Decade’ by Country Aircheck, and the ‘Artist Humanitarian Recipient’ by the Country Radio Broadcasters this February. Luke is set to return as a celebrity judge for a fifth season, alongside Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, on ABC’s American Idol in 2022.
Audio / Luke Bryan talks about his song, "Waves."Download
Luke Bryan (Waves) 2 OC: …summer song. :35 “Well, I mean ‘Waves’ is vocally and production-wise, it’s not something really that I’ve ever done, you know? The first time I heard ‘Waves,’ I was like, ‘Hey, this sounds like a big summer…’ I always like to have a big summer song out there, and ‘Waves’ certainly really checks a lot of those boxes and talks about the love of summer and being at the beach. The main thing is vocally, I loved doing something different like that, and production-wise, I just thought it was a new sound for me. I think ‘Waves’ was just a right pick for the right kind of summer song.”