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 wrapped his sixth consecutive sold-out CRASH MY PLAYA event in the Riviera Cancun region of Mexico on Saturday night. Luke headlined two of the four nightly concerts with Jason Aldean and Old Dominion headlining the additional nights. The event also included performances by Dustin Lynch, Lee Brice, Scotty McCreery, Granger Smith, Jordan Davis, Jon Langston, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack, Kendell Marvel and DJ Rock.
CRASH MY PLAYA kicked off last Wednesday with four fun filled days of performances with daily pool parties, nightly concerts and the addition this year of late-night party sets. Fans experience one of a kind performances from all the artists participating as they join each other on stage or hang out side of stage to watch the fun. Among the many guest and surprise appearances included Luke welcoming and introducing Old Dominion to their first headline CRASH MY PLAYA set, Dustin playing a marathon 3-hour pool party set, Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum) making a surprise appearance at the festival performing a few songs with Luke and Jason, then Luke’s Mom LeClaire joining for a dance onstage and Dustin singing with Luke to close out the festival on the rainy final night.
Luke also filmed a new music video during his time in Mexico that will be out some time after his new album BORN HERE, LIVE HERE, DIE HERE is released on April 24th.
CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 was hosted at just one resort for the first time at the Moon Palace Cancún which ranks among the best in the region on TripAdvisor. The four-night tropical getaway and concert experience was designed and produced by CID Presents as the ultimate all-inclusive Caribbean concert vacation. Guests were not only treated to poolside and nightly beachfront concerts, but were also provided with airport transportation, 24-hour concierge, optional daily activities and off-site adventures such as ATV’s and Zip Lines, Catamaran, Snorkeling, Deep Sea Fishing and more. The event was self-produced by the production arm of CID Entertainment, the premier music travel and fan-focused experiential agency. Having developed and implemented VIP and travel packages for Luke’s tours for years, CID was the perfect partner for CRASH MY PLAYA, designing a country music festival where fans could see their favorite artists on stage and enjoy the sun, beach, food and adventures with their friends.
Plans for CRASH MY PLAYA 2021 are underway.
Luke is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest smash hit, “What She Wants Tonight.”
This Sunday (February 2nd), millions of people around the world will be tuning in to the Super Bowl (the Big Game), including some of your favorite country artists. Some will be rooting for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, while others will be pulling for the Jimmy Garoppolo-led San Francisco 49ers.
Check out all the action at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida at 6:30pm ET on FOX.
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Billy Currington (football fan) OC: …love football. :36
“I’m a big football fan. I mean, when I was growing up, if you asked me who my favorite team is now, I couldn’t tell you. But when I was a kid, it was the Dallas Cowboys. And I don’t know if it was because my mom bought my brother a Pittsburgh Steelers pennant for some reason, and bought me a Dallas Cowboys pennant, and of course over the year I fell in love with the Cowboys, and then I wanted a jersey the next Christmas, and then the next one, I wanted [more Cowboys stuff]. So, I became a long-term fan with those guys. But I like it all now that I’m older. I’ll watch any game, it doesn’t matter who’s playing. But [I] love football.”
Darius Rucker (football) OC: …football season. :20
“Ever since I was five years old, I’ve loved football, and I love how physical it is. I love the chess match of the game. I love the speed of the game. I love college football, but for me watching pro football is better because the speed is so much more. For me, there’s two times a year, man — football season and waiting for football season.”
Keith (Nicole and football) OC: …new to me. :04
“She’s a big NFL fan, and she sort of turned me on to it.”
Lauren Alaina (Super Bowl) OC: …I love it. :30
“My dad raised me to love football, so I think it’s like kind of in my blood to be obsessed with it. I feel like the guys are so passionate and they try so hard. Those people love playing that game as much as I love singing. I just love the heart and the drive and the passion behind it. I feel like those boys are playing as hard as they can – in college football and pro football – because it’s what they love to do and it’s their passion, and I just, I don’t know. I love it.”
Lauren Alaina (Super Bowl foods she wishes she could eat) OC: …with cheese? (laughs) :30
“Gosh, let’s see cheese dip. I would really like some cheese dip in my life again. Um, I’m a big fan of wings and hot dogs and pizza and cheesecake and poppers and cheese sticks and cheese, anything that has to do with cheese. Did you realize everything I named besides the wings, which you dip in blue cheese, had to do with cheese?” (laughs)
LBT (Super Bowl 2020) OC: (Phillip) …win this game. :29
JIMI: “This game is gonna be fun. Of course, my team is the Tennessee Titans, so I don’t have quite the heart connection that I do with these two teams. (Phillip: “I like Mahomes though.”) But I’m excited because I think it’s gonna be a great game. They match up very interestingly, and I think it’s gonna be fun to watch. I don’t think anybody’s gonna stop Mahomes, though. Shew. The 49er defense, they are for real.” PHILLIP: “If you can pick apart the 49er defense, you can win this game.”
LBT (football story) OC: …my lip. :40
“I was the quarterback to my powder puff team. I was running the ball and I came around the corner – this was in high school – and a foreign exchange student, I think her name was Inga (KIMBERLY: “Inga.”), and I didn’t want to fumble ‘cause my brother and my dad were there, and I come from this very athletic family, so I held onto the ball. I knew I was going to go down, so I let my head hit first and I bit all the way through, but I didn’t fumble and I had a hole in my face, though. The sad thing is that it was just flag football, but I left my flags on and cleats and everything, ‘cause it looked cool, and I had blood running all down my jersey. I went to the emergency room like that, and they sewed up my lip.”
Luke Bryan (Super Bowl food) OC: …over again. :22
“Definitely Super Bowl is like the queso, the Frito Lay scoops with the Ro-tel situation. I guess it’s like, what’s the black-eyed pea stuff too? All of that, just stuff that you can sit there and have lots of sodium, and then just, it’s like Thanksgiving all over again.”
Sam Hunt (Super Bowl 2020) OC: …one for the books, for sure. :35
“I think it’s gonna be exciting. It’s like the new generation Super Bowl almost. The quarterbacks are great. I really like that Mahomes guy. I mean he represents a whole new era of quarterback. The game has changed a lot over the years, and it is, it’s exciting to see two teams…I like watching great offenses. I like quarterbacks who throw the ball around, score lots of points, and these two teams do that. They’ve got a lot of exciting players. So, I think this one’s gonna be one for the books, for sure.”
Sam Hunt (Super Bowl & music) OC: …combined there. :24
“It’s become such a massive pop culture event, and I love that they’ve incorporated music and entertainment with the sport itself and the entertainment value that comes from that. It encompasses just a strong representation of American culture, and I’m a huge music fan, obviously, and I’m a huge sports fan, so those are two of my favorite worlds combined there.”
Luke Bryan is ready to head south of the border for his sixth annual CRASH MY PLAYA 2020. The SOLD-OUT destination concert event in the Riviera Cancun region of Mexico is set to begin Wednesday (January 22nd) and will run through Saturday (January 25th). This year’s even will include Luke’s buddy Jason Aldean, as well as performances by Jordan Davis, Caylee Hammack, Jon Langston, Old Dominion, Lee Brice, Scotty McCreery, Granger Smith, Tenille Townes, Kendall Marvel, DJ Rock, and Dustin Lynch, who is the only artist who has appeared all six years of the event.
“Crash My Playa is the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done in my career. To get to go mid-to-late January down in Mexico, get a good suntan on and go sing your music and just have a big onstage party,” says Luke. “The past couple of years, I have called my buddy Jason Aldean, and he, I think he’s been having children. He’s been doing stuff like that, and finally he’s got a window where he’s gonna make it this year, and I’m excited to hang with him down at the beach. The beauty of having Jason is the night he’s on stage, I can crash the stage and vice versa. He and I can play some old songs he and I used to play when we were on tour together there. So, it’ll be real, real organic and authentic up there, and it’s just gonna be fun hanging with Jason in Mexico, and I’m so glad he signed on to be a part of it.”
The Caribbean beach vacation will be the biggest event yet and will feature Luke headlining two nights during the all-inclusive concert vacation. Jason Aldean will be making his debut Crash My Playa appearance headlining one of the four nightly concerts.
CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 will be hosted at just one resort for the first time in 2020 at the Moon Palace Cancún. From sun-up to sun-down, the resort sizzles with energy and is ranked amongst the best in the region on TripAdvisor. This oceanfront sanctuary offers a vibrant spectrum of magnificent rooms, all-inclusive food and drink, 24-hour concierge service, relaxing pools, on-site restaurants, and bars, as well as plenty of activities on both land and sea, including offsite adventures to Isla Mujeres, Rio Secreto, and Chichen Itza.
The Georgia native is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “What She Wants Tonight.” He just announced that he’ll release his seventh studio album Born Here, Live Here, Die Here on April 24th and will hit the road with his Proud to Be Right Here Tour on May 28th in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Luke Bryan (Crash My Playa 6) OC: …be a part of it. :52
“Crash My Playa is the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done in my career. To get to go mid to late January down in Mexico, get a good suntan on and go sing your music and just have a big onstage party. The past couple of years, I have called my buddy Jason Aldean, and he, I think he’s been having children. He’s been doing stuff like that, and finally he’s got a window where he’s gonna make it this year, and I’m excited to hang with him down at the beach. The beauty of having Jason is the night he’s on stage, I can crash the stage and vice versa. He and I can play some old songs he and I used to play when we were on tour together there. So, it’ll be real, real organic and authentic up there, and it’s just gonna be fun hanging with Jason in Mexico, and I’m so glad he signed on to be a part of it.”