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.
Since achieving stardom with his sophomore album Doin’ My Thing, Luke Bryan has maintained his stature as country music’s most beloved artist. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Doin’ My Thing, Bryan’s acclaimed album will receive its vinyl debut on October 4th via Capitol Nashville/UMe as an expanded deluxe edition featuring 13 tracks, including two rare bonus songs, “Y’all Can Have This Town” and “Favorite Flowers,” previously only available on the iTunes exclusive version of the album. The LP will be released on standard black vinyl as well as limited edition translucent clear vinyl, available exclusively at via Luke Bryan and UMG Nashville’s web stores. The deluxe edition of Doin’ My Thing will also be released digitally on October 4th.
“I think Doin’ My Thing was such a very important album for me, my sophomore album. I learned so much, certainly after I’ll Stay Me, but now that I get to hear it on vinyl, I can go back and really remember the work that you put in,” says Luke. “It was such a tough time in my career. I mean, I’m trying to prove myself day in and day out from doing live shows to recording the best music that I can, and this album really speaks volumes of where I was at this time in my career. There are album cuts on this album that fans still request and want me to play in my live shows. I think ‘Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin’ Bullets’ was such a big song for me to go do live. The fans loved it, and Doin’ My Thing was, it was just where I was at in my life, and I’m just so glad I had some big hits on it to keep my career going onward and upward.”
Preorder Doin’ My Thing now: https://UMe.lnk.to/DoinMyThing
Upon release, Doin’ My Thing went Platinum and peaked at #2 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart and #6 on the Billboard Top 200. The album produced a trio of #1 hit singles: “Do I,” “Rain Is A Good Thing” and “Someone Else Calling You Baby.” All three hits were co-written by Bryan and are a part of his 22 #1 song career tally, twelve of which he co-wrote. Doin’ My Thing also features Bryan’s distinctive cover version of the OneRepublic hit “Apologize.”
In the decade since Bryan released Doin’ My Thing, he has twice been named a two–time Academy of Country Music and a two–time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, a five-time host of the ACM Awards, a celebrity judge on ABC’s American Idol, a NSAI Artist/Songwriter of the Year, and was named a CMT Artist of the Year six consecutive years. Bryan has more certified digital singles than any other country artist, with 46 million tracks and 12 million albums with four Billion music streams. In May 2019, Bryan kicked off the first weekend of his “Sunset Repeat Tour,” with 50,000 fans followed by a sold–out show in Boston’s Gillette Stadium, bringing his career headline stadium concert total to 35. Last summer, Bryan opened Nashville’s only six-floor entertainment facility in the heart of Music City, LUKE’S 32 BRIDGE FOOD + DRINK. The name was inspired by Bryan’s childhood home near Route 32 Bridge in Lee County, Georgia
Doin’ My Thing Track List
- Rain Is A Good Thing
- Doin’ My Thing
- Do I
- What Country Is
- Someone Else Calling You Baby
- Welcome To The Farm
- Every Time I See You
- Chuggin’ Along
- I Did It Again
- Drinkin’ Beer And Wastin’ Bullets
- Ya’ll Can Have This Town (Bonus Track)
- Favorite Flowers (Bonus Track)
Luke Bryan (Doin’ My Thing on vinyl) OC: …and upward. 1:03
“I think Doin’ My Thing was such a very important album for me, my sophomore album. I learned so much, certainly after I’ll Stay Me, but now that I get to hear it on vinyl, I can go back and really remember the work that you put in. It was such a tough time in my career. I mean, I’m trying to prove myself day in and day out from doing live shows to recording the best music that I can, and this album really speaks volumes of where I was at this time in my career. There are album cuts on this album that fans still request and want me to play in my live shows. I think ‘Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin’ Bullets’ was such a big song for me to go do live. The fans loved it, and Doin’ My Thing was, it was just where I was at in my life, and I’m just so glad I had some big hits on it to keep my career going onward and upward.”
Once, Twice, Three Times a…Judge! Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, host Ryan Seacrest will return for their third season of American Idol together on ABC. Radio host Bobby Bones returns as mentor to the contestants. Auditions for the upcoming season have been taking place since July 23rd, and the show will debut sometime next Spring.
Last year, Luke was excited to return to the show for the second season, because he knew what to expect.
“I’m more excited this year because I know what to expect. I’m not going to be scared the whole time. The fact that me and Lionel and Katy and Ryan we have one season under our belt; we know how much we can have fun with one another. We know how serious the contestants take it. We’re excited. I mean, I know we’re more excited than last year, just because we know what to expect, and it’s gonna be a lot of surprises and a lot of fun.”
The Georgia native and four-time Entertainer of the Year says he loves being a judge on the show and helping make dreams come true. “We love the role – me and Katy and Lionel and Ryan – we’re having a great time doing this. If we weren’t having a good time, it would change the whole dynamic. To be able to facilitate these kids’ dreams is very special.”
Luke, who is closing in on Top 5 with his latest smash “Knockin’ Boots,” takes his Sunset Repeat Tour to Bangor, Maine on Thursday (August 8th).
The trio is getting back together! Ready for another season of laughs, tears and wigs flying on @AmericanIdol. Get out there and audition! You never know, #TheNextIdol could be you… pic.twitter.com/TNwHZNrcRV
— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) August 5, 2019
— Lionel Richie (@LionelRichie) August 5, 2019
IT’S OFFICIAL, 3RD SEASON’S A CHARM! Excited to get the band back together with @LionelRichie and @LukeBryanOnline 🙌🏼 Get out there and audition y’all! 3rd season could be your charm✨#AmericanIdol #TheNextIdol pic.twitter.com/r0n6vVMrbH
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) August 5, 2019
Luke Bryan (entering 2nd season of American Idol) OC: …a lot of fun. :30
“Second season of Idol – I’m more excited this year because I know what to expect. I’m not going to be scared the whole time. The fact that me and Lionel and Katy and Ryan we have one season under our belt; we know how much we can have fun with one another. We know how serious the contestants take it. We’re excited. I mean, I know we’re more excited than last year, just because we know what to expect, and it’s gonna be a lot of surprises and a lot of fun.”
Luke Bryan (American Idol about the contestants) OC: …very special. :42
“It’s always about the contestants. That’s what makes the show fun for us – the surprises, the talent, the youthfulness of the talent. I mean, we have so many 15, 16, 17-year-olds that are unbelievable, and watching them handle the pressure and have fun and the tears and the joy and the smile and all that. So, we’re loving it. We love the role – me and Kay and Lionel and Ryan – we’re having a great time doing this. If we weren’t having a good time, it would change the whole dynamic. To be able to facilitate these kids’ dreams is very special.”
Due to excitement from fans wanting to participate in one of the world’s most unique destination concert and all-inclusive beach vacations, Luke Bryan’s CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 has SOLD-OUT six-months ahead of the event!
We are truly happy with how this event has grown and how the fans are eager to come back year after year,” said Luke.
As previously announced, Luke will headline two nightly concerts on the beach. Jason Aldean makes his Crash My Playa debut in 2020 with one headlining performance while Dustin Lynch returns for his 6th straight year to perform both on the main stage as well as poolside for one of his infamous pool party sets. Additional performers will be announced soon.
CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 will take place January 22-25, 2020. In order to provide a more holistic experience, the event will be hosted at just one resort for the first time, 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.
For more information about CRASH MY PLAYA 2020 visit: www.crashmyplaya.com
Luke is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest smash hit, “Knockin’ Boots.”