For years, reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan has given fans new music every spring break with his annual beach party-themed EPs. Fun-filled and nostalgic for old crowds and new, the records have been a favorite among many since its initial debut in 2009.
But after ending the highly anticipated tradition just last spring, Bryan is turning a new leaf this fall as he returns with a new collection of music — one the award-winning artist is better associated with: his country boy roots.
There is no bigger name in the country music industry today than reigning Entertainer of the Year, Luke Bryan. The 39 year-old Georgia native celebrated his 13th No. 1 hit last week when the debut single “Kick The Dust Up” from his fifth-studio album, Kill The Lights topped country radio airplay charts.
Releasing last Friday, Kill The Lights trails 2013’s stellar record Crash My Party, which debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 Albums and Country Albums charts. Becoming the third best-selling album of 2013, Bryan’s fourth studio album sold nearly 2.5 million copies and produced six No. 1 singles—four of which sold at least 1 million copies and are now certified platinum. Since his debut in 2007 with I’ll Stay Me, Bryan has not only skyrocketed to the top of Nashville’s most successful performers by delivering No. 1 hits and filling stadiums year-after-year, but is recognized as one of the country music industry’s most respectable power players.
Throughout his rise to headliner status, Bryan was one of the more adventurous country artists to fuse a cliché dirt-road-country track with modern pop elements in hopes to reach larger audiences. While the combination of hip-hop, rock, pop, and electronic music to old-school country has triggered dislike and a “civil war” of sorts among critics, journalists, and fellow industry artists, the “bro-country” sub-genre that Bryan so spotlessly delivers is continuing to thrive thanks to its growing popularity with millennials. As music evolves in various genres over the years, it’s implied (and inevitable) that such a progression will move into the country category as well.
While Kill The Lights might allude to Bryan shying away from country music and diving headfirst into pop, there are strong, country-sounding elements present in this new record.
Did you tune into the Academy of Country Music Awards last night? The always awesome Meg Quinn and I watched together, and if you caught the fun and hilarity of our tweets too, then you will know how great this review is that we collaborated on for our online magazine, The Hudsucker. Check it out!
The rich history of the esteemed Academy of Country Music Awards and the enormity and grandeur of Texas were prevailing themes of last night’s 50th anniversary ACM Awards. Hosted at the AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, the star-studded evening clocked in at over three hours but didn’t run short in run-time or performances. With 23 acts performing over the course of the mega event, the awards show brought down the house in a record-breaking, super-sized evening of fun and stomping. This ain’t your grandma’s country music!
Our resident country music fans, Meg Quinn and Tania Hussain waited all year for this event and watched it together. The two now share their commentary with readers from last night’s ceremonies, highlighting some of their favorite performances, wins, stars, and moments from evening’s glamorous and historical event.
With Luke Bryan releasing the final installment in his mega popular Spring Break series this Tuesday, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year is finally hanging up his shades and packing up the sunscreen to say farewell to the college party scene with his latest record, Spring Break…Checkin’ Out.
Since the debut of his first album, I’ll Stay Me in 2007, country artist Luke Bryan has placed 12 singles in the No. 1 spot, and sold nearly 7 million albums, with 27 million digital tracks from his four studio albums. Named as Entertainer of the Year from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association, Bryan’s success and contributions to the country music scene will be honored this summer with an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. However, this week Bryan says goodbye to the party scene with his last Spring Break record.
“My fans have been so wonderful to embrace these special Spring Break albums over the last seven years,” said Bryan in a press release. “We’ve created a lot of amazing memories writing these songs and performing them at the beach shows in Florida. Those concerts are among the most enjoyable of my career.”
To most of the country, summer means that school’s finally out, the grill is being fired up, beach goers are taking full advantage of the warm and sunny days by tanning and listening to waves hitting the coast; and endless fishing opportunities are abound for those outdoor enthusiasts! And more to the point—summer means relaxing at the lake house and cooling off with an ice cold beer.
With weather forecasters predicting a scorcher this season, there’s no one better to join in on the much welcomed summer fun than country music sensation Luke Bryan, who is fast becoming one of the biggest country stars of our time.