Luke Bryan is consistently living up to that ACM Award for Entertainer of the Year! He’s been taking 2013 by storm, releasing the single “Crash My Party” which shot up the charts in record time, and got everyone singing along with him all over again. His album, of the same name, managed to do the same. Sitting pretty at #1 on the Pop Charts, “Crash My Party” sold 528,000 copies in it’s first week of release, making it the best selling album by a male country artist in almost nine years. The last time this was accomplished was back in 2004, when Tim McGraw was flying high with “Live Like You Were Dying” which sold 766,000 copies in its first week.
To date, Crash My Party is the biggest country music Billboard entry outside of the massive crossover artist that is Taylor Swift. Luke’s feel good tunes, energetic performances, and humbled disposition are taking the world by storm and expanding the very pool of country music listeners. Whether you’re a fan of Luke or not, he’s pulling people towards the genre that otherwise wouldn’t pay that much attention to it, the same way Swift did when she first came out. At his core, he is the definition of a country boy, raised in Georgia on a farm, taught to work his ass off for everything he had. He knows what country music is all about, but he’s unafraid of combining genres and giving it that crossover feel that appeals to more and more people.
Last year, he told the Los Angeles Times that he feels it’s important to open the doors of Country music to a wider audience, in an effort to expand the reach of the genre. “I try to be a good representative for country music,” Bryan said. “But as a country artist, it’s important to move the needle and make a difference beyond your core audience. But you can’t ever strategically try to accomplish that; then things get weird. I just cut songs I love and that represent what I want to say. And if it crosses over, that’s very flattering. It’s cool to know that with people listening to rock and rap, I’m sitting on their iPods along with that stuff.”
One of my favorite songs? Play It Again. Take a listen below!
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