August 19, 2015
Luke Bryan released his second single from his fifth studio album, Kill The Lights, on August 4th. The album was released August 7th, and has already produced a #1 single “Kick The Dust Up”. Bryan’s newest single, “Strip It Down” debuted at #23 on the Country Aircheck chart, but no doubt will be another hit for the singer. Luke, along with Florida Georgia Line, has become known as Bro Country royalty, one of the ones who started it all… and that’s not a good thing. His songs weren’t bad when he first started out, but soon changed for the worse when he released his third studio album, Tailgates & Tanlines. The album does have its good moments, but it also produced the start of the Bro trend in Bryan’s music.
August 18, 2015
Luke Bryan takes over from Sam Hunt this week to absolutely dominate the country charts, starting with Hot Country Songs. No fewer than ten tracks from his brand new album ‘Kill The Lights’ have charted there (an album which incidentally takes #1 on Top Country Albums with ease), while a different nine (plus ‘Play It Again’) are present on Country Digital Songs. Three of his songs are charting on Country Streaming Songs and two are on Country Airplay (the current single ‘Strip It Down’ and the previous, ‘Kick The Dust Up’). If that weren’t enough, ‘Kill The Lights’ is followed by ‘Crash My Party’ and ‘Spring Break… Checkin’ Out’ on Top Country Albums. Phew! Of course, Sam Hunt’s ‘House Party’ is still dominating Hot Country Songs, Country Digital Songs and Country Streaming Songs, but I’m sure it won’t be long until Luke is instead. Meanwhile, Zac Brown band’s Motown-inspired ‘Loving You Easy’ is this week’s Country Airplay #1. Read on for the full details!
August 10, 2015
Right, let’s get this bit out the way first: ‘Kill The Lights’ is a better album than ‘Crash My Party’.
That’s not of course to say that there aren’t some polarizing, bro-country tracks in here, because there are; but there are enough more substantial offerings to balance what is an album of predominantly love songs, whether that manifests itself in adoration, lust, or heartbreak.
August 7, 2015
CMA Festival’s Country’s Night To Rock aired this week (Aug. 4th) on ABC… and it was pretty forgettable. Country super group Little Big Town hosted the event and did a good job at it, it’s just too bad the event wasn’t as good as they were.
August 4, 2015
This week Luke Bryan takes on more dominance than he has done in some time, as ‘Kick The Dust Up’ retains its hold at #1 on Hot Country Songs and moves up to the top spot on Country Airplay and Country Digital Songs, only bested by Sam Hunt’s ‘Take Your Time’ at #1 on Country Streaming Songs. Leading Top Country Albums is Alan Jackson with ‘Angels & Alcohol’, making things right after he just missed out last week (blame Jason Isbell for that), while Ashley Monroe’s ‘The Blade’ comes in at #2 and Aussie singer Kasey Chambers debuts at #49 with ‘Bittersweet’. New records from Blake Shelton (‘Gonna’) and Jason Aldean (‘Gonna Know We Were Here’) also make their presence known this week. Read on for more!
August 1, 2015
In celebration of the release of ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan’s Kill The Lights, Citi will present an exclusive concert by the award-winning country artist that will stream live from Irving Plaza on August 7th on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo. Tickets will be available for purchase exclusively for Citi cardmembers beginning Wednesday, August 5th at 10:00 am EST. Kill The Lights is Bryan’s fifth studio album and the follow up to his most successful project to date, Crash My Party, which contains six consecutive No. 1 singles, is certified Double Platinum and has sold over two million copies with eight million digital downloads.