Tag Archives: Luke Bryan

Apr
16

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The 50th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards: Drinking Game!

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Well, with the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards almost upon us, I figured it was time to get those shots ready. Our award show drinking games always prove popular, so with this being such a special year for the ACMs, let’s get cracking and don’t forget to join us for our usual live tweeting snark over at @FTCountryRecord, from the red carpet to the full show itself! Warning: we take no responsibility for wherever you may end up after playing our drinking game for three hours straight… and also no responsibility for Monday morning’s hangover/being fired from your job. Sorry!

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Mar
11

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Luke Bryan ‘Spring Break… Checkin’ Out’ – EP Review

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Well, it finally happened. Luke Bryan finally hung up his hat and boots and said that he would be releasing his final ‘Spring Break’ album this year, because the age of 38 is a totally acceptable time to stop partying with college girls (not). As the seventh spring break-orientated EP from the superstar, it’s been a nice filler release in-between albums for him, but it was definitely getting old, particularly since much of the songs on ‘Tailgates and Tanlines’ but more prominently ‘Crash My Party’ are good-timin’ songs anyway. And since he’s risen to even more wide-ranging fame in the past couple of years, it’s unlikely that Luke is going to stop putting those kind of tracks in abundance on his usual albums anytime soon.

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Mar
10

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Country to Country (C2C) Festival Day 1 | March 7th, 2015 – Review

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With a controversial line-up made up of Brandy Clark, Lee Ann Womack, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, ticket sales seemed to suffer at this year’s C2C music festival, with empty seats being prevalent throughout the two days. What I thought was worse, however, was the embarrassingly empty stands for the amazing openers on both days. In fact, on the Saturday, the stands only seemed remotely full when Florida Georgia line and Luke Bryan came on stage. If the UK wants to be taken seriously by the CMA and by artists, then deliberately missing two of country music’s greatest voices and songstresses is not the way to go about it.

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Mar
2

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Hall of Fangirl – March 2015 (C2C Edition)

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Every year we use our monthly Hall of Fangirl feature to take a look at the acts playing C2C Festival in London (+ Dublin, Oslo and Stockholm), since it’s become the UK and Europe’s premier country music festival, despite only coming up on its third year. Let’s dig in and take a look at some of the acts on the bill.

Brandy Clark

Currently traditional country’s torchbearer within the mainstream field, Brandy Clark is coming off the back of two Grammy nominations (Best New Artist and Best Country Album for ’12 Stories’) and a Grammy performance with Dwight Yoakam (‘Hold My Hand’) that resulted in the highest percentage sales gain for any performing artist on the night. As well as playing the CMA Songwriters Series the previous night, she will be opening day one of the festival, no doubt bringing in a whole new wave of fans. Check out her Grammy performance below.

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Feb
5

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Billboard Chart Roundup – Week of February 14th, 2015

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Once again Luke Bryan tops the Hot Country Songs chart with his latest smash hit ‘I See You’, and as of this week the sixth Country Airplay #1 from his latest studio album ‘Crash My Party’ (a new record). Yet, despite the relative Luke Bryan dominance, it’s Sam Hunt who gets the last laugh once again, as ‘Montevallo’ leads Top Country Albums for another week, ‘Take Your Time’ does the same at Country Digital Songs, and the only change happening at Country Streaming Songs is ‘Leave The Night On’ and ‘Take Your Time’ swapping over between #1 and #2. And although Eric Church’s Country Airplay drop is only one place this week with ‘Talladega’ (last week’s #1), and Zac Brown Band’s ‘Homegrown’ is one of the biggest gainers, the spotlight largely shies away from any of the other acts on the charts this week. Read on for the full top 50s/60s of each of the five Billboard country charts, organized by artist!

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Jan
13

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Sir Mashalot Creates Amazing 6-Song Country Mash-up; Reveals Problem With Country Radio

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Sir Mashalot, the guy behind the 6-song mash-up that’s currently making the rounds in country music circles, recently spoke to me about the track, how he put it together and why he thinks it’s important. Featuring the songs ‘Sure Be Cool If You Did’ by Blake Shelton (2013), ‘Ready Set Roll’ by Chase Rice (2013), ‘Close Your Eyes’ by Parmalee (2014), ‘Drunk On You’ by Luke Bryan (2012), ‘This Is How We Roll’ by Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan (2013), and ‘Chillin’ It’ by Cole Swindell (2013), it is an example of just how similar the vast majority of country radio is becoming, both sonically and lyrically.

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