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Bryan rides his tailgate to top

Wednesday, August 17, 2011 – Luke Bryan enjoyed a big first week of sales with "tailgates & tanlines, his third studio disc. Bryan topped the Billboard Country Album chart and was second on the Billboard Top 200 chart this week with 145,296 units sold.

"tailgates & tanlines" is the second highest selling debut for a country release this year behind Brad Paisley. The album's lead single and Top 5 hit, Country Girl (Shake It For Me), has sold more than 1 million downloads and is his best-selling single to date.

"I'm very proud of this album, and to have fans connect with the music in this way is exciting and really humbling," he said. "When I was writing and recording this project, I wanted to make an album which made people forget about all the other things in their lives that might stress them out and just have fun. And to have this kind of response from my fans makes me feel like that goal was accomplished."

Bryan more than doubled the first week sales numbers from his Gold-certified sophomore release, "Doin My Thing," which produced three back-to-back number one singles.

Bryan is now gearing up to headline the 10th annual CMT ON TOUR. The tour starts on Sept. 15 in Huntington, West Va. at Big Sandy Superstore Arena and will play 22 shows before wrapping on Nov. 19 in Monroe, La.

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Kill the Lights CD review - Kill the Lights
When Luke Bryan announces, "I've got that music for your ear" during the single "Kick the Dust Up," listeners should know right off this is not a collection of sounds for every ear. It's targeted toward the young and reckless set instead, where consequences don't seem to matter. There's no better example of this loose approach than the revenge sex expressed through a duet with Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild on "Home Alone Tonight," where »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: LSD tour provides a lot of highs – This was not your grandkids' country, that's for sure. Even the name of the tour - the LSD Tour - was a throwback (albeit far before the principals were making music). But make no mistake about it. With the ever cool country traditionalist Dwight Yoakam, the country with some rock and blues and rabble rousing of Steve Earle thrown in and the... »»»
Concert Review: Alvin, Gilmore fortunately get together – Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore had known each other for decades, but it wasn't until last year that they toured together in a guitar pull setting. What started as a small Texas tour mushroomed into points east and west and eventually the release earlier this month of their blues-based disc, "Downey to Lubbock." And now we have the... »»»
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