Luke Bryan's new album 'What Makes You Country' coming in December

Luke Bryan not only has a new job, he also has a new album. The country superstar, who joined the judges' table for the ABC revival of "American Idol" this month, has also announced that his next album called What Makes You Country will be released on Dec. 8. You can listen to the title track now by playing the video above and pre-order the record on iTunes.

The 15-track record will also include Bryan's recently released single "Light It Up", which arrived to a solid if modest reception on Aug. 23. The song has so far peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart, and is sitting at No. 11 on the magazine's Hot Country Songs Chart. It's also ranked No. 75 on the overall Hot 100 Singles Chart. That's noteworthy as Bryan hasn't had a single not reach the top spot on the Country Airplay Chart since 2013, but that was when "That's My Kind of Night" peaked at No. 2 and the song went on to be certified four times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and become one of Bryan's biggest hits. So this record could be another surprise.

What Makes You Country will be Bryan's first release since his 2016 EP Farm Tour...Here's To The Farmer and first full record since 2015's double Platinum album Kill The Lights. He's been very busy making music over the last several years, and continuing to evolve his music as he has become one of the biggest names in country music. Of particular interest to fans is that the iTunes listing for What Makes You Country doesn't show a single duet or featured artist on any of the tracks; this looks to be a totally solo effort for Bryan, which could be a great thing because he's a remarkably talent artist who doesn't always need a collaborator. His last duet partner, Karen Fairchild, is currently on tour with her group Little Big Town; fans can get tickets to their tour now through AXS.

As for Bryan, his  touring for the new record might be limited by his duties on "American Idol," which is scheduled to premiere in early 2018. He may not be able to hit the road if he's in the TV studio. That being said, television will provide him a national platform on which to promote the new record; the December release date means it will still be fresh whenever Bryan makes his "Idol" debut. It's the right album at the right time for Luke Bryan, and country music fans will want to make sure it winds up on their playlist.

What Makes You Country is available for pre-order on iTunes. Below is the album's complete track listing:

1. What Makes You Country
2. Out of Nowhere
3. Light It Up
4. Most People Are Good
5. Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset
6. Bad Lovers
7. Drinking Again
8. Land of a Million Songs
9. Like You Say You Do
10. Hooked On It
11. She's a Hot One
12. Hungover in a Hotel Room
13. Pick It Up
14. Driving This Thing
15. Win Life

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