Luke Bryan is finishing 2017 on a high note. Bryan's newest album, What Makes You Country, is officially his fourth album to reach the number one spot on a Billboard chart and his fourth consecutive record to accomplish that feat. You can play the title track from the record by playing the video above.
What Makes You Country was released on Dec. 8 and went straight to the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart, according to a report from Billboard. The record is also ranked number one on the magazine's Top Country Albums Chart on the most recent edition of that chart. Per the Billboard report, What Makes You Country sold 108,000 units in its debut, of which all but 9,000 were physical album sales. That's an impressive statistic, particularly as music continues to move more toward digital platforms.
But here's an even more impressive fact: What Makes You Country is Bryan's fourth album to go to number one on the Top Country Albums Chart. His three previous releases - 2015's Kill The Lights, 2013's Crash My Party and 2011's Tailgates and Tanlines - also reached the top spot. And of those four records, three of them were also ranked number one on the overall Billboard 200. That means every album Luke Bryan has released so far this decade has gone to number one on a Billboard chart, and 75 percent of them have been the top-ranked album in all of music.
The question now is how Bryan's sixth studio album will do in final sales numbers. His last three albums were all certified at least double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. With less than a month since its release, it's too early to call if What Makes You Country will achieve that same distinction, but it's certainly carved out its own place on the album charts. It even outpaced the new record from Bryan's longtime friend Blake Shelton, whose Texoma Shore also scored on the Top Country Albums Chart but only went to number four on the Billboard 200.
Bryan will almost certainly build on that success in 2018. He's joined Katy Perry and Lionel Richie as the judges on ABC's revival of "American Idol" which will debut in March. Given how singing competitions almost always feature judge performances, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see him perform a song or two from What Makes You Country on the "Idol" stage, and continue getting his latest album in front of new audiences. He also has a spring 2018 tour planned, with tickets available here:
Feb. 16 - Springfield, MO - JQH Arena
Feb. 17 - Evansville, IN - Ford Center
Feb. 18 - Louisville, KY - KFC Yum! Center
Feb. 22 - State College, PA - Bryce Jordan Center
Feb. 23 - Atlantic City, NJ - Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
Feb. 24 - Charlottesville, VA - John Paul Jones Arena
March 09 - Lafayette, LA - Cajundome
March 10 - New Orleans, LA - Smoothie King Center
March 23 - Honolulu, HI - Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena
March 24 - Honolulu, HI - Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena
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