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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