Luke Bryan Finishes the Year as the King of Country
How the singer from small-town Leesburg, Georgia, owned 2014
2014 can officially be known as the Year of Luke Bryan: the Leesburg, Georgia, native is wrapping things up sitting on top of Billboard‘s year-end country charts.
Bryan, 38, is not just the top male artist of the year, but also the top overall country artist. As well as the top country albums artist, thanks to last year’s Crash My Party, which generated 4.4 million in track sales during the 2014 chart year. The album is also responsible for two of the year’s biggest hits on Hot Country Songs: “Drink a Beer,” which spent five weeks at No. 1, and “Play It Again,” with nine weeks.
Bryan also gets some credit for 2014’s top single on the Hot Country Songs chart, as a featured singer on Florida Georgia Line‘s “This Is How We Roll.”
Meanwhile Brett Eldredge ruled the radio, with his tune “Beat of the Music” enjoying a 39-week chart run and a monstrous 760 million plays, giving the CMA New Artist of the Year his spot on top of 2014’s Country Airplay chart.
Miranda Lambert finishes the year as the top female artist and the lone female artist in the overall artist top 10.