Leesburg native Luke Bryan performs “Play it Again” at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards May 18 in Las Vegas. This week, he has the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Country Music Airplay chart. (Reuters/Steve Marcus)
NASHVILLE — Leesburg native Luke Bryan has managed to pull off a unique feat. Bryan is the first recording artist to hold both the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with his latest single, “Play It Again” and the No. 2 spot for “This Is How We Roll,” performing with Florida Georgia Line.
No artist had simultaneously held the Nos. 1 and 2 spots on the chart in its 14-year history.
“Play It Again,” written by Dallas Davidson of Albany and Ashley Gorley, is the fourth consecutive No. 1 single from Bryan’s “Crash My Party” album and is the 10th No. 1 single of Bryan’s career. “Crash My Party” ranked at No. 12 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart this week, while his “Tailgates & Tanlines” was at No. 90. “Crash My Party” was No. 4 on Billboard’s Country chart.
At the recent Billboard Awards, Bryan was named country artist of the year and his “Crash My Party” album was named top country album of the year.
As Bryan resumes his That’s My Kind of Night Tour this week, he’ll also be on the cover of People Country magazine’s sexiest men issue due for release this week. His cover photo was shot last month at Fort Lauderdale.
He’s also scheduled to perform Wednesday at the CMT Music Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell. The show airs at 8 p.m. on that network.
Bryan’s been nominated for four awards — video of the year (both for “That’s My Kind of Night” and with Florida Georgia Line for “That’s How We Roll”), male video of the year for “Crash My Party,” collaborative video of the year with Florida Georgia Line for “That’s How We Roll,” and CMT performance of the year for “Oh No/All Night Long” that he performed with Lionel Richie at the 2013 CMT Artists of the Year show.
A second Southwest Georgian will also be up for an award at the CMT show. Bronwood native Cole Swindell (“Chillin It”) is one of six nominees for breakthrough video of the year. Swindell’s album “Cole Swindell” ranked No. 79 this week on the Top 200 chart and No. 12 on the Country chart. He was a co-writer of Florida Georgia Line’s “This Is How We Roll.”
The CMT awards are voted upon by fans. The online voting continues through Sunday at www.cmt.com or on mobile at m.cmt.com.