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Luke Bryan has another plaque to hang on his wall. "It's kind of like a college degree—once you get one, no one can take it from you," Luke Bryan told reporters at Nashville's LP FIeld of the platinum-selling success of his latest album, Tailgates & Tanlines, which sold more than 1 million units.
Clearly basking in the album's success, Luke invited Nashville's music industry to celebrate with him at a private tailgate party, complete with a full-scale performance from Luke, food trucks serving ice cream, pizza and other foods, plus several Chevy trucks ready for tailgaters.
"It's an amazing event and day to celebrate being platinum," Luke said. "When you can get to say the rest of your life that you've got a platinum album, that really means something. It's a lot of hard work, a lot of effort . . . to make this stuff happen. Today is the day we all celebrate. Everybody here right now has kind of seen it happen from the get-go, and it's pretty amazing stuff. I'm very excited."
Luke says he's looked to the career of artist and close friend Jason Aldean as he considered the way he wanted his career to blossom. "Jason and I are really good friends, and if you look at the combination of songs he put together, from 'She's Country,' 'Big Green Tractor' and I think 'My Kinda Party' was after it, it's three songs that kept elevating his career. When I saw Jason's career go that way, I remember going, 'That's what I need to have happen to me.' I need that trifecta situation. 'Country Girl' got it started and ['I Don't Want This Night to End'] kept it going and now 'Drunk on You,' so it's really been nice to know that 'Drunk on You' has continued to elevate my career and keep album sales high. From A to Z, everybody in my life, we're really having a blast."