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The Year in Country 2013 -- Luke Bryan Cements His Superstar Status

Image courtesy of Capitol Nashville (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Capitol Nashville (via ABC News Radio)

Luke Bryan became a true country music superstar in 2013, placing two albums at #1 on the Billboard 200 in the span of five months. The first one happened with the March release of Luke's S pring Break: Here to Party , and he topped the chart again in August when Crash My Party sold just under 528,000 copies in its first week.   Justin Timberlake is the only other artist to pull that feat off in 2013.

On the road, Luke's hit songs and butt-shaking dance moves helped sell out almost every date on his Dirt Road Diaries tour, thanks in large part to his much-talked about dance moves. Luke's massive appeal also earned him the fan-voted Entertainer of the Year trophy at the ACM Awards, which he co-hosted with Blake Shelton in April.

Not everyone was a fan of Luke's music this year. Zac Brown took issue with Luke's #1 hit, "That's My Kind of Night," in a September radio interview, calling it, "One of the worst songs I've ever heard." Luke's buddy Jason Aldean rose to his defense in a strongly-worded Instagram post , but Luke kept mum on the matter until the CMA Awards. When hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood made light of the "feud," Luke went over to Zac in the audience and the pair hugged it out.  

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