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Play It Again (Luke Bryan song)

"Play It Again" is a song written by Dallas Davidson and Ashley Gorley, and recorded by American country music artist Luke Bryan. It was released on March 24, 2014 as the fourth single from his fourth studio album, Crash My Party.[1] On April 17, 2014, "Play It Again" became Bryan's eighth non-consecutive chart-topper on the Hot Country Songs chart, the most by any act in the time since his first number one "Rain Is a Good Thing" hit the top spot on July 24, 2010.[2]

"Play It Again"
Play It Again.jpg
Single by Luke Bryan
from the album Crash My Party
Released March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Country
Length 3:47
Label Capitol Nashville
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Jeff Stevens
Luke Bryan singles chronology
"This Is How We Roll"
(2014)
"Play It Again"
(2014)
"Roller Coaster"
(2014)
"This Is How We Roll"
(2014)
"Play It Again"
(2014)
"Roller Coaster"
(2014)

Contents

Critical receptionEdit

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song 4 stars out of 5, praising both the lyrics for "[getting] at the emotion that hits young people who are full of life" and Bryan's charming delivery, which "sells the song". Bjorke also commended the label's timing in releasing a feel-good song so close to Summertime.[3] Billy Dukes of Taste of Country also gave the song a positive review, saying that "This superstar is enjoying a time when everything that he sings sounds unique and feels deeply satisfying. He’s found a few familiar themes that don’t grow old quickly, and his performances have gotten better with each release. ‘Play It Again’ is another hit for Bryan. When it finishes its chart run, it will likely be amongst the top 5 of his career."[4] Vickye Fisher of For The Country Record was less favorable, saying that "The choruses, full production guitars/drums and belted vocals, do nothing to make ‘Play It Again’ sound any different from any other songs on the album, or any other songs on the radio, for that matter. It’s not distinctive, it’s just boring."[5]

Commercial receptionEdit

"Play It Again" debuted at number 46 on the Country Airplay chart for the week ending of March 15, 2014.[6] Two weeks later, "Play It Again" entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 81 for the week ending of March 29, 2014.[7] "Play It Again" reached number one on the Hot Country Songs chart dated of April 17, 2014.[2] "Play It Again" reached number one on the Country Airplay chart for the week ending of May 31, 2014; the same week, Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll", on which Bryan is a featured artist, held the number 2 position on the Country Airplay chart, making Bryan the first artist in the chart's 24-year history to hold the top two positions simultaneously.[8]

"Play It Again" was certified Platinum by the RIAA on May 20, 2014,[9] with sales of over a million in sales in the U.S. by May 2014.[10] It reached its second million sales mark in January 2015. As of April 2017, the song has sold 2,493,000 copies in the United States.[11]

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Michael Monaco and premiered in April 2014.[12]

Another video this time featuring New Zealand cover band The Pixars was released to YouTube on January 4th 2018.[13]

Charts and certificationsEdit

Preceded by
"This Is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
Billboard Hot Country Songs number-one single
April 26–June 14, 2014
July 5, 2014
Succeeded by
"This Is How We Roll" by Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan
"Somethin' Bad" by Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood
Preceded by
"Automatic" by Miranda Lambert
Billboard Canada Country number-one single
May 24–31, 2014
June 14–28, 2014
Succeeded by
"Automatic" by Miranda Lambert
"My Eyes" by Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian
Preceded by
"Get Me Some of That"
by Thomas Rhett
Billboard Country Airplay
number-one single

May 31–June 21, 2014
Succeeded by
"Beat of the Music"
by Brett Eldredge

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Country: Going for Adds March 24, 2014". Radio & Records. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Jessen, Wade. "Luke Bryan, Martina McBride Top Country Songs, Albums Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt. "Single Review: Luke Bryan - Play It Again". Roughstock. Cheri Media. Archived from the original on 19 March 2014. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "Luke Bryan, 'Play It Again' - ToC Critic's Pick [Listen]". Taste of Country. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Luke Bryan 'Play It Again' – Single Review : For The Country Record". For The Country Record. 26 February 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Trust, Gary. "Chart Highlights: American Authors Are 'Best' On Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Luke Bryan - Play It Again". acharts. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Jessen, Wade; Trust, Gary. "uke Bryan Locks Up Nos. 1 And 2 On Country Airplay Chart". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "American certifications – Luke Bryan – Play It Again". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2014-06-02. 
  10. ^ Paul Grein (May 21, 2014). "Chart Watch: MJ Makes Hot 100 History". Chart Watch. 
  11. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (April 17, 2017). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: April 17, 2017". Roughstock. 
  12. ^ "CMT : Videos : Luke Bryan : Play It Again". Country Music Television. Retrieved April 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Pixars ft MB and Luke Bryan - Play It Again (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Retrieved January 4, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Best of 2014: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Best of 2014: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Best of 2014: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Best of 2014: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Luke Bryan – Play It Again". Music Canada. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 
  24. ^ "American single certifications – Luke Bryan – Play It Again". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH