CMT Hot 20: Luke Bryan Ends Spring Break Tradition

He Tells CMT He’s Ready to Pass the Baton

For one last time, Luke Bryan took spring break by storm. And CMT Hot 20 Countdown was there at Panama City Beach, Florida, to get all the details on his decision to end his popular concert series after seven years.

“I’ve been candidly telling everybody the fact that I have somehow negotiated getting to do spring break through my 30s. I feel like I’ve kind of cheated the odds already,” said Bryan. “So it just feels like it’s time to move on and maybe hand the baton on to someone else and see where they take it.”

Bryan is determined to go out with a bang. This week, his Spring Break … Checkin’ Out EP debuted at the top of Billboard’s top country albums chart, making it his fifth career No. 1 album.

“I think the beauty of Spring Break is it started really, really raw and rough, and through the years, we’ve really polished the songs even a little better,” said Bryan. “I think this album — the collection of songs on here — is really, really solid, and great and we’ve put out an album with all of them on there.”

Bryan also shared how the song “Spring Breakdown” was intended as a thank-you to his fans for their years of support.

“It’s the first time in my career that I went out and really thanked the fans in that capacity through a song,” said Bryan. “I think the song turn out great and it was the perfect way to show my appreciation for them supporting spring break and, really, me as an artist.”

And while the sun may be setting on Bryan’s spring break tradition, he is already looking ahead to his next album.

“I’m always interested in just letting the songs I write take me wherever it goes,” he said. “Upping the ante on everything, trying to be a better singer this time in studio, trying to write better songs and do a few more creative things — that’s always been kind of our approach at this. Crash My Party was life-changing for me, and maybe the next one will be the same. We’ll see.”

On this weekend’s episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown, Bryan also reveals the backstage prank he’s planning to pull on his ACM Awards co-host Blake Shelton.

In addition, we open the CMT Vault for vintage Shania Twain tour footage as she prepped for her last major tour. Is Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler planning on recording a country album? We’ll sort out the rumors. Plus, raise a glass, give a cheer and catch a buzz with Cole Swindell on the set of his new music video “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey.”

For much more on Bryan’s final spring break, tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday and Sundays at 9 a.m. ET/PT.