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Luke Bryan Reveals His Unlikely Love for Michael Jackson and Metallica

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

Listening to Luke Bryan 's south Georgia twang on the radio, you'd never know he's a big fan of both pop icon Michael Jackson and heavy metal giants Metallica .

It turns out Michael's album, Thriller , was the first album Luke ever bought with his own money.  "If you didn't have Thriller , you weren't cool," Luke tells Entertainment Weekly . "Yes, I could moonwalk. No, we couldn't afford the glove and the red jacket."

As for Metallica, Luke admits to loving their 1988 album …And Justice for All .  He says, "I'd never really gotten into rock, and it was the first time I heard a big rock album that really inspired me. I just thought it was awesome, the angst and the anger."

Luke is currently working on his next studio album featuring his latest single, "Crash My Party." He predicts another ballad on the album, "Drink a Beer," will also be a big hit one day.

"It's the coolest sad song I've ever heard," Luke explains. "It's a heart-tugger."

Luke's new album will be in stores August 13.

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