Florida Georgia Line Looks to Stay on Top in 2014: 'It's Going to Be a Big Year'

Florida Georgia Line perform during the 10th Anniversary Billboard Touring Conference & Awards on November 13, 2013 in New York City.

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The week of Thanksgiving traditionally is always one of the biggest weeks for music releases of all genres. Representing the world of country music is CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Florida Georgia Line, who will release "Here's To The Good Times...This Is How We Roll," a deluxe edition of their Republic Nashville debut. In a recent interview with Billboard, both Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley said they were very excited to get some new music out to their fans. 

"It's got five new songs on it that we're very excited about," said Kelley. "We've been writing all year, and we couldn't wait for album two. We had to get new stuff out for our fans. They've been asking for it since the day the record came out. We're very excited and something we believe in very strongly is getting as much new music out as we can."

Hubbard is equally passionate to see what the reaction will be to the new music. "I know we were talking about pushing things back, but we would rush back into the studio every second we were back in town, working with Joey Moi so we could get it finished. I think the fans are going to love this music," he said. 

One of the new cuts features someone they have worked very closely with over the last year. "We've got Luke Bryan with us on the song ‘This Is How We Roll," exclaimed Kelley. "He just brings so much energy and personality to the song. We couldn't be more proud of how it turned out, especially with his vocal on it. There's so much life on it. Joey took that song and made it explode out of the speaker. Being able to tour with Luke and build a relationship with him all year and have him on the release is really exciting. It shows how the country music community works. You go out there and work with somebody that they want to support you and you want to support them. It's cool to see it come full circle," he said.

Kelley admits their success has been interesting to watch, as it has came gradually since they released "Cruise" last summer. "It kind of came in stages to be honest with you. The first part was the day we wrote it, then when we recorded it. Then, taking it out on the road and seeing the reaction on the Country Throwdown tour. More people were coming to see our time slot, and more people were singing. It was one thing after the other, but definitely in different steps. I think that's been the most fun. We co-wrote it, so to see it from the birth of it to all the success, it's been very humbling," he admits.

"Cruise" made Billboard chart history – spending a record 24 weeks atop Hot Country Songs. Hubbard talked about having that distinction.

Recently, the duo has started their own headlining tour, which Kelley says has gone very well. "So far, so good. It really is crazy. When we started talking about this earlier this year, the size of the buildings or arenas, it kept getting bigger and bigger, more production, more trucks, and more buses. It's blown us away, really. It's an incredible time in our careers to go out and play as long as we want. It's nice to feel the freedom of if we want to add a song that night, we can. Our fans are really enjoying it, and have been asking for it for a long time. It is a dream come true to headline a tour and to know that everybody is coming to see you. It's very surreal."

The duo talks about their current single, "Stay," which tops the Country Digital Songs chart this week, and working with "Dallas" star Josh Henderson on the video.

So, what do they plan for an encore in 2014? "Hopefully – fingers crossed, we'll have just as big of a year next year as this year," says Hubbard with a smile. "We're doing the Jason Aldean tour next year. That's going to be a lot of fun. We love Jason and what he's doing. We'll do some more headlining stuff as well. We'll keep working hard, and writing songs. We'll be working on a new album, obviously. It's going to be a big year, so we're excited about it."

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