Wrangler-wearin’ country-rocker Jason Aldean is ending the biggest year of his career, thanks to the double-platinum success of his fourth CD, My Kinda Party.
Thus far, the CD has become the top-selling country album of 2011, as well as the CMA Album of the Year and iTunes’ “Country Album of the Year,” in addition to earning the No. 4 spot on Billboard’s all-genre Year-End Top 200 Albums chart.
“When we did our annual holiday party (recently), we had more to be thankful for and celebrate than we ever have before,” said Georgia son Aldean of 2011’s successes. “It’s really cool to be experiencing some of this stuff with a lot of the same guys who have been with me since I started in 2005.
“We’re definitely a family, and that has made the whole experience even more special,” Aldean added. “It’s been the most incredible year, and I’m lookin’ forward to some quiet time in the woods this Christmas, so I can really just spend some time reflecting on how much we accomplished and how grateful I am for all the support that the fans and my peers in the music business have given me.”
Although he was overlooked for industry awards in the past, 2011 was a whole new ballgame for the artist who found himself on receiving end of numerous nods and wins, including securing two CMA Awards for Album of the Year and Musical Event of the Year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” featuring Kelly Clarkson.
A perennial fan favorite from the get-go, Aldean also swept the 2011 American Country Awards, claiming six trophies, including Artist of the Year, not to mention that he yielded the “Breakthrough Award” at the Billboard Touring Awards, where he trumped pop sensations Katy Perry and Rihanna with data based on ticket sales and Billboard Boxscore’s top tours of the year.
In all, Aldean claimed nearly 20 total award show nominations in 2011, including three 2012 Grammy nods as well as his first Entertainer of the Year nod at both the CMA Awards and ACA Awards.
Aldean reigns at country radio, on tour circuit in 2011
At country radio, Aldean dominated with three consecutive No. 1 singles this year, bringing his career total to eight No. 1 songs, including his most recent release, “Tattoos on This Town,” which also reached the summit. Aldean also enjoyed pop crossover success with “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with duet partner Clarkson reaching No. 3 on the adult-contemporary chart and “Dirt Road Anthem” climbing into the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On the touring circuit, Aldean‘s My Kinda Party Tour played to more than a million fans and broke several venue attendance records, selling out 50-plus arenas and amphitheaters in advance. The My Kinda Party Tour, in fact, was one of only four country outings to make the cut as a Billboard Top 25 Tour of 2011. The 2012 leg of the tour will pick up on Jan. 20 in Greenville, S.C., with Luke Bryan and Lauren Alaina.
For more info on Aldean, including news about his forthcoming concerts, please access his official website at www.jasonaldean.com. And to view him performing “Dirt Road Anthem” live, simply access the video embedded on the left side of this posting.