Jason Aldean: Country’s New King?

Jason Aldean.

It’s been a big year for Jason Aldean since the release of “My Kinda Party.” It’s the little album that could. Powered by the platinum #1 single “Don’t You Wanna Stay”, a duet with Kelly Clarkson, and the remixed version of “Dirt Road Anthem” with Ludacris; Aldean has found himself at the number four Billboard mid-year 2011 all-genres top album spot. He’s only the second non-pop album to make the list.

Aldean also found his way to the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Dirt Road Anthem.” This comes after his duet with Kelly Clarkson had found some cross-over success on the top 40 radio stations. Is he country music’s crossover king?

For an album released in November, 2010, he’s still seeing massive success. He’s still selling 763,000 copies and “My Kinda Party” is still the number one country album on Billboard. He’s even way ahead of Lady Antebellum and Taylor Swift, who haven’t even made the Billboard top ten yet with their new releases. Since Kenny Chesney’s 2004 “When The Sun Goes Down,” no other male solo country artist has seen this success half-way through a year. Is he a lock for a CMA entertainer of the year nomination?

Aldean’s currently on his “My Kinda Party” tour, supported by Thompson Square and Chris Young.

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