Eric Church Named iTunes Breakthrough Artist Of The Year

Eric Church has even more to celebrate this year. iTunes has named him their country breakthrough artist of the year, and his latest album “Chief” was featured in their best of 2011 section too! NPR Music just named “Chief” as one of its 50 albums of the year, saying “On his third album, Church hits his stride, chronicling wild nights and epic hangovers with just the right amount of critical distance.” His record also landed at number nineteen on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the top 50 albums of 2011, and it still sits at number nine on Amazon’s best country albums of 2011.

Even though his groovy party single “Drink In My Hand” is still climbing up the singles charts, his song “Springsteen” earned him the number 30 spot on Rolling Stone’s best singles of 2011 chart.

These accomplishments are just the latest in a critically acclaimed year for Eric. He received his first GRAMMY nomination in the Best Country Album category, for the album that was released on July 26th, 2011. “Chief” held the number one position on the Billboard top 200 and country albums charts. It sold over 145,000 copies in its debut week, and it reached RIAA gold certification in just 10 weeks.

“I am so grateful for the many ways CHIEF has changed my life,” shares Church.  “There is no cooler thing as a recording artist than when people tell you that your music matters to them.  Every single day the momentum for this record gets bigger and stronger, and I can’t wait for next year to share this music with the people who truly made this happen.  It’s gonna be one hell of a tour!”

His most recent accolades are in addition to the 2011 ACM Award for New Solo Vocalist of the Year. Eric is also set to hit the road in January on his recently announced headlining tour, The Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour.

For more information about the tour, check out Eric Church’s Official Website.

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A 26 year-old Canadian girl currently living in England for a culinary career. Fell in love with country music and cooking at a young age, and looks for a way to do both.