Jason Aldean’s new album isn’t due out until this fall but it’s already off to a strong start. The project’s lead single, “Take A Little Ride,” entered the Billboard country songs chart at No. 19 this week, making it the highest single debut of his career. A week before its official add date, 116 radio stations had already added the song. Billboard predicts the single will make history as the biggest debut ever for a digital song by a male country artist, with projections nearing 200,000 downloads for Wednesday’s chart.
“I am honestly just blown away,” Jason said. “I had a whole year of ‘firsts’ last year…things like my first arena tour selling out and taking home my first CMA awards, but I still feel like I’ve got a long way to go, so having two more ‘firsts’ come this week is really exciting for me. I love this single, and there are 14 more songs that I’m really proud of coming right behind it!”
Jason continues to sell out his 2012 My Kinda Party Tour at fast and furious rates. Fans snatched up 20,000 tickets for a show at Cleveland’s Blossom Music Center in only 30 seconds and it took him just four minutes to sell out the Dallas’ Gexa Energy Pavilion over the weekend. The week before, fans grabbed 44,000 tickets in just four minutes for his shows in St. Louis and Indianapolis. He has sold out every date so far this year.
Jason appeared on Monday night’s episode of E!’s Opening Act where judges selected Kylie Morgan to open for him during a My Kinda Party Tour stop. Kylie was mentored and prepared for the opening slot by Dierks Bentley.