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Jason Aldean Enjoying Sophomore Success

Of the Oakland Press

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No one was more relieved than Jason Aldean when his sophomore album, “Relentless,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard country charts in June.

“I was a little nervous putting it out,” says Aldean, 30, whose 2005 debut went platinum and earned him the Top New Male Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music. “It had been so long I didn’t know what to expect.

“That second record can be so pivotal for an artist. It’s that record that can make or break your career. So I was nervous, but as we started getting (sales) numbers in throughout the first week, I realized it was gonna do pretty well, so that kind of took the pressure off and I could relax a little bit.”

The Georgia native, who lives in Nashville with his wife and 3-year-old daughter, with another girl due in the fall, says the success of his debut made it easier to get “top-shelf songs” for “Relentless.” A case in point is the first single, “Johnny Cash,” which he had lined up for the “Jason Aldean” album only to have it yanked at the last minute by the song’s publisher, who gave it instead to “more established” performer Tracy Byrd.

“It was for a greatest-hits record he was doing, and it was supposed to be a single,” Aldean says. “But he went through a label changed or something, so they never singled it.

“When we got ready to record ‘Relentless,’ it was still up for grabs, ’cause nobody had heard it on radio. It was one of the first things I cut for the new album, and I knew I wanted it to be the first single. And this time I didn’t think they’d pull it from me, y’know?”

Jason Aldean opens for Rascal Flatts at 8 p.m. Friday (July 20th) at The Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $67.50. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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