Eli Young Band's "Crazy Girl" becomes '11's number 1 song
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
– The Eli Young Band's big hit, Crazy Girl
, was the number 1 country song of the year, according to Billboard, based on 2011 audience impressions.
Last month, the song topped both Country Radio Charts and the digital single certified platinum for sales in excess of 1 million after selling more than 30,000 copies a week, every week, for months on end.
While EYB spent the latter part of the year on Dierks Bentley's Cold Cans And Country Tour, they headlined shows as well. The band sold 94 percent of their headlining shows from coast to coast from selling more than 24,000 tickets in Dallas to filling venues in California, Minnesota, Rhode Island.
In 2012, EYB will release their follow-up single, Even If It Breaks Your Heart.
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