Monday, November 21, 2011
– Brantley Gilbert has turned the lyrics of his current single, Country Must Be Country Wide
into his own reality because the song went number one this week for the singer's first chart topper.
The song is the first single off of Brantley's sophomore album "Halfway to Heaven Deluxe," which debuted earlier this year in second on the Billboard Country Albums chart. The song is tops on both the Billboard and Mediabase charts and took over for Taylor Swift's Sparks Fly.
"This is and will always be one of the proudest moments of my life. I've only dreamed of this, and now it's really happening. I am always amazed by how many fans come out to our shows. To see the fans combined with Country Radio earn me and the band a number one song, it's just unbelievable. I am so incredibly thankful."
Gilbert has achieved success as a writer, penning songs for Jason Aldean, including My Kinda Party and Dirt Road Anthem. The latter earned Gilbert his first nomination at this year's 45th annual CMA Awards for Song of the Year.
Brantley's next single, You Don't Know Her like I Do, impacts radio on Dec. 12.
In 2012, Gilbert plans to hit the road with Eric Church on his The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour. Beginning on Jan. 19, 2012 in Fort Smith, Ark., Church will kick-off the 50-plus dates nationwide with stops stretching from New York to Minneapolis, Chicago and Nashville.