Owen goes for the gold
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
– Jake Owen's current hit single, Alone with You,
was certified gold today by the Recording Industry Association of America, based on sales in excess of 500,000 digital downloads to date.
The song holds the number two spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. The music video for the song has received nearly 2 million views on VEVO. The song is the second single from "Barefoot Blue Jean Night."
"I've been out on the road touring non-stop for the past six years," said Owen. "And my main goal has always been to try to connect with people. Now, it is just such a great feeling to know that Alone with You and Barefoot Blue Jean Night are songs that people are connecting to. In this day and time, I never take anything for granted. To have a gold single and a platinum single from my album means the world to me, and I'm so grateful."
Barefoot Blue Jean Night, the debut single, is approaching 1.5 million digital downloads.
Owen has sold-out 11 shows this year, and he will be part of the Brothers of the Sun Tour starring Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, featuring Grace Potter and The Nocturnals. The stadium tour kicks off on June 2 in Tampa, Fla. "I can't wait to get out on the road with Kenny and Tim," Owen said. "They are two of the coolest guys in this business. And, I think it's so wild that the tour kicks off in my home state of Florida. It is going to be an awesome summer."
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