Jason Aldean’s highly anticipated sixth studio album Old Boots, New Dirt came out Tuesday (Oct. 7), and the singer says the project has been an opportunity to put his personal troubles behind him and concentrate on the positive.
In 2012, he was photographed kissing former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr while still married. The story soon went viral, and Aldean’s marriage ended. He and Kerr are now engaged.
“There’s a lot of cool things that we’re getting ready to do and things that I should be focusing on from a career standpoint,” Aldean told CMT Hot 20 Countdown . “I wanna focus on those things and not continue to dwell on my personal life. That’s been such a topic of conversation for so many people for the last couple of years.
“Old Boots, New Dirt was kind of a way of me saying, ’All right, all that stuff’s back there. We’re looking forward. I’m tired of talking about it. I’m over it. Y’all get over it. Let’s move on.”
And move on he has, right into record-breaking territory. The superstar’s lead single “Burnin’ It Down” sold more than 180,000 digital units in its first week.
Aldean was also recently named top male country artist in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America’s digital gold and platinum awards. Throughout his career, the Georgia native has racked up more than 21 million digital single downloads and streams.
These numbers are a clear sign the singer knows his fans well.
“I think with every album we’ve sort of dialed it in a little better,” he said. “And I feel like now when we go in to record an album, there’s a confidence there now that I think comes with time and comes with experience and just knowing that we got a pretty good thing going.”
Aldean will resume his Burn It Down tour later this week, and on Nov. 5, fans can catch his live performance during the 48th annual CMA Awards.
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