Eric Church Celebrates First No. 1 Single Ever

"It is truly the greatest example of belief, dedication, determination and plain old hard work," Eric says.

OK, we'll forgot the silly, obvious jokes about how he might celebrate this milestone.

Eric Church has his first-ever No. 1 country hit with "Drink in My Hand," some radio success to go along with the critical acclaim his latest album, Chief, has been getting.

The album got a Grammy nomination, and it made several top-albums-of-the-year lists from 2011, including one from National Public Radio.

But there's nothing like a good ol'-fashioned No. 1 hit to get the troops psyched, especially since it's the first of the 10 singles Eric's label has released to radio.

"It is truly the greatest example of belief, dedication, determination and plain old hard work that we have achieved this milestone," Eric said in a statement.

"I can’t thank the EMI staff and country radio enough for making this happen and believing in the music, but the real gratitude must go to our fans."

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