Jason Aldean Has a Platinum Party

photo by KENDRA GENE MOTYCKA

It was definitely Jason Aldean’s kinda party March 1 as he celebrated the platinum success of his album My Kinda Party at Nashville’s Terrazzo condominium complex. My Kinda Party touted shipments of 1 million copies a mere 11 weeks after its release.

“A million records is a huge thing, so thank you all very much and I appreciate it,” Jason said during the celebration. Of course, Jason had two other reasons to celebrate—he turned 34 on Monday, Feb. 28, and found out that his single “Don’t You Wanna Stay” featuring Kelly Clarkson had reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country singles chart the same day.

“Half of the calls I got were happy birthday calls and half were congratulations,” Jason told the press. Jason’s label went all out for the occasion, as one wall was lined with plaques for each of the 140 reporting country radio stations who played Jason’s music.

Jason, who had a low-key birthday consisting of a trip to a Japanese steakhouse in Nashville and time at home (“I spent my birthday on the couch,” said Jason), was surprised when Broken Bow Records owner Benny Brown handed him the keys to a new truck to celebrate his platinum status.

As attendees munched on Mexican chips and assorted dips, plaques were given to Jason and his wife, Jessica, commemorating overall sales of 5 million units, as well as to members of Broken Bow Records’ promotion staff, Jason’s touring band and Jason’s public relations and management teams, among others.

Jason is content with a career that has slowly built momentum, thanks to hit songs such as “She’s Country,” “Big Green Tractor” and “My Kinda Party,” which Jason considers the essence of any musical career. “It boils down to songs,” Jason said. “Certain artists come out and explode right off the bat. That didn’t happen for us. We built it one song at a time and one fan at a time.”

The slow build has paid off with two current Academy of Country Music Awards nominations in the Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist of the Year categories. "I tell you, 2011 is shaping up to be a banner year so far," Jason said. "I don't know if anything else could be going any better right now. We've had No. 1 hits in the past, and we've had platinum albums in the past, but for all of it to be happening at one time is a good feeling. It makes you feel like everything is going in the right direction and the hard work we've put in over the last few years is really, really paying off for us. That's a good feeling to have."

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