ELI YOUNG BAND’S “CRAZY GIRL” NAMED BILLBOARD #1 COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR
BREAKOUT HIT RECENTLY EARNED PLATINUM CERTIFICATION & LANDED ATOP BOTH COUNTRY CHARTS
Eli Young Band performs during the 2nd Annual American Country Awards in Las Vegas.
Pictured (L-R): James Young; Mike Eli; Chris Thompson and Jon Jones
Photo Credit: Tom Donahue/FOX
Photo Credit: Tom Donahue/FOX
Nashville, Tennessee (December 13, 2011) – The Eli Young Band will end a monumental year with several accolades thanks to their breakout hit, “Crazy Girl.” Billboard has announced the record-breaker as the #1 Country Song of the Year, based on 2011 audience impressions. Just last month, “Crazy Girl,” topped both Country Radio Charts and the digital single certified platinum for sales in excess of 1 million after selling over 30,000 copies a week, every week, for months on end.
Since emerging on the charts, “Crazy Girl” has been synonymous with the number one. The song made its debut at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and was #1 most added at Billboard while the video claimed the #1 spot on CMT.com – all in just one week! The song is the band’s second Top 10 hit and their first #1. “Crazy Girl” is the lead single from their first album on Republic Nashville, LIFE AT BEST. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart; #6 on the Billboard 200; #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart and #2 on the iTunes All Genre Chart.
The Eli Young Band’s success has garnered National television appearances on both the Late Show With David Letterman and the 2nd Annual American Country Awards (FOX). New audiences have also enlisted several new fans, as evident with the “Crazy Girl” video tracking nearly 8 million views on YouTube alone.
While EYB spent the latter part of the year on Dierks Bentley’s Cold Cans And Country Tour, they are headliners in their own right with an established ticket-selling fanbase. EYB hit new heights on the touring front this year selling out 94% of all headlining shows from coast to coast from selling 24,000+ in Dallas to packing venues in California, Minnesota, Rhode Island and in between – even during first-ever visits to the markets.
In 2012, EYB will introduce fans and Country radio to their follow-up single, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” whose message parallels the band’s own journey.
ABOUT REPUBLIC NASHVILLE: In May 2009 Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic, announced the formation of its new label partnership – Republic Nashville. Former Capitol Records Promotion executive Jimmy Harnen serves as President of the label. The imprint is headquartered on Music Row and utilizes the combined resources of Big Machine and Universal Republic Records. The two companies first joined forces in 2007 to propel Country Superstar Taylor Swift. Republic Nashville's artist roster includes Grammy-winning, multi-platinum superstar Martina McBride; Grammy-nominated, Triple-Platinum sensations The Band Perry; Platinum Eli Young Band and one-to-watch Sunny Sweeney.