Buoyed by ecstatic reviews and prodigious record sales, Jason Aldean rocketed from smaller venues to stadiums during his My Kinda Party tour in 2012. His first such sellout came in August when he filled Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
Aldean's Night Train tour, named for his current, near-platinum album, is stadium-bound, too, and will kick off in February in Bossier City, La. Among his other bookings are Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago.
Awards and sales certifications heightened Aldean's visibility. In May, he won two country kudos at the Billboard Music Awards, with "Dirt Road Anthem" copping the top country song trophy and My Kinda Party winning for best country album.
Earlier that month, Aldean's duet with Kelly Clarkson, "Don't You Wanna Stay," was certified double platinum, signifying 2 million downloads. In June, his country-rap hit, "Dirt Road Anthem," reached triple platinum status. At the 2012 CMT Music Awards, Aldean took the CMT performance award for "Tattoos on This Town."
And there was more to come.
In October, Aldean's 2007 album, Relentless, went platinum, while his 2008 single, "She's Country," hit double platinum.