Hotter than the summer sun and more golden than a tan – that would be a good tag line for Jake Owen this summer.
But his tan isn’t the only thing Jake’s got glowing. “Barefoot Blue Jean Night”, the title cut of Jake’s upcoming third studio album and fastest-rising single of his career, was digitally certified gold last week by the RIAA with over 550,000 digital downloads. And recent ratings report “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” has current sales of over 620,000 copies and is on its way to achieving platinum status.
There’s no doubt this 2011 summer anthem is causing a rise in tides across all channels. The hit single surged into the Top 10 on both Billboard and Country Aircheck and its iTunes downloads have uploaded its rank to No. 4.
The accompanying “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” video made its World Premiere splash only five weeks ago, yet current charts read No. 9 on GAC, No. 5 on CMT and over 2.5 million VEVO views.
The album of the same name will ship to shore on August 30, 2011 and has a cover so hot it comes with a UV Warning !
Jake shares at his website, “I’m from Florida and I ran around barefoot my whole life.” He continues, “I think when people hear me sing ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night,’ they believe me. This song pinpoints my life right now. I think all music fans crave authenticity and this song is as realistic as it gets.”
Additionally, Jake’s realistic wake-boarding skills also came in handy because while riding the crest of “Barefoot Blue Jean Nights” golden wave, another rushed in behind him. “Eight Second Ride” from Owen’s 2009 sophomore album, Easy Does It, has also just been digitally certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with over 500,000 downloads.
“That’s one of the first songs I ever wrote,” Jake reminisced. “I wrote that song at 18 for the kids at Florida State University. When you write something, if they like it, they’re gonna get it. And that brought me here, so thank you.”
Executives from Sony Music Nashville surprised Jake with double digital gold single plaques (pictured above). The presentation was made earlier in the week during a celebration where Jake debuted the inspiration for and music from his upcoming album.
“It is awesome to feel the support from everyone when we are out on the road,” Jake comments. “It is equally as awesome to feel the support of the music community. I’m so grateful that I get to hang out with such an amazingly talented group of people everywhere I go.”
Well, right now Jake’s hanging out on the road with Keith Urban during the U.S. leg of Keith’s Get Closer Tour. Grab a ticket, join Jake’s hot summer fun and hang out with him at a venue near you !
And check out Jake’s live off his boat presentation as he explains how you can catch the wave of specials in the wake of all this excitement when you pre-order your copy of Barefoot Blue Jean Night before its August 30, 2011 release !