December 16, 2016
HD - 59 mins
Jason Aldean iHeartCountry Album Release Party

Jason Aldean iHeartCountry Album Release Party on AT&T LIVE

Watch Jason Aldean perform songs from his newest album, They Don't Know, on the Jason Aldean iHeartCountry Album Release Party on AT&T LIVE—right here, right now, for free.

With his seventh album, They Don't Know, Aldean continues to advance the sound and style that helped define today's country music. With his first release since 2014's Old Boots, New Dirt—which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, Aldean returns with a crowd-pleasing array of emotions and observations, from sizzling party-starters to hard-earned heartbreak.

For Aldean, one key ingredient for the new project was getting back the kind of hard-charging tunes that helped make his name. "I'm super-proud of my last couple of records, but I always thought they could use a couple more of those big, up-tempo songs like 'She's Country' or 'My Kind of Party,' " he says. "So one goal going in this time was to find some of those big songs—and I think we got 'em."

One notable discovery was the album's opener, "Lights Come On," which showed up at the last possible minute. Just as Aldean and his band were putting the finishing touches on the record, he got an email from his friends Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, pitching a new song they had co-written.

"I immediately went in and told my producer, 'We gotta get everybody to stay after the session and cut this song,'" says Aldean. "And three weeks later, radio had it on their desk." The single quickly became the singer's seventeenth No. 1 country hit, and he even took a phrase from the lyric—"Six-String Circus"—as the title for his sold-out summer tour.

In April 2016, Aldean was recognized with a career milestone: the Entertainer of the Year trophy, the Academy of Country Music's biggest prize.

"Eleven years into my career, after years of being nominated and watching your buddies win it, guys that were your opening act, it gets to a point where you think maybe it's not going to happen," he says. "So winning was more emotional than anything, a reflection back on eleven years. That being said, after we got it one time, now I want to win it again! I remember coming out our first show back and getting the band together and saying, 'OK, we got the belt now—let's go out and show them why we got it.' It was definitely a shot in the arm."

With They Don't Know, Jason Aldean keeps the party going, but also reveals some lessons learned and confidence gained over the course of a career that includes more than 14 million albums sold.

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