Eric Church Ends on a High Note for 2014 (@EricChurch)

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Eric Church is set to finish 2014 as country musics top-selling artist with the highest debut and sales of any release in the format for 2014 as the critical and commercial successThe Outsidersreaches Platinum status, markingmore than1 million in sales.

TheOutsiderswas one of the years top albums regardless of genre as verified byBillboard. Released Feb. 11, the album sold more than 288,000 copies in its first week. That stood up as 2014s fourth biggest debut (only behind Taylor Swift, One Direction, and Coldplay).The sales earned Church inclusiona prestigious list of international popstars as 2014s top-selling artists including Swift,Beyonce, Sam Smith, and Lorde.

The Outsidersalso won the Album of the Year Award at last nights inaugural American Country Countdown Awards.

The EMI Records Nashville release was a hit with critics and tastemakers as well and is popping up on many best-of year-end lists.Rolling Stonesays the album is full of future classics andAmerican Songwriterlauds Churchs previous work and says, The Outsiders dwarfs all of it in sheer scale and grandiosity.

The album was strong enough to garner Church four GRAMMY nominations bringing Churchs career total to seven. Church received nominations in all four genre categories: Country Album of the Year for The Outsiders, Country Song of the Year and Country Solo Performance of the year for Give Me Back My Hometown, written by Church and Luke Laird, and Country Group/Duo Performance of the Year for Raise EmUp with Keith Urban.

Church received the news of his Grammy nominations while on his critically acclaimedThe Outsiders World Tourthat currently features DwightYoakamandHalestormand, according toPollstar, has already sold 382,112tickets over 33 shows.”At the center of the spectacle was the Chief himself,Rolling Stonewrote of Churchs Louisville, Kentucky, stop.The guy doesn’t just sing — he shouts, cackles, croons and generally freaks the hell out. Is it all a performance? Maybe. But it’s believable, too.

 

 

 

To learn more about Eric Church, visitwww.ericchurch.comandwww.facebook.com/ericchurch, or follow @EricChurchon Twitter.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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