Here's a quick recipe for musical success: Put out a country album. Even if you aren't known as a country artist. In fact, especially if you aren't.
Does that equation seem just a bit too simple? Well, yes--I am being facetious, of course. However, it certainly seems to be as good a bet as any these days.
According to Yahoo! Music's own Chart Watch, in the past five years, seven artists from non-country backgrounds have landed at No. 1 on the top country albums chart. (The artists? Jewel, Jessica Simpson, Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana, Jimmy Buffett, the Eagles, and Darius Rucker. And, also, Julianne Hough, who has no prior musical affiliation but came from the world of TV.)
And now that number's jumped to eight. The latest to top the country albums chart this week--as well as land at a very respectable No. 7 on the all-genre albums chart--is yet another artist making a complete brand-new start in the Nashville ranks.
I'm talking about Aaron Lewis, who already has a quiteRead More »from Rocker Aaron Lewis Proves He’s A True ‘Country Boy’