Fans of Jason Aldean will want to hit iTunes or tune into their favorite radio station today. The country superstar released “Burnin’ It Down” — the lead single from his sixth studio disc, due out before the end of the year.
The seductive track marks a change in gears for Aldean, who has launched albums in the past with uptempo cuts such as “Hicktown,” “My Kind Of Party,” and “Take A Little Ride,” which led off his 2012 set “Night Train.” “That’s been our format for releasing a new album — coming out with a big tempo,” the singer said in a press conference before a performance Saturday in Cincinnati. However, Aldean felt it was time to roll the dice with something new. “At the same time, I don’t want to feel like we keep doing the same thing. This was a song that came in that I felt was really cool or different. For me, it was about going in a little bit of a different direction to launch an album. It is probably the steamiest song we’ve ever put out, but I love the song. I think it’s one of those things that people don’t really expect to hear from us — which I like to throw those songs in every now and then.” The cut was written by Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawson, as well as Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard from Florida Georgia Line.
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The two-time ACM Male Vocalist of the Year says he’s excited for fans to hear the song, which he premiered during a concert Friday in Cleveland as well as Saturday night at the Great American Ball Park, home of the Cincinnati Reds. What made it a home run for Aldean upon first listen was a reference to one of his favorite musical groups. ”That was the clincher. It mentioned Alabama,” he said. “I’m a huge Alabama fan, and anything that makes reference to something I’m a fan of, it’s cool to have it in there.”
To date, the Georgia native has placed 19 songs inside the top 10 of the country singles chart — including eleven trips to the top. Each of his five studio discs have been certified platinum.