With the runaway success of the title track, the release date for Toby Keith’s upcoming album “American Ride” has moved into the fast track.
The Oklahoma country music star will release the album on his own label, Show Dog Nashville, on Oct. 6, his publicist announced today. That’s one week earlier than the originally planned Oct. 13 launch.
Keith and his label made the decision to move up the album after enthusiastic response to the first single, also titled “American Ride.” The song is the fastest-rising single of Keith’s career since his huge 2002 hit “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American),” according to a news release.
“American Ride” has reached the top 10 on all the major singles charts. It ascended to No. 9 on the Billboard Top Country Songs list after just eight weeks, making it one of the week’s biggest-gaining singles in sales and airplay.
The animated music video for “American Ride” also has fueled the song’s success. The politically-charged video takes hits at President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, terrorists, Wall Street, tabloids, Donald Trump, YouTube and more.
The video jumped to No. 2 on the fan-voted “CMT Top 20 Countdown” this week. It also reached No. 1 on CMT.com’s High 5, meaning it is the most clicked-on video on the site.
According to the release, Keith is already the No. 4 album seller of the decade in any genre so far. The Norman resident currently is on his “America’s Toughest Tour” and will play tonight in Kelseyville, Calif., and Saturday in Las Vegas.