Easton Corbin Named Top New Country Artist of 2010

(Mercury Nashville) Billboard has named Easton Corbin as the Top New Country Artist of 2010 in "The Year in Music 2010" issue that is on stands now.

In addition, Corbin's self-titled debut album was named Country Breakthrough Album of the Year by iTunes Rewind Best of 2010 that is currently featured on iTunes.

"I am pretty floored to hear that," Corbin says. "It's been a great, great year. Of course, I never expected to receive all of this.

"Everybody has been so good to me, especially the fans," he says. "It's because of those guys and country radio that I'm where I am. We just put out the music that we love and hope we're accepted by the fans and county radio. It's such an honor to be named to these lists by such iconic institutions as Billboard and iTunes."

Billboard named Easton's No. 1 hit "Roll With It" the No. 6 Hot Country Song of the Year, while his debut No. 1 single, "A Little More Country Than That," was ranked at No. 19. Corbin is the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1.

He was ranked No. 9 on Billboard's list of Top Country Artists-Male, listed between Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw. He also came in ninth on the list of Hot Country Songs Artists.

In addition, Easton was also ranked the No. 1 new artist and the No. 6 male performer this year at country radio in Country Aircheck's "The Year in Music" issue. "The newcomer story of the year is Easton Corbin, who led the Class of 2010 by a wide margin, more than doubling the points garnered by Steel Magnolia," the publication says. "Both of his freshman year releases 'A Little More Country Than That' and 'Roll With It' -- topped the chart. In a rarity for a rookie, Corbin also cracked the Top 10 most-heard artists of the year." This is the first time a new artist has achieved such status since Gretchen Wilson in 2004.

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