Chris Janson Finds Sales Success Outside Label, Radio Promotion

Chris-Janson-Buy-Me-A-BoatNow a fully independent music artist, Chris Janson‘s latest single, “Buy Me A Boat” hit No. 1 on the iTunes country charts, No. 7 overall Friday morning (March 20).

The tune shattered digital sales with over 20K sold as registered by the Sunday close of Soundscan. The feat was achieved without radio promotion or label support, as his Bigger Picture record label shuttered last year. After the singer’s departure from the label, fan demand was to the extent that Columbia Nashville released an EP, Take It To The Bank, from a prior deal.

Not completely without support of radio, Bobby Bones of his own syndicated morning show gave the single a boost in exposure, noted as saying: “We played [“Buy Me A Boat”] twice in a half hour, which is a no-no…And I’ll be damned it hit No. 1 and took down Sam Hunt, which has been the No. 1 song for weeks.”

Social media also offered support for the feat. Toby Keith, ABC’s Nashville actor Charles Esten, RaeLynn, Luke Laird and Ben Hayslip additionally tweeted in support of Janson’s “Buy Me A Boat,’ which was co-written with Chris Dubois.

Janson is currently focusing on his summer tour and writing songs for his debut album. Catch the high-energy entertainer on the road April 3-4 at the Grand Ole Opry, followed by Country Thunder (Florence, Ariz.), April 11; and Stagecoach (Indio, Calif.), April 26.

Listen to the single below.

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