EXCLUSIVE: Hear Jason Aldean's Brand New 'Heartache Song' 'This Plane Don't Go There'
By Sophie Schillaci
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Jason Aldean may be enjoying his second year of wedded bliss, but the country superstar can't help reveling in a little bit of heartbreak.
"This Plane Don't Go There" is one of 15 new tracks on Aldean's latest album, They Don't Know, out Sept. 9, and he's sharing the full song exclusively with ETonline. In the video player above, Aldean pours his heart out onstage in a performance put on by AXE Stage Pass and Walmart earlier this summer.The full program is slated to air in November.
"This song is written by one of my favorite writers, Neil Thrasher, who's written a ton of things for us over the years," Aldean told ET at the ACM Honors celebration in Nashville on Tuesday. Among his previous collaborations with Thrasher: "Tattoos on This Town," "Fly Over States," and "Night Train."
"This is one of those songs I listened to one time and [it] just seemed like my kind of melody," Aldean continued. "It's a heartache song, and that goes hand in hand with country music. It's one of my favorite songs of the album ... and probably one of my favorite vocal performances on the album. I can't wait for people to hear it."
Aldean was honored on Tuesday with the ACMs' prestigious Triple-Crown Award, becoming the seventh member of an elite club of artists to have received the Academy's Top New Male/Female Vocalist, Top Male/Female Vocalist, and Entertainer of the Year awards over the course of their career. Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Mickey Gilley, Barbara Mandrell, Brooks & Dunn, and Carrie Underwood have each previously received the honor.
"Winning the Entertainer of the Year award early this year at the ACMs was one of the highlights of my career, and little did I realize at the time that it kind of put me in this other class of winning the Triple-Crown," Aldean confessed.
The 39-year-old "Lights Come On" singer was awarded his first ACM Award more than a decade ago, back in 2005.
"It was one of the first award shows that I'd been to, one of the first times I’d ever been nominated, and honestly, I was just excited to be at the show," he reminisced. "I remember being up against Craig Morgan and Billy Currington for that award, and both of those guys had had more hits than me at the time and had been around a little longer. I just kind of thought, you know, it's just fun to be there.
"But we ended up pulling it off that night and that was my first award," he continued. "That was sort of what made me feel like I was being welcomed into the country music community and it was a big night."
Aldean performed a medley of his biggest hits during Tuesday's ceremony, which was hosted by Lady Antebellum and will air on CBS on Friday, Sept. 9. For more from behind the scenes of the big night, watch the video below.