Brad Paisley Earns a YouTube Music Award
Brad Paisley is still reaping the rewards from leaking his Moonshine in the Trunk album online. The country singer has just been announced as one of 50 artists to win a 2015 YouTube Music Award, thanks to the clips' popular presence on the video sharing site.
While Paisley's tenth studio album was officially released on Aug. 26, he began not-so-secretly leaking the album online almost a full week before. The star partnered with everyone from Ellen Degeneres to an astronaut actually living in space to help with the pre-release leaks.
"It really came down to me wanting to present these songs to the world in the best way possible," says Paisley of his decision to leak the album. "In a way that made it fun to hear them for the first time. In a way that sort of encompassed everything they’re about."
The results of Paisley's sneakiness paid off in 2014, and they're still paying off now. The winners for the 2015 YouTube Music Awards were chosen based on the largest growth in views, subscribers and engagement during the last six months on the popular site. Paisley joins 49 other musicians from all genres, including Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith and Taylor Swift. All together, these artists have over 164 million subscribers and their videos have been viewed over 47 billion times. With 65,804 subscribers on his YouTube channel, Paisley certainly deserves to be on the winners list.
Up next, the 'River Bank' hitmaker will kick off his 2015 Crushin' It tour on May 15 in Philadelphia. The tour will run through October, with Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton serving as openers. Who knows what kind of YouTube antics Paisley has up his sleeve for 2015!
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