ACM Artist of the Decade Jason Aldean caps off the twenty-teens in late November with his aptly titled ninth studio album, 9. On Monday (Sept. 9), the singer officially announced the new project, concurrent with the release of its leading single, "We Back."

If 9's first release to country radio is any indication, Aldean will continue blending his twangy country vocals with hard rock brawn and hip-hop swagger. As the singer indicates in a press release, his new song is a return to the bangers that first introduced him to fans back in his early days as a rising artist. “We Back” is one of four songs unveiled at once via digital streaming platforms.

Read on to learn what we know so far about 9, and keep an eye on The Boot for future details.

The Title

Long before he plotted his huge 9/9/2019 announcement, Aldean knew he’d turn to the old Led Zeppelin system of numbering albums once it came time to name his ninth career album.

“Early on I always thought if we ever got to make nine albums, I’m going to call it 9. It was my baseball number growing up, and it’s just kind of always been my lucky number,” explains Aldean in a press release. "I remember cutting the first album and thinking 'that’s forever away,' and now here we are. I don’t know, it’s really special we made it this far – so, it’s more for me than anybody else – but, it means a lot.”

The Release Date

Aldean’s ninth album arrives on Nov. 22, upping the hype for a month that begins with the Nov. 1 release of fellow decade-defining star Miranda Lambert’s Wildcard.

The Record Label

Aldean remains with the label responsible for his previous eight albums, Broken Bow Records.

The Producer

Just like Broken Bow Records, producer Michael Knox is a constant presence in Aldean’s career. Knox discovered Aldean and has produced all nine of his albums.

The Album Cover

Broken Bow Records

Aldean’s newest album cover captures his usual look and graphic design aesthetic. No need to change what’s worked for 15 years.

The Single

As mentioned before, statement of musical purpose “We Back” lives up to its name by letting fans know that Aldean and his band continue riding high as genre defiant hit-makers.

“When I came into country music and made my mark, it was with a banger,” Aldean adds. “But we haven’t put out a lot of that stuff over the last couple years. So we got this song and to me it just says what it says: ‘Thought we were gone, but you’re wrong – now it’s on.’”

The Songs

Three other songs hit digital streaming platforms at the same time as “We Back.” “Blame It On You” shows younger whiskey and tequila-crazed singers how radio country’s done, “I Don’t Drink Anymore” sees Aldean joining neo-traditionalist artists like Jon Pardi in celebrating the genre's roots, and snap-along pop-country about hometown memories makes a comeback with “Keeping It Small Town.”

The Tour

Aldean will surely tour heavily for 9, but his first major dates after Nov. 22 represent something way bigger than an album cycle. On Dec. 6-8, he plays Las Vegas as a headliner for the first time since the Oct. 1, 2017 mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival. The Ride All Night Vegas residency will be hosted at Park Theater at Park MGM.

"I've wanted to bring our show back to Vegas for a while now, and the timing feels right," said Aldean in a press release. "We're going to pack up the show, set it up for a couple days and hang out with our Vegas family. I'm looking forward to being back."

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