Nashville, TN (July 28, 2011 – Republic Nashville artist Eli Young Band’s “Crazy Girl” has been certified GOLD by the RIAA this week for sales of over 500,000 downloads.  By the time reports came in this morning, the band had sold nearly 600,000 downloads.  The lead single from their forthcoming album, LIFE AT BEST, was an obvious hit with fans right from the start. 
The single made its debut at #1 on the iTunes Country Singles Chart with over 47,000 downloads the first week and has sold an average of 30,000 downloads a week, every week, for months on end.  The song has continuously outsold a large majority of the singles above it on the radio chart.

In the last two weeks the band has sold over 40,000 downloads a week, with numbers increasing every week.  With its debut as the most added single at Billboard, “Crazy Girl” is the fastest rising single of the bands career and is currently Top 20 and climbing.  
When the band learned they had been certified GOLD drummer Chris Thompson said, “gold rocks!! You grow up hearing about artists going gold and dream of what it would be like.  Gold has always been such a measure of success.”  Lead singer Mike Eli added “it’s pretty cool that the single went gold before the record even came out.” Thompson continued, “this is a huge milestone for us.”
“This is an amazing accomplishment that sends one message loud and clear – Country music fans love the Eli Young Band and ‘Crazy Girl!’ Everyone at Republic Nashville could not be happier or more excited and we all look forward to the release of the debut album on August 16. Fans are going to love this album,” said Jimmy Harnen, Republic Nashville President.
About ELI YOUNG BAND: Eli Young Band’s lead single, “Crazy Girl,” has sold over 500,000 downloads weeks before the band’s new album LIFE AT BEST hits stores on August 16. The Top 20 hit has exploded on every front. “Crazy Girl” made its debut at #1 as the most added single at Billboard and catapulted to the top of the iTunes Country singles chart landing at #1 just 15 hours after release. The video for “Crazy Girl” also made its debut at #1 on CMT.com and is currently in rotation on CMT, GAC and TCN, while the CRAZY GIRL EP also made its debut at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart just 8 hours after release. The full album, produced by Mike Wrucke, is sure to please critics, fans and newcomers alike. It’s a seamless blend of rock laced guitar riffs, honest country lyrics and Mike Eli’s signature soaring vocals. EYB’s national debut Jet Black & Jealous entered the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart at #5,  #2 on iTunes and produced their first Top 10 at country radio with “Always The Love Songs.” The band has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!The Tonight Show With Jay LenoThe Cotton Bowl Classic, CMT and GAC, and has earned acclaim in People Magazine, USA TodayBillboardThe New YorkerNew York PostAmerican Songwriter and Country Weekly, among others. Playing nearly 200 dates a year, their fanbase has grown nationwide. The band now headlines sold-out shows from California to Illinois in 1,000 – 3,000 seat venues. As a headliner in their region, EYB dominates, selling out 5,000 – 10,000 capacity venues in over a dozen markets.  Previously EYB has opened the nationwide, sold-out Get Off On The Pain tour with Gary Allan and was a part of the Inaugural Country Throwdown tour along with Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Jack Ingram, Little Big Town and Eric Church. 
ABOUT REPUBLIC NASHVILLE: Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Records Label Group and Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic, announced the formation of its new label partnership – Republic Nashville – in May 2009. Former Capitol Records Promotion executive Jimmy Harnen serves as President with Borchetta serving as CEO. The imprint is headquartered on Music Row and utilizes the combined resources of Big Machine Records and Universal Republic Records. Big Machine and Universal Republic first joined forces in 2007 to propel country Superstar Taylor Swift to Top 40 radio and beyond, with Taylor becoming the best-selling all-genre artist in 2008. Republic Nashville’s artist roster includes Grammy-winning, multi-platinum superstar Martina McBride; Grammy-nominated, Double-Platinum sensations The Band Perry; Eli Young Band and Sunny Sweeney.

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