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The Year in Review 2012: Eric Church Breaks Through to Country Super-Stardom

Image courtesy of Capitol Nashville (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Capitol Nashville (via ABC News Radio)

Eric Church cemented his place in country music in 2012 thanks to his platinum-selling release Chief , which was named CMA Album of the Year in November. Eric also broke through at radio, scoring two #1 hits with "Drink in My Hand" and "Springsteen." He even got a personal note from Bruce Springsteen , with The Boss telling him he loved the song.

Though Eric took a little heat for his comments to Rolling Stone about artists who come from TV talent competitions, he could do no wrong on the road with his Blood, Sweat & Beers tour regularly selling out arenas. Besides playing a few solo shows and opening the stadium dates on Kenny Chesney 's No Shoes Nation tour, Eric plans to take most of 2013 to write his fourth album. 

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