Multi-Platinum entertainer Chase Rice surprised fans with the release of eagerly-awaited new music, dropping The Album Part I today, (Friday Jan. 24th), with Part II to follow later in 2020. Listen HERE.

This follows his biggest run of sold-out UK headline shows to date, with Rice currently in the middle of the German leg of his European tour (check out the video here from Belfast & Glasgow – credit Cody Cannon).

As evidenced by its emphatic title, the new project reflects what the singer & songwriter considers to be his most defining release to date.

“I chose to call this The Album because it’s the first thing I would encourage someone to listen to if they want to know who I am as an artist,” explains Rice. “My career has been such a rollercoaster journey, but it’s all led to this moment and these songs. So much of what I’ve learned, so much of what I’ve fought through – it’s all reflected in this music.”

Having teased new music since topping the charts for back-to-back weeks with the No. 5 most-played Country song of 2019 and digital streaming monster (330M+), “Eyes On You,” Rice was eager to release new music now after seeing the fan response at his concerts both in the U.S. and internationally.

Chase Rice at the Empire Music Hall

Chase Rice at the Empire Music Hall

“‘Eyes On You’ and ‘Lonely If You Are’ were both huge for us at our live shows before they were even on the radio,” notes Rice. “We’ve recently started mixing in newer songs at our shows – sometimes within a day or two of writing them – and we can feel how passionately the fans respond. It’s clear that they’re eager for more new music, so we wanted to kick off the new year with this surprise!”

The seven-song digital release includes current single “Lonely If You Are” alongside six brand new tracks. Bob Harris gave “Best Night Ever” a world-exclusive first play on his BBC Radio 2 show last night, and Chase is due to appear on 24/7 UK stations Smooth Country & Chris Country today. Full track list:

1.      American Nights (Kevin Griffin, Martin Johnson; produced by Martin Johnson)
2.      Lonely If You Are (Chase Rice, Lindsay Rimes, Hunter Phelps; produced by Chris DeStefano and Chase Rice)
3.      Everywhere (Chase Rice, Zachary Kale, James McNair; produced by Zachary Kale)
4.      Best Night Ever (Chase Rice, Chris DeStefano, Matt Jenkins; produced by Chris DeStefano)
5.      Messy (Seth Ennis, Kylie Sackley; produced by Chris DeStefano)
6.      In The Car (Chase Rice, Jesse Rice, Hunter Phelps, Mark Holman; produced by Chris DeStefano)
7.      Forever To Go (Jordan Minton, Casey Brown, Geoffrey Warburton; produced by Casey Brown)

US fans can also watch a special performance of “Lonely If You Are” this Monday (Jan. 27th) as Rice joins “The Bachelor” airing at 8/7c on ABC.

He is currently on the road in Europe for his The Pint of Anything Tour before joining Brantley Gilbert‘s Fire’t Up Tour for select dates starting April 16th in Greenville, S.C.

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With over 1.6 million albums sold and more than 1.1 billion total streams, plus a legion of passionate fans at his high-energy concerts across the globe, Chase Rice has established himself as a powerful force in Nashville and beyond – but he genuinely sees new release The Album Part I  as the launching pad for music that says what he wants to say, how he wants to say it. With songs such as lead single “Lonely If You Are” featuring sleek rhymes over heartland six strings and keys mixed with EDM-laced drama, The Album Part I is the same gravely-voiced Chase Rice fans first fell in love with years ago – but better. Freer. Unbeholden and uninhibited, somehow capable of evoking Chris LeDoux and The Chronic, campfire singalongs and stadium anthems, all at once. The project follows his sophomore album, Lambs & Lions, released with Broken Bow Records in 2017 and featuring two-week chart-topper “Eyes On You” – Rice’s first No. 1 as an artist and the most-streamed song of his career with nearly 350 million streams and counting. Lambs & Lions followed Ignite the Night, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums and No. 3 on the all-genre chart, producing a pair of Top 5 hits; “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” After supporting Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival stadium tour, Rice has consistently sold out 2,500-3,000 seat venues on his own headlining tours, plus served as direct support on the Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2018. His current headlining The Pint of Anything Tour takes Rice across Europe before he hits the road with Brantley Gilbert in 2020.