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updated 08/23/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/23/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT

JERROD NIEMANN

The Kansas-born breakout artist, 31, hit No. 1 on the country charts with "Lover, Lover."

1 HE DID ALL NINE VOCAL PARTS ON "LOVER, LOVER" HIMSELF

"The Beach Boys were a huge influence on the harmony ideas I have," he says.

2 JAMEY JOHNSON IS HIS BFF

"We used to be two Tasmanian devils on moonshine. But we've matured."

3 PRIMATES ARE ALSO HIS PALS

"In seventh grade I worked at an exotic animal park. I'd change the movies in the chimp cage. They loved Old Yeller."

4 HE'S ONE TOUGH BUSINESSMAN

"When I was 10, I'd have concerts-and charge my parents to come."

5 HE'S HELL ON WHEELS

"My parents owned a roller rink, and I was on the [roller] speed-skating team. Don't mess with me. I'll skate circles around you!"

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