“Forever Country” Becomes the Third Single to Debut at No. 1 on the “Billboard” Hot Country Songs Chart

“Forever Country” Becomes the Third Single to Debut at No. 1 on the “Billboard” Hot Country Songs Chart

When the Country Music Association rounded up 30 of country music’s biggest names for one all-star medley, “Forever Country,” everyone knew it would be big . . . just not this big. The new mashup, which features a fresh take on three of country’s most classic songs—John Denver’s “Take Me Home,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You—debuted at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, a feat accomplished by only two other songs: Garth Brooks’ “More Than a Memory” in 2007 and Craig Wayne Boyd’s “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face” in 2015.

“Forever Country,” which was produced by Shane McAnally, features vocals from Willie, Dolly, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Alabama, Brooks & Dunn and many more.

“It’s a big event, something we really haven’t seen before, I think that’s a big part of it,” says John Shomby, NASH director of programing. “It represents every generation of country. It’s one of those things that will be very popular through the CMA Awards [Nov. 2]. My prediction is that the CMA Awards will start the show with it.”

Since 2012, the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart has been based on airplay, sales and streaming. According to Nielsen, “Forever Country” sold 93,000 downloads in its first week (#1), had 5.7 million streams (#1) and registered 5.4 million impressions (#33).

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Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Chris Young Earns 3 CMA Award Nominations

Congrats to Chris Young who is a 3-time CMA Award nominee this year.

His song “Famous Friends”, which he sings with Kane Brown, racked up nominations in the categories of Single, Musical Event, and Video of the Year.

Talking about his nominations, Chris says “I was blown away by the fact that there were three award nominations for the song. I mean, there’s so much that’s gone into it and so many people that have fallen in love with it and supported it and, you know, just having a hit with your friend in the first place is great with a song like “Famous Friends” with my buddy Kane Brown, but then to be nominated for three different CMA Awards, including Single of the Year. It’s just incredible.”

Chris, Kane and all the other nominees will learn if they’re taking home trophies, when the 55th Annual CMA Awards are handed out in Nashville on Wednesday November 10 – broadcasted live on ABC.

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