BLAKE SHELTON'S BACK ON TOP

Yesterday in Nashville, Blake Shelton celebrated his chart-topping song "Some Beach" with two parties-at BMI and ASCAP. Since it had been a couple of years between No. 1 songs, Blake admitted he was grateful for his recent success. "The history of my career has been either 'giant hit or you don't even hear from me'," Blake told Neil Haislops, "which is good and bad. The good thing is when I do have one it's a big one. The trouble is, nobody knows if I'm ever going to have another one every time. So here I am again. I guess if I'm only going to have eight or nine hits then I'm glad I get to spread 'em out over 20 or 30 years," he laughed. "It gives me a longer career."

Blake said he'd even begun to think he might have to do something else to make a living if the hits stopped coming. "Oh God, yeah," he said. "Anybody in this business, any artist will tell you that same thing. You've got to be thinking what else can I do? I certainly hit the point there where I always had plenty of work but I knew that wasn't going to last forever. It just doesn't. You start thinking, well what else can I do? What did I do before? Well, I painted and I sure don't want to have to do that again. And you just start thinking well I hope I've taken care of my money. That's the thought that had entered my mind, which I hadn't, so I'm glad I get another chance here."

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