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Chris Young Celebrates Fifth No. 1 single with “You”

“That’s really, really hard to do.”

Chris Young & songwriter Luke Laird
photo by Kendra Gene Motycka

Chris Young celebrated his fifth consecutive No. 1 single, "You," during a party held at the Country Music Association in Nashville. Industry personnel including executives from performing rights organizations ASCAP and BMI, RCA Records Nashville and the CMA gathered to celebrate the feat, which Chris acknowledges is increasingly rare in Music City. Blake Shelton and Brad Paisley are two of the few artists who have had such a streak of No. 1 Billboard chart successes in recent years.

"It's a huge deal to me," Chris told reporters prior to the No. 1 party. "I was so excited that we got five in a row. That's really, really hard to do, and I think when people go back and look and you realize what a small contingent [of artists] that have been able to do five in a row . . . there's not a lot of those streaks going right now."

Acknowledging the smooth R&B influence heard on "You," Chris says it's only natural to craft songs that blend musical influences, citing country music traditionalist George Strait's love of jazz music as one example of such cross-pollination. "[Nashville] is the songwriting capital of the world as well as the country music capital of the world," Chris says. "There are so many genres that come out of here."

He hopes to continue that chart-topping streak with his latest single, "Neon." "When I listened to that for the first time I thought, 'That's brilliant! That's the most simply brilliant idea ever. Even when I listened to the first chorus for the first time, I was like, 'Oh, neon. They just wrote themselves into a corner.' Then, coming up with a rhyme like 'A little Johnny Lee on,' it's so smart. I was like, 'I wish I had written that.'"

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