Chris Young Flips the Switch on New Single

"There is so much momentum on this one."

As Chris Young prepares to release the title track from his third album, Neon, to country radio, the Academy of Country Music Awards Male Vocalist of the Year nominee is finding it difficult to sidestep talk of his five consecutive No. 1 hits.

“Everyone keeps asking me, ‘So are you going for No. 6?’And I’m like, ‘Let’s just see if people like the song before we make that prediction,’” says Chris, who nonetheless admits there is a particularly strong wave of support behind “Neon.” “There is so much momentum on this one. We already have stations that have added it.”

Written by Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Trevor Rosen, “Neon” possesses a distinctly retro feel. It’s a vintage vibe that Chris says certainly appealed to him. “It’s been a while since I’ve put out a single that I wasn’t a writer on, but I fell in love with the song. It has a timeless country sound to it,” he tells CountryWeekly.com, comparing it to his last two No. 1s. “‘Tomorrow’ was more like a power ballad, and ‘You’ was kind of R&B country. So I was especially excited to [release] this song.”

He’s also psyched to perform on the ACM Awards. “There are not many times you can say you went out and performed [before a national audience], but this is one of those times," Chris says. "You get that extra pop from a lot of people seeing you."

So what will he be performing? “I don’t know yet,” he says coyly. “But it might be something that’ll take people by surprise.”

The ACMs air April 1 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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