The most decorated artist in the history of the ACM Awards—Miranda Lambert—scored her first solo Top 10 hit in six years with “Bluebird.”
The tune, which Miranda co-wrote with Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby, is No. 10 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. The last time Miranda had a solo Top 10 hit was with “Automatic,” which reached No. 3 in June 2014.
Miranda’s duet with Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad,” reached No. 7 in October 2014, while Jason Aldean’s “Drowns the Whiskey,” which featured Miranda, hit the top of the chart in August 2018.
“Bluebird” is featured on Miranda’s seventh studio album, Wildcard.
“This song is special,” says Miranda. “It’s got this hope to it. It’s got a darkness too, though, but it’s also hopeful. Life is going to give you lemons, period. If there wasn’t problems then we wouldn’t appreciate the great days, but going through those things and overcoming problems—whatever they are—makes us strong and appreciate the sun. You know, it’s like ten straight days of rain and then the sun comes out and you’re like, ‘I forgot how much I loved it.’ Since we wrote ‘Bluebird,’ I’ve been seeing bluebirds everywhere. And the bluebirds have been there, but I never saw them like I see them now. It kinda reminds me to open my eyes to what’s around me.”
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Scotty McCreery, 26, and wife Gabi, 26, will celebrate their second wedding anniversary on June 16 (you’ve still got one week to get her a great present, Scotty).
The couple met in kindergarten in Garner, N.C., and grew up together in their close-knit North Carolina community. They began dating during their senior year at Garner High School.
Scotty’s 2019 No. 1 hit single, “This Is It,” has become intertwined with his anniversary. Scott penned the song with Frank Rogers and Aaron Eshuis about Gabi two weeks before asking her to marry him in September 2017. After his mountaintop proposal, Scotty played the song for Gabi for the first time about an hour later as their families gathered for a celebration.
As Scotty told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown, the song brings back some special memories every time he performs it—or hears it.
“I wrote the song two weeks before we got engaged, and the first time I played it for her, she had just said ‘Yes,’” says Scotty. “I had her family and my family drive up and meet us, and I flew her sister in from Oklahoma, and they were all surprising her at the house. And then, we all sat down in the living room and I played it for her over the speakers. There were some waterworks, for sure. It was a pretty special moment.”
photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com
Check out a few fun streaks from the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
Thomas Rhett’s recent single, “Beer Can’t Fix, became his 15th No. 1 hit on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in May. “Beer Can’t Fix” is Thomas Rhett’s ninth consecutive No. 1 single, the longest ACTIVE streak on the Airplay chart.
With his latest No. 1 single, “Does to Me,” Luke Combs is the first country artist in history whose FIRST eight singles have reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
Blake Shelton owns the Billboard Country Airplay chart ALL-TIME record for consecutive No. 1 singles with 17, starting with “Hillbilly Bone” in 2010 and ending with “Came Here to Forget” in 2016.
Billboard created the Airplay chart in 1990.
And if you really want your mind blown . . . Alabama scored 21 CONSECUTIVE No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, starting with “Tennessee River” in 1980 and ending with “You’ve Got the Touch” in 1987.
photos by Tammie Arroyo, AFF-USA.com