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Lady Antebellum Top the Charts With ‘Just a Kiss’
08.09.11
Lady-A1Lady Antebellum have done it again! The red-hot trio have taken their latest single, ‘Just a Kiss,’ to the top of the charts. With their latest No. 1 hit, Lady A’s grand total has become five chart-topping career singles to date.

Penned by the trio and Peach Picker Dallas Davidson, ‘Just a Kiss’ quickly broke records for the band upon its release in May. The song debuted at No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, marking the highest debut by a country group in the chart’s 52-year history.

“I’m really just riding on their coattails right now,” Davidson tells Taste of Country. “They are so big and so hot and so smart, and I love the fact that they picked that song because it fits them as a band. I think that people want to hear stuff like that out of them. It’s fun to be a part of it rising up the charts, first of all because I’ve become friends with them. When we wrote the thing, we were just, like every day, trying to find something to talk about. Then Dave started playing that piano riff, and then Charles and Hillary jumped in and melodies started flying out. I actually had the title, ‘Just a Kiss,’ then we were off to the races. It’s pretty cool.”

‘Just a Kiss’ is the first single from Lady Antebellum’s forthcoming third studio album, ‘Own the Night,’ which is set to hit stores on September 13.

“Seeing country radio and the fans embrace the first single off our new album like this has been amazing and also a little relieving,” Lady A’s Charles Kelley says. “There are definitely some nerves and anxiousness involved when you are introducing new music, and this reaction has been beyond what we hoped for.  It just makes us even more excited for September 13 to get here.”

The track simultaneously earns platinum certification and spends a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Canada Country chart.

Read the Story Behind the Lyrics of Lady Antebellum’s ‘Just a Kiss’

 
Songwriter Dallas Davidson Cements Eighth No. 1 Hit With “Just A Kiss”
08.08.11
Dal2Dallas Davidson has done it again. After celebrating a No. 1 in August with Justin Moore’s “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” he’s at the top of the country Billboard charts once more this week with “Just A Kiss,” co-written and performed by  Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum. The smash single marks Davidson’s eighth No. 1 Billboard hit.

The 2010 Billboard Hot Country Songwriter Of The Year admits to writing many of his songs about his own personal experiences– and “Just A Kiss” was one of those.

“We wrote this song about when you find that special someone and you just know it, a kiss goodnight is all you need,” he said.“Like when I met my wife, Sarah, I knew she was the one from the start. I didn’t want to ‘push too far’ and mess it up, like this song talks about.”

 

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Luke Bryan is Country to the Core
08.08.11
bildeIn a ball cap and dark sunglasses, Luke Bryan climbs in his lemon yellow 1972 convertible Bronco and whips through rush-hour traffic on Demonbreun to his favorite fly-fishing store. He walks in, cracks open a beer and launches into a story about a recent fly-fishing trip he took while on tour with Tim McGraw in New York.

Between swigs of his beer, he talks animatedly with a store employee about the lure he used and what types of trout he reeled in that day, then strolls the store’s perimeter, closely examining the brightly colored flies and shaking the nimble fishing poles.

Spend five minutes with Bryan and it’s apparent that in spite of his recent successes — his last three songs have gone to No. 1, his current gold-selling single “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” is at No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and his new albumTailgates & Tanlines is due in stores Tuesday — his lifestyle still reflects the sometimes deeply rural scenarios that unfold in his songs.

“You’ll never, ever get the country out of Luke,” laughs his childhood friend and frequent co-writer Dallas Davidson. (The pair wrote “Country Girl” together.) “You could give him 50 Grammys and he’s still gonna be good ol’ boy Luke Bryan. He surrounds himself with people that let him be himself.”

 

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