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The Next Class Of Country Crossovers: Five Formidable Favorites

It took them a little time to fully embrace the digital era, but more and more Country fans are responding to their favorite acts on iTunes and other digital retailers to the point where those acts are on equal footing with dance, rock and pop singers and bands in single sales. Thus, record labels are promoting their rosters beyond the Country format, similar to the boom we saw about 30-35 years ago. What’s next in the world of crossover records? How many can hit at one time? Here are some recent Country songs and a few that are still building that I think could make an impact on a wider level by the end of the year:

Hitting the top again.

Hitting the top “Again”.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD – “See You Again”
PEAK: #4+

Former American Idol winner Underwood is still racking up the hits on Country chart, which is surprising to a grand total of no one. “Again” is her 18th top 5 song at the format and was certified Gold not too long ago. It will likely be one of her last releases from this era, seeing that it is the fourth single. Pop radio should’ve latched onto title track and second single “Blown Away” earlier this era, but it would likely do nothing with this song. However, an AC release could result in another top ten single for her. It’s light and the message is relatable, plus it can probably be released there in its original form. There’s no real risk in doing so.

Time is "Wasting" away.

Time is “Wasting” away.

CASSADEE POPE – “Wasting All These Tears”
PEAK: #34+

The season 3 winner of NBC’s The Voice is about to release her debut solo album, Frame By Frame, on October 8. With a CMT reality series in the works to coincide with the release of that album and an opening spot on tour with the group Rascal Flatts, she has a lot of things going right for her. A crossover hit may be the icing on the cake. Her former group Hey Monday never got the chance to break out at pop radio even if they did pick up a little bit of airplay. Pope’s fan base was capable of getting “Tears” as high as #3 on iTunes during its debut week; there’s absolutely a strong connection there from all shades of music fans.

He wants what he wants.

Wild and “Crazy” Kid.

HUNTER HAYES – “I Want Crazy”
PEAK: #1 for one week

Hayes skyrocketed to the top of the Country chart with “Wanted” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak” and now his latest makes it three in a row. Not bad for a guy who turns 22 next month. His latest single at Country radio is a new version of “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” with Jason Mraz, and while Mraz is a pop artist, this song isn’t meant to go to mainstream radio. “Crazy”, however, has a youthful energy and playfulness about it that should connect. He has a chance considering “Wanted” only crossed over six months ago. I would highly encourage label Atlantic to get behind a full crossover for it with a nice little remix.

Can you "Dig" it?

Not so one and “Done.”

THE BAND PERRY – “Done.”
PEAK: #1 for one week

The family band topped the Country chart with this single for a week in July, becoming their fourth song to pull off the trick. The first single from their album Pioneer,”Better Dig Two”, was supposed to see an adds date at pop radio in April. However, Republic decided to put all of their chips behind a remix of Florida-Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” with Nelly and ended up a with a huge summer single, which ultimately meant that “Dig” was pulled from the schedule. It was sad, but they can make it all better by releasing “Done.” It’s not a ballad like their signature song, “If I Die Young”, and you can just go out and pump your fists to it.

It grows like this.

It grows like this.

THOMAS RHETT – “It Goes Like This”
PEAK: #16+

Rhett is the son of Country musician Rhett Atkins, best known for his 1996 #1 “Don’t Get Me Started”. The 23-year-old charted two songs on Country radio last year, but “Goes” is his first song looking to make a run at the top. Despite being #16 on those airwaves thus far, he’s already up to #23 on iTunes. Only two other Country single releases are above him, which is outstanding for someone so new. He’s young and his song can be mixed with some pop-driven guitars against that already understated beat. I see it being a moderate AC/Hot AC hit, similar to the Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson duet, “Don’t You Wanna Stay”.

Which of these five singles do you think would make the next best Country crossover? Is there one not listed on here that you think could school them all? Let me know! Comment below or click the “Get Social!” tab to find PGTC on social media sites.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy” (+ Lyrics)

He wants what he wants.

The new one from Hunter Hayes is here, “I Want Crazy”. It’s the first single from the rerelease of his self-titled debut album. Will it follow “Wanted” and “Somebody’s Heartbreak” to the #1 spot on Country radio? We’ll find out soon! It’s a catchy uptempo number that’s great after two slower numbers and it’s bound to be all over the radio this summer. Check out the lyrics below and the download links to iTunes. He’ll be performing the song at the ACM Awards on Sunday evening. Enjoy!

“I Want Crazy” is serviced to radio tomorrow and the Encore edition of his album is out in June.

DOWNLOAD “I Want Crazy” on iTunes. / PRE-ORDER Hunter Hayes: Encore. / NEW: Listen to the new crossover mix of “I Want Crazy”, remixed by Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.

[Verse 1]
I’m booking myself a one-way flight
I gotta see the color in your eyes
And tellin’ myself I’m gonna be alright
Without you baby is a waste of time, ooh
Yeah, our first date, girl, the seasons change
That got washed away in a summer rain
You can’t undo a fall like this
‘Cause love don’t know what distance is
Yeah, I know it’s crazy

[Chorus]
But I don’t want good and I don’t want good enough
I want can’t sleep, can’t breathe without your love
Front porch and one more kiss
It don’t make sense to anybody else
Who cares if you’re all I think about?
I’ve searched the world and I know now
It ain’t right and if you ain’t lost your mind
Yeah, I don’t want easy, I want crazy
Are you with me baby, let’s be crazy

[Verse 2]
Yeah, I wanna be scared, don’t wanna know why
I wanna feel good, don’t have to be right
The world makes all kinds of rules for love
I see you gotta let it do what it does
I don’t want just another hug and a kiss goodnight
Catchin’ up calls and a date sometimes
A love that revels and we still believe
We’re the kind of crazy that people wish that they could be
I know we’re crazy

[Chorus]
But I don’t want good and I don’t want good enough
I want can’t sleep, can’t breathe without your love
Front porch and one more kiss
It don’t make sense to anybody else
Who cares if you’re all I think about?
I’ve searched the world and I know now
It ain’t right and if you ain’t lost your mind
Yeah, I don’t want easy, I want crazy
Are you with me baby, let’s be crazy

[Chorus 1]
But I don’t want good and I don’t want good enough
I want can’t sleep, can’t breathe without your love
Front porch and one more kiss
It don’t make sense to anybody else
Who cares if you’re all I think about?
I’ve searched the world and I know now
It ain’t right and if you ain’t lost your mind

[Chorus 1 – extended]
Yeah, I don’t want easy, I want crazy
Yeah, look at us baby
Tonight the midnight rules are breaking
There’s no such thing as wild enough
Or maybe we just think too much
Who needs to play it safe in love?
Let’s be crazy

[End]
Who cares if we’re crazy?
We gotta be crazy
I know that we’re crazy
So let’s be crazy

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One Crazy Party: Taking A Trip To The Country

Since I started to break up my usual Radio Report into small posts over the last few weeks, I haven’t done nearly enough entries about Country music as I should. Just as in the Pop world, there are a lot of big releases coming now that the second quarter has started in the business. Two of these big singles are being introduced on Sunday night and you’ll be hearing a lot about them in the next few days. They are from two solo males that have been burning up on the format recently. Will they go back to #1 with their newest Country confections? Let’s find out together.

He wants what he wants.

He wants what he wants.

HUNTER HAYES – “I Want Crazy”

21-year-old Hayes has found his groove at country radio with two number-one singles in a row: “Wanted”, and this week, “Somebody’s Heartbreak”. He’s the youngest solo male to hit the top spot on that chart. Hayes is also opening for Carrie Underwood on her tour, which continues through mid-May. In the meantime, his label will be releasing a deluxe edition of his self-titled debut album, subtitled (Encore), to be released on June 18. It will feature seven new and/or re-recorded tracks. The first single from it is a song called “I Want Crazy”, which was announced on Monday. Hayes will debut the song live in a performance at the ACM Awards at 8PM Eastern on Sunday night on CBS. The song will be available at digital retailers immediately afterwards and it will be serviced to radio on the following morning. I haven’t heard any sort of clip of it, so I can’t give any hints as to what the song may or may not sound like. However, I’m sure it will be just as great as the rest of the stuff. Looks like we are getting a preview of some of the lyrics in the single, however. In the top left corner of the single, which I’ve posted a portion of above, are the following lines: “Who cares if you’re all I think about?/I’ve searched the world and I know now/It ain’t right and if you ain’t lost your mind/I don’t want easy, I want crazy/You with me baby, let’s be crazy.” Could be the chorus. It might be an uptempo one at that. Who knows? Find out on Sunday night when he performs it!

DOWNLOAD “I Want Crazy” on iTunes. / PRE-ORDER Hunter Hayes: Encore.

We like to "Party".

We like to “Party”.

LUKE BRYAN – “Crash My Party”

Georgia native Bryan has been kicking up dirt on the charts since 2007 when his debut single, “All My Friends Say”, talked its way into the top 5. He’s become a darling at the format with five number-one songs to his credit on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, including his last three singles from Tailgates & Tanlines: “I Don’t Want This Night To End”, “Drunk On You” and “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”. He recently released Spring Break… Here to Party just in time for those crazy college kids, a compilation of several digital EPs and a few new tracks, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 without any active single at radio. He’s that hot. (“Buzzkill” did get a video release.) So, following that impressive effort, he’s finished the work on his latest studio album with Capitol Nashville and it will be out during the summer. The first single from it, “Party”, like the Hayes song above, will be performed by the singer at the ACM Awards, go to AmazonMP3 and iTunes immediately following the performance, and then go for adds the next day. Judging by the title, it sounds like it’s going to be a real summer anthem: twangy guitars, drums and more. It’s the perfect time of the year. I’m sure the video will be one rockin’ clip. Knowing it’s a leadoff single from an album, I’m sure it could go to the top fairly easily, yet, something like “Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” just missed the spot. We’ll have to wait and see to hear what it actually sounds like very soon.

DOWNLOAD “Crash My Party” on iTunes.

Look out for new singles by Carrie Underwood and Lady Antebellum, as well as the Pistol Annies coming to a radio near you soon. Meanwhile, are you looking forward to either one of these releases from Hayes or Bryan? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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