Here's a little tale that proves the old adage "Slow and steady wins the race"--or, perhaps, "patience is a virtue"? Either way, rising country star Lee Brice is living proof that sheer tenacity can do some pretty interesting things. His single, "Love Like Crazy," just passed its 55th week on the Billboard Country Songs chart, beating a record that's 60-plus years old.
Brice's tune, which entered the chart at No. 58 the week of September 5, 2009, is now sitting at No. 3 more than a year later--hanging in longer than any other single in history on that chart, and toppling the previous recordholder, Eddy Arnold's "Bouquet of Roses," which debuted the week of May 15 all the way back in 1948.
"It's really hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that this song has been on the charts for over a year," Brice states. "I had a really good feeling about it...but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would have this kind of life. It's a song people can relate to--nothing flashy--just straightforward and honest. And that's what makes a truly great song."
Establishing records of this sort is by no means a simple feat, according to Billboard. "Although the circumstances surrounding Eddy Arnold's achievement in the postwar era and Lee Brice's feat today are obviously radically different, longevity records aren't easily broken," explains the industry publication's senior chart manager, Wade Jessen. "Sustaining airplay for more than a year on any Billboard radio chart is remarkable in any age, but particularly noteworthy in today's environment."
Brice, who is signed to Curb Records (home to Tim McGraw and LeAnn Rimes), is also a notable songwriter--in fact, he co-wrote the first song in Billboard's Country Songs chart history to enter the charts at No. 1. That would be Garth Brooks's hit, "More Than A Memory." His debut album, also titled Love Like Crazy, came out in June of this year, and he's currently on tour throughout the fall.
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