Rodney Atkins enjoys top played song, again
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Rodney Atkins enjoys top played song, again

Wednesday, December 19, 2007 – In 2006, Rodney Atkins had the most played song of the year with "If You're Going Through Hell," and this year he does it again with "Watching You," according to Billboard and Country Aircheck.

"It's an amazing feeling when I think of all the incredible songs and artists who have been on the radio to get a song I wrote about my son be the most played song," said Atkins. "I feel like God's kind of smiled on me. I couldn't be more proud as an artist, a songwriter and as a dad - even though, unfortunately, the inspiration came from Elijah getting into trouble at school!"

"I can't thank country radio and the fans enough for being so supportive of my music," he said. "I think my New Year's resolution is to make the next album even better. Though this has been such a great year, I'm not sure how we'll top it."

In 2007, Atkins won ACM Male Vocalist of the Year, celebrated a platinum album, 3 number 1 singles ("If You're Going Through Hell", "Watching You" and "These Are My People") and performed for President Bush at the White House.

Atkins will begin 2008 back on the Bonfires & Amplifiers Tour with Brad Paisley along with additional tour plans to be announced early next year. Atkins will also continue his role as the 2008 National Spokesman for the National Council for Adoption.

Atkins's fourth single, "Cleaning This Gun (Come on In Boy)," is in the top 20.

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CD review - Take a Back Road Rodney Atkins' breakthrough album, "If You're Going Through Hell," produced the top singles of both 2006 and 2007. His moment in the spotlight was brief, with his follow-up album,"It's America," being largely ignored except for the title track. From the get go on "Take a Back Road," Atkins comes across as a regular guy, not a detached superstar. There are songs about hanging out on back roads away from the hustle of daily life, getting fatherly ...
CD review - It's America When you've recorded Billboard's number 1 country song of 2006 (If You're Going Through Hell) and 2007 (Watching You), what do you do for an encore? Rodney Atkins is here to tell us: you don't mess with the recipe. As usual, the hook-seeking guitar licks lead the pop country charge, with the occasional appearance of fiddles and banjos for seasoning. Atkins tapped into the services of an army of writers for the 11 songs, including 3 he helped write. ...

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