Tim McGraw becomes first country act on classic rock chart
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Tim McGraw becomes first country act on classic rock chart

Friday, April 25, 2008 – Tim McGraw racked up the 30th number 1 single of his career with "Nine Lives," the song he performed on and co-wrote with Def Leppard members Phil Collen, Joe Elliot and Rick Savage. The tune is the lead single from Def Leppard's "Songs From the Sparkle Lounge" album and landed at the top of the Billboard/RR Classic Rock chart this week. He also became the first country artist to chart on the Billboard/RR Active Rock Singles chart, where the single is top 15 and climbing.

McGraw initiated the co-write idea three years ago through his long-time tour manager Robert Allen, brother of Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen. The actual collaboration process began a year later when McGraw sat in on their Hollywood Bowl show in 2006.

This is not the first time McGraw has charted songs in other genres of music. His 2005 hit with Nelly, "Over And Over," remained at number 1 for 12 weeks on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 chart, and he was the first country artist to chart on the Billboard Hip Hop/Rap Singles Chart.

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