Hayes goes Double Platinum for "Wanted"
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
– Hunter Hayes recently earned Double Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling more than 2 million copies of his multi-week number one hit single Wanted.
After a performance on Ryman at the Opry last Friday, Hayes was also surprised with a plaque from Warner Music Nashville to celebrate his self-titled debut album selling over half a million copies and receiving a career first RIAA Gold album certification.
Hayes is up for the Academy of Country Musics New Male Vocalist Award. Voting for the ACM Awards started Monday and ends Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. eastern. The winners of the three newcomer categories (New Male, New Female and New Vocal Duo/Group) will be announced in early February during the annual ACM Award nominees press conference. The winners in these three categories will go on to compete for overall ACM New Artist of the Year, which is also fan voted and will be announced live on the ACM Awards on April 7.
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The 21 Project
It's impossible to not be impressed with the variety Hunter Hayes has packed in his brief, seven-song "The 21 Project." The diminutive singer/songwriter proves himself to be the master of multiple song styles - even with such a short project. Each song is presented three times (studio, acoustic and live).
Perhaps Hayes' greatest lyrical character trait is empathy, which he reveals again with "Where It All Begins," a track he both wrote and recorded with superstar »»»
A few things changed since Hunter Hayes debuted in 2011, but the bottom line remains the same - Hayes has a syrupy smooth and sweet voice, but there's not a tremendous amount of depth there to his feel good material. Hayes struck it rich the first time out on his major label debut garnering 3 top 10 songs including "I Want Crazy." The Louisiana native also was a one-man band playing and singing all parts.
That's not the case this time as he ceded CO-directorial control to Dann Huff. »»»
Hunter Hayes rereleased his debut self-titled album with a few additional tracks and three rerecorded ones. In any other genre of music, the new songs would have simply been released as an EP, but for some inexplicable reason, country music seems to be reluctant to embrace that form. The 800,000 fans who already own the original may find it irritating to pay full price for 5 new songs. People who have not warmed up to Hayes maple syrup smooth voice and decidedly pop version of country probably »»»