Dan + Shay = #1
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
– Newcomers Dan + Shay will have the top selling country disc when Billboard releases the charts on Thursday.
"Where It All Began" sold almost 29,000 units, good for sixth on the overall chart. The duo has a hit on its hands with "19 You + Me."
Bluegrass trio Nickel Creek returns to the chart with its first album since 2007 coming in seventh. "A Dotted Line" sold 27,000 units.
Johnny Cash's "Out Among the Stars" fell to eighth on the overall chart, selling 26,000 units, down 52 percent. Cash had the top selling country disc last week.
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The track list on Dan +Shay's self-titled third album has a song crediting Kelly Clarkson as a featured vocalist. Upon a full listen, you will think they forgot about a few others. The disc features the duo's contemporary sound that mirrors many artists in the genre. The lead-off track, "Alone Together," evokes Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox and is half of the only seven minutes on the tidy 35-minute collection that represent anything near up-tempo.
The duo puts the ballads on ...
Dan Myers and James Shay Mooney came from different parts of the country (Allegheny County, Pa. and Arkansas, respectively) and met in Nashville where each was tracking the well-worn path to country music success. They began writing songs together a little over three years ago, already have a hit album ("Where It All Began") and now have another tiger by the tail.
Dan + Shay know a hook, can write songs and have identified a sweet spot in the formula of country music success. ...
Dan + Shay debut with a likable disc, if your bent is the Rascal Flatts world of country. In fact, Dan Smyers of Pittsburgh and Shay Mooney of Arkansas come mighty close to mimicking the longstanding country stars with the biggest difference that they're a duo and Rascal Flatts is a trio. Perhaps the similarities ought come as no surprise because the duo started writing the day after they met in Nashville in December 2012. Guess who placed their first song on hold? Rascal Flatts. ...