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Seeing Double: Shelton Celebrates Two No. 1s

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TRADE Boys-Round-Here 02.19.14-1Music Row-Double the hits, double the fun! Blake Shelton toasted two No. 1s yesterday (Feb. 19) during an event co-hosted by BMI and ASCAP at his management home, Starstruck. Two of Nashville’s current songwriting dream teams penned the smashes “Boys ‘Round Here” and “Mine Would Be You.” Craig Wiseman, Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins are the re-re-re-re-red-necks responsible for “Boys…”. Connie Harrington, Jessi Alexander and Deric Ruttan penned “Mine,” and knew that Shelton would be the perfect artist to deliver their line about make-up sex.

It wasn’t an understatement when BMI head Jody Williams proclaimed that the music of BMI affiliates Davidson and Akins have “defined this era of Country music.” This marked both writers’ 17th chart-toppers. “It is so cool Blake makes time to come to Nashville to honor the songwriters who write these hits,” continued Williams.

ASCAP’s Michael Martin saluted Wiseman, who was celebrating his 21st trip to No. 1. “Craig is the hardest working man in this town,” he said.

The party’s No. 1 tally was led by producer Scott Hendricks, who was toasting his 56th. “Scott Hendricks makes THE BEST records,” Williams cheered. “He wins!”

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Billy Currington Celebrates Latest No. 1

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hey girl 453369061-280x210CMT.com - Tuesday (Dec. 3) was a great day for Billy Currington, but it's also been a good week for Rhett Akins.

After celebrating his 14th No. 1 prize as a songwriter Monday (Dec. 2) and seeing his son, Thomas Rhett, score two chart-topper awards the same day, Akins returned to the winner's circle to haul away yet another No. 1 songwriting trophy.

This one was for "Hey Girl," the Currington hit Akins co-wrote with Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano.

All three composers and Currington were spotlighted Tuesday afternoon at the Country Music Association building in Nashville in a ceremony co-sponsored by the performance rights organizations ASCAP and BMI.

Akins is a member of BMI. Gorley, DeStefano and Currington are affiliated with ASCAP.

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Justin Moore Almost Lost No. 1 Hit to Blake Shelton

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Justin-Moore-Point-at-You-partyThe Boot
Justin Moore‘s single ‘Point at You’ has been a huge hit for him, but it turns out the No. 1 song was almost recorded by Blake Shelton.

The single marks Moore’s fourth No. 1 and was penned by a handful of talented writers, including Rhett Akins. President and CEO of Big Machine Label Group Scott Borchetta called Shelton to talk about the song, and the ‘Honey Bee’ singer was very gracious.

“Blake’s actually a really nice guy,” Borchetta said at the No. 1 party for the song in Nashville on Wednesday (Nov. 13), adding that Shelton gave the okay for Moore take the song.

This isn’t the first time that a song by Akins has caused some competition between artists, and it probably won’t be the last for the talented songwriter.

“‘Take a Back Road,’ both Rodney Atkins and Chris Young wanted the song really bad,” Akins tells Taste of Country. “And ‘Grandaddy’s Gun’ – Aaron Lewis and Blake Shelton both cut the song.”

But Akins maintains that the competition is light-hearted, and that there are no hard feelings between him and any of the artists. “They’re all my buddies,” he assures. “Whoever puts it out is going to do great on it, ya know? It’s cool that they like the song, but it’s kind of embarrassing for me … I’m just honored that more than one person actually likes the song you wrote.”

 
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