Blake Shelton has broken his own record and made history once again with his 12th consecutive number one single "My Eyes," featuring Gwen Sebastian. Marking the most consecutive number ones in monitored country airplay history, "My Eyes" is his 17th number one overall and fifth single off his Grammy-nominated album Based on a True Story.... Shelton made history earlier this year when "Doin' What She Likes," originally broke the record, as his 11th number one single in a row. "My Eyes," one of Shelton's fastest rising singles to date, raced to the top of the chart in only 11 weeks. Gwen recently tweeted out a photo of she and Blake holding up their index fingers to signify the chart topping success.
Rascal Flatts was pretty honest when chatting with Rolling Stone Country recently after celebrating their latest number one "Rewind." The trio is well aware that topping the chart isn't easy and not something to be taken for granted. Joe Don Rooney said, "I don't know if it was make or break, but it was definitely leaning more toward 'need to make,' spending that much time away from radio is scary. Not having a hit song on the Top 10 or Top 5 on radio, that scared us a little bit, but also it pushed us in a corner to make us fight." Gary LeVox added, "'Changed' was the big eye-opener. For me, it's the greatest song I've ever been a part of as a songwriter, but dying at 20 (on the charts) — we've never been in that position before. It was brand new to us. After that, we really took our time and said, obviously, it's time to find a different direction and go somewhere. It's time to push ourselves and expand."
Dolly Parton realized a dream this week with her performance at England's Glastonbury Festival, one of the biggest events on the summer calendar. Parton's first performance there was a big success playing for a crowd estimated at 150,000 people. Parton told reporters before the show, "I thought, well, I can't do a bunch of sad, slow songs because everybody is drunk and high and we don't want to bring them down that bad, so there are two or three songs that they have to hear like maybe 'Coat of Many Colors' and a few things that are a part of my whole life and my background. But we've tried to do a set where we can kind of keep it moving pretty good." Dolly also said that she has no plans to stop touring, singing and writing and that she feels like she's just starting out.
In other Parton news, she was honored while in Glastonbury, England, prior to her performance at the Glastonbury Music Festival, with a plaque commemorating sales in excess of 100 million. She said, "I’ve been so busy making records for the past several decades, I didn’t realize I had racked up so many sales. What a great honor to know that I have so many fans that have supported me through the years. Thanks to the RIAA for the acknowledgment and the plaque. I feel very honored and proud."