This Day in Country Music History: Brad Paisley Releases His First No. 1 Single

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On this day in 1999, Brad Paisley released his first No.1 single with “He Didn’t Have To Be.”

The single was off his album, Who Needs Pictures and was the story of Paisley‘s frequent co-writer Kelley Lovelace and Lovelace’s stepson, McCain Merren.

The debut album also produced a Top 20 hit with “Me Neither” and his second number 1 hit, “We Danced,” both in 2000. The album eventually went Platinum, which led Paisley to win CMA’s best new male vocalist trophy. He also received his first GRAMMY Award nomination a year later for Best New Artist.

Now, Paisley has scored 32 Top 10 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 18 of which have reached No 1.

Paisley has sold over 12 million albums and won three GRAMMY Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards and two American Music Awards.

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