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Gayle Thompson

Gayle Thompson has been a daily contributor for The Boot since it began in 2008. In addition, she has written for Rolling Stone, Country Weekly, CBS Radio and several other outlets. Besides writing, she loves traveling, cooking, entertaining and anything else that involves her husband and little boy.
Brooks and Dunn Brand New Man quadruple platinum
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21 Years Ago: Brooks & Dunn’s ‘Brand New Man’ Goes Quadruple Platinum

Twenty-one years ago today (Nov. 29, 1994) was a day of celebration for Brooks & Dunn. It was on this day that their debut album, Brand New Man, was certified quadruple platinum, signifying sales in excess of 4 million units. Their sophomore record, Hard Workin' Man, also earned triple-platinum status.

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Little Big Town Girl Crush controversy
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Story Behind the Song: Little Big Town, ‘Girl Crush’

Little Big Town's "Girl Crush," from the country quartet's 2014 Pain Killer album, stayed at the top of the charts for a record-breaking 13 weeks and has sold more than one million copies. Its a success made that much sweeter because of -- and a success at least partially propelled by -- the controversy surrounding the sexy single, with some radio stations allegedly refusing to play the song because of its perceived message. But for songwriters Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey, controversy was the farthest thing from their minds when they quickly wrote "Girl Crush."

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