Chris Young on Watching the Charts: ‘I Want to Know Numbers’
Some artists are hands-off in their approach to their music's success: They deal with the singing and performance aspects but leave everything else to their label. That's not Chris Young.
Fans know that Young is a prolific songwriter thanks to hits like "Aw Naw" and "Gettin' You Home (The Black Dress Song)," and he works his creative muscles often. But it seems he also has a left-brain, analytical side to his personality as well. Many creative types wouldn't touch numbers with a 10-foot pole, but Young thrives on them.
When The Boot asked Young what he thought the "song of the summer" would be this year, instead of simply going with a song he likes right now, he went for solid evidence and told us he had to check the charts.
“Yeah, I’ve got all the login access for Mediabase," Young admits. "My label laughs at me because I read the stuff about as well as anybody."
It may sound intimidating or stressful to look at numbers and know exactly how your songs are charting, but for Young, it's just part of the gig. In fact, Young quickly rattled off the exact number of copies that his new single, "I'm Comin' Over," sold in its first week.
"It doesn’t make me anxious looking at it. It’s just who I am," he says. "I want to know numbers."
Young will have to take a break from crunching numbers to perform at the 2015 CMA Music Festival in Nashville next month. He and artists including Lee Brice, Maddie & Tae, Randy Houser, Sam Hunt, Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, the Band Perry and the Zac Brown Band are scheduled to turn up the heat during the event's nightly concerts at LP Field.
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