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Justin Moore Almost Lost No. 1 Hit to Blake Shelton

Justin Moore Point at You party
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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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