‘Catch of the Day’ – Kelsea Ballerini – “Legends” [Audio]
Today we turn our attention to the latest single from an artist who set a modern country record with her debut album, accomplishing a feat no female artist in country music had accomplished. Not Carrie, not Shania, not Taylor and not even Wynonna.
When Kelsea Ballerini’s debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It” was released in July of 2014, she was an unknown 21 year-old singer and songwriter from Mascot, Tennessee. Her record company hadn’t put enough stock in the song to do a video until November, four months later. But by July of 2015, the song had hit the top of the Billboard Country singles chart, making Ballerini the first female solo artist to hit the top of that chart since Carrie Underwood in 2006.
In the meantime, Kelsea released her debut album, The First Time, but Ballerini was far from finished making history. Her second single, “Dibs” was released in July, two weeks after her first number one. This one was another slow climber, hitting the top of the chart in March of 2016. It hadn’t been since Jamie O’Neal in 2001 that a female artist had taken her first two singles to the top of the country singles chart. Ballerini’s third single “Peter Pan”, released just weeks after her 2nd #1, took a more direct route to the top of the chart, landing in the top spot in August. Ballerini’s third #1 made her the first artist since Wynonna in 1986 to score #1’s with her first three singles. She also became the first female artist to sit at #1 on the Billboard Country Digital Sales and Country Air Play charts simultaneously.
When her fourth single, “Yeah Boy” hit the top of the Mediabase Country chart in April, it made Ballerini the first female artist in history to score #1 hits with her first four singles, all of which have been certified gold or higher. Her debut album has also received gold certification, totaling a lot of bling for the singer. She spent parts of the end of 2016 and the early part of 2017 working on a yet unnamed project with no announced release date. But we do have the lead single from that album in our spotlight today.
Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash of Lawton, Kelsea Ballerini and “Legends” is today’s Catch of the Day, new music you haven’t heard, but you’ll want to hear it again. Like, comment or share the Catch of the Day, and you will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card from American Super Car Wash of Lawton, who bring you the Catch of the Day, every day, on Oklahoma’s Best Country, KLAW101.