Today focus is on an artist who holds the record for the most weeks at #1 with a debut single, a single that almost never was, as his label wanted him to record and release another song as his first single.

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It all worked out pretty well for Blake Shelton. The song he did release as his debut "Austin", spent 5 weeks in the #1 spot, as well as serving as the title track for his debut album. The song his record company originally wanted Shelton to release as his initial single, would fall to Toby Keith when Shelton turned it down. And all Keith did was take "I Wanna Talk About Me" to #1 and stay there for 5 weeks in March of 2000. But Shelton would be none-the-worse, as he has accumulated 23 #1 hits, recently adding to his total as a member of Artists of Then, Now & Forever on the CMA 50th Anniversary tribute "Forever Country".

Not bad for a guy from Ada, Oklahoma, the son of a used car salesman and a beautician, who grew up competing in pageants around Oklahoma. Blake began playing guitar at age 12, and by 15 had written his first song. While in high school he performed across Oklahoma regularly, winning the prestigious Denbo Diamond Award, given to young Oklahoma performers. After graduating high school, Shelton moved to Nashville, getting a job in a publishing company, eventually signing with Sony Music in 1997.

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In 1999, Shelton was dropped by the label and would eventually sign with Giant Records in 2001. Originally slated to release the single Keith would make famous, it was switched at the last moment, and fate stepped in. Shortly after, Giant Records would close its doors, and Shelton was added to the roster of its parent label Warner Bros. records. Blake has been with Warner Brothers Nashville ever since, releasing 10 studio albums with label, featuring 27 top-10 hits, 23 #1's. From his teaming with Trace Adkins on "Hillbilly Bone", which hit #1 on March 27th 2010 to his 2016 single "Came Here To Forget", which topped the chart on June 11th of last year, Shelton ran off an impressive string of 18 straight #1 singles.

Blake is in our spotlight today, with the 5th single from his platinum certified 2016 album If I'm Honest. Blake Shelton and "Every Time I Hear That Song" is today's Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again.

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