Jimmie Allen Becomes 2nd Black Country Artist To Debut At No. 1

Jimmie Allen reached the impressive achievement by becoming the 2nd black country artist to hit number one on the charts with a debut single.

By NathanG on November 19, 2018
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Jimmie Allen reached No. 1 on the Billboard  Country charts this week, with the release of his debut single, “Best Shot”. 

According to Nash Country Daily, Jimmie has now joined Darius Rucker as the only African-American country artists to reach No. 1 with debut singles. Rucker, whose career has included being the frontman for Hootie and the Blowfish and a successful solo career, received this honor with the release of his 2008 single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It.”

When asked for his thoughts on his achievement, Allen replied: “If someone asked me two years ago if I thought that this would be my life today—that I’d be on the red carpet at the CMAs or my song would be the No. 1 song on country radio, I would have honestly said ‘no,'” Allen continued, saying: “I’m humbled and grateful—it’s such an honor to get my first No. 1 and to know that my song is connecting with people and resonating in a way that hopefully makes us all better people in the end, because that’s really what ‘Best Shot’ is all about.”

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“Best Shot” is the first single from Jimmie’s debut album, Mercury Lane. The song was written by Jimmie, Josh London and JP Williams, and has now replaced Luke Comb’s “She Got the Best of Me” atop the Billboard charts, after four straight weeks.

“In writing this song, we just wanted to be honest with ourselves and write something that others can empathize with,” Jimmie explained.

Congratulations to Jimmie Allen and his awesome achievement!

To read more about Allen and his country music career, click here.

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