Jon Pardi and Brad Paisley score dueling #1’s with "Dirt on My Boots" and "Today"

Capitol Nashville/Arista NashvilleJon Pardi is celebrating his second #1 one in a row, as “Dirt on My Boots” tops the Billboard chart this week. The native of the Golden State admits he was initially skeptical about following his first #1, “Head over Boots,” with a similarly-titled song, until the head of his label calmed his fears.

“The master himself, the president of Universal, said he doesn't care about back-to-back boot songs. He cares about back-to-back hits,” Jon laughs. “But he was right!” he adds.

Always anxious to keep the momentum going, Jon admits he’s already focused on picking the next release from California Sunrise.

“Now I'm like, 'We've got to get another single out now! What single's gonna be out? It's like single three, so it's gonna be awesome!” Jon says excitedly.  

 Meanwhile this week, Brad Paisley scores the 24th #1 of his career on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase ranking. “Today” also happens to be the 21st chart-topper Brad has had a hand in writing.

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Kelsea Ballerini’s main squeeze Morgan Evans wants to "Kiss Somebody"

Kelsea Ballerini's main squeeze Morgan Evans wants to "Kiss Somebody"Warner Nashville/Robby KleinSo far, we’ve gotten to know Australian Morgan Evans mainly as Kelsea Ballerini’s fiancé, and through his mega-mashup covers of established hitmakers. But Friday, we’ll get our first taste of his own music, as Morgan releases his first single for Warner Nashville, titled “Kiss Somebody.”

On his socials, Morgan teases a special “prelude” video that’s coming as well. Inspired by the song’s lyric “sometimes you’ve got to kiss somebody in the back of a cab,” the new clip finds Morgan performing the tune in a vintage taxi, as he rides around Music City on a hot summer night.

As for the person Morgan happens to be kissing in real life, Kelsea has teased that the two definitely plan to make their union official before 2017 comes to a close.

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2 SLEEPS. #KissSomebody💋

— Morgan Evans (@Morgan_Evans) July 19, 2017