Blake Shelton Keeps ‘Honey Bee’ at No. 1 for Third Consecutive Week
Blake Shelton's blockbuster hit 'Honey Bee' remains at the No. 1 position this week for the third consecutive week on Billboard's country singles chart.
The single for 'Honey Bee' sold 138,000 digital downloads in its first week, which broke records by becoming the song with the most first week downloads by a male country singer. The amount of downloads in the first week out spiked the song to debut at No. 13 on Billboard's Hot 100 all-genre charts for the week of April 23. The last artist to have that high of a debut was back when Garth Brooks debuted at No. 5 in 1999 with 'Lost in You' from his Chris Gaines album.
'Honey Bee' entered the country singles chart that same week, debuting at No. 31. After only seven weeks, the song went Gold, making it the fastest rising single ever to sell over 500,000 digital copies by a male country solo artist.
Last week, Shelton performed the tune, which was penned by the Peach Pickers' Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, on NBC's 'The Voice,' helping boost the song's digital sales.
"'Honey Bee' has been huge to us," Hayslip tells Taste of Country. "We tell the story every time … it was a song that we didn’t even know if we were going to demo the song. It was kind of silly. We wrote it on a Thursday, and we had a demo session on Friday. We left the room not knowing if we wanted to demo the song the next day. We didn’t know if it was that good or not. I went home and listened to the song and called Rhett. I said, ‘Hey man, we probably better go ahead and demo this thing.’ Rhett was like, ‘It’s pretty silly, though.’ I said, ‘I know … let’s just see what happens.’ We demoed it, and it became the song of the session. Everybody loved it. It’s just been unbelievable to be a part of it. I’ve never been part of a song this big before, as far as just number wise and audience impressions. It’s a song that everybody knows because of ‘The Voice.’ Having Blake debut it on the ACM Awards and then sing it on ‘The Voice’ – it’s now a song that not just the country community or country audience knows; it’s pretty much a world-wide song now. That’s awesome to be a part of it."
'Honey Bee' is Shelton's fourth consecutive No. 1 hit and his ninth overall chart-topper, following previous hits 'Austin,' 'The Baby,' 'Some Beach,' 'Home,' 'She Wouldn’t Be Gone,' 'Hillbilly Bone,' 'All About Tonight' and 'Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.'
Watch Blake Shelton Perform 'Honey Bee'