Blake Shelton’s ‘Honey Bee’ Stays at No. 1 on the Country Singles Chart
Blake Shelton remains at No. 1 this week with his ninth chart-topping hit, 'Honey Bee.' The song is the first release from Shelton's forthcoming album on Warner Music Nashville, 'Red River Blue,' set to hit stores on Tuesday, July 12.
'Honey Bee' peaked at the No. 1 position after only 10 weeks of being on the country singles chart, making it the fastest rising single of Shelton's career. The song is Shelton’s fourth consecutive No. 1 single, following previous chart-toppers ‘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.’
'Honey Bee' was written by two-thirds of Nashville's writing team the Peach Pickers, Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip. The tune came about after Akins stumbled across a news story in Billboard.
"We actually had no clue what we were going to write," Akins told Taste of Country earlier this year. "Both of us got there and had no ideas. I was flipping through a Billboard magazine, and there was an article in there about [former Arkansas governor] Huckabee doing an album or something. I thought it said ‘Huckleberry.’ I said, ‘Well let’s write a song about huckleberry … ‘I’m your huckleberry.’ That turned into ‘honeysuckle,’ but we didn’t know what it meant. Then it turned into ‘honeysuckle / honey bee.’"
Akins and Hayslip, along with the third Peach Picker, Dallas Davidson, are the same writers behind Shelton's No. 1 hit, 'All About Tonight.' Hayslip is also a co-writer on Shelton's Top 10 song, 'I'll Just Hold On.'
Watch Blake Shelton Perform 'Honey Bee' on 'The Voice'