Blake Shelton’s ‘Honey Bee’ Spends Fourth Week at No. 1
Blake Shelton is having a great run at the top of the charts with his latest single, 'Honey Bee.' The singer has spent a total of four weeks thus far at No. 1 on Billboard's country singles chart with the hit, which has also given Shelton his first ever digital platinum single. Shelton now holds the record for the fastest-selling digital platinum single for a male country solo artist.
'Honey Bee' was penned by Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip, two-thirds of Nashville's red-hot writing trio, the Peach Pickers, which also includes Dallas Davidson. The Peach Pickers have a standing writing appointment every Wednesday, and their hard work and determination has paid off in a big way for the three Georgia boys. The Peach Pickers are currently responsible for 40 percent of the Top 10 country singles chart: 'Honey Bee,' Justin Moore's 'If Heaven Wasn't So Far Away,' Lady Antebellum's 'Just a Kiss,' and Luke Bryan's 'Country Girl (Shake It for Me).'
"I’m excited, obviously," Akins tells Taste of Country of the song's success. "It just doesn’t feel real to me yet. Everybody says after they win a Super Bowl that it really hasn’t sunk in yet. Most people would be off celebrating and not want to write a song for two months. We just still come back to work the next day like we don’t have anything. I feel like that’s one of the reasons that we’ve had so much success because we don’t celebrate too long. We don’t lay in bed for three days. We do celebrate, but we also show up the next day and say, 'Hey, that one’s in the past … we’ve got to write another one.'"
"I have been trying to make myself enjoy this," Akins notes of his multi-week No. 1 hit. "My mind is just on what am I going to do 10 years from now. We’ve got to have 10 more years of 'Honey Bees,' and the only way we can do that is to show up every day and make 'honey.' It is amazing. I think that song was a gift because we weren’t trying to write that song. It happened out of sheer chance that I happened to see something in a magazine that I thought said 'Huckleberry,' and that turned into 'Honeysuckle,' which turned into 'Honey Bee.' I think that’s proof that you’ve got to show up. If we hadn’t written that day, we wouldn’t have written it the next day or a week later. It just so happened that that magazine was laying on the table that day that we wrote that song. So you have to show up. I think that sometimes God lays songs out there for you, and if you don’t show up to work that day, they’re not there the next day. It’s like a deer or a fish … that deer is only going to walk by this deer stand one day this deer season. If that’s the one day you don’t go hunting, then you’re never going to see that deer again. I think God has laid all these songs in front of us. They’re on the table, so it’s up to us to get out of bed and go get them."
This week, 'Honey Bee' also tops the Country Aircheck/Mediabase country singles chart. On Friday (June 8), Shelton will perform on NBC's 'Today' show during their Summer Concert Series, airing at 8:00AM ET. Besides performing 'Honey Bee,' Shelton will also perform his new single, 'God Gave Me You.' Both songs can be found on Shelton's new album, 'Red River Blue,' which will hit stores July 12.
Watch Blake Shelton Perform 'Honey Bee' Live