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Chris Young on Hitting No. 1 With ‘I’m Comin’ Over’: ‘I Needed This’

Chris Young celebrates his seventh No. 1 hit, "I'm Comin' Over"
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Chris Young expressed as much relief as excitement while celebrating his seventh No. 1 hit, “I’m Comin’ Over,” on Monday night in Nashville. The title track from his latest album was his first chart-topper since “You” in 2012, and Young admits he needed it.

“I needed this, I really did,” the singer said at the beginning of his thank you speech at the Cannery. “I needed a song that truly resonated with people and was a hit.”

Young previously told Taste of Country that having No. 1 hits, platinum singles and a gold record were bucket list items he’d hoped to check off as songs from I’m Comin’ Over hit radio. He’s off to a good start, as “I’m Comin’ Over” has gone platinum.

Co-writers Josh Hoge and Corey Crowder both delivered emotional speeches before Young talked about how unusual it is for a group to find success so quickly. The trio wrote the majority of the album, and it happened very easily. The first two songs they penned made the final cut, and “That never happens,” Young says.

“I think both of these guys are very emotional guys. I think that’s one of the reasons we can write great songs together,” he adds. “You get in the room and you have to let your guard down and you have to write from your heart, really and truly.”

“If you’re not willing to open up and write what you feel I don’t think that comes through and it doesn’t shine as true when people here it.”

Think of You” is the second single from I’m Comin’ Over. The mid-tempo cut is a duet with Cassadee Pope that is already receiving positive reviews. Together, the pair will begin the I’m Comin’ Over Tour on Jan. 21. Get a full list of tour dates at Young’s website.

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