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Dierks Bentley Goes No. 1 With ‘Am I the Only One’

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This week, Dierks Bentley scores his eighth career No. 1 hit, as he takes his latest single, ‘Am I the Only One,’ to the top of both the Billboard country singles and the Country Aircheck/Mediabase charts. Last week, ‘Am I the Only One’ topped Billboard’s country singles chart in Canada, as well.

The tune became an instant hit with his fans when it was released in March. ‘Am I the Only One’ is the first single from Bentley’s sixth studio album, which is the follow-up release to his bluegrass project, ‘Up on the Ridge.’

“‘Am I The Only One’ has been the perfect bridge between the ‘Ridge’ album and my next project,” says Bentley, according to a press release. “I wanted to give radio and fans a fun party song to set the tone for summer, and I am so grateful that they helped take it all the way to No. 1. Now we’re ready to start peeling back more layers of the new album!”

Bentley co-wrote the tune with two of his close buddies: Jon Randall Stewart and Jim Beavers. “[We] wrote this song about some friends of mine that I couldn’t get to go out on the town on Friday night,” says Bentley. “They were giving me some pretty weak excuses, so I had to make fun of ‘em in the lyrics of this song. No one was actually watching ‘American Idol’ … if one of my friends turned me down for ‘American Idol’ on a Friday night, we would definitely have to exchange some words. Nothing wrong with ‘American Idol,’ but you can Tivo that show and watch it any time you want. When it’s Friday night, it’s time to go out and have a good time.”

Bentley recently announced that he will be kicking off his next headlining trek, the Country and Cold Cans Tour, beginning on October 6 in Lacrosse, Wisc. The tour will wrap on November 19 in Denver, Colo. and will also feature the likes of Jerrod Niemann and the Eli Young Band. Look for Bentley’s forthcoming album, featuring ‘Am I the Only One,’ to hit stores in the early part of 2012.

Read the Story Behind the Lyrics of Dierks Bentley’s ‘Am I the Only One’

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