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Florida Georgia Line Reveal Why They Passed ‘Burnin’ It Down’ to Jason Aldean

Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean
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When Florida Georgia Line finished co-writing ‘Burnin’ It Down,’ they knew it was going to be a hit single. So why did they decide to pass it along to Jason Aldean? You may be surprised by the answer!

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley sat down with ABC News Radio to weigh in on why they gave a surefire hit to someone else. According the the boys, the decision was all about timing — and about being the best songwriters they could be.

“The timing was tough on it,” Hubbard says, noting that when FGL actually penned the tune a year ago (with songwriter Rodney Clawson), it was right after they had recorded the new tracks for the deluxe re-release of ‘Here’s to the Good Times,’ and they just knew they couldn’t keep such a good song off the airwaves for a whole year.

“We were listening to it one day, and I think it was [Kelley] that said, ‘Hey dude, I think Jason would kill this song,” Hubbard shares. “We should try to give it to him, and at least let him hear it.’ And next thing we know, he’s cutting it.”

Aldean did indeed record ‘Burnin’ It Down,’ and then he took it one step further by using it as the lead single from his latest album, ‘Old Boots, New Dirt.’ The track has become a smash hit for the singer, staying strong at No. 1 on the charts and becoming the fastest-breaking single of his career. And Florida Georgia Line couldn’t be happier.

“We’re songwriters at heart, first and foremost,” Hubbard insists. “To get an outside cut’s big for us. I mean, that’s what we dreamed of for years …You know when the right song gets to the right person when you hear it back like that. It sounds incredible. He crushed it.”

Maybe the reason FGL can be so proud of the success Aldean has had with ‘Burnin’ It Down’ has a little something to do with the fact that they have plenty of No. 1 hits of their own. Their sophomore album, ‘Anything Goes‘ hits stores Tuesday (Oct. 14) and already has a No. 1 single under its belt. Still, it’s nice to see two of the biggest acts in country music sharing their work for the good of the fans!

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