Rascal Flatts Unsoppable
Rascal Flatts continues a dominance in modern country music as they announce a new deal to join Big Machine Records. With the news comes a new single called “Why Wait” and the following fun facts:
- Rascal Flatts will release their 7th album “Nothing Like This” on November 16th
- The debut single “Why Wait” is currently #34 BB and #46 MB on the radio charts
- “Unstoppable” the 6th CD is currently #29 on the Top 75 Country Albums Chart with over 1,249,000 units sold to date
- To date Rascal Flatts has sold over 17.74 million digital singles and more than 19.85 million albums in the U.S. alone
- Rascal Flatts have scored 11 #1 singles and have more titles in the 100 Songs of the Decade than any other group in the format
- Rascal Flatts has been awarded nearly 40 trophies from the ACMs, AMAs, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards and more
- The band is currently out on their headline “Nothing Like This” tour
Rascal Flatts: One of Country Music’s Succesful Groups
By J Kim
Rascal Flatts is a country music group made up of Gary LeVox (lead vocalist), Jay DeMarcus (bassist), and Joe Don Rooney (electric guitarist). Upon getting a record deal with Lyric Street Records, the group released their first album, Rascal Flatts, which would climb up to the #3 spot on the U.S. country albums chart.
The group’s next album, Melt, would peak at #5 on the U.S. albums charts and #1 on the U.S. country albums charts. Rascal Flatts, next two albums, Feels Like Today and Me and My Gang, both debuted at #1 on both the U.S. general and country music charts.
In 2003, the Rascal Flatts would find themselves waist deep in controversy, stemming from their controversial music video for “I Melt”, off of their Melt album. Some fans objected to the music video, which contained brief nudity of model Christina Auria in some sensual scenes with group member, Rooney.
While such a music video would hardly cause a stir on MTV or VH1, being showcased on the more conservative CMT and Great American Country music channels, the video inevitably brought the group much notoriety. The Melt album would garner the Rascal Flatts their first No. 1 country single, “These Days”.
In 2005, the group performed their hit single Bless the Broken Road live with contestant Carrie Underwood, on the popular television program American Idol. That same song was nominated for three Grammy awards including Song of the Year, Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, and Best Country Song. The group would take home the Grammy award for Best Country Song.
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