With the year 2010 almost a quarter of the way through, no country artist has even come close to having the amount of success that trio Lady Antebellum has had. Which leads me to ask, is this the year of Lady Antebellum?
Nearly two years ago, an unknown group released their self-titled debut album which debuted at number one on the Country Albums chart. A month later, the trio had their first top five single with “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and embarked as the opening act for Martina McBride.
Fast forward to the end of 2009 and Lady Antebellum seemingly found its way to the top of the country music industry. The trio – made up of Charles Kelly, Dave Haywood, and Hillary Scott – was named the CMA’s Vocal Group of the Year (ending Rascal Flatts’ six year reign) and their first number one song, “I Run to You,” was named Single of the Year. Also in late November, their single “Need You Now” started a five week run at number one. The group also scored two Grammy nominations.
Now fast forward to mid-January when Lady A released their sophomore album, Need You Now. The album debuted atop both the Hot 100 and Country Albums charts by selling 480,000 copies. The album has yet to fall from number one on the Country Albums chart and out of the top five on the Hot 100 and has sold 1.4 million copies. A few days after the release of the album, the trio picked up their first Grammy award in the Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for their hit “I Run to You.”
This week, Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” rose to number one on the Adult Pop Songs chart becoming only the second number one country song to reach number one on the pop chart (Faith Hill’s “Breathe” was the first). The group’s second single, “American Honey,” is already a top ten hit and on its way to becoming their third straight number one song. The group also earned seven nominations in five categories when the Academy of Country Music released the nominations for this year’s awards show.
By the end of 2010, Lady Antebellum could have their first double platinum album as well as at least two number one singles. Not to mention, they could have several ACM and CMA award wins. Unless other country superstars step up, there’s no stopping Lady Antebellum. Look for 2010 to be Lady A’s breakthrough to superstardom.