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Hootie frontman Darius Rucker must be doing something right, because he’s making chart history again. This week, Rucker, who released his first country album in 2008 scored his second No. 1 country single, “It Won’t Be Like This For Long.”

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Love them or hate them, Hootie and the Blowfish set a lot of sales records. Their debut album, Cracked Rear Mirror, went on to sell over 16 million copies.

Hootie frontman Darius Rucker must be doing something right, because he’s making chart history again. This week, Rucker, who released his first country album in 2008 scored his second No. 1 country single, “It Won’t Be Like This For Long.”

The song makes Rucker the first male artist to place his first two singles atop the Hot Country Songs chart since Clay Walker 15 years ago, according to Billboard.com. It also marks the first time that an artist’s first two format singles reigned for multiple weeks since March 1997.

It get’s better. Rucker’s first country No. 1, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” was the first by a black artist since Charlie Pride’s “Night Games” 25 years earlier.

Rucker said “It Won’t Be Like This For Long” stemmed from a get-together with co-writers Chris DuBois and Ashley Gorley.

“We had written this big drinkin’ song called ‘Drinkin’ and Dialin’, so we got together to write another drinking song. And before we wrote it we were talking about our kids. And afterward we were still talking about our kids, and we decided we were going to write a little lullaby song for me to sing to my kids, and before long we had ‘It Won’t Be Like This For Long.'”

Rucker will tour this spring and summer with Rascall Flatts.


(Darius Rucker – “It Won’t Be Like This For Long”)

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