OFFSTAGE: Hunter Hayes’ No. 1 Days

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Even though Hunter Hayes isn’t super brand new to country music — his first album came out almost two years ago — he admits he still doesn’t know what to expect on the days when his songs hit the top of the charts like “Somebody’s Heartbreak” recently did. “You get your schedule or day sheet and what not. You know what show days are like, you know what award show days are like,” Hayes said. “But you don’t quite know what a No. 1 day is like.” He added that the No. 1 celebration of the tune he co-wrote with Luke Laird and Andrew Dorff was awesome. “This song was one of my first favorites. I remember Luke did a demo of this song before I did, and I was like, ’I have to go do my own now!’ I think Hayes will quickly get used to the routine of No. 1 days. His first two No. 1 hits are off his self-titled debut album, and his current single “I Want Crazy” appears to be poised to follow the same quick path to the top.

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