Maddie & Tae threw a party for their debut single with a lot to celebrate.
Their breakout hit “Girl in a Country Song” reached its first notable milestone with a Billboard No. 1, something the girls never dreamed would take place. It has since gone on to earn a gold certification from the RIAA for selling over 500,000 copies.
“The fact that we’re about to celebrate the No. 1 is mind-blowing,” the duo’s Tae Dye told CMT Hot 20 Countdown at their party. “When we wrote ‘Girl in a Country Song,’ we didn’t even think people were ever gonna hear it. We thought it would be something that we would play at like a songwriter’s round in Nashville. Then we got signed to Dot (Records), and they were like, ‘OK, so it’s gonna be your first single. We’re releasing it in a month.’ And we were like, ‘Uh, OK! That’s great, but wow!’”
2014 was a whirlwind of new experiences and success for Maddie & Tae, who say they feel fortunate to join the ranks of other empowered female artists.
“It’s crazy to (be) 19-year-olds with something to say and how country radio has embraced us with open arms,” said Maddie Marlow. “I think that just proves that this message needed to be said and people wanted to have a voice, especially women in country music. So it’s such an honor to kind of lead the way for that.”
Their song quickly climbed the charts, and watching that happen was remarkable for the duo. Even more so, though, was experiencing such a positive reaction from fans who now have a brand new Maddie & Tae single to learn.
“We really wanted to show fans that we do have a deep and vulnerable side, as well as a tongue-in-cheek side,” Dye said of “Fly.”
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