Cole Swindell, Lainey Wilson Top Charts with “Never Say Never”

"Never Say Never" is Cole Swindell's 11th No. 1 and Lainey Wilson's second chart topper.

Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson just went No. 1 with their fiery duet “Never Say Never.” The chart-topper is Swindell’s 11th and Wilson’s second No. 1.

The pair performed the passionate call-and-answer power ballad in a rainstorm recently on the CMT Music Awards where they were multiple nominees.

“Thank you, @laineywilsonmusic, for letting me interrupt your vacation with a song I knew could be super special if you were singing on it with me,” Swindell wrote on Instagram. “Thanks to my ENTIRE team, Country Radio, all the streaming services, and the fans for all the love on “NSN.”

“We done did it,” Wilson added. “Appreciate you believing in me. Love you, brother! 🤘🏼”

Swindell believes “Never Say Never” is one of the most pivotal singles of his career. The Georgia native knew it was special when he wrote it with Jessi Alexander and Chase McGill – so special that he shelved “Never Say Never” for years until the right voice came along to sing it with him.

“It just got frustrating, honestly,” Swindell said. “I didn’t know if it’d ever go out. We were just talking about Lainey. I’d already been a fan of hers, but I was,’ Oh my gosh, how? Why haven’t we done this? Is this possible, please?'”

Swindell was nervous when he sent her the song, and he said it was “the longest three-and-a-half minutes of my life” as he waited for her to respond. Because Wilson writes her own songs, he wasn’t sure she’d be willing to sing on one that she didn’t write.

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