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Scotty McCreery takes first trip to top of the chart

March 2, 2018

Scotty McCreery charts his first No. 1 hit this week with “Five More Minutes,” the debut single from his upcoming album, “Seasons Change.” The song claims the top spot on both the Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck Country Airplay charts. McCreery’s “Seasons Change” album is due out March 16. He co-wrote all 11 tracks on the project.

ENGAGED: Brett Young and his longtime girlfriend, Taylor Mills, are engaged. People reports that Young popped the question earlier this month in Oxford, Mississippi, at the Graduate Oxford near Ole Miss, where he went to college. “We met in Arizona while she was at school at ASU, and we will likely get married there, so I thought it would be romantic to propose where I went to school,” Young said. “We were able to get a suite with a large covered patio, and the hospitality staff at the hotel set it up while we were at dinner, so it was waiting for us when we got back.” The couple dated for six years during and after college, even moving to Los Angeles together. Young helped design the custom ring which features his and and his new fiancee’s initials. The singer recently celebrated his third consecutive No. 1 hit with “Like I Loved You.” He hits the road with Thomas Rhett on the Life Changes tour this spring.

HEADING OVERSEAS: Darius Rucker has announced plans to tour overseas later this year. He will head to Europe in October for a string of dates in London, Germany and Amsterdam. Since releasing his first country album, “Learn to Live” in 2008, Rucker has made multiple trips overseas, including the Country to Country festival at the O2 in London. It turns out Rucker won’t be representing Music City alone on his journey through the United Kingdom — the NFL’s Tennessee Titans will be in London at the same time to play the Los Angeles Chargers.

BOOKISH FUN: Dolly Parton joined Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden on Tuesday, Feb. 27, for a special presentation of the Imagination Library’s 100 millionth book to the Library of Congress collection in Washington, D.C. During the event, Parton announced a unique collaboration between the Imagination Library and the Library of Congress in addition to reading a special book to a group of local school children who joined the celebration. On Wednesday, Parton appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” where she performed a song from her recently released first children’s album “I Believe In You.”

Julie Reeves is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing is Bill Cornwell.