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Julie Reeves: Morris returns to top of charts

April 5, 2018 GMT

It wasn’t that long ago that Maren Morris charted her first solo No. 1 on country radio with “I Could Use A Love Song,” and now she logs her first chart-topping pop hit with Zedd and Grey with “The Middle.” The song claims the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart this week. “The Middle” has surpassed 300 million streams since its release earlier this year. Morris and Thomas Rhett topped the charts in 2017 with “Craving You,” the debut single from Thomas’ “Life Changes” album. Morris and her new husband, fellow artist Ryan Hurd, are enjoying their honeymoon in Bora Bora after tying the knot in Nashville on March 24.

HOT TOUR: Kip Moore wrapped a seven-show sold-out stint across Canada this past weekend with a two-night run in London, Ontario, as part of the second leg of his headlining Plead The Fifth tour. The run comes hot on the heels of a successful return across the pond as part of C2C Festival, where Moore was met with packed houses and rave reviews. He will continue his headlining “Plead The Fifth” tour with dates kicking off in Australia on April 20, and will continue with shows across the U.S. and Canada beginning next month. Moore is climbing the charts with his latest single, “Last Shot.” It follows his chart-topping hit “More Girls Like You,” both of which are from his 2017 “Slowheart” album.

“BEST SEAT”: Kenny Chesney fans have the chance to win the “Best Seat in the House” with a special contest announced on Blue Chair Bay socials. The contest will award one winner and five of their friends a round-trip private flight courtesy of Wheels Up to see Kenny Chesney’s Trip Around the Sun Tour at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, on Saturday, Aug. 25, complete with hotel and exclusive concert access. To enter, visit bluechairbayrum.com/bestseat before Aug. 15. Chesney will perform live on the ACM Awards on April 15 in Las Vegas. The show will air at 8 p.m. on CBS. In the meantime, he continues climbing the charts with “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” a duet with David Lee Murphy featured on Murphy’s new album, “No Zip Code,” due out Friday, April 6.

ON THE ICE: Dierks Bentley and his 4-year-old son, Knox, showed up to take part in the Nashville Predators’ optional practice in Music City last Friday. They skated alongside the NHL team’s celebrated goalie Pekka Rinne and newly signed forward Eeli Tolvanen. According to NHL.com, The Bentleys participated in drills with the Predators and got to hang out in the locker room afterward. Bentley is a huge hockey fan, particularly of the Predators, having performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” during a playoff game at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena last year. He is closing in on the Top 10 on the country singles charts with “Woman, Amen.”

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