Joe Nichols Goes No. 1 With 'Sunny and 75'

(Radio.com) This week, country artist Joe Nichols is back on the top, thanks to his single "Sunny and 75," which reached No. 1 on both the Mediabase and Billboard country singles charts for radio airplay.

Written by Michael Dulaney, Jason Sellers and Paul Jenkins, "Sunny" is the lead single from Nichols' brand-new album Crickets. The song represents a new direction for Nichols, who in the past has leaned reliably in the direction of traditional country, thanks to songs like "I'll Wait for You," "She Only Smokes When She Drinks" and "Brokenheartsville." With "Sunny," though and with Crickets as a whole Nichols deliberately chose to take a fresh approach to his sound and his songs, one that fit where he is both personally and professionally these days. "All these things are happening in my life that are going really great,'" Nichols told Radio.com. "So we wanted songs that reflected that."

"The energy is the first thing that struck me about 'Sunny and 75,'" Nichols told Radio.com. "The song slowly builds into this screaming, almost like a Journey 'Don't Stop Believing' kind of tempo. So that to me is important, because the music itself brings out emotions, not just the lyrics or how you deliver them. The music builds, and it takes you on a journey. You feel like you're slowly and steadily moving out to the beach, and all the sudden you're sprinting." more on this story

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