American country singer and television personality, Blake Shelton has announced his next full-length studio album, Body Language is due for release on May 21. The 12-track album features the title track featuring the Swon Brothers as well as his no.1 duet, Happy Anywhere, featuring his fiancé Gwen Stefani, and his current single, Minimum Wage.
Shelton began his career in 2001, with Austin from his now platinum-certified debut self-titled album. Since then, the Grand Ole Opry member has racked up over 40 singles, including 28 number ones, been nominated for nine GRAMMY awards, won nine CMT Music Awards and six CMA Awards, and sold more than five billion on-demand streams to date.
To celebrate the exciting news, we’re counting down our five favourite Blake Shelton tracks!
5. Boys ‘Round Here featuring Pistol Annies and Friends
Boys ‘Round Here was the second single from Shelton’s seventh studio album, Based On A True Story … The song peaked at number one and includes vocals by the Pistol Annies as well as singer-songwriter, RaeLynn. In 2013, a celebrity mix version was released on Shelton’s website and later iTunes, with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and others performing part of the “redneck” line.
Home was originally released by Canadian crooner, Michael Bublé in 2005, with Shelton’s cover was added as one of the three new tracks (and new single) on his 2008 Pure BS Deluxe Edition re-issued album. Shelton teamed up with Bublé to sing a reworked Christmas duet version for Buble’s Christmas television special, Michael Bublé: Home for the Holidays, which previously featured on Shelton’s 2012 holiday album, Cheers, It’s Christmas.
Austin was Shelton’s 2001 debut single from his self-titled debut album. The song tells of a woman who moves to Austin after breaking up with her boyfriend and, after less than a year, she decides to contact him. Austin was his first number one hit on the US Billboard Hot Country Song chart, spending five weeks at that position. It was platinum certified in 2015.
2. Hillbilly Bone featuring Trace Adkins
Shelton released the duet in 2009. It was the lead single from his EP of the same name, and later featured on his Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton album as well as Adkin’s deluxe edition of his 2010 album, Cowboy’s Back in Town. The up-tempo, catchy country song charted at number one and won the 2010 ACM award for ‘Vocal Event of the Year.’ The music video sees the duo enter a fine dining restaurant, appearing out-of-place in their cowboy hats and jeans.
1. God’s Country
In 2019, Shelton released a compilation album titled Fully Loaded: God’s Country, which featured the first single and partial title track, God’s Country. Described as a southern rock anthem, the song was written by Devin Dawson, Jordan Schmidt, and HARDY, and won the ‘Single of the Year’ awards at both the CMA and ACM Awards. It was also nominated in the ‘Best Country Solo Performance’ category at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards.
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