Here's what you need to know about the girl making history in Nashville
Kelsea Ballerini has landed on top of Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart this week with her debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It.”
If you’re a country music fan, there’s no doubt you’ve heard the catchy hit on the radio … but what do you really know about the girl behind the song?
Here are five fun facts:
She’s already making history:
The 21-year-old from Knoxville, Tennessee, has become the first female to have her debut single reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart in nine years – Carrie Underwood last did it in 2006 with “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” And she’s only the 11th female to do it ever. That’s impressive!
She writes from experience:
In her hit “Love Me Like You Mean It,” Ballerini sings of “liars, losers and users” – and it turns out, she knows of what she sings. “One time, a guy took me to a restaurant, sat me down, said ‘I’ll be back in a second,” she told the New York Post. “Then he never came back. He turned up at my door three hours later with flowers and said, ‘Sorry, I got caught up.’ I was like, ‘You got caught up, where? For three hours?!’ It was so bad, but it was just casual to him.”
She once hired an escort:
Okay, so that’s not really as scandalous as it sounds. While performing on Southern Charm, a reality show about South Carolina socialites, Ballerini paid $5001 for a date with bachelor Craig Conover in a Wounded Warrior auction. But alas, the date never happened. She ended up gifting the date to a radio station to give away as a prize.
She’s become one of Taylor Swift‘s pals:
In March, Swift Tweeted about how much she likes Ballerini’s self-titled EP and later invited her to a birthday party she was throwing for her friend Abigail Anderson.
Nashville Loves Her:
In this time of women in country music being likened to tomatoes in a salad (just garnish, not the main ingredient), all of Nashville seems to be celebrating Ballerini’s ascent to the top. Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, Lady A and Little Big Town are just a few of her cheerleaders.
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