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Here's what you need to know about the girl making history in Nashville

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June 26, 2015 10:00 AM

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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