[lastfm]Lee Brice[/lastfm] made history when the [lastfm]Garth Brooks[/lastfm] hit “More Than a Memory” — a song Brice co-wrote with Kyle Jacobs and Billy Montana — became the first single to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. Now he’s making history of a different sort. Brice’s current single, “Love Like Crazy,” claims the distinction of making the slowest climb into the top 10, taking 46 weeks.
“I’ve got the fastest-rising single in the history of the world that I wrote. And now, as an artist, I’ve got the slowest-rising single in history,” he says with a laugh. “Hey, I’ll take it any way I can get it. If it goes No. 1, then I’ll have the fastest-rising No. 1 and the slowest-rising No. 1. That would be something I can hang my hat on.”
“Love Like Crazy” is the title track to Brice’s Curb debut album, which streeted June 8 and bowed at No. 9 on Top Country Albums. This week, the single slips to No. 11 but is still bulleted, gaining 413,000 impressions. It also moves 57-52 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The third single from Brice’s album, “Love” is his highest-charting effort so far. In its 47th week, the single scores the fourth-longest chart run in the 66-year history of Hot Country Songs, surpassed by Eddie Arnold’s 1948 hit “Bouquet of Roses” (54 weeks on the chart), Bobby Helms’ 1957 hit “Fraulein” (52 weeks) and Gary Allan’s “Right Where I Need to Be” (48 weeks in 2001).
Curb VP of promotion Adrian Michaels says there’s a lesson in those stats. “Never give up,” he says. “This song was declared dead at least a dozen times, and here we are inside the top 10 and setting records.”
Brice thinks touring has helped fuel the single’s climb.
“We’ve headlined a billion of our own dates from big clubs to fairs and festivals, and we’ve also opened up for everybody from [lastfm]Dierks Bentley[/lastfm] to [lastfm]Willie Nelson[/lastfm] and Randy Hauser. I just did Aquapalooza [July 10] with [lastfm]Brad Paisley[/lastfm]. In the next few weeks, I’m opening for [lastfm]Jason Aldean[/lastfm], [lastfm]Alan Jackson[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Hank Williams Jr.[/lastfm]“