Florida Georgia Line is among the top nominees for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. Luke Bryan, another top nominee, is set to co-host the April 6 show. In a case of perfect timing, their collaboration "This Is How We Roll" has been #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for the past two weeks. This is only the second time in the chart's 70-year history that a collaboration by a duo and a solo artist has topped this chart. (This first happened in the summer of 1998 when "If You See Him/If You See Her" by Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn was on top for two weeks.)
In addition, Nelson reached #1 as a member of the country super-group Highwaymen (which also featured Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson). They scored with 1985's "Highwayman." The ACM should give Nelson a special award dubbed "Plays Well With Others."
Parton also reached #1 with Porter Wagoner (1974's "Please Don't Stop Loving Me"), Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris (1987's "To Know Him Is To Love Him"), Ricky Van Shelton (1991's "Rockin' Years") and Brad Paisley (2006's "When I Get Where I'm Going"). (Parton has hit #1 with more different partners than any other female artist.)
Haggard has reached #1 with Nelson, Clint Eastwood (1980's "Bar Room Buddies"), George Jones (1982's "Yesterday's Wine") and Janie Fricke (1985's "A Place To Fall Apart").
Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney and Red Foley have each reached #1 with three different partners.
"This Is How We Roll" is also becoming a major crossover hit. The song jumps from #29 to #26 in its seventh week on the Hot 100. "This Is How We Roll" is already in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs, where it jumps to #10. The song sold 78K copies this week, bringing its 17-week total to 615K.
Remarkably, Twitty and Lynn reached #1 with their first five collaboration singles. They released seven more collaboration A sides (through 1981). All made the top 10. Twitty died in 1993.
Three collaborations are tied for second place, with three #1 hits each: George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers & Dottie West.
Rogers & Parton round out the top five, with two #1 hits.
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- Waylon Jennings
- Reba McEntire