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Drive-by country fans might not know that Mr. Kelley and Mr. Hubbard found success by following the same path as many much-lauded traditional country stars. They each learned to sing and perform in the churches they attended as kids. They met as students at Belmont University in Nashville, and teamed up to write and sing.
Their massive success with their first major label release “Here’s to the Good Times,” released in December 2012, started with “Cruise” — which the duo co-wrote with Chase Rice, Joey Moi and Jesse Rice, and included on their 2012 EP “Itz Just What We Do.”
Their version became the top-selling digital song, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Its 24 nonconsecutive week at the top of the charts also broke the record for the longest running No. 1 in the 70-year history of Hot Country Songs, according to Billboard. And that’s just part of the story, and doesn’t even count the success of Nelly’s remix.