Blake Shelton Racks Up New Gold and Platinum Certifications

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton's latest #1 hit, "Neon Light," has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for 500,000 combined downloads and streams. It's not the only heavy metal Blake picks up this week. His 2010 album, Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton has also been certified platinum for sales of one million copies.

"Neon Light" and Blake's new single, "Lonely Tonight," are both featured on his latest album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, which has been certified gold.

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Blake Shelton Racks Up New Gold and Platinum Certifications

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton's latest #1 hit, "Neon Light," has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for 500,000 combined downloads and streams. It's not the only heavy metal Blake picks up this week. His 2010 album, Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton has also been certified platinum for sales of one million copies.

"Neon Light" and Blake's new single, "Lonely Tonight," are both featured on his latest album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, which has been certified gold.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJerrod Niemann and his wife, Morgan, are featured on TLC's Say Yes to the Dress Friday night at 9 ET.

Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and his wife, Allison, appear on ABC's The Chew Friday. Check local listings for air time.

Brett Eldredge thinks the plots in Liam Neeson's Taken movie franchise may be running thin now that they're on the third installment. He tweeted, "Just saw preview for Taken 3?! By "Taken12", they'll be abducted by aliens and super dad will have to fight them with laser guns!" Taken 3 opens Friday.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJerrod Niemann and his wife, Morgan, are featured on TLC's Say Yes to the Dress Friday night at 9 ET.

Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts and his wife, Allison, appear on ABC's The Chew Friday. Check local listings for air time.

Brett Eldredge thinks the plots in Liam Neeson's Taken movie franchise may be running thin now that they're on the third installment. He tweeted, "Just saw preview for Taken 3?! By "Taken12", they'll be abducted by aliens and super dad will have to fight them with laser guns!" Taken 3 opens Friday.

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Sam Hunt Smooth Talks His Way Through the Verses on New Single, “Take Your Time”

Image Courtesy UMG/David McClisterSam Hunt sings all the way through his debut #1 hit, "Leave the Night On" but he usually moves between singing and speaking the lyrics on many of his songs, including his latest single, "Take Your Time." The song's lyrics about smooth-talking a beautiful girl into a date lend themselves to Sam's spoken-word delivery. While there are some R&B elements to the song, "Take Your Time" wouldn't be considered a rap song. It turns out Sam is just fine with "Take Your Time" being a little hard to define.

"When I wrote it, it was the first time I sort of questioned the parameters of what I thought I could write and started to say, 'Why not?'" Sam tells ABC News Radio. "I really like this direction, and even though folks might not consider it within the genre's boundaries, I'm just gonna write it anyway whether it ever has a life or not. I just love this style."

While some of country music's biggest legends -- like George Jones and George Strait -- often included spoken-word sections in their songs, one of Sam's early co-writers wouldn't even consider letting Sam speak his lyrics instead of sing them.

Looking back on a session with hit writer Josh Osborne and another unnamed writer, Sam says, "[I] started doing this talking thing, and the other co-writer we were writing with sort of looked at me like, 'What in the world? We can't do that. We're not doing that.' But Josh spoke up afterwards and was like, 'Man, I really loved what you were doing. I thought that was really cool.'"

Sam and Josh left that negative writer behind and moved on to work with Shane McAnally, who just won CMA Song of the Year for co-writing Kacey Musgraves' "Follow Your Arrow." That co-writing session produced "Take Your Time."

"He had the same open mind that Josh did," Sam says of adding Shane to the writing mix. "So, we went with it."

"Take Your Time" is the lead track on Sam's hit debut album, Montevallo, available now.

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