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“Break Up With Him” is a major achievement for band as they embark on releasing their debut album “Meat And Candy” this week via RCA Nashville.
It’s not often that a band can break out the way Old Dominion has managed to do yet they sit at #1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart this week with “Break up With Him,” the first song the entire band has ever written together.
Old Dominion also has collectively written five #1s as songwriters for other artists (Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Tyler Farr, The Band Perry, and Blake Shelton). But as cool as those achievements are, it’s cooler for it to be their own song and for it to be collectively shared by the entire band."It's gonna take a while for this one to set in,” says Rosen. “We've been lucky enough to have other #1 songs as the songwriter for other artists, but to have one as an artist ourselves is something we've dreamt about since we were kids. And today it has just come true."
“That’s one of those songs that developed as we were out on the road,” Sellers says. “The legend is that we were just kind of jamming along with something at sound check and got the feel going and these guys finished it off in the van.”
“I don’t know why I had the idea for a one-sided conversation,” Ramsey says. “We were in the van. Everyone was asleep but Trevor, so I went back to him, and said [first line], ‘Hey girl, it’s late,’ and we were just giggling. You just start with that first line and see where it takes you and we ended up landing on ‘Break Up With Him’.”
Kicking off release week for their debut album Meat And Candy (November 6) with a No. 1 song at Country Radio is a tremendous way to start things off for any artist, but Old Dominion continues to ride the wave of accomplishments. This past summer they were invited to join Chesney on The Big Revival Tour, performing to 18 stadiums and have already been tapped by Chesney to join him again next year for his Spread The Love Tour in 2016.
Furthermore, last week the band was tapped by NPR to receive a NPR Music First Listen, a major accomplishment for any artist of any genre, where fans get an early listen to Meat And Candy leading up to its release on Friday, November 6. Surrounding the First Listen, NPR says that “Contemporary country music has gotten an especially bad rap in recent years, routinely dismissed by outside observers as mindless, artless, suburban party fare. If ever there was a band equipped to challenge those characterizations, it's Old Dominion.”