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Lady Antebellum Hit Number One With ‘What If I Never Get Over You’

Success marks their first chart topper in five years.

Written by Chris Parton
Lady Antebellum Hit Number One With ‘What If I Never Get Over You’
Lady Antebellum on the Red Carpet at “The 53rd Annual CMA Awards,” on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville. Photo courtesy of CMA

Lady Antebellum are celebrating their return to Number One with “What If I Never Get Over You,” their first country radio chart topper in five years and a Gold-certified hit.

Often described as the thematic sequel to the career-defining hit, “Need You Now,” “What If I Never Get Over You” follows the Top 5 debut of the trio’s Ocean album, and marks their first Number One since signing with Big Machine Records in 2018. It’s also their 10th chart topper in total, and the band’s Dave Haywood said it helped the band turn an important corner.

“The moment we heard ‘What If I Never Get Over You’ we knew it was going to be an integral piece of Ocean,” Haywood remarked. “It has been a long time since we released a mid-temp longing duet like this which is so much of who we are and how we started. It sort of felt like coming home and we are grateful to the team behind us and country radio for believing in the song as much as we did from the start.”

Band member Charles Kelley echoed that sentiment on his personal Instagram account, posting a lengthy thank you to fans and industry pros who never gave up on the band — even 13 years after the debut of “Love Don’t Live Here.” We “captured the magic we’d been searching for ever since #needyounow,” Kelley wrote.

 
 
 
 
 
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This was taken a little over a year ago at the golf course with @jimmyharnen615 shortly after @ladyantebellum signed with @bigmachinelabelgroup and @scott.borchetta . We would spend so much time talking about producers and direction and flooding each other with songs. Little did we know we’d be celebrating our first number 1 song tog so quickly, although, he probably did, 😂. I’m so thankful we were able to be the voices on #whatifinevergetoveryou . The songwriters @samellismusic @ryanhurd @lauraveltz @thebonfires absolutely nailed this one, and without knowing it at the time, captured the magic we’d been searching for ever since #needyounow . Huge thanks to @dannhuff for helping then to capture the sound to go with it. You’ve helped make a timeless record my friend. But nothing gets up the chart without a huge tireless effort from the promotion team, so this ones really for y’all! Massive thanks to Callie and everyone that works on our project at #redlightmanagement . We f****g did it! And finally, thank you COUNTRY RADIO for still believing in us 13 years later! What a journey it’s been, and here’s to hopefully many more to celebrate tog. Lots of love from myself, @davehaywoodla and @hillaryscottla

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Looking ahead, Lady A’s recently announced Oceans 2020 Tour gets underway May 21 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with Jake Owen and Maddie & Tae in support. Their heart wrenching new single “What I’m Leaving For” is out now.