Maren Morris and Zedd’s ‘The Middle’ Tops Top 40 Chart
Just when you think Maren Morris has had her best year yet, she starts another ascent. The country singer's cross-genre collab with deejay Zedd, "The Middle," has moved into the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart this week.
Morris and electronic duo Grey are collaborators on the song, which is No. 6 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and No. 8 on the Hot AC Radio chart. "The Middle" has amassed more than 300 million streams since its release around the Grammy Awards earlier this year.
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"I connected really heavily with the lyrics," Morris says of working on "The Middle." "Being a songwriter, I could really appreciate that. I loved the range and how much vocal exercising I got to do." She acknowledges what a huge opportunity it was for her, both to work with Zedd and to have the music video air during the Grammys.
"The Grammys, it's an iconic awards show, it's all-genre," she marvels. "Me, Zedd and Grey, we wouldn't be likely collaborators since I'm from country, but it actually works so well and the Grammys is what that's all about. I think it's actually very appropriate."
"The Middle" marks Morris' third chart topper. She garnered her first No. 1 hit with Thomas Rhett as a duet partner on his song "Craving You" and earlier this year hit No. 1 with her single, "I Could Use A Love Song" featured on her debut major label release, Hero.
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