Hootie from the Blowfish tops the country charts
October 24th, 2010
06:30 PM ET

Hootie from the Blowfish tops the country charts

Hootie & the Blowfish are celebrating their 25th anniversary, just as their lead singer is hitting the top of the country charts.

Darius Rucker’s new album, “Charleston, SC 1966,” debuted at No. 1 on the Country Albums chart and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. It also sold more than 100,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielson SoundScan.

Rucker formed Hootie & the Blowfish in 1985 with guitarist Mark Bryan when Bryan discovered Rucker singing in the shower at the University of South Carolina. Now Columbia, South Carolina, is celebrating the group’s start with a permanent memorial, according to The State.

Rucker went country with the release of his first album in 2008. “Learn to Live” sold more than 1 million copies and earned him a CMA award for best new artist. Now his single, “Come Back Song" - which is from his new album - is already at No. 2.

It’s obvious Rucker is a success no matter the genre. But why the move from rock to country?

“I'm a Southerner,” Rucker told CMT. “You know, I lived in New York for a couple of years and really realized it wasn't for me. I'm just sort of laidback. That Charleston attitude, you know. There's no place for me to live but Charleston, really.”


soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Khloe

    Cheefefury, you're an internet troll who needs to something other than make stupid comments on every blog you read. Go outside & see the light, you might enjoy it!

    October 25, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. cheefsfury

    LOOK AT ALL THE HOOTIE NERDS GETTING THERE BLOWFISH TWISTED IT COMES OFF LIKE HE IS HOOTIE AND HE WILL ALWAYS BE HOOTIE IF THIS ARTICLE SAID HIS REAL NAME INSTEAD OF HOOTIE I WOULD NEVER HAVE CLIKED ON IT

    October 25, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Steven Seagal

    Hootie and the Blowfish have an official site? Is it leftover from 1996? Next you'll tell me that Herman's Hermits does too.

    October 25, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Samantha

    Well in a way he is Hootie.....since its HOOTIE and the blowfish, darius being the lead singer in my mind sort of makes him HOOTIE. but thank goodness he came to country, i've loved his voice since the blowfish days.

    October 25, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  5. D

    cnn can't ever report an entertainment story right...

    October 24, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jane124

    Darius Rucker isn't "Hootie". Hootie and Blowfish were nicknames borrowed from two college friends. At least that is what the official band site says.

    October 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |

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