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Rucker's 'This' sits atop 2 charts

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Rucker's 'This' sits atop 2 charts

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Charleston's own Darius Rucker continues to set the bar higher and garner new laurels for his work.

"This," the second single drawn from his 2010 Capitol Records release "Charleston, SC 1966," has hit No. 1 on the Billboard and MediaBase charts. It is the recording artist's fifth career chart-topper.

"When we set out to record this album, we tried to choose songs that would mean something to the fans," Rucker said in an interview with www.nashville.com.

"The single, 'This' was a song I never thought would be a single, but that just shows you the power of the fans because they were the ones requesting it, downloading it and playing it for their friends. It's their support that has made my career in country music possible."

"This" succeeds "Come Back Song" as a No. 1 single from the same album.

Rucker will commemorate his latest hit with a series of performances next week in New York, appearing on the "Today" show, "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and "The Wendy Williams Show," and by performing at the benefit concert Live From Home with Darius Rucker at Housing Works' Bookstore Cafe.

Proceeds from Live From Home go to support Housing Works' mission to end homelessness and AIDS.

A followup to his platinum-selling solo album, "Learn to Live" (2008), "Charleston, SC 1966" was released in October as Rucker's second foray into the realm of country music after his conquest of the pop world with Hootie & the Blowfish.

Rucker wrote a whopping 77 songs for the new country album.

"We recorded 16 of them and 12 made the cut," he told The Post and Courier last fall.

"Actually, we started writing for the record as soon as we finished the first one. It was just one of those things; by the time we were finished, we had 77 songs.

"If you really love them, the songs that don't make it onto one record may find their way to the next."

Rucker now reigns as not only the most successful rock star to have emerged from the Charleston area, but perhaps its most noted country artist, as well.

Most recently he was in Las Vegas for the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, where he performed alongside 25 Lifting Lives music campers.

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