Rewinding the Country Charts: In 2000, Jo Dee Messina Got All Fired Up

Jo Dee Messina performs in 2005
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Jo Dee Messina performs during the Super Bowl Concert Series on Feb. 4, 2005 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

Following her chart arrival four years earlier, "Burn" became her first No. 1 on Top Country Albums.

On Aug. 19, 2000, Jo Dee Messina's third studio album, Burn, bowed atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, marking her first No. 1 on the survey.

The set's lead single, "That's the Way," penned by Holly Lamar and Annie Roboff, spent four weeks atop Hot Country Songs (beginning Sept. 16, 2000), becoming Messina's longest-leading of six No. 1s. Burn, produced by Byron Gallimore, also yielded the No. 1 "Bring On the Rain," featuring Tim McGraw, while the title track and "Downtime" reached Nos. 2 and 5, respectively (adding to her total of 12 Hot Country Songs top 10s). Burn has sold 1.3 million copies, according to Nielsen Music.

Born in Framingham, Mass., and raised in nearby Holliston, before moving to Nashville at 19, Messina subsequently crowned Top Country Albums with Greatest Hits (2003) and Delicious Surprise (2005). Following her departure from Curb Records in 2012, her most recent LP, 2014's No. 19-peaking Me, was released on her own Dreambound Records and distributed by eOne.

"There's always a new energy," Messina, 45, told Billboard of her career in 2015. "I'm really loving it as much as ever."


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