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Chart Rewind: In 2011, Jason Aldean & Kelly Clarkson Began Their 'Stay' at No. 1

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Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson perform on the stage at LP Field during the 2011 CMA Music Festival on June 9, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee.

"Don't You Wanna Stay" became Aldean's fifth Hot Country Songs leader and Clarkson's first.

On March 12, 2011, Jason Aldean's "Don't You Wanna Stay," with Kelly Clarkson, started a three-week reign on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart.

Authored by Andy Gibson, Paul Jenkins and Jason Sellers, the duet became the fifth of Aldean's nine No. 1s on the survey. It also won for musical event of the year at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards.

Born in Macon, Ga., Aldean, now 44, signed with Broken Bow Records, still his label home, in 2005. He's notched 33 Hot Country Songs top 10s.

Fort Worth, Texas, native Clarkson, 38, the winner of the inaugural season of American Idol in 2002, boasts two other Hot Country Songs top 10s, also collaborations: "Because of You," with Reba McEntire, reached No. 2 on 2007 -- after Clarkson's original hit No. 7 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 in 2005 -- and "Under the Mistletoe," with Brett Eldredge, jingled to No. 10 in December 2020.

"Stay" also crossed over to a No. 3 peak on the Adult Contemporary chart and No. 9 on Adult Pop Airplay. It's Aldean's only top 10 on each tally and one of Clarkson's 16 top 10s on each list.

Clarkson, who has collected 11 Hot 100 top 10s including three No. 1s, is back for a seventh season as a coach on NBC's The Voice, whose 20th-season premiere aired March 1.

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