Earlier this year, Blake Shelton broke a record
when “Doin’ What She Likes,”
from 2013’s Based on a True Story…
(Warner Bros.), became the country star’s 11th consecutive No. 1 single on Billboard
’s Country Airplay chart, garnering Shelton the most No. 1 hits in a row since the chart’s inception in 1990. In addition, Shelton
has taken home nearly 20 country-related Album/Artist/Event/Favorite/Single/Song/Vocalist/All-Around-Awesome-Guy of the Year just since 2010.
Though Shelton has stayed true to his musical roots, calling him a “crossover” artist wouldn’t be totally incorrect: Six seasons as a judge on NBC’s The Voice
introduced the charismatic, quick-witted singer to people who had probably never heard of him before but because of him, joined the ranks of country-music fandom. Then, when Voice
co-star Shakira tapped Shelton for “Medicine,” a country-esque duet on her new self-titled album (RCA, March 2014), even more people became Sheltonians. (Sheltoners? Sheltonistas?)
Between those who have followed Shelton since his 2001 debut and his new Voice
/Shakira devotees, when Shelton plays the Taco Bell Arena on Thursday, Sept. 25,
as part of his "2014 Ten Times Crazier Tour," he should probably expect a record-breaking full house.