Maddie & Tae: “Start Here” Debuts at No. 2 Right Behind Luke Bryan (@MaddieAndTae)

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MADDIE & TAE didn’t know what to expect when they put out the table-turning “Girl In A Country Song” and they admit everything since then has been a bit of a surprise. The pair had a publishing deal at 15, a record deal at 17 and 18 followed by a history-making #1 single at 19. The duo certainly weren’t expecting to hear they’d outsold every Country act last week except reigning ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan, but with almost 28,000 copies sold and streamed, that’s just what the keep-it-real songwriters had done.

“It’s been like a bobsled this year,” said Maddie. “Every time we turned around, there was some incredible piece of good news! What happened with the single. What happened with the video…the ACM Vocal Duo of the Year nomination… touring with Dierks! You never want to take things lightly, because they’re exactly what we’d hoped for.”

“To think that the songs Maddie and I write about our lives reflect what is happening in so many other people’s lives,” Tae continues. “It makes you feel connected to the fans even more! We are pretty regular girls with a very special job – and to know our music means enough for people to want to buy it the very first week it comes out? That’s an incredible feeling.”

THIS JUST IN: Maddie & Tae have been nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at the 2015 CMA Awards — congrats, ladies!

Juliet Schroder

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.