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With seven No. 1 hits under his belt, Cole Swindell is one of the top new country artists in the format these days. So, it’s pretty surprising to learn he’s never performed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” before this week.

Cole delivered his latest single, “Stay Downtown,” on the show, and it’s clear he was very excited to be making his “Ellen” debut. At the end of the first chorus, Cole exclaimed, “My first time on ‘Ellen,’ y’all!”

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Of course, the crowd went wild hearing that.

“Stay Downtown” is on track to become Cole’s eighth No. 1 hit. It’s the latest single from his sophomore album, “You Should Be Here,” and it contains a message you don’t often hear from a guy in a country song.

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In the lyrics, a girl he’s been hooking up with wants to come over after a night on the town, but it’s starting to wear on their hearts since the relationship won’t be going anywhere. Instead of telling her to just come over, the guy in the song texts her to just stay downtown and find someone else to be her “late night love” and “last call crush.”

While “Stay Downtown” is climbing the country charts, we hear that Cole is in the studio working on his third studio album. We’ll keep you posted when he announces those details.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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