HOT GALLERY: Singers Who Rocked a Crossover into Country!The most popular radio format in the United States, country music is nothing to scoff at. It has the largest and most loyal fan base, also making it one of the most demanding and critical of multi-genre crossover. So why have so many pop artists and rock stars made the attempt to build a bridge to troubled waters? Plenty of popular musical artists have Southern- or country-influenced pasts, but it takes guts and confidence to make a move from pop/rock to country and back again. In this hot gallery, find out which big-name artists scored a hit, both with fans and on the country music charts! By Brittany Carson
Pop princess Jessica Simpson made a bold move in 2007 to keep her snug Daisy Dukes and cowboy boots on and prove her country worth. The Texas native decided to revisit her Southern roots and take a stab at a country music album. Simpson’s “Come On Over” leaked on the Internet in May 2008, debuting at No. 42 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The single peaked at No. 18, but the album underperformed. While Simpson struggled to make the crossover successful, she surprised critics and knocked out a heel-clicking-good single to boot.
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