Darius Rucker ruled mainstream radio in the mid-1990s as the frontman of Hootie & The Blowfish, packing stadiums on the strength of megahits like “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be with You.” After releasing a poorly received solo R&B album in 2002, Rucker signed to Capitol Records Nashville and began his domination of country radio. In 2008, he became the first African American to top the Hot Country Songs charts in 25 years. He now owns six Top 10 country hits, including four No. 1 hits.—Jeff Royer
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