Maren Morris: No Longer a ‘Girl,’ Fully a Record-Breaking, Genre-Blurring Woman

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With her sophomore album Girl, Maren Morris broke the record this month for the highest number of streams by a female country artist in the first week of release. The new number: nearly 24 million.

“It was certainly a shock,” Morris tells The Daily Beast, though she doesn’t exactly sound surprised. But as she continues, it becomes clear this was a big deal. “Breaking that record proves to myself, the industry and my label that you don’t have to choose between the critical acclaim side of a career and the commercial aspect.”

For an artist as successful as Morris, it is surprising she felt conflicted—or rather, expected to feel at odds—with her career. First gaining critical acclaim and a Grammy for her debut album Hero, Morris reached crossover success just a year and a half later with the song of 2018, “The Middle.” The contagious track featuring Zedd and Grey was heard as often on the radio as it still is in the aisles of Target.

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Maren Morris: No Longer a ‘Girl,’ Fully a Record-Breaking, Genre-Blurring Woman

Emma McIntyre/Getty

With her sophomore album Girl, Maren Morris broke the record this month for the highest number of streams by a female country artist in the first week of release. The new number: nearly 24 million.

“It was certainly a shock,” Morris tells The Daily Beast, though she doesn’t exactly sound surprised. But as she continues, it becomes clear this was a big deal. “Breaking that record proves to myself, the industry and my label that you don’t have to choose between the critical acclaim side of a career and the commercial aspect.”

For an artist as successful as Morris, it is surprising she felt conflicted—or rather, expected to feel at odds—with her career. First gaining critical acclaim and a Grammy for her debut album Hero, Morris reached crossover success just a year and a half later with the song of 2018, “The Middle.” The contagious track featuring Zedd and Grey was heard as often on the radio as it still is in the aisles of Target.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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