“Over You,” the touching song written by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert about the untimely death of Blake’s brother Richie when Blake was still a teen, has been traversing an interesting path. After Miranda Lambert recorded it, not only did it top the country charts as a single, but it garnered the country music power couple the “Song Of the Year” award at the CMAs.
Now, “Over You” is making a fresh surge on the Billboard Country charts, sitting comfortably at Number 3, two slots above Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted.” Only…wait, what? Who is Cassadee Pope, and why is she singing this? Wasn’t this Miranda Lambert’s hit?
Well, if you aren’t already in the loop, here’s the story. Cassadee Pope is a current contestant on NBC’s The Voice, one of the two contestants left on “Team Blake.” She’s not “officially” a country singer; in fact, she has prior industry experience as the frontwoman for pop/punk band Hey Monday, and she’s toured with Fall Out Boy. But when Blake handed her the song to sing on the November 19 episode of The Voice, she turned in such a moving, standout performance that the song toppled Psy’s “Gangnam Style” from the top spot on the iTunes charts.
Apparently, radio likes the song, too—because Pope’s recording of “Over You” has made the song an instant hit all over again, not only making the Top 3 in country radio, but currently charting at Number 25 on Billboard’s Hot 100 overall.
The surprise hit has given some much-needed attention to Pope, who has gone from being a fairly forgettable contestant to the talk of the show. She’s also apparently made quite an impression on competing coach Adam Lambert, who suggested she consider moving toward country music after her performance of “Over You,” and has since said that he considers Pope to be a frontrunner to win The Voice.
This week, Cassadee Pope’s momentum continued as she turned in a solid performance of Michelle Branch’s “Are You Happy Now?” Although not generating the same level of buzz as last week’s surprise, the performance peaked at Number 3 on the iTunes charts. (Downloading the songs from iTunes is one of several ways fans can “vote” for their favorites.)
We’ll know in a few weeks whether Pope’s current momentum will ultimately help carry her to the top. For now, here’s a video of the performance that started all of this.