According to various sources, since ringing up his third consecutive #1 hit, Chris Young has become quite a diva. “Voices” has solidified Young’s standing as a consistent hitmaker, and he’s taking full advantage of his status.
“His backstage rider was typical and manageable up until his song hit the top of the charts,” said Knoxville venue manager James Houston. “Then we got faxed a replacement order that very day that was just nuts.”
“Originally he’d just asked for a meat and cheese tray, water, cola, and beer. Now, he wanted a boiled shrimp ring, ‘real’ New Orleans King cake (with a gold baby in it), bottled Arctic ice water, chipped ice, heated massage recliners, ten bottles of chilled special edition Grey Goose vodka… and that was just for starters. We had to have that King cake overnighted to us.”
Fans have reported similar behavior. “I wanted an autograph for my niece. He did sign my photo, with a sneer on his face… it looked like ‘CRuMy’ on there… and then he put his hand out like he wanted a tip,” said Alesha Grant of Winston-Salem, NC. “His assistant told me that $5 was a fair amount to ask for ‘Mr. Young’s’ signature… I just walked off. Really, Chris? And what’s with the little dog in the man bag?”
Young’s new single “Tomorrow” has already been made available to select radio stations, based on criteria chosen by the singer himself. Chris Young’s Facebook page had this statement regarding the new single: “Radio stations who played ‘Voices’ the first time I released it get ‘Tomorrow’ first… and to all the haters who didn’t, you’ll just have to wait for the official release. Hate on.”
According to Rascal Flatts’ tour manager, Young has also asked for extended time for his opening set on their tour, and has been cracking “Gary LeVox is so fat…” jokes at nearly every show.
Currently dating whichever Kardashian sister is single this week, Young had no comment at press time.