Kelsea Ballerini Celebrates With New Ink

Published On June 22, 2015 | By Cheryl Johnstone | Country Music News

Kelsea Ballerini kicks off the week with big news — she has officially charted her first Number One hit with “Love Me Like You Mean It,” the debut single from her new album, The First Time.

She joins an elite list of only 10 solo female artists to go #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart with their debut single.

2006 – Carrie Underwood “Jesus Take The Wheel” *
2004 – Gretchen Wilson “Redneck Woman”
2001 – Jamie O’Neal “There is No Arizona”
2001 – Cyndi Thomson “What I Really Meant To Say”
1996 – Deana Carter “Strawberry Wine”
1993 – Faith Hill “Wild One”
1992 – Wynonna “She Is His Only Need”
1990 – Trisha Yearwood “She’s In Love With The Boy”
1973 – Marie Osmond “Paper Roses”
1964 – Connie Smith “Once A Day”

On Saturday, June 20th, Kelsea tweeted, “Just got a really really exciting phone call and have mascara all over my face and can’t believe how good God is. LIFE IS COOL.” She received Twitter congrats from Carrie Underwood, Brett Eldredge, Hillary Scott, Maddie & Tae and Danielle Bradbery.

If only we were holding up a #1 because @kelseaballerini has the NUMBER ONE SONG IN COUNTRY MUSIC THIS WEEK!!!!!!!! #LOVEMELIKEYOUMEANIT I'm so proud of you Kels!!! Can't wait to celebrate!! ???????❤

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Kelsea says getting a tattoo to commemorate the feat is part of her celebratory plan.

“It is. I actually have that planned, but moreso than that, it’s not just my first Number One, it’s the first Number One that Black River gets, and so it’s such a huge win for not just me as a new female artist but as a new independent label, and I think that that’s gonna make the celebration even more sweet so I’m sure we’re gonna have like an insane Number One party with lots of cake and balloons.”

Kelsea talks about the new ink.

“I got my mom and my dad to write ‘love’ and I’m gonna get it probably just somewhere where no one can see it.”

This will be Kelsea’s second tattoo. Her other one is visible on her forearm and it says “how sweet the sound,” quoting the lyrics from “Amazing Grace.”

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