Written by Clint Black
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
August 31, 1990
Clint Black become the first artist to have three No. 1 singles in the new decade.
The Road to No. 1
Clint Black’s first four singles from Killin’ Time – “A Better Man,” “Killin’ Time,” “Nobody’s Home,” and “Walkin’ Away” – topped both singles charts in 1989-1990. RCA sent a fifth and final single to radio from the set, which stopped at No. 3 in Billboard but became his fifth No.1 on the Radio & Records chart.
The No. 1
“Nothing’s News” is a moody, melancholic track that is easily the slowest-paced on Black’s debut album, making it a surprising choice for radio play. RCA may have painted themselves into a corner with their practice at the time of including only nine tracks on the cassette and vinyl editions of their studio albums. “I’ll Be Gone” would’ve been a fantastic choice for clean-up single, but it was only available on the compact disc edition of the album.
“Nothing’s News” is an excellent song that captures the loneliness of having your best days behind you, and being reduced to “talkin’ ’bout the good old times, bragging on how it used to be.” Black lets loose vocally toward the end of track, an approach that would’ve served the entire record well.
As is, it’s a nice moment that doesn’t quite match up with the brilliance of its four predecessors, but still showcases Black’s singing and songwriting talents.
The Road From No. 1
Clint Black followed “Nothing’s News” with the title track of his second studio set, Put Yourself in My Shoes. The harmonica-laden track started off quickly at radio, but fell well short of repeating the No.1 success of its predecessors. He’d bounce back to the top with that album’s second single, which we’ll cover when we get to March of 1991.
“Nothing’s News” gets a B+.