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Dan + Shay Sing Passionate ‘Speechless’ on ‘Fallon’

Country duo celebrates four-week Number One single with their ‘Tonight Show’ debut

Dan + Shay put an exclamation point on an already big week with their debut appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night, performing the multi-week Number One smash “Speechless.”

Written by members Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney with Jordan Reynolds and Laura Veltz, the song — from the duo’s self-titled third album — is currently enjoying its fourth week at Number One on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart (an impressive stat that gets a tiny asterisk for prevailing over the sleepy holiday charts) and sixth atop the streaming-included Hot Country Songs chart. To date, the song has tallied more than 175 million streams and has been country’s most-streamed song for seven consecutive weeks.

On The Tonight Show stage, Dan + Shay pair a dynamic, rising-and-falling arrangement with Mooney’s agile voice, causing the studio audience to break into applause when the first chorus arrives. After swelling to massive proportions in the middle section, the tune shrinks back down to a solitary piano, with Mooney responding intuitively in a soft croon and then immediately ramping it back up for the closing chorus.

Released in June, Dan + Shay also featured the crossover hit “Tequila,” which currently rests in the Number Two spot on the Hot Country Songs chart — giving the duo the survey’s top two spots — and is nominated for a pair of honors at the 2019 Grammy Awards. On June 17th, they head across the Atlantic for a brief U.K. tour before returning stateside to launch their North American tour in New Orleans on February 28th.

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