No News

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"No News"
Single by Lonestar
from the album Lonestar
A-side"Tequila Talkin'"[1]
ReleasedJanuary 8, 1996
FormatCD Single, 7" 45 RPM
GenreCountry pop, country rock
Songwriter(s)Phil Barnhart
Sam Hogin
Mark D. Sanders
Producer(s)Don Cook
Wally Wilson
Lonestar singles chronology
"Tequila Talkin'"
"No News"
"Runnin' Away with My Heart"

"No News" is a song performed by American country music band Lonestar. It was released in January 1996 as the second single from their debut album, Lonestar. "No News" reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in April 1996 (see 1996 in country music), giving the group its first number-one single. It was written by Phil Barnhart, Sam Hogin, and Mark D. Sanders.[1]


The song's narrator tells of how his former lover has left him and disappeared without a trace. Having heard "no news" from her or her family, he starts contemplating the possibilities as to where she might be. These include getting lost at the mall, joining Pearl Jam, the Grateful Dead, the KKK, or even being offered as a human sacrifice.[2] The video and single version replace the line "Joined a cult, joined the Klan" with "playin' guitar with the band".

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it "different, catchy, and utterly infectious." She goes on to say that the production is "first-rate" and that the performance is "right on the mark."[3]

Music video[edit]

This was their first music video, and it was directed by Deaton-Flanigen Productions. It shows a woman who was riding on a bus to nowhere, she takes her glasses off and transforms into a beauty who hitchhikes at the end. Scenes also feature the band performing the song outside. A portion of their debut single "Tequila Talkin'" was played at the beginning of the video.

Chart positions[edit]

"No News" debuted at number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of January 13, 1996. The song was commercially released as a double A-side with "Tequila Talkin'"; this double-sided single reached number 22 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100.[1]

Chart (1996) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[5] 22
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[7] 54
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 10


  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 244. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. ^ Wahlert, Brian. "Lonestar review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 2008-06-09.
  3. ^ Billboard, January 27, 1996
  4. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 2930." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 1, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  5. ^ "Lonestar Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Lonestar Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1996". RPM. December 16, 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
  8. ^ "Best of 1996: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1996. Retrieved July 20, 2013.

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