Warren Zeiders Reflects On Earning His First No. 1 With ‘Pretty Little Poison’: ‘I Am So Honored’

The breakout star’s debut release tops both the Mediabase Country Airplay Chart and the Billboard Country Airplay Chart this week.


Madeleine O’Connell

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February 26, 2024

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Warren Zeiders; Photo by Edgar Evan

Warren Zeiders has locked down his very first No. 1 single with his breakthrough hit, “Pretty Little Poison.” The song saw success right out of the gate as it debuted as “most added” at Country radio. This week, it went on to reach the top status on Mediabase’s Country Chart and Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart.

He “Never Thought” He’d Hear His Music On The Radio

While discussing his latest milestone feat with Billboard, Zeiders took a moment to reflect on his musical journey, which began by simply singing in his childhood bedroom in Pennsylvania. His passion for music propelled him to this point in his career and he has so much potential on the horizon. 

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“I am so honored to have my first No. 1 at country radio,” he told the outlet. “I never thought I’d have a song on country radio, much less it’d be No. 1 just a couple years into making music. I put everything I had into this song and I’ll never be able to thank the fans, my team and country radio enough for its success. This is my first No. 1 … Lord willing, it ain’t my last.”

“Pretty Little Poison” was co-penned by Zeiders alongside Jared Keim and Ryan Beaver. Throughout the lyrics, the emerging country star finds himself avoiding all the warning signs of the person he dubs his “Pretty Little Poison.” His smokey vocals come to life throughout the stripped-down track as he navigates his way through a toxic relationship.

Debut Album Out Now

On August 18, the song appeared as the lead single and title track to Zeider’s debut album. The tune has since racked up over 300 million global streams, earned RIAA Platinum Certification, and debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, where it currently sits in the Top 25. 

Warren Zeiders - Pretty Little Poison
Warren Zeiders – Pretty Little Poison

The project features 14 tracks including “Tell Me Like It Is,” “Coming Down High,” “Inside Your Head,” and his previous single, “West Texas Weather.” Four of the songs were produced by Bart Butler & Ryan Gore and the other 10 were produced by Ross Copperman.

He followed up the release with a deluxe version that welcomed several new tracks including “Happy Hurts,” “Sin So Sweet,” two alternate versions of the title track, and his latest release, “Heartbreaker.”


The Hershey, Pennsylvania native puts his soul on the line once again in the new tune as he comes to the realization that he continues to be his own “Heartbreaker” because he keeps falling for the wrong type of person. 

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“’Cause I’m a heartbreaker, yeah, that’s what I do/ One of us always gets broken in two/ I’m a heartbreaker, yeah, I’m just the type/ To fall for the girl that’s got somebody else on her mind/ You could say I’m a heartbreaker/ ‘Cause the heart I keep breakin’ is mine/ I keep breakin’ mine,” he delivers on the chorus. 

Warren Zeiders brought his gritty talent to the stage on 54 sold-out dates in the fall of 2023 as part of his Pretty Little Poison tour. He continued his reign of sold-out North American dates when he kicked off the 2024 leg of his headline run on February 2 in Mankato, MN. Joining Zeiders on the road on select dates through March are special guests Clayton Mullen and Austin Williams. 

Touring With Jelly Roll

Additionally, the rising country star recently announced he will serve as direct support on Jelly Roll’s entire 38-date Beautifully Broken Tour. This upcoming trek is set to launch on August 27 and feature stops in NYC’s Madison Square Garden, LA’s Crypto.com Arena, Chicago’s United Center and more.

“Super pumped to announce I’ll be going out on tour with @jellyroll615 this fall!! 🤘🏼 catch yall out there!! 🫶🏼,” he wrote on social media. 

The 2024 arena tour will go on sale to the public on March 1st at 10 am local time.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.