American Heart (song)

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"American Heart"
Single by Faith Hill
Released October 1, 2012 (2012-10-01)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:53
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Faith Hill singles chronology
"Come Home"
(2011)
"American Heart"
(2012)
"Meanwhile Back at Mama's"
(2014)
Music video
"American Heart" on YouTube

"American Heart" is a song written by Jim Beavers and Jonathan Singleton, and recorded by American country music artist Faith Hill. It was released on September 30, 2012 as the second single from her upcoming seventh studio album. The song was announced on her Twitter account[1] and distributed for airplay the following day.[2] For the Twitter debut, Hill responded to questions hashtagged #askfaith prior to her weekly performance on NBC Sunday Night Football that night.[1][3] Prior to the official release, many local radio stations posted samples of her song or official music video on their websites.[4][5][6]

Content[edit]

With a refrain "You can't break an American heart", USA Today critic Elysa Gardner compared it to Dierks Bentley's "Home" when selecting it as the song of the week on October 1, 2012.[7] Billy Dukes of the country music news website Taste of Country described the song as "a thick production made accessible by the wonder of Hill’s voice", further noting that "her performance rescues the song from drowning in cliches and heavy messages". Dukes noted that the song is targeting the same older audience that Martina McBride reached with "I'm Gonna Love You Through It".[8] In her own words, Hill describes the song: "This song inspires. It grabs a hold of a very special place that we all have in our hearts. Times are hard and people are struggling, but our spirit as Americans always seems to prevail."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Trey Fanjoy and premiered in November 2012.[9] The video reached the number one position on the GAC countdown in early December.[10] On May 6 2013, the video was nominated in the Female Video of the Year category for the 2013 CMT Music Awards.[11][12]

Chart performance[edit]

"American Heart" debuted at number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of October 6, 2012.[13]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[14] 26
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[15] 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Faith Hill Premiering New Song". People. 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  2. ^ "Faith Hill's 'American Heart' To Hit Radio Airwaves In October". RTT News. 2012-09-22. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Faith Hill Debuting New Single, "American Heart," with Sunday Night Twitter Chat". ABC News Radio. 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  4. ^ Lynn, Wendy (2012-09-20). "What Do You Think of The New Faith Hill Song ‘American Heart’? [AUDIO / POLL]". WYRK. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  5. ^ Mullins, Moon (September 2012). "Faith Hill Has An ‘American Heart’ – Her New Song". WBKR. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  6. ^ Ryan, Vanessa (2012-09-27). "FIRST LISTEN: Faith Hill - "American Heart"". WDEZ. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  7. ^ Gardner, Elysa (2012-10-01). "Playlist: 'American Heart' by Faith Hill, plus 10 more". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-10-01. 
  8. ^ Dukes, Billy (2012-09-18). "Faith Hill, ‘American Heart’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 2012-10-05. 
  9. ^ "CMT : Videos : Faith Hill : American Heart". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  10. ^ Wyland, Sarah (2012-12-21). "Faith Hill Takes Over At No. 1 On GAC’s Top 20". Great American Country. Retrieved 2013-05-03. 
  11. ^ Freeman, Jon (2013-05-06). "CMT Music Awards Nominations Revealed". Country Weekly. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  12. ^ "CMT Music Awards 2013: Full list of nominees, includes Miranda Lambert". On The Red Carpet. 2013-05-06. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  13. ^ Morris, Edward (September 29, 2012). "Jason Aldean Hits No. 1 Song Slot With "Take a Little Ride"". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Faith Hill Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Faith Hill.
  15. ^ "Faith Hill Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Faith Hill.

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