Aw Naw

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"Aw Naw"
Single by Chris Young
from the album A.M.
Released May 13, 2013 (2013-05-13)
Format Music download
Genre Country
Length 3:09
Label RCA Nashville
Writer(s) Chris Young
Chris DeStefano
Ashley Gorley
Producer(s) James Stroud
Chris Young singles chronology
"I Can Take It from There"
(2012)
"Aw Naw"
(2013)
"Who I Am with You"
(2014)

"Aw Naw" is a song co-written recorded by American country music artist Chris Young. It was released in May 2013 as the first single from his fourth studio album, A.M., which was released on September 17, 2013.[1] The song was written by Young, Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song four and a half stars out of five, writing that "this country-rocker is a progressive, creative and well-written leap forward for the ultra-talented singer."[3] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song a favorable review, calling it "a country song that sounds unlike the singer's previous catalog but not so different as to say he's chasing trends."[4]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B- grade, saying that it is "a typical 2013 country party song that is easier to tolerate than most of the others because it's sung really well and at least sounds like it's been written and performed by people of legal drinking age."[5] Jon Freeman of Country Weekly gave the song a C grade, writing that "you’ve heard this particular theme many times before and there’s nothing added to it here, but the earworm chorus is likely to generate spins on your favorite radio station."[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Chris Hicky and premiered in June 2013.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

"Aw Naw" debuted at number 54 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of May 25, 2013.[8] It also debuted at number 32 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of June 8, 2013. It also debuted at number 97 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of August 3, 2013. It also debuted at number 98 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of September 14, 2013. As of December 2013, the song has sold 561,000 copies in the US.[9]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 50
Canada Country (Billboard)[11] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 45
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[13] 3
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[14] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[15] 11
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[16] 32

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[17] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dukes, Billy (June 4, 2013). "Chris Young Creatively Reveals Name, Release Date of 2013 New Album". Taste of Country. Retrieved June 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Wyland, Sarah (June 7, 2013). "Chris Young Recruits Fans to Announce New Album Details". Great American Country. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Dukes, Billy (April 29, 2013). "Chris Young, ‘Aw Naw’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 29, 2013). "Single Review: Chris Young - Aw Naw". Roughstock. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  5. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (May 11, 2013). "Single Review: Chris Young, "Aw Naw"". Country Universe. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  6. ^ Freeman, Jon (May 23, 2013). "“Aw Naw” by Chris Young". Country Weekly. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ "CMT : Videos : Chris Young : Aw Naw". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  8. ^ Morris, Edward (May 18, 2013). "Lady Antebellum's Golden Cops Top Album Niche". Country Music Television. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  9. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2013-12-04). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - December 4, 2013: Florida Georgia Line Dominate Top 5 & Top 30 Chart". Roughstock. 
  10. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Chris Young.
  11. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Chris Young.
  12. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Chris Young.
  13. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Chris Young.
  14. ^ "Chris Young Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Chris Young.
  15. ^ "Best of 2013: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Chris Young – Aw Naw". Music Canada. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Chris Young – Aw Naw". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 10, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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