Baby Girl (Sugarland song)

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"Baby Girl"
Single by Sugarland
from the album Twice the Speed of Life
B-side "Stand Back Up"[1]
Released July 12, 2004
Format CD single, music download, airplay
Genre Country
Length 4:13
Label Mercury Nashville
Writer(s) Kristian Bush
Kristen Hall
Jennifer Nettles
Troy Bieser
Producer(s) Garth Fundis
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Sugarland singles chronology
"Baby Girl"
(2004)
"Something More"
(2005)
Music video
"Baby Girl" at CMT.com

"Baby Girl" is the debut single co-written and recorded by American country music group Sugarland. Originally Released in 2003 as part of Premium Quality Tunes,[2] it was re-released in July 2004 as the first single from the album Twice the Speed of Life. The single reached a peak position of number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in April 2005. The song spent a total of 46 weeks on the country music charts, setting a new record for the longest chart run since the inception of Nielsen SoundScan digital chart tabulation in 1990. In addition, "Baby Girl" became the highest-peaking debut single for a country music group in 14 years. It was by Jennifer Nettles, Kristian Bush, Kristen Hall and Troy Bieser.

Content[edit]

In a 2010 interview with Songfacts, Nettles stated that the song was autobiographical. She added: "It was not only autobiographical, but it was also a self-fulfilling prophecy in the sense that it was the first single, and it manifested itself in a way of showing that success. And granted, every artist – every person, really – can relate to having a dream and wanting to go after it, and wanting to make your folks proud, and having that be part of the joy of it. I know that for me, definitely a big part of the joy of my success is being able to share that enjoyment and that excitement with my family. And they're so proud. I love the story of that song and how it unfolded and how art definitely imitated life in that sense."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"Baby Girl" entered the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart at number 56 on the chart week of July 24, 2004. The single reached its peak position of number 2 on the chart week of April 2, 2005, a position that it held for two weeks. "Baby Girl" became the highest-charting debut single for a country group since 1991.[4] It also set a new record for the longest chart run since the inception of Nielsen SoundScan in 1990, spending 46 weeks on the charts.[4] Joel Whitburn's book Hot Country Songs 1944-2008 contradicts this record, citing Gary Allan's "Right Where I Need to Be" as the record-holder for this era with a 48-week run.[1] In the same book, "Baby Girl" is tied with Diamond Rio's 2002 single "Beautiful Mess" and Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" as the second-longest chart run in this era, Underwood's chart run having come in 2006 and 2007.[1] The song has sold 827,000 copies in the US as of April 2013.[5]

Chart (2004-2005) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 38
US Billboard Pop 100 64

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 7

Personnel[edit]

As listed in liner notes.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 410–411. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTm0f5Q1jNU
  3. ^ Baby Girl Songfacts
  4. ^ a b Morningstar, Mary (2005-07-18). "Sugarland moving at Twice the Speed of Life". VOANews.com. Archived from the original on 18 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  5. ^ Paul Grein (April 17, 2013). "Week Ending April 14, 2013. Songs: PSY Gallops Back". Yahoo Music (Chart Watch). Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sugarland Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Sugarland.
  7. ^ "Sugarland Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Sugarland.
  8. ^ "Best of 2005: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2005. Retrieved June 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ Twice the Speed of Life (Media notes). Sugarland. Mercury Records. 2004. -B0002172-02. 

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