Better Dig Two

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"Better Dig Two"
Single by The Band Perry
from the album Pioneer
Released October 29, 2012 (2012-10-29)
Format Music download
Genre Country, bluegrass
Length 3:12
Label Republic Nashville
Writer(s) Brandy Clark
Shane McAnally
Trevor Rosen
Producer(s) Dann Huff[1]
The Band Perry singles chronology
"Postcard from Paris"
(2012)
"Better Dig Two"
(2012)
"Done"
(2013)

"Better Dig Two" is a song recorded by American country music group The Band Perry. It was released in October 2012 as the first single from their second album, Pioneer.[2] The song was written by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally and Trevor Rosen.[3]

Content[edit]

The song is a mid-tempo in which the female narrator tells her husband that, should he die before she does, she would rather die and be buried next to him. She also threatens that if he betrays her, she'll kill him and then kill herself: "If the ties that bind ever do come loose / If forever ever ends for you / If that ring gets a little too tight / They might as well read me my last rites / Cause I'll go to heaven or I'll go to hell / Before I'll see you with someone else." The song is in A Dorian (i.e., an A minor scale with the sixth tone raised by a half-step). Kimberly Perry's vocals range from A3 to C5.[4] The main accompaniment is banjo, electric guitar, and percussion.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received positive reviews from music critics. Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song three and a half stars out of five, writing that "cast in the shadow of the dark and stormy production … the gesture isn’t sweet and romantic, but sort of unnerving."[5] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song four stars, saying that "in addition to featuring Kimberly Perry's dynamic vocals we have a lound/soft melodic dynamic with banjos, mandolins, fiddles and electric guitars mixed in with a rock attitude and cries of steel guitars as well."[6] Ben Foster of Country Universe gave the song a B grade, calling it "one of the most interesting and organic-sounding new tunes with a shot at radio airplay."[3] Writing for Urban Country News, Liv Carter gave the song a 'thumbs up,' praising the "very modern, yet very rootsy, country sound."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Declan Whitebloom and filmed in Nashville. It premiered on CMT on December 4, 2012.[8]

Live performances[edit]

"Better Dig Two" was performed at Billboard Music Awards on May 19, 2013.[9][10][11]

Chart performance[edit]

"Better Dig Two" debuted at number 9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of November 17, 2012.[12] It also debuted at number 53 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of November 17, 2012. It also debuted at number 57 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of November 17, 2012. It has sold 1,457,000 copies in the US as of June 2013.[13]

Chart (2012–2013) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 42
Canada Country (Billboard)[15] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 28
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[17] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[18] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[19] 29
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[20] 12
Preceded by
"Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line
"Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" by Gary Allan
Billboard Hot Country Songs number-one single
February 2, 2013
February 16, 2013
Succeeded by
"Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" by Gary Allan
"Wanted" by Hunter Hayes
Preceded by
"The Only Way I Know" by Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church
Billboard Country Airplay number-one single
February 23–March 2, 2013
Succeeded by
"One of Those Nights" by Tim McGraw
Preceded by
"Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)" by Gary Allan
Billboard Canada Country number-one single
February 23–March 2, 2013

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[21] Platinum 1,457,000[13]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard Country Update for November 15, 2012". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. November 15, 2012. p. 5. Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ Sciarretto, Amy (October 27, 2012). "The Band Perry to Premiere New Single ‘Better Dig Two’ on October 29". Taste of Country. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Foster, Ben (November 8, 2012). "Single Review: The Band Perry, "Better Dig Two"". Country Universe. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ "'Better Dig Two' sheet music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Dukes, Billy (October 30, 2012). "The Band Perry, ‘Better Dig Two’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 2, 2012). "Single Review: The Band Perry - "Better Dig Two"". Roughstock. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  7. ^ Carter, Liv. "Single Review: ‘Better Dig Two’ – The Band Perry". Urban Country News. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Band Perry's New Video Premieres on CMT and CMT.com". Country Music Television. December 3, 2012. Retrieved December 4, 2012. 
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  10. ^ The Band Perry Perform ‘Better Dig Two’ at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards
  11. ^ Band Perry Rehearse Better Dig Two for the Billboard Music Awards! Cambio
  12. ^ Morris, Edward (November 10, 2012). "Taylor Swift Still Commands Country Album and Songs Chart". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (2013-06-05). "June 5, 2013: Florida Georgia Line, Danielle Bradbery, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell Lead". Roughstock. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Band Perry Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for The Band Perry.
  15. ^ "The Band Perry Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for The Band Perry.
  16. ^ "The Band Perry Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for The Band Perry.
  17. ^ "The Band Perry Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for The Band Perry.
  18. ^ "The Band Perry Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for The Band Perry.
  19. ^ "Best of 2013: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  21. ^ "American single certifications – The Band Perry – Better Dig Two". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 17, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH