Carolina (Parmalee song)

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"Carolina"
Single by Parmalee
from the album Feels Like Carolina
Released February 4, 2013 (2013-02-04)
Format Music download
Genre Country, Pop rock
Length 3:21
Label Stoney Creek
Writer(s) Matt Thomas
Joshua McSwain
Scott Thomas
Rick Beato
Barry Knox
Producer(s) New Voice Entertainment
Parmalee singles chronology
"Musta Had a Good Time"
(2012)
"Carolina"
(2013)
"Close Your Eyes"
(2014)

"Carolina" is a song recorded by American country music group Parmalee. It was first released on their 2008 EP entitled Complicated before being remixed and re-released on February 4, 2013 as their second single for Stoney Creek Records.[1] It is included on their album Feels Like Carolina, which was released on December 10, 2013.[2] The song was written by group members Matt Thomas, Joshua McSwain, Scott Thomas and Barry Knox with Rick Beato.

Content[edit]

The song is a mid-tempo song about the narrator's lover who "feels like Carolina" and reminds him of his home even when he is away from her. The song is in the key of B-flat major with a vocal range of F4-G5 and a main chord pattern of E-B-F/A.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song three out of five, stating that "they sound as if they’re holding back, which holds the song back." Dukes wrote that "the chorus is as good as anything you’ll hear in 2013," but added that "the production feels too soft for a group of former rockers."[4] Chuck Dauphin of Roughstock gave the song a favorable review, writing that "the harmonies are nothing short of incredible."[5]

Music videos[edit]

A live music video, directed by Reid Long, premiered in April 2013.[6] The song's official music video, directed by Rhetorik, premiered in July 2013.[7]

Chart and sales performance[edit]

"Carolina" debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of February 16, 2013.[8] It also debuted at number 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of April 6, 2013. It also debuted at number 93 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of October 5, 2013. On the Country Airplay chart dated December 21, 2013, "Carolina" became Parmalee's first Number One country hit. It has sold 685,000 copies in the US as of January 2014.[9]

The song also debuted at number 100 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of December 7, 2013.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Sunny and 75"
by Joe Nichols
Billboard Country Airplay
number-one single

December 21, 2013
Succeeded by
"Drunk Last Night"
by Eli Young Band

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Free Music! Country Weekly’s “Ones to Watch 2013”". Country Weekly. February 1, 2013. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bjorke, Matt (October 31, 2013). "Parmalee "Feels Like Carolina" Tracklist and Cover Art". Roughstock. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "'Carolina' sheet music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Dukes, Billy (January 24, 2013). "Parmalee, ‘Carolina’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (February 8, 2013). "The Weekly Single Recap - February 8, 2013: Including Kenny Chesney, Parmalee, Tate Stevens & More". Roughstock. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "CMT : Videos : Parmalee : Carolina (Live)". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "CMT : Videos : Parmalee : Carolina". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ Morris, Edward (February 9, 2013). "Gary Allan's Set You Free Continues as Top Country Album". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Conaway, Alanna (2013-01-24). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - January 22, 2014: Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Cassadee Pope, Scotty McCreery Tops". Roughstock. 
  10. ^ "Parmalee Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Parmalee.
  11. ^ "Parmalee Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Parmalee.
  12. ^ "Parmalee Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Parmalee.
  13. ^ "Parmalee Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Parmalee.
  14. ^ "Parmalee Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Parmalee.
  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. ^ "Billboard Country Update for December 15, 2014". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 15, 2014. p. 17. Retrieved December 15, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Best of 2014: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. 
  19. ^ "American single certifications – Parmalee – Carolina". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 10, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH