Chillin' It

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"Chillin' It"
Single by Cole Swindell
from the album Cole Swindell
Released August 19, 2013 (2013-08-19)
Format Music download
Genre Country pop
Length 3:17
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Cole Swindell
Shane Minor
Producer(s) Jody Stevens
Cole Swindell singles chronology
"Chillin' It"
(2013)
"Hope You Get Lonely Tonight"
(2014)

"Chillin' It" is the debut single by American country music artist Cole Swindell. Swindell co-wrote the song with Shane Minor. Swindell released the song independently in March 2013 as a digital download.[1] In July 2013, Swindell signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records.[2] Warner Bros. assumed promotion of the single and released it to country radio in August 2013.[3] It is included on Swindell's self-titled debut album, which was released on February 18, 2014.[4]

History[edit]

The song was produced by Jody Stevens, the son of songwriter and producer Jeff Stevens, and formerly one-half of the duo Fast Ryde. According to The Tennessean, the recording was a demo made by Jody Stevens, with him playing all of the instruments.[5]

Content[edit]

The song is in the key of A major with a moderate tempo in 4/4 time signature, and a main chord pattern of D-A-E-Fm7.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song three and a half stars out of five, writing that it "isn’t about the words or the musicianship. It’s about the vibe and the sweet groove this Georgia-raised singer lays down patiently." Dukes also wrote that "the verses are pleasantly effective in telling a vivid (if overtold) story of a guy, a girl and the open road" and described it a "decaf version" of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise".[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Michael Monaco and Shaun Silva and premiered in November 2013.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

"Chillin' It" debuted at number 42 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of June 15, 2013. It also debuted at number 52 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of August 10, 2013.[9] It also debuted at number 98 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of November 2, 2013. The song reach its 1 million sales mark in the US by March 2014.[10] As of April 2014, the song has sold 1,075,000 copies in the US.[11]

The song also debuted at number 100 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of January 11, 2014.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Drink a Beer"
by Luke Bryan
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

March 1–8, 2014
Succeeded by
"Bottoms Up"
by Brantley Gilbert

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chillin' It – Cole Swindell". AllMusic. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (July 23, 2013). "Cole Swindell Rides 'Chillin' It' to Label Deal". Billboard. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (July 23, 2013). "Warner Bros. Records Adds To Artist Roster". MusicRow. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (December 20, 2013). ""Chillin' It" Singer Cole Swindell To Release Debut Album on February 18". Roughstock. Retrieved December 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Watts, Cindy (12 February 2014). "Father and son producers Jeff Stevens, Jody Stevens celebrate No. 1 and No. 2 hits". The Tennesseean. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "'Chillin' It' sheet music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 17 February 2014. 
  7. ^ Dukes, Billy (July 23, 2013). "Cole Swindell, ‘Chillin’ It’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  8. ^ "CMT: Videos : Cole Swindell : Chillin' It". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ Morris, Edward (August 3, 2013). "Randy Houser's "Moonlight" Vaults In as Week's Most Played Song". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  10. ^ Matt Bjorke (March 12, 2014). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - March 12, 2014: Brantley Gilbert #1, Cassadee Pope & Cole Swindell Platinum". Roughstock. 
  11. ^ a b Matt Bjorke (April 9, 2014). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - April 9, 2014: Play It Again as Luke Hits #1, FGL #2, Hunter Hayes and Justin Moore Earn AcM Boosts". Roughstock. 
  12. ^ "Cole Swindell Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Cole Swindell.
  13. ^ "Cole Swindell Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Cole Swindell.
  14. ^ "Cole Swindell Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Cole Swindell.
  15. ^ "Cole Swindell Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Cole Swindell.
  16. ^ "Cole Swindell Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Cole Swindell.
  17. ^ "Billboard Country Update for December 16, 2013". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 16, 2013. p. 21. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Cole Swindell – Chillin' It". Music Canada. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  20. ^ "American single certifications – Cole Swindell – Chillin%27 It". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 15, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH