Downtown (Lady Antebellum song)

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"Downtown"
Single by Lady Antebellum
from the album Golden
Released January 22, 2013 (2013-01-22)
Format Music download
Recorded 2012
Genre Country pop, pop
Length 3:16
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Luke Laird
Shane McAnally
Natalie Hemby
Producer(s) Paul Worley
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum singles chronology
"Wanted You More"
(2012)
"Downtown"
(2013)
"Goodbye Town"
(2013)

"Downtown" is a song recorded by American country music group Lady Antebellum. It was released on January 22, 2013, as the first single from their album Golden.[1][2] The song was written by Luke Laird, Shane McAnally and Natalie Hemby.[3][4] It was originally planned to be sung by fellow country act Miranda Lambert.[5][6]

Content[edit]

The song is from the perspective of a female, who asks her lover either why he will no longer "take [her] downtown" for a night on the town or perform cunnilingus on her.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song four and a half stars out of five, writing that "a guitar lick postmarked 1962 steers the song and pushes the band in an exciting new direction" and "Hillary Scott never sounded like she’s had more fun in the studio than on this song."[8] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song four stars out of five, calling it "a burst of sunshine mixed in an ear worm of a melody that has audible steel guitars in the mix and features a nice twangy guitar solo balanced with some steel guitars."[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Peter Zavadil and co-stars Beth Behrs. It premiered on E! News on March 6, 2013.[10]

Chart performance[edit]

"Downtown" debuted at number 25 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of February 9, 2013,[11] making it the highest chart debut of their career to date.[12][13] It also debuted at number 42 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of February 9, 2013. It also debuted at number 32 on the Canadian Hot 100 and number 45 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of February 23, 2013. It also debuted at number 96 on the South Korea GAON chart for the week of April 21, 2013.

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[14] 26
Canada AC (Billboard)[15] 31
Canada Country (Billboard)[16] 1
South Korea (GAON)[17] 60
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 29
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[19] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[20] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
Canada Canadian Hot 100[21] 90
US Billboard Hot 100[22] 93
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[23] 33
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[24] 18
Preceded by
"I Drive Your Truck"
by Lee Brice
Billboard Country Airplay
number-one single

April 27–May 4, 2013
Succeeded by
"If I Didn't Have You"
by Thompson Square
Preceded by
"Sure Be Cool If You Did" by Blake Shelton
"Mama's Broken Heart" by Miranda Lambert
Billboard Canada Country number-one single
April 13–20, 2013
May 4–11, 2013
Succeeded by
"Mama's Broken Heart" by Miranda Lambert
"Get Your Shine On" by Florida Georgia Line

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[25] Platinum 942,000[26]

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
United States January 22, 2013 Radio airplay
Canada February 5, 2013 Digital download
United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spicher, Wendy (January 23, 2013). "Listen to the New Single from Lady Antebellum". Great American Country. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dauphin, Chuck (January 26, 2013). "Lady Antebellum Head 'Downtown' In Flirty New Single". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Bierly, Mandi (January 22, 2013). "Lady Antebellum talks new single 'Downtown': Listen to it here -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Lady Antebellum, 'Downtown' Released; Sheryl Crow Joins 'The Voice' + More: Country Music News Roundup". The Boot. January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ Stromblad, Cory (January 25, 2013). "Lady Antebellum Owe Miranda Lambert One for New Single ‘Downtown’". Taste of Country. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Betts, Stephen L. (January 30, 2013). "Lady Antebellum, Eric Stonestreet Video Takes Fans 'Downtown'". The Boot. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ Thunder, Greg (Apr 8, 2013). "Is Lady A's 'Downtown Song About Something Naughty!?". thebull.cbslocal.com. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  8. ^ Dukes, Billy (January 22, 2013). "Lady Antebellum, ‘Downtown’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 26, 2013). "Single Review: Lady Antebellum - "Downtown"". Roughstock. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 4, 2013). "Lady Antebellum to Premiere Music Video for 'Downtown' on E! News This Wednesday". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  11. ^ Trust, Gary (January 28, 2013). "Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj Top Dance/Club Play Songs: Chart Highlights". Billboard. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 29, 2013). "Lady Antebellum Scores Highest Chart Debut With New Single "Downtown"". Roughstock. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  13. ^ Wyland, Sarah (January 29, 2013). "Lady Antebellum Scores Highest Chart Debut of Their Career". Great American Country. Retrieved January 30, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Lady Antebellum Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Lady Antebellum.
  15. ^ "Lady Antebellum Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada AC for Lady Antebellum.
  16. ^ "Lady Antebellum Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Lady Antebellum.
  17. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Gaon Chart)". Gaon Chart. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Lady Antebellum Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Lady Antebellum.
  19. ^ "Lady Antebellum Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Lady Antebellum.
  20. ^ "Lady Antebellum Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Lady Antebellum.
  21. ^ "Best of 2013: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Best of 2013: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  25. ^ "American single certifications – Lady Antebellum – Downtown". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 10, 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  26. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2013-06-19). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - June 19, 2013: Three Gold Singles, The Swon Brothers, Florida Georgia Line Dominate". Roughstock. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 

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