Need You Now (Lady Antebellum album)

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Need You Now
Studio album by Lady Antebellum
Released January 26, 2010 (2010-01-26)[1]
(see release history)
Recorded 2009
Genre Country, country pop
Length 44:10
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Paul Worley & Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum chronology
Lady Antebellum
(2008)
Need You Now
(2010)
ITunes Sessions
(2010)
Singles from Need You Now
  1. "Need You Now"
    Released: August 24, 2009 (2009-08-24)
  2. "American Honey"
    Released: January 11, 2010 (2010-01-11)
  3. "Our Kind of Love"
    Released: May 31, 2010 (2010-05-31)
  4. "Hello World"
    Released: October 4, 2010 (2010-10-04)

Need You Now [2] is the second studio album by the American country music group Lady Antebellum. The album was released on January 26, 2010,[1][3] via Capitol Nashville. It is the follow-up album to their 2008 self-titled RIAA Platinum certified debut album. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 481,000 copies sold in its first week. It has been certified 3x platinum by the RIAA. On February 13, 2011, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album and was nominated for Album of the Year, whereas the single "Need You Now" won four awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.[4]

Singles[edit]

"Need You Now", the first single, debuted at number 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in August 2009. For the week of November 28, it became their second Number One single on the Hot Country Songs chart in the United States, as issued by Billboard.[5] After the trio's performance of the song at the Country Music Association Awards, it climbed to a number five peak on the Billboard Hot 100, experiencing a surge in sales after the 52nd Grammy Awards, peaking at number two, their highest peaking single on the Hot 100 and pop charts.[6] As of January 5, 2013, it has been certified 6× Platinum by the RIAA. The song was used in the first episode of the TV show Hellcats.

"American Honey", the second single, debuted at number 47 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week of January 2, 2010,[7] before its initial release date of January 11, 2010.[8] In April 2010, the song became their third consecutive Number One single, as well as third Top 30 single on the Billboard Hot 100.

In the United Kingdom and Europe (except from Germany), "I Run to You" was the second single taken from the International Edition of the album. It was released on 9 August 2010 in support of their debut UK live show at Shepherd's Bush Empire.[9]

"Our Kind of Love" was confirmed as the third single off the album. The song was released as a promotional single on January 10, 2010, and received its official release as the set's third single in late May.

"Hello World", the album's fourth single, was released to radio on October 4, 2010.

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

Need You Now debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first week sales of 481,000. It is the third best-selling album of 2010, behind I Dreamed a Dream by Susan Boyle and Recovery by rapper Eminem.[10] Due to the band winning 5 Grammys, Need You Now debuted at No. 24 on the German Albums Chart in February 2011, 9 months after the release of the album.[11][12] To date the album has sold 4,010,000 copies in the US and 5 million copies worldwide.[13][14] The album also spent 31 Non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the "Country Album" Chart in 2010-2011.[15]

The song "Perfect Day" has been used in one of The CW's commercials to promote new TV series Hart of Dixie.[16][17]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[18]
American Songwriter 2/5 stars[19]
Billboard favorable[20]
The Boston Globe mixed[21]
Country Weekly 4/5 stars[22]
Entertainment Weekly B+[23]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[24]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[25]
Slant Magazine 2/5 stars[26]
The 9513 3/5 stars[27]

Upon its release, Need You Now received generally mixed reviews from music critics.[28] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 63, based on 9 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[28]

Giving it four stars out of five, Jessica Phillips wrote in Country Weekly magazine that the group "certainly need have no fear of a sophomore slump" due to the success of "Need You Now". She also said that the album showed the trio's "ability to craft memorable country pop hooks," but added that "not every song works on this record."[29] Crystal Bell, writing for Billboard was also positive in her review citing Kelley's vocal slyness and the delicate arrangement of the track, "Ready to Love Again", also noting "the trio's musical growth."[30]

Allmusic reviewer Thom Jurek wrote that on this album "they stick very close to the formula of their debut: a slew of mid- and uptempo love songs, a sad ballad, and a couple of rocked-up good-time tunes — all self-written with some help from some of Nashville's most respected writers."[31] He also went on to say that the album was "flawless in its songwriting, production, and performances."[31] Mikael Wood of Entertainment Weekly said, "they're most successful when they keep to the moody minor key stuff" and gave the album a B+.[32] Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine was less positive.[26]

Allegations that the song stole from The Alan Parsons Project's song 'Eye in the Sky' have been widespread online, and representatives for Parsons commented.[33]

Track listings[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Need You Now"   Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood, Josh Kear 4:37
2. "Our Kind of Love"   Scott, Kelley, Haywood, Michael Busbee 4:09
3. "American Honey"   Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsey, Shane Stevens 3:44
4. "Hello World"   Tom Douglas, Tony Lane, David Lee 5:26
5. "Perfect Day"   Jerry Flowers, Scott, Kelley, Haywood 3:21
6. "Love This Pain"   Marv Green, Jason Sellers 3:03
7. "When You Got a Good Thing"   Scott, Kelley, Haywood, Rivers Rutherford 4:57
8. "Stars Tonight"   Monty Powell, Scott, Kelley, Haywood 4:04
9. "If I Knew Then"   Kelley, Powell, Anna Wilson 4:15
10. "Something 'Bout a Woman"   Scott, Kelley, Haywood, Craig Wiseman 3:41
11. "Ready to Love Again"   Scott, Kelley, Haywood, Busbee 2:53
Total length:
44:10

Bonus download songs[edit]

Each month on ladyantebellum.com, a new song becomes available to all that bought a CD, digital-download, or passcode version of the album[34]

  1. "Need You Now" (Acoustic) (Haywood, Kear, Kelley, Scott) — (Jan/Feb)
  2. "I Run to You" (Acoustic) (Haywood, Kelley, Scott, Douglas) — (March)
  3. "American Honey" (Live) (Barlowe, Lindsey, Stevens) — (April)
  4. "Our Kind of Love" (Live) (Haywood, Kelley, Scott, Busbee) — (May)
  5. "Stars Tonight" (Live) (Powell, Haywood, Kelley, Scott) — (June)
  6. "All We'd Ever Need" (Live) (Haywood, Kelley, Scott) — (July)
  7. "Do I" (Live) (Luke Bryan, Kelley, Haywood) — (August)
  8. "When You Got a Good Thing" (Live) (Haywood, Kelly, Rutherford, Scott) - (September)
  9. "Slow Down Sister" (Live) (Haywood, Kelly, Gambill, Shaw) - (October)
  10. "Love's Lookin' Good On You" (Live) (Deere, Lopez, Shaw) - (November)
  11. "Hello World" (Live) (Douglas, Lane, Lee) - (December)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN
2009 "Need You Now" 1 2 2
2010 "American Honey" 1 25 50
"Our Kind of Love" 1 51 61
"Hello World" 6 58 70

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
Hope for Haiti Now by Various artists
Soldier of Love by Sade
Battle of the Sexes by Ludacris
Billboard 200 number-one album
February 13, 2010 – February 27, 2010
March 20, 2010
April 3, 2010
Succeeded by
Soldier of Love by Sade
Battle of the Sexes by Ludacris
My World 2.0 by Justin Bieber
Preceded by
Fearless by Taylor Swift
Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury by Jerrod Niemann
The Reason Why by Little Big Town
My Kinda Party by Jason Aldean
Billboard Top Country Albums number-one album
February 13, 2010 – July 24, 2010
August 7, 2010 – August 21, 2010
September 18, 2010 – September 25, 2010
March 5, 2011 – March 12, 2011
Succeeded by
Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury by Jerrod Niemann
All About Tonight by Blake Shelton
The Guitar Song by Jamey Johnson
Town Line (EP) by Aaron Lewis
Preceded by
Soldier of Love by Sade
Canadian Albums Chart number-one album
March 20, 2010 – April 3, 2010
Succeeded by
My World 2.0 by Justin Bieber
Preceded by
My Worlds by Justin Bieber
New Zealand RIANZ albums chart number-one album
May 31, 2010
Succeeded by
To the Sea by Jack Johnson
Preceded by
Engel van My Hart by Juanita du
Plessis
South African Albums Chart number-one album
July 10, 2010 – July 17, 2010
Succeeded by
Engel van My Hart by Juanita du Plessis
Preceded by
Fearless by Taylor Swift
Billboard Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
2010
Succeeded by
Speak Now by Taylor Swift

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United States[68] January 26, 2010 Capitol
Canada
South Africa[69] EMI
Australia[70] February 12, 2010
United Kingdom[71] May 3, 2010 Parlophone
Germany[72] May 7, 2010 Capitol
Brazil[73] May 21, 2010 EMI
Mexico
Japan[74] May 26, 2010 Toshiba-EMI

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