Baby Girl (Sugarland song)
|Single by Sugarland|
|from the album Twice the Speed of Life|
|B-side||"Stand Back Up"|
|Released||July 12, 2004|
|Format||CD single, music download, airplay|
|Sugarland singles chronology|
|"Baby Girl" at CMT.com|
"Baby Girl" is the debut single co-written and recorded by American country music group Sugarland. Originally released in 2003 as part of Premium Quality Tunes, it was re-released in July 2004 as the first single from the album Twice the Speed of Life. The single reached a peak position of number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts in April 2005. The song spent a total of 46 weeks on the country music charts; setting a new record for the longest chart run since the inception of Nielsen SoundScan digital chart tabulation in 1990. In addition, "Baby Girl" became the highest-peaking debut single for a country music group in 14 years. It was written by group members Jennifer Nettles, Kristian Bush, and Kristen Hall, along with Troy Bieser.
"Baby Girl" entered the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart at number 56 on the chart week of July 24, 2004. The single reached its peak position of number 2 on the chart week of April 2, 2005, a position that it held for two weeks. "Baby Girl" became the highest-charting debut single for a country group since 1991. It also set a new record for the longest chart run since the inception of Nielsen SoundScan in 1990, spending 46 weeks on the charts. Joel Whitburn's book Hot Country Songs 1944-2008 contradicts this record, citing Gary Allan's "Right Where I Need to Be" as the record-holder for this era with a 48-week run. In the same book, "Baby Girl" is tied with Diamond Rio's 2002 single "Beautiful Mess" and Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" as the second-longest chart run in this era, Underwood's chart run having come in 2006 and 2007. The song has sold 827,000 copies in the US as of April 2013.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||2|
|US Billboard Hot 100||38|
|US Billboard Pop 100||64|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||7|
As listed in liner notes.
- Tom Bukovac – electric guitar
- Brandon Bush – organ
- Kristian Bush – mandolin, background vocals
- Chad Cromwell – drums
- Dan Dugmore – electric guitar, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar
- Kristen Hall – acoustic guitar, background vocals
- Greg Morrow – tambourine
- Jennifer Nettles – lead vocals, background vocals
- Glenn Worf – bass guitar
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 410–411. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- Morningstar, Mary (2005-07-18). "Sugarland moving at Twice the Speed of Life". VOANews.com. Archived from the original on June 15, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-01.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 644. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- Paul Grein (April 17, 2013). "Week Ending April 14, 2013. Songs: PSY Gallops Back". Yahoo Music (Chart Watch). Retrieved April 18, 2013.
- "Sugarland Chart History (Hot Country Songs)" Billboard.
- "Sugarland Chart History (Hot 100)" Billboard.
- "Best of 2005: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2005. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
- Twice the Speed of Life (Media notes). Sugarland. Mercury Records. 2004. -B0002172-02.