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Everlasting (Martina McBride album)

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ReleasedApril 8, 2014 (2014-04-08)
GenreSoul, Pop, Country
LabelVinyl Recordings
ProducerDon Was
Martina McBride chronology
The Essential Martina McBride

Everlasting is the twelfth studio album by American country music artist Martina McBride. It was released on April 8, 2014,[1][2] on McBride's own label through Kobalt Label Services.[3][4] The album features covers of soul and R&B songs.[5][6] It was produced by Don Was[7] and includes duets with Gavin DeGraw and Kelly Clarkson.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Country WeeklyA−[10]
The Oakland Press[11]
USA Today[12]

Everlasting garnered generally positive reception from five music critics. At The Oakland Press, Gary Graff rated the album three stars out of four, saying how the release "is a welcome and successful exercise in creative stretching."[11] Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, remarking how "There's warmth in Was' production and honey in McBride's voice and if the combination can sometimes result in too-sweet tea, it's nevertheless soothing."[9] At USA Today, Jerry Shriver rated the album three stars out of four, indicating how "Covering classic soul tunes is an overdone concept, but this well chosen collection shines".[12] Jon Freeman of Country Weekly graded the album an A−, writing that "Overall the recording sounds great—warm and intimate without sacrificing polish."[10] At The Boston Globe, Sarah Rodman gave a positive review, stating that the release "finds the mighty-voiced McBride deftly tackling a clutch of pop, soul, and blues tunes complete with horns, a sultry Southern organ sound, and heavenly harmonies from the McCrary Sisters."[13]

McBride embarked on the Everlasting Tour in supporting of the album beginning May 8, 2014, in Kansas.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Target bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artist(s)Length
13."That's How Strong My Love Is"Roosevelt JamisonO. V. Wright3:00
14."Baby What You Want Me to Do"Jimmy ReedJimmy Reed3:35
Total length:45:43
iTunes bonus tracks[15]
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artist(s)Length
13."By Your Side"Sade Adu, Andrew Hale, Stuart Matthewman, Paul Spencer DenmanSade4:48
14."Perfect"Pink, Max Martin, ShellbackPink4:27
Total length:48:24


Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, and at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, with sales of 21,000 in the US.[16][17] The album has sold 70,000 copies in the U.S as of April 2016.[18]

McBride made history with the album by becoming the first ever female artist in the 50-year history of the Top Country Albums chart to debut at No. 1 with an independently released and distributed album.[19]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
UK Country Albums (OCC)[20] 2
US Billboard 200[21] 7
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[22] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[23] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[24] 73


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  2. ^ Stephens, Samantha (December 17, 2013). "Martina McBride Returning With a Covers Album". Country Music Television. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (December 12, 2013). "Martina McBride Launches Label, Will Release 'Everlasting' in March". MusicRow. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (December 12, 2013). "Martina McBride To Release "Everlasting" Album On March 4, 2014". Roughstock. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  5. ^ Wyland, Sarah (January 16, 2014). "Martina McBride Teams Up with Don Was to Release Everlasting". Great American Country. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  6. ^ Hudak, Joseph (January 16, 2014). "Martina McBride Previews Soulful New Album". Country Weekly. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  7. ^ Vinson, Christina (December 15, 2013). "Martina McBride Announces 2014 Cover Album, 'Everlasting'". Taste of Country. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  8. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (January 16, 2014). "Martina McBride Extends Her Comfort Zone on 'Everlasting'". MusicRow. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (April 7, 2014). "Everlasting - Martina McBride : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Freeman, Jon (April 8, 2014). "Everlasting by Martina McBride". Country Weekly. American Media, Inc. ISSN 1074-3235. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Graff, Gary (April 3, 2014). "Listening Room: Martina McBride, Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey and more new releases". The Oakland Press. Archived from the original on April 8, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  12. ^ a b Shriver, Jerry (April 7, 2014). "Listen Up: Other notable releases". USA Today. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  13. ^ Rodman, Sarah (April 8, 2014). "ALBUM REVIEW: Martina McBride, 'Everlasting'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  14. ^ "Martina McBride goes back to the classics for new album 'Everlasting'". Today.com. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  15. ^ "iTunes - Music - Everlasting (Bonus Track Version) by Martina McBride". iTunes Store. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  16. ^ Keith Caulfield, Los Angeles (April 16, 2014). "'Frozen' Spends 10th Week at No. 1 On Billboard 200; Sales Climb Past 2 Million". Billboard.
  17. ^ Alanna Conaway (April 16, 2014). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of April 16, 2014: Martina McBride's "Everlasting" Debuts On Top". Roughstock. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014.
  18. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on April 13, 2016.
  19. ^ Wade Jessen, Nashville (April 17, 2014). "Luke Bryan, Martina McBride Top Country Songs, Albums Charts". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Official Country Artists Albums Chart Top 20". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Martina McBride Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "Martina McBride Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard.
  23. ^ "Martina McBride Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  24. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2014 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015.