Follow Your Arrow
|"Follow Your Arrow"|
UK physical single cover 
|Single by Kacey Musgraves|
|from the album Same Trailer Different Park|
|Released||October 21, 2013|
|Kacey Musgraves singles chronology|
"Follow Your Arrow" is a song recorded by American country music singer and songwriter Kacey Musgraves. The song is featured on her major label debut album, Same Trailer Different Park. It was released on October 21, 2013 as the album's third single. It was written by Musgraves, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally. It was named Song Of The Year at the 2014 CMA Awards. Rolling Stone ranked 'Follow Your Arrow' number 39 on its list of '100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time'.
Suggesting that any given choice will elicit criticism from others, the narrator states that one's best course is to remain true to oneself ("follow your arrow").
The music video was directed by Honey and Kacey Musgraves and premiered in December 2013.
Musgraves performed the song on November 6 at the 2013 Country Music Association Awards. On January 26, Musgraves performed the song at the 56th annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Billboard listed "Follow Your Arrow" at number 2 on their list of 20 Best Songs of 2013, saying that "you didn't have to be a hardcore country fan to boogie along to Kacey Musgraves' exuberant call to make lots of noise and kiss lots of boys – or lots of girls, if that's something you're into." At the 2013 Country Music Awards, they censored the famous line "Roll up a joint" because they deemed it too controversial for primetime television. "Follow Your Arrow" received mixed reviews from conservatives due to some of the song's lyrics, as they claimed the country tune was "an attack on Christians", while others called it a "sign of [a] shift in country music" due to the song's positive reference to homosexuality.
"Follow Your Arrow" debuted at number 56 on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of November 2, 2013. It also debuted at number 28 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of November 23, 2013 and at number 60 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of February 15, 2014. In the week of February 15, 2014, the song also jumped from number 26 to number 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, giving Musgraves her first top ten single as a recording artist on that chart. As of June 2014, the song has sold 471,000 digital copies in the US.
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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