Generation Love

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"Generation Love"
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Single by Jennette McCurdy
from the album Jennette McCurdy
B-side"Put Your Arms Around Someone"
ReleasedApril 25, 2011
Recorded2010
GenreCountry pop
Length3:39
LabelCapitol Nashville
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Jay DeMarcus
Jennette McCurdy singles chronology
"Not That Far Away"
(2010)
"Generation Love"
(2011)
Music video
"Generation Love" on YouTube

"Generation Love" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter and actress Jennette McCurdy from her self-titled debut album. Written by Ross Copperman, Tom Douglas and Heather Morgan and produced by Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, "Generation Love" was released digitally as a single on March 11, 2011 and was later serviced to country radio on April 25, 2011.[1] The song was included on the iCarly soundtrack album, iCarly: iSoundtrack II.

"Generation Love" has been praised by music critics and became McCurdy's best performing single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.[2][3]

Composition[edit]

"Generation Love" is a modern country song, featuring pedal steel guitar and melodic banjo, while also having pop influences. The song's female narrator laments on the modern generation, which is seen as selfish and caught up in mainly the technological world, but also have problems such as being children of divorce and victims of dysfunction. It is contrasted with the early generations of the Great Depression, war veterans and the post-World War II generation that performed feats such as landing on the moon.

Cristen Maher of Taste of Country describes the song as, "slower in tempo and truly showcases McCurdy's vocals." Additionally, Maher adds, "As the melody of the song builds towards the chorus, a banjo joins the mix of twangy guitars and beating drums, giving the song a true country feel."[2]

Promotion and performances[edit]

To promote the single, McCurdy headlined her own mall tour, Generation Love for St. Jude. McCurdy traveled to and performed at multiple different malls within the United States. All proceeds from the event went towards St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.[4][5]

Music video[edit]

The music video, which was directed by Roman White premiered on CMT around April 29, 2011.[6] The video opens with McCurdy singing on the rooftop of a building with the ground littered with paper hearts. Throughout the video, it shows the younger generation with white balloons with a red heart on them, while others hold up signs of things they do to help the community. The younger generation passes the balloon on to the older generation, who eventually let them go and into the air. At the end of the video, the sky behind McCurdy is filled with balloons and she releases her own balloon into the sky.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Generation Love" (Single Version) – 3:37
  • CD single
  1. "Generation Love" (Single Version) – 3:37

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Jennette McCurdy liner notes.[7]

  • Jennette McCurdy – vocals
  • Russel Terrell – background vocals
  • Tom Douglas – songwriter
  • Heather Morgan – songwriter
  • Ross Copperman – songwriter
  • Jay DeMarcus – producer
  • Chris McHugh – drums
  • Mark Hill – bass
  • Ilya Toshinsky – acoustic guitar
  • Tom Bukovac – electric guitar
  • Charlie Judge – keyboard
  • Paul Franklin - steel guitar

Charts and performance[edit]

"Generation Love" debuted at number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week starting May 14, 2011.

Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 44

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label(s)
United States March 11, 2011 Digital download[9] Capitol Nashville
April 25, 2011 Radio airplay[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Capitol Nashville". Capitol Nashville. 2011-04-12. Retrieved 2011-11-24.
  2. ^ a b Maher, Cristin (April 12, 2011). "Jennette McCurdy, 'Generation Love' – Song Spotlight". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  3. ^ "Jennette McCurdy". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-09-29.
  4. ^ "Jennette McCurdy". Jennette McCurdy. Archived from the original on 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2011-11-24.
  5. ^ "Capitol Nashville". Capitol Nashville. 2011-04-21. Retrieved 2011-11-24.
  6. ^ "iTunes - Music Videos - Generation Love by Jennette McCurdy". Itunes.apple.com. 2011-04-29. Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. Retrieved 2011-11-24.
  7. ^ Jennette McCurdy (CD). Jennette McCurdy. EMI. 2012. B008723QPE.
  8. ^ Billboard Country Update
  9. ^ "Generation Love: Jennette McCurdy: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2011-11-24.
  10. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". All Access. Retrieved April 17, 2011.