Hard to Love
|"Hard to Love"|
|Single by Lee Brice|
|from the album Hard 2 Love|
|Released||May 14, 2012|
|Lee Brice singles chronology|
"Hard to Love" is a song recorded by American country music artist Lee Brice. It was released in May 14, 2012 as the second single from Brice's album Hard 2 Love. The song was written by Billy Montana, John Ozier and Ben Glover. It involves the singer asking his lover why she puts up with him despite his misgivings at romance.
The song received positive reviews from critics who praised Brice's performance of someone else's lyrics. "Hard to Love" gave Brice his second number-one country hit on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. It also peaked at numbers 4 and 27 on the Hot Country Songs and Hot 100 charts respectively. It received minor chart success in Canada, peaking at number 51 on the Canadian Hot 100. The song was certified Platinum by both the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Music Canada for selling over an amount of units from their respective countries.
The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Eric Welch and features Brice performing his guitar in a room filled with light bulbs.
In the song, the male narrator states that he is "hard to love" and questions why his lover still tolerates him. Co-writer Ben Glover said, "We thought we’d write a classic song about dudes saying, ‘You know I’m kind of a pain in the ass.’ We said, ‘Let’s just talk about ourselves in the song'".
Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave "Hard to Love" three and a half stars out of five, writing that "the song doesn’t come to life as easily as some others Brice has performed or written" but "Brice should have no trouble finding his way up the charts." Ashley Cooke of Roughstock gave the song four stars out of five, saying that "although Brice didn’t write this song, he’s done a great job at finding one that fits his sound and his style."
The music video was directed by Eric Welch and premiered in April 2012.
"Hard to Love" debuted at number 51 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of May 26, 2012. The song has reached number one on the Country Airplay chart for the week of November 10, 2012, giving Brice his second number one country hit.
|Canada (Canadian Hot 100)||51|
|US Billboard Hot 100||27|
|US Country Airplay (Billboard)||1|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||4|
|US Billboard Hot 100||95|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||18|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||68|
by Carrie Underwood
|Billboard Country Airplay
November 10–17, 2012
"Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"
by Luke Bryan
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||80,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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