Kiss Somebody

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"Kiss Somebody"
Kiss Somebody by Morgan Evans.jpg
Single by Morgan Evans
from the album Morgan Evans EP & Things That We Drink To
Released21 July 2017
FormatDigital download
GenreCountry
Length3:32
LabelWarner Music Nashville
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Chris DeStefano
[1]
Morgan Evans singles chronology
"Like a Tornado"
(2014)
"Kiss Somebody"
(2017)
"I Do"
(2017)

"Kiss Somebody" is a song by Australian singer songwriter, Morgan Evans and was released on 21 July 2017 as the lead single from his fourth EP Morgan Evans EP and second studio album Things That We Drink To. It peaked at number 53 on the ARIA Singles Chart. It was also Evans' first single to be released to country radio in the United States, where it reached the top three on the Billboard Country Airplay and top 20 on the Hot Country Songs charts.

At the APRA Music Awards of 2018, the song won the award for Country Work of the Year.[2]

Background and release[edit]

In May 2017, Evans signed a record deal with Warner Music Nashville. Prior to the song's release, Evans said "I'm so excited. I feel like it's something I've been working on for the last 3 years. I met a guy—almost 2 years ago—named Chris DeStefano. We met at a writing camp in Australia and we decided that we needed to make a record together. And over the course of the last year and a half we've written a bunch of songs and one very special one, "Kiss Somebody", with a man named Josh Osborne. Two of the best dudes you’ll ever meet."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Jeff Venable and premiered on CMT, GAC, CMC and CMT Music in 2017.

Critical reception[edit]

"Kiss Somebody" peaked at No. 53 on the ARIA Singles Chart, No. 1 on the related Hitseeker Singles, No. 16 on Digital Tracks, No. 4 on Australian Artists Singles and No. 7 on Streaming charts.[4]

Amy McCartney from The Boot called it "an upbeat, addictively optimistic track", adding "The radio-friendly, pop-tinged song is all about spontaneous romance".[5] Taylor Weatherby of Billboard called it "a lighthearted love song."[6]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Kiss Somebody"3:32

Charts[edit]

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[12] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 40,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000double-dagger

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label
Australia[15] 21 July 2017 Digital download Warner Nashville
United States[16]
United States 23 October 2017 Country airplay

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B00-BUF-rPs
  2. ^ "2018 APRA AWARDS : The Winners". auspOp. 11 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Morgan Evans Releases Debut Single, "Kiss Somebody"". Nash Country Daily. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b Wallace, Ian (13 November 2017). "Week Commencing ~ 13th November 2017 ~ Issue #1446" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) (1446): 4, 9, 16, 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Morgan Evans Kiss Somebody". The Boot. July 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Country Newcomer Morgan Evans Talks U.S. Debut 'Kiss Somebody' & Trying to Be the Best Songwriter in His House". Billboard. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Australian Charts: Sam Smith Too Good At Goodbyes Hangs In At No 1". Noise11. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Billboard Hot 100: August 25, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Billboard Country Update: August 20, 2018" (PDF). Billboard. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Country Airplay – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Hot Country Songs – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2018 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Morgan Evans – Kiss Somebody". Music Canada. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Morgan Evans – Kiss Somebody". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 13 April 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  15. ^ "Kiss Somebody (single) by Morgan Evans". Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Kiss Somebody (single) by Morgan Evans (US)". Retrieved 14 December 2017.