Kiss a Girl

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"Kiss A Girl"
Keith Urban Kiss a Girl.jpg
Single by Keith Urban
from the album Defying Gravity
Released 10 March 2009 (2009-03-10)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Country rock
Length 3:46
Label Capitol Nashville
Writer(s) Keith Urban, Monty Powell
Producer(s) Dann Huff, Keith Urban
Keith Urban singles chronology
"Sweet Thing"
(2008)
"Kiss a Girl"
(2009)
"Only You Can Love Me This Way"
(2009)

"Kiss a Girl" is a song co-written and recorded by Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It was released digitally on 10 March 2009 and to radio on 16 March 2009 as the second single from his 2009 album Defying Gravity. The song peaked at number 3 on the Hot Country Songs chart and at No. 16 on the Hot 100, making it his highest peak on the latter and only Top 20 to date.

The song was performed live by Urban and eventual Idol winner Kris Allen during the finale of the eighth season of American Idol on 20 May 2009. "Kiss a Girl" is part of the track list for Now That's What I Call Country Volume 2.

Content[edit]

"Kiss a Girl" is a moderate up-tempo song in which the male narrator expresses a desire to fall in love with a female.

Critical reception[edit]

Thom Jurek of AllMusic cited "Kiss a Girl" as a standout track on the album, calling it a "tight little rocker". He said that it and "Sweet Thing", the album's first single, "are 21st century equivalents of rock & roll love songs."[1] Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine described the song unfavorably, saying that it was a retread of his previous single "Sweet Thing", which itself was described as a retread of Urban's earlier material.[2]

Music videos[edit]

Both a finalised and a promotional music video for "Kiss a Girl" are available for view on CMT and were both directed by Chris Hicky.

Promotional video[edit]

The promotional video for the song premiered first in April 2009 on CMT's website. It consists of Urban and his band performing in front of a green screen. Some of these scenes were later edited and included the TV video.

Official video[edit]

The official video was found on iTunes on 25 May 2009. It consists of Urban and the band performing in an animated city. Also included is two people who eventually find each other and fall in love. At the end, the ferris wheel they ride displays "KISS" on each car, a reference to the song's title. This video debuted on CMT's Top Twenty Countdown at No. 11 for the week of 5 June 2009 and has peaked at No. 2. It also reached No. 3 on GAC's Top 20 Countdown.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Kiss a Girl" (single mix) 3:46
2. "Kiss a Girl" (album mix)
  • Urban
  • Powell
3:46
3. "Only You Can Love Me This Way"
4:02
Total length: 11:34

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2009–10) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 87
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[4] 34
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 16
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[6] 11
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[7] 40
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[9] 35
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 25

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide 10 March 2009 Digital download Capitol Nashville [12]
United States 16 March 2009 Country radio Capitol [13]
Australia 14 July 2009 CD single [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Defying Gravity review". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  2. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (30 March 2009). "Defying Gravity review". Slant. Retrieved 9 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "ARIA Report (Issue #1005)" ARIA Top 100 Singles. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Keith Urban. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Keith Urban. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  6. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Keith Urban. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Keith Urban. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Keith Urban – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Keith Urban. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  9. ^ "Adult Contemporary Songs - Year-End 2009". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Country Songs - Year-End 2009". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "American single certifications – Keith Urban – Kiss a Girl". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 12 February 2017.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  12. ^ Heather (4 March 2009). "Keith Urban Releasing Weekly Singles Until Album Debut". Crushable. Defy Media. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Single Releases". MusicRow. Archived from the original on 22 March 2009. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Kiss a Girl - Keith Urban | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 12 February 2017. 

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