Life Changes (Thomas Rhett album)

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Life Changes
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Studio album by Thomas Rhett
Released September 8, 2017 (2017-09-08)
Genre Country pop
Length 46:28
Label Valory
Producer
Thomas Rhett chronology
Tangled Up
(2015)Tangled Up2015
Life Changes
(2017)
Singles from Life Changes
  1. "Craving You"
    Released: April 3, 2017
  2. "Unforgettable"
    Released: July 28, 2017
  3. "Marry Me"
    Released: November 20, 2017
  4. "Life Changes"
    Released: April 16, 2018
  5. "Sixteen"
    Released: October 1, 2018
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Life Changes is the third studio album from American country pop singer Thomas Rhett. Released on September 8, 2017 through Valory Music Group, Rhett produced the album alongside Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Julian Bunetta and Joe London.[2] It includes the chart-topping singles "Craving You" with Maren Morris, and "Unforgettable".[3] The album debuted at No. 1 with 123,000 album-equivalent units, giving Rhett his first number one album on the Billboard 200.

Singles[edit]

"Craving You", a duet with Maren Morris, was released digitally on March 31, 2017 as the record's lead single.[4] It was promoted to country radio on April 3, 2017.[5] The song hit number one on both the US Country Airplay chart and the Canada Country chart.

The second single, "Unforgettable", was released to radio on July 28, 2017.[6]

"Marry Me" was released to radio on November 20, 2017 as the album's third single.[7]

The title track was released to radio April 9, 2018 as the fourth official single.[8]

Promotional singles[edit]

A promotional single, "Sixteen", was released on August 11, 2017.[9]

A second promotional single, "Grave", was released on August 18, 2017.[10]

The title track was released as the third promotional single on September 1, 2017.[11]

Rhett released a song, titled "Sweetheart", exclusively to Billboard on September 7, a day ahead of the release of the album.[12]

A remix EP for the track "Leave Right Now" was released April 13, 2018 as the album's fifth promotional single.[13]

Commercial performance[edit]

Life Changes debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, giving Rhett his first chart-topping album. It sold 94,000 copies in the first week (with 123,000 album-equivalent units total), Rhett's best sales and units week.[14] The album is also the first country album to top the Billboard 200 chart in 2017.[15] It sold a further 20,400 copies in its second week.[16] It has sold 288,100 copies in the United States as of August 2018.[17]

Awards[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2018 Grammy Awards[18] Best Country Album Nominated
2018 CMA Awards[19] Album of the Year Pending

Track listing[edit]

Life Changes[3]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Craving You" (featuring Maren Morris)
3:43
2."Unforgettable"2:37
3."Sixteen"
2:58
4."Drink a Little Beer" (featuring Rhett Akins)
3:34
5."Marry Me"
  • Rhett
  • Frasure
  • Gorley
  • McAnally
3:26
6."Leave Right Now"
  • Rhett
  • Bunetta
  • Edward Drewett
  • John Henry Ryan
3:16
7."Smooth Like the Summer"
2:48
8."Life Changes"
  • Rhett
  • Akins
  • Frasure
  • Gorley
3:10
9."When You Look Like That"3:23
10."Sweetheart"
  • Rhett
  • Akins
  • Douglas
  • Spargur
3:26
11."Kiss Me Like a Stranger"
  • Rhett
  • Barnes
  • Jordan Reynolds
3:47
12."Renegades"
  • Rhett
  • Bunetta
  • Ryan
3:43
13."Gateway Love"
3:26
14."Grave"3:11
Total length:46:28

Personnel[edit]

  • Rhett Akins – duet vocals on "Drink a Little Beer"
  • Jessi Alexander – background vocals
  • Robert Bailey – background vocals
  • Dave Barnes – background vocals
  • Julien Bunetta – drums, electric guitar, keyboards, programming, background vocals
  • Ben Caver – background vocals
  • Matt Dragstrem – programming, background vocals
  • Stuart Duncanfiddle
  • Skip Edwards – steel guitar
  • Sam Ellis – keyboards, programming
  • Jason Eskridge – background vocals
  • Paul Franklin – steel guitar
  • Jesse Frasure – programming
  • Vicki Hampton – background vocals
  • Dann Huff – banjo, electric guitar, mandolin
  • Charlie Judge – keyboards, synthesizer, synthesizer strings
  • Chris Kimmerer – drums
  • Joe London – electric guitar, keyboards, programming
  • Nate Mercereau – French horn
  • Maren Morris – background vocals on "Craving You"
  • Wendy Moten – background vocals
  • David Lee Murphy – background vocals
  • Tom Peyton – trombone
  • Danny Rader – acoustic guitar
  • Jordan Reynolds – background vocals
  • Thomas Rhett – lead vocals, background vocals
  • John Ryan – programming
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas – bass guitar
  • Russell Terrell – background vocals
  • Ilya Toshinsky – acoustic guitar
  • Emily Weisband – background vocals
  • Derek Wells – electric guitar

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21] 30
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[22] 2
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[23] 3
Scottish Albums (OCC)[24] 26
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 54
UK Country Albums (OCC)[26] 2
US Billboard 200[27] 1
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[28] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Position
US Billboard 200[29] 123
US Top Country Albums[30] 17

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Hyman, Dan. "Exclusive Premiere: Thomas Rhett Gets Sentimental on His New Song, 'Grave'". Esquire. Retrieved August 18, 2017. 
  11. ^ Gugala, Jon. "Hear Thomas Rhett's Autobiographical New Song 'Life Changes'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 1, 2017. 
  12. ^ Weatherby, Taylor. "Thomas Rhett Makes Fans Swoon All Over Again with 'Life Changes' Track 'Sweetheart': Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved September 7, 2017. 
  13. ^ McKenna, Brittney (April 17, 2018). "Hear Thomas Rhett's 'Nashville Mix' of EDM Song 'Leave Right Now'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 17, 2018. 
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