Mercy (Brett Young song)

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"Mercy"
Single by Brett Young
from the album Brett Young
ReleasedFebruary 20, 2018 (2018-02-20)
GenreCountry
Length3:35
LabelBig Machine
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Dann Huff
Brett Young singles chronology
"Like I Loved You"
(2017)
"Mercy"
(2018)
"Here Tonight"
(2018)

"Mercy" is a song written by Brett Young and Sean McConnell recorded by Young for his eponymous debut studio album (2017). It was released to country radio February 20, 2018 as the album's fourth single.[1]

The song has peaked at numbers two and one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, respectively. In Canada, the song reached number eight on the Canada Country airplay chart. An accompanying music video was directed by Seth Kupersmith and co-stars Tiffany Brouwer. "Mercy" has sold 425,000 copies in the United States as of November 2018.

Critical reception[edit]

Sterling Whitaker of Taste of Country wrote that Young is "at his vulnerable best" on "Mercy" and described the song's production as a "model of restraint."[2] In a review of Brett Young, Matt Bjorke of Roughstock wrote that every song on the album "showcase Brett Young as a potential superstar and perhaps no song does that better than the Adele-like "Mercy."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"Mercy" debuted at number 49 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated July 15, 2017 as an album track.[4] Following its release as a single, the song re-entered at the same position on the chart dated February 17, 2018.[5] It has since reached a peak position of 10.[6] "Mercy" debuted at number 56 on the Country Airplay chart dated February 17, 2018, and has peaked at number 1 for two weeks.[7][8] In May 2018, "Mercy" entered the Hot 100 at number 97.[9] In Canada, "Mercy" has reached a peak position of 27 on the Canada Country chart.[10] The single has sold 459,000 copies in the United States as of January 2019.[11] On March 25, 2019, the single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and streaming data of over a million units in the United States.[12]

Music video[edit]

An accompanying music video for "Mercy" was directed by Seth Kupersmith and was filmed over two days in Encino, Los Angeles and at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico.[13] Tiffany Brouwer plays Young's estranged love interest in the video.[14] The video premiered March 9, 2018 through Apple Music and became widely available on March 12.[13][15] Alternating between shots of the couple in love and walking alone in a desert, the video was intended to be "dream-like."[16]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 459,000[11]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Single Releases : MusicRow". MusicRow. Archived from the original on February 22, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (January 31, 2018). "Is Brett Young's 'Mercy' a Hit? Listen and Sound Off!". Taste of Country. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (February 21, 2017). "Album Review: Brett Young - "Brett Young"". Roughstock. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Hot Country Songs: The Week Of July 15, 2017". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Hot Country Songs: The Week Of February 17, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Brett Young Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Country Airplay: The Week Of February 17, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Brett Young Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Brett Young Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Brett Young Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (January 15, 2019). "Top 30 Digital Singles: January 15, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
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  13. ^ a b "BRETT YOUNG PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO "MERCY" TODAY ONLY ON APPLE MUSIC". Redlight Management. March 9, 2018. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Weatherby, Taylor (March 16, 2018). "Brett Young's 'Mercy' Video Wasn't as Heartbreaking to Film as It Looks: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Clip". Billboard. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  15. ^ Casey, Jim (March 12, 2018). "Watch Brett Young Beg for "Mercy" in New Video". Nash Country Daily. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  16. ^ Houghton, Cillea (March 20, 2018). "Heartsick Brett Young Begs for 'Mercy' in Cinematic Video". Taste of Country. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  17. ^ "Brett Young Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  18. ^ "Brett Young Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  19. ^ "Hot 100 Songs – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  20. ^ "Country Airplay – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  21. ^ "Hot Country Songs – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Brett Young – Mercy". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 9, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.