Platinum (Miranda Lambert album)

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Studio album by Miranda Lambert
Released June 3, 2014 (2014-06-03)
Length 58:15
Label RCA Nashville
Miranda Lambert chronology
Four the Record
(2011)Four the Record2011
The Weight of These Wings
(2016)The Weight of These Wings2016
Singles from Platinum
  1. "Automatic"
    Released: February 17, 2014
  2. "Somethin' Bad"
    Released: May 19, 2014
  3. "Little Red Wagon"
    Released: January 12, 2015
  4. "Smokin' and Drinkin'"
    Released: June 22, 2015

Platinum is the fifth studio album by American country music singer and songwriter Miranda Lambert. It was released on June 3, 2014 via RCA Nashville. Lambert wrote or co-wrote eight of the album's 16 tracks while working with a host of session musicians and songwriters, as well as guest performers Little Big Town, The Time Jumpers, and Carrie Underwood. The album was produced by Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, and Glenn Worf.

Platinum debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming Lambert's first to top the chart, while selling 180,000 copies in its first week. It received widespread critical acclaim and earned Lambert a Grammy Award for Best Country Album as well as a CMA Award and ACM Award in the same category. The album was certified platinum for sales of one million copies in the United States.


Lambert wrote or co-wrote eight of the album's 16 tracks. The album features collaborations with Little Big Town ("Smokin' and Drinkin'") and The Time Jumpers ("All That's Left"), as well as a duet with Carrie Underwood on "Somethin' Bad".[1] Lambert and Underwood debuted the song at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on May 18, 2014,[2] and performed it again on June 4, during the CMT Music Awards.[3] In support of Platinum, Lambert embarked on a concert tour of North America in mid 2014, featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett as her opening acts.[4]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[6]
American Songwriter4/5 stars[7]
Entertainment WeeklyA[9]
The Guardian4/5 stars[10]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[11]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[13]
USA Today3/4 stars[15]

Platinum was released by RCA Nashville on June 3, 2014.[12] It debuted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts while selling 180,000 copies in the United States, which was the highest first-sales week of Lambert's career.[16] It was also her first album to reach the top of the Billboard 200,[16] and marked her fifth consecutive number-one debut on the Top Country Albums, making her the first artist in the history of the chart to start her career with five number-one albums.[16] It debuted at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart with first-week sales of 9,300 copies.[17] On February 1, 2016, it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[18] By September 2016, the album had sold 850,000 copies in the US.[19]

Platinum received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 86, based on 11 reviews.[20] Writing in Cuepoint, Robert Christgau hailed Platinum as the year's most daring and consummate big-budget record, featuring "apolitical de facto feminism at its countriest".[8] New York Times critic Jon Caramanica found it "vivacious, clever and slickly rowdy", showing Lambert had finally become "a sophisticated radical, a wry country feminist and an artist learning to experiment widely but also with less abrasion".[21] Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic said the record was shrewdly produced with Lambert's attempts at modern pop songs sequenced ahead of the more authentic country material,[6] while Will Hermes wrote in Rolling Stone that Lambert incorporated both traditional and alternative elements from country into her homespun, feminine perspective.[13] Spin magazine's Dan Hyman was less enthusiastic, singling out the collaborations on "Smokin' and Drinkin'" and "Something Bad" as contrived appeals to pop audiences on what was an otherwise consistent and carefully crafted record.[14]

At the end of 2014, Platinum was voted the 12th best album of the year in the Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of American critics published by The Village Voice.[22] Christgau, the poll's creator, named it the year's second best record in his year-end list for The Barnes & Noble Review.[23] The album was also ranked fifth and nineteenth best by Rolling Stone and Spin, respectively.[22] At the 2014 CMA Awards, it won in the "Album of the Year" category.[24] It also earned Lambert the Best Country Album award at the 57th Grammy Awards in 2015.[25]

Track listing[edit]

3."Little Red Wagon"
4."Smokin' and Drinkin'" (featuring Little Big Town)5:30
  • Galyon
  • Hemby
  • Robbins
  • Lambert
  • Galyon
  • Hemby
7."Bathroom Sink"Lambert4:05
8."Old Shit"
9."All That's Left" (featuring The Time Jumpers)
10."Gravity Is a Bitch"
  • Lambert
  • Scotty Wray
11."Babies Makin' Babies"
  • Galyon
  • Hemby
  • Robbins
12."Somethin' Bad" (duet with Carrie Underwood)2:49
13."Holding on to You"4:32
14."Two Rings Shy"
15."Hard Staying Sober"
  • Lambert
  • Hemby
  • Laird
16."Another Sunday in the South"
  • Lambert
  • Alexander
  • Monroe
Total length:58:15




  • Chuck Ainlay – Engineer, Mixing
  • Dave Bianco – Engineer
  • Paul Cossette – Assistant
  • Brittany Hamlin – Production coordination
  • Kam Luchterhand – Assistant
  • Gavin Lurssen – Mastering
  • Randee St. Nicholas – Photography
  • Matt Rausch – Engineer
  • Leslie Richter – Assistant
  • Brandon Schexnayder – Assistant
  • Matt Wheeler – Engineer


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2014–15) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[26] 8
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[27] 1
UK Country Albums Chart[28] 2
US Billboard 200[29] 1
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[30] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
US Billboard 200[31] 30
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[32] 8
Chart (2015) Position
US Billboard 200[33] 76
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[34] 15


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[35] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


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  3. ^ "Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood Ace "Something Bad"". CMT. June 4, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
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  10. ^ Macpherson, Alex (June 12, 2014). "Miranda Lambert: Platinum review – righteous swagger from country star". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
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