Shotgun (George Ezra song)

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"Shotgun"
George Ezra - Shotgun cover.jpeg
Single by George Ezra
from the album Staying at Tamara's
Released18 May 2018
FormatDigital download
GenreFolk rock[1]
Length3:26
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
George Ezra singles chronology
"Paradise"
(2018)
"Shotgun"
(2018)
"Hold My Girl"
(2018)
Music video
"Shotgun" on YouTube

"Shotgun" is a song by English singer-songwriter George Ezra. The song was written by Ezra and Joel Pott and produced by Cam Blackwood. It was released as a digital download on 18 May 2018, as the third single from Ezra's second studio album Staying at Tamara's.[2][3][4]

The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Ezra's first number-one song in the United Kingdom, and was certified platinum in the country. In addition, it topped the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia, also becoming Ezra's first number-one there, as well as the Irish Singles Chart, New Zealand Singles Chart and the Scottish Singles Chart. The song was used in RTÉ's advertising campaign for the 2018 Galway Races. It is also used in a Commonwealth Bank commercial in Australia for their sponsorship of Women's Cricket called "20 Not Out."

Background and composition[edit]

"Shotgun" was one of the first songs Ezra wrote for his second studio album, Staying at Tamara's. He penned the track after spending time on top of Montjuïc in Barcelona, the city which had previously been the source of inspiration for his 2015 single of the same name, and Ezra chose to take a break there after struggling to unwind following touring his debut album, Wanted on Voyage.[5] He told The Sun, "Halfway up [the mountain], there is a hotel with a nice garden. A lot of days I'd walk halfway up and just sit in the beautiful garden. I looked around and everyone was just doing their own thing, trying to figure out their lives. I kind of felt like, 'Well, what I need to do is take myself away and see if I can make any more sense of (what I'm feeling). And I ended up going to Barcelona for a month, and I just stayed in one place instead of travelling around. It was lovely, and I think that's when I realized that it was like, an anxious feeling that I had."[5]

"Shotgun" is originally in the key of F major, with a tempo of 116 beats per minute and a chord progression of F–B–Dm–C.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

In a review for NME, Rhian Daly described the song as "anthemic" with a "balmy sound".[7]

Music video[edit]

A lyric video, which has Ezra performing the song in multiple locations, was first released on YouTube on 18 May 2018 and has over 117 million views as of December 2018.[8] The official music video was also released on YouTube on 14 June 2018 and has over 29 million views as of December 2018.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No.TitleLength
1."Shotgun"3:21
2."Shotgun" (acoustic version)3:24
3."Shotgun" (KVR Remix)2:57
4."Shotgun" (The Wild Remix)3:11
5."Shotgun" (Gerd Janson Remix)5:59

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[52] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[53] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[54] Gold 20,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[55] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[56] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[57] Gold 200,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[58] Platinum 20,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[59] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[60] Platinum 20,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[61] Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[62] 2× Platinum 1,200,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States 13 August 2018 Hot adult contemporary Columbia [63]
22 January 2019 Contemporary hit radio [64]

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