Storm Warning (song)

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"Storm Warning"
Storm Warning (Hunter Hayes song - cover art).jpg
Single by Hunter Hayes
from the album Hunter Hayes
Released May 16, 2011 (2011-05-16)
Format Digital download
Genre Country
Length 3:59
Label Atlantic
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Hunter Hayes singles chronology
"Storm Warning"
(2011)
"Wanted"
(2012)

"Storm Warning" is the debut song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Hunter Hayes. It was released in May 2011 as the first single from his debut album Hunter Hayes. Hayes co-wrote the song with Gordie Sampson and busbee.[1]

Content[edit]

The song is about a woman whom the singer compares to a hurricane, singing that he wishes that he had a "storm warning" for her.

Critical reception[edit]

Amanda Hensel of Taste of Country gave the song an eight out of ten rating, describing it as "light and airy, upbeat and catchy, but easy for anyone to relate to" while adding that "it's inevitable that Hayes is about to take country music by storm."[2] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song three stars out of five, writing that the song has a "clever enough lyric, magnetic melody and charisma to burn, both vocally and melodically."[3] Storm Warning also picked up a Top 50 Song award during the 2012 BMI awards.[4][5]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Brian Lazzaro and premiered in April 2011.[6] It features Hayes playing various instruments such as the guitar, drums, and banjo as he sings the song.

Chart performance[edit]

"Storm Warning" debuted at number 60 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of May 14, 2011.[7] It also debuted at number 98 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of November 12, 2011.

Chart (2011–12) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 78

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[10] 80
Chart (2012) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 66

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

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

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Conaway, Alanna (June 15, 2011). "Hunter Hayes, 'Storm Warning' – Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Hensel, Amanda (April 21, 2011). "Hunter Hayes, 'Storm Warning' – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (August 12, 2011). "Hunter Hayes - "Storm Warning"". Roughstock. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://repertoire.bmi.com/artist.asp?page=1&blnWriter=True&blnPublisher=True&blnArtist=True&fromrow=1&torow=25&keyID=76840&keyname=HAYES%20HUNTER&querytype=ArtistID
  5. ^ http://www.theboot.com/2012/10/31/bmi-awards-2012/
  6. ^ "CMT : Videos : Hunter Hayes : Storm Warning". Country Music Television. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ Morris, Edward (May 7, 2011). "Sara Evans Has Top Song With "A Little Bit Stronger"". Country Music Television. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Hunter Hayes – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Hunter Hayes.
  9. ^ "Hunter Hayes – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Hunter Hayes.
  10. ^ "Best of 2011: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  12. ^ "American single certifications – Hunter Hayes – Storm Warning". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 30, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH