Take Your Time (Sam Hunt song)

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"Take Your Time"
Take Your Time Sam Hunt.jpg
Digital single cover
Single by Sam Hunt
from the album Montevallo
Released November 24, 2014 (2014-11-24)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2014
Genre
Length
  • 4:02 (album version)
  • 3:38 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Sam Hunt singles chronology
"Leave the Night On"
(2014)
"Take Your Time"
(2014)
"House Party"
(2015)

"Leave the Night On"
(2014)
"Take Your Time"
(2014)
"House Party"
(2015)
Music video
"Take Your Time" on YouTube
Alternative cover
Radio single cover
Radio single cover

"Take Your Time" is a song co-written and recorded by American singer Sam Hunt. It was released to country radio, by MCA Nashville on November 24, 2014 as the second single from his debut studio album Montevallo (2014). Capitol Records headed the song's further promotion to pop and adult pop radio stations in the spring of 2015.[3] The song became Hunt's second consecutive single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in February 2015.[4] The song was written by Hunt, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

Content[edit]

The song is a mid-tempo ballad with a "half-spoken, half-sung delivery" about a man approaching a woman and expressing a desire to know her more closely.[5] It was written by Hunt, Josh Osborne, and Shane McAnally, and was produced by McAnally and Zach Crowell.

Critical reception[edit]

Giving it an "A", Jon Freeman of Country Weekly noted the "futuristic production" and said "It's an incredibly seductive bit of songcraft, heightened by the way Sam confidently glides from his breathy speaking voice to his silky smooth, R&B-influenced vocal instrument".[5] Billy Dukes of Taste of Country also gave the song a positive review, saying that "As a singer, the Georgia-born ex-footballer holds his own, but doesn’t make any attempts to prove he’s the next Ronnie Dunn. Vocally, he’s more about style than power on ‘Take Your Time,’ a sincere ballad about meeting a beautiful woman at the bar."[6] Website For The Country Record was less favorable, praising Hunt's vocals but criticizing the lack of a country influence.[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Tim Mattia and premiered on March 13, 2015. The video's storyline involving domestic violence is much different than that of the song's wherein a young man wanting simply to talk to a young woman at a bar.[8]

In the video, Hunt's character witnesses several instances of a tattooed man abusing his young girlfriend in public, including at a biker bar and a coin-operated laundry. Together, the two have a baby. Hunt and several others see the witness but do nothing. Then, near the end of the video, the woman tries to leave with her baby, when the boyfriend comes outside to stop her. When he begins hitting her, Hunt, who happens to be walking by the tattooed man's house, sees this and begins to fight with the man, keeping him occupied long enough to give the woman and her baby time to drive away and escape the relationship.

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Take Your Time" debuted at number 55 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of November 29, 2014.[9] It also debuted at number 35 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week of November 15, 2014, and peaked at number one for the week of February 21, 2015.[4] It entered the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 93 for the week of January 17, 2015, and peaked at number 20, becoming Sam Hunt's second highest-charting single on the US Billboard Hot 100.[10] It also debuted at number 40 on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart for the week of April 25, 2015.[11] The song crossed over to additional pop formats in June, debuting at number thirty-seven on the Billboard Pop Songs chart and at number 28 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, respectively, for the week of June 13, 2015.[12] The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on March 11, 2015, Platinum status on April 14, 2015, and 2× Platinum on August 7, 2015.[13] The song reached its two million sales mark in the US in March 2016.[14]

The song has elsewhere charted in Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Lebanon, Italy, the Netherlands and Slovakia.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[41] 3× Platinum 240,000^
Italy (FIMI)[42] Platinum 50,000double-dagger
Netherlands (NVPI)[43] 3× Platinum 120,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 4× Platinum 2,001,000[14]

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

Cover versions[edit]

"Take Your Time" was covered by American singer Adrian Marcel in 2015.[44]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Leight, Elias (October 30, 2014). "Album Review: Country Singer Sam Hunt Already Sounds Post-Country on His Debut Album". Billboard. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Trust, Gary (April 3, 2015). "Hot 100 Chart Moves: Rihanna Cashes In, Debuting in Top 25 With 'Money'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Jessen, Wade (12 February 2015). "Sam Hunt Scores Second No. 1 on Hot Country Songs, Heartland Returns". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Freeman, Jon (29 December 2014). "Reviews". Country Weekly. 21 (52): 69. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  6. ^ "Sam Hunt, 'Take Your Time' – ToC Critic's Pick [Listen]". Taste of Country. 18 November 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sam Hunt 'Take Your Time' – Single Review". For The Country Record. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Dunkerley, Beville (March 13, 2015). "See Sam Hunt Tackle Domestic Violence in 'Take Your Time' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ Trust, Gary (17 November 2014). "Chart Highlights: Maroon 5 Moves To No. 1 on Pop Songs With 'Animals'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Trust, Gary (3 April 2015). "Hot 100 Chart Moves: Rihanna Cashes In, Debuting in Top 25 With 'Money'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  11. ^ Trust, Gary (13 April 2015). "Chart Highlights: Wiz Khalifa Motors Onto Pop Songs With 'See You Again'". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 14 April 2015. 
  12. ^ Trust, Gary (1 June 2015). "Chart Highlights: Taylor Swift Ties Record as 'Bad Blood' Hits Pop Songs Top 10". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
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  14. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (March 7, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Chart: March 7, 2016". 
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sam Hunt – Take Your Time" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
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  22. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Sam Hunt – Take Your Time". Top Digital Download. Retrieved February 12, 2016.
  23. ^ "The Official Lebanese Top 20 - Sam Hunt". Olt20.com. 27 July 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
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  26. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201625 into search.
  27. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201509 into search.
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  29. ^ "Sam Hunt Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
  30. ^ "Sam Hunt Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 4, 2015.
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  33. ^ "Sam Hunt Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
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  35. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 2015" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
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  37. ^ "Adult Contemporary Songs: Year End 2015". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
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  40. ^ "Classifiche "Top of the Music" 2016 FIMI-GfK: La musica italiana in vetta negli album e nei singoli digitali" (Click on Scarica allegato to download the zipped file containing the year-end chart PDF documents) (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved February 23, 2017. 
  41. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Sam Hunt – Take Your Time". Music Canada. 
  42. ^ "Italian single certifications – Sam Hunt – Take Your Time" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. 
  43. ^ "Dutch single certifications – Sam Hunt – Take Your Time" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers.  Enter Take Your Time in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  44. ^ "New Music: Adrian Marcel - Take Your Time Cover". 24 October 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 

External links[edit]

"Sam Hunt - Take Your Time" music video on YouTube