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"Automatic" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Miranda Lambert. It was released in February 2014 and served as the lead single from her fifth studio album, Platinum. Lambert co-wrote the song with Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby. It was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance and for Best Country Song.

"Automatic"
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Single by Miranda Lambert
from the album Platinum
ReleasedFebruary 17, 2014
FormatMusic download
GenreCountry
Length4:07
LabelRCA Nashville
Songwriter(s)Nicolle Galyon
Natalie Hemby
Miranda Lambert
Producer(s)Frank Liddell
Glenn Worf
Miranda Lambert singles chronology
"We Were Us"
(2013)
"Automatic"
(2014)
"Somethin' Bad"
(2014)
Music videos
"Automatic" on YouTube

ContentEdit

"Automatic" is a mid-tempo country song that is built around lyrics of nostalgia and remembering the days "back before everything became automatic." Written by Lambert along with Nicolle Galyon and Natalie Hemby, the lyrics reference such things as pocket watches, payphones, radios, and sending letters in the mail as examples of everyday things that have since been phased out by newer technology.[1][2]

Lambert said that the song is "about slowing down, taking a breath and remembering what it's like to live life a little more simply. It's not about going back, but reminiscing about what it was like to hang laundry on the line and wait for it to dry and my dad teaching me how to drive my '55 Chevy that I still have but don't drive nearly enough. The song brings back good memories and it reminds me to take a deep breath and to remember that getting there is half the fun."[3]

Canadian country artist Carolyn Dawn Johnson provides harmony vocals on the song.[2]

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Trey Fanjoy and premiered on March 24, 2014.[4] In it, Lambert is shown going through a trunk in her attic full of keepsakes, pulling out things such as old letters and photographs, jewelry, and a cassette player. Meanwhile, Lambert is seen performing the song with her acoustic guitar on a porch and driving around the countryside in her '55 Chevy, taking in the rural landscape.

At the 2014 CMT Music Awards, Lambert's song "Automatic" won Female Video of the Year, giving Lambert her fifth consecutive win in the category.[5]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Academy of Country Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 "Automatic" Song of the Year Won
2015 "Automatic" Single of the Year Nominated

Country Music Association AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 "Automatic" Song of the Year Nominated
2014 "Automatic" Single of the Year Won
2014 "Automatic" Music Video of the Year Nominated

CMT Music AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2014 "Automatic" Video of the Year Nominated
2014 "Automatic" Female Video of the Year Won

Grammy AwardsEdit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 "Automatic" Best Country Solo Performance Nominated
2015 "Automatic" Best Country Song Nominated

Chart performanceEdit

"Automatic" debuted at number 26 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the chart dated February 22, 2014, making it Lambert's highest-debuting single at that time. The song has sold 473,000 copies in the U.S. as of June 2014.[6]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[7] 34
Canada Country (Billboard)[8] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 35
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[10] 3
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 4

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2014) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[12] 14
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[13] 29

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Amy Sciarretto (February 1, 2014). "Miranda Lambert Announces 'Automatic' as First Single From Fifth Album". Taste of Country. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Tom Roland (February 21, 2014). "Miranda Lambert Finds Emotional Losses Among Technology's Gains". Billboard. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  3. ^ Mike Ayers (February 6, 2014). "Miranda Lambert 'Slows Down' on New Single 'Automatic'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "CMT : Videos : Miranda Lambert : Automatic". Country Music Television. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.cmt.com/news/country-music/1728022/miranda-lambert-captures-female-video-honor-at-2014-cmt-music-awards.jhtml
  6. ^ Alanna Conaway (June 25, 2014). "Country Chart News: The Top 30 Digital Singles For June 25, 2014". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 2014-07-02.
  7. ^ "Miranda Lambert Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  8. ^ "Miranda Lambert Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  9. ^ "Miranda Lambert Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  10. ^ "Miranda Lambert Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  11. ^ "Miranda Lambert Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
  12. ^ "Best of 2014: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  13. ^ "Best of 2014: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Miranda Lambert – Automatic". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 10, 2014. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.