Don't Let Me Be Lonely

"Don't Let Me Be Lonely" is a song recorded by American country music group The Band Perry. It was released in August 2013 as the third single from their second album, Pioneer. The song was written by Sarah Buxton, Rodney Clawson and Chris Tompkins.[1]

"Don't Let Me Be Lonely"
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Single by The Band Perry
from the album Pioneer
ReleasedAugust 26, 2013 (2013-08-26)
GenreCountry, country pop, heartland rock
Length4:11 (album version/music video)
LabelRepublic Nashville
Songwriter(s)Sarah Buxton
Rodney Clawson
Chris Tompkins
Producer(s)Dann Huff
The Band Perry singles chronology
"Done"
(2013)
"Don't Let Me Be Lonely"
(2013)
"Chainsaw"
(2014)

Critical receptionEdit

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song four and a half stars out of five, writing that "the latest track may not be as instantly catchy [as "If I Die Young"], but it’s every bit the sharp songwriting effort." Dukes also wrote that "Kimberly Perry is a talented vocalist capable of projecting a wide variety of emotions, but vulnerability may be what she does best. Producer Dann Huff is wise to give her plenty of space, including a breakdown before the song’s final chorus during which she delivers the most heartbreaking of lyrics."[2] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song four stars out of five, calling it "a savvy ballad that is lyrically deeper than its popish hooks suggest."[3]

Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe was less positive, giving the song a C grade. He wrote that "Kimberly Perry doesn’t sell it, and the odd contours that usually make her sound so distinct and interesting are nowhere to be found," while adding "the bland production doesn’t help matters, either."[4]

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Ben Krebs and premiered in October 2013.[5]

Chart performanceEdit

"Don't Let Me Be Lonely" debuted at number 51 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of August 31, 2013.[6] It also debuted at number 44 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of September 21, 2013. It also debuted at number 97 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of November 2, 2013. It also debuted at number 68 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of November 23, 2013. The song has sold 251,000 copies in the US as of January 2014.[7]

Chart (2013–14) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[8] 58
Canada Country (Billboard)[9] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 59
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[11] 2
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 9

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2013) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[13] 69
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[14] 88
Chart (2014) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[15] 59
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[16] 67

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Band Perry announce next single". Real Country 99-Nine. August 14, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Dukes, Billy (August 12, 2013). "The Band Perry, 'Don't Let Me Be Lonely' – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved September 11, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (July 29, 2013). "Single Review: The Band Perry - Don't Let Me Be Lonely". Roughstock. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Coyne, Kevin John (August 22, 2013). "Single Review: The Band Perry, "Don't Let Me Be Lonely"". Country Universe. Retrieved September 11, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "CMT: Videos : The Band Perry : Don't Let Me Be Lonely". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 2, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (August 24, 2013). "Luke Bryan Explodes at No. 1 on Billboard 200". Country Music Television. Retrieved September 11, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2013-01-15). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - January 15, 2014: Luke Bryan, Lucy Hale, Eric Church, Cassadee Pope, Scotty McCreery". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 2014-01-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "The Band Perry Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "The Band Perry Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "The Band Perry Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "The Band Perry Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "The Band Perry Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Billboard Country Update for December 16, 2013" (PDF). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. December 16, 2013. p. 21. Retrieved December 17, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Best of 2014: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Best of 2014: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved December 9, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)