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"Give Me Back My Hometown" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Eric Church. It was released in January 2014 as the second single from his 2014 album The Outsiders. The song reached number one on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart in May 2014. It also peaked at number 4 on Hot Country Songs. Church wrote this song with Luke Laird.

"Give Me Back My Hometown"
GiveMeBackMyHometown.jpg
Single by Eric Church
from the album The Outsiders
ReleasedJanuary 7, 2014 (2014-01-07)[1]
FormatDigital download
Recorded2013
GenreCountry
Length4:12
LabelEMI Nashville
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Jay Joyce
Eric Church singles chronology
"The Outsiders"
(2013)
"Give Me Back My Hometown"
(2014)
"Cold One"
(2014)

Critical receptionEdit

Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the single 4 out of 5 stars, saying that "Jay Joyce’s production once again finds musically interesting things to do while Church earnestly sings about the loss of his hometown, not because it’s actually gone or changed but because the girl who helped it make it worthwhile has left him and the town back" and "for the middle of the road fan who likes the softer moments of Eric Church’s music…this one should easily be much more pleasing to them than "The Outsiders" was."[3]

Commercial performanceEdit

Eric Church had his best debut on the chart when the song entered at No. 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 39 on the Hot Country Songs during its first week, with 28,000 copies sold.[1][4] The following week, the song climbed to No. 55 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 25 on Hot Country Songs. The song also topped the Country Digital Song chart with over 61,000 copies sold.[5] The song then jumped to No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 on its 14th week of release, and No. 4 on the Hot Country Songs chart on its 15th. As of June 2014, "Give Me Back My Hometown" has sold 758,000 copies in the United States.[6]

The song also debuted at No. 61 on the Canadian Hot 100 during its first week and climbed to No. 30 the week after.

Music videoEdit

Peter Zavadil directed the accompanying music video for this song. According to The Boot, the video "features Church singing as an ominous story plays out, including a priest (Steven Michael Quezada)[7] presiding over a roadside funeral in a rundown part of town."[8]

In response to viewers' confusion over the meaning of the video's story, Church said that "[he] don't understand it either." It was later stated that the story would continue with the video for each single from the album.[9]

Chart performanceEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 30
Canada Country (Billboard)[11] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 36
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[13] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[14] 4

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2014) Position
Canada Canadian Hot 100[15] 94
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[16] 27
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[17] 15

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Gold 40,000*
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000  / 758,000[6]

*sales figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Wade Jessen, Nashville (January 9, 2014). "Eric Church Logs Best Debut On Hot Country Songs". Billboard.
  2. ^ "Give Me Back My Hometown". AllMusic. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 3, 2014). "Single Review: Eric Church — 'Give Me Back My Hometown'". Roughstock. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 15, 2013). "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 January 18, 2014.
  5. ^ Conaway, Alanna (January 24, 2013). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - January 22, 2014: Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Cassadee Pope, Scotty McCreery Tops". Roughstock. Archived from the original on January 26, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Roland, Tom (July 2, 2014). "Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Eric Church Lead SoundScan Mid-Year Country Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  7. ^ Hansen, Dave J. (19 January 2014). "Video Breakdown: Eric Church's 'Give Me Back My Hometown'". Don't Pop The Music. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  8. ^ Thompson, Gayle (January 18, 2014). "Eric Church Releases 'Give Me Back My Hometown' Video". The Boot. Retrieved January 27, 2014.
  9. ^ http://theboot.com/eric-church-video-give-me-back-my-hometown/
  10. ^ "Eric Church Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Eric Church Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Eric Church Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Eric Church Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Eric Church Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Best of 2014: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  16. ^ "Best of 2014: Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  17. ^ "Best of 2014: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2014.
  18. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Eric Church – Give Me Back My Hometown". Music Canada. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  19. ^ "American single certifications – Eric Church – Give Me Back My Hometown". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 21, 2015. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.