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Heart Break (Lady Antebellum album)

Heart Break is the seventh studio album by American country pop trio Lady Antebellum. It was released on June 9, 2017, through Capitol Records Nashville. The album serves as the "spiritual follow-up" to 2010's Need You Now[1] and is their first release since 2014's 747, with its three-year gap being the longest between two albums by the group to date. "You Look Good" was released in January 2017 as the record's lead single and has since become the group's thirteenth top 10 single on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Heart Break
Lady Antebellum - Heart Break (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 9, 2017 (2017-06-09)
Recorded2016–17
GenreCountry
LabelCapitol Nashville
Producerbusbee
Lady Antebellum chronology
747
(2014)
Heart Break
(2017)
Ocean
(2019)
Singles from Heart Break
  1. "You Look Good"
    Released: January 19, 2017
  2. "Heart Break"
    Released: September 25, 2017

BackgroundEdit

In 2015, Lady Antebellum began experiencing declining success with the singles released from their sixth studio album, 747 (2014), which the band attributes to a "fatigue" amongst fans and radio programmers.[1] After the completion of their accompanying Wheels Up Tour, the group announced a short hiatus from both recording and touring.[1][2] During this time, the members all worked on individual projects – Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott on their solo debuts The Driver and Love Remains, respectively, and Dave Haywood on the production of Post Monroe's debut EP.[2] When the group returned to work on their next album, they spent a month in Los Angeles, California and recruited pop producer busbee to oversee the project.[2] The album was written and recorded primarily in Florida and California,[3] due to the group feeling creatively stifled in Nashville.[4]

SinglesEdit

"You Look Good" was released to digital retailers on January 19, 2017, as the album's first single. The song impacted American country radio on January 23.[5] "You Look Good" scored a "hot shot debut" of number 27 on the Country Airplay chart dated February 4, 2017, and has since peaked within the top 20. The song entered the Hot Country Songs chart at number 41. Following the group's performance of the single at the 2016 ACM Awards on April 2, 2017,[6] "You Look Good" rose twelve positions to number 9 (on the chart dated April 22, 2017).[7] This earned Lady Antebellum their thirteenth top 10 hit on that chart, and first since "Bartender" in 2014.[8] The song rose to number 8 on the Hot Country Songs chart (on the chart dated July 1, 2017). On the chart dated July 15, 2017, "You Look Good" rose into the top 10 of the Country Airplay chart. It has since peaked at number 4.[9][10]

The title track, "Heart Break", was released as a digital promotional single on May 12, 2017.[11] It was released to American country radio stations on September 25, 2017, as the second official single.[12]

Promotional singlesEdit

The second promotional single, "Somebody Else's Heart", was released on May 19, 2017.[13]

The third promotional single, "This City", was released on May 26, 2017.[14]

The fourth promotional single, "Hurt", was released on June 2, 2017.[15]

ReceptionEdit

Commercial performanceEdit

Heart Break debuted at number four on the US Billboard 200 with 53,000 album-equivalent units, of which 47,000 were pure album sales.[16] It has sold 170,200 copies as of December 2018.[17]

AccoladesEdit

Year Association Category Result
2017 Academy of Country Music Awards Album of the Year[citation needed] Nominated
Country Music Association Awards Album of the Year[citation needed] Nominated
2018 Grammy Awards[18] Best Country Album Nominated
Best Country Duo/Group Performance – "You Look Good" Nominated

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Heart Break"3:07
2."You Look Good"3:01
3."Somebody Else's Heart"
3:32
4."This City"
  • Haywood
  • Kelley
  • Scott
  • Sara Haze
  • Will Weatherly
3:04
5."Hurt"
  • Jon Green
  • Melissa Pierce
  • Ben West
3:46
6."Army"
  • Haywood
  • Kelley
  • Scott
  • busbee
  • Galyon
3:17
7."Good Time to Be Alive"
  • Haywood
  • Kelley
  • Scott
  • busbee
  • Weatherly
  • Emily Weisband
3:11
8."Think About You"
  • Haywood
  • Scott
  • Haze
  • Weatherly
3:09
9."Big Love in a Small Town"
  • Haywood
  • Kelley
  • Scott
  • Galyon
  • Jordan Reynolds
3:46
10."The Stars"
  • Haywood
  • Kelley
  • Scott
  • busbee
3:23
11."Teenage Heart"
  • Haywood
  • Kelley
  • Scott
  • Green
3:40
12."Home"
  • Haywood
  • Kelley
  • Scott
  • busbee
2:58
13."Famous"
3:50
Total length:43:44

PersonnelEdit

Adapted from AllMusic.[19]

Lady Antebellum

Additional musicians

  • Eric Barvinder – viola
  • Charlie Bisharat – violin
  • Jacob Braun – cello
  • busbee – bass guitar, Hammond B-3 organ, mellotron, piano, synthesizer, background vocals
  • Paul Bushnell – bass guitar
  • David Campbell – string arrangements
  • Matt Chamberlain – cymbals, drums, percussion
  • Paul Franklinpedal steel guitar
  • Jesse Frasure – synthesizer
  • Jon Green – keyboards, percussion, background vocals
  • Sara Haze – background vocals
  • Sean Hurley – bass guitar, background vocals
  • Songa Lee – violin
  • Russ Pahl – pedal steel guitar
  • Garrett Parales – electric guitar
  • Jordan Reynolds – piano
  • Michelle Richards – violin
  • Justin Schipper – Dobro
  • Aaron Sterling – drums, percussion, tom-toms, background vocals
  • Mark Trussell – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synthesizer
  • Nick Vayenas – trombone, trumpet
  • Josefina Vergara – violin
  • Will Weatherly – synthesizer, background vocals
  • Emily Weisband – background vocals
  • Derek Wells – banjo, dobro, electronic mandolin, electric guitar, mandolin, background vocals
  • Ben West – synthesizer

Production and artwork

  • Adam Ayan – mastering
  • Sean R. Badum – assistant engineer
  • busbee – engineer, producer, programming
  • Matt Chamberlin – programming
  • Dave Clauss – digital editing, programming
  • Callie Cunningham – art direction
  • Eric Ray Davis – photography
  • John Edwards – assistant engineer
  • Jesse Frasure – programming
  • Douglas Gledhill – design, layout
  • Dave Haywood – art direction
  • Charles Kelley – art direction
  • Ryan McCann – design, layout
  • Daniel Miller – art direction
  • Justin Niebank – mixing
  • Charlie Paakkari – engineer
  • Justin Schipper – engineer
  • Hillary Scott – art direction
  • Melissa Spillman – production assistant
  • Mark Trussell – engineer
  • Nick Vayenas – engineer
  • Will Weatherly – programming
  • Brian David Willis – digital editing

ChartsEdit

WeeklyEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 120
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[22] 140
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[23] 6
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[24] 64
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 83
Irish Albums (IRMA)[26] 44
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[27] 1
Scottish Albums (OCC)[28] 9
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[29] 18
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 14
UK Country Albums (OCC)[31] 2
US Billboard 200[32] 4
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[33] 1

Year-endEdit

Chart (2017) Position
Australian Country Albums (ARIA)[34] 11
US Billboard 200[35] 200
US Country Albums (Billboard)[36] 37

ReferencesEdit

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