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Millionaire (Chris Stapleton song)

"Millionaire" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton for his third studio album From A Room: Volume 2 (2018). It was written by Kevin Welch in 2002,[2] and soul singer Solomon Burke included it on his 2006 country music tribute album Nashville.

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Single by Chris Stapleton
from the album From A Room: Volume 2
ReleasedApril 23, 2018 (2018-04-23)[1]
FormatDigital download
StudioRCA Studio A
LabelMercury Nashville
Songwriter(s)Kevin Welch
Chris Stapleton singles chronology
"Say Something"

The song was released as a promotional single of Volume 2 on October 20, 2017,[3] and was released to country radio as the album's first single on April 23, 2018.[1] The song received a nomination for Best Country Solo Performance at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[4]


"Millionaire" is a mid-tempo soul-influenced heartland rock and country rock ballad driven by acoustic guitar.[5][6] Lyrically, the song is about "spare love" and appreciating relationship closeness over material wealth.[3][5] Stapleton sings on the chorus accompanied by his wife and collaborator, Morgane.[3]

The song is composed in the key of B-flat major with a slow tempo. It primarily follows the chord pattern B5-F5-Eadd9-B5-Eadd9-B5.[7]

Critical receptionEdit

Robert Crawford of Rolling Stone said the song "gets a swinging, Heartbreakers-worthy update by Stapleton and company," and considered Morgane's harmonies as "the song's secret weapon" which "trace her husband's melodies at every twist and turn."[5] Ari Shapiro of NPR felt Stapleton's reading of "Millionaire" "has a laidback, Petty-esque jangle and, thanks to the Stapletons' cozy harmonizing throughout, a feeling of equanimity."[8]

Commercial performanceEdit

The song has sold 250,000 copies in the United States as of April 2018.[9]

Live performancesEdit

On December 4, 2017, Stapleton performed "Millionaire" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and on December 6 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[10]



  1. ^ a b "Country > Future Releases". All Access. Archived from the original on April 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Russell, Scott (October 20, 2017). "Listen to Chris Stapleton's Heartfelt New Single, "Millionaire"". Paste. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Gage, Jeff (October 20, 2017). "Hear Chris Stapleton's Soulful New Song 'Millionaire'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 20, 2017.
  4. ^ "2019 GRAMMY Awards: Complete Nominations List". The Recording Academy. December 7, 2018. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Crawford, Robert (November 30, 2017). "Chris Stapleton's 'From A Room: Volume 2': Track-by-Track Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 30, 2017.
  6. ^ Davies, Mike (December 5, 2017). "Chris Stapleton – From A Room: Volume 2". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  7. ^ "'Millionaire' sheet music". Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Shapiro, Ari (December 1, 2017). "Chris Stapleton Dives Into His Archives For 'From A Room: Volume 2'". NPR. Retrieved December 1, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  9. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 15, 2019). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: April 15, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  10. ^ Hudak, Joseph (December 6, 2017). "See Chris Stapleton Perform a Soaring 'Millionaire' on 'Ellen'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 11, 2018.
  11. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  14. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "Chris Stapleton Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  16. ^ "Hot Country Songs – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2018.

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