Need You Now is the second studio album from country music group Lady Antebellum. The album was released on January 26, 2010, via Capitol Nashville. It is the follow-up album to their 2008 self-titled RIAA Platinum certified debut album. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 481,000 copies sold in its first week. It has been certified 3x platinum by the RIAA. On February 13, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album and was nominated for Album of the Year, whereas the single "Need You Now" won four awards, including Song of the Year and Record of the Year.http 14 February 2011 6:27 PM NZT
"Need You Now", the first single, debuted at number 50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in August 2009. For the chart week of October 26, 2009, the song became their second Number One single on the Radio & Records Country Singles chart, and for the week of November 28, it became their second Number One single on the Hot Country Songs chart in the United States, as issued by Billboard. After the trio's performance of the song at the Country Music Association Awards, it climbed to a number five peak on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming and experienced a surge in sales after the 52nd Grammy Awards, peaking at number two, their highest peaking single on the Hot 100 and pop charts. As of April 14, 2010, it has been certified 2× Platinum by the RIAA.
The song was used in the first episode of the TV show Hellcats.
"American Honey", the second single, debuted at number 47 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week of January 2, 2010, before its initial release date of January 11, 2010. In April 2010, the song became their third consecutive Number One single, as well as third Top 30 single on the Billboard Hot 100.
In the United Kingdom and Europe (except from Germany), "I Run to You" was the second single taken from the International Edition of the album. It was released on 9 August 2010 in support of their debut UK live show at Shepherd's Bush Empire.
"Our Kind of Love" was confirmed as the third single off the album. The song was released as a promotional single on January 10, 2010, and received its official release as the set's third single in late May.
"Hello World", the album's fourth single, was released to radio on October 4, 2010.
Bonus download songs
Each month on ladyantebellum.com, a new song becomes available to all that bought a CD, digital-download, or passcode version of the albumhttp
#"Need You Now" (Acoustic) (Haywood, Kear, Kelley, Scott) — (Jan/Feb)
#"I Run to You" (Acoustic) (Haywood, Kelley, Scott, Douglas) — (March)
#"American Honey" (Live) (Barlowe, Lindsey, Stevens) — (April)
#"Our Kind of Love" (Live) (Haywood, Kelley, Scott, Busbee) — (May)
#"Stars Tonight" (Live) (Powell, Haywood, Kelley, Scott) — (June)
#"All We'd Ever Need" (Live) (Haywood, Kelley, Scott) — (July)
#"Do I" (Live) (Bryan, Kelley, Haywood) — (August)
#"When You Got a Good Thing" (Live) (Haywood, Kelly, Rutherford, Scott) - (September)
#"Slow Down Sister" (Live) (Haywood, Kelly, Gambill, Shaw) - (October)
#"Love's Lookin' Good On You" (Live) (Deere, Lopez, Shaw) - (November)
#"Hello World" (Live) (Douglas, Lane, Lee) - (December)
Reviews for the album have been generally positive according to Metacritic, with an average score of 63 out of 100.. Giving it four stars out of five, Jessica Phillips wrote in Country Weekly magazine that the group "certainly need have no fear of a sophomore slump" due to the success of "Need You Now". She also said that the album showed the trio's "ability to craft memorable country pop hooks," but added that "not every song works on this record."
Allmusic reviewer Thom Jurek wrote that on this album "they stick very close to the formula of their debut: a slew of mid- and uptempo love songs, a sad ballad, and a couple of rocked-up good-time tunes — all self-written with some help from some of Nashville's most respected writers." He also went on to say that the album was "flawless in its songwriting, production, and performances." Mikael Wood of Entertainment Weekly said, "they're most successful when they keep to the moody minor key stuff" and gave the album a B+.
Crystal Bell, writing for Billboard was also positive in her review citing Kelley's vocal slyness and the delicate arrangement of the track, "Ready to Love Again", also noting "the trio's musical growth."http February 3, 2010
Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine was less positive.
Allegations that the song stole from The Alan Parsons Project's song 'Eye in the Sky' have been widespread online, and representatives for Parsons commented.http
Need You Now debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first week sales of 481,000. It is the third best-selling album of 2010, behind I Dreamed a Dream by Susan Boyle and Recovery by rapper Eminem.http As of the chart dated February 19, 2011, the album has sold 3,175,500 copies in the US.
Due to the band winning 5 grammies, Need You Now debuted at No. 24 on the German Albums Chart in February 2011, 9 months after the release of the album.httphttp
Chart precession and succession
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Lady Antebellum is a country music group formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006. The trio is composed of Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals), Dave Haywood (background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin) and Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals). The group made its debut in 2007 as guest vocalists on Jim Brickman's single "Never Alone", before signing to Capitol Records Nashville and releasing "Love Don't Live Here". The song, which nearly reached the top due to its breakthrough performance by the group, peaked at #3 on the Hot Country Songs chart in May 2008, served as the first single to the group's self-titled debut album. Certified platinum in the U.S., the album also includes the singles "Lookin' for a Good Time" and "I Run to You", the latter of which became the group's first Number One in July 2009. "Need You Now," was released in mid-2009 and was the first single off the band's new album released in January 2010; it was also the group's second number one single. "American Honey", the second single from Need You Now, was released in January 2010, and became their 4th top 10 single, as well as their third #1 single. "Our Kind of Love", the album's third single, was released in May 2010, and became their fourth consecutive Number One on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Lady Antebellum has been awarded Top New Duo or Group in 2009 by the Academy of Country Music and New Artist of the Year in 2008 by the Country Music Association. They were nominated for two Grammy Awards at the 2009 51st Grammy Awards; and two more at the 2010 52nd Grammy Awards. Of these nominations, they took home the award for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals for "I Run to You". More recently on April 18, 2010, the group was awarded Top Vocal Group, Song of the Year ("Need You Now"), and Single of the Year ("Need You Now") at the 45th ACM Awards. The group won five awards at the 53rd Grammy Awards, including the coveted Song of the Year and Record of the Year for Need You Now.
Lady Antebellum was formed in 2006, in Nashville, Tennessee, by Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott. Scott is the daughter of country music singer Linda Davis, and Charles Kelley is the brother of pop and country artist Josh Kelley. It was these family connections and music industry ties that helped launch the band. Kelley moved to Nashville in mid-2005 from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he had been working construction with his brother John. Trying to become a successful solo country artist, Kelley convinced his old middle-school classmate, Haywood, to move to Nashville from Georgia in 2006 so they could write music together. Shortly thereafter, Scott recognized Kelley from MySpace, and they started to talk at a Nashville music club. Kelley invited Scott to join him and Haywood in the new group, which assumed the name Lady Antebellum. On the BBC Radio 2 Drivetime Show on the 9 August 2010, the band explained to the host, Liza Tarbuck, that the name Antebellum comes from when the group were photographing "antebellum" homes. The antebellum architectural style describes the large plantation homes in the American South. "Antebellum" more commonly refers to pre-Civil War America, especially the pre-Civil War culture in the slave holding southern states. While photographing the houses one of the group said that there's a great band name in there, and they adopted the Lady Antebellum name shortly after. The trio then began performing at local venues in Nashville before being signed in July 2007 to a recording contract with Capitol Records Nashville. In an interview with Sirius Satellite Radio, Scott claimed she was rejected from the hit show American Idol two times, not even making it past the first round.
2007–2008: Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum 2008.jpgthumbrightLady Antebellum performs in concert in 2008, showing Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott
Shortly after the trio signed to the label, adult contemporary artist Jim Brickman chose Lady Antebellum to sing on his 2007 single "Never Alone," which reached #14 on the Billboard adult contemporary charts. In mid-2007, Lady Antebellum also wrote a song for the MTV reality television series The Hills.
Their solo debut single "Love Don't Live Here" was released in September 2007, with a music video for the song following in December. This song was the lead-off single to the band's self-titled debut album. Released on April 15, 2008, Lady Antebellum was produced by Paul Worley along with Victoria Shaw, a Nashville songwriter and former solo artist. "Love Don't Live Here" reached #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The album itself was the first album by a new duo or group to debut at Number One on the Billboard Top Country Albums charts.
A second single, "Lookin' for a Good Time", was issued in June 2008 and peaked at #11 in December. In addition, Lady Antebellum was signed as an opening act on Martina McBride's Waking Up Laughing Tour in 2008.
Lady Antebellum also contributed the song "I Was Here" to the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack, a song which peaked at #24 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 based on downloads. In December 2008, their rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" peaked at #3 on the same chart. Their third official single, "I Run to You", was released in January 2009. It eventually became the trio's first Number One in July 2009.
On October 7, 2009 their debut album was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipments of one million copies in the United States.
Haywood and Kelley co-wrote labelmate Luke Bryan's 2009 single "Do I", on which Scott also sings backing vocals. This song is the first single from Bryan's second studio album "Doin' My Thing", which was released on October 6, 2009.
2009–2010: Need You Now
In August 2009, the group released their fourth single, "Need You Now", the lead-off single and title track to their second studio album. It debuted at #50 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and became their second Number One hit on the charts for the week of November 28, 2009. The song also reached a peak of #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was a number-one hit on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart, making it a crossover hit. A second single, "American Honey", was released to radio on January 11, 2010 and would become their third #1 hit. "Our Kind of Love" was released as the third single from the album on May 31, 2010 and became a #1 single in September 2010. Their fourth single from this album, "Hello World", was officially released on October 4, 2010.
The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts for the week of February 2, 2010, selling 480,922 copies in the first week. Four weeks after the album's release, it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
On April 28, 2010, they performed on the results show of American Idol, performing "Need You Now".
On September 20, 2010, they launched their first headlining tour, "Need You Now 2010" in Orlando, Florida.
On October 28, 2010, they performed the National Anthem before Game 2 at the 2010 World Series.
Lady Antebellum appeared on the 44th Annual Country Music Awards on November 10, 2010.
The week of January 9, 2011, the group ventured into the studio to begin recording for their third studio album. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Charles Kelley said, "We actually just went ahead and decided we’re gonna take two, two and a half months straight in the studio to create this thing and not have all this distraction. Hopefully that will be a good thing".http He goes on to say that the group has around 50 songs which they plan to choose from along with songs from other songwriters. However, he singles out a song called "Dancing Away With My Heart" as one the band is particularly excited about, a song that the group co-wrote with Josh Kear, who previously wrote with the group on their hit "Need You Now."
Awards and nominations
LadyAntebellumAwardsApr10.jpgthumbrightLady Antebellum in April 2010
Since Lady Antebellum won the Country Music Association Awards New Artist of the Year award in 2008, they have accumulated seven more awards, including their first Grammy in 2010 for Best Country Performance by Duo or Group with Vocals. At the 2009 CMA's, the group ended Rascal Flatts' six-year reign as Vocal Group of the Year. At the 2010 CMA's, the group became the first artist in CMA Award history to receive the Single of the Year honor for two consecutive years.
At the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, the trio won the Song of the Year, beating "Love The Way You Lie" performed by Eminem and Rihanna.Allen, Floyd. "". Published by the . Retrieved: February 15, 2011.
*Lady Antebellum (2008)
*Need You Now (2010)
*iTunes Session (2010)
*A Merry Little Christmas (2010)
*"I Run to You" (2009)
*"Need You Now" (2009–2010)
*"American Honey" (2010)
*"Our Kind of Love" (2010)
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