and songwriter Elle King for her debut studio album, Love Stuff
(2015). King co-wrote the song with its producer, Martin Johnson.
It serves as the album's second mainstream single and the third
overall (promoted concurrently with rock single " Under the
Influence "), and was serviced to hot adult contemporary radio in
the United States through RCA Records on February 8, 2016.
"America's Sweetheart" is a country pop and country rock
song instrumented predominately by the banjo with a beat
influenced by electronic dance music . The song's lyrics speak
to the idea of nonconformity, with King outlining her unique
qualities that conflict with the ideal persona of "America's
sweetheart" and asserting that she refuses to change for anyone.
King employs a belting technique on the chorus.
King performed "America's Sweetheart" during appearances on
The Ellen Degeneres Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy
Fallon, both airing February 11, 2016.