American country music artist Sam Hunt . It was released to
country radio by MCA Nashville on September 21, 2015 as the
fourth single from his debut studio album, Montevallo (2014).
Background and composition
The song has country and R&B influence, which Hunt expressed
in an article with Billboard. Shane McAnally said of the influence:
"It's a model that I think many people could learn from, because
you are still evolving as an artist along the way. Just because you
put music out, it doesn't mean that is where you stop for the next
year." Hunt then discussed the process of making the song,
saying it was born when he was "singing that chorus melody late
one night while riding around trying to come up with song
ideas." He originally "didn't want to write anymore break up
songs," but the melody of the song changed his mind, saying it
"fit too perfectly not to go with it."
Hunt "sing-talks" during the verses of the song similar to R&B
singer Frank Ocean 's method in his song " Thinkin Bout You;" the
chorus is then met with elements of dubstep .
Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song a favorable review
and observed the song as "likely the wordiest song of 2015" and
Hunt's "most genre-bending release to country radio", adding "Any
talk of which genre Hunt belongs in misses the point. His story
hits hard. It's deep and emotional and sincere and all the things
we expect from a great country song."
The music video was directed by Tim Mattia and premiered in
The song debuted on the Hot Country Songs at No. 30 for the
chart dated August 30, 2014, the week his EP X2C was released,
with 24,000 copies sold. All four songs from the EP debuted
on the chart, with "Ex to See", " House Party ", and "Break Up in a
Small Town" doing so exclusively through digital sales. It also
debuted at No. 16 on the Country Digital Songs chart. Following
its released as a single from Montevallo, the song became Hunt's
fourth consecutive top-three hit on Hot Country Songs. The song
was certified Gold by the RIAA on September 3, 2015, and
Platinum on December 17, 2015. As of February 2016, the song
has sold 1,101,000 downloads.
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