Little Bit of Everything (song)
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Little Bit of Everything Song
"Little Bit of Everything"
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Single by Keith Urban
from the album Fuse
Released14 May 2013 (2013-05-14)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2013
GenreCountry
Length3:25
LabelCapitol Nashville
Keith Urban singles chronology
"Highway Don't Care"
(2013)
"Little Bit of Everything"
(2013)
"Shame"
(2013)

"Little Bit of Everything" is a song written by Brad Warren, Brett Warren, and Kevin Rudolf[1] and recorded by New Zealand-born Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It was released in May 2013[2] as the first single from Urban's 2013 album Fuse.[3][4] The song became Urban's first Top 40 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 since "Only You Can Love Me This Way" in 2009.

Content

"Little Bit of Everything" is about a man who expresses "a whole assortment of other desires to live life to its fullest."[5] The song's concept came from a conversation that songwriting duo The Warren Brothers (Brad Warren and Brett Warren) had with Kevin Rudolf over their varied musical interests. According to Brett, the song was sent to Urban, who is friends with the Warren Brothers, but he was initially unaware that they wrote it.[6]

Composition

Unlike on his last five albums, which he co-produced with Dann Huff, Urban co-produced this song with Nathan Chapman. As for the arrangement, Urban said that he found the song interesting because it put less emphasis on the chorus than on the verses, as opposed to most songs, in which the chorus is "kind of bigger."[5] The introduction features a ukulele that was "chopped up" to create a stuttering sound. This part was inspired by Madonna's 2001 single "Don't Tell Me".[7] The bass line is also played on a synthesizer, due to the first two bass guitarists that they contacted being unavailable.[8]

The song is set in the key of A-flat major with a main chord pattern of A-D-E. It has a moderately fast tempo in a 2/2 time signature.[9]

Urban says he got the name of the song from a dish on the menu at El San Jose, a Mexican restaurant in South Carolina. He overheard another customer saying, "I just want a little bit of everything" and got the idea for the song's chorus. The next thing he had to do was make a funky ukulele beat to go around it. Urban would personally like to thank Pablo (his waiter the night he ate there) for the song's inspiration.

Critical reception

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song three and a half stars out of five, writing that Urban "wraps his arms around the spirit of the song and doesn't try to make it something bigger than a catchy, feel-good, open-road anthem."[10] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song four stars out of five, saying that it "showcases a pop-leaning sound without abandoning the style that Keith Urban has come to be known for."[11]

Music video

The music video was directed by Isaac Ravishankara and premiered on 25 July 2013.[12]

Personnel

From liner notes to Fuse:[13]

Chart and sales performance

"Little Bit of Everything" debuted at number 30 on the US Billboard Country Airplay chart and number 24 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of 1 June 2013.[14] It also debuted at number 94 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 35 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of 1 June 2013. As of October 2013, the song has sold 561,000 copies in the US.[15]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[16] 40
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[17] 35
Canada Country (Billboard)[18] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 33
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[20] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[21] 6

Year-end charts

Chart (2013) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[22] 14
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[23] 31

References

  1. ^ a b Wyland, Sarah (14 May 2013). "Keith Urban Releases "Little Bit of Everything"". Great American Country. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Little-Bit-Of-Everything/dp/B00CRTNTD2/
  3. ^ Watts, Cindy (13 May 2013). "Keith Urban releases new single 'Little Bit of Everything', listen to it here". The Tennessean. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ Pajer, Nicole (17 May 2013). "Keith Urban Preps New Album and Hopes to Keep His 'Idol' Job". Billboard. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ a b Freeman, Jon (June 17, 2013). "Everything in its right place: Keith Urban's new single is the little chill song it claims to be". Country Weekly. 20 (24): 46-47. ISSN 1074-3235.
  6. ^ Paxman, Bob (22 July 2013). "Behind the Song: Bit by Bit". Country Weekly. 20 (29): 16. ISSN 1074-3235.
  7. ^ Madonna inspired new Keith Urban single
  8. ^ http://www.keithurban.net/story/news/billboard-keith-urban-has-everything-going-for-him
  9. ^ "'Little Bit of Everything' sheet music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ Dukes, Billy (13 May 2013). "Keith Urban, 'Little Bit of Everything' - Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2013.
  11. ^ Bjorke, Matt (13 May 2013). "Single Review: Keith Urban - Little Bit Of Everything". Roughstock. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ "CMT : Videos : Keith Urban : Little Bit of Everything". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ Fuse (Deluxe Edition) (CD booklet). Keith Urban. Capitol Records Nashville/Hit Red Records. 2013. B0019113-02.CS1 maint: others (link)
  14. ^ Jessen, Wade (23 May 2013). "Florida Georgia Line Sets Hot Country Songs Record". Billboard. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ Matt Bjorke (October 9, 2013). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - October 9, 2013: Cassadee Pope, David Nail, Eli Young Band, Blake Shelton Lead". Roughstock. Archived from the original on October 11, 2013.
  16. ^ "Australian-charts.com - Keith Urban - {{{song}}}". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  17. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "Keith Urban Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "Best of 2013: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  23. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved 2013.

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