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Song About A Girl
"Song About a Girl"
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Single by Eric Paslay
from the album Eric Paslay
ReleasedFebruary 18, 2014 (2014-02-18)
FormatDigital download
Recorded2013
GenreCountry
Length3:49
LabelEMI Nashville
Marshall Altman
Eric Paslay singles chronology
"Friday Night"
(2013)
"Song About a Girl"
(2014)
"She Don't Love You"
(2014)

"Song About a Girl" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Eric Paslay. It was released on February 18, 2014, as the third single from Paslay's self-titled debut album.[1] Paslay wrote the song with Jessi Alexander and Gordie Sampson.[2]

The song received positive reviews from critics who praised its outlaw production vibe and Paslay's confident performance. "Song About a Girl" peaked at numbers 12 and 18 on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Hot Country Songs charts respectively. It also charted at number 85 on the Hot 100. The song had minor chart success in Canada, peaking at number 25 on the Country chart. The accompanying music video was directed by Wes Edwards and features screen tests of various women dressed in different outfits.

Critical reception

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song a favorable review, calling it "one of the best songs released this year." Dukes felt that "the industrial rhythm section and vocal effects strip the traditional edge from this song and provide an outlaw vibe that Paslay seems very comfortable taking forward."[3] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song four and a half stars out of five, calling it "a moody, melodic slice of modern Country music with an inviting melody and a sing-a-long chorus." Bjorke wrote that it "feels like the kind of song that could've been a hit in any era."[4]

Music video

The music video was directed by Wes Edwards and premiered in June 2014.[5] The video features screen tests for a music film, where actresses are dressed in various outfits and acting as the character of said outfit. Paslay is shown playing a guitar while having a projector screening being played behind him.

Commercial performance

"Song About a Girl" debuted at number 50 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of March 15, 2014.[6] It also debuted at number 46 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of April 5.[7] On the week of June 21, the track debuted at number 98 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart,[8] and peaked at number 85 for two consecutive weeks from July 12 to 19,[9][10] remaining on the chart for ten weeks.[11] The song has sold 215,000 copies in the U.S. as of July 2014.[12]

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Canada Country (Billboard)[13] 25
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 85
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[15] 12
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[16] 18

Year-end charts

Chart (2014) Position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[17] 58
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[18] 60

References

  1. ^ Stephens, Samantha (February 4, 2014). "Eric Paslay Makes His Big Debut". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ Roland, Tom (March 13, 2014). "Eric Paslay's 'Song About A Girl' Makes Clichés Sound Fresh". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Dukes, Billy (March 14, 2014). "Eric Paslay, 'Song About a Girl' - ToC Critic's Pick [Listen]". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 10, 2014). "Single Review: Eric Paslay - Song About A Girl". Roughstock. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "CMT : Videos : Eric Paslay : Song About a Girl". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (March 8, 2014). "Dierks Bentley Tops Country Albums Chart for Fifth Time With Riser". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ "Hot Country Songs: April 5, 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "The Hot 100: June 21, 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "The Hot 100: July 12, 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "The Hot 100: July 19, 2014". Billboard. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "Song About A Girl by Eric Paslay". aCharts.co. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ Matt Bjorke (July 23, 2014). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles - July 23, 2014". Roughstock. Archived from the original on October 7, 2014.
  13. ^ "Eric Paslay Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Eric Paslay Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Eric Paslay Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Eric Paslay Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Best of 2014: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ "Best of 2014: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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