Love Wins (song)

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"Love Wins"
Carrie Underwood - Love Wins (single cover).jpg
Single by Carrie Underwood
from the album Cry Pretty
Released August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31)
Genre Country
Length 3:47
Label Capitol Nashville
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Carrie Underwood
  • David Garcia
Carrie Underwood singles chronology
"Cry Pretty"
(2018)
"Love Wins"
(2018)
Music video
"Love Wins" on YouTube

"Love Wins" is a song co-written and recorded by American singer Carrie Underwood. The song was written by Underwood with Brett James and David Garcia. It was released on August 31, 2018, as the second single from her sixth studio album, Cry Pretty.[1] "Love Wins" officially impacted country radio on September 17, 2018.[2]

The song will be featured in the major motion picture, Breakthrough.[3]

Writing and composition

The song was written by Underwood, Brett James, and David Garcia.[4] Underwood said of the song, "I do think that we as humans are inherently good and we need to remember that. Because we're different, that doesn't make somebody else bad, it just makes us different. We wanted that song to be hopeful and to maybe make somebody stop and think about that."[4]

The song is composed in the key of G major with a moderately fast tempo of approximately 132 beats per minute. It follows the chord pattern C-G-Em7-D, and Underwood's vocals range from G3 to D5.[5]

Critical reception

The song has received mostly positive reviews upon its release. Taste of Country described it as an "anthemic, mid-tempo power ballad," and highlighted the use of a backing choir.[6] Robert Crawford, for Rolling Stone magazine, described it as "an open-armed anthem that calls for peace in a time of civil unrest". He continued, "Underwood is at her brazen best, filled with glory notes, gospel overtones and power-ballad gloss. She shies away from making direct references to politicians or unfair legislation, leaning instead on an "all you need is love" sentiment that goes down easily and inoffensively on both sides of the aisle".[7]

Commercial performance

"Love Wins" debuted at number 90 on the Scottish Singles Chart for the week ending September 8, 2018.[8] In the United States, it debuted at number 30 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week ending September 15, 2018.[9] The following week, it debuted at number 34 on the Country Airplay chart.[10]

As of March 2019, the song has sold 70,000 copies in the United States.[11]

Music video

The lyric video of the song was uploaded to Underwood's YouTube channel on August 31, 2018. The official video premiered on Apple Music on September 10, 2018, and was released to Youtube the next day.[12] It was directed by Shane Drake, whom Underwood had worked with previously on her video for "Dirty Laundry". Billboard writes "the video begins with a hopeless-looking group of people walking on a road in a post-apocalyptical setting as Underwood, in a goddess-like orange dress, emotionally leans into the track’s sentimental lyrics. Underwood looks radiant in her silk dress as she approaches the country’s critical political moment -- touching on themes of immigration and violence, while offering optimistic advice. As the crowd continues their journey, they find comfort in each other, arriving in some sort of promise land as Underwood chants the chorus. The video then shifts perspective as the group of people, now a community, rejoice in their newfound land while Underwood, now wearing a white long-sleeve butterfly gown and a face full of colorful make-up, joyfully sings to the crowd. As the loud clapping drums follow her powerful voice, the party turns into a vibrant celebration with colored powder being thrown everywhere, all thanks to the power of love and unity."[13]

Live performances

On September 13, 2018, Underwood performed the single live as a musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at Central Park.[14] She again performed the song on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on September 19, 2018.[15] On November 14, 2018, Underwood once again performed the song at the 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards.[16]

Charts

References

  1. ^ "Carrie underwood Shares Impactful Love Wins Lyric Video". Country Fancast. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  2. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on September 16, 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Chris Parton (March 8, 2019). "Carrie Underwood Leads Country Cast of 'Breakthrough' Soundtrack". Sounds Like Nashville. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Carrie Underwood Calls Out Politics and Prejudice in New Song Love Wins". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 31, 2018.
  5. ^ "'Love Wins' sheet music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 26 October 2018.
  6. ^ Taste of Country Staff (September 11, 2018). "Carrie Underwood's 'Love Wins' Aims to Spread Hope, Understanding". Taste of Country. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Crawford, Robert (September 7, 2018). "10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Carrie Underwood, Seth Ennis". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  11. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 4, 2019). "Top 30 Digital Singles: March 4, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  12. ^ {{cite web|url=https://twitter.com/carrieunderwood/status/1039317687581728769?lang=en%7Ctitle= Twitter / @carrieunderwood: #LoveWins music video is out tomorrow! Watch it first on @AppleMusic. http://apple.co/CarrieOnAM%7Cauthor=[[Carrie Underwood]|date=September 10, 2018|publisher=Twitter|accessdate=September 29, 2018}}
  13. ^ Pedrosa, Marina (September 12, 2018). "Carrie Underwood Brings People Together in Empathetic 'Love Wins' Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "'The Tonight Show' with Jimmy Fallon goes live from Central Park for the first time". NY Daily News. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  15. ^ "Carrie Underwood Talks About Her Scary Accident & Ellen DeGeneres Guesses the Gender of Her Baby: Watch". Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  16. ^ Rishty, David (November 14, 2018). "Carrie Underwood Performs 'Love Wins' With Full Choir at 2018 CMA Awards". Billboard. Retrieved March 12, 2019.
  17. ^ "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  18. ^ "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  19. ^ "Hot Country Songs – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
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