Hey Girl (Billy Currington song)

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"Hey Girl"
Single by Billy Currington
from the album We Are Tonight
ReleasedMarch 18, 2013 (2013-03-18)
FormatMusic download
Recorded2013
GenreCountry
Length3:20
LabelMercury Nashville
Writer(s)Rhett Akins
Chris DeStefano
Ashley Gorley[1]
Producer(s)Dann Huff
CertificationGold (Music Canada)
Gold (RIAA)
Billy Currington singles chronology
"Like My Dog"
(2011)
"Hey Girl"
(2013)
"We Are Tonight"
(2013)
 
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"Hey Girl"
Single by Billy Currington
from the album We Are Tonight
ReleasedMarch 18, 2013 (2013-03-18)
FormatMusic download
Recorded2013
GenreCountry
Length3:20
LabelMercury Nashville
Writer(s)Rhett Akins
Chris DeStefano
Ashley Gorley[1]
Producer(s)Dann Huff
CertificationGold (Music Canada)
Gold (RIAA)
Billy Currington singles chronology
"Like My Dog"
(2011)
"Hey Girl"
(2013)
"We Are Tonight"
(2013)

"Hey Girl" is a song written by Rhett Akins, Chris DeStefano, and Ashley Gorley[1] and recorded by American country music artist Billy Currington. It was released in March 2013 as the first single from his fifth studio album We Are Tonight.[2] The song became a number one hit on the Country Airplay chart, his seventh one on that chart, and peaked at number 5 and 39 on the Hot Country Songs and Billboard Hot 100 charts respectively.

Content[edit]

The song has the male narrator making advances on a female, saying that "the only line [he] can think to say is 'Hey, girl.'" It is in a moderate tempo, in cut time. It uses the E-flat dorian scale (i.e., an E-flat minor scale with the sixth tone raised by a semitone), with a main chord pattern of Em-G-D-A.[3]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song three and a half stars out of five, writing that "layers of electric guitar and a lengthy (by country radio standards) solo before the bridge add unnecessary distractions, but ultimately Currington’s satisfying delivery brings back a delectable groove."[4] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock gave the song three and a half stars out of five, saying that "while completely reminding me of those great hook-filled mid/late 1980s adult pop songs melodically, 'Hey Girl' still features a strong vocal and fiddle and steel guitars that are audible more than one might expect."[5] Ben Foster of Country Universe gave the song a C grade, writing that it "has some infectious guitar work going for it, but it’s not enough to elevate the song beyond what it is – regular dime-a-dozen radio filler with a total lack of a lyrical hook."[1]

Commercial[edit]

"Hey Girl" debuted at number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of March 23, 2013.[6] It also debuted at number 47 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of May 11, 2013. It also debuted at number 75 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of May 18, 2013. On the Country Airplay chart dated October 19, 2013, "Hey Girl" became Currington's seventh number one country hit. It also debuted at number 87 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of October 5, 2013.

The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on September 11, 2013, Currington's 6th single to be certified so.[7] As of February 2014, the single has sold 836,000 copies in the United States.[8]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Kristin Barlowe and premiered in July 2013.[9] The video follows Billy being attracted to a woman and follows her to a carnival to get her to be with him. It ends with the woman waiting on his motorcycle for him to get out the place there in. Intercut are scenes of Billy and his band playing in an empty parking lot.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"Night Train"
by Jason Aldean
Billboard Country Airplay
number-one single

October 19, 2013
Succeeded by
"It Goes Like This"
by Thomas Rhett
New chartBillboard Country Airplay
number-one single of the year

2013
Incumbent

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Foster, Ben (March 20, 2013). "Single Review: Billy Currington, "Hey Girl"". Country Universe. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Billy Currington, Elderly Abuse Charges Stem From Boating Argument". The Boot. April 24, 2013. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "'Hey Girl' sheet music". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 5 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Dukes, Billy (March 8, 2013). "Billy Currington, ‘Hey Girl’ – Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 4, 2013). "Single Review: Billy Currington - Hey Girl". Roughstock. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Morris, Edward (March 16, 2013). "Luke Bryan Shows Us His Hits as Spring Break Rips the Tops Off". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "American single certifications – Billy Currington – Hey Girl". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  8. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (2013-02-05). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - Feb 5, 2014: Hunter Hayes #1, Tim McGraw, Eric Church Debut Top 10, Scotty & Cassadee News". Roughstock. 
  9. ^ "CMT : Videos : Billy Currington : Hey Girl". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Billy Currington Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Billy Currington.
  11. ^ "Billy Currington Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Billy Currington.
  12. ^ "Billy Currington Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Billy Currington.
  13. ^ "Billy Currington Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Billy Currington.
  14. ^ "Billy Currington Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Billy Currington.
  15. ^ "Best of 2013: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Best of 2013: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2013. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Billy Currington – Hey Girl". Music Canada. Retrieved January 10, 2014.