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Need You Now
Studio album by Lady Antebellum
Released January 26, 2010 (2010-01-26)[1]
Recorded 2009
Genre Country
Length 44:10
Label Capitol Nashville
Producer Lady Antebellum
Paul Worley[2]
Lady Antebellum chronology
Lady Antebellum
Need You Now
Singles from Need You Now
  1. "Need You Now"
    Released: August 24, 2009 (2009-08-24)
  2. "American Honey"
    Released: January 11, 2010 (2010-01-11)

Need You Now is the second studio album from country music group Lady Antebellum. The album was released on January 26, 2010[1][3], via Capitol Nashville. It is the follow-up album to their 2008 self-titled RIAA Platinum certified debut album. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 481,000 copies sold in its first week.



"Need You Now," the first single, debuted at #50 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in August 2009. For the chart week of October 26, 2009, the song became their second Number One single on the Radio & Records Country Singles chart, and for the week of November 28, it became their second Number One single on the Hot Country Songs chart in the United States, as issued by Billboard.[4] After the trio's performance of the song at the Country Music Association Awards, it climbed to a #5 peak on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming and experienced a surge in sales after the 52nd Grammy Awards, peaking at #2, their highest peaking single on the pop charts.[5]

"American Honey", the second single, debuted at #47 on the Hot Country Songs chart for the week of January 2, 2010[6], before its initial release date of January 11, 2010.[7]

Track list

  1. "Need You Now" (Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott) — 4:37
  2. "Our Kind of Love" (Haywood, Kelley, Scott, busbee) — 4:09
  3. "American Honey" (Cary Barlow, Hillary Lindsey, Shane Stevens) — 3:44
  4. "Hello World" (Tom Douglas, Tony Lane, David Lee) — 5:26
  5. "Perfect Day" (Jerry Flowers, Haywood, Kelley, Scott) — 3:21
  6. "Love This Pain" (Marv Green, Jason Sellers) — 3:03
  7. "When You Got a Good Thing" (Haywood, Kelley, Scott, Rivers Rutherford) — 4:57
  8. "Stars Tonight" (Monty Powell, Haywood, Kelley, Scott) — 4:04
  9. "If I Knew Then" (Kelley, Powell, Anna Wilson) — 4:15
  10. "Something 'Bout a Woman" (Haywood, Kelley, Scott, Craig Wiseman) — 3:41
  11. "Ready to Love Again" (Haywood, Kelley, Scott, busbee) — 2:53
  12. "Bottle Up Lightning" (Lady Antebellum Store Only)
  13. "Need You Now" (Video Version) (Haywood, Kear, Kelley, Scott) - 4:38 (iTunes Only)

Bonus Download Songs

Each month on a new songs available to all that bought a CD, digital, or pass code version of the album[8]

  1. "Need You Now" (Acoustic Version) (Haywood, Kear, Kelley, Scott) - 3:59 (Jan/Feb)
  2. "I Run to You" (Acoustic Version (Haywood, Kelley, Scott, Douglas) - 3:49 (March)

Critical reception

 Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[9]
American Songwriter 2/5 stars[10]
Billboard favorable[11]
Boston Globe mixed[12]
Entertainment Weekly B+[13]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[14]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[15]
Slant 2/5 stars[16]
The 9513 3/5 stars[17]

Reviews for the album have been mixed. Giving it four stars out of five, Jessica Phillips wrote in Country Weekly magazine that the group "certainly need have no fear of a sophomore slump" due to the success of "Need You Now." She also said that the album showed the trio's "ability to craft memorable country pop hooks," but added that "not every song works on this record."[18]

Allmusic reviewer Thom Jurek wrote that on this album "they stick very close to the formula of their debut: a slew of mid— and uptempo love songs, a sad ballad, and a couple of rocked—up good—time tunes — all self-written with some help from some of Nashville's most respected writers."[19] He also went on to say that the album was "flawless in its songwriting, production, and performances."[19] Mikael Wood of Entertainment Weekly said, "they're most successful when they keep to the moody minor key stuff" and gave the album a B+.[13]

Crystal Bell, writing for Billboard was also positive in her review citing Kelley's vocal slyness and the delicate arrangement of the track, "Ready to Love Again," also noting "the trio's musical growth." [20]

Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine was less positive.[21]

Chart performance

Need You Now debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first week sales of 481,000. Second week the album sold just over 209,000 copies, and has since been certified Platinum by the RIAA.



Charts (2010) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200[22] 1
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[22] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[23] 1
Canadian Top Country Albums[23] 1

Sales and Certifications

Region Provider Certification Sales/Shipments
United States RIAA Platinum[24] 1,300,000+

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
Hope for Haiti Now by Various artists
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album
February 13-February 27, 2010
Succeeded by
Soldier of Love by Sade
Preceded by
Soldier of Love by Sade
U.S. Billboard 200 number-one album (second run)
March 20, 2010
Succeeded by
Battle of the Sexes by Ludacris
Preceded by
Fearless by Taylor Swift
Top Country Albums number-one album
February 13-
Succeeded by
Canadian Country Top 50 number-one album
January 31-
Preceded by
Soldier of Love by Sade
Canadian Albums Chart number-one album
March 20, 2010


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  3. ^ "Lady Antebellum Enjoys Their Biggest Sales Week Ever!". Lady Antebellum. 2009-11. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Lady Antebellum - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Lady Antebellum Albums & Song Chart History". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  6. ^ "Chart Highlights: Country, Dance/Club Play Songs & More". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  7. ^ "Single Releases : MusicRow". MusicRow. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
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  9. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Need You Know: Lady Antebellum". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-1-31. 
  10. ^ Malec, Jim. "LADY ANTEBELLUM - Need You Know". American Songwriter. Retrieved 2010-2-15. 
  11. ^ Bell, Crystal. "Lady Antebellum, "Need You Now"". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-1-29. 
  12. ^ Rodman, Sarah. "Album Review: Lady Antebellum hews to safe side". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2010-2-6. 
  13. ^ a b Wood, Mikael. "Need You Now (2010): Lady Antebellum". Entertainment Weekly.,,20338009,00.html?xid=rss-music-Need+You+Now. Retrieved 2010-1-31. 
  14. ^ Powers, Ann. "Album review: Lady Antebellum's 'Need You Now'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-2-6. 
  15. ^ Rosen, Jody. "Lady Antebellum: Need You Now". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2010-2-1. 
  16. ^ Keefe, Jonathan. "Lady Antebellum: Need You Now". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2010-1-31. 
  17. ^ Deusner, Stephen. "Album Review: Lady Antebellum - Need You Now". The 9513. Retrieved 2010-2-15. 
  18. ^ Phillips, Jessica (2010-01-25). "Reviews". Country Weekly 17 (4): 50. ISSN 1074-3235. 
  19. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "allmusic ((( Need You Now > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-23. 
  20. ^ Retrieved February 3, 2010
  21. ^ Keefe, Jonathan. "Lady Antebellum: Need You Now". Slant Magazine. Slant Magazine. Retrieved January 23, 2010. 
  22. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (2010-02-03). "Lady Antebellum Leads Banner Week For EMI". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  23. ^ a b Canadian Update
  24. ^ "Gold & Platinum - March 11, 2010". RIAA. Retrieved 2010-3-11. 


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