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"Ready, Set, Don't Go"
Single by Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus
from the album Home at Last
B-side "Ready, Set, Don't Go" (Radio Edit)
Released July 11, 2007 (2007-07-11)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Country pop, contemporary
Length 4:06
Label Walt Disney
Writer(s) Billy Ray Cyrus, Casey Beathard
Producer Fred Mollin
Billy Ray Cyrus singles chronology
"I Want My Mullet Back"
(2006)
"Ready, Set, Don't Go"
(2007)
"Somebody Said a Prayer"
(2008)
Miley Cyrus singles chronology
"See You Again"
(2007)
"Ready, Set, Don't Go"
(2007)
"Start All Over"
(2007)

"Ready, Set, Don't Go" is a country song performed by American recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus. It was released as the lead single from Home at Last, Cyrus' tenth studio album. It was sent to country radio stations on July 11, 2007 with a radio edit as a B-side.[1] The song is a soft country ballad with some use of pop and soft rock elements. The song has received different interpretations though, in actuality, Cyrus wrote the song several years before its release when his middle daughter, Miley, moved to Los Angeles in order to pursue an acting career with an audition for the Disney Channel Original Series Hannah Montana. "Ready, Set, Don't Go" received critical praise, with reviewers complimenting its lyrical content. It also reached positive commercial responses for Cyrus, compared to his downfall in previous years. Peaking at number eighty-five on the Billboard Hot 100, it became Cyrus' first entry on the chart since "You Won't Be Lonely Now" (2000).

The song's accompanying music video was directed by Elliot Lester and features some of Cyrus' home videos; it received a CMT Music Award nomination at the 2008 CMT Music Awards. The song eventually became re-released as a duet with his daughter, pop star Miley Cyrus, in October 2007. At the time of the single's release, she was fourteen and enjoying the success of her debut album Meet Miley Cyrus. The duet version became Miley's debut in country music and received better commercial outcomes. It reached its highest international peak in the Billboard Hot 100 at number thirty-seven and became Cyrus' first international chart entry since "Could've Been Me" (1992). Cyrus, with and without his daughter, performed the song at several venues, most notably Miley's first headlining concert tour, the Best of Both Worlds Tour.

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Background

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"Ready, Set, Don't Go" is a country pop song which some of merges Home at Last's adult contemporary style.[2] It is set in common time with a ballad tempo of 76 beats per minute.[3] The song is written in a key of D major.[3] Cyrus' and Miley's vocals each span two octaves, from B3 to B5.[3] The song has the following chord progression, D—Bm7.[3]

The song's lyrics, written by Cyrus and Casey Beathard, have been interpreted in a variety of ways. Scott Sexton, writing for About.com, "Ready, Set, Don't Go" believed the song could have described a number of subjects.[4] He said, "It is either about woman leaving a man, or a father watching his child leave and spread their wings".[4] Cyrus discussed Home at Last in an interview with Calvin Gilbert of CMT News[5] in which he said the song was about children growing up and moving on, from his own experience of moving his family to Los Angeles to help Miley with her acting and singing career.[5]

Critical reception

Cyrus and his daughter, Miley, performing "Ready, Set, Don't Go" at the Kids' Inaugural: "We Are the Future." - January 19, 2009; Washington D.C.

"Ready, Set, Don't Go" received generally positive reviews from critics. Scott Sexton of About.com noted that it was a "great ballad [...] the music flowed with the powerful words, and was a great rockin' tune."[4] Stephen Thomas Erlewine, writing for Allmusic, selected the song as one of the best tracks on Home at Last.[6]

Chart performance

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Solo version

"Ready, Set, Don't Go" debuted at number sixty-seven on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs Chart which led to an appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending August 4, 2007.[7] The solo version debuted and peaked at number eighty-five on the Billboard Hot 100.[8][9] "Ready, Set, Don't Go" became Cyrus' first appearance on the Hot 100 since "You Won't Be Lonely Now" (2000), which peaked at number eighty.[9] It also peaked at number forty-seven on Hot Country Songs and number fifty-eight on the canceled Pop 100 chart.[10]

Duet version

The duet version of "Ready, Set, Don't Go" enjoyed much more commercial success than the original version due to Miley's popularity. It debuted at number eighty-five in the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending October 27, 2009.[8][9] On the week ending January 26, 2008, the song ascended to number forty on the Hot 100, becoming Cyrus first top forty hit since his debut single "Achy Breaky Heart" (1992), which peaked at number four.[11] The song ultimately peaked at number thirty-seven on the Hot 100 for the week ending February 16, 2008.[8][9] It also peaked at number four on Hot Country Songs, Cyrus' first top ten on the chart since "Busy Man" (1999) peaked at number three,[12] and number forty-four on Pop 100.[10] In the Canadian Hot 100, the song debuted at number ninety-four for the week ending on November 24, 2006.[13] For the week ending February 2, 2008, the song reached its peak on the chart, at number forty-seven.[14] It became Cyrus' first international chart entry since "Could've Been Me" (1992).[14]

Music video

Cyrus performing the song, while home videos regarding his daughter play in the background, in the "Ready, Set, Don't Go" music video.

The music video for "Ready, Set, Don't Go" was directed by Elliot Lester. The video begins with a close-up of Cyrus' hand playing an acoustic guitar. It then transition into showing him. He is sitting on top of two black trunks in a dark, vacant room, wearing a lavender-colored shirt with a gray tee underneath, jeans, and cowboy boots. As Cyrus continues playing the guitar, images of Miley appear on the background. The images range from Miley's infant to teenage years. As Cyrus sings, nodding his head and flipping his hair intensely, a variety of home videos are played. This continues for the rest of the video. The scene ends with a video of Miley leaving in a yellow taxi cab is shown in the background. The final scene has Cyrus with Miley as she takes her first steps and he says, "alright".

The video received a CMT Music Award nomination for "Tearjerker Video of the Year", but lost to Kellie Pickler's video for "I Wonder" at the 2008 CMT Music Awards.[15]

Live performances

Cyrus and his daughter, Miley, performing "Ready, Set, Don't Go" in the Best of Both Worlds Tour. - March 9, 2008; Houston, Texas

Cyrus premiered "Ready, Set, Don't Go" n June 9, 2007 at the CMA Music Festival.[16] Cyrus introduced the song as a duet on October 9 on Dancing with the Stars.[17] Cyrus joined Miley on The Oprah Winfrey Show on December 20 to perform the song.[18] "Ready, Set, Don't Go" was most notably performed on the Best of Both Worlds Tour. On selected dates, Cyrus and another one his daughters, Brandi, joined Miley to perform the song as an encore. On April 14, 2008, "Ready, Set, Don't Go" was performed as duet at the CMT Music Awards.[19] The performance begun with Cyrus, wearing an open white shirt with a brown tee underneath and jeans, playing an acoustic guitar that was strapped to him.[19] By the line, "wherever they are", Miley, wearing a multicolored cocktail dress, joined him from the back of the stage.[19]

On January 19, 2009, the song was performed at the Kids' Inaugural: "We Are the Future" event in celebration of Barack Obama's inauguration.[20][21] Dressed in a graphic tee and jeans, Miley finished performing "Fly on the Wall" and asked for Cyrus to join her onstage to perform the song. Cyrus was dressed in a black tee shirt, jeans, and a black leather jacket.[21]

Charts

Solo version

Chart (2007) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 85
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs[10] 47
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[10] 58

Duet version

Chart (2007-2008) Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100[9] 47
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 37
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs[10] 4
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[10] 44

References

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  2. ^ "allmusic {{{Home at Last > Overview}}}". Allmusic. Macrovision Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&token=&sql=10:09foxz9gldde. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Digital music sheet - Billy Ray Cyrus - Ready, Set, Don't Go". Music notes.com. Alfred Publishing. http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0060557#arrangement. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Sexton, Scott. "Billy Ray Cyrus - Home At Last". About.com. The New York Times Company. http://countrymusic.about.com/od/cdreviewsal/fr/HomeAtLast.htm. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Gilbert, Calvin (September 5, 2007). "Billy Ray Cyrus Returns With New CD and Tour". CMT News. Viacom. http://www.cmt.com/news/country-music/1568875/billy-ray-cyrus-returns-with-new-cd-and-tour.jhtml. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "allmusic {{{Home at Last > Review}}}". Allmusic. Macrovision Corporation. http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:09foxz9gldde~T1. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Billy Ray Cyrus Song & Chart History". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/billy-ray-cyrus/chart-history/2309?f=395&g=Singles. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c "Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus - Ready, Set, Don't Go - Music Charts". aCharts.us. http://acharts.us/song/27024. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Billy Ray Cyrus Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/billy-ray-cyrus/chart-history/2309?f=379&g=Singles. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "allmusic Billy Ray Cyrus > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Macrovision Corporation. http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:difuxql5ldae~T51. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Chart Beat". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. January 24, 2009. http://www.billboard.com/#/news/chart-beat-1003701534.story. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Billy Ray Cyrus Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/billy-ray-cyrus/chart-history/2309?f=357&g=Singles. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Canda Singles Top 100". aCharts.us. http://acharts.us/canada_singles_top_100/2007/47. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  14. ^ a b "Billy Ray Cyrus Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/billy-ray-cyrus/chart-history/2309?f=793&g=Singles. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  15. ^ "CMT Music Awards: Archives: 2008 CMT Music Awards". CMT Music Awards. Viacom. http://www.cmt.com/microsites/cmt-music-awards/archives/2008.jhtml. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  16. ^ "Billy Ray Cyrus Plans CMA Fest Show, New CD". CMT News. Viacom. May 29, 2007. http://www.cmt.com/news/news-in-brief/1560701/billy-ray-cyrus-plans-cma-fest-show-new-cd.jhtml. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  17. ^ ""Ready, Set, Don't Go" feat. Miley Cyrus (Dancing with the Stars)". AOL. Time Warner, Inc. http://music.aol.com/video/ready-set-dont-go-feat-miley-cyrus/billy-ray-cyrus/2021841. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Q & A with Miley Cyrus". The Oprah Winfrey Show. CBS Television Distribution. December 20, 2007. http://www.oprah.com/slideshow/oprahshow/oprahshow1_ss_20071220/19. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  19. ^ a b c "Billy Ray Cyrus: Ready, Set, Don't Go (from the CMT Music Awards)". CMT. Viacom. http://www.cmt.com/videos/misc/225273/ready-set-dont-go-from-the-cmt-music-awards.jhtml. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  20. ^ Disney Channel (January 13, 2009). "Presidential Inaugural Committee Announces Talent Lineup for Neighborhood Inaugural Ball and Kids' Inaugural Concert". Press release. http://disneychannelmedianet.com/DNR/2009/doc/Neighborhood_Ball_Kids_Inaugural_TalentRelease.doc. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 
  21. ^ a b Vena, Jocelyn (January 19, 2009). "Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus Entertain Vets (And Obamas) At 'Kids' Inaugural'". MTV News. Viacom. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1603046/20090119/cyrus__miley.jhtml. Retrieved October 31, 2009. 

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