Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood Secure Two-Week No.1 with Massive Hit, ‘If I Didn’t Love You’
Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood‘s soaring duet, “If I Didn’t Love You,” is holding strong at the top of the…
Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean; Photo via Facebook
The massive hit topped both the Mediabase/Country Aircheck Singles chart and Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for a second consecutive week.
The multi-week chart-topper became Aldean’s 26th No.1 and serves as the lead single of his forthcoming 10th studio album, Macon, Georgia.
“This song wouldn’t be what it is without Carrie, she took it to a whole different level,” Aldean shared upon hearing the news. “Country radio has always been and will continue to be an important part of me getting to my fans and all their support doesn’t go unnoticed.”
“If I Didn’t Love You” was co-written by Aldean’s bandmates Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy alongside John Morgan and Lydia Vaughan. It was produced by the superstar’s longtime collaborator Michael Knox.
The emotional track finds Aldean and Underwood crooning over an ex, admitting that moving on has not been easy. The track opens with Aldean’s signature vocals. Underwood joins him on the chorus as they admit to experiencing heartache following a breakup.
“If I didn’t love you I’d be good by now/ I’d be better than barely getting by somehow/ Yeah it would be easy not miss you/ Wonder about who’s with you/ Turn the want you off/ Whenever I want to/ If I didn’t love you,” they sing on the chorus, backed by a steady drum beat and electric guitar.
In an interview with her record label, Underwood opened up about working with Aldean and revealed how their collaboration came about.
“Jason asked if I would sing ‘If I Didn’t Love You’ with him,” she recalled. “I knew I liked the song, and Jason and I have actually been kind of trying to do things together over the years. We’ve sung together before, but we’ve never officially recorded anything together. It just kind of felt like this could be our moment. I felt like it was a little bit of an unexpected duet to other people, but I feel like I always knew at some point, I’d probably sing with him officially, and this just seemed like the stars were aligning, and it just seemed like it was going to be the perfect fit.”
Aldean said he knew Underwood was the woman for the job as soon as he first heard the song.
“We had a short list of people to send it to, and Carrie was at the top of that list,” Aldean told iHeartCountry.“We reached out to her. A lot of times, you never know what other artists have going on at the time. They may not have a window to release a song like this. Luckily for us, Carrie had a window. She liked the song…. When she came in and put her vocal on the song, it took it to a new level, and turned it into this big, huge, power ballad. It was something that we definitely needed for the record too.”
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The superstars will join forces for the live debut of “If I Didn’t Love You” during the upcoming 55th Annual CMA Awards.
“Country Music’s Biggest Night” will also feature performances by Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Chris Stapleton, and Chris Young and Kane Brown, Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton featuring Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, and Blake Shelton.
Hosted by Luke Bryan, the show will air Wednesday, November 10 at 8/7c on ABC.
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.