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.