Nate Smith Sets The ‘TODAY’ Show Stage Ablaze With His Multi-Week No. 1 Hit, ‘World On Fire’

“Today was such an incredible moment for me in my career thus far,” Smith shared.


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 11, 2024


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This week, Nate Smith made his debut morning TV appearance on NBC’s TODAY with Hoda & Jenna, where he showcased his multi-week No. 1 hit, “World On Fire”

With flames blazing on screens in the background and bright orange spotlights warming up the set, Smith’s band revved up their electric guitars and drums before letting his country-rock vocals take the lead. Donning an all-black ensemble featuring a stylish leather jacket, the rising star gave the performance his all as he matched the high energy of the tune and felt every emotion of the heart-pounding narrative. 

“You set my world on fire / Yeah, it’s all long gone / I’m watching flames get higher / And I can’t move on / I just gotta let it burn, burn, burn on down / Girl, without you it don’t turn, turn, turn around / You set my world on fire / You set my world on fire,” Smith delivers on the chorus. 

To celebrate this milestone experience, Smith took to social media to share a carousel of behind-the-scenes photos with his team, hosts Hoda & Jenna and more. 

His caption read, “Today was such an incredible moment for me in my career thus far. I can’t thank @thetodayshow for having us and being so welcoming!🔥😃”

“World On Fire” Marks Nate Smith’s Second Consecutive No. 1 Hit

Penned by Smith with Ashley Gorley, Lindsay Rimes, and Taylor Phillips, “World On Fire” has become a scorching hit for Smith since it was released in June of 2023. The song has racked up over 145 million global streams to date and has remained in the No. 1 spot on the country radio charts for the past four weeks. 

This marks the second consecutive chart-topping single for Smith in just a year, following his Platinum-certified, multi-week No. 1 debut single “Whiskey On You.” According to a press release, only 19 songs went No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2023, two of which belong to Smith.

Nate Smith - World On Fire
Nate Smith – World On Fire

“World On Fire” is also the second single off the California native’s self-titled debut album / deluxe version. Throughout the 26-track project, Smith can be heard conquering the effects of love, heartbreak, and the constant ups and downs of life. The collection features a slew of previously released fan favorites such as “Under My Skin,” “I Found You,” “Raised Up,” “Oil Spot,” “Better Boy,” and Smith’s platinum-certified No. 1 hit, “Whiskey On You.” His RIAA Gold-certified hits “Wreckage” and “Under My Skin” also appear on the stacked project.

Nate Smith (Deluxe) was dubbed the largest album debut from a new artist in 2023 and the largest full-length debut project from a new artist in 2020. Additionally, the album hit No. 6 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart and No. 30 overall on the Billboard Top 200. With this latest set of feats, Smith now has over a billion total career streams worldwide.

Nate Smith Deluxe Cover Art
Nate Smith Deluxe Cover Art

Nate Smith Launches His Massive Year Of Touring

Starting the year strong, Nate Smith kicked off his headline World On Fire Tour on January 4 in Athens, GA. The trek will continue with stops in 21 major cities across the country including Chicago, Indianapolis, NYC, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Sacramento.

Once he wraps up this run at the end of February, Smith join Morgan Wallen on his One Night At A Time 2024tour. He will make his way to stadiums in Arlington, Charlotte, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Nashville, Oxford, Tampa and more. 

Smith will also return to Stagecoach this year following his debut performance at the California festival in 2023. 

For more information on Nate Smith’s upcoming tour dates, visit his official website HERE

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.