T-Shirt (Thomas Rhett song)

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"T-Shirt"
Rhett TShirt.jpg
Single by Thomas Rhett
from the album Tangled Up
ReleasedFebruary 16, 2016 (2016-02-16)
Recorded2013–15
GenreCountry
Length3:47
LabelValory
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Thomas Rhett singles chronology
"Die a Happy Man"
(2015)
"T-Shirt"
(2016)
"Vacation"
(2016)

"T-Shirt" is a song recorded by American country music singer Thomas Rhett. It was released on February 16, 2016 via Valory Music Group as the third single from his second studio album, Tangled Up (2015). The song was written by Ashley Gorley, Luke Laird, and Shane McAnally.

"T-Shirt" peaked at number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, giving Rhett his sixth consecutive number-one hit on that chart. It also charted at numbers 3 and 41 on both the Hot Country Songs and Hot 100 charts respectively. The song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting sales of one million units in the United States. It also had chart success in Canada, giving Rhett his third number-one hit on the Country chart and reaching number 53 on the Canadian Hot 100.

Background[edit]

Before the release of Tangled Up in 2015, Rhett had been performing the song live as early as November 2013.[1] On September 4, 2015, the track and a video of the song made available for sales and as "instant grat" downloads for those who made a pre-release order of the album on iTunes.[2]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Website Taste of Country reviewed the song favorably, saying that "With "T-Shirt," Thomas Rhett again proves that nobody sings young love better than he does. Every single love song he’s released from his first two albums recalls a honeymooner’s excitement. The lascivious tension is palpable."[3]

Commercial[edit]

The song first entered on the Hot Country Songs at number 39 when the track was made available for download on September 4, 2015, three weeks before the release of the album, selling 8,000 copies in its first week.[4][5] It debuted on the Country Airplay chart at number 53 for chart dated February 13, 2016 when it was released as a single,[6] and entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 92 on chart date of March 19, 2016.[7] The song peaked at number one on the Country Airplay chart,[8] and number 3 on Hot Country Songs the same week.[9] The song has sold 529,000 copies in the US as of August 2016.[10]

Music video[edit]

An Instant Grat Video for the song premiered in September 2015.[11] The video, directed by Blake Judd, reached number one on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown on July 30, 2016.

Charts and certifications[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas Rhett - T-shirt 11.3.13. 4 November 2013 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ Marissa R. Moss (September 4, 2015). "Watch Thomas Rhett Bust a Move in 'T-Shirt' Video". Rolling Stone.
  3. ^ "ToC Critic's Pick: Thomas Rhett, 'T-Shirt' [Listen]". Taste of Country. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  4. ^ Bjorke, Matt. "Top 30 Digital Country Singles: September 14, 2015". Roughstock.
  5. ^ "Hot Country Song: September 26, 2015". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Country Airplay: February 13, 2016". Billboard.
  7. ^ "The Hot 100: March 19, 2016". Billboard.
  8. ^ Reuter, Annie (June 9, 2016). "Thomas Rhett Hits No. 1 With 'T-Shirt'". Taste of Country.
  9. ^ "Hot Country Songs". Billboard. June 18, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (August 15, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Chart: August 15, 2016". Roughstock.
  11. ^ Thomas Rhett - T-Shirt (Instant Grat Video). 3 September 2015 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "Thomas Rhett Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Thomas Rhett Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Thomas Rhett Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "Thomas Rhett Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Thomas Rhett Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Country Airplay: Year End 2016". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  18. ^ "Hot Country Songs: Year End 2016". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  19. ^ "American single certifications – Thomas Rhett – T-Shirt". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.