Tornado (Little Big Town album)

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Tornado
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2012 (2012-09-11)
GenreCountry
Length38:09
LabelCapitol Nashville
ProducerJay Joyce
Little Big Town chronology
The Reason Why
(2010)
Tornado
(2012)
Pain Killer
(2014)
Singles from Tornado
  1. "Pontoon"
    Released: April 30, 2012
  2. "Tornado"
    Released: October 1, 2012
  3. "Your Side of the Bed"
    Released: April 8, 2013
  4. "Sober"
    Released: September 30, 2013
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic75/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[3]

Tornado is the fifth studio album by American country music group Little Big Town. It was released on September 11, 2012 via Capitol Nashville.[4][5] "Pontoon," which was released in April 2012 as the album's lead-off single, has since become their first number one song on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and Little Big Town's fastest-rising single to date.[6][7] The album's second single, "Tornado," was released on October 1, 2012. It became their first album since 2005's The Road to Here to produce two top 10 singles and to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Commercial performance[edit]

"Tornado" debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, selling 113,000 copies in its first week.[8] The album stayed atop the Billboard Country Albums charts for its first 5 weeks, making it their longest running number one album. As of December 2013, the album has sold 1,025,000 copies in the United States.[9] It is the band's first album since The Road to Here to receive a certification from the RIAA. It is also their first album of their career to have two certified singles from the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Pavement Ends"Jason Saenz, Brent CobbWestbrook2:31
2."Pontoon"Barry Dean, Natalie Hemby, Luke LairdFairchild3:35
3."Sober"Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKennaSchlapman3:15
4."Front Porch Thing"Chris Stapleton, Adam HoodSweet3:26
5."Your Side of the Bed"McKenna, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip SweetFairchild, Westbrook3:41
6."Leavin' in Your Eyes"Brett Warren, Brad Warren, Jay Joyce, Westbrook, Fairchild, SchlapmanWestbrook3:13
7."Tornado"Hemby, Delta MaidFairchild3:43
8."On Fire Tonight"Laird, Sweet, Westbrook, Fairchild, SchlapmanWestbrook3:12
9."Can't Go Back"Hemby, Kate York, Rosi GolanSchlapman3:43
10."Self Made"Hemby, Jedd Hughes, Westbrook, FairchildFairchild, Westbrook4:08
11."Night Owl"Hemby, Westbrook, Fairchild, Schlapman, SweetFairchild, Schlapman, Sweet, Westbrook3:45

Personnel[edit]

Little Big Town[edit]

  • Karen Fairchild – vocals
  • Kimberly Schlapman – vocals
  • Phillip Sweet – vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Jimi Westbrook – vocals

Musicians[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[22] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Platinum 1,025,000[9]

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tornado Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  2. ^ Thomas Erlewine, Stephen. "Tornado Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  3. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (2012-09-04). "Little Big Town: Tornado". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  4. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (July 18, 2012). "Little Big Town Releasing New Album 'Tornado' on September 11". Taste of Country. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  5. ^ "Little Big Town, 'Tornado' Release Date, Cover Art Revealed". The Boot. July 18, 2012. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  6. ^ Bjorke, Matt (July 18, 2012). "Little Big Town "Tornado" Tracklist and Cover Art". Roughstock. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  7. ^ Wyland, Sarah (July 19, 2012). "Little Big Town to Release Tornado on September 11". Great American Country. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  8. ^ "Dave Matthews Band Scores Record Sixth Straight No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  9. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (4 December 2013). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of December 4, 2013: Featuring Scotty McCreery, Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Cassadee Pope, Duck Dynasty's Robertson Family". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 8 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
  10. ^ a b c "Chart listing for Tornado". Billboard. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  11. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums: Year-End top-selling albums across all genres". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2012 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  13. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums: Year-End top-selling albums across all genres". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2013 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  15. ^ "Top Country Albums: 2014 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  16. ^ "Decade-End Charts: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  17. ^ "Little Big Town Album & Song Chart History: Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  18. ^ "Little Big Town Album & Song Chart History: Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2012.
  19. ^ "Little Big Town Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  20. ^ "Little Big Town Album & Song Chart History: Canada Country". Billboard. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  21. ^ "Little Big Town Album & Song Chart History: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Little Big Town – Tornado". Music Canada.
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Little Big Town – Tornado". Recording Industry Association of America.