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Encyclopedia > Before He Cheats
“Before He Cheats”
“Before He Cheats” cover
Single by Carrie Underwood
from the album Some Hearts
Released August 2006
Format Digital download
Genre Country, pop, rock, blues
Length 3:19 (Album)
Label Arista Records
Writer(s) Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear
Producer Mark Bright
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)
Carrie Underwood singles chronology
"Don't Forget to Remember Me"
(2006)
"Before He Cheats"
(2006)
"Wasted"
(2007)
Music video
"Before He Cheats" at CMT.com

"Before He Cheats" is a song written by Muscle Shoals songwriter Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear and the third wide-release single from Carrie Underwood's debut album, Some Hearts. It was the fifth release from the album overall. It was named the 2007 Single of the Year by the Country Music Association. It is Underwood's most successful single to date, with sales of over 2.131 million digital downloads. It is also the best-selling single from an American Idol contestant, and the third longest-charting single in the history of the Hot 100. The single is largely credited with expanding Underwood's popularity beyond the country music market. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American pop country music singer who won the fourth season of American Idol. ... Some Hearts is also an album by The Everly Brothers. ... // A digital download (also known as a digital single or a paid digital download) is an official and legal music single available for purchase through an online store. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... This article is about the genre. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental musical form which evolved from African American spirituals, shouts, work songs and chants and has its earliest stylistic roots in West Africa. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Arista redirects here. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... “Golden record” redirects here. ... In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... RIAA redirects here. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American pop country music singer who won the fourth season of American Idol. ... Dont Forget to Remember Me is the fourth single from Carrie Underwoods quintuple-platinum debut album Some Hearts. ... Wasted is Carrie Underwoods sixth single from her multi-platinum debut Some Hearts. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Muscle Shoals is a city located in Colbert County, Alabama, USA. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 11,924. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American pop country music singer who won the fourth season of American Idol. ... Some Hearts is also an album by The Everly Brothers. ... The Country Music Association (CMA) was founded in 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Look up million in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the current American Idol season, see American Idol (season 7). ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main singles chart used by Billboard magazine. ...

Contents

The song

"Before He Cheats" tells the story of a woman taking revenge on her potentially unfaithful boyfriend. She imagines him at a bar flirting with a "bleach-blond" girl, and eventually "getting lucky" with her. In retaliation, she vandalizes his car by keying it, carving her name into the side of his leather seats, smashing the headlights with a baseball bat, and slashing the tires. She hopes that this will make him "think before he cheats" again.


Music video

The music video for "Before He Cheats" was directed by Roman White.[1] In the beginning of the video Underwood is seen going out to a parking lot with a Louisville Slugger because she has just vandalized her boyfriend's four-wheel drive for cheating on her. In other scenes, the "boyfriend" is seen kissing another woman. As the video progresses Underwood takes the stage to sing as various objects behind her, such as lamps, are seen exploding. At one point, a screen shot of the front seat of the car is seen with Underwood's name carved in it, which she mentions during the chorus of the song. Eventually, she catches up with her cheating boyfriend with the other woman. After looking shocked for a second, she scoffs and hands him the keys to his now-demolished truck. Towards the end Underwood walks down a street, singing along with the song, while different objects are shown flying across the air, glasses are seen shattering, and light bulbs exploding paying homage to Brian de Palma's Carrie. At the very end of the music video, the car is shown completely destroyed. The Louisville Slugger brand is made by Hillerich & Bradsby Hillerich & Bradsby Company is a company located in Louisville, Kentucky that produces the famous Louisville Slugger baseball bat. ... This article is about the class of vehicles. ... Brian De Palma (born Brian Russell DePalma on September 11, 1940 in Newark, New Jersey) is a controversial American film director, best known for directing the Al Pacino classic Scarface, and the Academy Award-winning The Untouchables. ... Carrie is a 1976 American horror film directed by Brian De Palma based on the novel by Stephen King, with a screenplay written by Lawrence D. Cohen. ...


The early scenes in the video featuring a crowd in a narrow street and Underwood in a parking garage, were filmed in and around Printer's Alley in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The final scene featuring the expoding glass and light bulbs, was filmed on Fifth Avenue just north of Church Street in Nashville. Nashville redirects here. ...


"Before He Cheats" made GAC music video history by debuting at number one. It also marks the third consecutive number-one music video on GAC for Underwood. It made history on CMT's Top Twenty Countdown for being at number one for a consecutive five weeks. In December 2006, "Before He Cheats" was named the best video of 2006 by CMT's Top 20 Countdown. It also finished number two in GAC's Video of the Year for 2006 behind Trace Adkins's "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk". Proving its crossover success, the video made a debut at number 15 on the VSpot Top 20 Countdown, peaking at number 4. Binomial name (Lour. ... Tracy Darrell (Trace) Adkins (born January 13, 1962 in Sarepta, Louisiana) is an American country music singer-songwriter. ... Honky Tonk Badonkadonk is a single, released in late 2005 by country music artist Trace Adkins. ... VSpot Top 20 Countdown is a weekly television show on the VH1 cable network. ...


The video premiered on MTV's Total Request Live in April 2007, this is the second country music video to be premiered in this program, the first being "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" by Jessica Simpson. The video went on the make a #10 debut on June 5, 2007, over a month after its premiere. This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... TRL redirects here. ... These Boots Are Made for Walkin is a pop song composed by Lee Hazlewood and first recorded by Nancy Sinatra. ... Jessica Ann Simpson (born July 10, 1980) is an American pop singer and actress who rose to fame in the late 1990s. ... is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


On April 16, 2007, the video for "Before He Cheats" swept the CMT Music Awards, winning three categories: Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year, and Director of the Year. Underwood made history by being the first female to win Video of the Year. is the 106th day of the year (107th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... “CMT” redirects here. ...


The video also garnered Carrie a 2007 MTV Video Music Award nomination in the category of Best New Artist. The MTV Video Music Awards were established in 1984 by MTV to celebrate the top music videos of the year. ...


During an NBC Sunday Night Football telecast of a Cowboys-Giants game, the song was played over the Dallas offensive lineup announcements after Underwood broke up with Dallas QB Tony Romo This article is about the television network. ... Sunday Night Football can refer to one of three National Football League television series: ESPN Sunday Night Football, which aired on the cable television network ESPN from the 1987 through 2005 NFL seasons. ... The classic vision of the American cowboy, as portrayed by Frederic Remington A cowboy (Spanish vaquero) tends cattle and horses on cattle ranches in North and South America. ... For other meanings of the word giant, see Giant (disambiguation) Giants are humanoid creatures of prodigious size and strength, a type of legendary monster that appear in the tales of many different races and cultures. ... Antonio Tony Ramiro Romo (born April 21, 1980 in San Diego, California) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ...


Chart performance

"Before He Cheats" first appeared on the charts in February of 2006. Although it had not at that point been released as a single, many country stations began giving the song unsolicited airplay, leading it to debut on Billboard's Hot Country Songs at #59. By the time the song was officially released as Some Hearts' third single in August of that year, it had already racked up twenty non-consecutive weeks on the chart, reaching as high as #49. After the official release, the song climbed the country charts quickly, reaching #1 in November and remaining there for five weeks. It also managed to debut on the Hot 100 at #92, and by November it had reached #16 on that chart. A controversy involving Faith Hill's reaction to Underwood's win for Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2006 CMAs (at which Underwood performed "Before He Cheats") helped bring attention and sales to the single. By the end of 2006, the song began to slowly descend the charts, and it had appeared the single had peaked. Hot Country Songs is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... Some Hearts is also an album by The Everly Brothers. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main singles chart used by Billboard magazine. ... Audrey Faith Perry McGraw, known professionally as Faith Hill (born September 21, 1967), is an American country singer, known for her commercial success as well as her marriage to fellow country singer Tim McGraw. ... CMA may stand for: Canadian Medical Association Cash Management Account Census Metropolitan Area Certified Management Accountant Certified Medical Assistant Chinese martial arts Chinese Military Academy Chocolate Manufacturers Association Christian Motorcyclists Association Compagnie des Messageries Aériennes, a French airline Computer Misuse Act 1990 Coordinated Malware Attack Country Music Association Critical...


However, Top 40 radio began to take notice of the song in February of 2007, around the time of Underwood's Grammy wins. As the single increased its top 40 airplay, it began to rebound on the Hot 100. The new airplay, along with attention from numerous award show wins for the song, such as favorite country song at the 2007 People's Choice Awards in January and Video of the Year at the 2007 CMTs in April, reinvigorated digital sales as well. Eventually the single managed to climb into the top 15 in its 33rd chart week, the longest climb to that level in the history of the chart.[2] When it finally peaked at number 8 in May of 2007, it had already logged 38 weeks on the chart, making it the longest trek to the top 10 ever. As pop airplay began dying down, the song got a third life on the adult contemporary format, which began playing the song in May. "Before He Cheats" spent 64 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100, before finally falling off in late November of 2007. The song is the third-longest charting single on the Hot 100, following LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" and Jewel's "You Were Meant For Me"/"Foolish Games". It is the longest running hit so far this decade. Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The Peoples Choice Awards, held annually in January, is one of the few awards shows to be based on popularity. ... CMT can refer to: Cadmium Mercury Telluride Canal Metropolitano Televisión Catalog Management Table Certified Market Technician Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Childrens Musical Theatreworks of Fresno, California Chip Multi Threading Comision del Mercado de las Telecommunicaciones, the Spanish communications industry regulator. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Margaret LeAnn Rimes (born August 28, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American country music and pop singer and occasional songwriter. ... How Do I Live is a 1997 song, written by Diane Warren, that was released originally by LeAnn Rimes, and shortly afterward by Trisha Yearwood. ... You Were Meant for Me is a folk pop song written by Jewel and Steve Poltz and performed by Jewel on her first album, Pieces of You. ... Single Information Foolish Games was Jewel’s third/fourth and final single taken from her debut album. ...


"Before He Cheats" has sold over 2,428,000 downloads, making it the most-downloaded country song ever. The song was certified 2x Platinum in digital sales by the RIAA in February 2008, making it the first country song to ever to do so. It is also the best-selling single from an American Idol contestant, and Underwood's best selling single to date. It has sold over one million ringtones. In Canada, it is officially certified as Platinum. The RIAA Logo. ... For the current American Idol season, see American Idol (season 7). ...


"Before He Cheats" was ranked 6th on the 2007 Hot 100 Year-End Chart and 5th on the 2007 Hot 100 Airplay Year-End Chart by Billboard Magazine. It was also ranked 10th on the 2007 Adult Contemporary Year-End Chart.


Criticism

Despite its overwhelming popularity and crossover success, the song has drawn criticism for its glorification of violence as a justified response to the infidelity suffered by the subject of the song. For example, Glenn Sacks, an American men's and fathers' issues columnist and radio broadcaster, cited "Before He Cheats" as an example of the "double standard about domestic violence [that] manifests itself in ... popular culture".[3] Sacks notes that a "song and a video approving of a violent, jealous man destroying his girlfriend's car" would likely receive dissimilar treatment, and undoubtedly draw widespread criticism. Also cited is the fact that, in reality, someone vandalizing their boyfriends car would not simply get away with it and come out on top, as one is left to assume the woman in the song does. Glenn Sacks is an American mens and fathers issues columnist and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host. ...


Cover versions

R&B singer Joe performed a cover version of the song as a Pepsi Smash exclusive on Yahoo! Music. He changed the lyrics to fit a male's perspective and titled his version "Before I Cheat". He also changed the lyrics from "Shania karaoke" to "Mariah karaoke".[4] Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Joe Lewis Thomas (born July 5, 1973), usually credited simply as Joe, is an seven-time Grammy Award-nominated American R&B singer and record producer. ... Pepsi Cola is a non-alcoholic carbonated beverage produced and manufactured by PepsiCo. ... Yahoo! Music, provided by the Yahoo! network, is a provider of a variety of music services, including Internet radio, music videos, news, artist information, and original programming. ... Shania Twain, IPA: OC (born Eilleen Regina Edwards, August 28, 1965, Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian singer and songwriter in the country and pop music genres. ... This article is about the singer. ...


A dance cover version was also released by Jackie 'O'.[5] // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ...


On the second annual "Idol Gives Back" special, Teri Hatcher and Band from TV covered the song. The performance takes place after a scene in which Hatcher's TV husband (James Denton) fixes Underwood's sink prompting Hatcher to then "steal her song" because Underwood "tried to steal her man." Idol Gives Back is the name of a charitable campaign that spanned two episodes of American Idol. ... Teri Lynn Hatcher (born December 8, 1964) is an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress and author as well. ... Band From TV is a charity rock group, the focal point of the Band From TV Global Charity Trust. ... James Denton (born January 20, 1963) is an American film and television actor. ...


Awards

WON

  • The 2007 People's Choice Award for Favorite Country Song
  • The 2007 CMT Music Awards for "Female Video of the Year" and "Video of the Year"
  • The 2007 Academy of Country Music Award for "Video of the Year"
  • The 2007 Country Music Association Award for "Single of the Year"
  • 50th Annual Grammy Award Best Country Song
  • 50th Annual Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance

NOMINATED

  • The 2007 Academy of Country Music Awards for "Song of the Year" and "Single of the Year"
  • MTV Video Music Award for "Best New Artist in a Video"
  • The 2007 Country Music Association Awards for "Song of the Year" and "Video of the Year"
  • 50th Annual Grammy Award for Song of the Year

Charts

Chart (2006 - 2007) Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 8
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Recurrents 2
Canadian Hot 100 4
Canadian Country Singles 1
Canadian Singles 2
United World Chart[6] 25
Quaday Hot 100 Singles Philippines 1

Hot Country Songs is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... The Pop 100 is a songs chart created in February 2005 and released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... The Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart (formerly known as Adult Contemporary Singles and only Adult Contemporary) lists the most popular songs weekly calculated by airplay and occasionally sales. ... The Hot Digital Songs chart ranks the best-selling digital singles in the United States, according to Billboard. ... The Canadian Hot 100 is a music singles popularity chart issued weekly by Billboard magazine which ranks songs in Canada. ... The United World Chart is a worldwide chart issued every week by Media Traffic, using both sales (digital and physical) and airplay to determine the most popular albums and singles worldwide. ...

References

  1. ^ Videos: Carrie Underwood, "Before He Cheats". CMT.com. Retrieved on 2008-02-15.
  2. ^ [1] Billboard.com Retrieved on 05-24-07
  3. ^ http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=31850 Americanchronicle.com
  4. ^ http://video.music.yahoo.com/up/music/music/?rn=1301797&vid=44151156 Video.music.yahoo.com
  5. ^ Almighty Records.com | Jackie 'O' | Before He Cheats
  6. ^ a b "Carrie Underwood - Before He Cheats global chart positions and trajectories". aCharts.us. Retrieved June 30, 2007.

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Succession

Preceded by
"Jesus, Take The Wheel"
by Carrie Underwood
Grammy Award for Best Country Song
2008
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
"Jesus, Take The Wheel"
by Carrie Underwood
Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance
2008
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
"Every Mile a Memory" by Dierks Bentley
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number one single

November 11-December 9, 2006
Succeeded by
"My Wish" by Rascal Flatts

Jesus, Take the Wheel is a Grammy Award-winning song written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American pop country music singer who won the fourth season of American Idol. ... The Grammy Award for Best Country Song (sometimes known as the Country Songwriters Award) has been awarded since 1965. ... Jesus, Take the Wheel is a Grammy Award-winning song written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson. ... Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American pop country music singer who won the fourth season of American Idol. ... The Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance was first awarded in 1965. ... Every Mile A Memory was Dierks Bentleys 4th #1 hit. ... Dierks Bentley (born November 20, 1975 in Phoenix, Arizona[1]) is an American country music singer-songwriter. ... Hot Country Songs is a chart released weekly by Billboard magazine in the United States. ... is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 343rd day of the year (344th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Rascal Flatts is an American Country Pop band formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2000. ...

External links

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