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"Last Name"
Single by Carrie Underwood
from the album Carnival Ride
Released April 8, 2008 (U.S.)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Country rock
Length 4:00
Label Arista Nashville
Writer(s) Luke Laird
Hillary Lindsey
Carrie Underwood
Producer(s) Mark Bright
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Carrie Underwood singles chronology
"All-American Girl"
(2007)
"Last Name"
(2008)
"Praying for Time"
(2008)
Carnival Ride track listing
"I Know You Won't"
(7)
"Last Name"
(8)
"You Won't Find This"
(9)
Music video
"Last Name" at CMT.com

"Last Name" is a song composed by American country singer Carrie Underwood, Hillary Lindsey and Luke Laird. It is the third single from Underwood's second studio album, Carnival Ride. It was released in the United States on April 7, 2008,[1] by which point the song had already charted. At the 51st Grammy Awards, the song won Underwood her third consecutive Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. It has sold 1,078,000 copies to date.[2]

Background[edit]

The song is one of four tracks on the album co-written by Underwood, and the third consecutive one to be released as a single from the album. It is a moderate up-tempo describing a woman meeting a man at a club and later eloping with him in Las Vegas after having had too much to drink that night. She wakes up the next morning, "thinkin' 'bout Elvis somewhere in Vegas", to discover that she does not even know her last name (i.e., she married the man while she was intoxicated), and worries that her "mama would be so ashamed." The music video portrays the song as a prequel to her "Before He Cheats" song, even going so far as to hire the same actor to play the man in question.

Critical reception[edit]

The single was generally met with positive reviews.

Allmusic picked the song as a "track pick", calling the song "Miranda Lambert filtered through Shania Twain", and dubbed it a "one night stand anthem."[3] Rolling Stone picked the track as their favorite, saying "the most fun is "Last Name," where she gets wasted and runs off to Vegas with a guy she doesn't know."[4] Blender awarded the song four out of five stars, describing the song as the "most irresponsible (and fun) moment on the new album involves one wild night, one too many shots of Cuervo and one unexpected ring."[5] Billboard gave a positive review of the track, praising the lyrics: "It's a cleverly penned lyric that hilariously celebrates drunken debauchery" as well as summing it up as "a performance that combines soulful vocals, edgy intensity and sassy attitude into a delicious cocktail."[6]

However, it also received some negative reviews: Engine 145 gave the song a 'thumbs down', describing the song as a "straight-laced performance" that just "places the focus on the vocal".[7] Slant Magazine labelled the single as a "bald-faced attempt at recreating the 'Before He Cheats' phenomenon".[8]

Awards[edit]

35th People's Choice Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2009 "Last Name" Country Song of the Year Won

51st Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2009 "Last Name" Best Female Country Vocal Performance Won

2010 CMA Triple-Play Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2010 "Last Name" Triple-Play Songwriter (along with "So Small", "All-American Girl") Won

2009 BMI Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
2009 "Last Name" Songwriter of the Year (Carrie Underwood) Won

Promotion[edit]

  • Underwood performed the song live for the first time on television during the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on May 18, 2008.
  • Underwood also performed the song live at the American Idol Season 7 finale on May 21, 2008 — the single reached a new digital download peak at number ten which helped the song to show at number nineteen on Billboard Hot 100.

Music video[edit]

The song is described in the video as what happened before the "Before He Cheats" video.

The video starts with some segments from "Before He Cheats" and then goes into a scene three months earlier ("before he cheated", it says) with her in the club drinking with her friends. The same man from the "Before He Cheats" spots her and asks her for a dance. From this point on, while the guy is with Underwood, he is flirting with every other woman he sees. After the dance, Underwood leaves with the guy in his car with fuzzy dice in the rear view mirror. They make it out to Las Vegas where they participate in a couple of gambling activities such as roulette and a Wheel of Fortune game where they win a new truck. Later they get married in a chapel with an Elvis impersonator officiating. They run off in his new pickup truck (the one used in "Before He Cheats") and the video ends with a spark from the chapel sign lights.

Chart performance[edit]

The song debuted at number 46 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, nearly a month before the single's official release. For the week of June 21, 2008 it rose from number five to number one, to become her fifth straight number one on the Billboard chart, her seventh straight number one country single, and her eighth number one Billboard single overall. This marked Underwood as the first solo female artist to have five consecutive number one's on the country survey in almost twenty years, since Rosanne Cash had a string of six number one titles between 1987-89.[9] It is the third country number one from Carnival Ride and reached the top of the chart faster than the first two singles, taking only thirteen weeks. "Last Name" has sold about 1,078,000 downloads as of August 2011.[10]

On the Hot 100 the song has reached number nineteen, making it Underwood's fifth top twenty Hot 100 hit, and the second from Carnival Ride.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[11] 34
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 19
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[13] 31
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[14] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[15] 27
Preceded by
"I'm Still a Guy"
by Brad Paisley
Billboard Hot Country Songs
number-one single

June 21, 2008
Succeeded by
"Better as a Memory"
by Kenny Chesney
Preceded by
"Before He Cheats"
by Carrie Underwood
Grammy Award for
Best Female Country Vocal performance

2009
Succeeded by
"White Horse"
by Taylor Swift

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States April 8, 2008 Airplay Arista Nashville
Canada Sony Music
United Kingdom April 9, 2008

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singles Calendar". MusicRow. 2008-03-12. Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2008-03-12. 
  2. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/465548/ask-billboard-idol-izing-carrie-underwood-lauren-alaina
  3. ^ "allmusic (Carnival Ride)". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  4. ^ "Rolling Stone (Carnival Ride)". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  5. ^ "Blender (Last Name)". Blender. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  6. ^ "Billboard (Last Name)". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  7. ^ "Carrie Underwood - "Last Name"". Engine 145. 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2008-03-25. 
  8. ^ Keefe, Jonathan (2007-11-21). "Music Review: Carrie Underwood: Carnival Ride". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  9. ^ In Depth Music Chart Analysis- Billboard.com- Search for Hot Ringtones
  10. ^ "Ask Billboard: 'Idol'-izing Carrie Underwood, Lauren Alaina". 2011-10-23. 
  11. ^ "Carrie Underwood Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Carrie Underwood. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  12. ^ "Carrie Underwood Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Carrie Underwood. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  13. ^ "Carrie Underwood Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Carrie Underwood. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  14. ^ "Carrie Underwood Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Carrie Underwood. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  15. ^ "Best of 2008: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 
  16. ^ Glee team rewrites the school musical, Los Angeles Times, April 26, 2009

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