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Old Dominion - Break Up with Him (Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2016)

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"Break Up with Him"
Single by Old Dominion
from the album Meat and Candy
  • January 20, 2015 (2015-01-20)
  • May 11, 2015 (2015-05-11)
FormatDigital download
  • ReeSmack
  • RCA Nashville
  • Matthew Ramsey
  • Trevor Rosen
  • Whit Sellers
  • Geoff Sprung
  • Brad Tursi
Producer(s)Shane McAnally
Old Dominion singles chronology

"Break Up with Him" is a song by American country music group Old Dominion. Originally released as the second single off their self-titled EP on ReeSmack in January 2015, the band later signed with RCA Nashville on February 2015 and re-released the song on May 11 as the lead single from their debut album Meat and Candy. The song garnered positive reviews from critics praising the production and lyrical content.

"Break Up with Him" peaked at number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, giving the band their first number-one country hit. It also charted at numbers 3 and 44 on the Hot Country Songs and Hot 100 charts respectively. The song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has sold 719,000 copies in the United States as of May 2016. It received similar chart success in Canada, peaking at number 3 on the Country chart and number 53 on the Canadian Hot 100. It was certified Gold by Music Canada, denoting sales of over 40,000 units in that country.

The accompanying music video for the song, directed by Steve Condon, pays homage to the 1985 sci-fi film Back to the Future.


  • 1 Release history
  • 2 Critical reception
  • 3 Commercial performance
  • 4 Music video
  • 5 Charts and certifications
    • 5.1 Weekly charts
    • 5.2 Year-end charts
    • 5.3 Certifications
  • 6 References

Release history

Before the song was released as the second single from the band's debut EP, it gained popularity after receiving airplay on the satellite Sirius XM Radio's "The Highway" channel in late 2014. The band released the song on the independent label ReeSmack to radio on January 20, 2015.[1] The band became signed to RCA Nashville in late February 2015,[2] and the song was re-released on May 11, 2015 as an RCA single release. All five members of the band wrote the song, and Shane McAnally produced it.[3]

Critical reception

Giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars, Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal wrote that the song "is mellow and distinct" and that "Their sound is crisp and unique, which stands out by a mile on the country radio airwaves."[4] Jason Scott of AXS found the song's "hip-hop phrasing and definitive rock overtones" has comparable charm to Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. He also thought that the song, "on its own merits of structure and quality, stands alone in the face of country music's other superstar groups", the band "have a different kind of spark that blazes through on this track."[5] On its story told on the song of a man trying to seduce a girl over the phone, Billy Dukes of Taste of Country called it "wonderful selfishness" and praised its "refreshing boldness".[6] In a more critical review, Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a "D" grade, saying that there are "Two ways to hear [this song]: One, if the guy is right, then it’s a mediocre love song about that moment when two people decide to get into a relationship. The other, if the guy is wrong, it’s a creepy stalker monologue headed toward an order of protection."[7]

Commercial performance

The song became available for download with the release of the Old Dominion EP on October 7, 2014. It initially gained airplay on the Sirius XM radio stations and reached No. 1 on its chart, "The Highway" Hot 45 Countdown, at the end of 2014, 11 weeks after the song became available.[8][9] It entered the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 58 for chart dated January 16, 2015, and entered the Hot Country Song chart at No. 50 two weeks later. The early sales were mainly due to SiriusXM airplay. The song began to gain traction on other radio stations, and rose steadily on the chart. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 99 for chart dated July 25, 2015. It reached No. 1 on Country Airplay for chart dated November 14, 2015,[10] and peaked at Hot 100 at No. 44 the same week.

The EP was certified Gold by the RIAA on September 23, 2015.[11] The song has sold 719,000 copies in the US as of May 2016.[12]

Music video

The song's music video was released on July 9, 2015. Directed by Steve Condon, the video pays homage to the 1985 movie Back to the Future, with lead singer Matt Ramsey as Marty McFly.[13]


  1. ^ Matt Bjorke (January 20, 2015). "Old Dominion Releases "Break Up With Him" To Radio". Roughstock. 
  2. ^ Alanna Conaway (March 2, 2015), "Old Dominion Signs With RCA Nashville", Roughstock 
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (May 11, 2015). "Old Dominion Releases "Break Up With Him" Via RCA". Roughstock. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ Papadatos, Markos (July 21, 2015). "Review: Old Dominion triumph on new radio single 'Break Up with Him'". Digital Journal. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ Jason Scott (January 24, 2015). "Review: Old Dominion go bold with 'Break Up with Him' single". AXS. 
  6. ^ = Billy Dukes (January 23, 2015). "Old Dominion, 'Break Up With Him' – ToC Critic's Pick [Listen]". Taste of Country. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ Matt Bjorke (December 22, 2014). "Old Dominion Tops The Highway's "Hot 45 Countdown" Chart". Roughstock. 
  9. ^ "Old Dominion's "Break Up With Him" Reaches No.1 On Sirius XM's "The Highway"". 94.5 Country. 
  10. ^ Jim Asker (November 3, 2015). "Carrie Underwood Makes History With Sixth No. 1; Rhett, Hunt, Old Dominion Make Moves". Billboard. 
  11. ^ "American certifications – Old Dominion – Break Up with Him". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  12. ^ a b Bjorke, Matt (May 5, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Singles Report: May 5, 2016". Roughstock. 
  13. ^ Hudak, Joseph (July 9, 2015). "See Old Dominion's 'Back to the Future' Homage 'Break Up With Him'". Rolling Stone Country. Retrieved August 2, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Old Dominion – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Old Dominion.
  15. ^ "Old Dominion – Chart history" Billboard Canada Country for Old Dominion.
  16. ^ "Old Dominion – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Old Dominion.
  17. ^ "Old Dominion – Chart history" Billboard Country Airplay for Old Dominion.
  18. ^ "Old Dominion – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Old Dominion.
  19. ^ "Best of 2015: Country Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  20. ^ "Best of 2015: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2015. Retrieved December 9, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Old Dominion – Break Up with Him". Music Canada. Retrieved March 31, 2016. 
  22. ^ "American single certifications – Old Dominion – Break Up with Him". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 12, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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