Single off “Who You Selling For” Album
American rock band The Pretty Reckless released Who You Selling For as their third studio album. This song was released on October 21, 2016 by Razor & Tie. On the US Billboard 200, the album reached number 13 and on the UK Albums Chart, it reached number 23. In October 2016, its lead single “Take Me Down” peaked at the top of the Mainstream Rock chart on Billboard. There were also singles called “Oh My God” and “Back to the River” from this album. The single Prisoner was released as a promotional track.
Background and release
The band’s frontwoman Taylor Momsen announced in early September 2015 that they were working on new material. The album was produced by longtime collaborator Kato Khandwala, while Momsen co-wrote all the songs with guitarist Ben Phillips. Following two years of touring in support of the band’s second studio album, Going to Hell (2014), the band began writing for the third album. As Momsen said, “We had so much we wanted to say, it was like shaking a can of soda on tour, and then when we started writing we cracked the seal”. “Touring is very isolating. You see the world from the window of a bus or an airplane. But music is the one thing that grounds us and is a true companion through the forest. It saved us again.”
“Who You Selling For” was officially announced along with its release date on August 9, 2016. Mumsen said of the title, “For me, it’s a question that challenges what I’m doing with my life. It questions the meaning of my actions whatever they are. It also defines the record in a grander way by asking the listener to look into the meaning of each song past the obvious.” In addition, she explained that the cover art was “a very direct representation of how I feel at the moment. I wanted it to be artistic and emote how I’m feeling at this junction in my life. An artist came to me with this image, and it was just perfect! The artist is a close friend who wants to remain anonymous, but they had heard the record and worked based off of [sic] the music to create that image.”
“Take Me Down”, the lead single from “Who You Selling For”, was released digitally on July 15, 2016, and was serviced to US active rock radio on July 19. With the number one on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart dated November 5, 2016, The Pretty Reckless became the first act to send four songs to the top of the chart, as well as the only female-led group to have several number one hits. Oh My God was released as the album’s second single on September 9, 2016. The band has embarked on the Who You Selling For Tour across the United States in support of the album, which kicked off in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 20, 2016. An active rock radio station in the US received a third single, titled “Back to the River”, on June 13, 2017.
AllMusic’s Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that the band was “have decided to grow up on Who You Selling For and, thanks to their inherent muscle and the sharp articulation of producer Kato Khandwala, this self-conscious maturation succeeds.” Bowar of Loudwire wrote that the album is “continues the maturation of [the band’s] sound, delivering a varied batch of memorable songs”, concluding, “With too many hard rock bands sounding sterile and calculated, it makes the rawness, emotion and originality of Who You Selling For stand out even more.” Rock Sound’s Emma Matthews commented that “The Pretty Reckless may have evolved over the years, but one trait that remains is frontwoman Taylor Momsen’s fearlessness in the face of change.”
On the US Billboard 200, Who You Selling For debuted at number 13 with 19,580 pure album sales. Fourteen hundred and fifty seven copies of the album were sold in its first week on the UK Albums Chart.
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