Lover Lover

Album: Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury (2010)
Charted: 29

Songfacts®:

  • This is a cover of a song that was originally recorded by the American soul group Sonia Dada. Released in 1992 under the title of "You Don't Treat Me No Good," the song was a #1 hit in Australia, spending four weeks at the top of the ARIA Charts. It did not chart in the United States. Country music artist Jerrod Niemann's version was his first release on the Sea Gayle label, a sister label of Arista Nashville, as well as his fourth single release overall.
  • The repetitive title alludes to the amount of times Jerrod repeated himself in the process of recording the song. He explained to Great American Country that he was determined to sing all nine parts himself, instead of using any studio musicians: "There was nine vocal parts, and it was very challenging. [I] actually recorded eight parts the first night, and the only part left was this real low bass part. And my voice was, for lack of a better word, shredded from singing the other eight parts. So me and [a buddy] walked down to the Tin Roof in Nashville and in the name of art, properly medicated the vocal cords. Goodness gracious, when I woke up the next morning I sounded like a hybrid of the low guy in the Oak Ridge Boys and Grape Ape!"
  • The song was Niemann's first Top 10 Country hit. He discussed the public's reaction to his cover with The Boot: "One of the reasons I recorded it was because I couldn't get it out of my head since I was a child. It was ironic that I heard it an entire summer around a swimming pool ... which is really cool. Theoretically, it's a sad song, but with a double negative of treating no good no more, which means you really treat me good, right? [laughs] I love being able to hear a song that makes you want to turn up the radio and roll down the windows. Obviously, I've never had any of my own music do that to me [laughs], so it's nice to hear that, especially when you do get your feelings hurt. If you can tap your foot while you're crying, why not? It has been amazing to see what lyrics, melody, instrumentation or even your own interpretation of a song that's already been out by somebody else can change your career. When you've been heard in a way that everybody's been kind enough to respond to the song [that's] what is really mindblowing for me and all the guys involved."
  • The song climbed to the top of the Country singles chart the same week as Niemann's maiden Arista Nashville set, Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury, was leading the July 31st Country Albums listing. This meant that Niemann became the first artist since Darius Rucker to lead both lists with debut #1 titles. Rucker's "Don't Think I Don't Think About It" and Learn to Live concurrently ruled each ranking during the first two weeks of October 2008.
  • This was the first Country Songs chart-topper to reinvent a pop or rock song since Blake Shelton's update of Michael Buble's "Home" reached #1 on the July 12-19, 2008 charts.

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