This is a duet with Country legend Merle Haggard. Wolf told The Boston Globe about the collaboration: "We spent some time together on his bus, hanging out. Then, when Will and I finished 'It's Too Late For Me,' I thought it had such a quality to it, a tradition to it, that I thought perhaps Merle might be interested in contributing to it. He first thought it was a Lefty Frizell song, which is a great compliment. Then his piano player told me Merle loves that song so much he's planning on recording it. I said, 'No, no, no, I wanna do a duet with him.' Finally, we were able to get to it and do it. It's one of my prize moments. Pick several moments in my career that are important, sitting next to Merle singing was one of them."
Midnight Souvenirs debuted at #45 on the Billboard 200. It was Wolf's highest-charting album on the chart since his 1984 release Lights Out peaked at #24. By a strange quirk of fate on his first week on the chart Wolf ranked between the soundtrack The Twilight Saga: New Moon at #46 and Dr. Dog's seventh album at #44.
Two tears roll down Sinead O'Connor's face. toward the end of the video for "Nothing Compares 2 U." They were shed because she associated the song's lyrics of love and loss with her mother, who was killed in a car accident in 1985.
"Cruise" climbed from 6-5 on the Hot 100 in its 34th week. In doing so it set a record for the slowest ascent to the Top 5 in the chart's history, which was beaten by Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive" 42-week clamber to #4 three weeks later.