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“This Town”
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Information
Album

TBA

Released

September 29, 2016

Format

Digital download

Recorded

2016

Length

3:52

Writers

Niall Horan, Jamie Scott, Daniel Bryer, Mike Needle

This Town is the debut single by Niall Horan. It was written in March 2016 by Horan, Mike Needle, Jamie Scott and Daniel Bryer, and released on September 29, 2016 by Capitol Records for Horan's upcoming debut solo studio album. It was the first solo release from the remaining members of One Direction.

The song describes someone being unable to move on from a person they formerly dated.

Background

This Town is an acoustic pop song. The song is written in the key of A major with a common time tempo of 112 beats per minute. Horan's vocals span from D3 to E4 in the song. Niall began writing sessions for his debut solo album in March 2016, after backpacking around the world for three months. He cited legendary acts Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel as inspirations. He explained the writing process of 'This Town' to Z100, stating "I went travelling at the start of the year. When I got back, I was like "Now I’m gonna go in the studio and do a bit of writing because I can and because I want to". Just, you know, for nothing really in particular. 'This Town' is actually one of the first I wrote. "I was like "OK, maybe we’re in a good place here, maybe I could actually do something with this". He also spoke about the lyrics, stating "The first verse of the chorus is pretty cool: “...if the whole world was watching, I’d still dance with you”. I think that’s quite relatable, a carefree kind of line. ”Everything comes back to you” is also quite a poignant line, it’s clearly the tag of the song, everyone that heard the song, before the public heard it, was going ”everything comes back to you” - so that’s the line everyone’s gonna be singing to my face. He further explained the inspiration behind the song in a December 2016 interview, stating "The track is quite special to me, it's one of the first songs I wrote and finished. I came up with the idea while I was backpacking through Asia."[1]

Horan has said his debut album will sound similar to This Town, stating it will be “more upbeat but that kind of vibe — the acoustic guitar, that kind of feel to it, nice strings.”[2][3]

Release

On September 28, 2016, Radio Disney's official Twitter account prematurely posted a tweet saying a song from Niall was about to be released. The tweet was soon deleted[4]. The following morning, radio stations began tweeting about a surprise world premiere and at approximately 11am EST on September 29th, 'This Town' premiered worldwide. The song was released through Capitol Records, who tweeted a welcome message to Niall and celebrated by flying a 'This Town' flag atop their famous Capitol building in Hollywood, California[5][6]. Capitol also erected a billboard advertising the single in Los Angeles and bought ad space on Instagram and Spotify. In an official statement, Niall confirmed his solo record deal with Capitol: "I'm excited to announce I have signed a record deal with Capitol Records USA and released my first solo song. Thank you to all the One Direction fans for your love and support as always. I'm looking forward to the next part of this journey together.[7]" On November 1, 2016, Dutch producer Tiësto released an official remix of This Town[8].

Reception

'This Town' was an instant radio and iTunes hit, remaining at #1 on the Worldwide iTunes charts for three days after release. On day of release, the song reached #1 on iTunes in 49 countries. By October 2nd, the track had garnered over 4 million Spotify streams. Numerous celebrities, publications and radio stations commended the track for its easy listening, folk-acoustic vibes[9]. On 27 November 2016, Universal Music Group announced on Twitter that This Town had acquired over 75 million streams on Spotify[10], by December the song had reached 90 million[11] and in January 2017, it surpassed 100 million streams[12]. Also in December 2016, the song acquired 1 million Shazams.[13] Teen Vogue listed This Town at #14 on their 16 Best Songs of 2016.

Upon the song's release, Liam, Harry and Louis all tweeted their congratulations to Niall, who responded to each band member[14][15][16]. He clarified in subsequent press interviews that One Direction had not split up, they were simply "having fun doing our own thing". When asked if he had informed the rest of the band before releasing the song, Niall confirmed "I just said to them "I’m bringing out a tune, hope it’s all okay. I’m a bit nervous about it, see ya soon." He further confirmed One Direction plan to tour again, and that his debut album will likely be released in Spring 2017. On January 18 2017, Niall won his first solo award, the People's Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Artist[17].

Chart Performance

In the United States, This Town debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at #63, after one counted day of sales and streaming, and four days of radio airplay. The following week, the song moved up to #25. After falling to #61, the song rose back to #29, then back to its original position #25, in December 2016, after a string of live performances. In the first week of January 2017, This Town peaked at #20 on the US charts. In February 2017, the single was certified platinum in the US with over 1 million combined sales and streams[18]. The single debuted at #6 on the Digital Song Sales chart, selling 48,000 downloads in its first day[19]. The track climbed from #91 to #9 on the United Kingdom's Official Singles Charts within its first fortnight of release[20]. In Ireland, the track debuted at #6[21], and in Scotland it debuted at #2[22]. In Australia, This Town debuted at #5 on the ARIA Singles Charts, and was certified gold in November after selling 35,000 copies[23]. it was then certified double platinum in Australia by June 2017. In Canada, it was certified gold on December 7, then double platinum in April 2017. It also achieved double platinum status in Ireland. The song was certified gold in Belgium and Brazil, and silver in the United Kingdom.

Lyrics

Waking up to kiss you and nobody’s there
The smell of your perfume still stuck in the air
It’s hard
Yesterday I thought I saw your shadow running round
It’s funny how things never change in this old town
So far from the start

[Pre-Chorus]
And I want to tell you everything
The words I never got to say the first time around
And I remember everything
From when we were the children playing in this fairground
Wish I was there with you now

[Chorus]
If the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you
Drive highways and byways to be there with you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you

[Verse 2]
I saw that you moved on with someone new
In the pub that we met he’s got his arms around you
It’s so hard
So hard

[Pre-Chorus]
And I want to tell you everything
The words I never got to say the first time around
And I remember everything
From when we were the children playing in this fairground
Wish I was there with you now

[Chorus]
'Cause if the whole world was watching
I’d still dance with you
Drive highways and byways to be there with you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you
You still make me nervous when you walk in the room
Them butterflies they come alive when I’m next to you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you

[Bridge]
And I know that it’s wrong
That I can’t move on
But there’s something about you

[Chorus]
If the whole world was watching I’d still dance with you
Drive highways and byways to be there with you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you
You still make me nervous when you walk in the room
Them butterflies they come alive when I’m next to you
Over and over the only truth
Everything comes back to you
Everything comes back to you

Live Music Video

On September 29, 2016, Niall released a one take live video filmed in Capitol Records famous Studio A. Niall spoke to Z100 about the video, stating "Capitol is a really historic label, the building is one of the most famous around. Being a fifties rat pack swing fan, seeing all the famous pictures of Frank [Sinatra] and Dean Martin and having the chance to do an acoustic version of the song was pretty amazing. One of my favourite producers, Don Walsh, works in the Capitol building - he’s famous for a lot of big things, but most recently a lot of John Mayer records - that was cool to work with him, he wanted to work on the song. It was just good to be in that building and do it acoustically. It was something for the fans, I just wanted to drop it all at the same time, here’s the song, here’s an acoustic version of it, you can go on iTunes, you can go on Spotify, you can do whatever you want, so I just kinda wanted to do it that way."[24] On November 23, Niall released an official lyric video, featuring 1,800 illustrations by animator Marius France.

Music Video Information
Niall Horan - This Town (Live, 1 Mic 1 Take)03:50

Niall Horan - This Town (Live, 1 Mic 1 Take)

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Released September 29, 2016
Length 3:49
Director Possum Hill
Production Co Dylan Williams, Rose Krane & Don Was
Choreographer
Filmed 2016
Location Studio A, Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA
VEVO views 35,831,633 (as of May 1, 2017)

Behind The Scenes

Niall Horan - This Town (1 Mic 1 Take Behind The Scenes)02:04

Niall Horan - This Town (1 Mic 1 Take Behind The Scenes)

Lyric Video

Niall Horan - This Town (Lyric Video)03:56

Niall Horan - This Town (Lyric Video)

Live Performances

Niall Horan - This Town (Live on The Graham Norton Show)03:41

Niall Horan - This Town (Live on The Graham Norton Show)

October 14, 2016

Niall Horan - This Town (Radio 1's Teen Awards 2016)04:08

Niall Horan - This Town (Radio 1's Teen Awards 2016)

October 23, 2016

Niall Horan Performs 'This Town'!-004:02

Niall Horan Performs 'This Town'!-0

October 26, 2016

Niall Horan This Town-003:59

Niall Horan This Town-0

October 27, 2016

Niall on SiriusXMHits1 28 10 16 in NYC18:48

Niall on SiriusXMHits1 28 10 16 in NYC

October 28, 2016

Niall Horan - This Town (Live on Today Show) 201605:59

Niall Horan - This Town (Live on Today Show) 2016

October 28, 2016

This Town, Niall Horan Jingle Ball Toronto Nov 25, 201604:11

This Town, Niall Horan Jingle Ball Toronto Nov 25, 2016

Jingle Ball - Niall Horan - This Town Live - 12 1 16 - San Jose, CA - HD05:08

Jingle Ball - Niall Horan - This Town Live - 12 1 16 - San Jose, CA - HD

"This Town" (Acoustic) - Niall Horan - KIISJingleBall 2016 - Los Angeles, CA - 12 02 201600:59

"This Town" (Acoustic) - Niall Horan - KIISJingleBall 2016 - Los Angeles, CA - 12 02 2016

December 2, 2016

12 9 16 - Jingle Ball - Madison Square Garden04:38

12 9 16 - Jingle Ball - Madison Square Garden

December 9, 2016

Niall Horan This Town-104:12

Niall Horan This Town-1

December 14, 2016

Niall Horan at Dick Clark's New Years Rocking Eve03:33

Niall Horan at Dick Clark's New Years Rocking Eve

December 31, 2016 (Pre-recorded)

Niall Horan - "This Town" (One Love Manchester)03:54

Niall Horan - "This Town" (One Love Manchester)

June 4, 2017

Niall Horan - 'This Town' (Live At Capital’s Summertime Ball 2017)04:07

Niall Horan - 'This Town' (Live At Capital’s Summertime Ball 2017)

Niall Horan - 'This Town' & 'Slow Hands' (Live From iHeartRADIO MMVAs 2017)-004:52

Niall Horan - 'This Town' & 'Slow Hands' (Live From iHeartRADIO MMVAs 2017)-0

References

  1. Niall On40At40
  2. One Direction's Niall Horan releases first solo single, 'This Town'
  3. Z100 Interview
  4. Radio Disney accidental tweet
  5. Capitol Records Welcoming Niall To The Family
  6. This Town Flag Raising
  7. Sky News Report
  8. NIALL HORAN’S ‘THIS TOWN’ GETS A SURPRISINGLY DANCEABLE REMIX
  9. 29 September Recap
  10. Universal MusicGroup Tweet
  11. One Direction Charts
  12. 100 million streams
  13. 1D & Zayn Updates
  14. Harry's Tweet
  15. Louis's Tweet
  16. Liam's Tweet
  17. PCAs 2017
  18. Niall Platinum Feb 2017
  19. Niall Horan Makes History as First Artist to Debut at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart
  20. James Arthur holds on to Number 1 as 1D’s Niall Horan claims highest new entry
  21. GFK Chart-Track
  22. Official Scottish Singles Charts
  23. ARIA Charts
  24. Z100 Interview

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