Anyone who may have misinterpreted the lyrics of Little Big Town’s sultry new single, “Girl Crush,” should get some clarification in the group’s new video for the song.
Filmed in stunning black-and-white, the clip features the foursome, backed by a drummer, standing on a bare set under a glittering mirror ball. Much of the action focuses (in glorious close-up) on singer Karen Fairchild as she delivers the lyrics that stirred controversy because of the implication that the song, penned by Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose, was about a woman’s romantic interest in another woman. It turns out that controversy was largely fabricated, however, as Billboard revealed the number of radio stations reporting listener complaints was minute. And as the clip makes clear, the tune reveals a woman’s jealousy of another who “has everything she has,” including the man she loves.
As the video continues, a mirror ball turns and we catch a few fleeting glimpses of couple – yes, a man and a woman – slow-dancing under a glittering mirror ball, and see the other Little Big Town members, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet playing and singing what has already become one of the most buzzed-about tracks of the year.
“It’s so funny because it took on a life of its own when the record came out, and how could you possibly expect something like that?” McKenna told Rolling Stone Country late last year.
The single appears to have benefited from all the chatter after all, as it vaulted to from 17 to Number Three on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart in the wake of last week’s media (and social media) exposure and is also climbing the Country Airplay chart.