Need You Now is Lady Antebellum's second studio album which was released on January 26, 2010 by Capitol Nashville.
The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with 481,000 copies sold during its first week and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
In 2011, "Need You Now" won the Grammy Award for "Best Country Album" and was nominated for "Album of the Year", whereas the single "Need You Now" won four awards (including "Song of the Year" & "Record of the Year").
- Need You Now (4:37)
- Our Kind of Love (4:09)
- American Honey (3:44)
- Hello World (5:26)
- Perfect Day (3:21)
- Love This Pain (3:03)
- When You Got a Good Thing (4:57)
- Stars Tonight (4:04)
- If I Knew Then (4:15)
- Something 'Bout a Woman (3:41)
- Ready to Love Again (2:53)
"Need You Now" debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 with first week sales of 481,000.
It is the third best-selling album of 2010, behind "I Dreamed a Dream" by Susan Boyle and "Recovery" by Eminem.
Due to the band winning five Grammy Awards, "Need You Now" debuted at number 24 on the German Albums Chart in February 2011, 9 months after the release of the album.
To date, the album has sold 4,010,000 copies in the US and 5 million copies worldwide. It also spent 31 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Top Country Albums chart in 2010 and 2011.
Upon its release, Need You Now received generally mixed reviews from music critics.
At Metacritic, the album received an average score of 63, based on 9 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews."
Giving it four stars out of five, Jessica Phillips wrote in Country Weekly magazine that the group "certainly need have no fear of a sophomore slump" due to the success of "Need You Now".
She also said that the album showed the trio's "ability to craft memorable country pop hooks," but added that "not every song works on this record."
Crystal Bell (writing for Billboard) was also positive in her review citing Kelley's vocal slyness and the delicate arrangement of the track, "Ready to Love Again", also noting "the trio's musical growth."
Allmusic reviewer Thom Jurek wrote that on this album "they stick very close to the formula of their debut: a slew of mid- and uptempo love songs, a sad ballad, and a couple of rocked-up good-time tunes — all self-written with some help from some of Nashville's most respected writers." He also went on to say that the album was "flawless in its songwriting, production, and performances."
Mikael Wood of Entertainment Weekly said, "they're most successful when they keep to the moody minor key stuff" and gave the album a B+.
Jonathan Keefe of Slant Magazine was less positive.
Allegations that the song stole from The Alan Parsons Project's song 'Eye in the Sky' have been widespread online, and representatives for Parsons commented.