"Shotgun" is a song by English singer-songwriter George Ezra. The song was written by Ezra and Joel Pott and produced by Cam Blackwood. It was released as a digital download on 18 May 2018, as the third single from Ezra's second studio album Staying at Tamara's.
The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Ezra's first number-one song in the United Kingdom, and was certified platinum in the country. In addition, it topped the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia, also becoming Ezra's first number-one there, as well as the Irish Singles Chart, New Zealand Singles Chart and the Scottish Singles Chart. The song was used in RTÉ's advertising campaign for the 2018 Galway Races. It is also used in a Commonwealth Bank commercial in Australia for their sponsorship of Women's Cricket called "20 Not Out."
Background and composition
"Shotgun" was one of the first songs Ezra wrote for his second studio album, Staying at Tamara's. He penned the track after spending time on top of Montjuïc in Barcelona, the city which had previously been the source of inspiration for his 2015 single of the same name, and Ezra chose to take a break there after struggling to unwind following touring his debut album, Wanted on Voyage. He told The Sun, "Halfway up , there is a hotel with a nice garden. A lot of days I'd walk halfway up and just sit in the beautiful garden. I looked around and everyone was just doing their own thing, trying to figure out their lives. I kind of felt like, 'Well, what I need to do is take myself away and see if I can make any more sense of (what I'm feeling). And I ended up going to Barcelona for a month, and I just stayed in one place instead of travelling around. It was lovely, and I think that's when I realized that it was like, an anxious feeling that I had."
"Shotgun" is originally in the key of F major, with a tempo of 116 beats per minute and a chord progression of F–B♭–Dm–C.
In a review for NME, Rhian Daly described the song as "anthemic" with a "balmy sound".
A lyric video, which has Ezra performing the song in multiple locations, was first released on YouTube on 18 May 2018 and has over 117 million views as of December 2018. The official music video was also released on YouTube on 14 June 2018 and has over 29 million views as of December 2018.File Hashes