lindsay ell wraps up landmark year with chart success for “want me back”

lindsay ell wraps up landmark year with chart success for “wAnt me back”
Topping the Canadian radio charts for a second time this week; check out the intimate acoustic performance for Paste here

(December 8th, 2020) – Closing out what has already been a landmark year, this week vocalist and songwriter Lindsay Ell has landed her second #1 at Canadian country radio with her hit single “wAnt me back.” The two-time CCMA Award winner (Interactive Artist of the Year 2019 & 2020) and two-time 2020 ACM Award nominee (New Female Artist of the Year & Vocal Event of the Year) secured the top spot on the charts with the most recent track off her sophomore album heart theory, which debuted to critical acclaim this summer.

“I am beyond thrilled to celebrate my second #1 in Canada,” said Ell of today’s news. “I have written so much of my heart and soul into my latest album, and to release music in a year like 2020 has been quite the rollercoaster. But to top this year off with a celebration like this is truly incredible! This is the best early Christmas present ever.”

This #1 comes on the heels of Ell’s intimate acoustic performance for Paste on Friday as part of their “Paste Studio on the Road: Nashville” series. She performed a handful of songs off her new album, including her now Canadian #1 hit single “wAnt me back.” Watch the whole performance HERE.

“wAnt me back,” which Ell co-wrote with Kane Brown, Matt McGinn & Lindsay Rimes, was #1 most added at US Country radio upon its debut week. The video (watch here) premiered exclusively on CMT in October with praise that “with self-confidence and a dose of Hollywood glamour, Lindsay Ell steps into the spotlight on her own terms.”  Success for the single skyrocketed more than 276% across all streaming platforms.

heart theory debuted inside the Top 10 of Billboard’s Top Country Albums and Top 5 on the UK Country Album Chart in August. The album is a journey through each stage of grief and while for Ell it specifically stemmed from a monumental break-up; major health scare; turning 30; and confronting secrets from her childhood, the idea of processing our own grief individually is universal. The album has garnered praise across the industry, with American Songwriter hailing it a “masterpiece of an album” and Rolling Stone calling it Ell’s “most empowering album to date.” Billboard praised that Ell “turns her heartache into art with a uniformly strong pop-country set” and that the record “demands to be listened to as a whole from start to finish to appreciate fully the journey Ell is taking us on.”

“wAnt me back” marks Ell’s second #1 at Canadian country radio, following up the breakout hit “Criminal” from her debut album The Project, which landed that coveted spot in 2018. Last year, Ell also scored her first #1 at country radio in the U.S. with her duet alongside Brantley Gilbert for “What Happens in a Small Town.”

With over 83+ Million streams on her catalogue and a monumental 2020 behind her, 2021 has a lot in store for Lindsay Ell.




Lauded as “one of the most exciting and talented young artists in country music” (Forbes), Lindsay Ell is a triple threat:  accomplished musician, unique vocalist and awe-inspiring songwriter. The Calgary native learned to play guitar while traveling with her father to country-bluegrass camps as a young girl. Ell honed her craft as a musical stylist and songwriter after being discovered by BTO and The Guess Who’s Randy Bachman (“American Woman” / “Taking Care of Business”) who discovered her at the age of 13. The multi-instrumentalist was soon touring alongside the likes of Luke Bryan, Buddy Guy, and Keith Urban. Ell also shared the stage with distinguished country group, Little Big Town, along with other powerhouse female artists in one the biggest moments of the 2019 CMA Awards where she was also nominated for Musical Event of the Year. Ell’s nominations do not stop there. She has been nominated for New Female Artist of the Year in both 2019 and 2020, in addition to her 2020 ACM nomination of Music Event of the Year. Ell also won 2020 CCMA Interactive Artist or Group of the Year for the second year in a row. These wins and nominations are well earned after Ell exhilarated audiences as part of Keith Urban’s Graffiti U World Tour, Brantley Gilbert’s Not Like Us Tour, and Brad Paisley’s Weekend Warrior World Tour. Ell’s first full-length album The Project debuted at No. 1 on the Country Album Sales Chart and was named Billboard’s “Best Country Album of 2017. “What Happens In a Small Town,” Lindsay’s duet with Brantley Gilbert, claimed the top spot at country radio, marking her first No. 1 in the US. Her new single “wAnt me back” is out now from her recently released sophomore album, heart theory. For more information visit:

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