Kelsea Ballerini Performs ‘Love Me Like You Mean It': PopCrush Acoustic Sessionby Bradley Stern | PopCrush
So, not to brag, but…we totally called it.
Back in early May, we spotlighted Tennessee-bred country-pop princess on the rise Kelsea Ballerini as our PopCrush Presents of the week, calling her debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It” a “summery ear-worm well suited for your next cross-country road trip.”
Evidently, more than a few people planned a few road trips this summer. By late June, the song skyrocketed to #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay charts — the first time a debut solo female country artist landed on top since Carrie Underwood‘s 2006 debut. And the infectious tune hasn’t just dominated at country radio, either: the track’s currently creeping up the Billboard Hot 100, sitting pretty at #45 at the moment.
Naturally, it felt only right to have Kelsea come into PopCrush HQ and perform an acoustic rendition of her debut smash for us. And not only did she sound amazing, but she perked us all right up with her charming personality. (Also, a fun fact about “Love Me” she told us right after the performance: The song was inspired after listening to Rihanna‘s “Take A Bow” with her co-songwriters!)
Watch Kelsea effortlessly nail her acoustic performance of the #1 hit up top, and if you like it, check her out on Facebook and Twitter, catch a live performance as she tours around the country, and make sure to check out her debut LP The First Time, which just dropped in May.