Brooke Eden on the PostBreakup Text That Inspired Breakout Hit 'Act Like You Don't'
publish date: 2017-06-20
Country radio has been slow to pick up, but Eden is generating millions of Spotify streams.
Post-breakup songs are evergreen in country music, and since the majority of country singers getting radio play at the moment are men, wounded male pride has been abundant on the airwaves in recent years. Sam Hunt's "Break Up in a Small Town," in which the singer is suspended in thick film of post-relationship paranoia, hit No. 2 last year. More recently, some of these songs have taken a turn towards the vindictive: take the Swon Brothers' "Don't Call Me" and Walker Hayes' "You Broke Up With Me," in which dumped men enjoy rebuffing their exes during their maybe-I-made-a-mistake moments.
Into this space sweeps Brooke Eden's "Act Like You Don't," which does the important work of voicing the other side of the post-breakup conversation. The single is understanding -- "I know we both get lonely" -- but firm: "Let's play a little game and pretend/ Like you don't know where I go on the weekends/ When you want to show up with your friends/ Act like you don't." And though radio has been characteristically slow to embrace the song, which sits at No. 53 on the latest Country Airplay Chart, streamers have taken to it: "Act Like You Don't" recently passed the 14 million streams mark on Spotify, an impressive tally for a relatively unknown singer in a space where streaming rates still lag behind those of other genres.