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Ashley Cooke Rises on the Charts with her Breakup Ballad “Your Place”

Ashley Cooke + Your Place
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Rising country superstar Ashley Cooke hits the Billboard charts after releasing the breakup anthem “Your Place” on July 7, 2023, for her 24-track sophomore LP and major-label debut album Shot in the Dark (2023). The song is dedicated to those who want to assert independence and boundaries after a failed relationship. After all, an ex has no right to intrude upon your new life if you have finally decided to be free.

Straightforward and relatable, “Your Place” brings Cooke to a new career peak as it reaches the top ten on both domestic and international music charts. While it earns the No. 7 spot on the US Country Airplay, the song climbs to No. 23 on US Hot Country Songs. It also notches at No. 1 on the UK Country Airplay and storms out into the Australia Country Hot 50 as No. 5. Cooke further climbs to the Top 5 Most-Added on Mediabase Canada in 2024. This only proves that her music transcends geographical borders and is deserving of international recognition.

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The country songstress clutches her coveted status as the iHeartCountry On the Verge Artist after the song reached No. 4 on Sirius XM’s The Highway Hot 30 Countdown with nearly 1 million streams in the second quarter of 2023.

As she continuously soars to becoming a renowned country artist, Cooke’s graceful exterior, partnered with her masterfully composed lyrics on “Your Place,” captures her aptitude for soulful ballads. 

Meaning Behind the Song

Ashley Cooke certainly knows her way around bouncing back boldly from a breakup. Billboard author Robby Klein describes her single “Your Place” as “the kind of lyrical flip that historically plays well in country” for its easy hook and real-life representation of a harsh romantic experience of being cheated on. Through the song, she basically affirms a firm line between her and his ex-boyfriend to leave her alone. 

Cooke shares her story of dumping a cheating boyfriend who kept begging to get back together. In response to this, she writes a hook, “It ain’t your place,” to perfectly express the message she wants to convey in managing boundaries. “In a weird way, writing ‘Your Place’ was kind of my line of, ‘Hey, I’m going to turn to a new lead and not deal with those kinds of relationships anymore,’’ Cooke shared in a Billboard interview

During the writing process, Cooke shared the idea with her co-writer, Jordan Minton, at Mark Trussell’s Nashville studio on August 16, 2022. Trussell developed the chord progression, while Minton helped with the passage writing and melodic transitions. “She’s not belting the melody out. It’s a very kind of subdued, conversational melody, which makes it just feel like she was talking to the person,” Minton says. 

Directed by CMA award-winner Justin Clough, you can see Cooke’s vision for the song materialize in the music video, wherein she reiterates to her ex-boyfriend on the elevator that they are over. Its creative direction highlights the importance of the elevator as a tangible plotline of the song, making it abundantly clear that his ex is no longer welcome for reconciliation. In the end, Cooke and her ex switched places, with her at the elevator and the man outside. Her smirk shows that she’s too happy now to sacrifice her independence for him again. 

Finding out your former boyfriend cheated on you can be dehumanizing and traumatic, what more if he keeps on coming back despite the heartache he knew he caused? That is why “Your Place” is an anthem for regaining your worth. Singing it on tour with fans gives Cooke a sense of empowerment, as though her self-respect is profoundly reclaimed.

If you need a boost of confidence to set your boundaries with your ex, well, it’s time to sing along to Ashley Cooke’s “Your Place” and push toxicity away from your life. 

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