Rising singer-songwriter Abbey Cone released her second single “Hate Me” on January 28th, 2022. The Valory Music Co. artist has been gaining momentum since the release of her debut single, “Rhinestone Ring” in October of 2021. Her fans were elated to hear of the song’s release when it was announced a couple of weeks ago; an acoustic version had lived on Cone’s YouTube channel since 2020.
The new track, written by Cone, Jessie Jo Dillon, and Nathan Spicer, vividly describes the mixed emotions of a breakup and the conflicted feelings around the end of a relationship. She says “Hate Me” is about the feelings you wrestle with post-breakup and wanting to be remembered. “If the opposite of love is not hate it’s indifference – this song is about the root of that feeling of wanting to be remembered,” she stated in a press release. That feeling is certainly relatable and present in the lyrics as she exclaims, “If you talk shit then I hope it’s about me/ ‘Cause at least boy you still talk about me/ And the truth is you feeling something is better than you feeling nothing.”
Cone’s second single was produced by herself alongside Spicer; it has a hard-hitting pop-country sound. The instrumentals of the verses build-up to an anthemic and lively chorus, which further supports the emotions that the song brings forth. Her vocal delivery is soft and smooth on the verses, but the Texas native shows the power of her voice in the chorus. “Hate Me” could easily fit on today’s country radio playlists and would make a great debut radio release for Cone.
Despite being relatively new to the country music scene, the Texas native has been singing for as long as she can remember and has focused on building a career on her own terms. She has already collaborated with prolific songwriters such as Lori McKenna, Shane McAnally, and Nicolle Galyon. This release comes at a perfect time for Cone, as she is supporting Brittney Spencer for select dates of her In A Perfect World Tour in February. The brand new artist was also recently named one of Pandora’s “10 Country Artists to Watch in 2022.”
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