Playing with Fire is the second studio album by American country music singer Jennifer Nettles. It was released on May 13, 2016, by Big Machine Records. This is her first album with Big Machine after parting ways with Mercury Nashville.[2][3] Ten of the album's twelve tracks were written or co-written by Nettles. Produced by Dann Huff, the album also features a collaboration with singer Jennifer Lopez, titled "My House".


On making the record Nettles says "The way I approached this whole project was different because I'm a different person than I was several years ago, I have different stories to tell; I have different experiences now." Nettles describes the album as "marrying traditional country styles with newer ones."[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[5]
ABC News3.5/5 stars11px11px11px11px[6]

Playing with Fire debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 10,[7] and Top Country Albums at No. 2, selling 30,800 copies in the first week.[8]

As of October 2016 the album has sold 86,600 copies in the United States.[9]

Track listing

1."Playing with Fire"Jennifer Nettles, Brandy Clark3:03
2."Unlove You"Nettles, Clark3:55
3."Hey Heartbreak"Sara Haze, Shane McAnally, Jimmy Robbins3:34
4."Drunk in Heels"Nettles, Clark3:22
5."Stupid Girl"Nettles, Bill Sherman3:38
6."Three Days in Bed"Holly Williams3:41
7."Sugar"Nettles, Clark, Jesse Jo Dillon2:55
8."Chaser"Nettles, Clark, McAnally3:27
9."Starting Over"Nettles, Clark, McAnally4:13
10."Salvation Works"Nettles, Clark, Lori McKenna3:51
11."Way Back Home"Nettles3:31
12."My House" (featuring Jennifer Lopez)Nettles, Julio Reyes Copello, Lopez, McAnally, Josh Osborne3:28
Total length:42:38

Credits and personnel

  • Jennifer Nettles – all vocals
  • Jennifer Lopez – featured vocals
  • Chris Lord-Algemixing
  • Adam Ayan – mastering
  • Marc Baptiste – photographer
  • Abby Bennett – graphic design
  • Drew Bollman – assistant engineer
  • Jason Bonilla – engineer, production assistant, programming
  • Sandi Spika Borchetta – art direction
  • Adam Chagnon – engineer
  • Bryan Cook – engineer
  • Lance Van Dyke – assistant engineer
  • Greg Foeller – assistant engineer
  • Justin Ford – graphic design
  • Mike Griffith – production coordinator
  • Zach Hancock – engineer
  • Dann Huff – producer, programming
  • David Huffdigital editing
  • Alison Jones – A&R
  • Nik Karpen – assistant engineer
  • Justin Lieberman – production assistant
  • Richard Madenfort – production assistant
  • Steve Marcantonio – engineer
  • Seth Morton – production assistant, engineer
  • Sean Neff – digital editing
  • Justin Niebank – engineer, mixing
  • Becky Reiser – art design, graphic design
  • Dominic Rivelli – production assistant
  • Josh Wilson – production assistant


Chart (2016) Peak
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[11] 39
UK Country Albums (OCC)[12] 4
US Billboard 200[13] 10
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[14] 2

Release history

List of release dates, showing region, formats, label, editions and reference
Region Date Format(s) Label Edition(s) Ref.
Australia May 13, 2016 (2016-05-13) Big Machine Standard [15]
Canada [16]
United Kingdom [17]
United States [4]


  1. "Jennifer Nettles – Hey Heartbreak | Daily Play MPE". Play MPE via Big Machine Records. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  2. "Playing with Fire by Jennifer Nettles on iTunes". 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-05-09. 
  3. Freeman, Jon (2016-03-10). "Jennifer Nettles Plots New Solo Album 'Playing With Fire'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-05-09. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 McCllen, Lauren (March 10, 2016). "Jennifer Nettles Sets Release Date for 'Playing with Fire' Album". Taste of Country. Taste of Country Network. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  5. "Jennifer Nettles-Playing with Fire". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  6. Raible, Allan (May 18, 2016). "Meghan Trainor, Corianne Bailey Rae, Jennifer Nettles and More Album Reviews". ABC News. ABC News. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  7. "Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  8. Bjorke, Matt (May 23, 2016). "Country Album Sales Chart: May 23, 2016". Roughstock. 
  9. Bjorke, Matt (October 5, 2016). "Top 10 Country Albums Sales Chart: October 3, 2016". Roughstock. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  10. "Jennifer Nettles - Playing with Fire". All Music. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  11. "Jennifer Nettles – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Jennifer Nettles. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
  12. "Official Country Artists Albums Chart Top 20". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  13. "Jennifer Nettles – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Jennifer Nettles. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  14. "Jennifer Nettles – Chart history" Billboard Top Country Albums for Jennifer Nettles. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  15. "iTunes (Australia) - Music - Jennifer Nettles- Playing with Fire". iTunes (AU). May 13, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  16. "iTunes (Canada) - Music - Jennifer Nettles - Playing with Fire". iTunes (CA). May 13, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  17. "iTunes (United Kingdom) - Music - Jennifer Nettles - Playing with Fire". iTunes (GB). May 13, 2016. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 

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