If you think she's singing about crushing on another girl, "You're not getting it!" says band member Karen Fairchild

By Danielle Anderson
April 08, 2015 05:30 PM
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When Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild gets up close and personal with the camera in the new video for the controversial song “Girl Crush,” it’s like she’s saying: “Read my lips!”

Because if there’s one thing she wants people to know about the song some radio programmers have refused to play, it’s that if you think she’s talking about having a crush on a girl, “You’re not getting it!”

Fairchild recently told PEOPLE that all the controversy about the band’s latest tune is actually a good thing. “I think it’s really great that we’re discussing this,” she said. “We’re talking about good songs. The agenda is to get great songs out to the fans and I think we’re accomplishing that. It took a massive jump up the charts this week. I think all the hoopla has really done us a favor.”

She’s not kidding: The song leaped from the No. 17 spot to No. 3 on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart.

Fairchild believes the buzz is good for country music in general. “It’s encouraging to hear these conversations about radio and content. I think people want it. I don’t think they just want party songs. Look, I love party songs, we had two huge No. 1s on good party songs, but I just think all artists would love to dig deeper into their records and put songs out like ‘Girl Crush.'”

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