Motel Flamingo

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"Motel Flamingo"
Madeline Merlo - Motel Flamingo (single cover).jpg
Single by Madeline Merlo
ReleasedMay 19, 2017 (2017-05-19)
GenreCountry pop
LabelOpen Road
Producer(s)Karen Kosowski
Madeline Merlo singles chronology
"Over and Over"
"Motel Flamingo"
"Neon Love"

"Motel Flamingo" is a song recorded by Canadian country music singer and songwriter Madeline Merlo for her forthcoming second studio album. It was written by Nicolle Galyon, Neil Medley, and Emily Weisband. The song was released to digital retailers through Open Road Recordings on May 19, 2017 and to radio on May 24 as the album's lead single.[1]

"Motel Flamingo" reached number eight on the Canada Country chart, becoming Merlo's highest-charting single to date.[2]

Critical reception[]

Nanci Dagg of Canadian Beats wrote that "Motel Flamingo" is a "great song" that encapsulates Merlo's "unique bohemian vibe."[1] Top Country also complimented the song for reflecting Merlo's personality and called it a "vibrant single perfect for your summer playlist."[3]

Chart performance[]

"Motel Flamingo" debuted at number 49 on the Canada Country chart dated June 24, 2017 and peaked at number 8 on the chart dated September 23, 2017.[4] With this position, the song surpassed "Whatcha Wanna Do About It" (which peaked at number ten) as Merlo's highest-charting single to date.[2] For the week of September 16, "Motel Flamingo" was the highest-ranking single by a female artist on the chart.[5]

Music video[]

The official music video for "Motel Flamingo" was directed by Jaren Hayman and premiered August 7, 2017.[6] It was filmed at the June Motel in Prince Edward County, Ontario.[7] Featuring multiple references to the song's lyrics, including a front desk person resembling CeeLo Green to flamingo-shaped inflatable pool toys, the video finds Merlo throwing an "epic summer party."[3]


Chart (2017) Peak
Canada Country (Billboard)[2] 8

Release history[]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
North America May 19, 2017 Digital download Open Road [8]
Canada May 24, 2017 Country radio [1]


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b c Dagg, Nanci (May 19, 2017). "Madeline Merlo fans get a treat as she releases her newest single "Motel Flamingo" during Dean Brody's Beautiful Freakshow Tour". Canadian Beats. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b c "Madeline Merlo Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved September 12, 2017.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b "Madeline Merlo Throws The Ultimate Summer Party at Motel Flamingo For New Video [WATCH]". Top Country. TC, Inc. August 8, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  4. ^ "Chart history for "Motel Flamingo" on Canada Country". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "BDSRadio Charts (Canada Country)". BDSRadio. Nielsen Holdings. Archived from the original on September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "Motel Flamingo – Madeline Merlo". Vevo. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  7. ^ Campbell, Morganne (July 21, 2017). "Retro boutique-style motel brings 1960s Palm Springs to Ontario". Global News. Corus Entertainment. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  8. ^ "Motel Flamingo – Madeline Merlo | Release Info". AllMusic. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
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