Taylor Swift fans are eagerly awaiting her new album, 1989, due out October 27. Swift recently Instagramed lyrics from unreleased songs on the album, followed by a post on Wednesday night containing the complete track listing.
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1989 will feature 13 tracks, including Swift’s smash hit “Shake It Off.” Swift also released “Out of the Woods” and the album opener, “Welcome to New York.” Target’s latest commercial promoting 1989 features Polaroids of Swift while her song “Style” plays in the background. Continue Reading
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Sam Hunt has pretty good timing. His debut single, “Leave the Night On,” has climbed into the Top 3 at country radio and is on track to top the charts, just as he prepares to release his new album, Montevallo, on October 27. Hunt says “Leave the Night On” is a good idea of what fans can expect from the album.
“‘Leave the Night On’ is a song that sort of represents the album as a whole,” he said. “I feel like it captures all of the elements in one song. As far as a song that could represent what the whole album is about, I think that’s just a good choice.”
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Little Big Town will release their highly anticipated new album, Pain Killer, on October 21. The band is proud of the project and hopes fans will love their new music as much as they do.
“I love this record so much,” Karen Fairchild said. “It is more than I could have ever hoped or dreamed. When we started, it was a painful process this time. I don’t know why…. it was a good process. It just wasn’t as easy as the other one.” Continue Reading
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Angaleena Presley may be best known as one-third of Pistol Annies, alongside her famous friends Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, but Presley’s life wasn’t always so glamorous. Born a coal miner’s daughter in Beauty, Ky., her new single, “American Middle Class,” from her debut solo project by the same name, is a story inspired by her own childhood. While not as poverty-stricken as most folks in Beauty, her family still had what she calls a “fake it until you make it” mentality.
“It was, ‘OK, we beat poverty, but we’re still right beside it,” she told Rolling Stone Country. “We’ve got one foot out and, by God, we’re not going back. My mom used to take a razor blade … go to the dollar store and get me a pair of white shoes and hot glue a Keds sign to the back of my shoes so that people thought I was all hoity-toity with my Keds. The poverty monster was just right outside our door, and that was just one of those things that she would do to keep it at bay.” Continue Reading
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Toby Keith has new music in the works. He announced his new album, 35 MPH Town concurrent with the release of his lead single, “Drunk Americans.” Keith has yet to set a release date for the album.
“I just wanted to go kind of retro,” he said of the song. “It sounds like ‘I Love This Bar’ and ‘American Ride’ had a child, and ‘Beers Ago’ is their drunk uncle.” Continue Reading
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Eric Church’s new single, “Talladega,” has a misleading title. One might assume the song is about auto racing’s hair-raising crashes and speeds in excess of 200mph. “It has nothing to do with that,” Church told Billboard. “That is nothing more than the avenue through which the commentary took place. It’s really about life.”
The song takes a look back at some of Church’s favorite memories. “NASCAR was as hot as any sport back in the ’90s, and it was a thing where a group of your buddies go take stuff, tents, camp out, stay a few days, walk back and forth to the track,” he said. “We actually lost the damn car, you know; you’re so far away. I can’t tell you who won the race, but I could tell you all the experiences we had in a two- or three-day period.” Continue Reading
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A number of country stars are featured on the soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me. The soundtrack includes new, original music from Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Kacey Musgraves, Colbie Caillat, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, Thompson Square, Thomas Rhett, Phoebe Hoffman and newcomers SHEL and Gareth Dunlop. The soundtrack hits stores October 9, ahead of the film’s October 17 release.
Lady Antebellum’s “I Did With You,” which will play during the movie’s credits, was cowritten by the band along with Monty Powell. Based on the movie’s premises, they penned the songs with specific scenes in mind.
“All the women and their husbands or families that come to see the movie are going to be really thinking about what they just watched,” Hillary Scott said. “It’s like we wanted to put specific things in the song, in the lyrics, that will make you go back straight to that scene in your head that you just watched. There’s one line in the first verse of the song about ‘dancing in the headlights.’ You see them do that in the movie and all these different lines that we were really purposeful with, wanting them to relive that in their head.” Continue Reading
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Kenny Chesney’s latest album, The Big Revival, has landed at the top of the Billboard Country Albums Chart. The album is his 13thNo. 1 album.
“There are people passionate about life, about music, about their friends and how they dig in and get through as much as how they have a good time,” Chesney said. “I knew during the last tour, they were hungry for more from this music. They wanted songs that showed them more of their life, which maybe offered some different things musically.
“It’s not as simple as everyone thinks: to find great songs, to be in a creative space where you can think about that stuff, hear new rhythms or change up the lyrics you go to,” he said. “I didn’t want to come back with more of the same, but more of something even better … and whether it’s ‘Flora-Bama’ or ‘Wild Child’ or “Til It’s Gone,’ the response I’m getting says we did the right thing.” Continue Reading
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Just after being named “Best Family Band” as part of Rolling Stone’s “20 Best Things We Saw at Americana Fest 2014,” Sons of Bill has released their new album, Love and Logic. Comprised of brothers Sam, James and Abe Wilson, along with Seth Green and Todd Wellons, the new project, the band’s fourth, puts their songwriting on display.
“To be honest with you, they became another band,” former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer, who also produced the album, told Style Weekly. “I think it has much more depth in its writing, in its playing and its choice of instrumentation. I think it’s a great record. It’s one of the proudest records I’ve ever been a part of. I love it. They’re becoming their own band. It is like launching a new band and that’s exciting to me. I feel like we hit the bar times two.” Continue Reading
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Lady Antebellum will release their new album, 747, on Tuesday. For this album, they were challenged to think outside the box by one of their biggest critics – Charles Kelley’s wife, Cassie.
“My wife is brutally honest, and she’s not the most musical person, but she is a very good example of a listener, or someone that would be a fan of our music, and she said, ‘Charles, I really want you guys to stretch yourselves a little bit. I know you’ve got better songs.’ And I said, ‘What do you mean by that? Better songs? This is great stuff?’ And she said, ‘I know, but I’ve heard that before. Y’all have done this before.’” Continue Reading