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Lady Antebellum scores number one disc with debut

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 – Lady Antebellum landed at the top spot on the Billboard country albums chart and fourth on the overall Billboard top 200 chart with more than 43,000 of their self-titled debut album sold in its first-week. The trio took over the top of the Billboard country album chart from George Strait's "Troubadour."

The group sold 9,029 as digital albums, comprising 21 percent of their sales total. Lady Antebellum is also the first brand new country band to debut in the Top 10 on the overall iTunes album chart, at one point reaching number 3 behind Mariah Carey and Tristan Prettyman.

"What an amazing time this has been so far," said Charles Kelley. "We've been embraced by so many people since we came on to the scene - country radio, CMT, GAC, the media. It's a great feeling to be able to share this with all of them. Thanks to everyone who has been there and believed in us. Rock on."

"There are really no words to describe how blessed we feel," said Hillary Scott. "The belief and support we've been given from everyone, from our fans, country radio, iTunes, iLike, Zune, Yahoo! and other digital media partners, as well as our own team has been what has gotten us to the starting line and will keep us in the race."

"Wow. Thank you is all I can say," said Dave Haywood. "As the saying goes, 'it takes a village,' and I'm the first to tell you that we have the best village of people around us who makes these things happen. It's a beautiful day."

The Billboard chart will be officially released Thursday.

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Heart Break CD review - Heart Break
Lady Antebellum may cause you to throw out many of your country music principles. They don't sing and play traditional country music, for starters. They're not cool like more rocking Americana artists. In fact, they're huge mainstream country stars. So, why are some of us still suckers for their sound? And why does the new "Heart Break" sound so good on the ears? Well, it's simple, but complicated. Hillary Scott is simply a wonderfully sincere singer. »»»
747 CD review - 747
Six albums into its career, Lady Antebellum pretty much has the formula down pat. Either Hillary Scott or long and lanky Charles Kelley assumes lead vocals with Dave Haywood also providing vocals plus guitars and mandolin in a bunch of songs easy on the ears with a story often involving a lust for love. The typical song ("Lie With Me," for example) starts with Kelly or Scott taking a stanza, followed by the other with both then tackling the chorus together. This has worked quite well »»»
Golden CD review - Golden
Lady Antebellum probably needed a change in direction after "Own the Night" dropped in 2011. The material was overly geared towards taking dead aim at the radio jugular and not the best material. That isn't the case this time out on the trio's fifth release because most of the songs veer away from being obviously radio fodder (except for the current singleDowntown with its soulful beginning and strong vocals from Hillary Scott), but that also doesn't man that this was the right change. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Cantrell continues to satisfy – Laura Cantrell may never be a country star. Not at this stage of her career when she's 50, touring here and there and releasing new music every few years or so. But five albums in, Cantrell continues as a warm, enjoyable and worthy purveyor of her brand of country. That would mean going towards a more traditional side, not rushing the songs... »»»
Concert Review: Not only is Turner traditional, he's popular – Every time Josh Turner reached for some of those wonderful subterranean low notes, which he often pulled out during his enjoyable night show, it was like a superhero applying a superpower. He didn't need this extra advantage to please his audience; he has so many quality songs stockpiled in his catalogue already doing the job.... »»»
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