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Lady A serves up "Bartender"

Monday, May 19, 2014 – Lady Antebellum released to retail its new single, "Bartender," from its upcoming fifth album today.

The trio will make the television debut of "Bartender" on Wednesday on the season finale of American Idol.

The new track is now available for purchase on iTunes and is also officially going for adds at country radio this week.

Written by Lady A's Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and co-writer Rodney Clawson, the trio enlisted Nathan Chapman to co-produce the new single featuring Scott's lead vocal and the trio's harmonies.

"For this new stuff, we wanted keep the core of Lady A, while also experimenting with new sounds and ideas," said Kelley. "Nathan was really instrumental in pushing us to try different harmonies and new songs that were a little out of the box for us. There's a lot of energy that comes with those changes and 'Bartender' is just of taste of what we've been working on."

The song is centered around washing an ex's memory away with whiskey on a wild girls' night out.

"I love this song because there's something empowering about not going for the rebound or just moping around over a guy," said Scott. "There are those times in your life when you need to feel sorry for yourself and be sad, but this song is all about hitting the dance floor with your girlfriends and just forgetting him."

"We've been crazy busy writing, and when we're this deep into it, we get so excited about new music that we can't wait to get it out," added Haywood. "We've been outdoors playing amphitheaters and are loving the energy that the fans bring to those outdoor shows. So, when we sat down to write with Rodney for the first time, we really wanted some new stuff to keep fans on their feet."

Listeners can hear the Bartender online.

From Los Angeles, the trio will cross the country to perform on Good Morning America on Friday where they'll kick off the show's Summer Concert Series live from Central Park.

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