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Lady A flies high with new disc

Friday, July 18, 2014 – Lady Antebellum announced today that its fifth studio album, "747," will land in stores on Sept. 30.

The album's lead single "Bartender" is one of 11 songs on the disc co-produced by Nathan Chapman with Lady A for the Capitol Records Nashville release.

"We unanimously knew that our album title had to be 747," said Lady A's Hillary Scott. "The track itself has this pushing, driving spirit about it that sums up our attitude right now. We are pushing ourselves as a band and as songwriters...taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and not taking ourselves too seriously. There's an urgency and an energy to it that we've never released before."

"We are so ready to get this music out," said Charles Kelley. "To get the reaction we've gotten from 'Bartender' has only made us more fired up about the rest of these songs."

"We had the opportunity to write with some new songwriters and really dig for outside songs that were songs we wish we'd written," said Dave Haywood. "As we took them into the studio, we changed our approach and challenged ourselves to try some new things that were outside of what we'd done before."

Tracks include:

1. Long Stretch of Love (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Josh Kear)

2. Bartender (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Rodney Clawson)

3. Lie With Me (Marc Beeson, Abe Stoklasa)

4. Freestyle (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Shane McAnally)

5. Down South (Stephanie Chapman, Christian Rada, Dave Thomson)

6. One Great Mystery (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Josh Kear)

7. Sounded Good At The Time (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Brad Warren, Brett Warren)

8. She Is (Ben Rector, Jeff Pardo)

9. Damn You Seventeen (Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally)

10. 747 (Gordie Sampson, Caitlyn Smith, Cary Barlowe)

11. Just A Girl (Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Shane McAnally)

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