Lady A sets record
Monday, January 28, 2013
– Lady Antebellum claim the highest chart debut in their seven year career today with the release of Downtown
from their upcoming fourth studio album.
With 109 radio stations adding the song to their playlists today, Lady A storms the charts at 25 on Billboard and 34 on Mediabase.
"We really wanted to come out of the box on this album with some tempo and something with a little attitude," said Lady A's Charles Kelley. "There are a lot of really driving sounds on the new record, and we're excited for everyone to hear what we've been working on...we are calling it our roll down the windows record. All the support we're getting from our friends at radio is firing us up. A huge thanks to them and to Dungan and the kickass promo team at Capitol Nashville. Whiskey is on us."
"Everyone at the label is as excited as our friends at country radio are about Downtown and brand new music from Lady A," said SVP/Promotion Steve Hodges. "As we go into CRS, the ACM Awards and other events this Spring, we will be putting together some really special plans to introduce this incredible new music to the world."
Lady A will debut the song today on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on NBC and tape CMT Crossroads with Stevie Nicks tomorrow in Los Angeles.
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CD reviews for Lady Antebellum
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. »»»
On This Winter's Night
With a Lady Antebellum Christmas CD, as with any Lady A music, you know you're going to get some quality, if unspectacular recordings. Therefore, "On This Winter's Night" presents just what you'd expect from this trio, although six of the songs were out two years ago on the EP "A Merry Little Christmas."
The best cut on the CD is a cover of Donny Hathaway's This Christmas, which brings out a soulful side you never knew Lady Antebellum had. »»»
Own the Night
Lady Antebellum needn't worry about being third time lucky because they jumped out of the box and onto the charts from the get go. And they went off the charts so to speak with I Need You Now from their sophomore effort, but that very uneven disc contained a slew of mediocre songs and hits.
The good news about "Own the NIght" is that the material is a whole lot better. There are plenty of strong songs here with a lot of the songs sounding very radio ready.
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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. »»»
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Nick Lowe made reference to the downer that's been a most unfortunate part of his Quality Holiday Revenue, not exactly the time of year when music, particularly of the holiday variety, should be sad.
But veteran British keyboardist Ian McLagan, who was slated to open the tour, died of a stroke as the tour was opening two weeks ago.... »»»
Concert Review: Romano makes sad songs sound good
Daniel Romano perhaps couldn't help himself in commanding the stage. After all, he was only up on the small stage accompanied by his backing band, The Trilliums, consisting of a fellow acoustic guitarist and a pedal steel player.
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