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REVIEW: Miranda Lambert – Platinum

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Miranda Lambert released her fifth album on Wednesday, choosing a simple play on the word Platinum for the title. She could be referring to her platinum blonde hair but, seeing as how her last four albums all went platinum in sales, it is more likely an easy prediction. This album finds Lambert at her most introspective and nostalgic, everything from the lyrical content to the adventurous spirit of the compositions, Platinum relishes the past. Though she presents more of her rootsy side, she blends it with the modern pop sensibility, pushing herself as only a fully-developed artist is able to do.

It is musically her most diverse album to date, going from lively guitar shredding in “Little Red Wagon” to a lap-steel ballad in “Smokin’ and Drinkin’ (feat. Little Big Town)”. On Platinum we find Lambert stretching the limits of the genre and experimenting sonically while keeping her strong voice and persona intact. It is this voice that holds the album together, guiding us through her corner of the south, sharing the perspective of a confident, strong and charismatic woman who offers no apologies. From feminist issues to her marriage to Blake Shelton, she takes her daily concerns and filters them through her realistic and often humorous perspective.

Jamie O’Neal releases first album in five years

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Country artist Jamie O’Neal finally released her long-awaited album last week. “Eternal” is her first album released in nearly five years.

Released on May 27th, Eternal features O’Neal’s take on 10 classic country hits plus an original bonus track co-written by Jamie. Cover’s include “Golden Ring” (George Jones/Tammy Wynette), “Help Me Make It Through The Night” (Kris Kristofferson), and “Leavin’ On Your Mind” (Patsy Cline).

Check out the official music video for Jamie’s “Wide Awake” and let us know what you think. Are you excited for her new music? Did you get a copy?

Miranda Lambert releases Platinum

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Today’s the day that Miranda Lambert and her fans have been waiting for! The Texan superstar released her brand new studio album “Platinum” today to digital and physical music retailers. It’s her fifth record with Sony Music Nashville, and features some pretty big duets from her friends like Little Big Town, The Time Jumpers and Carrie Underwood.

“Platinum” is the follow-up to her highly successful “Four The Record.”

Stay tuned for our review of “Platinum”. What’s your favorite tracks on Miranda’s new album? Do you think it’s her best album yet?

Jamie Lynn Spears Surprises Fans With The Journey EP Spotify Stream

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Jamie Lynn Spears surprises fans with a week-long Spotify stream of The Journey EP! Still set to release on May 27th, fans can get a sneak peek of the five full tracks off of Jamie Lynn’s highly anticipated debut EP.

Including the hit, “How Could I Want More”, Jamie Lynn’s EP features five tracks co-written with some of Nashville’s most talented writers: Liz Rose, Chris Tompkins, Lisa Carver, Tyler Hayes, Rivers Rutherford, and Corey Crowder.

The Journey Track Listing:
1. “Shotgun Wedding”
2. “Run”
3. “How Could I Want More”
4. “Mandolin Summer Sun”
5. “Big Bad World”

The Journey EP will be available on iTunes May 27th. We invite you to preview the EP on Spotify NOW, and pick out your favorite tracks!

Miranda Lambert Talks “Platinum”

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Miranda Lambert recently discussed her upcoming album, Platinum, with ABC News Radio.

Platinum is set for release on June 3rd, and the 5-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year is writing all about life as a 30-year-old girl. She shared: “I always try to make my records be about where I am right now. I’m 30 years old. I’m happily married, but I still have problems good and bad. I face everyday life as a 30-year-old girl. So, I wrote a lot about that.”

Further, she went on to provide some insight into a few tracks. “Bathroom Sink” deals with issues of body image; “Priscilla” addresses the reality of having a famous husband; and “Little Red Wagon” shows off her sense of humor that has come more to the surface thanks to her other half, Blake Shelton.

Lambert feels there is something on Platinum for everybody, and she hopes that everyone can relate. With Miranda’s track record and talent, I don’t think she has anything to worry about.

In the meantime, while we are all anxiously waiting for June 3rd, we can listen to the album’s fantastic lead single and top 10 hit, “Automatic”!

*Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Hit Spring Break with Luke Bryan

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What would you do for a chance to party on the beach with country cutie Luke Bryan? For this week only, you can enter to win a trip to Tortuga simply by texting TORTUGA to 31996 or by entering online at springbreak6.com/.

The latest edition of Luke’s Spring Break EP series, “Spring Break 6..Like We Ain’t Ever” is available now through digital music retailers. On his latest EP, Luke said:

“The songs for this project came together so fast. These special EP’s all began as a way to get new music out to the fans between studio projects.  I feel like year after year we get a little bit better at writing for this.  I think with these new songs I would be proud to put them on any album we release.”

Did you get your copy yet?  What’s your favorite Luke Bryan song of all time?

 

 

REVIEW: Sara Evans’ “Slow Me Down”

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Sara Evans has been climbing the charts and playing through your stereo speakers since the late 1990′s, and if there is one thing we can say about Evans, it is that nobody can slow her down. At a time where it seems that a lot of our favorite veteran female country singers are releasing new music, Evans is back with an album, Slow Me Down, that will not disappoint. With three duets (two of which might surprise you!) and several new solo tracks to introduce, Evans reminds us all why she entered the hearts of country music fans many years ago and why she has remained in our hearts since.

On this, Evans’ seventh studio album, the pristine artist proves that her music career remains full speed ahead. Slow Me Down kicks off with the chart-climbing title track, which talks about a relationship that is nearly over, but before one of them walks out the door, the other is given a final chance to hurry up and say the right thing. “Slow Me Down” is an appropriate start to this eclectic collection of tracks because, right from the beginning of this album, Evans hits the ground running with potential hit after hit.

Dan + Shay Releasing Debut Album in April

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If you have been lucky enough to attend a live show by Dan + Shay, you know that this duo is incredibly talented and their harmonies are nothing short of heavenly. With their first single, “19 You + Me,” flying up the charts, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are ready to take on the album charts with their debut project. After seeing what these two have to offer their live audiences, we couldn’t be more excited to hear what the talented duo has in store for us!

Dan + Shay’s debut album, Where It All Began, will be released April 1st on Warner Bros. Records and will contain the following tracks:

EXCLUSIVE REVIEW: Jo Dee Messina’s “Me” On Monday

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We are only eight days away from the release of Jo Dee Messina’s new album, Me. Where did the time go?! With only two Mondays left before the release, we have three tracks left to get you excited for before the album officially drops. This week we want to introduce you to “Strong Shot of You” and “Love on a Maybe,” which are two more tracks on Me that will have you dancing in the driver’s seat of your car.

“Strong Shot of You” may have lyrics that are classified as “typical country” because you could get drunk if you imbibe the beverages mentioned in the first verse; however, the song itself is anything but. “Strong Shot of You” actually trades in the booze for a man, as Jo Dee orders up “those burnin’ kisses that go down easy” and “a hit of your love, just a little buzz in your ninety proof” from her bartender. While Jo Dee sings about how tipsy she already is from this man’s kind of lovin’, she certainly does not shy away from placing the order again … and again. This song is one that you will blast as you are getting ready to go out for a night on the town and stands out from the rest of the album, as it borders the more modern country rock that is so prevalent on today’s radio, while maintaining Jo Dee’s signature sound.

“Love on a Maybe” slows things down a bit … until the chorus, where you can’t help but bob your head and dance to the beat. When I heard the lyrics to this song, I said out loud to my co-worker, “ugh, sounds like my life!” and I am confident that many of you out there will relate. “Love on a Maybe” tells the story of a relationship where every time they get close, the man pulls away, leaving her wondering where exactly they stand. Then, without fail, he comes back around as if he never strayed. In this song, Jo Dee finally puts her foot down and tells him that the back and forth needs to stop and he is either in or he’s out, and if he’s in, it is about time he proves it! Jo Dee sings, “Can’t come back around, can’t come back around, getting my hopes up, just to tear them down. I, I don’t need you for a minute, don’t stand there tellin’ me you’re in it, ’cause I need you to show me you won’t leave me hangin’, no. I can’t give, give up my love, no, I can’t give my love on a maybe.” This song sends a message of independence and confidence, and tells women not to allow the uncertainty of men’s minds to control their hearts. Message received, Jo Dee!

Remember, Me will be released NEXT TUESDAY, March 18th, and is already available for pre-order now on iTunes. You can also pre-order a bundle package from Jo Dee’s website while supplies last!

Image courtesy of Team Jo Dee Messina

Miranda Lambert Ready to go ‘PLATINUM’

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In case you were counting, June 3rd is 85 days away. That means we only have to wait 85 more days for new music from Miranda Lambert, as her highly-anticipated album, Platinum, hits stores that day. It may seem like a ways away, but the album will be Miranda’s fifth and comes over two and a half years after her last record.

“From the day you kinda go I need to start looking for songs and writing songs, it feels like no matter how much time you have, you’re rushed,” Lambert said to ABC NEWS. “And so I didn’t want to rush it at all. To me it’s all about timing and making sure that you can feel like you can finally sit there and go, OK, the album’s done, and never have a moment where you go, I wish we could change that or I wish we had a different song.”

The album will feature 16 new tracks, and continue her expansion across genre and subject matters. To Lambert, it’s a collection of tracks that reflect her current life, as fans have already heard on the first-single “Automatic.” Country fans are also in for a girl-power treat when Lambert pairs with fellow blonde bombshell, Carrie Underwood, on “Something Bad.”

“We’re really rocking in country music and we’re coming together as a force,” Lambert says of the duet.. “To me, like, if you’re sitting on the front row, you might want to scoot back. It’s a force. It just feels exciting to me. I’m ready to rock.”