Lady Antebellum is back on the airwaves with their brand-new single, "Downtown," but they nearly lost the song to Miranda Lambert. Lady A heard the song last summer and immediately wanted to cut it. The only problem was Miranda had put "Downtown" on hold first, which meant she had first dibs on recording it. So, how did Lady Antebellum end up getting the song from Miranda?
Group member Charles Kelley says, "Well, she finds out that we are in love with the song and really want to cut it, and bless her heart, she gave it back, gave it to us and let us cut it. So, I thought that was really cool."
"That just shows how tight knit this town is too," Charles adds. "She goes, 'Lady A really wants this, I'm gonna let them have it.'"
As for the feel of "Downtown," Lady A's Dave Haywood was first drawn to the song's attitude.
"I think right when I heard it, I was like, 'Man, this reminds me of almost an old Sheryl Crow kind of song from the '90s, or some of that old production,'" Dave says. "We thought it was such a fun, energetic, kind of a little swagger, if you will."
"Downtown" is the lead single from Lady Antebellum's as-yet-untitled fourth studio album, due out later this year. Look for them to perform the song on NBC's Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, January 28. They'll also perform on CBS's The Talk on February 6.
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