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Wednesday
Oct152014

Taylor Apologizes to UK Fans Who Can't Buy "Out of the Woods"; Posting New Lyrics Each Day

Trae Patton/NBCTaylor Swift isn't "out of the woods" yet when it comes to criticism over the release of her new song.

While fans in the U.S. can purchase "Out of the Woods," a track from her forthcoming disc, 1989, her U.K. fans cannot.  When they complained about this injustice, Taylor took to Tumblr to explain.  "To all my wonderful UK fans, I realize that you are not yet able to get ‘Out of the Woods’ due to a new strategy my record label is working on in the UK," she wrote.

"I’ve never been one to hold my music back from any of you so I will be watching closely to see if this is ultimately a better experience for you, the fans," she continued, and then further justified the decision by name-dropping someone else who's quite popular among British music fans these days, and who did the same thing.

"My good friend Ed Sheeran utilized the same strategy with ‘One’ in the UK and he seemed very happy with the feedback from his fans," she pointed out. "But, ultimately, it’s down to you.  Let me know."

Meanwhile, Taylor is planning to preview lyric snippets from other tracks on 1989 each day on Instagram until the album arrives on October 27.   She's already posted "Track 1," the lyrics for which read, "It's a new soundtrack I could dance to this beat...forevermore."

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Wednesday
Oct152014

Come Christmas, Lorde Will Be "Floating Indefinitely"

Andrew WhittonLorde has worked extremely hard in the year since her debut album, Pure Heroine, was released: she's toured the world, attended major events, done countless interviews and accepted the challenge of putting together the soundtrack for the next Hunger Games film.  It's no wonder the 17-year-old  deserves a break, and she's going to take one.

Lorde tells New Zealand's 3 News that when she gets back to her home country -- where she'll be wrapping up her tour November 1 -- she's got big plans to take some time off.  "I want to do a big road trip, and go all over New Zealand and just see everything," she says. "I haven't been to the South Island, which I think is criminal! Considering I've been just about everywhere else!"

The South Island is one of the two major islands that make up New Zealand.  Lorde lives on the North Island.

"That's what I want to do this year. These holidays," she says. "From Christmas to indefinitely… I am just floating. Until my next thing comes along."

Lorde, who turns 18 November 7, will be revealing details of the Hunger Games soundtrack in the coming weeks.  She says she's been slaving away on the project while she's on tour and getting very little sleep.  "I have been playing a show and getting back at midnight and working on the soundtrack until four, and then going to bed. So it's been so all-consuming," she explains.

She also reveals that she secured many of the artists who appear on the soundtrack by reaching out to them directly online.

"Probably half the artists on there, I sent them a DM. Or a selfie on Instagram on private, saying, 'Can you email me?'" she says. "It really is easy to reduce the steps in talking to someone and people appreciate it if you talk to people one-on-one. And I do it with fans too, send them a DM. They appreciate it and it's cool."


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Billy Joel No Longer in a "New York (Real E)state of Mind" 

Image Courtesy of Myrna SuarezBilly Joel is always in a "New York State of Mind," but he's apparently lost interest in New York City real estate.

The New York Daily News reports that Joel has finally gotten rid of the last of his property in Manhattan: a co-op on the city's tony Central Park South.  The paper says that the Piano Man sold the 15th floor apartment for $775,000.  Last year, he offloaded a penthouse in the same building for a whopping $11 million. 

He had purchased the apartment as a possible extension to the penthouse, but never used it, according to the paper: Instead, he leased it out to someone else.  The sale means that Joel no longer owns any property in Manhattan. 

Meanwhile, the sale of Billy's home in New York's ritzy Hamptons has just closed.  That property went for $19 million, according to New York's Newsday.  He'd been trying to sell the beachfront house on and off since 2009.

Joel continues to perform one show a month at New York's Madison Square Garden.  His next concert is set for November 25.


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Billy Joel No Longer in a "New York (Real E)state of Mind" 

Myrna SuarezBilly Joel is always in a "New York State of Mind," but he's apparently lost interest in New York City real estate.

The New York Daily News reports that Billy has finally gotten rid of the last of his property in Manhattan: a co-op on the city's tony Central Park South.  The paper says that Billy sold the 15th floor apartment for $775,000.  Last year, he offloaded a penthouse in the same building for a whopping $11 million. 

He had purchased the apartment as a possible extension to the penthouse, but never used it, according to the paper: instead, he leased it out to someone else. The sale means that The Piano Man no longer owns any property in Manhattan. 

Meanwhile, the sale of Billy's home in New York's ritzy Hamptons has just closed.  That property went for $19 million, according to New York's Newsday.  He'd been trying to sell the beachfront house on and off since 2009.

Billy continues to perform one show a month at New York's Madison Square Garden.  His next show is set for November 25.


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Trace Adkins' hit duet with Blake Shelton? ANSWER: "Hillbilly Bone."


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Thomas Rhett Cuts a Rug in "Make Me Wanna" Video, Open to Competing on "Dancing with the Stars"

Image Courtesy Big MachineFans who've seen Thomas Rhett in concert know he's got some smooth dance moves, but now he's showing them off for everyone else in the new video for "Make Me Wanna." The inventive clip features Thomas dancing in different situations as the camera spins around a brick room. It's a far cry from the original idea they had for the video.

Says Thomas, "We had a talk about doing the typical guy-girl in a truck riding down a dirt road kind of video, but I was just like, 'I can't do that again. I'm done doing just the normal video.'"

Thomas had fun dancing his way through the video changing clothes from a formal tuxedo to a simple t-shirt and jeans in different shots.

Thomas says, "Any excuse I get to wear a suit, I mean, I'm gonna go for it. So, that was my attempt at pretending like I was James Bond and James Brown at the same time."

Thomas and his wife, Lauren, are big fans of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, and she recently asked him if he'd be open to competing on the show himself.

"I would love to do it, but I don't know that I could actually pull it off," Thomas admits.

"Make Me Wanna" is the latest single from Thomas's debut album, It Goes Like This, available now in stores and online.


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Iggy Pop Reprimands U2, Praises Thom Yorke in BBC John Peel Lecture 

Kevin Mazur/Getty ImagesIggy Pop has a lot of thoughts on today's methods of musical distribution, specifically when it comes to U2 and Thom Yorke, and he shared them all as the deliverer of the annual John Peel Lecture for BBC Music.

In the lecture, which was on the topic of "Free Music in a Capitalist Society," Iggy criticized U2 for the way they automatically downloaded their album Songs of Innocence into the accounts of every iTunes user.

"The people who don't want the free U2 download are trying to say, 'Don't try to force me.'  And they've got a point," he said.  "Part of the process when you buy something from an artist, it's a kind of anointing, you are giving people love.  It's your choice to give or withhold.  You are giving a lot of yourself, besides the money.  But in this particular case, without the convention, maybe some people felt like they were robbed of that chance and they have a point."

Meanwhile, Iggy praised Yorke for his similarly unusual album release method.  The Radiohead frontman released his new solo record, Tomorrow's Modern Boxes, via the file-sharing site BitTorrent.

"I actually think that what Thom Yorke has done with BitTorrent is very good," he said.  "All pirates want to go legit, just like I wanted to be respectable.  It's normal.  After a while people feel like you're a crook, it's too hard to do business.  So it's good in this case that Thom Yorke is encouraging a positive change.  The music is good.  It's being offered at a low price direct to people who care."

You can listen to the whole lecture on BBC Radio's website.


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Ashanti Announces Release Date for Holiday Album

Image Courtesy Daniella Federicci/UniversalLast year, Ashanti gave fans a festive rendition of “Let It Snow” for her holiday EP, A Wonderful Christmas with Ashanti. Now, the singer is preparing to release a brand new holiday album of the same name.

According to her label, Ashanti's upcoming set will feature two original compositions as well as Ashanti’s interpretations of Christmas classics.

A physical disc will be available exclusively at Target stores, the downloadable release will be available through all the usual online outlets.  The album is set to arrive at both places on October 27.

The new set will be the singer's second seasonal album, following 2003′s Ashanti’s Christmas.


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Bono Apologizes for the Way "Songs of Innocence" Was Released

Image Courtesy of UMusicIf you're one of the people who wasn't thrilled when U2's latest album showed up uninvited in your iTunes account, Bono has something he'd like to say:

"Oops."

That's the U2 frontman's initial response during a Facebook Q&A to a question asking the band to "never release an album on iTunes that automatically downloads to people's playlists ever again?  It's really rude."  Songs of Innocence was automatically downloaded into the account of every iTunes user September 9, when Apple announced the new iPhone 6.

"I'm sorry about that," Bono continued. "I had this beautiful idea, one that we got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing -- drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion, and deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the past few years might not be heard. There's a lot of noise out there, I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it."

Not everyone was unhappy with the way Songs of Innocence was distributed: the album was downloaded in full 26 million times.

The four members of U2 also answered some lighter questions during the Q&A, such as why bassist Adam Clayton and drummer Larry Mullen, Jr. didn't get cool names like "Bono" or "The Edge."

"I think that's a little unfair," Mullen joked in response.

You can view the entire Q&A session on Facebook.


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Garth Brooks Playing St. Louis December 5 and 6

Image Courtesy CMAGarth Brooks will bring his World Tour to St. Louis on December 5 and 6. The shows mark the first time Garth has played St. Louis in 18 years. Of course, Trisha Yearwood will join Garth on the bill at the Scottrade Center.

Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster.com on Friday, October 24.


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Eric Church Launching Second Leg of The Outsiders World Tour This January

Image Courtesy John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church will kick off the second leg of The Outsiders World Tour January 8, 2015 in New Orleans. The new dates include stops in Nashville, Los Angeles, Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

Eric continues the first leg of The Outsiders World Tour Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Look for Eric to perform his latest single, "Talladega," on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night.

Here are Eric's new tour dates:

1/8 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
1/9 -- Tupelo, MS, BankCorpSouth Arena
1/10 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
1/14 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
1/16-17 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
1/18 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Arena
1/22 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
1/23 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
1/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, US Airways Arena
1/27 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
1/29 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
1/30 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
1/31 -- Salt Lake City, UT, EnergySolutions Arena
2/4 -- Sacramento, CA, Sleep Train Arena
2/5 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Macklemore Recalls Past Addiction at Seattle Drug Court Anniversary Event

ABC/Lou RoccoMacklemore made a surprise appearance in Seattle Tuesday, but it wasn’t a performance: it was an appearance at the King County Courthouse to mark the 20th anniversary of the county’s Drug Court, a program he was first introduced to as a 15-year-old with a drug and alcohol addiction, The Seattle Times reports.

The rapper, who was born Ben Haggerty, introduced himself to others in the courtroom by saying, “Hi. I’m Ben, and I’m an alcoholic.”

The program offers eligible defendants the chance to receive drug treatment rather than incarceration.

In brief remarks to drug court graduates and others attending the anniversary celebration, Macklemore talked about being arrested at 15 and his struggle with sobriety, which he described as an ongoing process that will never end.

The rapper praised the program. “Drug Court gives people a way to get sober, to heal. I don’t want to just get through the day. I want to live. That is what Drug Court is to me,” Macklemore said.


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Wednesday
Oct152014

The 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards Honors Drake, Iggy Azalea and More

Universal MotownThe annual BET Hip Hop Awards aired Tuesday night on the network and packed a handful of today's rising rappers mixed with the veterans under one roof.

The winners included Drake taking home the title of Album of the Year for Nothing Was The Same and DJ Mustard snagging the Producer of the Year trophy. Iggy Azalea was honored with the Who Blew Up award. 

The show was hosted by Snoop Dogg. Here are the winners:

Album of the Year
Drake Nothing Was The Same

Best Club Banger
Future

Best Collab, Duo or Group
YG Feat. Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan "My Hitta"

Best Hip Hop Online
Worldstar Hip Hop

Best Hip Hop Video
Drake "Worst Behavior"

Best Live Performer
Kanye West

Best Mixtape
Wiz Khalifa 28 Grams

DJ of the Year
DJ Mustard

Hustler of the Year
Dr. Dre

Impact Track
Common Feat. Vince Staples "Kingdom"

Lyricist of the Year
Kendrick Lamar

Made You Look Award
Nicki Minaj

MVP of the Year
DJ Mustard

Producer of the Year
DJ Mustard

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
Kendrick Lamar "Control"

Track of the Year
"My Hitta" YG feat. Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan

Video Director of the Year
Hype Williams

Who Blew Up Award
Iggy Azalea

People's Champ Award
Drake "Worst Behavior"


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Foo Fighters Perform with Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson on "Late Show"

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBSFoo Fighters teamed up with Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson during their appearance on Tuesday night's episode of the Late Show with David Letterman. They performed the Heart song "Kick It Out."

It was the Foo's second of five scheduled appearances this week on the CBS late-night program. On Monday night, they were joined by Zac Brown for a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs."

Like Brown, Ann and Nancy Wilson will be featured on the band's new HBO series, Foo Fighters Sonic Highways, which premieres Friday. It documents the recording of the Sonic Highways album, which will be released November 10. The Foo Fighters plan to release the first song off that album on Thursday.

Earlier on Tuesday night's episode of the Late Show, all of the members of the Foo Fighters were involved in a brief sketch in which a Batman-like "Foo signal" was flashed and an alarm sounded.


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Ozzy Osbourne Plans Ozzfiesta Event in Mexico for 2015

MSO PROzzy Osbourne is heading to Mexico next May for an event called Ozzfiesta.

One of the highlights of the five-day event at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico, will be a performance by Ozzy on the final night.

Ozzfiesta is also touting a Q&A session with Ozzy and his band, an acoustic set by Zakk Wylde, a performance by Black Label Society, a dinner party hosted by Ozzy's wife, Sharon Osbourne, and more.

Ozzfiesta will be held from May 27 to May 31, 2015. Tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. Eastern time at Ozzfiesta.com. Pricing information is now available on the site.

Of course, Ozzy and Sharon are already responsible for the similarly-named touring festival Ozzfest.


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Wednesday
Oct152014

"The Voice" Recap: Pharrell Steals an Artist from Gwen

Trae Patton/NBCThe Voice coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams continued to reshape their teams Tuesday night on the second episode of the Battle Rounds. While a handful of artists were eliminated, one was stolen by Pharrell: Menlik Zergabachew, formerly of Team Gwen.

Each coach was again joined by a guest mentor in rehearsals: Alicia Keys, for Team Pharrell; Stevie Nicks, for Team Adam; and Gwen's husband, Gavin Rossdale, for her team. Little Big Town is serving as mentors for Team Blake, but we didn't see any new rehearsals for the team on Tuesday night.

The one-hour broadcast began with a battle between Jordy Searcy and Taylor Phelan of Team Pharrell. They were asked to perform a duet of The Script hit "Breakeven." In rehearsals, Alicia was initially concerned that they weren't connecting with the song, but that was rectified once they slowed down the pace.  

Following the battle, Adam praised Jordy for handling the chorus well, but felt Taylor had the edge with his stage presence. Blake agreed with Adam's assessment of Taylor. Pharrell named Taylor the winner of the battle. Jordy was not stolen by one of the other coaches.

Team Adam's Alessandra Castronovo and Joe Kirk tackled "Stay," by Rihanna. Both Adam and Stevie wanted Joe to pick up his intensity in rehearsals.

Joe stepped up once he reached The Voice stage, with Blake saying his vocals during the battle were among the best he's ever heard. Gwen said she had tears in her eyes because the duet was so beautiful. Adam chose Alessandra. Pharrell consoled a crying Joe backstage.

At this point in the episode, the show quickly recapped three more battles. In a battle between two of Adam's artists, Rebekah Samarin defeated Clara Hong. And in a pair of Team Blake matchups, Grant Ganzer triumphed over John Martin, and Tanner Linford won out against Justin Johnes.

For the final battle of the night, Menlik Zergabachew and Troy Ritchie were assigned Hall and Oates' "Maneater" by their coach, Gwen. Gavin attempted in rehearsals to merge the "cool guy" in Menlik and the "fun guy" in Troy.

After the battle, Adam complimented the duo for making the biggest leaps of any artists since the Blind Auditions. Gwen said she wished she could put the two in a blender so she could keep both of them. Adam joked that that was a terrible idea. Gwen declared Troy the winner. Both Adam and Pharrell tried to steal Menlik. The reggae singer decided to join Team Pharrell.

The rest of the battles will air next Monday and Tuesday on NBC.


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Jason Derulo Ready to Hit the Road with "High Energy," "Sexy" and "Different" Headlining Tour

Credit: Ben WattsJason Derulo's been ruling the radio for the past year with the singles from his album Talk Dirty, and now he's getting ready to bring his music live to his fans.  His first-ever U.S. headlining tour kicks off Wednesday in Michigan, and  Jason says he can't wait to bring his songs to life onstage.

"It's exciting, you know? I'll be doing the songs from back in the day, from my first and second albums, and of course I'll be doing the whole Talk Dirty album," he tells ABC News Radio. "And I'm excited to bring these songs to life. It's one thing to hear these songs over and over on the radio, but to know what they actually look like when it comes alive is a totally different thing. So I wanted to bring that element to the stage."

Jason says this new tour will be very different from the last time he performed live -- at that time, he only had his debut disc out, and was struggling to fill an entire show.

"I was literally touring off of one album and I was trying to figure out how to make, like, 'Whatcha Say' into an acoustic, into a rock version, and 'In My Head,' same thing, 'Ridin' Solo,' you know, like all of these songs," he laughs.  "I was trying to figure out how to stretch this show into an hour and a half. And now I have the luxury of three albums and a lot more songs that people know."

As for the production values he's bringing to the stage, well, you already know that Jason will be dancing up a storm.  But he says there'll be a strong theatrical element to the show as well.

"I'm a musical theater head and I love acting things out and actually making these songs visual and not just a song anymore," he tells ABC News Radio. "Because it's way more than songs. This is my life."

That's especially true of songs like "Marry Me" and "The Other Side," which were inspired by his now-defunct relationship with Jordin Sparks.  It'll be interesting for fans to see how he approaches these tunes now that the romance is over.   Jason says that fans should be ready for the unexpected.

"It's a very high-energy show, a very sexy show and it's a very different show," he says. "It's unlike any other show that's out there. So definitely go get your tickets!" 


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Pink Says Creating New "You + Me" Album Project Was "Seamless and Organic" 

RCA RecordsPink has a new album in stores this week called rose ave., but it's very unexpected: released under the name You + Me, it's actually a duo project that teams her with Canadian singer/songwriter Dallas Green.  Pink says she and Green, who records under the name City & Colour, have been friends for a long time, so their coming together to create an album -- which they did in less than a week -- was "seamless" and "organic."

"We met through a mutual friend," Pink says of Green. "And he has the most angelic voice I've ever heard in my life and I thought, 'Huh, maybe one day, if I get good enough he'd sing with me!'"   Green says that's only partially true:  "You asked me one night, and I said, 'Sure,'" he recalls. "So I said, 'Hey, what are you doing in March? I'm coming over!'"

When Green arrived at Pink's house for what he thought was just a jam session to see how they worked together, he found that she'd already rented a studio.  She suggested they go over to the studio, drop off his guitars and then grab a drink, but instead, they started writing.  Well, that is, after Pink convinced him that it was a good idea for them to write together.

"He usually writes by himself and I only write with other people," she recalls.  "I was outside of a Mexican restaurant and I had to talk him off the ledge. And the next day we started our record and six days later we were finished!"

The music on rose ave. is much more acoustic and folk-influenced than fans are used to hearing from Pink, but there's an unexpected cover of a Sade song, "No Ordinary Love," thrown in there as well.  Pink says making a record like this took her back to her roots.

"This record for me is just how I grew up, with my dad playing guitar and singing and harmonizing and writing stories," she explains. "And there's just such a simple beauty in that, I always wanted to do it, but to have one of the most beautiful voices that's ever walked this earth to play with is such a joy."

"It just was seamless.  It was very organic," she says of the process.  Dallas adds, "It doesn't sound like me featuring you or you featuring me: it sounds like us."

Earlier this month, Pink tweeted to her fans, "Feelings of nothing but gratitude for my friend Dallas and our new record and for all of you being so open to it. Thanks a million."



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Wednesday
Oct152014

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTrace Adkins will launch his The Christmas Show 2014 Tour on November 14 in West Point, NY. Go to TraceAdkins.com for the full itinerary. 

Trisha Yearwood's new album, PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit, is now available for pre-order at GhostTunes. She revealed the album cover on Tuesday.


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Wednesday
Oct152014

Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood Says Everyone, Including the Family Dog, Loves His Baby Boy, Cash

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli, are adjusting well to parenthood since their baby boy, Cash, arrived on September 7. Dave tells ABC News Radio the little one is "such a cutie," and he's been helping out with diaper and feeding duty.

Dave says, "My wife and I, we've been up every three or four hours kind of tag-teaming with helping with feeding and taking care of him all night long. It's been great. It exceeds your expectations."

Dave and Kelli's beloved dog, their golden-doodle Dolly, has fallen in love with Cash, too.

"She's a great older sister," Dave says. "She always checks on him. A couple times she's come in, and he's been, like, upstairs, and she'll run around freaking out trying to find him."

Listen for Lady Antebellum's new single, "Freestyle," to hit the airwaves soon.


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