Lady Antebellum Drops Freestyle Video

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Lady Antebellum’s latest single is Freestyle.   This is defintley the most fun and fast paced songs on the new album, 747.  The lyrics of this song has so many cultural references.  Watch the video below then click read more to see a list of every reference (thanks to countryoutfitter.com)

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We Can Survive Benefit Concert

Last night (October 24), the We Can Survive concert event at The Hollywood Bowl brought together some of music’s biggest acts for a great cause. The star-studded show, which featured performances by Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Sia, Iggy Azalea, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani, was presented by 5-hour Energy to benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Young Survival Coalition and was hosted by CBS Radio’s Carson Daly.

Throughout the night, artists on the packed line up remembered to re-focus attention on the charity at the heart of the evening, and encourage hope and strength in the cancer survivor community.

Watch a few of the performances below.

Lady Antebellum- 747 is Here — Review

Lady Antebellum's '747'

When I heard that Lady Antebellum was releasing another album so soon after last years Golden, I was a little skeptical.  Boy was I wrong!

They made a conscience effort to change up their sound by switching from their long-time producer Paul Worley to Nathan Chapman.  “We wanted to sound a lot bigger and a little more in your face than records in the past,” Kelley tells Billboard.  “We went out of our way to make sure that we found songs that had a lot more drive and energy to them. We really wanted to find songs that would translate to the live show like ‘Freestyle’ and ‘Bartender,’ so that’s how we approached this record.”

Hillary Scott said that it was time to shake things up. “We took a half a year off, and so much of the landscape of country music had shifted in a really exciting kind of way. We would go out on tour and see that our uptempo songs were the ones that were really connecting with the audience. That whole environment really carried over into the live show. It also carried over into our writing. It just led us to a place where we weren’t afraid to take some chances. We’ve always said we could reel ourselves back in, so we might as well go for it.”

While the album has the typical Lady A Ballad-leaning songs, “Down South” and “Lie With Me” have more of an  edge. “Freestyle”is a song that exemplifies their new sound and energy.  It is a song that sounds more like Florida Georgia Line than typical Lady Antebellum of the past.

That energy re-emerges in “Just A Girl” — “Now I know that I’m just another one of your Friday nights but this is going to be the last time” —  with it’s three-chord driving melody and take-back-my-dignity message; and the reflective rocker “Sounded Good At the Time.”

Listen to the album below (and then buy it )

This Day in Music History — August 13

1963 : The Four Seasons sue their struggling first label, Vee Jay, for non payment of royalties and move to Mercury/Philips Records. This would be the first of a long line of incidents that would doom the label.

1967 : A planned Joan Baez concert at Washington DC’s Constitution Hall is canceled after the Daughters of the American Revolution protest her recent anti-war remarks concerning Vietnam.

1975 : Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band play the first of five sold-out shows at The Bottom Line in New York City. The shows help establish Springsteen as a great live performer and draw national attention.

1993 : Steely Dan, who broke up in 1981, re-form and begin a US tour at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Walter Becker explains: “We spent all the money from the last tour. We made $800 each and it’s all gone now.”

2011 : At the Indiana State Fair, music fans are assembling for a performance by country band Sugarland. Although police had issued a warning to the attendees that they may have to take cover due to severe weather, the concert is going on as planned. During a gust of high wind, the rigging from the top of the stage is blown off, causing the stage to collapse on the crowd, killing five attendees and injuring dozens more. A sixth person would die several days later from injuries. Janet Jackson and Lady Antebellum, both of whom were scheduled to perform, choose to cancel their appearances.