Hunter Hayes - Storyline
Hayes co-wrote all of the tracks on ‘Storyline’ and co-produced the record with Dann Huff, who also worked on his first record. Last fall, the country star mentioned that he had over 60 songs for a new album. It must have taken some work to get that track listing down to 14.
Included in the album is the anti-bullying anthem ‘Invisible,’ which Hunter debuted at the 2014 Grammys, as well as the fan-favorite ‘Wild Card.’
Rascal Flatts - Rewind
Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have worked hard on their upcoming album, Rewind which will be home to their new single, ‘Rewind.’
“We really concentrated on having fun and not staying into some core perspective of ‘this is what we’re gonna sing about, this is what we’re gonna do.’” LeVox says, explaining the process. “We really just had a blast and the best songs rose to the top and I think ‘Rewind’ is a great way to debut the new album that drops in May.” Gary also said, “we’re thrilled to have this music out and just can’t wait for everybody to hear it.”
Rascal Flatts fans can of course expect to hear the band’s signature, harmonic sound on the new release, but the band’s openness led to songs that are a little outside the realm of what they normally record.
“You know, a song is a song that kind of tells the same story it’s just trying to tell it differently in a newer and fresher way,” Gary LeVox says. “And I think that’s what we did.”
“I think we kind of went outside the Rascal Flatts box and took some chances on some songs that we probably wouldn’t have cut before in the past,” the RF singer concludes.
That only deepens the
interest in the upcoming project from Rascal Flatts, and with eight previous
records under their belt since 2000, it will be exciting to see the finished product
Brantley Gilbert - Just As I Am
""Just As I Am"
Gilbert will release his new album, Just As I Am, his first new music in four years, on May 19. Brantley wrote or co-wrote every track on his album and says it is the next chapter in his ongoing life story.
“I have always said that each of my albums has told a story… my story, and this album is no different,” he said. “This one picks up where Halfway To Heaven left off. I have gone through a lot the past few years, a lot of highs and lows and all of that is reflected in this project. My fans know I’m a straight shooter so I didn’t leave anything out. I think there is something for everyone — from my party side to the gentler stuff. I can’t wait to share this new music with the BG Nation.”
The album’s lead single, “Bottoms Up,” has sold more than 650,000 copies to date and recently spent time at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart. Over the weekend, 40,000 of Brantley’s fans helped unveil the project’s cover art by using the hashtag #JustAsIAm on Twitter and Facebook to unlock the cover piece by piece.
A deluxe version of the album will be released exclusively at Walmart and will include three additional tracks
Miranda Lambert - Platinum
Miranda Lambert will release her new album, Platinum, on June 3. The title is not only a song on the project, but also represents a way of life for Miranda. “Platinum is my hair color, and my wedding ring, and the color of my Airstream and the name of one of my favorite beers,” she said. “It’s about a lifestyle.”
Miranda wrote eight of the album’s 16 tracks and describes it as a one complete photograph. “All 16 songs together make up a picture, and without one of those songs, it just looks like abstract art,” she said. “I wanted it to be perfect; I wanted it to matter.
“There’s humor on this album, and nostalgia, and it’s feminine,” she continued. “There’s girl power, not in the ‘I’m gonna burn your house down and kill you, but more where I am as a 30- year-old woman and wife. I’m more settled in life, embracing the good and the bad, and that’s all reflected on Platinum. I still blaze around – but in a less chaotic way.”
“Platinum is Miranda’s best album yet!” Sony Nashville Chairman/CEO Gary Overton said. “When the album was finished, she asked us to live with the new music for several weeks before we started talking about single choices, marketing ideas, etc. She knew how special this album is and wanted us to ‘hear’ it like she did. All we could say was ‘Wow!’”