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Lady Antebellum Reveal Their ‘Golden’ Rules, Talk ‘Downtown’ Sound

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Golden, the new album from Lady Antebellum, hit stores Tuesday (May 7). The trio (Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood) recently explained why they decided to step outside the box and how they found their new sound.

It’s the fourth studio album from the trio (Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood), and it’s already spawned one major hit, the chart-topping single “Downtown.”

According to Charles Kelley, “Downtown” was one of several songs on Golden that was inspired by their live performances.

“There were spots in the set where [we thought], ‘Man, I really wish Hillary had an ‘I am woman hear me roar song,'” Kelley told Radio.com.

“Downtown” was the group’s seventh No. 1 single, an achievement that Dave Haywood said “never gets old.”

“It’s incredible to feel that, especially going into a new record, that’s what’s most exciting,” said Haywood.

Golden presented an opportunity for the band to push themselves in new ways.

“We wanted to make sure that we didn’t keep regurgitating the same music,” Kelley said. “We wanted to take some chances…and make more of an upbeat record this go-round.”

Hillary Scott saw the fan reaction and radio success as a reward for their leap of faith.

“It was such confirmation that not only were we ready to do something different but our fans in country radio were ready to hear something different from us as well as well,” she said.

For Golden they utilized a pared-down crew of studio musicians and “just [tried] to play it like a band–to play it live and get a good performance,” Haywood explained. 

By way of example, he described a section of “Goodbye Town,” the group’s new single and one of his favorite songs on the album.

“There’s a whole outro that was never part of the original intention,” said Haywood. “Those are the moments that are fun when you’re in the studio. To approach it more organically and strip it down to just the band and us, lets the song shine through and lets the vocals shine through even more.”

Golden is for sale now on iTunes. Lyrics to all the songs on Golden are now available on Metrolyrics. Get info on more of this week’s new releases, including Pistol Annies and Fitz & the Tantrums.

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