I want to start with The Band Perry. By now everyone knows that they have decided to genre hop aka pull a Swift one on the country music community. Back when they released "Live Forever", just days after they left their label. "Live Forever" was picked up by Team USA for the Summer Olympics and was their theme song for the festivities, but that is about all the traction the single got. Earlier this year the trio did a Facebook live stating they weren't planning on leaving the country music community, that they had been working on all new stuff and had somewhat scraped the project "Live Forever" would have been on. The even began rebranding with lead singer, Kimberly Perry, dying her hair brown to match her two brothers. They also attempted to begin some viral branding creating a new hash tag to go along with the upcoming single/album. The single that was released shortly after the 24 hour Facebook live stream and Q&Q was, "Come Back Kid". Now, I am fairly certain that every single Kip Moore fan had something to say about this online seeing as one of his tracks from "Wild Ones" is also titled the same, but as I have mentioned in past posts, that's just the kind of stuff that happens. For example, Kip just released, "Moore Girls Like You", well Easton Corbin has also released a single called, "Girl Like You". Similar, no?! It's just going to happen. Anyway, TBP went dark after the release of "Come Back Kid" only to reemerge weeks later with a wiped clean social media and cryptic photo postings. They later announced their move to the pop genre, their new single, "Stay in the Dark", and the upcoming releases of their first pop album, "My Bad Imagination". In prelude to the drop of MBI the trio has sold out a set of pop-up shows scheduled for promotion of the album.
The Band Perry - "Come Back Kid"
I wanted to believe The Band Perry and even wrote about their deciding to scrap the first go 'round on "Live Forever" to start over. I mean sometimes you gotta make stuff just to see what doesn't work. However, with two false starts and now an announcement that they are leaving the genre, I don't know, I think I am a little ticked. I can't decide if I feel deceived or what. I do know that I feel like all this start and stop has caused me to fear that either the trio or their team doesn't have their crap together this go. All the changing back and forth, the big facebook live streams, the singles that fail, the absence at awards shows, etc. all just makes it look as though they don't know what they're doing. Maybe that is just my now jaded point of view. Anyway, here is "Stay in the Dark", decide for yourself.
The Band Perry - "Stay in the Dark"
fr "My Bad Imagination"
Keith Urban w Carrie Underwood -
"The Fighter" fr "Ripcord"
Keith Urbans latest single from "Ripcord" has Carrie Underwood lending her vocals to the track. I love both artist, but I do not exactly love this song. There is something 80's-tastic about it that I just don't like and LOVE the 80's, so that is really saying a lot. Again, the duo's vocals are on point as always, but IDK there is just something that doesn't win me over. They performed it at the Grammy's as well as the last episode of American Idol, where Underwood got her start and Urban was a judge. I somewhat expect the duo to be on the list of performers for the upcoming ACM's in April, but that is still all TBA. Give it a listen and let me know how you feel about the tune.
Last week Grammy and CMA award winner, Maren Morris announced that, "I Could Use a Love Song" from her album, "Hero", will be her third single. I love this entire album so I think I would have been amped no matter what she chose to release, but I really do LOVEEEEEEEEE "I Could Use a Love Song". I can't tell you how many late night drives have been sound tracked by this tune lately. I love everything about this song. The lyrics, the instrumental arrangement, the vibe and mood that automatically goes with it. I just love it and can't wait to see the video, which Morris teased this week on her socials. Maren is currently on her first headlining tour and is performing for sold out crowds. Recently she was in a few counties over from mine and my heart broke at how quickly the tickets sold out before I could get one. I haven't seen a release date yet for this new single, but with Maren as a nominee at the ACMs in April and I bet she will perform either at the main show or the Party for a Cause, I expect it will release before then. We will see.
Maren Morris - "I Could Use a Love Song"
Little Big Town - "When Someone Stops Loving You"
fr "The Breaker"
This last offering for the week is one that I am not 100% will be the bands next single, but after streaming "The Breaker" on Spotify this is currently my favorite off the album. As with most records my favorite tune changes with my mood, but "When Someone Stops Loving You" is such a painful truth and testimony to what it is like trying to carry on like normal with every day life, like everyone else does even though you are completely broken inside. Little Big Town just knows how to tap into a persons emotions. They know how to make us feel such a variety of things and I find this to be a real gift. Especially when tunes like, "Snapback" and "Green Light" are what is flowing through radio waves. I love Lorde, but for the love of sophomore albums WTF is "Green Light"???!!! I have tried and maybe it is one of those tunes that takes a few replays to love and get, but I mean, so far....I'm just not there. I read on Instagram where one of Lorde's besties and contributor to LBTs "The Breaker", Taylor Swift LOVES the single and was going to immediately "create an interpretive dance" to go along with it. Which, let us be honest, watching T. Swizz at an awards show dancing to the performances is really one of the top five reason I even watch award shows. Wait, back to LBT, "When Someone Stops Loving You" is a beautifully heart wrenching track and I highly recommend your giving it a listen and downloading, purchasing or stream "The Breaker" ASAP!!!
I hope you all have a wonderful week. I know for most you are gearing up for Spring Break. I hope that you go back through some of the past New Music Monday posts to help you make your play list. Also, these tunes are all new so, they need our help getting them air play. Even if a station hasn't received the track yet for air play it is still good to call in and request. It lets the station know that fans are anticipant of the track and to begin playing it ASAP. "The Fighter" already has a video out and "I Could Use a Love Song" has one on it's way, meaning you can vote for those on GACTV or CMT websites each week to get them charting up the Top Twenty Countdowns.
Gonna leave you with another brand spakin' new lyric video, released last week from Kip Moore produced by Life in Rewind Films for Kips new single, "More Girls Like You". The video was recorded from Moore's recent time off traveling, surfing, and general adventuring. If you can watch it with out wanderlust than I'm unsure you should even be watching it. You're dead inside. What was I saying? Oh!! Kip and the Slow Hearts played their first gig with new guitarist, who coincidentally is named Dave, this weekend in Florida. Per fan postings to socials and YouTube it would seem the guys haven't skipped a beat. I have to say, I think that the time off served Kips vocals rather well. The clips I've gotten to hear from his last few performances post vaca have his voice sounding strong and healthy. Which is what the fans like considering it is about that time that he and the boys hit the road again. Give Kip's lyric video for "More Girls Like You" a watch and a listen and tell me you don't wish you were an adventurer like he is. Dare ya. Double dog dare ya. Also, be sure to be requesting the single with your local radio stations!!!
Kip Moore - "More Girls Like You"