Lady Antebellum Cover Billboard, Reveal Plans With Spotify and Pandora
Lady Antebellum continue to be country music innovators, but their reach isn't purely musical. In an interview with Billboard, the band reveals that they'll begin working with two growing digital music distributors, Spotify and Pandora.
To prepare for and promote the upcoming 'Own the Night' album, Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood are setting up an account and creating a playlist to share with their fans on Spotify. The subscription based service is relatively new in the United States, but is booming in Europe. For $5 a month, users get unlimited access to 15 millions songs.
Next Monday's issue of Billboard also reports that Lady Antebellum have recorded a series of interviews for the online radio site Pandora. Those will begin airing on September 9, just four days before 'Own the Night' is available to fans. The trio has been a leader in country music in terms of making use of digital media; their 'Webisode Wednesday' feature is wildly popular. Few acts in country music carry a dedicated videographer on the road with them as Lady A do.
The band also shares a few new details about the music on the new album. Despite success on pop-radio, the new songs will stay true to the expectations of their country fans. Nashville songwriters Dallas Davidson, Hillary Lindsey and Rivers Rutherford are just a few of the people who helped the band write the 12 songs. Charles Kelley says there's plenty of inspiration from their personal lives.
“Over our lives we’ve had heartbreak, been in love, out of love, back in love, had some great times and some low times,” Kelley tells Billboard. “So we feel like we’re pretty normal just like everybody else.”
Expect to see a lot more of Lady Antebellum in the coming weeks as they'll be flooding morning and evening television talk shows. They're also scheduled to appear on NBC's 'Saturday Night Live' on October 1.
'Own the Night' is the follow-up to 2010's 'Need You Now,' which sold over 3.5 million copies and earned the trio five Grammy awards. That sophomore album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album charts, selling 480,000 copies its first week.