In an interview set to air this weekend on CBS Sunday Morning, Taylor Swift says she’s going to re-record the masters of her earlier songs to regain control over them in order to creatively circumvent Scooter Braun’s recent purchase of her former label, Big Machine.
In June, Braun got the rights to Swift’s masters when his media holding company acquired Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Label Group for a reported $300 million. According to The AP, Big Machine Label Group was home to Swift’s first six albums.
Tracy Smith asked Swift about re-recording the past songs as a way of regaining control of her master recordings. “Might you do that?” she asked.
“Oh, yeah,” Swift replied.
“That’s a plan?”
“Yeah, absolutely,” Swift said.
Sunday Morning, hosted by Jane Pauley, is broadcast on CBS Sundays beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET
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Lady Antebellum Guitarist Slim Gambill Drops New Single From Debut Album
Posted on August 21, 2019, 5:00 am
The world is about to get a different taste of Jason “Slim” Gambill, the pigtailed guitarist for Lady Antebellum, via his upcoming solo album Fake Jazz & Theme Songs.
With the album due out Sept. 6, Gambill is lining up his own shows, including Birdland in New York City and other jazz clubs. But, he’s quick to add, those always take second priority to Lady Antebellum and its schedule — and he’s happy for that to be the case.
As the title indicates, the Colorado-raised, USC-educated Gambill’s own music comes from a different kind of stylistic country, and there’s nothing fake about the jazzy terrain he explores on many of its 10 tracks. One of the songs, “54321,” includes saxophonist Jeff Coffin.
“I can’t really express what being with Lady Antebellum has done for me,” says Gambill, who worked with Charles Kelley’s older brother Josh Kelley before joining the band. “Talk about a great set of coattails to jump on. Musically, they’re so good. They write songs that the world connects to…and they give us enough space to do our thing with them.
“At the end of it all, my personal home base is on the stage. With [Lady A] I get on the stage in front of thousands and, in some cases, tens of thousands of people and just rock,” he adds. “They’re not holding me back. It’s not, ‘Keep it passive and mellow, Slim.’ That’s not their thing. For 90 minutes every night I can throw down. That beats working for a living.”
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Maren Morris Drops New ‘The Bones’ Music Video
Posted on August 20, 2019, 5:00 am
Maren Morris enlisted the help of her husband, Ryan Hurd, for the video for new single “The Bones.” In the three-minute clip, directed by Alex Ferrari, the couple enjoy some downtime together during a vacation in Hawaii.
The beautifully shot clip follows Morris and Hurd as they chase waterfalls throughout Hawaii and enjoy some alone time lounging on the beach. Morris penned the nostalgic tune with frequent collaborators Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz.
“The Road to Hana is beautiful but a hell of a trek…kind of like the most meaningful & lasting human relationships we get to have,” Morris writes on Twitter. “This is our journey on film for ‘The Bones.’”
Singer/songwriter Ruthie Collins opens the next chapter of her musical repertoire as she releases “Joshua Tree,” available today (8/16) across all digital platforms. “Joshua Tree” invites listeners into the place that many, including Collins, have called a spiritual experience. Today, Billboard is exclusively premiering the song’s “picturesque” official lyric video.
Produced by Wesley Harllee and mixed by five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Ryan Freeland (Bonnie Raitt, Ray LaMontagne, Ingrid Michaelson), the track is bathed in lush strings as a haunting melody wraps itself around wistful, descriptive lyrics that paint both a tragic love story and the real-life depth of beauty Collins has come to discover at California’s iconic Joshua Tree National Park. Stream or purchase “Joshua Tree” HERE.
Billboard shares, “Ruthie Collins retreated to Joshua Tree, California, to film the lyric video for her latest release, fittingly titled ‘Joshua Tree’…The stunning backdrop, shot by Cal & Aly, complements the Americana singer-songwriter’s ethereal vocals alongside soaring string features, minimal piano parts, and delicate percussion accompaniment.”
“‘Joshua Tree,’ to me, is like a lucky charm, a rabbit’s foot or a worry stone that you carry around in your pocket,” Collins shares of the mysterious, dream-like ballad. “It seems to have some kind of energy that has brought some really interesting and magical things into my life. I feel so inexplicably drawn to that special place. I’m not sure if it’s the song, the story or my experiences there; but I’ve truly never known anything like it, and I’ve never written a song like that before.”
Inspired by the relationship lore between her musical heroes, Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons, Collins co-wrote the song with Luke Sheets. Harris was said to have wanted to express her love for Parsons, but she never got the chance. Parsons passed away from a drug overdose in Joshua Tree in 1973, leaving Harris to wonder how things might have been different if she had revealed her true feelings earlier.
“As a self-proclaimed lover and writer of sad songs, I felt compelled to take on this story,” says Collins. “This song means so many things to me now. It’s not only a snapshot of a great love story that almost was, but it’s an idea that love is never truly gone, because love cannot die. No matter where you are in the world or in time, love always exists. This song is like a message in a bottle filled with that great love that you throw out into the universe. Who knows what happens next?”
“Joshua Tree” previews new music to come from Collins, whose sophomore LP is slated to drop early next year on Sidewalk Records, a division of Curb Records.
For more information, visit www.ruthiecollinsmusic.com.
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Miranda Lambert Announces New Album
Posted on August 16, 2019, 5:00 am
It has been reported that Miranda Lambert’s new album is coming. The country star’s seventh studio album, Wildcard, is slated to drop on November 1st.
“When people listen to this record, I want them to know that I see them and hear them,” Lambert said in a statement. “I feel you, because I’m just a girl from East Texas, writing about all the things that go on in my world and in the worlds of people around me. I want people to get along, you know, just be who you are, own it and move on from the moments you couldn’t live in.”
In addition to the album announcement, Lambert has released a new song titled “Bluebird.” She penned the stripped-down tune with frequent collaborators Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby. It follows the reveal of previous songs “Locomotive” and “Mess with My Head” as well as current single “It All Comes Out in the Wash.”
The project also happens to be her first collaboration with Jay Joyce and promises to include some rock ‘n’ roll edge from her time spent living in New York following her marriage to New York City police officer Brendan McLoughlin.
Take a listen to Miranda Lambert’s new song “Bluebird” here.