Rolling Stone – It’s been two years since the release of Miranda Lambert’s last album, Platinum, and the trailblazing superstar – a modern fusion of grit and glam – is now saying the wait for her new music is almost over.
Speaking Thursday night in the CMA Music Festival press room just before taking the Nissan Stadium stage, Lambert revealed that she’s been working on new tunes for about a year, and they should start rolling out in a few short weeks.
“I’ve really worked since last summer just writing and recording, so no one is more excited than me to have the next thing come through and show off what I’ve been doing,” she said, beaming. “I know I’ve kind of been ‘not around,’ but I’ve been around. I’m getting really close, and hopefully by mid-summer we’ll have some new music people can hear.”
There’s no word what kind of topics she’ll be covering, but after moving to Nashville and finalizing her divorce from Blake Shelton, Lambert says her songwriting has increased exponentially.
“It’s been a really cool journey because I’ve lived in Nashville for the last year almost now,” she said. “I’ve been able to write so much more than I had before, just not being on the road constantly and moving from Oklahoma. All my friends [in Nashville] are songwriters. We’re either hanging out and accidentally wrote a song or we had it set up, so I probably wrote like five days a week for five months straight.”
The Boot — Fresh off the success of her Top 5 single “Little Red Wagon,” Miranda Lambert has chosen “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” her collaboration with Little Big Town, as the next single from her 2014 Platinum album.
The quartet originally wanted the song, written by Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, for their 2014 Pain Killer album, but Lambert already had it on hold.
“[Little Big Town member Karen Fairchild] told me, ‘You have a song I want!,’” Lambert recalls. “So I said, ‘If I cut it, will y’all sing on it?’ This was at the CMT Awards, just joking around in the dressing room. But when I went in to record it, I thought, ‘If Little Big Town want to sing on my record, we are d–n sure taking advantage of it!’
“I can’t even imagine what it would sound like without them,” she adds.
The wife of Blake Shelton says that her new single is the closest she’ll ever come to recording a party song, and that the tune can inspire a bit of misbehavior in her own life.
“It really, really, really makes me want to smoke and drink,” she says. “I don’t smoke. But I drink. A lot.
“I feel like this is my party song,” Lambert continues. “I want to party when I hear this song, in my own way. That’s why I connected to it. I just immediately was like, ‘Yes.’”
Lambert was joined by Little Big Town for a performance of “Smokin’ and Drinkin’” at the 2014 CMA Awards.
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Miranda Lambert’s new single is … drum roll please … Little Red Wagon! Miranda has exclusively revealed the cover art for her next single to news and gossip site Just Jared. You can also check it out to your left. How amazing is it? Miranda performed the song back in June at the CMA Music Festival which you can view here and in September Miranda performed the song at Fashion Rocks which you can view here. Remember if you haven’t purchased Miranda’s album Platinum you can do so at iTunes.Com and start requesting the song at your local radio stations!
All Access — The MIRANDA LAMBERT and CARRIE UNDERWOOD duet “Somethin’ Bad” has been officially certified as a PLATINUM Digital Single by the RECORDING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA (RIAA).
“Somethin’ Bad” has also garnered a pair of CMA AWARDS nominations for LAMBERT and UNDERWOOD in the categories of Musical Event of the Year and Music Video of the Year. “Somethin’ Bad” is the second single from LAMBERT’s “Platinum” album.
Billboard — As “Platinum” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with 180,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Miranda Lambert becomes the first artist in the survey’s 50-year history to post five consecutive career-opening No. 1s. (All of her albums have additionally launched at the summit).
Lambert passes Carrie Underwood, who’s scored four No. 1s in her first four tries, a still-active streak dating to 2005; Underwood has also debuted at No. 1 with all four sets. The other acts to arrive with multiple career-starting Top Country Albums No. 1s are LeAnn Rimes, Gretchen Wilson (three each), Wynonna Judd, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kellie Pickler and Lady Antebellum (two each).
As previously reported, Lambert concurrently crowns the Billboard 200 for the first time, notching her best sales week and the largest for an album by a female country artist since the week ending Dec. 30, 2012, when Taylor Swift’s “Red” sold 241,000. Lambert is just the 11th female country artist to top the Billboard 200 (which became a regularly published list in 1956). Prior to Lambert, Swift was the last country female artist to notch her first No. 1, having topped the list for the first time on the chart dated Nov. 29, 2008, when “Fearless” bowed at No. 1.
Impressively, each of Lambert’s albums has started with successively a larger debut week than those before. Her first release, “Kerosene,” bowed in 2005 with 40,000. She followed with 2007’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (53,000), 2009’s “Revolution” (66,000) and 2011’s “Four the Record” (133,000).
On Hot Country Songs, Lambert’s new single “Somethin’ Bad,” with Underwood, flies 25-12 with Streaming Gainer honors (710,000 total U.S. streams, up 69 percent, according to Nielsen BDS), while lead “Platinum” lead track “Automatic” bullets for a second week at its No. 4 peak.
Rolling Stone — Miranda Lambert’s Platinum has notched its first chart-topping single. “Automatic,” a nostalgic tune about enjoying life’s slower pace, debuted at Number 26 on the Billboard country charts back in February, and while it rests at Number Three on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, it has already reached Number One on the competing Mediabase chart.
Lambert has had a busy week since the release of her fifth album, Platinum, last Tuesday. She made high-profile appearances on the CMT Music Awards, The View and The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, and at the 2014 CMA Music Festival and George Strait’s farewell show in Arlington, Texas, where she joined the King of Country for a surprise rendition of “How ‘Bout them Cowgirls.”
Meanwhile, “Somethin’ Bad” — her hell-raising duet with Carrie Underwood — sits at Number 36, giving Lambert two simultaneous tunes in Billboard’s Country Top 40. So much for enjoying a slower pace.
“Automatic” marks the sixth chart-topper for Lambert, Rolling Stone’s current cover star. To celebrate, she’ll hit the road on July 10th for the start of her Platinum Tour.
Billboard — As expected, country star Miranda Lambert earns her first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with the debut of “Platinum.” The set — her fifth release — sold 180,000 copies in the week ending June 8, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
That sum is Lambert’s best sales week yet, and the largest for an album from a female country artist since the week ending Dec. 30, 2012. That week, Taylor Swift’s “Red” sold 241,000, nine weeks after it debuted at No. 1 with 1.2 million.
Lambert is only the 11th female country artist to top the Billboard 200, which became a regularly published list in 1956. (For perspective on that total of just 11 leading country ladies: More than 400 acts have tallied a No. 1 album.)
Previous to Lambert, the last country female artist to get her first No. 1 was Swift, who topped the list for the first time on the chart dated Nov. 29, 2008 (when “Fearless” bowed at No. 1).
Impressively, each of Lambert’s albums have started with successively larger debut weeks. Her first release, “Kerosene,” bowed at No. 18 in 2005 with 40,000. She followed it up with 2007’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” (No. 6 with 53,000), 2009’s “Revolution” (No. 8 with 66,000) and 2011’s “Four the Record” (No. 3 with 133,000).
“Platinum” also easily scores Lambert her fifth straight No. 1 debut on the Top Country Albums chart.