Country music superstar Miranda Lambert, who lives in Tishomingo, has earned a platinum hit with her emotional ballad “Over You.” Earlier this week, the Recording Industry Association of America certified the single platinum for selling 1 million downloads.
The chart-topping hit, which Lambert co-wrote with husband Blake Shelton, last week earned the Country Music Association’s song of the year honors at the 46th Annual CMA Awards.
The couple penned “Over You,” the second single off Lambert’s 2011 album “Four the Record,” in honor of Shelton’s brother Richie, who died in a car accident 22 years ago.
Lambert wept openly on stage at the CMA Awards as her husband related how his father, Dick, who died earlier this year, urged the couple to pen “Over You.”
“My dad always told me, `Son, you should write a song about your brother,”‘ Shelton said in the accepting the CMA songwriting trophy. “I lost my dad in January, and it’s so amazing to me that tonight, even after he’s gone, he’s still right. I just needed the right person to write this song with and the right person to sing it.”
Although three married couples had been previously nominated for CMA song of the year – Ed and Patsy Bruce for “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” in 1978, Sanger D. “Whitey” Shafer nd Darlene Shafer for “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” in 1985, and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” written by Whitey Shafer and his fourth wife Lydia Shafer in 1987 – Lambert and Shelton are the first to win the honor.
As The Boot first reported earlier this month, the Pistol Annies have joined member Miranda Lambert on her On Fire tour. Their first appearance will be tonight (April 26) in Fresno, Calif. Tour guests Jerrod Niemann and Chris Young will continue their stints on the journey, as well.
“We have chemistry as friends, we have chemistry on stage, and we have chemistry in our writing,” Miranda says about her Pistol Annies cohorts, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe. “It’s one of my favorite times during my show because I get to step into a different role.”
The time could prove to be twice as productive as the girls prepare to record their sophomore album. “Our goal on this next record is to write everything in our family, just the three of us girls again,” Miranda tells The Boot. “The new album will be what you expect: three country girls singing about three country girls’ lives. I’m looking forward to getting back in the studio with them. That will be our focus after the summer tour.”
Pistol Annies/Miranda Lambert On Fire Tour Dates:
4/26 – Fresno, Calif. – Save Mart Center
4/27 – Mountain View, Calif. – Shoreline Amphitheatre
5/10 – Omaha, Neb. – CenturyLink Center
5/11 – Kansas City, Mo. – Sprint Center
5/12 – Dallas, Texas – Gexa Energy Pavilion
5/17 – Tallahassee, Fla. – Tallahassee Leon Civic Center
5/18 – Southaven, Miss. – Landers Center
5/19 – Nashville, Tenn. – Bridgestone Arena
6/1 – Virginia Beach, Va. – Patriotic Festival
6/2 – Camden, N.J. – Susquehanna Bank Center
6/3 – Bristow, Va. – Jiffy Lube Live
6/8 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Klipsch Music Center
6/9 – Chicago, Ill. – Wrigley Field
6/10 – Detroit, Mich. – Comerica Park
6/14 – Columbus, Ohio – Nationwide Arena
6/15 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Riverbend Music Center
6/16 – Maryland Heights, Mo. – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
6/21 – Corpus Christi, Texas – American Bank Arena
6/22 – Beaumont, Texas – Ford Park Arena
6/23 – New Orleans, La. – UNO Lakefront Arena
When The Times spoke to Miranda Lambert recently for a story in Calendar, in which she reflects on her two nominations for Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, she also talked about the Pistol Annies, the band she formed with Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley. That album took off rapidly when their debut album, “Hell on Heels,” came out last summer.
She said the Pistols are already writing songs for a second album, which the band plans to record in the fall and put out next year. That means fans should expect a bit of a wait for Lambert’s next solo album, the follow-up to her “Four the Record,” which is in the running for album of the year in this year’s ACM Awards.
“I’m not going to think about that for a while,” she said. “This one barely got in under the wire” to make the eligibility period for ACM Award consideration. “It’s always so much work — I’m glad to do it, but I feel so relieved when it’s done.”
In addition to her own album, the Pistol Annies collection and her current “On Fire” tour, which includes a stop next month at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, Lambert also managed to squeeze in her wedding to longtime beau Blake Shelton, who will be co-hosting Sunday’s award show once again with Reba McEntire. The CBS telecast begins at 8 p.m. Pacific time from the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. The show is tape delayed for the West Coast.
Here is a behind the scenes look at Miranda’s new video Over You! This is Miranda’s first video since Only Prettier and the first video off of Four The Record. She looks amazing! The full video will be released on Thursday March 1st!!! Of course screencaptures will be added to the gallery, but until then check out the preview!
EDIT: The video is avaliabe on iTunes if you want to purchase!
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Miranda Lambert’s latest album, ‘Four the Record,’ has been certified gold, signifying sales of more than half a million. Released Nov. 1, 2011, it’s the Texas native’s fastest-selling album to date and is a fan and critic favorite alike. The project made our Top Country Albums of 2011 list, along with year-end lists compiled by Rolling Stone, USA Today, People and several other publications.
‘Four the Record’ also makes Miranda’s career one for the record books. It’s the singer’s fourth consecutive album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard charts. That’s a feat no other country artist has ever achieved with their first four albums in the 48-year history of the chart.
Following the album’s hit debut single, ‘Baggage Claim,’ Miranda’s latest radio hit is ‘Over You,’ a tearjerker co-written with husband Blake Shelton. The song was inspired by Blake’s brother, who died in a car accident in 1990.
Miranda’s headlining On Fire tour kicks off Jan. 12 in Rockford, Ill. Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann are also along for the ride, opening for the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year in more than 30 cities.
“I’m looking forward to the tour and playing some new music from ‘Four the Record’ and kicking some attitude,” said Miranda. “Chris and Jerrod have great shows, and we’re gonna have a lot of fun out there.”
Miranda Lambert is paying tribute to husband Blake Shelton’s late brother with her new single, “Over You.”
Richie Shelton died in a car accident in 1990. The newlyweds wrote the song together about a year ago, and Lambert recorded it for her latest album “Four the Record.” It is the second single released from the album.
The song idea started on a tour bus as they were flipping through TV channels. Shelton’s “Backstory” happened to be re-airing on GAC, and it was at the part where his dad was talking about his brother’s fatal crash. His father said: “You don’t ever get over something like that. You just get used to it.”
The couple turned the TV off and started talking.
“Miranda never had a chance to meet my brother,” Shelton said recently. “I was just a teenager when that happened. So I was telling her about him, what he was like, and we just ended up like we do sometimes, writing a song.”
Richie was only 24 when he died. Shelton was 14 at the time. This was the first time Shelton, now 35, really opened up to Lambert about the tragedy.
“We both actually cried while writing the song,” said Lambert, 28. “That’s the only time I’ve ever gotten that emotional writing a song, and him, too. So, I think the initial emotion came out right that day, and I think you hear it in the lyrics.”
With her new album Four The Record debuting atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, Miranda Lambert becomes the first country artist in the 47 year history of the chart to have each of her first four albums debut at # 1. With more than 133,000 albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Four The Record more than doubles the first week sales of her previous album. All three of her prior albums have been certified Platinum! Four The Record debuts at # 3 on the all genre, Billboard 200.
On the feat Lambert said, “Ok, that’s crazy! When you start out you want to blaze your own trail and set your goals and I always worry about living up to the standard I set for myself. But I hope it says to every artist who is starting out that if you really go with your heart and stick to your guns and feel okay with exercising your creative license, it will all end up great because you are doing what you believe in.”
Four The Record finds critics going on the record in praise of the album with Entertainment Weekly saying, “Four is her most vivid effort yet, with brilliantly observed songs about lust (”Fine Tune”) and disappointment (”Same Old You”), as well as a stirring celebration of diversity (”All Kinds of Kinds”). The Los Angeles Times says the album “…represents a further evolution of her talent as both creator and interpreter,” while Rolling Stone exclaims, “Four plays like a country mixtape, taking in honky-tonk, pastoral ballads, country blues and a blowsy duet with Blake Shelton. “Miranda Lambert shouldn’t get to make this many great records,” declares the Houston Chronicle while the Washington Post says of Lambert “…You won’t find a country star more magnetic.”
The reigning CMA Female Vocalist will perform her sit single, “Baggage Claim” at the CMA Awards on Wednesday evening where she is again nominated for Female Vocalist as well as Musical Event of the Year for “Coal Miners Daughter” with her hero Loretta Lynn and Sheryl Crow.
Miranda’s fourth studio album Four The Record is available now!!! Get your copy at iTunes.Com!!!
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