USA Today — On one song from her album Platinum, out Tuesday, Miranda Lambert puts herself in the shoes of Priscilla Presley. “I feel ya, Priscilla,” sings Lambert, identifying with the peculiar challenges of being “married to a man who’s married to attention.”
“We had to put up a gate to find time to procreate — at least that’s what we read.”
With that line, Lambert, 30, who celebrated her third anniversary with fellow country singer Blake Shelton last month, knew Priscilla songwriters Natalie Hemby, Nicolle Galyon and Jimmy Robbins had pegged her. After all, she and Shelton had just installed an automatic gate on their driveway that closes behind them every time they drive in.
“Even if it’s people you know, sometimes you need to cement it,” Lambert says. “It’s just like, ‘No one come over; we’re having us-time for a second.’ We haven’t seen each other, and we need to be like, ‘Hey, how was the last five days?’ It just gets too crowded sometimes.”
The couple’s 1,200-acre spread in Tishomingo, Okla., offers refuge not just from the road but from constant, often conflicting, gossip stories that have dogged the two since they married in May 2011. They’re drinking too much. They’re splitting — at a cost, depending on the report, of $40 million or $100 million. Lambert’s anorexic. No, she’s pregnant. With twins.
When it comes to being pregnant, Lambert says, “I’m not” — an uncommonly direct statement from someone who uses the contradictory stories as a shield to protect her private life. Lambert and Shelton have even taken to riffing on the reports on Twitter, sometimes sitting next to each other as they plan their next social-media wisecrack, essentially creating a semi-fictional persona for their relationship that acts as a smokescreen for the real thing.
“Nobody would really know the truth, at this point, for sure,” Lambert says. “We didn’t plan it, but we have fun messing with it.”
Ask her directly about the rumors, and Lambert responds with quips designed to deflect as much as answer.
What’s the status of her marriage? “I’m happy. You’ll have to ask Blake how he feels.”
Is she anorexic? “I’m not anorexic. I’m not sure if I’m not pregnant, because I’m supposed to be having an alien child. That’s the next headline.”
Does she or Blake have a drinking problem? “The only problem with the drinking is that if he gets up to make a drink and he doesn’t make me one, I get (mad). It’s like, you better be bringing me a cocktail, too, buddy.”
Is she sure she isn’t pregnant? “The only way that anybody will actually know I’m pregnant is when you see a child.”
However, Lambert can’t help noticing people looking for clues when she goes out in public.
“I can see people staring at me if we go to a restaurant,” she says. She’ll see people making sideways glances toward her midsection and whatever glass she has in her hand. “I just want to be like, ‘It’s alcohol! I’m not pregnant.’ You know what I mean? ‘You want to smell it? It’s clear, but it ain’t water.’ ”
Priscilla Presley probably understands just how she feels.
Sony Music Nashville — Miranda Lambert will unveil her long anticipated new RCA Records Nashville album, Platinum, next week with a wave of television appearances. On Sunday, June 1, CBS’ Sunday Morning will air a comprehensive profile on Miranda from her hometown of Tishomingo, OK. Monday, June 2, she will perform her top 5 single “Automatic” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and she will rise early on Tuesday, June 3, for an appearance on Good Morning America.
On Wednesday, June 4, “Somethin’ Bad” is coming to the CMT Music Awards when Miranda and Carrie Underwood perform their new duet, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Country Digital Songs chart this week. Miranda leads the pack with six nominations at this year’s CMT Awards. On Friday, June 6, Miranda returns to The View where she will be lead guest and perform “Automatic.” Miranda wraps up the week Friday night in Nashville at LP Field with a performance at the CMA Music Festival.
“I’m so excited to finally be releasing Platinum, and I can’t wait for everyone to have the opportunity to hear it,” said Miranda of the June 3 album which contains 16 tracks. “I feel I have a responsibility as a female artist, songwriter and musician to keep reinventing myself and stay fresh. I didn’t know exactly what that was going to be but I didn’t want a concrete plan that we were locked into. So I actually felt pretty vulnerable writing this album and picking songs, and I think you can hear that on the record.”
Platinum will be available June 3 or preorder now at http://smarturl.it/mlplatinum and receive “Somethin’ Bad” and Miranda’s hit single, “Automatic,” now.
Billboard — On Billboard’s airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart, which Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again” leads for a seventh week, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood notch the highest debut in nearly a year-and-a-half, as “Somethin’ Bad” begins at No. 5. It enters Country Digital Songs at No. 1 – becoming Lambert’s first leader on the list (and Underwood’s third) – with 107,000 downloads sold following the pair’s performance of it on the Billboard Music Awards (May 18).
“Bad” makes the best start on Hot Country Songs since Cassadee Pope, the third-season winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” soared in at No. 3 with her cover of Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy” on the Dec. 29, 2012, chart.
The song previews Lambert’s fifth album, “Platinum,” due June 3; first single “Automatic” continues its rise, returning to its Hot Country Songs peak (7-6). When “Automatic” reached the top 10 on the April 19 Country Airplay chart (where this week it lifts 6-4), it marked the first top 10 by a solo female in two months. “I’m damn glad to have my spot here,” Lambert says. “I’m happy as a little lark. I’ve worked hard to make relationships with radio and my fans. It took a long time to get where I am and I’m thankful that people are responding.”
— CMT (@CMT) May 27, 2014
Scans from Miranda’s cover issue of Women’s Health have been added to the gallery along with photos from the shoot.
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