Rolling Stone —This week, Rolling Stone is proud to be celebrating the launch of RollingStoneCountry.com — a new website fully dedicated to the genre — with a special Country Issue (on stands Friday) featuring two of Nashville’s most compelling stars: Eric Church and Miranda Lambert.
In her first Rolling Stone cover story, Miranda Lambert takes contributing editor Josh Eells to her adopted hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma (population “Three thousand, one hundred,” she proudly proclaims), site of her ever-growing empire – her Pink Pistol clothing boutique and a planned bed-and-breakfast named after her Smith & Wesson – and the farm she shares with her husband, Blake Shelton.
When she’s not fussing over their menagerie of animals, fishing or planning on castrating bulls, Lambert tells RS about her obsession with Beyoncé. “She’s a girl from Houston, and she worked her butt off to get where she is,” she says. “She’s not just being carted around on her chariot; she’s driving it.” She reveals she got a crash course in how to write a country song by paying close attention to her parents, who opened a detective agency called upon to investigate Bill Clinton for Paula Jones’ sexual-harassment case, and chatted openly about who was drinking, who was cheating and who shot whom at the dinner table.
She also opens up about life as one-half of country music’s hottest couple. “It was pretty instantaneous,” she says of their rocket to über-fame. “One day we were country singers, and the next we’re on the front of the tabloids. I’m, like, really magical. I’ve been pregnant for two and a half years.” Shelton confirms that when Lambert gets heated enough, she will get into a bar fight. “People always try to pop off or call her bluff at bars,” he admits. “One of them I don’t want to say the guy’s name, but he’s the lead singer of a very popular rock band. His initials are C.K.” (He’s referring to Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger.)
The Tennessean — Call it blond ambition.
Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert have been trying to work out a chance to sing together on an album for years. Underwood said that this time when Lambert went in to record her new album “Platinum,” which will be in stores Tuesday, her friend was determined Underwood’s voice would be on the project.
“We’ve always talked about how we should sing together,” Underwood said. “For whatever reason, we all dive into our albums or wait for the right song (and it never happens). This time, (Lambert) just set her mind on it, ‘I’m going to make this happen.'”
Lambert found “Somethin’ Bad,” a song written by frequent Underwood collaborators Chris DeStefano and Brett James along with Priscilla Renea. And after some tweaking — the song was originally written as a guy/girl duet — the ladies said it was perfect for their collaboration.
“It just seemed like such a fun thing,” Underwood said. “Why not? The two of us on stage together, it just sounds like fun.”
Country fans will get a chance to see the country powerhouses perform “Somethin’ Bad” on the CMT Music Awards Wednesday night. The show will air live from Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m. on the network.
And while she’s calm and confident about her duet with Underwood now, Lambert admitted that for a while, she “freaked” herself out about it.
“It’s just rock and roll,” Lambert said of the song. “The morning (Underwood was coming in to record it with me), I woke up and … I called (husband) Blake (Shelton) and I was like, ‘What the heck have I done?’ I was going over it in my head and I was trying to sing it in the shower and stuff and I was like, ‘I can’t sing this song with Carrie Underwood. The notes are huge. I can’t do this.’ He’s like, ‘What are you talking about?’ Then we got into it and I’m like, ‘Yes, this is me.’ I just had a moment of, ‘What’s happening?’ Because, she’s a great singer, but it also pushes me to be better, so that’s a good thing.”
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