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Miranda Lambert’s new album “Platinum” (out June 3) picks up where the singer/songwriter left off with 2011’s “Four The Record,” when she continued to blow past those who might have written her off as a one-note show, all bombast and arsenal. On “Platinum,” Lambert again showcases her skills as a confident, charismatic vocalist and a top-shelf songwriter, capable of sharp observations and—an even more rare quality among country stars and spitfires alike—scorching introspection and vulnerability.
It’s a diverse, ambitious record that manages to be both wide ranging yet cohesive in the sum of its parts. So even as the artist explores wildly varied themes, emotions and musical styles, “Platinum” is, unmistakably, Miranda Lambert. “You can’t pull one over on her,” says co-producer Frank Liddell, who has worked with Lambert on all five of her records, plus two Pistol Annies albums. “I can’t try to make her sound different than she wants to sound. It’s just all in her heart and in her gut, ‘this is who I am,’ and when we go in the studio, that’s what you’re chasing. There’s nothing else really we can do but make a Miranda Lambert record, because anything straying from that path one bit, we’re gonna get caught. She is, too, and she knows it.”
Lambert comes across, both on the album and in conversation, as very comfortable in her own skin, an observation she accepts. “At 30 years old, having lived and done a lot of things in my career and my life, I have a different take than at 20 when I was makin’ Kerosene,'” she says. “But, I also do not have near the stuff that Reba would have to say, I have so much more to learn and do. I’m just right here smack in the middle of it, hopefully. If I’m lucky, I’m in the middle of it, because I want to go so much farther and wider with my career and my empire, really.”
In laying the foundation for her “empire,” Lambert has built both respect from her peers and a fiercely loyal fan base. In addition to enough awards to fill an Airstream, Lambert has charted 22 titles that have spent a combined 442 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, led by the Grammy-winning “The House That Built Me,” which spent 22 weeks on the chart in 2010. All of Lambert’s previous four albums debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Album’s chart, and have moved a combined 5.2 million units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Lambert spoke easily and openly about a wide variety of topics, much appearing in the recent Billboard cover story. Plenty didn’t, like when we asked her if her husband Blake Shelton REALLY tweeted the cell phone number of Adam Levine, Shelton’s co-judge on The Voice.
For the record, Lambert’s not sure. “I texted Blake, ‘did you do that, did that just happen?,'” she replies, laughing. “I’m guessing it was a publicity ploy, I don’t know for sure. He wouldn’t actually do that. Blake’s pretty mean sometimes, but not that mean. He would have brought the wrath of Adam, because Adam has done some crazy shit. He sent us a nine-foot-tall, seven-foot-wide cover of himself as People’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive,’ he sent that to our house. So I wouldn’t even want to know his revenge if Blake did that, so I don’t think it’s real.”
As to whether Shelton and Lambert, country music’s power couple, might ever tour together, “I think it’s close to time, if we’re going to,” Lambert says. “There would be nothing better than being able to hang out with my husband on tour, we’ve never actually done that. We’re getting to the point where we want to slow down, we don’t want to tour as much, so I think it’s now or never, if you ask me. If we want to collaborate we should, if we want to tour together we probably should start thinking about it.”
Lambert points out that she and her husband have very different musical styles. “Also, just the scheduling, we have two different labels and management companies and producers,” she adds. “There’s so much more behind it than just saying, ‘let’s go on tour.’ That’s sounds great when you’re driving back roads drinking a beer, then you start the ball rolling and it’s a thousand other things come into play. I’m sure we will eventually, it’s just got to be the right time and the right way. I’m a very strong minded female, I’d be, ‘I want it this way, this is my band, my bus, and I’m sure he’s like, ‘never mind.'”
And, of course, Lambert talks about the songs on “Platinum.” Here’s her take on several the album’s tracks.
“Girls” (written by Nicolle Galyon/Natalie Hemby/Jimmy Robbins)
Lambert sings convincingly of a “fighter with a centerfold face,” in a pulsing mid-tempo featuring soaring harmonies and inventive background vocals. “I get pitched 100 ‘Gunpower & Leads’ and I’m like, ‘give me something I can’t write, I can write those all day long.’ I like to hear things where I go, ‘damn, I wish I’d written that.’ Natalie [Galyon] is a freak of nature, she’s such a great writer,” Lambert says. “I heard [“Girls”] and it was like, ‘oh my gosh, it’s so true.’ Girls, we’re so complicated, can’t live with us, can’t live without us. I feel like that song says that so well, it’s so beautiful. Every girl I play it for is like, ‘that’s me!’ and that’s what you want, it’s so relatable and powerful. Even guys, ‘oh yeah, that’s my girl, that’s my wife, that’s my mom, that’s my daughter.’ I love songs that make you feel something and this one definitely does.”
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.
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