Country radio stations all over the world received a big, unexpected surprise today: a new Carrie Underwood song. The uptempo “Smoke Break,” penned by the country superstar with longtime collaborators Hillary Lindsey (“Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Two Black Cadillacs”) and Chris DeStefano (“Good Girl,” “Something in the Water”), is what she calls “an anthem for every hard-working person,” with lyrics about escaping life’s many stresses. Carrie Underwood Receives ‘Little Toy Guns’ Salute “We were writing and kept taking breaks to go outside because we were getting a little stuck on a song we were already working on,” Underwood answers when asked by a fan via Facebook how the song came about. “It was so beautiful outside that we had a hard time focusing, so we decided to write a song about taking breaks! ‘Smoke Break’ seemed like a great title, so we ran with it!” “Smoke Break” was produced by Jay Joyce, best known for his work with Eric Church and Little Big Town, and marks Underwood’s first time working with the boundary-pushing producer. The song will appear on the Grammy winner’s upcoming fifth studio album, Storyteller , due out October 23rd, as she announced in a video chat today.
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For the third time in his meteoric career, Luke Bryan tops the multi-genre Billboard 200 album chart as Kill the Lights holds the Number One spot in its debut week. Perhaps even more significantly, Bryan’s chart berth prevents hip-hop icon Dr. Dre from claiming the pole position , although that album is currently only available for streaming via Apple Music. Readers’ Poll: The 10 Best Luke Bryan Songs Kill the Lights , which also becomes Bryan’s sixth Number One album on the country chart, shifted a total of 345,000 units, according to Billboard , whereas Dre’s Compton racked up a total of 295,000 units sold
Neon Indian gets funky on his third LP, VEGA INTL. Night School , out October 16th via Mom and Pop/Transgressive. The electronic artist (real name Alan Palomo) will promote the 14-track album with a fall tour kicking off September 29th in Manor, Texas and concluding November 15th in Philadelphia. 20 Best EDM, Electronic and Dance Albums of 2014 Lead single “Slumlord” opens with a classical-leaning synth-piano pattern before settling into a propulsive, bass-heavy groove. “It goes on and on and on,” Palomo sings on a chorus reminiscent of vintage Daft Punk, before the song veers toward hazy, EQ-shifted keys that flirt with Neon Indian’s chillwave beginnings. Palomo shared another single, “Annie,” in May. The revamped Neon Indian website features a hotline number, 512-643-VEGA, that includes information about the new album, audio samples of “Slumlord” and a greeting to fans.