Keith Urban (feat. Miranda Lambert) ‘We Were Us’ – Single Review

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I am not Keith Urban’s biggest fan by any means, but I don’t
think I’m alone in noticing the significant difference in his new material.
More pop-orientated than his previous records, ‘We Were Us’ is perhaps one of
the stronger lyrical efforts on an album that overall lacks substance. That
doesn’t mean that it’s worthy of a big thumbs up from me, however.

The song begins with a really nice banjo melody that upon
first listening holds promise for what’s to come. Miranda also has the first
verse all to herself, which is rare for an artist who is the featured one,
although this delight is muted by the fact they have edited her voice to a
robotic pulp. This leads me to my overriding issue with the entire track, and
that is the production. The chorus is completely over-done, with instruments
going full-pelt, a stupid pop drum beat and “too much atmosphere” (yes, there
is such a thing). It’s followed by a few vocal hooks from Keith, shrouded in
reverb and effects, before his own verse.

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Luke Bryan expected to stay #1 on Billboard for second week

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Last week, Luke Bryan sold an incredible 527,783 units of his new album "Crash My Party," placing him firmly at #1 on the Billboard 200. This week comes word that he's once again expected to be at #1. 

According to Billboard, "Crash My Party" is expected to sell 159,000 copies this week, which, despite being down 70% from its debut week, is still enough to assure it another week in the number one spot.

This would mean that out of 29 chart-topping albums, this will only be the sixth one this year to spend more than one week in the top spot.

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CMA Songwriter series makes its first trip to Austin, Texas on September 11 (from the mailbag)

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The CMA Songwriters Series makes its debut in Texas Wednesday, Sept. 11 (8:00 PM/CT) at
Antone’s in Austin for a special night of storytelling and song. Celebrating its
ninth remarkable year, the CMA Songwriters Series will feature special guests
Lee Brice, Randy Houser, Jerrod Niemann, and
Bob DiPiero, who will also serve as the evening’s host. Tickets
go on sale tomorrow. 

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