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Maddie & Tae

Maddie & Tae return today with the release of their highly-anticipated new single “Friends Don’t,” the duo’s first song since signing with Mercury Nashville. Recognized for their “superlative songwriting” (Vulture) and “sweet harmonies” (Tennessean), “Friends Don’t” matches the pair’s celebrated harmonies with an intimate take on the anticipation and excitement around a friendship’s developing possibilities.

“Friends Don’t,” written by Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye along with Justin Ebach and Jon Nite, is the first single from the Platinum-selling duo’s forthcoming sophomore album. Set to impact country radio May 14th, fans can listen to and download “Friends Don’t” now HERE and view the lyric video HERE.

“I hope our fans love this song as much as we do,” says Marlow.  “Anything we ever do we have them in mind and want to always create music they can connect with. We have a big story to tell on this album, and ‘Friends Don’t’ is the beginning of it all.”

“It feels so good to be back with a song like this,” adds Dye.  “This song is everything we’ve always been.  Honest, vulnerable and confident.  We can’t wait for our fans to hear the rest of the record!”

The new album will follow Maddie & Tae’s critically-acclaimed, “highly polished” (Billboard) debut, Start Here. Maddie & Tae garnered instant praise with their Platinum-selling debut and No. 1 hit, “Girl In A Country Song,” and became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the country airplay charts with their debut single. In addition to earning multiple ACM, CMA and CMT award nominations, the duo scored a CMA Award for Video of the Year for “Girl In A Country Song” and Radio Disney Music Awards for Favorite Country Artist and Favorite Country Song for “Fly,” the Top 10, Gold-selling follow-up single. Receiving praise from NPR, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, Glamour and others, country music’s hottest stars including Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley took notice and welcomed Maddie & Tae on tour before the award-winning duo launched their own headlining Start Here Tour.

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Audio / Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow says the duo’s new single, “Friends Don’t,” is based on a true story.


Maddie & Tae (Friends Don’t) OC: …likes it. [laughs] :22
“So, the story behind our song ‘Friends Don’t’ is actually my sister’s story. My little sister back home in Texas was kind of dating this guy and they’re kind of in the friend’s zone, but they like each other, but they really didn’t know what was going on. And so, Tae and I got inspired by her story and wrote it. She kinda gets frustrated when we write songs about her, but I know she secretly likes it.” [laughs]

Audio / LINER Maddie & Tae (Friends Don't) 1


Video / Friends Don't lyric video