• Dierks Bentley Gone
  • Taylor Swift no body, no crime
  • Little Big Town Wine, Beer, Whiskey
  • Jon Pardi Tequila Little Time
  • Eric Church
  • Sam Hunt Breaking Up Was Easy in the 90s
  • Lauren Alaina feat. Jon Pardi Getting Over Him
  • Travis Denning ABBY

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ERIC CHURCH, DARIUS RUCKER AND ASHLEY McBRYDE PARTNER WITH ACM LIFTING LIVES, THE AD COUNCIL AND COVID COLLABORATIVE FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION EDUCATION PSA.

ACM Lifting Lives®, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music®, is set to premiere a public service advertisement (PSA) during the upcoming ACM Awards together with the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative in an effort to encourage all Americans to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines at GetVaccineAnswers.org and get a vaccination when it’s available to them.

Featuring Eric Church, Ashley McBryde and Darius Rucker at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium and Grand Ole Opry House, the new PSAs are part of the national campaign, “It’s Up to You,” and emphasize the important role education about COVID-19 vaccinations plays in a return to live music.

“We are so grateful to Eric, Ashley, Darius and the team at ACM for lending their talent for this extraordinary partnership. Together, we will help increase awareness about the COVID-19 vaccines and connect audiences to resources where they can get answers to their top questions,” said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. “Millions of Americans are looking forward to getting back to seeing live music again, and getting educated on the vaccines is one of the best steps to getting there.”

“ACM Lifting Lives is proud to partner with the Ad Council in educating the public on the COVID-19 vaccinations and how they can play a role in ending the pandemic,” said Lyndsay Cruz, ACM Lifting Lives Executive Director. “With the support of the Country Music industry and artists, we have worked tirelessly this past year to provide over $3.5 million in financial aid to families in need within the Country Music community. By joining the Ad Council and this campaign, we are continuing our commitment to providing a brighter future for these families and fans. We would like to thank each of the artists for making this message impactful and supporting us in achieving this goal.”

According to Ad Council research fielded by Ipsos in February, approximately 40% of the American public remain undecided about getting a COVID-19 vaccination. Of that undecided population, only 56% say they feel confident they have enough information to guide their decision about getting a COVID-19 vaccination, compared to 96% of those already committed. A majority (over 80%) are eager to get back to the moments and people they miss.

First launched in February, the “It’s Up To You” initiative is the largest and most significant communications effort in U.S. history. Developed pro bono by ad agency Pereira O’Dell, the new PSA will direct audiences to GetVaccineAnswers.org for the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccines.

ACM Lifting Lives continues to support the Country music community during the ongoing pandemic with the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund, which has distributed more than $3.5 million to those in the industry suffering a financial crisis during this time, made possible with support from both corporate sponsors and individual donors.

Broadcasting live from Nashville on the CBS Television Network, the “56th Academy of Country Music Awards” hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton will feature exciting performances, unprecedented collaborations, surprising moments and more to be announced in the coming weeks.

The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+, ViacomCBS’ global streaming service.

For more information, visit ACMcountry.com and ACMLiftingLives.org. Fans can also like the Academy of Country Music on Facebook, follow on Twitter at @ACMawards, follow on Instagram at @ACMawards and sign up for the FREE ACM A-List for more immediate updates.

JORDAN DAVIS TAKES THE POSITIVE APPROACH TO HIS “ALMOST MAYBES.”

Jordan Davis is sitting inside the Top 15 on the country charts with his latest single, “Almost Maybes,” which is a look back at some of his own “almost maybes” that led him to his wife, Kristen. However, Jordan doesn’t remember many of the negatives of those past relationships, but took away more of the positive memories.

“It’s really cool to see where I’m at now – a beautiful little daughter, a wife that I love, and I’m able to kind of replay those almost maybes every time I hear it on the radio. It’s just kind of cool,” says Jordan. “It’s not that I’m trying to bash anybody. It’s not that I’m trying to look bad on any of my past relationships. I think we all learn things through those relationships, and it’s kind of a good thing. I think if you just take out all the negatives out of any relationship, you really don’t grow or find any positives out of it. All those girls were amazing girls, and it’s cool now with social media, I can go back and check in with them and they’re all doing great.” He also admits “…and I was one of their ‘Almost Maybes.’”

“Almost Maybes” is the follow-up to three consecutive No. 1 songs, “Singles You Up,” “Take It From Me” and “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot.”

Audio / Jordan Davis is pretty positive about his "Almost Maybes."

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Jordan Davis (Almost Maybes look back) OC: …their ‘Almost Maybes’.” :40
“It’s really cool to see where I’m at now – a beautiful little daughter, a wife that I love, and I’m able to kind of replay those almost maybes every time I hear it on the radio. It’s just kind of cool. It’s not that I’m trying to bash anybody. It’s not that I’m trying to look bad on any of my past relationships. I think we all learn things through those relationships, and it’s kind of a good thing. I think if you just take out all the negatives out of any relationship, you really don’t grow or find any positives out of it. All those girls were amazing girls, and it’s cool now with social media, I can go back and check in with them and they’re all doing great…and I was one of their ‘Almost Maybes.’”

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LUKE BRYAN “HOOKS” A BIG ONE ON A RECENT FISHING TRIP.

Luke Bryan tends to take everything in stride, including taking a trip to a medical center earlier this week to get a pretty elaborate fishing hook removed from his hand. The four-time Entertainer of the Year took to Instagram to reveal he really hooked himself a big one – his hand.

Notice when you click on the clip, it says “This video may contain graphic or violent content.” Bless.

He documented the trip to the hospital to have the procedure done on his Instagram stories and headed right back on the water afterward with his guitar tech, Russ.

A few comments on his video included his wife, Caroline, who said, “I leave your ass for 2 hours and this happens…damn baby.” Travis Denning, who loves to fish as well, said, “I don’t think you’ll be able to pass that middle hook 😳,” while Jake Owen quipped, “Huntin’, Fishin’ Lovin’ every day,” after one of Luke’s No. 1 hits.

Luke, who is in his fourth season as a judge on American Idol, is set to release the deluxe version of his Born Here Live Here Die Here album next Friday (April 9th).

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TRAVIS DENNING’S “CLEVER AS ALL GET OUT” (MUSIC ROW) NEW SINGLE “ABBY” IS THE MOST-ADDED SONG AT COUNTRY RADIO THIS WEEK

ACM “New Male Artist Of The Year” nominee artist Travis Denning’s “ABBY” has earned the most adds at country radio this week, available to listen here. The “clever kiss-off” (Billboard) and “wickedly fun good-riddance anthem” (PEOPLE) has been a fan-favorite, and instantly turned heads with it’s double-edged lyrical anagram that has fans already amassing over 17 million streams and the track reaching the No. One spot on Sirius XM’s Highway Hot 30. Written by Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins and Chase McGill, Music Row declares “this is as clever as all get out. Catchy, too. Play it.”

A native of Warner Robins, Georgia, singer/songwriter and Mercury Nashville recording artist Travis Denning celebrated his first No. One and GOLD-certified single in 2020 with the “shadowy” (Rolling Stone) “After A Few.” Accelerating his ascend from a chart-topping single, the song is taken from his debut EP BEER’S BETTER COLD that debuted in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Country Albums chart. Denning first made waves showcasing his “future star power” (Billboard)with the release of his Top 40 debut single “David Ashley Parker From Powder Springs.” Denning has toured as direct support for Dustin Lynch and has previously opened shows for Cole Swindell, Alan Jackson, LANCO, Riley Green and his first headlining “Heartbeat Of A Small Town Tour.” With over 353 million streams worldwide, Denning has been spotlighted for his head-turning sound and was previously selected as one of CRS New Faces, an Opry NextStage recipient and a CMA KixStart Artist, as he makes his mark within the industry. Inspired at a young age, Denning developed a love for country, pop, rock and heavy metal and started playing local bars from the age of 16, as he built a strong following from his distinctive songs and raucous guitar solos. A prolific writer with an unquestionable stage presence, Denning moved to Nashville and secured outside cuts by Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Michael Ray and more. Denning’s newest songwriting cut includes Michael Ray’s Top 20 single “Her World Or Mine.” For more information, visit travisdenning.com.

For audio and liners on “ABBY,” go here and here.

ERIC CHURCH PUSHES THE CREATIVE ENVELOPE FOR HIS NEW THREE-ALBUM PROJECT, HEART & SOUL.

On every album, Eric Church seems to disturb the status quo and doesn’t write or record the same way he did on previous records. He took that further with his new three-album project, Heart & Soul, by disrupting the entire process and taking everyone out of their comfort zone including himself, his band, his co-writers and his producer Jay Joyce. The collection was born from a month-long session in the mountains of North Carolina during which he wrote/co-wrote and recorded a song from start to finish each day in an effort to push the limits of creativity for everyone involved.

“I committed to — I will get up in the morning and we’re going to write a song or create a piece of work that we are going to record that night, and then we’re going to do it again and again and again,” says the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year. “And I think that there’s something about the commitment to the 24-hour period and then the forget-ability of the next period that made this work. So, when we’re in the studio and I’ve been – somebody, I remember Jay (Joyce) asking him one day he said, ‘Well, hey, how does the bridge go?’  And I went, ‘I don’t know.’ I said, ’I just wrote it an hour ago. I have no cl…– where do you think the bridge goes?’ But being in that moment, that creative moment and not choking it out– this is the end of the creative moment, let’s evaluate it. We let the creative moment continue to the players, to the songwriters.”

The first release, Heart, will be available April 16th. He created the middle album of the trilogy, &, specifically for the Church Choir (his fan club), which will be available exclusively to them only as a vinyl record on April 20th. The third installment, Soul, is set for release April 23rd.

Eric is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Hell of a View.”

 

Heart Track List
Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

  1. Heart On Fire (Eric Church)
  2. Heart Of The Night (Eric Church, Jeremy Spillman, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell, Travis Hill)
  3. Russian Roulette (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell)
  4. People Break (Eric Church, Luke Laird)
  5. Stick That In Your Country Song (Davis Naish, Jeffrey Steele)
  6. Never Break Heart (Eric Church, Luke Dick)
  7. Crazyland (Eric Church, Luke Laird, Michael Heeney)
  8. Bunch Of Nothing (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde)
  9. Love Shine Down (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeffrey Steele)

& Track List
Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

  1. Through My Ray-Bans (Eric Church, Luke Laird, Barry Dean)
  2. Doing Life With Me (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeffrey Steele)
  3. Do Side (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
  4. Kiss Her Goodbye (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
  5. Mad Man (Eric Church, Casey Beathard)
  6. Lone Wolf (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Ryan Tyndell)

Soul Track List
Lyrics linked HERE, songwriters in parentheses

  1. Rock & Roll Found Me (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Driver Williams)
  2. Look Good And You Know It (Eric Church, Jonathan Singleton, Travis Meadows)
  3. Bright Side Girl (Eric Church, Jeff Hyde, Scotty Emerick, Clint Daniels)
  4. Break It Kind Of Guy (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Luke Dick)
  5. Hell Of A View (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Monty Criswell)
  6. Where I Wanna Be (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Jeremy Spillman, Ryan Tyndell)
  7. Jenny (Eric Church)
  8. Bad Mother Trucker (Eric Church, Casey Beathard, Luke Dick, Jeremy Spillman)
  9. Lynyrd Skynyrd Jones (Casey Beathard)

 

Audio / Eric Church explains his commitment to writing and recording a song a day for his new triple album collection, Heart & Soul.

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Eric Church (recording in 24 hour period) OC: …the songwriters. 1:00
“One of the big things people may not understand is when I invited these people to come up — I want people to understand the process – So, I committed to I will get up in the morning and we’re going to write a song or create a piece of work that we are going to record that night, and then we’re going to do it again and again and again. And I think that there’s something about the commitment to the 24-hour period and then the forget-ability of the next period that made this work. So, when we’re in the studio and I’ve been – somebody, I remember Jay (Joyce) asking him one day he said, ‘Well, hey, how does the bridge go?’  And I went, ‘I don’t know.’ I said, ’I just wrote it an hour ago. I have no cl…– where do you think the bridge goes?’ But being in that moment, that creative moment and not choking it out– this is the end of the creative moment, let’s evaluate it. We let the creative moment continue to the players, to the songwriters.”

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EASTER 2021

Easter is this Sunday (April 4th), and we have a few liners and soundbites to celebrate the holiday.

Audio / Jordan Davis talks about his Easter holidays when he was growing up in Louisiana.

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Jordan Davis (Easter) OC: …that holiday was. :53
“We would always have the Easter Egg Hunt before church. You know, my mom, she would dress us in these ridiculous, pastel-colored, gosh, good Lord, I’m sorry for saying this, but the worst part about Easter for me is some of the photos I have of what my mom dressed us in. It was hideous! But yeah, that was it growing up. We would have our Easter Egg Hunt, and I think for me early on, and probably like a lot of kids, Easter was another Sunday where it was a very mini, mini Christmas. We’d get some candy, every once in a while, we’d get a present, something that we wanted, we’d go to church, and everybody looked great. It was like the day to wear the new dress or the guys had these crazy ties on or something like that. And it really wasn’t until, I think, I was able to kinda hit my high school years and kind of start to strengthen my faith that I realized how special that holiday was.”

Audio / Maddie and Tae talk about their Easter holiday growing up.

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Maddie & Tae (Easter) OC: (Maddie) …hope and joy. :51
TAE: “Easters growing up for the Dye fam, my side, is  when I was younger, we’d go to my grandparents a lot and we’d do the whole Easter egg hunt and we’d go to church. My parents would always dress us up in these really cute springy outfits. But, yeah, Easter with family is always so much fun.” MADDIE: “Our Easter was very similar. My grandma would always get us this white chocolate cross with little flowers on it. It was so delicious. And me and my sister typically had matching dresses, which annoyed me at the time, but looking back it was precious. But Easter for us, Tae and I love us some Jesus! That is our favorite dude ever! (TAE: “That’s what Easter means.”) And so Easter is all about praising Jesus for his sacrifice so that we can know God and Him and just live a life full of purpose and hope and joy.”

Audio / LINER Adam Hambrick (Easter)

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Hi, I’m Adam Hambrick, wishing you a Happy Easter.

Audio / LINER Brothers Osborne (Easter)

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Hey, we’re Brothers Osborne. Happy Easter.

Audio / LINER Caylee Hammack (Easter)

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Hey y’all, this is Caylee Hammack, wishing you a Happy Easter.

Audio / LINER Chrissy Metz (Easter)

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Hi, it’s Chrissy Metz, and I’m wishing you a very Happy Easter.

Audio / LINER Eric Church (Easter)

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Hey Everybody, it’s Eric Church, wishing you a very Happy Easter.

Audio / LINER Jon Langston (Easter)

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Hi, I’m Jon Langston, wishing you a Happy Easter.

Audio / LINER Jon Pardi (Easter)

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Hi, it’s Jon Pardi. Happy Easter.

Audio / LINER Jordan Davis (Easter)

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Hey, I’m Jordan Davis. Happy Easter.

Audio / LINER Kylie Morgan (Easter)

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Hey y’all, this is Kylie Morgan, wishing you a very Happy Easter.

Audio / LINER Lauren Alaina (Easter)

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Hey y’all, it’s Lauren Alaina, and I want to wish you and your family a very, very Happy Easter…Hope you eat all the chocolate.

Audio / LINER Maddie and Tae (Easter)

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Hey, it’s Maddie and Tae, wishing you a very Happy Easter.

Audio / LINER Parker McCollum (Easter)

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Hey, this is Parker McCollum. Happy Easter, everyone.

Audio / LINER Priscilla Block (Easter)

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Hey, it’s Priscilla Block, wishing you a very Happy Easter.

Audio / LINER Travis Denning (Easter)

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Hey y’all—I’m Travis Denning. Happy Easter.

LUKE BRYAN HAS “THE RIGHT STUFF” ON AMERICAN IDOL.

Sometimes to pass the time, Luke Bryan and his fellow American Idol judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie have a little fun on set. In-between performances that would determine the Top 24 on Idol, Luke kicked it old school singing and showing off some of his boy band moves to New Kids on the Block’s “The Right Stuff.”

 

 

Luke asked “why you gotta go and air this?” To which NKOTB’s Donnie Wahlberg tweeted, “Because it was awe-some. 100% … (except for the hip thrust).”

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American Idol returns Sunday night (April 4th) at 8pm ET on ABC. Watch for the celebrity duets which include such famous faces as Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Jewel, Brian McKnight, Josh Groban and many more.

 

HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH TO SHARE NEVER-BEFORE-AIRED CONCERT FOOTAGE FROM SOLD-OUT GROUP THERAPY TOUR VIA SESSIONS LIVE STREAM.

One of America’s most beloved bands, GRAMMY-winning Hootie & the Blowfish have announced a new livestream performance together with Sessions, on sale now. The virtual performance will be an online presentation of the tour-closing performance from their hugely successful 2019 Group Therapy Tour, broadcast exclusively via Sessions Live on Friday, April 23rd at 8 p.m. CT.

The acclaimed group will perform some of their greatest hits, including “Hold My Hand,” “Only Wanna Be With You,” “Time” and “Let Her Cry”  in never-before-aired footage from their sold-out homecoming stop in Columbia, South Carolina – the band’s first return to playing the city where it all began in almost 20 years. Fans who missed out on attending the live shows, or who want to relive those fun nights they shared together, can tune in to experience this live stream.

“We loved every minute of being back on stage together – especially in Columbia,” shared lead singer Darius Rucker. “We all miss live music right now, so we’re really excited to be able to offer this show to our fans who can now experience the energy of that night from home.”

“We’re thrilled that Hootie & the Blowfish have chosen to make Sessions the home for this very special performance,” said Sessions co-Founder Tim Westergren. “Live streaming continues to integrate ever more closely with physical performances as globally popular artists discover the value of an infinite virtual stage.”

Early-bird GA tickets priced at $15 are on sale now at SessionsLive.com/Hootie/tickets. GA ticket prices will increase to $20 on April 20 at 8 p.m. CT. VIP ticket packages priced at $250 are also available, which include access to the live stream as well as an autographed tour pass and access to an exclusive virtual afterparty Q&A session with the band.

Formed at the University of South Carolina in 1986 in Columbia, the band broke through with their Billboard chart-topping 1994 debut Cracked Rear View, which has been certified Diamond and remains among the top 10 best-selling studio albums of all time. The band’s blend of rock, blues, soul, and pop music endeared them to fans worldwide, helping them sell more than 25 million records to date. In addition to the sold-out Group Therapy Tour, the band also released new album Imperfect Circle in late 2019 under a new record deal with Universal Music Group’s Capitol Nashville.

For more information, visit www.Hootie.com, and follow on Facebook @hootieandtheblowfish, Twitter @HootieTweets and Instagram @hootieofficial.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD APPEARED ON NBC’S TODAY SHOW TO TALK ABOUT HER NEW ALBUM MY SAVIOR AND PERFORMS A SELECTION FROM THE NEW COLLECTION.

Seven-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood is returns with a new album of gospel hymns, My Savior, as well as a special live virtual concert on Easter Sunday. Joining NBC’s TODAY live, she says “I got to go into the studio to sing these songs that are so hopeful and so peaceful … I hope people find some peace and comfort in these songs.”

She gave a special performance of “Just As I Am” among others from the new album on the show. Check it out below.

 

 

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MADDIE & TAE’S BRAND-NEW SONG “WOMAN YOU GOT” OUT NOW.

Multi-Platinum-selling country duo Maddie & Tae release “Woman You Got” today. The brand-new track, written by Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Font and Taylor Kerr along with Laura Veltz and Mark Holman, is light-hearted fun as the singers reveal their “imperfections” using humor and charm while still showcasing their often-celebrated signature harmonies. The new tune impacts country radio April 19th.

Listen to Maddie & Tae’s “Woman You Got” HERE

“This song is the most autobiographical song we have ever written,” says Maddie. “Our hope is that this song is an anthem for all our fans, male and female!”

“Woman You Got” is the first new song from the award-winning pair since last year’s holiday project, We Need Christmas, and their critically acclaimed album, The Way It Feels. The Way It Feels received widespread praise from Associated Press, Billboard, Esquire, NPR, People, Rolling Stone, The Tennessean, The Washington Post and more, and it includes Maddie & Tae’s standout Platinum-selling No. 1 hit and one of Billboard’s Top 10 Country Songs of 2020, “Die From A Broken Heart.”

Maddie & Tae were also recently announced as CMA Foundation Artist Ambassadors. The duo will work with students and teachers on the value and positive influence of music, share experiences about their journey in the music industry, and help further the CMA Foundation and its mission to provide equitable opportunities and access to music education for students across the country.

For more information on Maddie & Tae, visit MaddieandTae.com.

Audio / Maddie & Tae talk about their new single, "Woman You Got."

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Maddie & Tae (Woman You Got) OC: (Maddie) …to date. :31
TAE: “‘Woman You Got’ was a shocker to us to be the first single off of our third project because we’ve always enjoyed the song, but it was one of those that we (MADDIE: “It was a sleeper, I call it.”) Yes, it was a sleeper, a sneaky one that you really don’t know what you’re going to get into when you go into the studio, but after we cut it and did our vocals, we just really felt like it had come to life and something that we wanted to release first as our first single from this project. And it’s a really fun love song; very autobiographical of Maddie & I just…” MADDIE: “Definitely the most autobiographical song we’ve ever released to date.”

 

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