Lady Antebellum's new album 'Own The Night' coming September 13 -- will it live up to 'Need You Now'?


Lady Antebellum‘s second album, Need You Now, gradually built from modest Nashville success to bona fide cross-genre phenomenon.

How big was Need? Sure, the numbers tell the tale (three chart-topping singles, three million copies sold, five Grammys), but the truly impressive stat is that the title track was such a massive hit that the band played it on the Grammy Awards telecast two years in a row.

So what will they do for an encore? The band just announced that their third album will be called Own the Night (presumably, it won’t have anything to do with this terrible Mark Wahlberg movie) and will be released on September 13. The first single “Just a Kiss” has already been unleashed (it debuted on American Idol and entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number seven), with more to come.

The trick for Lady Antebellum will be avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump (sure, it’s their third album, but the first one since they became a household name). So how should they do it?With a lot of bands, there is the desire to reinvent the sound or push the boundaries, often with disastrous results (Chris Gaines part deux, we don’t need to meet you).

Then again, it’s also a gamble to simply remake the album that made you big in the first place, which can often just come off as lazy. Remember when Gin Blossoms essentially remade New Miserable Experience and called it Congratulations I’m Sorry? You don’t? Exactly!

The rules are admittedly a little different in the country world (less room for experimentation, more focus on tradition), but it would be a sharp disappointment for Lady Antebellum if they went from a huge pop crossover band to simply a competent country act.

Based on “Just a Kiss,” it seems like Lady Antebellum are headed in the right direction. There’s just enough extra flair to prove that they’ve learned a bit about each other and the studio, but the song still sounds like it would fit comfortably on Need You Now.

Honestly, as long as the interplay between the voices of Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley keeps delivering, Lady Antebellum should have no problem storming the charts a second time.

But what do you think? Are you looking forward to a new Lady A album? Can they top the massive success of Need You Now? Should they even try? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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  • Crystal

    I’ve seen them live and the amount of talent is unfreakingbelievable. And Just A Kiss is a gorgeous piece of music. In short, I’m in.

    • Marilyn

      America buys trash so I’m sure they will consume this rubbish. Over a million morons bought Gaga’s vomit last week.
      But this week her sales plummetted 85%. An ALL TIME RECORD FOR BIGGEST DROP.

      • Amber

        Lady Antebellum created a new genre of County Music called Queercountry. Music for fruits and over-the-hill soccer moms.
        Johnny Cash rolls over in his grave every time people call this crap Country Music.

    • Angela

      I am so ready for some new Lady A music! I listen to both of their albums all the time and have seen them live and they are amazing!!!! I have the date on my calendar to buy it.

  • Daw Johnson

    It’ll be interesting, because Need You Now not only failed to build off the first album, but save for the title track, the songs were largely inferior.

    I’m not feeling Just a Kiss as much either. I’d imagine it’ll last on the charts due to their name value, but it’s not really catchy enough to be a pop hit like Need You Now nor does it feel like a true country standout.

    • Hilary

      I agree. I liked their actual first album much better than their second. I thought the songs were just far superior.

      • Allison

        That’s exactly how I feel. There was an energy and rawness on the first one that was great. These ballads in comparison seem formulaic. I was so excited by that first one though.

  • outside agitator

    YES!! LA’s next single plagiarizes the melody from another Alan Parsons song and is destined for big sales and “songwriting” awards!!

  • outside agitator

    ps the next cheesy country love song with the phrase “caught up in this moment” deserves to warrant its singers jail time.

  • julie

    maybe it’s just me, but i fell for them on their first album. and ‘Need You Now’ didn’t even come close to how good the first one was. i’m actually less of a fan now than i was after their very first single came out. i’d like to see them return to country instead of the county/pop crossover sensation they have become. there’s nothing wrong with being strictly country.

  • Kevin

    There’s nothing to “live up” to… it’s country music.

  • graeme

    Can it “live up” to the last album? Sure, cause the album wasn’t that good. Need You Now, American Honey, Hello World…great. The rest…boring, middle of the road music. Hopefully they aim higher, but the boring “Just A Kiss” isn’t a good start.

  • Gaga4573

    Its not going to be very difficult to be better than Need You Now

  • BW

    I think their first album was better and the style and sound of the first one was why I fell in love with them. I am happy that they are so successful now but I wish that they would return to the style and sound of the first album. They are in a tough position to now try to please the pop audiences but I hope they stay true to themselves and get back to their original sound and not compromise their integrity. I think they are tremendously talented and have nothing but love for them always.

  • Nichole

    I literally could not stop listening to the first album because all of the songs really stood out and were special, but the second album in my opinion were just OK, but not spectacular.

  • Kim

    There will never be a need you now, it was a once in a lifetime, but all there other music was great as well, I’m sure this 3rd album will be great. I think all artists have that song they can never top. The kiss record is proof they are on their way. Best country group to come around ever.

  • Diana

    I have been hearing “Own the Night” on XM and I absolutely love it. I am so looking forward to Sept 13!!!!

  • Michelle

    Love Lady A – First Album the best, agree with everyone else. The songs were heartfelt. I’m a big shedaisy fan and look to Lady A now that they have dropped off the map.

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