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Lea Michele Leaves It All on the 'Battlefield'

'Glee' star drops the second single from forthcoming album, 'Louder'

December 29, 2013 5:56 PM ET
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Lea Michele performs on FOX's 'The X Factor' season 3 finale in Hollywood, CA.
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Glee star Lea Michele dropped her second single this weekend, releasing the heartrending song "Battlefield" from her forthcoming album, Louder.

While keeping with the martial imagery of "Cannonball," which Michele released on December 10th, "Battlefield" leaves behind the easy pop beat in favor of a ballad examining the end of a fading relationship. A stark backing piano accompaniment pushes Michele's searing vocals to the frontlines as she sings, "It's easy to fall in love, but it's so hard to break somebody's heart. What seemed like a good idea has turned into a battlefield."

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Michele's debut album is due out on March 4th. In the meantime, her show Glee is in the midst of its fifth season as the show grapples with the sudden death of actor Cory Monteith, Michele's real-life boyfriend. The show is set to return with new episodes on February 25th. Michele's character, Rachel Berry, is reportedly going to be the focus of a new Glee spin-off from creator Ryan Murphy.

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