Although Lady Antebellum have said they’re ready to take a mini-hiatus, the Grammy-winning trio hasn’t exactly been slowing down. They recently scored their first-ever Number One single on Billboard’s Club chart, a collaboration with electronic-music star Audien. (Watch the song’s interstellar music video below.)
Titled “Something Better,” the soaring dance anthem mixes the electronic flourishes of EDM with the sky-high harmonies of Lady A’s Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood. But at its core, it’s a duet, which was Audien’s intention all along.
“I had this idea of doing a duet with dance music, which no one has really touched on yet,” says the 23-year-old production wiz, who says he grew up on the songs of Lady Antebellum and knew the group would be the perfect choice to fulfill his vision.
The band, however, had some initial hesitation about veering into a foreign genre.
“When we got asked to be a part of it, at first it was like, ‘Aw, man, I don’t know.’ Because we always want to be a little protective of what we do and make sure it didn’t look like we had lost our mind and all of a sudden thought we were going to do dance music,” says Kelley. “But the minute we heard the song, it was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ We felt excited and honored to be asked. I don’t care who is singing on this song, it’s a hit.”
Haywood, a fellow studio geek like Audien, echoes his bandmate’s sentiments and says that even without the bells and whistles of EDM, “Something Better” excels.
“It stands on its own, and that’s always the sign of a great song,” Haywood explains. “You can play it with one instrument and it’s fabulous.”
“If it hadn’t been the right song, we wouldn’t have done it,” adds Scott. “We listened to it on our phones and we were like, ‘We can legitimately do this and feel so great and excited about it, and want to wave the flag for it.'”
Ironically, that flag-waving has hindered Lady Antebellum from taking their much-needed time off. (The group recently circled the globe on their Wheels Up Tour.)
“We were laughing about that,” says Kelley. “As we were taking this little break, I said, ‘You know what is going to be hilarious? I betcha this Audien song blows up.’ And here we are doing an interview about it. There really is no break with this band.”
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