Country trio Rascal Flatts will release its fourth album, "Me and My Gang," April 4 via Lyric Street. First single "What Hurts the Most" is already No. 5 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in just

Country trio Rascal Flatts will release its fourth album, "Me and My Gang," April 4 via Lyric Street. First single "What Hurts the Most" is already No. 5 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in just nine weeks of airplay. A video for the track can be streamed from the group's official Web site.

"Me and My Gang" is the follow-up to 2004's "Feels Like Today," which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 3.82 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Rascal Flatts, comprised of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney, also cracked the year-end roundup of the top 25 tours for the first time in 2005, grossing $26.3 million and drawing 777,384 people, according to Billboard Boxscore.

The band is now in the midst of its Me & My Gang tour, the first leg of which launched Jan. 27 in Uncasville, Conn., and will wrap March 25 in Lafayette, La. Rascal Flatts will then hit the large amphitheater trail beginning May 26 in Holmdel, N.J., on a leg that will run until the middle of September.

Rascal Flatts will again be part of promoter Live Nation's successful Mega Ticket promotion, where country acts' tickets are rolled into a venue's series ticket, with such perks as parking and the same seat for each show. Among the participating acts this year in various markets are Brooks & Dunn, Keith, Chesney and Brad Paisley.

"It's the one thing that differentiates us from every other faction of the industry," says Brian O'Connell, president of Live Nation's country touring division. "We're willing to go in and work together. You have the power of four or five acts versus the power of one. This year is just slammed with [country] traffic, so to go in as a group and sell tickets is a heck of a lot more persuasive than one at a time."

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