Grammy-winning trio Lady Antebellum celebrated Tuesday's release of their third studio album, "Own the Night," with an intimate performance that night for fan club members, EMI execs and industry VIPs at New York's Irving Plaza.
The group sprinkled songs from its new LP, including the singles "Just a Kiss" and "We Owned the Night," with a sampling of earlier hits in the hour-plus show, closing the evening with their 2009 five-week Country Songs No. 1 (and reigning Grammy Song of the Year and Record of the Year) "Need You Now."
A highlight of the evening was the new ballad "Cold as Stone," introduced by the act's Hillary Scott as her favorite track on the album. The heart-wrenching ballad took a quick humorous turn though, as Charles Kelley flubbed the opening line and dropped a chuckling F-bomb, laughing off the misstep as an inherent peril of singing a brand new song in a live setting.
After the performance, Kelly and fellow Lady A member Dave Haywood told Billboard that they hoped "Stone," written by the trio, would be an eventual single, but they were not sure if it would be the next track to hit radio after its current top 20 country hit "We Owned the Night" runs it course. Haywood said that they would be watching track sales from the album, as consumer activity is a great gauge in picking future singles.
The venue and backstage area were filled with friendly faces, including Mike Dungan (Capitol Records Nashville President & CEO), Greg Thompson (EMI Music's Exec VP, Marketing & Promotion), Dominic Pandiscia (Exec VP of EMI Music Services) and, from the New York-based Capitol Records radio promotion team, Dennis Reese, Patricia Morris-Capers, Joseph Rainey, Pam Kaye and Rachel Spangler. Also in the house were Spotify's Steve Savoca, CBS Radio's Jim Ryan, WHTZ's Trey Morgan, Sirius XM's Ryan Sampson, WKMK's Marty Mitchell, and Westwood One's Todd Alan and Pam Green.
Capitol Records VP of Promotion Dennis Reese and Billboard's Gary Trust and Silvio Pietroluongo share a moment following Lady Antebellum's performance with the act's extremely tall Charles Kelley. Reese and his pop/adult promotion teams have spearheaded the crossover success of Lady A's "Need You Now" and current pop single "Just a Kiss" to top 40 and adult radio. L-R: Gary Trust, Associate Director of Charts, Billboard; Charles Kelley, Lady A; Dennis Reese, VP of Promotion, Capitol; Silvio Pietroluongo, Director of Charts, Billboard.
Lady Antelbellum relaxes after the show with EMI execs and Billboard staffers. L-R: Dominic Pandiscia, Exec VP of EMI Music Services; Gary Trust, Associate Director of Charts, Billboard; Silvio Pietroluongo, Director of Charts, Billboard; Charles Kelley, Lady A; Mike Dungan, Capitol Records Nashville President & CEO; Hillary Scott, Lady A; Dave Haywood, Lady A.