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"We took more time to write and record this record than we've ever done before," Charles Kelley says. "I remember looking at Hillary [Scott] and Dave [Haywood] at the Grammys this year, on the wildest night of our lives, and saying, 'This is amazing ... we'll never get to experience a moment like this again, but now we have to go home and get to work.'"
Which is exactly what the three singer-songwriters did. "We packed up and flew home from Los Angeles, cleared our calendar of everything and went into rehearsal with the musicians," Dave adds. "I love that part of recording ... taking the songs we've written and bringing them to life with these musicians who are so incredibly talented."
The title of the new album is inspired by a tune on the upcoming project. "One of our favorite songs on the new record is called 'We Owned the Night,' which is about a special once-in-a-lifetime moment, and we thought that naming the album around that same sentiment was really appropriate," Hillary explains. "It's also about the experience we want to create every night in concert for our fans ... together, we own the night!"
Lady Antebellum set a record with the new album's debut single, 'Just a Kiss,' when it debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart -- the highest debut on the chart by a country artist in 52 years. The hit single is a preview of what fans can expect from the new collection of tunes. "We're excited! We're so ready for new music, we're just chomping at the bit," Charles tells The Boot. "It seems like forever promoting 'Need You Now,' so we're ready for some new music."
'Own the Night' will hit shelves September 13. Meanwhile, the group will spend most of the summer on the road, promoting their new CD, including stops in Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio, as well as a performance at the Grand Ole Opry tonight (June 7). Keep track of their schedule here.