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Five New Stars Of Country Music – Is Your Favorite One?

Posted on 01 November 2012 by Bill West


Longtime country music fans remember the day when the songs were traditional and the big names were super familiar. It changes with the time. In 1989 there was a new “class” that launched a NEW COUNTRY movement. Names like Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, and Mary Chapin Carpenter were all breakthrough artists that year. Interestingly it was they year one of our new leaders, Taylor Swift, was born.

Now, almost like the circle of life, country music is ushering in a new class of stars. These days the genre is casting away stars like Alan Jackson and George Strait to make room for these new names.

Lately radio play and country song single sales have been all bout five newbies. Taylor Swift, Zac Brown, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean.

Jason Aldean is on top of the mountain as a male vocalist with new country songs spiking to number one at radio and online with downloads and album sales. His 2012 album “Night Train” surprised critics with another instant jump to number one on the all genres Billboard Top 200. His ascent to the pinnacle was clinched with his signature song “Dirt Road Anthem” that blended a modern rap vibe with real country lyrics. His latest releases promise rabid fans that there’s more to come.

Taylor Swift is a somewhat polarizing leader in the new team. Her country songs are undeniably pop leaning, but over one million albums sold in one week (she’s achieved those sales twice) can not be ignored. She is, in fact, bigger than country music now. Still she carries the torch for the country genre and is almost always introduced as a COUNTRY superstar. Swift hit her pinnacle with her most country sounding song so far. The fan favorite “Mean.” It’s hard to tell just how high her star will rise but there’s now doubt she is a good influence for younger fans.

Lady Antebellum is a trio primarily from Georgia (like Aldean). They launched in 2006 with a self titled album and have not slowed down since. The trio broke through to mainstream audiences with the powerful ballad “Need You Now.” That went on to garner pop and mainstream airplay. Three members Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood, and Charles Kelly (brother to singer Josh Kelly) came up with the unique name after noting some of their early press photos had a very “antebellum” feel. Fans often shorten the name to just “Lady A.”

The Zac Brown Band is another game changing group. Lead singer Zac Brown (again, from Georgia) set the table for early success by building a strong jam band following in smaller clubs in the South East. Shortly after number one airplay of “Chicken Fried” they were playing arenas, then stadiums and creating their own music festivals. The unconventional and organic approach struck a chord with all music fans winning them a Grammy Award for best new artist and a non stop string of number one songs.   The ZBB album “Uncaged” was one of the groups strongest sets to date.

Eric Church is perhaps the freshest face in this line up. After years of struggling to get significant airplay he has seemed to lock into his fan base and his sound. He built his base of followers with dynamic live shows and party songs like “Smoke A Little Smoke.” Watch for mainstream music industry and critics to really start to pay attention to Church as his concert tickets continue to sell out (and bigger rooms keep filling) and his album sales sell more and more. Church’s sound (with help from “Pontoon” producer Jay Joyce) has a gritty experimental vibe to it but his vocal twang is almost as country as Willie Nelson.

A few that almost made the list include Blake Shelton (starting to peak with Network TV exposure), Miranda Lambert, Scotty McCreery (radio has not caught up to his massive record sales and fan base yet) and Hootie front man Darius Rucker. These new voices are leading the way to a new country revolution.

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What Everyone Ought To Know About Lady A

Posted on 24 October 2012 by editor


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Trio Lady Antebellum has taken the music world by storm after their chart topping album and single release of “Need You Now.”

Back in 2007 they were a newly formed group looking for a name…After a photo shoot with the trio dressed in old time garb Charles Kelly stated “We had these pictures.. that I said had a neat Antebellum feel.”   So they added the Lady part and Lady A was born.

Female star Hillary Scott (daughter of noted songstress Linda Davis) met Charles through her agent (and a check of Charles and brother Josh’s MySpace pages) and a night on the town meeting that ended with a “lets get together and write.”

Scott was married January 7th 20012.

Dave Haywood and Kelly grew up in Augusta Georgia and spent most of their school life pals.

The first album, the self titled “Lady Antebellum,” was a quick radio success in 2007.

But it was the pop-crossover sensation“Need You Now” that launched them into a household name with first week sales of over 480 thousand copies and secured a win for Grammy Song of the Year in 2011.

“Own The Night” was released in January of 2011 and also won a Best Country Album Grammy for the group.

Haywood and Kelly also have songwriting accomplishments including the smash number one “Do I” that was recorded and made a hit by Capitol Records label mate Luke Bryan.

On October 22nd Lady A released “On This Winter’s Night.”  The bands first studio Christmas album.

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Hillary Gets Hitched

Posted on 09 January 2012 by editor

Hillary Scott Tyrrell

Hillary Scott Tyrrell

It’s starting as a very Happy New Year in 2012 for some romantic country stars.  Last week Lee Brice (A Woman Like You) got engaged… now Lady A’s Hillary Scott has tied the knot.

Scott and her fiance of six months, drummer Chris Tyrrell, were married just before sunset Saturday (Jan. 7) in upstate New York, where family and friends had gathered for the intimate ceremony. Scott was wearing a Vera Wang strapless mermaid dress with all-over lace and a tulle skirt with horsehair banding, plus hand-cut corded lace appliques, crystal and pearls.

In a message on LadyAntebellum.com they say, “I’d like to introduce you to Miss Hillary Scott-Tyrell,” the new groom says while the bride flashes her wedding ring and says, “We got married, and we just wanted you to hear it from us first. We love you. We’re so excited to be starting our life together, and we just had to let you in on the exciting news.”

More on the fun (and video from the couple!)  HERE

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Lady A Tour – Own The Night

Posted on 27 October 2011 by editor

Own The Night / Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker (both Capitol Record labelmates) head out on more dates on the Own The Night 2012 World Tour. The arena tour kicks off Jan. 27 in Tulsa, Oklahoma with Rucker and Lady A being  joined by new Broken Bow artists Thompson Square, and it will run through June 2012.

The tour will be a showcase of music from Lady A’s top selling and well reviewed Own The Night album.

Fans can purchase tickets to the first dates on sale beginning Oct. 28.

OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR DATES
1/27 Tulsa, OK
1/28 Des Moines, IA
1/29 Bloomington, IL
2/3 Huntington, WV
2/4 State College, PA
2/14 Salt Lake City, UT
2/15 Denver, CO
2/18 Dallas, TX
2/22 Nashville, TN
2/25 Detroit, MI
2/26 Evansville, IN
3/2 Bossier City, LA
3/3 Lafayette, LA
3/9 Chicago, IL
3/10 Omaha, NE
3/11 Minneapolis, MN
3/14 Saskatoon, SK
3/16 Calgary, AB
3/17 Edmonton, AB
3/19 Vancouver, BC
3/20 Seattle, WA
3/21 Eugene, OR
3/23 San Jose, CA
3/24 San Diego, CA
3/27 Los Angeles, CA
3/28 Fresno, CA
3/29 Sacramento, CA
4/5 Moline, IL
4/6 Kansas City, MO
4/7 Norman, OK
5/3 New York, NY
5/5 Worcester, MA
5/6 Hershey, PA
5/9 Birmingham, AL
5/10 Jacksonville, FL
5/11 Tampa, FL
5/12 West Palm Beach, FL
5/18 Hartford, CT
5/19 Philadelphia, PA
5/20 Columbia, MD
5/22 Augusta, GA
5/31 Cleveland, OH
6/1 Pittsburgh, PA
6/2 Bethel, NY
6/3 Rochester, NY
6/8 Raleigh, NC
6/9 Charlotte, NC
6/10 Virginia Beach, VA
6/14 Montreal, QC
6/15 Ottawa, ON
6/16 Toronto, ON
6/21 St. Louis, MO
6/22 Atlanta, GA
6/24 Cincinnati, OH
6/27 Little Rock, AR
6/28 Memphis, TN
6/29 Indianapolis, IN

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Own The Night Video

Posted on 12 September 2011 by editor

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Lady A – Own The Night Review

Posted on 12 September 2011 by editor


“Tell me have you ever wanted Someone so much it hurts? Your lips keep trying to speak But you just can’t find the words…” – We Owned The Night

So album three begins for Lady Antebellum… the name long since shortened by most to just Lady A… a trio that has accomplished an unusual feat in country music:  they crossed over and have a comfortable foot planted in modern Adult Contemporary music and another foot still proudly planted in the Country arena.  The new album is once again produced by Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks).

Charles Kelly, Dave Haywood (both from Augusta, GA) and Hillary Scott (daughter or country queen Linda Davis a Nashville native) have come up with a solid third offering that will please fans of the incomparable “Need You Now.”

The group – in one combination or another – had a hand in writing every song except two on “Own The Night”… including the sounds like a beer commercial tagline title track.

The first single, “Just A Kiss,” has already popped to number one on Country Radio and is getting solid AC radio play too.

The big question for the trio is can this album come close to satisfying a world of show business that always wants bigger hits and more sales.    The last album was a phenominon – primarily thanks to the mega hit title track  Need You Now.

That album went on to debut with first week sales of over 480,000.   Something only matched by Taylor Swift these days.

Although we wish there was a few more fun tempo tracks there is plenty for NYN fans to enjoy on Own the Night. The Charles and Hillary harmonies soar as usual and the jangly intrumentation is still distinctly country enough to remain the pride of Nashville.  Although the trio dips into some very modern sounds – like on the rich “Somewhere Love Remains” – they still sound mainstream country.  They are one of the few contemporary country acts that could sell in a Starbucks.

Own The Night / Lady Antebellum

Own The Night Track Listing:

1. ‘We Owned the Night
2. ‘Just a Kiss’
3. ‘Dancin’ Away With My Heart’
4. ‘Friday Night’
5. ‘When You Were Mine’
6. ‘Cold As Stone’
7. ‘Singing Me Home’
8. ‘Wanted You More’
9. ‘As You Turn Away’
10. ‘Love I’ve Found in You’
11. ‘Somewhere Love Remains’
12. ‘Heart of the World’

OVERALL GRADE A-

Don’t Miss: Somewhere Love Remains

 

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Lady A Wins Big 2011 Grammy Winners

Posted on 14 February 2011 by Bill West


Wow…. there are a lot of Grammy Awards handed out.    Of course, it’s all genres of music so it will always award more than the CMA’s or ACMs or new American Country Awards… but still.  Lots of Nominees. It was the biggest night last night for Lady Antebellum as Charles, Hillary, and Dave walked away with some big trophys.  Miranda too.    All recipients from last night’s ceremonies at the Staples Center in Los Angeles listed below.  Country first… for your convenience.

Haywood, Scott and Kelley

Album of the Year: The Suburbs, Arcade Fire

Record of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum

New Artist: Esperanza Spalding

Song of the Year: “Need You Now,” Lady Antebellum

COUNTRY:
Country Album:   Lady Antebellum, Need You Now

Female Country Vocal Performance:   Miranda Lambert, ” The House That Built Me,” Revolution

Male Country Vocal Performance: Keith Urban, “‘Til Summer Comes Around”

Country Song: “Need You Now,” Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum) (Need You Now)

Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

Country Instrumental Performance: Marty Stuart, “Hummingbyrd” (Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions)

POP:
Pop Vocal Album: Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster

Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Train, “Hey, Soul Sister (Live)”

Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé, Crazy Love

Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance,” The Fame Monster

Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “Just The Way You Are,” Doo-Wops & Hooligans

Pop Collaboration With Vocals: “Imagine,” Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare, The Imagine Project

Pop Instrumental Performance: “Nessun Dorma,” Jeff Beck, Emotion & Commotion

Pop Instrumental Album: Take Your Pick, Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto

R&B:
Female R&B Vocal Performance: Fantasia, “Bittersweet,” Back to Me

Male R&B Vocal Performance: Usher, “There Goes My Baby,” Raymond V Raymond

R&B Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Sade, “Soldier of Love,” Soldier of Love

Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: John Legend & The Roots, “Hang On In There,” Wake Up!

R&B Song: John Legend & The Roots, “Shine,” Wake Up!

R&B Album: Wake Up!, John Legend & The Roots

Contemporary R&B Album: Raymond V Raymond, Usher
RAP:
Rap Album: Recovery, Eminem

Rap Song: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind,” The Blueprint 3

Rap/Sung Collaboration: Jay-Z & Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind,” The Blueprint 3

Rap Performance by a Duo or Group: Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz, “On to the Next One,” The Blueprint 3

Rap Solo Performance: Eminem, “Not Afraid,” Recovery

Urban/Alternative Performance: “F*** You,” Cee Lo Green

ROCK:
Rock Album: Muse, The Resistance

Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Paul McCartney, “Helter Skelter,” Good Evening New York City

Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: The Black Keys, “Tighten Up,” Brothers

Rock Song: “Angry World,” Neil Young, Le Noise

Hard Rock Performance: New Fang, “Them Crooked Vultures,” Them Crooked Vultures

Metal Performance: “El Dorado,” Iron Maiden, The Final Frontier

Rock Instrumental Performance: Jeff Beck, “Hammerhead,” Emotion & Commotion

New Age Album:Miho: Journey to the Mountain, Paul Winter Consort

Contemporary Jazz Album:The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band

Jazz Vocal Album:Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee, Dee Dee Bridgewater

LATIN:

Latin Pop Album: Paraiso Express, Alejandro Sanz

Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album: El Existential, Grupo Fantasma

Tropical Latin Album: Viva La Tradición, Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Tejano Album: Recuerdos, Little Joe & La Familia

Norteño Album: Classic, Intocable

Banda Album: Enamórate De Mí, El Güero Y Su Banda Centenario

JAZZ:
Contemporary Jazz Album: The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band

Jazz Vocal Album: Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee, Dee Dee Bridgewater

Improvised Jazz Solo: “A Change Is Gonna Come,” Herbie Hancock (The Imagine Project)

Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group: Moody 4B, James Moody

Large Jazz Ensemble Album: Live at Jazz Standard, Mingus Big Band

Latin Jazz Album: Chucho’s Steps, Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers

GOSPEL:
Gospel Performance: “Grace,” BeBe & CeCe Winans, Still

Gospel Song: “It’s What I Do,” Jerry Peters & Kirk Whalum, songwriters (Kirk Whalum & Lalah Hathaway), The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter III

Rock or Rap Gospel Album: Hello Hurricane, Switchfoot

Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album: Love God. Love People, Israel Houghton

Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album: The Reason, Diamond Rio

Traditional Gospel Album: Downtown Church, Patty Griffin

Contemporary R&B Gospel Album: Still, BeBe & CeCe Winans

DANCE:
Dance Recording: “Only Girl (in the World),” Rihanna

Electronic/Dance Album: La Roux, La Roux

TRADITIONAL/ALTERNATIVE/WORLD:
Alternative Music Album: Brothers, The Black Keys

Americana Album: You Are Not Alone, Mavis Staples

Bluegrass Album: Mountain Soul II, Patty Loveless

Traditional Blues Album: Joined At The Hip, Pinetop Perkins & Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith

Contemporary Blues Album: Living Proof, Buddy Guy

Traditional Folk Album: Genuine Negro Jig, Carolina Chocolate Drops

Contemporary Folk Album: God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise, Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs

Hawaiian Music Album: Huana Ke Aloha, Tia Carrere

Native American Music Album: 2010 Gathering Of Nations Pow Wow: A Spirit’s Dance, Various Artists

Zydeco or Cajun Music Album: Zydeco Junkie, Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band

Reggae Album: Before The Dawn, Buju Banton

Traditional World Music Album: Ali And Toumani, Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté

Contemporary World Music Album: Throw Down Your Heart, Africa Sessions Part 2: Unreleased Tracks, Béla Fleck

New Age Album: Miho: Journey to the Mountain, Paul Winter Consort

VISUAL MEDIA:
Short Form Music Video: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga

Long Form Music Video: “When You’re Strange,” The Doors

Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books and Storytelling): The Daily Show

With Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook)

Musical Show Album: American Idiot (Featuring Green Day)

Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Crazy Heart (Various Artists)

Score Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Toy Story 3, Randy Newman, composer

Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: “The Weary Kind”
(From Crazy Heart), Ryan Bingham & T Bone Burnett, songwriters

Instrumental Composition: “The Path Among the Trees,” Billy Childs, composer (Billy Childs Ensemble), Autumn: In Moving Pictures Jazz—Chamber Music Vol. 2

Instrumental Arrangement: “Carlos,” Vince Mendoza, arranger (John Scofield, Vince Mendoza & Metropole Orkest), 54

CLASSICAL:
Engineered Album, Classical:Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina, Giancarlo Guerrero &Nashville Symphony Orchestra

Producer of the Year, Classical: David Frost

Classical Album:Verdi: Requiem, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus

Orchestral Performance:Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony; Deus Ex Machina, Nashville Symphony

Opera Recording:Saariaho: L’Amour De Loin, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Choral Performance:Verdi: Requiem, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Chicago Symphony Chorus

Instrumental Soloist(s) Performance (With Orchestra):Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 23 & 24, Mitsuko Uchida (The Cleveland Orchestra)

Instrumental Soloist Performance (Without Orchestra): Paul Jacobs, Messiaen: Livre Du Saint-Sacrement

Chamber Music Performance:Ligeti: String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2, Parker Quartet

Small Ensemble Performance:Dinastia Borja, Jordi Savall, conductor; Hespèrion XXI & La Capella Reial De Catalunya

Classical Vocal Performance:Sacrificium, Cecilia Bartoli (Giovanni Antonini; Il Giardino Armonico)

Classical Contemporary Composition: Michael Daugherty: Deus Ex Machina, Michael Daugherty (Giancarlo Guerrero), Daugherty: Metropolis Symphony

Classical Crossover Album:Christopher Tin: Calling All Dawns

Surround Sound Album:Britten’s Orchestra, Michael Stern & Kansas City Symphony

CHILDREN:
Musical Album for Children: Tomorrow’s Children, Pete Seeger with the Rivertown Kids and Friends

Spoken Word Album for Children: Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies, Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton

OTHER:
Comedy Album: Lewis Black, Stark Raving Black

Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): “Baba Yetu,” Christopher Tin, Soweto Gospel Choir & Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Calling All Dawns

Recording Package: Brothers, The Black Keys

Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package: Under Great White Northern Lights (Limited Edition Box Set), The White Stripes

Album Notes: Keep An Eye On The Sky, Big Star

Historical Album: The Beatles (The Original Studio Recordings), The Beatles

Engineered Album, Nonclassical: Battle Studies, John Mayer

Producer of the Year, Nonclassical: Danger Mouse

Remixed Recording, Nonclassical: “Revolver” (David Guetta’s One Love Club Remix), Madonna

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Country Thunder Schedule Set For 2011

Posted on 19 November 2010 by Bill West


Lady Antebellum

The country mega concert in Twin Lakes  Wisconsin – Country Thunder – one of country music’s premiere festival events is back with a bang, bringing some of today’s hottest artists out for the 2011 line-up.   Kicking off the festival on Thursday, is 2010 CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” Lady Antebellum, who is sure to get the crowd going with their 2010 CMA Single of the Year, “Need You Now“. Newly crowned CMA “New Artist of the Year” Zac Brown Band won’t want to be missed on Friday as they takes over the stage to perform their numerous #1 hits. Bringing her beauty and talented vocal skill, 4 time CMA “Female Vocalist of the Year” Martina McBride hits the stage on Saturday night. Last but absolutely not the least country music’s most awarded group of the decade, Rascal Flatts, will close out the festival ending 4-days of a musical extravaganza. Country Thunder guarantees to bring just what fans deserve, a festival experience like no other!

Taking place July 21-24, 2011, music fans can cowboy-up for a full 4-day general admission pass for the sweet price of only $99.00. That’s less than a hundred bucks for four hot headliners and a full weekend of amazing country music. VIP and sponsorship packages are also available with added perks including hospitality tent access, preferred parking, and premium concert seating.

For the thousands of new and returning fans of Country Thunder, several tent and campsite options are available, offering primitive rugged to rustic and modern amenities. Check out our new website for all the information!

The announced line-up includes:

Thursday, July 21st
Music begins at 5:30 pm
Lady Antebellum

Friday, July 22nd
Music begins at 1:00 pm
Zac Brown Band

Saturday, July 23rd
Music begins at 1:00 pm
Martina McBride

Sunday, July 24th
Music begins at 1:00 pm
Rascal Flatts

More artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets and additional information available online: www.countrythunder.com
Media wishing credentials will be required to get clearance through Country Thunder’s Publicity reps in Nashville, Tennessee.

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2010 CMA WINNERS

Posted on 10 November 2010 by editor



COUNTRY AWARDS2010 CMA Award Winners:

***BRAD PAISLEY WINS ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR***

Brad Paisley pays tribute to his Grandfather in a humble acceptance speech. Thanks wife and the fans. “If you see a turtle on a fencepost it’s because he had help getting there…”

Single of the Year:   Lady Antebellum “Need You Now”

New Artist Of The Year: Zac Brown Band

Vocal Group Of The Year: Lady Antebellum

Single Of The Year: “Need You Now” Lady Antebellum

Song Of The Year: “The House That Built Me” Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist Of The Year: Blake Shelton

Vocal Duo: Sugarland

Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert

Musical Event: “Hillbilly Bone” Trace Adkins / Blake Shelton

Entertainer Of The Year: Brad Paisley

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Lady A as Kids

Posted on 29 April 2010 by editor

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