Lucy Hale Discusses Upcoming Country Album

Lucy Hale released the first single from her upcoming country album this week, and the Pretty Little Liars star is happy with the early feedback.

“The response, for the most part has been just really welcoming,” she told E! News at the People’s Choice Awards Wednesday.

The 24-year-old released “You Sound Good to Me” at midnight on Tuesday, just hours after participating in a Twitter Q&A to promote her currently untitled album. She said it was “nice” to get to be herself and not have to “hide behind a character, wardrobe or dialogue.”

Hale said she wasn’t sure how people would receive her as a country singer.

“People are a little like confused by it, but it’s been really awesome,” the Memphis native said. “I’m just trying to soak it all in. I’m on cloud nine today. Like, I can’t believe it.”

Lucy Hale, who plays Aria Montgomery on Pretty Little Liars, won a People’s Choice Award for Best Cable TV Actress for her role in the ABC Family series.

“You know, it’s only when I come to things like this that I realize the success of the show,” she said. “I mean, I think we all thought at Season 3 that we had hit our peak. And then Season 4 happened and just, the love keeps building. I’m just enjoying the ride. It’s pretty incredible.”

The winter premiere of Pretty Little Liars on January 8 was the most-tweeted season premiere in TV history, generating over 1.3 million tweets by nearly 473,000 users, peaking at 30,000 tweets per minute.

“Over the past several years, Pretty Little Liars has developed one of the strongest social strategies in the entertainment industry, producing tens of millions of tweets and increasing its Twitter presence to nearly 2 million followers since 2010,” Jenn Deering Davis, co-founder of Union Metrics said.

“Yesterday’s premiere was no exception to the show’s impressive track record, with more than 1.6 million tweets posted from 680,000 different Twitter users, generating a staggering 2.2 billion impressions over the course of the day.”

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