Both Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have debuted new albums over the past year and have experienced great success. Stefani’s This Is What the Truth Feels Like reached the top spot in March, yet it only sold 76,000 album units in its first week. Her album prior to this, which was released in 2006, sold 243,000 in its first week.
As the Independent Journal Review shares, Shelton’s latest album, If I’m Honest, also debuted at No. 1 at the end of May and sold 153,000. Shelton dubbed it the “biggest week” of his career. However, his previous album sold a good deal more.
Although both Gwen and Blake referred to heartbreak following their divorces on their respective albums, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton’s ex-wife, has dropped her latest album, and the subject of divorce and heartbreak cannot be found. The new album, The Weight of These Wings, dropped on November 18.
In an interview with Billboard, Lambert stated, “I’m never gonna have an album that’s quote-unquote a ‘heartbreak album.'”
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Talk of her album by the singer does not go much further than that. An insider told the New York Post that Lambert is refusing to do interviews on purpose after watching how her fellow singers, such as ex-husband Blake Shelton and his now-girlfriend Gwen, promoted their own releases.
“She only wanted to do TV performances. She made them turn all of it down. She said, ‘Gwen’s and Blake’s albums didn’t sell, and all they did was do press.’ She’s trying to go Beyoncé and let the music do the talking.”
Lambert’s rep didn’t comment about the insider’s information. The source shared more on the subject with the New York Post.
“There are 24 songs on the record, and it’s all very intentional. . . what she put on there. ‘Pushin’ Time’ is about how she met [current boyfriend] Anderson. It’s really all laid out there. It’s similar to what Beyoncé did with ‘Lemonade.’ ‘Is this about Jay Z? Did she really do this?’ It’s really similar with all that’s been happening in the public eye. There’s that kind of fun game you do with Carly Simon… ‘Who’s this about?’ She’s writing about her life, and by not doing the interviews, she doesn’t have to explain anything, including the Blake situation.”
Soon enough there will be an understanding as to whether Lambert’s strategy has paid off. The singer’s latest single, “Keeper of the Flame,” is a success, and the album is sure to be as well.
The relationship between Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton has been a hot topic in the media as of late, and it seemed to work perfectly to their advantage when they dropped their albums, seeing as it allowed the couple to use the publicity of their relationship to push album sales. However, the expectations of record numbers based on sales were not met.
Although Stefani did not experience the same success she has on past albums, the star admitted that making This Is What the Truth Feels Like allowed her a therapeutic release and helped her turn the devastation experienced following her divorce from her husband of 13 years, Gavin Rossdale, into something positive.
Both Gwen and Blake communicate that they found the necessary support in one another while going through their heartbreak. That support has obviously led to a lasting bond, and the pair are now one of the entertainment industry’s hottest and most adored couples.
— Where Did My Lamb Go (@SageAna0713) November 15, 2016
Although there have been rumors of an engagement and upcoming wedding, not to mention a baby on the way, all of these claims are false, and the two are simply enjoying their loving romance.
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