Sugarland dropped a brand-new single called “Babe” which was co-written by Taylor Swift and Pat Monahan of Train. Swift can also be heard singing on the track, which is about a relationship torn apart by cheating, in the audio-only YouTube posting (which you can listen to in the video above).
“Babe” is the second single from Sugarland’s highly-anticipated upcoming album, Bigger, which marks the Grammy-winning country duo’s first album together in eight years. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush took time apart to pursue solo projects. Now, fans are excited the singer-songwriting team is finally reuniting on a new record and the Still the Same supporting tour.
Swift returns once again to her country roots with the new breakup track, after finding great success with the song she wrote for Little Big Town, “Better Man.” The “Gorgeous” singer won a CMA Award for Song of the Year and was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards for the song.
Swift lends vocals to the chorus of “Babe,” in which she makes it clear a relationship has ended with the lyrics “You really blew this babe / We ain’t getting through this one, babe / This is the last time I’ll ever call you, babe.” Cheating is addressed in the upbeat track’s bridge with the lines “Since you admitted it, I keep picturing her lips on your neck, I can’t unsee it / I hate that because of you, I can’t love you babe.”
Sugarland previously revealed the main theme of the new album is healing with Nettles saying, “Fortunately, or unfortunately, the world is ripe right now for lots of healing and conversation." Kristian Bush also teased details of the upcoming tour in an AXS interview saying, “It will feel like a live rock show mixed in with your favorite country show. Sugarland fans come to the show to go through these feelings with us. They’re epic shows with everything I love about a live performance."
Swift has also enjoyed great success with her chart-topping sixth studio album, reputation. Its edgy lead single “Look What You Made Me Do” topped charts in multiple countries. Its most recent single, “Delicate,” hit the Top 20 on Billboard’s U.S. Adult Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts. The multi-talented and multi-tasking singer-songwriter recently teleased a smoldering, folk-oriented cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's classic hit, "September," for the Spotify Singles series. She shared her excitement about working with Sugarland on “Babe,” (which she wrote with Monahan while making her 2012 Grammy-nominated album Red), in an Instagram video which is attached below.
The U.S. leg of Sugarland’s Still the Same Tour kicks off in Oklahoma on May 4 and includes a stop at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, California on June 14. (Click here to purchase tickets from AXS).