After a lengthy hiatus, popular country duo Sugarland is back with new music. Their first single in seven years, “Still the Same”, debuted in late 2017 at No. 26 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. Sugarland also recently released the title track “Bigger” ahead of their upcoming new album, due out on June 8.
For their latest single, “Babe”, Sugarland teamed up with country-pop crossover superstar Taylor Swift. The new single was co-written by Swift and Patrick Monahan (Train) and features Swift’s vocals on the chorus. Swift is the only guest artist featured on Sugarland’s upcoming album.
Swift and Monahan actually wrote the song for Swift’s 2012 “Red”, but the song was not recorded for that album. Swift reportedly offered the song to Sugarland upon hearing of their upcoming reunion. “Babe” is a breakup song about a bad relationship, and is an upbeat ode to moving on from the heartbreak.
Although Swift seemingly left country music behind for the pop world with her 2014 release of “1989”, the hit country song “Better Man” was also written by Swift. “Better Man” was record by Little Big Town for their 2017 album “The Breaker”. Swift and Little Big Town received several CMA and Grammy nominations for the collaboration, with Swift winning the CMA Song of the Year award.
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have both been busy during their hiatus from Sugarland. Nettles released 3 solo albums and is a proud mother. Bush has kept busy with his own solo album and as an in-demand songwriter and producer. Swift is heading out soon on her “Reputation” stadium tour in support of her 2017 pop album.