Blake Shelton: Video Premiere, Album Cover, Release Date, Tracklist, Demo Sneak Peek (AUDIO)!

Two-time defending Voice defending champion, “old fart” galvanizer, and country superstar Blake Shelton unloaded a ton of news today, premiering the video for his new hit “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” and announcing the release date and title for his upcoming album. But that’s not all! Here exclusively at MJ’s we’ve got the writing credits for the songs AND the songwriter’s demo for 1 of the tracks AND a songwriter’s peformance of another track!

Blake will release his 7th full length studio album, Based On A True Story, on March 26th 2013. Just a day after the new season of The Voice premieres, how convenient! The official album art probably uses the same photoshopper as his Cheers It’s Christmas album cover. Meanwhile Blake is off having a staring contest with an offscreen statue.

Here is the tracklisting with confirmed songwriting credits in parentheses:

1. “Boys ‘Round Here” (Dallas Davidson, Thomas Rhett Akins, Craig Wiseman)
2. “Sure Be Cool If You Did” (Jimmy Robbins, Chris Tompkins, Rodney Clawson)
3. “Do You Remember” (Michael Dulaney, William Gray, Ian Kirkpatrick)
4. “Small Town Big Time” (Clint Lagerburg, Craig Wiseman)
5. “Country On The Radio” (Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Craig Wiseman)
6. “My Eyes” (Andrew Dorff, Tommy James, Josh Osborne)
7. “Doing What She Likes” (Wade Kirby, Phil O’Donnell)
8. “Still Got A Finger” (Gary Hannan, Craig Wiseman)
9. “Mine Would Be You” (Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington, Deric Ruttan)
10. “Lay Low” (Dean Dillon, Tim Nichols, David Turnbull)
11. “Ten Times Crazier” (Rhett Akins, Marv Green, Ben Hayslip)
12. “Granddaddy’s Gun” (Thomas Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Bobby Pinson)

Check out the demo for “Mine Would Be You” here. It’s in a similar space as Blake’s cover of Christian contemporary singer/songwriter Dave Barnes’s “God Gave Me You,” which Blake took to #1 at country radio.

Mine Would Be You.mp3

Here is Rhett Akins (father of the song’s co-writer Thomas Rhett Akins) performing “Granddaddy’s Gun”:

Last but not least, check out the PREMIERE of the video for Blake’s current single, “Sure Be Cool If You Did”

BONUS: Blake visited the Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb for an interview to premiere his video, announce his album title and release date, and chat about the upcoming season of The Voice:

video via Zihan Ong

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  • twodollars

    Oy, that cover is horrendous. It looks like a painting from that mall guy, Tom Kinkaid.

  • fantoo1

    Will this be his poppiest album yet?

  • Eileen99

    That cover is gawdawful.  Idek what else to say but whyyyy.

  • windmills

    fantoo1: Will this be his poppiest album yet?

    Looking at the songwriters and their track record, probably not. A lot of them are known for writing rock/country songs. The Dean Dillon song has a chance of being traditional. 

  • Jake W.

    Wow, It does sound poppy. That is probably why I really like “Sure Be Cool If You Did” alot.

  • Kariann Hart

    I like the cover.  Uh…oh.

  • Lexie O’Neill

    I don’t know…haven’t listened to anything here yet, but know “Sure Be Cool If You Did” the second it comes on the radio and either my daughter or I change immediately. We used to be his fans…but he turned us off at CMA Fest when he pulled the stunt of barely doing his set, then those disparaging comments toward older musicians and traditional music fans, plus well, his stuff lately is just blah.

  • leilamaurizia

    Sigh. I’m just so burnt out on him (and Miranda) at this point.  Like take-a-break and just-go-away-for-a-while burnt out.  From the tweets about drinking to cursing (which have always been treated as “authentic” but which I’ve always seen as part of his schtick) to putting his foot in his mouth with the running over turtles and the old farts.

    At this point, he’s primarily a wildly popular TV personality first and a musical artist second… and it shows in the kind of music he’s been putting out and his music sales. 

  • mchcat

    I did like Blake when he first came out with Austin but not lately.  And his comments have pushed him down even further with me.  I did get a chuckle about the song titled “country on the radio”  – whose radio?  Mine is so full of Taylor, Hunter, and the so called country rockers that I rarely hear a real country song any more.

  • Caro3278sweet

    Gad. Who did that cover? I do book covers so I know somethin’ about this kind of thing. And that cover is truly, truly awful.

    The single? Meh. Like most of his stuff. I think Blake’s strength is being Outrageous Blake staring as a TV personality

    Actual music making? Not so much. 

  • HKfan

    I’ve never listened to Blake so can’t comment on the music, but the cover is so bland. From the bits I’ve seen of country music on this blog , the singers don’t seem to put much effort into their album covers, just a photo of themselves wearing a checked shirt photoshopped in front of a cheap looking back photo.

  • cheese1

    Is it typical for a country singer to not write any of their own songs?  I think I always assumed that they were mostly singer/song-writer types.  Guess not.

    The only time I’ve really heard Blake sing is during group performances on the Voice.  I wasn’t overly impressed. I do enjoy him as a Voice coach and he’s kind of pretty. 

  • standtotheright

    How bad must that photoshoot have been if the winning picture featured the “I want to eat your brains right now” stare?

    I don’t follow him much, but I did hear both the original version of GGMY and Shelton’s. The original is cheesy but at least marginally sincere. BS’s version makes it sound like he’s singing to his liquor collection in the man-cave.

  • Kirsten


    How bad must that photoshoot have been if the winning picture featured the “I want to eat your brains right now” stare?

    Dude! Keep up with pop culture. Zombie’s are huge. Obviously, Blake was never going to be able to participate in the Vampire craze (elegant he is not) and even he had too much hair for the nascent Werewolf trend, but the guy has the Zombie look locked down. Blank expression? Check! “I want to eat your brains right now” stare? Check! Lurching around the stage? Check! Even the make-up artist got into the game with the yellowish skin. Just wait until we see the back cover, he’s probably battling that tree which is lobbing frozen peas and cabbages at him as he tries to gain access to your back patio.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “to putting his foot in his mouth with the running over turtles ”

    Wait … so Blake admitted to running over turtles? Why would he want to do that?

  • ptebwwong

    cheese1: Is it typical for a country singer to not write any of their own songs?
    It depends on the country artist. There are big artists like Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Toby Keith, etc. who usually write their own music. Sometimes they do have songs on their albums that aren’t written by them because they just like the song. But the majority of these artists usually write songs by themselves or co-write.

    However, there are big country artists that rarely write their own songs. Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, etc. are all big country artists that rarely write their own music. These artists don’t even co-write.

    Then there are the artists that kind of do half and half. They do write, but when they like songs not written by them they do sing them on their albums. An example of some big county artists that do this are Miranda Lambert & Luke Bryan.

  • curtis

    Not sure what you mean by his sales proving he is an artist second. He sells very well, especially singles. His albums have all gone gold, except one, even his christmas album went gold. His last album, Red River Blue was recently certified platinum. So his sells are just fine.