Country superstar and Rising Star expert Brad Paisley is in the middle of a Spambellion/Leakapalooza when it comes to his upcoming album, Moonshine In The Trunk, due out 8/26. His latest leak is the humorous tune “High Life,” cowritten by Brad, Brent Anderson, Charles DuBois, and Kelley Lovelace, which chronicles “a bunch of lowlifes livin’ the high life” thanks to an inheritance and a couple of frivolous lawsuits against Chick-fil-A and his pal, fellow country superstar and Season 4 American Idol champ Carrie Underwood, who shows up for harmony vocals and some banter.
Check out nearly the full song here:
There’s an extra spicy angle to the song, as 3 of the 4 writers of the song (Dubois, Lovelace, and Brad) are also the co-writers of the double platinum-selling #1 hit Brad/Carrie duet from 2011, “Remind Me,” which is the subject of a lawsuit for copyright violation from a woman named Amy Bowen who claims she presented a similarly themed song at a workshop attended by Lovelace & DuBois.
The 3rd verse of “High Life” reads as a riff on the lawsuit:
I heard a song a couple months ago
It was Carrie Underwood on the radio
Reminded me of a poem my brother wrote
Back in the second grade.
Now I know she didn’t steal it but so what?
We lawyered up and we sued her butt
These days we figure we’d pretty much
Get paid to go away.
The shade! However it doesn’t appear though that Paisley and his collaborators (or Carrie, who’s named in the lawsuit despite not having attended the workshop in question or written the song) have any intention of settling the “Remind Me” lawsuit out of court. According to court documents obtained by Radar (yeah, but the court documents appear to be legit), the lawyer representing all parties named as defendants in the “Remind Me” lawsuit denied all infringement claims and filed a motion to dismiss, while co-write Charles DuBois countersued Amy Bowen for breach of contract (relating to an agreement she signed in order to participate in the workshop he attended).
This is Brad & Carrie’s 4th studio collaboration (5th if you count Brad’s #1 hit “Online,” where Carrie sings background vocals): they sang the duet “Oh Love” on Brad’s 2007 album, 5th Gear, “Remind Me” on Brad’s 2011 album This Is Country Music, and Brad plays guitar on “Cupid’s Got A Shotgun,” an album track from Carrie’s 2012 album Blown Away. The two are also set to co-host the CMA Awards for the 7th consecutive year on November 5th this year.
What do you think of “High Life” and its pointed references to the “Remind Me” lawsuit?