‘Songland’ Season 2 Premiere Songs: How to Download The Winner

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NBC’s songwriting competition series Songland is back Monday, April 13 with its second season premiere. This season the guest artists include Boyz II Men, Florida Georgia Line, Luis Fonsi, H.E.R., Martina McBride, Julia Michaels, Ben Platt, Bebe Rexha and Usher.

But kicking things off is country trio Lady Antebellum, made up of Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, and Hillary Scott. Here are the songs the trio was given to choose from and information on how to download the winning number. But be warned of spoilers ahead.


Contestants

The way Songland works is that four songwriters present a song to the guest artist for that episode. For the Songland season two premiere, the guest artist was country trio Lady Antebellum.

Before the songwriters performed their pieces for the trio, they gave judges Shane McAnally, Ester Dean, and Ryan Tedder an idea of what they were looking for, saying that they want “stuff that has an interesting musical component, catches our ear when we hear something new … something a little different musically to push us.”

The songwriters for episode one included:

  • Tim Halperin, Omaha, NE, “Losing You.” Halperin is an alum of American Idol season 10; he was eliminated during the Top 24.
  • Steven Battey, Savannah, GA, “Feels Good to Me”
  • Madeline Merlo, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, “I’ll Drink To That.” Merlo is a well-known country artist in her home country of Canada.
  • Ryan Innes, Thatcher, AZ, “Long Way Home.” Innes was on Team Usher during season four of The Voice but was eliminated in the Knockout Round.

After the first round of performances, Lady Antebellum chose Halperin to move on and work with producer Ryan Tedder to rework his song. They turned “Losing You” into a duet and got The Goldbergs Hayley Orrantia to perform it with Halperin for the final showcase.

Lady Antebellum then chose Merlo to move on and work with Shane McAnally. When the two of them reworked “I’ll Drink to That,” they changed it quite a bit into a “fun summer anthem” and renamed it “Champagne Night.”

The final person chosen to advance was Innes, who worked with Ester Dean on his song. Battey was eliminated.


The Winning Song

Madeline Merlo Performs "I'll Drink to That" (Original Song Performance) – Songland 2020Songland songwriter Madeline Merlo sings the original song "I'll Drink to That." » Subscribe for More: http://bit.ly/NBCSongland » Songland Returns Monday, April 13th 10/9c on NBC! » Stream Anytime: https://www.nbc.com/songland/episodes SONGLAND ON SOCIAL: Like Songland on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NBCSongland Follow Songland on Twitter: http://twitter.com/NBCSongland Follow Songland on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nbcsongland Find Songland trailers, full episode highlights, previews, promos, clips, and digital exclusives here. NBC ON SOCIAL: NBC YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/nbc Like NBC: http://Facebook.com/NBC Follow NBC: http://Twitter.com/NBC NBC Instagram: http://instagram.com/nbc NBC Pinterest: http://Pinterest.com/NBCtv/ ABOUT SONGLAND NBC's new groundbreaking series "Songland" serves as a destination for music's biggest stars to find their next hit. Undiscovered songwriters are put center stage as they pitch their original creations to top recording artists and chart-topping music producers in the hopes of creating the artists' next big hits. Featured guest recording artists include Jonas Brothers, John Legend, Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor, will.i.am, OneRepublic, Kelsea Ballerini, Macklemore and Leona Lewis. Songwriters will perform their original tracks in front of the guest artist and three of the most sought-after producers in music: Ryan Tedder, the lead singer of OneRepublic and a four-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer; Ester Dean, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer for Rihanna, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj; and Shane McAnally, a Grammy-winning songwriter and producer for Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson and Sam Hunt. Madeline Merlo Performs "I'll Drink to That" (Original Song Performance) – Songland 2020 https://youtu.be/O8DxOi8JNQ4 Songland https://www.youtube.com/NBCSongland2020-04-10T13:00:11.000Z

After listening to the three revamped songs, Lady Antebellum said, “We can only choose one and we are choosing solely based on what we need in our catalog right now.”

“We’re about to go on tour and we could really use… a ‘Champagne Night,'” the country trio revealed.

During Merlo’s performance, Lady Antebellum said of the song, “That’s so fun. That’s a hit. When it gets hit city [is the line] ‘Doubles or bubbles, get in all kinds of trouble,’ whoa!”

After Merlo left, Dave Haywood joked that “Doubles or Bubbles” is the sweatshirt they’re going to sell on tour.

When they selected her song, Merlo said, “They just have an incredible reputation for releasing songs that are cool … it is really validating.”

“I can’t even tell you the kind of dream it was for me to get a Lady Antebellum cut, so today, to be a part of that with Madeline, it’s huge,” said McAnally.

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You can hear the full song on Songland’s and Lady Antebellum’s YouTube channel and download it now on iTunes and Spotify.

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Songland airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, following new episodes of The Voice.

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