In more ways than one, Blake Shelton
's new album, "Body
Language," is a professional milestone.
On Thursday, the country superstar released a short video in which he discussed the various inspirations for his new music
, reminding fans that not much has changed in the 20 years since his debut single, "Austin."
Shelton explained that the album's title track is a reflection of the hearing loss he has suffered after two decades on the road, and that "The Girl Can't Help It" modernizes the sentiments of "She Don't Know She's Beautiful," a Sammy Kershaw hit from 1993.
He also stated that fans of classic breakup songs, which have become synonymous with the country genre, will not be disappointed, citing his new songs "Now I Don't" and "Makin' It Up As You Go."
“There’s something about sad songs with fun, happy melodies that I just can’t get enough of,” he said in a video promoting his new album, which was released last week on streaming platforms.
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Shelton, a Grammy nominee nine times, is at the pinnacle of his career.
When Cam Anthony swept to victory on NBC
's "The Voice
" this week, he received his eighth win as a coach, making him the coach with the most wins in the show's history.
Similarly, his engagement to pop superstar Gwen Stefani
has maintained a high level of interest in his personal life.
“Body Language” has been well received by critics thus far, but the album’s release got off to a rocky start with the release of single “Minimum Wage” in January, when Shelton received backlash for lyrics such as: “Girl lookin’ at you, lookin’ at me that way / Could make a man feel rich on minimum wage.”
, according to the singer, had misinterpreted the song's overarching metaphor and taken lyrics out of context.
“It’s literally a love song about how if times are tough and you ain’t got much money
— as long as you have love and you’re happy — at the end of the day, that’s all any of us can really hope for,” he told CMT.