Today’s a big day for Blake Shelton. His eighth studio album Based On A True Story… is making its way to shelves across the country and fans are rushing to pick up their copy.  The album features a plethora of fresh and classic country songs that will make every fan tap their boots and fall in love all over again with Blake Shelton.

“There’s no songs on it about going to prison and two dogs tucked together like I have in the past,” Blake joked, referring to his massive 2002 hit “Ol’ Red” which brought him a top 15 hit.  This album features a few familiar names that are close to Blake’s heart, including his wife’s trio The Pistol Annies. Which, as Blake jested, wasn’t an easy feat. ”I tell you what, it’s hard to get the Pistols to do anything really.  Miranda keeps that hard to get to but I told her ‘hey, I spent a lot of time raising you three’,” he interjected as he put his foot down.   “They’re at the house all the time and it’s bad when I’m the responsible one. So I told ‘em you’re damn well singing on my record.”

While this week is full of promotion and interviews for the release of Blake’s eighth record, he’s splitting his time with the fourth season premiere of his reality singing competition The Voice.  This year features two new judges, Usher and Shakira, who took the place of former judges Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green, who are both spending time on their own music careers this year.  But how did the two new judges fare against Adam Levine and Blake’s apparent seniority on the show?

“They come out swinging.  You can tell they’ve been watching the show, they knew exactly how to play and how to be and act in those blind auditions to get those artists,” he reminisced, thinking back to the filming of the blind auditions.  ”There were times where Adam I would walk down there during commercials breaks like ‘hey, what the eff is going on, we gotta quit being nice because they’re new’.”  Blake assures there’s a lot more to come in the coming weeks of season four.

All the while filming and promoting his new album, the third project close to Blake’s heart is his upcoming hosting gig with Luke Bryan at the ACM Awards, which airs April 9th on CBS.  This is Luke’s first time hosting with veteran Blake after Reba’s many years by his side.  Of course, Luke’s reasoning to host might sway just a bit differently than Blake’s.  Last time Tanner talked to Luke, he assured everyone he was asked to host because once Reba left, the cuteness ratings went down so they asked Luke to save the day.

“Man I can’t argue with that,” Blake admitted while laughing.  ”I just wish they would have got someone who could read.  You could count on [Reba] if I got derailed.  Luke is special.” The back and forth banter between the two will obviously make for some great on-stage action between the two superstars, who are both becoming staples in the media and tabloids.

Being in the tabloids is a small price to pay, Blake believes, after having such a media frenzy following his signing on to coach The Voice.   ”It’s so funny but you wonder if there’s people out there that believe those things and you just hope they don’t,” Blake explains, talking about an instance where he was once paired up with Christina Aguilera in a rumored cheating scandal.  ”And after that you just start going man, I don’t really care if they do.”

Blake finds the positivity in the tabloid mess of superstardom.  ”If this is the worst thing that happens for having all these cool things happen for me then hell man, I’m about to leak these pictures of me with a goat.”

Listen to the full interview from The New 103.7 here:

Based On A True Story… is in stores today.

-Jodi Phillips / The New 103.7

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