UPDATE: After debuting “Came Here To Forget,” Blake Shelton announced his new album If I’m Honest, due out May 20.
“This is the most excited I’ve been about a new album since the release of my second record,” said Shelton in a release.
EARLIER: Blake Shelton has released his first song since divorcing from Miranda Lambert last year. In “Came Here To Forget,” he croons about finding another broken heart in a bar, drowning each other’s sorrows — and getting even. “Misery loves company,” the 39-year-old sings over sultry guitar arpeggios, “That’s why it’s you and me / Buying each other drinks / Back of the bar, thick as thieves.”
The singer didn’t pen the song — it was written by Craig Wiseman and Deric Ruttan — but when he announced the tune last week, he said via a release, it would be one of the most intimate of his career. “I’ve had a lot of music over the years but I don’t think I’ve ever had a song that’s such a direct look into my life. That’s why I’m so excited about this particular song.” With a storyline about a man and a woman — he’s”getting over her” and she’s “getting over him” — Shelton certainly made good on his promise.
Shelton has not yet shared a release date or title for his 12th studio album, but he’s promised that the collection will take a hard look at breaking up. His most recent release, Bringing Back the Sunshine, came in 2014. It topped the Billboard 200 and generated four No. 1 singles. “Came Here To Forget” is streaming below.