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Kelsea Ballerini Shares Exclusive Details About Her All-New Album (Including Her Favorite Song)

It’s been six months since Kelsea Ballerini released her third studio album, Kelsea. And now, the 26-year-old artist is blessing fans with even more new music.  

PureWow recently sat down for an interview with Ballerini, who discussed her latest album. The collection, titled Ballerini, is a follow-up to Kelsea, which debuted in March 2020. Since Kelsea was recorded prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Ballerini wanted to rework the tracks to cater to a different demographic.

“We made [Kelsea] to be big and loud and full of sounds that would sound good in an arena. We were going to launch it with a big tour, and we made it to fit that model,” Ballerini told PureWow. “And then this year happened, and it looked incredibly different than anyone could have imagined. With this new album, I wanted to remake it into what it would sound like if I would have made it for people who weren’t able to go to shows.”

Ballerini enlisted her friend slash songwriter, Jimmy Robbins, who helped develop the second half of her story. “We just sat down and basically started from square one and rebuilt everything with a different gear and a different intention,” she explained. “I wanted to challenge people to hear it differently.”

Although Ballerini had a “difficult” time choosing a favorite song, she eventually named the new version of “Love Me Like a Girl” as a must-listen.  

“In my perspective, we wrote it as a love song. It’s basically a song, saying, ‘I love you, but I also recognize that it’s not fair for me to ask you to be everything for me,’” she said. “I thought that it would translate as a love song, and it didn’t when [Kelsea] came out. People thought it was this sassy song.”

So, Ballerini reworked the chorus for her all-new album, putting a romantic spin on the previously released track. “For the Ballerini album, we restructured the chorus, and we obviously changed the instrumentation and stuff,” she added. “But we also changed one word/line in the chorus to set it up better. Everyone I’ve played it for completely gets it in a different way now, and it translates as a love song.”

If you need us, we’ll be listening to Ballerini on repeat.