Lady Antebellem Celebrates A Million Fans And Dave Haywood’s 30th Birthday

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It’s been a big week for Lady Antbellem. The group released a new video for “Wanted You More” last Friday, and this past weekend, they wrapped up the North American portion of their Own the Night Tour (which is now heading to Europe and Australia).

News came this weekend, too, that they’d now performed to more than 1 million fans (so far) since the tour began last fall.

“We’ve definitely become closer as a band – musically and personally,” said Dave Haywood about the tour. “We are really proud of our show and how much we’ve grown on stage.”

And speaking of Dave Haywood, another cause for celebration comes today (July 5), as Dave turns 30 years old.

To honor his three decades on the planet, his bandmates wished him a happy birthday via Twitter this morning, calling him an “incredible music man.” The tweet included a great instagram shot of Dave on stage (that photo also showed up on Lady A’s page on Pinterest).

Happy birthday to our incredible music man Dave Haywood!! instagr.am/p/Ms9HmbNi5w/ — ladyantebellum (@ladyantebellum) July 5, 2012

To further celebrate the band’s achievements (and the birthday of the now thirty-something Dave), CBS Charlotte station WSOC create a “30 Shining Moments” photo gallery.

And CBS Houston station KILT put together a group of Lady Antebellum’s top five love songs (since Dave is, after all, still a newlywed).

You can watch the five videos below.

1) “Need You Now”

Though it’s not necessarily the happiest of love songs, let’s start with the no brainer. “Need You Now” really solidified their place in country music and became a huge crossover hit for the trio. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs and reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Hot Adult Contemporary chart. We love this song and video…we’ve all been there, right? Giving in to the temptation to call after a night of drinking.

2) “Just A Kiss”

Reminiscent of an M. Night Shyamalan movie, the video for “Just a Kiss” features a young, beautiful girl on a train thinking about a love affair (via iPad) she just left behind. But turns out it was all a dream, and she wakes to that same love interest sitting next to her on the train. He then says, “I’m sorry, have we meet before?” as he pulls out an iPad. Whoa, mind blown!

3) “Dancing Away With My Heart”

According to Entertainment Weekly, “Dancing Away With My Heart” was one single Lady A was particularly excited about leading up to the release of their latest album Own The Night. The black-and-white video feels very personal, too, kicking off with the trio thinking back on their first dance.

4) “We Owned The Night”

Downtown Nashville and a shower of fireworks are the backdrop for “We Owned The Night,” which features the bandmembers and a group of attractive young people dancing and making out. It’s a beautifully shot video for a song about love lost but not forgotten.

5) “Our Kind Of Love”

Unlike some of the band’s love songs (see above), this one is an upbeat tune about young love, with the trio performing where carnival rides go to die.

- Amber Morgan/KILT Houston