Lady Antebellum's upcoming album, Heart Break, comes following an extended break that Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood took before reuniting -- and relocating, briefly, to Florida and Los Angeles -- to create what they say might be their best project yet. The threesome, who endured quite a bit of time away from home to make the record, found that the sacrifice of being away from their loved ones was worth it in the end.

"I think we wanted to be really intentional about carving out time to make a record," Haywood says. "We’ve had to do it when you’ve got a lot of other plates spinning in the past. We wanted to commit the time again ...

"It felt like the early days: all of us in a house, cooking, hanging out, laughing, staying up late, working in the studio," he continues. "We’ve been trying to be very intentional of getting back to that feeling of the way we felt in 2006 when we started. That was our goal, and hopefully our music was all born out of that experience."

The idea for Heart Break, and the time away to create it, was conceived before Lady A took their hiatus, when they were reminiscing about their early, carefree days.

"We sat down one day, at one of our last shows, and we were all on the bus together. I said, ‘We can’t take this kind of time off and not really just blow everybody away,'" Kelley recounts. "We were thinking about how to get back to that spot, how we wrote and started with the first two records. It’s because we didn’t have any responsibilities ... Dave had the idea, let’s get out of Nashville."

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Heart Break's title track, which Kelley calls one of his "favorite two or three songs off this record," is about much more than just a broken heart.

"[It's] probably one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written," says Kelley. "What I love about it is, it’s a clever idea that Dave had about playing off that heartbreak. Sometimes, your heart needs a break ... And that’s what we did: We felt like our heart creatively needed a break, and we felt like the fans needed a break ... [W]e needed to freshen it up, so it’s got a lot of correlation to it."

Heart Break is set for release on June 9. Lady Antebellum will kick off their You Look Good World Tour on May 26 in Bakersfield, Calif., with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young serving as their opening acts; a list of all of their upcoming shows is available on their website.

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