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New releases: Blake Shelton, Thompson Square and OneRepublic drop new albums; "Dose of Reality" and "Killing Them Softly" released on DVD

by Brandy McDonnell Published: March 26, 2013

Blake Shelton Tulsa, OK

Two country albums, a pop-rock album and an indie film – all with Oklahoma ties – are now available for fans to purchase.

Oklahoma country music star Blake Shelton dropped his new album “Based on a True Story …” today, not coincidentally the day after Season 4 of “The Voice,” the hit reality TV show on which he serves as a celebrity coach, premiered on NBC.

As previously reported, the Ada native began a media blitz for the album with a performance on NBC’s “Today” show this morning. To see video of the appearance, click here, and look for my review in the coming days.

In addition, Shelton will bring his “Ten Times Crazier Tour” to Tulsa’s BOK Center on Oct 4. For more information, go to

Country duo Thompson Square, which consists of Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and wife Shawna, released today its sophomore effort, “Just Feels Good,” which I also will be reviewing soon.

The couple will give a Livestream acoustic performance and chat at 3 p.m. Thursday. For more information, go to

Also, Thompson Square will perform May 23 at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa. For more information, go to

Pop-rock band OneRepublic, lead by Tulsa native and Grammy winner Ryan Tedder, released its new album “Native” today, too. Produced by Tedder and fellow band mate Brent Kutzle, OneRepublic collaborated with leading-edge producers like Philippe Zdar (the French composer known for his work with artists like Phoenix, The Beastie Boys, Cat Power, and Depeche Mode), Jeff Bhasker (Kanye west, Jay Z, the Rolling Stones, fun.) and Benny Blanco (Maroon 5, Rihanna, Gym Class Heroes) on the new album.

Shawnee-born actor Brad Pitt stars with James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins and Ray Liotta in the gangster drama “Killing Them Softly,” which dropped today on DVD.

And Choctaw native Ryan Merriman stars with Fairuza Balk and Rick Ravanello in the indie thriller “Dose of Reality,” which was released today on DVD. To see the trailer for the film, click here.

Here are more new CDs, DVDs and books, from and


Blake Shelton, “Based On A True Story…”

Thompson Square, “Just Feels Good.”

OneRepublic, “Native.”

The Strokes, “Comedown Machine.”

Dido, “Girl Who Got Away (Deluxe Edition).”

Depeche Mode, “Delta Machine (Deluxe Edition).”

Alan Jackson, “Precious Memories Volume II.”

Stephen Stills, “Carry On” (Box set).

Sevendust, “Black Out the Sun.”

Joe Bonamassa, “An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House.”

Iron Maiden, “Maiden England.”


Angel in the House

The Borgias: The Second Season

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

The Collection

The Comedy

Dose of Reality

Easy Money

Killing Them Softly

Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out


Parental Guidance

A Royal Affair

To the Arctic (IMAX)

Veep: The Complete First Season


American Story: A Lifetime Search for Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things by Bob Dotson

Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy, Jon J. Muth

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath, Dan Heath

The Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout

The Drop 10 Diet Cookbook: More Than 100 Tasty, Easy Superfood Recipes That Effortlessly Peel Off Pounds by Lucy Danziger


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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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