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Thursday (Aug. 23) is a big day for LeAnn Rimes, and for her fans. At noon CT, her official website will go into Spitfire mode. Named for her upcoming album, the new site will open up Spitfire Social Club, which Rimes describes as "one very positive, solid place for my fans to go to." She said she looks forward to having more one-on-one interaction with her hardcore fans, as opposed to Twitter, where you never know who is following you and/or why. "It's a whole new chapter of my life," she told me Wednesday night. "I'm leaving a lot stuff behind and moving on. And I think I'm a little bit more open now than I was when I had a fan club in the past." Fans will be able to read her blogs, get access to concert tickets, and she promises she'll be sharing more pictures on her own website than she does on Twitter.
The only thing Rimes is not being very open about -- yet-- is her first single from Spitfire. She wouldn't tell me the name of the song, so I asked her to just describe it in one word. "Heartbroken," she said. As for the album, the one-word description she gave me for that? "Truth."