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Taylor Swift has been named Billboard’s 2014 Woman of the Year and is the first artist to receive this honor twice. The award is given to a female artist who “has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation over the past twelve months.”
“As one of the most influential artists of her generation, Taylor Swift has seen incredible success on the Billboard charts,” Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, said. “Over the course of her career, she’s charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 — the most of any female artist since her debut in 2006. We are tremendously excited to be honoring her as the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year for the second time.” Continue Reading
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These days, Brantley Gilbert’s parents are his biggest supporters – not to mention his biggest fans, but it took a while for them to come around to the idea of a career in music. Gilbert admits he wasn’t a saint when he was younger and, looking back, he knows some of the choices he made back then played a part in why his parents weren’t excited about his career path.
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“I think if I was a parent and I were to catch my son, if he was supposed to be playing at a praise and worship convention and you show up and he’s at a bar in downtown Jefferson, which is amazingly stupid at 1:30 in the morning…,” he said. “But yeah, they walked in and caught me.” Continue Reading
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Eric Church’s new single, “Talladega,” has a misleading title. One might assume the song is about auto racing’s hair-raising crashes and speeds in excess of 200mph. “It has nothing to do with that,” Church told Billboard. “That is nothing more than the avenue through which the commentary took place. It’s really about life.”
The song takes a look back at some of Church’s favorite memories. “NASCAR was as hot as any sport back in the ’90s, and it was a thing where a group of your buddies go take stuff, tents, camp out, stay a few days, walk back and forth to the track,” he said. “We actually lost the damn car, you know; you’re so far away. I can’t tell you who won the race, but I could tell you all the experiences we had in a two- or three-day period.” Continue Reading
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A number of country stars are featured on the soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me. The soundtrack includes new, original music from Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Kacey Musgraves, Colbie Caillat, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, Thompson Square, Thomas Rhett, Phoebe Hoffman and newcomers SHEL and Gareth Dunlop. The soundtrack hits stores October 9, ahead of the film’s October 17 release.
Lady Antebellum’s “I Did With You,” which will play during the movie’s credits, was cowritten by the band along with Monty Powell. Based on the movie’s premises, they penned the songs with specific scenes in mind.
“All the women and their husbands or families that come to see the movie are going to be really thinking about what they just watched,” Hillary Scott said. “It’s like we wanted to put specific things in the song, in the lyrics, that will make you go back straight to that scene in your head that you just watched. There’s one line in the first verse of the song about ‘dancing in the headlights.’ You see them do that in the movie and all these different lines that we were really purposeful with, wanting them to relive that in their head.” Continue Reading
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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood continue their No. 1 streak, topping the charts with “Somethin’ Bad” yet again this week on Top 20 Country Countdown. Scotty McCreery comes in at No. 2 with “Feelin’ It,” while Blake Shelton, who had a big debut last week with “Neon Light,” moves up two spots into the No. 3 position. Plus, Brantley Gilbert’s “Small Town Throwdown” featuring Thomas Rhett and Justin Mooremakes it countdown debut this week.
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In addition to counting down this week’s Top 20 music videos chosen by you, host Nan Kelley also sat down with hot country duo Florida Georgia Line. The pair were in the studio to talk about their new album, Anything Goes, which hits stores October 14, and their latest hit single, “Dirt.”
Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extras, including videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:
- Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
- Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
- Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
- Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
- Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
- Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
- Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
- RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
- Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
- Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song” Continue Reading
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Happy Birthday to Scotty McCreery! The singer asked fans to help him celebrate his 21st birthday by making a donation to the 12.14 Foundation. The non-profit organization plans to build a multipurpose performing arts and education center for the residents of Newtown, Connecticut, site of the tragic 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. McCreery serves as a National Goodwill Ambassador for the 12.14 Foundation and has made multiple visits to Newtown to meet with families impacted by the tragedy.
“I’ve got such wonderful, generous fans, and they have been e-mailing my fan club asking what they could send me to celebrate my birthday,” he said. “They’ve already given me far more than I could ever have imagined by letting me live out my dreams, so I would like to encourage the fans to donate to the 12.14 Foundation. Together we can support a great organization doing positive things in a town that is still recovering. Let’s help them reach their goal of building a state-of-the art performing arts and education center. That would be the best birthday gift I could receive.” Continue Reading
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Florida Georgia Line will kick off 2015 with a headlining tour. The duo announced the first leg of their Anything Goes Tour, which kicks off on January 15 in Toledo, Ohio. Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard will join Florida Georgia Line as special guests.
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The tour is in support of the band’s new album, Anything Goes, which hits stores on October 14. “We’re really excited about what we’ve learned on this journey and can’t wait to give our fans new music they can crank up just as loud as the tunes they sing back to us every night,” Tyler Hubbard said. “‘Anything Goes’ is a natural progression of where we’re at and what we’ve learned getting here.”
Anything Goes will feature the band’s hit single “Dirt.” For tour dates and ticket information, visit www.floridageorgialine.com. Watch Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” music video »
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The hot new band Chasin’ Crazy is turning heads and Great American Country is going along for the ride. The series premieres Saturday, October 11 with back-to-back episodes starting at 1:00 p.m. ET.
The show follows the band – comprised of roommates Landon Parker, Travis Fincher, Jimmy James Hunter, Creigh Riepe and Forest Miller – from their home in Nashville to performances on the road.
“Everyone involved with the show was so supportive, passionate and professional,” the band said. “They made filming not only fun, but a crazy, memorable experience for us. We never thought in a million years that we’d be able to combine what we love to do – make music – with our own television show, but now that we are, we can’t wait for our fans to see it!”
The band first took shape in 2012 when Hunter and Miller met in Nashville. That meeting led the pair to Fincher. Continue Reading
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Luke Bryan has topped the charts once more. His latest single, “Roller Coaster,” reached No. 1 on both the Country Aircheck and Billboard Country singles chart this week. This marks the fifth No. 1 from Bryan’s most recent album, Crash My Party.
“‘Roller coaster’ is what I feel like is just … a masterpiece from front to back,” Bryan said of the song. “Man it’s powerful! The second I heard it, I knew I was going to cut it. I drove right over to my producer’s house, I said, ‘This is one for the album.’” Continue Reading
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s three daughters seem to have their famous parents’ talent genes. While McGraw says all three girls are good singers, their youngest, Audrey, recently wowed him by asking to take the stage during a pre-show acoustic set in Rogers, Arkansas, to perform for the crowd.
“I was pretty awestruck that she decided to actually go through with it ‘cause she’s really never done anything like that before,” McGraw said. “And for her to follow through, I thought she’d back out at the last minute and not do it.” Continue Reading