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Blake Shelton Wins Top Country Artist At The People’s Choice Awards

The People’s Choice Awards were handed out last night, with Blake Shelton winning Country Artist of 2019, beating out such fellow artists as Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and more. Of course, Blake already knows what it feels like to win the award, since he took home the trophy last year.

“I’m really glad I won this, because I was the only person at my table who hasn’t won anything tonight, and it was starting to get a little bit embarrassing,” he told the audience. “I want to say thank you to the people, to the fans, country music fans and thank you to my NBC ‘Voice’ family, it’s been awesome. It’s been an incredible ride.”

Meanwhile, Kelsea Ballerini was on hand to perform, treating the crowed to the first-ever performance of her new single “Club.”

CMAs Plan Monumental All-Female Opening Number

The CMA Awards are only days away, and we already know it’s going to kick off with a one-of-a-kind, groundbreaking performance.

The show has announced an all-female opening number, lead by hosts Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, and featuring Terri Clark, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, The Highwomen (a.k.a. Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires), Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Tanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson. Each artist will perform iconic country songs for a decades-spanning medley.

The 53rd Annual CMA Awards will air Wednesday on ABC, live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

 

 

This day in 1991: Garth Brooks’ “Ropin’ The Wind” is certified gold, platinum, double platinum, triple platinum AND quadruple platinum simultaneously.

Today in 1991, Garth Brooks’ album, “Ropin’ The Wind,” was certified gold, platinum, double platinum, triple platinum AND quadruple platinum simultaneously.

It was the first album by a country singer to top both the Billboard Hot 200 and Top Country charts since Kenny Rogers did so just over a decade earlier. It enjoyed four runs at No. 1 between September 28, 1991 – April 3, 1992, spending a combined 18 weeks at the top, eventually being certified 14x Platinum by the RIAA in 1998. In the UK it reached the Top 50 pop albums list and went to No. 1 for several months on the country charts. It has gone on to sell 17 million copies worldwide.

The track “Shameless” is a cover of a Billy Joel song, previously recorded on Joel’s 1989 album Storm Front.

According to music review website Allmusic, Ropin’ the Wind is the first country album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

 

 

Chris Stapleton Drops Lego Video For “Second One To Know”

Chris Stapleton has just released a new Lego-inspired video for his “From A Room: Volume 1” song “Second One To Know.”

The clip features a Lego Chris battling ninjas and slaying a dragon with his guitar solo, and features Lego versions of his wife, his band, and even Chris Pratt, who is a Stapleton fan, and also voice star of the 2014 and 2019 Lego movies.

“We had a lot of fun doing it, but it took maybe two years to get through all the approvals, and then a whole year on top to work on it,” Stapleton tells “Rolling Stone.” “So it’s been a long road, but in the end I think it’s something really unique. Certainly there’s never been an officially licensed Lego video before, and that’s kinda fun.” Check it out HERE.

 

Source: Rolling Stone

 

This day in 1998: Garth Brooks’ “Double Live” album is released

Today in 1998, Garth Brooks’ “Double Live” album was released, the same day new albums from Jewel, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston hit record stores. After the dust had settled on what record stores called “Super Tuesday,” Garth emerged victorious. He captured the #1 spot on the album charts – and set a first-week sales record of 1.9-million copies.

 

Reba McEntire’s Single Again

Reba McEntire is single again. The singer tells “Us Weekly” that she and her boyfriend of two years, Skeeter Lasuzzo, are over.

“Skeeter and I broke up in May, so, unfortunately, we will not be spending [the holidays] together,” she tells the magazine. “We still talk and we’re friends, but just decided to go our separate ways.”

Reba and Skeeter have been dating since 2017 after meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

 

 

On this day in 2010: “Country Strong,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, premieres

Today in 2010, the movie, “Country Strong,” starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, premiered at Nashville’s Green Hills 16 theaters.

The film, about an emotionally unstable country music star who attempts to resurrect her career, was directed and written by American filmmaker Shana Feste. It premiered in Nashville, Tennessee on November 8, 2010, and had a wide release in the United States on January 7, 2011. This is the second film in which McGraw and Hedlund have worked together, the first being Friday Night Lights in 2004.

 

 

Kacey Musgraves Gets Her Own Christmas Special

Kacey Musgraves will celebrate the holidays with her very own special, featuring an A-list lineup of special guests.

“The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show,” debuting November 29th on Amazon Prime, will have Kacey singing holiday classics with some of her famous friends, including Camila Cabello, Lana Del Rey, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Leon Bridges, Fred Armison and Troye Sivan.

There will also be non-musical guests, including Kendall Jenner, the Radio City Rockettes, and Kacey’s Nana.

“I can say without a doubt that this project is unlike anything I’ve ever done before,” kacey shared. “What started as the small seed of an idea one night over a year ago has turned into something I’m so proud of.

She adds, “.My vision was to bring my old Christmas album to life visually and create a modern and fashionable, fresh take on a classic format,” noting, “It’s heartfelt, funny, and most of all, real. I can’t wait to finally share.”

Source: Rolling Stone

This day in 2002: Johnny Cash’s final album is released

This day in 2002: Johnny Cash’s “American IV: The Man Comes Around” album was released. It’s the last album of new material issued during the singer’s life.

The album was included in the book “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die”.

The majority of songs are covers which Cash performs in his own sparse style, with help from producer Rick Rubin. For instance, for the song “Personal Jesus”, Rubin asked then-Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante to re-work an acoustic version of Martin Gore’s song, which featured a simple acoustic riff that stripped down the song to a blues style. He receives backing vocal assistance from various artists, including Fiona Apple, Nick Cave, and Don Henley.

The video for “Hurt”, a song written by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and originally released in 1994, was nominated in seven categories at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards and won the award for Best Cinematography. In 2003, mere days before his 71st birthday, Cash won a Grammy for “Give My Love To Rose”, a song Cash had originally recorded in the late 1950s. Cash was also nominated that year for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for his “Bridge over Troubled Water” cover with Fiona Apple. The music video for “Hurt” also won the award for Best Short Form Video in 2004.

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor admitted that he was initially “flattered” but worried that “the idea of Cash covering ‘Hurt’ sounded a bit gimmicky,” but when he heard the song and saw the video for the first time, Reznor said he was deeply moved and found Cash’s cover beautiful and meaningful, going as far as to say “that song isn’t mine anymore.”

Graeme Thomson, in The Resurrection of Johnny Cash: Hurt, Redemption, and American Recordings, has discussed concern about Cash’s health during the recording. Cash was suffering from multiple health problems and had lost most of his vision, with recording sessions interrupted by hospital stays. Thompson quotes singer Will Oldham: “We should turn and switch off the tape when our listening energy would be better spent helping a living songwriter/performer.”

American IV: The Man Comes Around was Cash’s first non-compilation album to go gold in thirty years. Additionally, the album won “Album of the Year” award at the 2003 CMA Awards. It was certified gold on March 24, 2003 and platinum on November 21, 2003 by the R.I.A.A.

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