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REVIEW: Miranda Lambert – Platinum

Miranda Lambert.

Miranda Lambert released her fifth album on Wednesday, choosing a simple play on the word Platinum for the title. She could be referring to her platinum blonde hair but, seeing as how her last four albums all went platinum in sales, it is more likely an easy prediction. This album finds Lambert at her most introspective and nostalgic, everything from the lyrical content to the adventurous spirit of the compositions, Platinum relishes the past. Though she presents more of her rootsy side, she blends it with the modern pop sensibility, pushing herself as only a fully-developed artist is able to do.

It is musically her most diverse album to date, going from lively guitar shredding in “Little Red Wagon” to a lap-steel ballad in “Smokin’ and Drinkin’ (feat. Little Big Town)”. On Platinum we find Lambert stretching the limits of the genre and experimenting sonically while keeping her strong voice and persona intact. It is this voice that holds the album together, guiding us through her corner of the south, sharing the perspective of a confident, strong and charismatic woman who offers no apologies. From feminist issues to her marriage to Blake Shelton, she takes her daily concerns and filters them through her realistic and often humorous perspective.

Miranda Lambert releases Platinum

Miranda Lambert

Today’s the day that Miranda Lambert and her fans have been waiting for! The Texan superstar released her brand new studio album “Platinum” today to digital and physical music retailers. It’s her fifth record with Sony Music Nashville, and features some pretty big duets from her friends like Little Big Town, The Time Jumpers and Carrie Underwood.

“Platinum” is the follow-up to her highly successful “Four The Record.”

Stay tuned for our review of “Platinum”. What’s your favorite tracks on Miranda’s new album? Do you think it’s her best album yet?

Carrie Underwood Named To Time Magazine’s Most Influential List

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood is a true success story. She’s one of the two biggest names to come from the most influential music television competition show  of all-time, American Idol. She’s a multi-platinum selling recording artist with 18 number one hits. She’s a winner of six Grammy Awards, sixteen Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards, and eleven Academy of Country Music Awards as well as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Needless to say, she is a country superstar in every sense of the word.

To add to the ever-growing list of accomplishments, Underwood was named to Time Magazine’s “Most Influential List” last week.

Fellow country star and good friend, Brad Paisley, had nothing but glowing things to say about Carrie and this new honor.

He shared: “I remember Carrie Underwood early on telling me how badly she wanted to earn her place in our industry. It was 2005, and she had just won American Idol and had her first No. 1 song. Fast-forward to 2014. Not only has she earned her place, she’s also raised the bar. She’s a prolific songwriter, a trendsetter and an Opry member. She can sing the fire out of a song and tell a joke. I’m always amazed at her comedic timing and instincts when we co-host the CMA Awards.”

And what may have been Paisley’s best compliment of all while acknowledging Underwood, he went on to say: “So many young girls want to be just like her. In that sense, I see hope for the world. If I had a daughter, nothing would make me happier than to hear her say she wanted to grow up to be like Carrie Underwood.”

Congratulations to Carrie!!

Official 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards ZinePak Available March 18

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With the ACM Awards practically around the corner, The Academy of Country Music and ZinePak paired up to release the OFFICIAL 2014 ACMS AWARDS ZINEPAK, a limited-edition package exclusively for the ACM Awards. The pack features a 120 magazine and two CS with 21 songs, as well as a ballof of this year’s ACM nominees and six collectible guitar picks. The ZinePak will be available at Walmart stores on March 18 and retails for $10.

“This year’s ACM Awards ZinePak is better than ever,” said Lisa Lee, the Academy’s senior vice president of Creative & Content Production. “Fans can find out everything they need to know about this year’s ACM Award nominees, immerse themselves in the best music of the year and even play along at home with their own ballot. It’s a must-have for any country fan.”

Artists included on the collection include Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and many more.

There were also be interviews and other exclusive content, including a look into the ACMs. ZinePak co-founder Brittany Hodak said, “We are so excited to give fans even more exclusive content in this year’s ACM Awards ZinePak through the ZinePak All Access app! By scanning specific pages, fans can watch interviews from stars like Luke Bryan, Jerrod Niemann, Eric Paslay and Blake Shelton.”

The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will air on Sunday April 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network, hosted by Blake Shelton & Luke Bryan.

See the ZinePak & full track list here: http://bit.ly/ACM14

 

ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To the Troops

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The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions have announced ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To the Troops, a concert event featuring some of the biggest names in country music paying tribute to our armed forces, which will be broadcast Tuesday, May 20th, 9:00-11:00pm EST, on the CBS Television Network.

The special will be taped Monday, April 7th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and feature performances by country music superstars Merle Haggard, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry among others (to be announced) as a part of the all-star lineup for the event.

DVR Alert: Criminal Minds Featuring Sarah Darling’s “Blackbird”

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Sarah Darling‘s “Blackbird,” a remake of the Paul McCartney penned Beatles classic, will be featured in the 200th episode of CBS’ Criminal Minds at 9 p.m. EST/PST tonight.

Darling was also in the news last week, receiving a nod from country music superstar Carrie Underwood in an interview with Glam, who said she would like to see more females doing really well in country music. “The ones who are out there — myself, Miranda, Reba, Taylor — are doing really well. I would just love to see more,” Underwood said. “It makes me a little sad when I do look at the charts and I see one female in the top 20. I really hope this is the year of the woman, and I really hope that there are some really breakthrough, amazing female artists that people can hear.” She goes on to specifically reference Darling, saying she has “such a sweet voice.”

Tune in to CBS to watch Criminal Minds tonight, and download Darling’s version of “Blackbird” here.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Ashliegh Lisset

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Ashliegh Lisset, a country artist from the great state of Texas, is down-to-earth and cognizant of the impact music has on its listeners. That is why Ashliegh strives in her career to be an attainable artist who embraces her ability to relate to fans, while providing herself with a creative outlet. We were privileged to sit down and speak with Ashliegh about her music career aspirations, how she is inspired in her career, and an upcoming announcement of which she gave us a little exclusive sneak preview!

Ashliegh’s story begins differently than most artists’. It is common to hear that artists were singing before they were talking and had a passion for music since they were in diapers. While Ashliegh sang as a young child, she discovered her true passion for music later in life and enveloped herself in this new companion when her world shattered around her. When Ashliegh was eleven years old, her father, who was serving his second tour for Operation Iraqi Freedom, was killed in the line of duty.

First Ever iHeartRadio Country Festival

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Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announced today the first-ever iHeartRadio Country Festival. Country music’s biggest superstars will hit the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 29, to celebrate all things country.

Straight from the heart of Austin, the music of the iHeartRadio app will come to life with an extraordinary lineup including: Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen and Dan + Shay, with more to be announced. The iHeartRadio Country Festival will be hosted by nationally-syndicated country music personality Bobby Bones.

Keepin’ It Country’s Top Albums of 2013

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Although everyone on our staff loves country music, we have different tastes and don’t always agree. For this reason, we didn’t compile a comprehensive list of our favorite collective country albums of the past year. Instead, some of our staff picked their individual faves. Make sure to let us know your faves of 2013!

Jen’s Picks: 

Cassadee PopeFrame By Frame: I am admittedly one of those music lovers who listens to an album the first time and is simply incapable of forming an opinion. No matter how much I love the artist, I sit there with a blank stare after the first spin. So, in all fairness to the artist, I listen again. That was my experience with Frame By Frame. I listened the first time, and the true stand outs to me were, the already loved, “Wasting All These Tears,” “Easier to Lie,” “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart,” and “11.” And for me to find four songs I like in the first spin is pretty impressive. In subsequent attempts to listen to Frame By Frame, I have found myself loving every track and even using Cassadee’s debut country album to accompany me during long, tedious runs to help the time go by. Each track exemplifies Cassadee’s gorgeous vocals, versatility, and incredible range. Give it a whirl … you will be begging for more from this CRS New Face!

KIC Readers’ Picks – Poll Results

2013 Keepin' It Country Polls

Thank-you to all of our KIC friends and readers for voting in our recent polls!

First we asked you to pick the Best Albums of 2013, and you did not disappoint!

Scotty McCreery and Danielle Bradbery fans showed up big time to vote for their favorites. It was a back and forth between the two at first. Bradbery’s self titled debut album had the lead for quite a while, but McCreery’s See You Tonight took the lead yesterday and won with 39% of the vote. Keith Urban and his Fuse album had a very strong showing too, and his fans brought him to the third spot. Blake Shelton, Cassadee Pope, and Kellie Pickler rounded out the Top 6 and also had solid support from the fans.

Here are your Top 10 Albums of 2013:

1. Scotty McCreery – See You Tonight
2. Danielle Bradbery – Danielle Bradbery
3. Keith Urban – Fuse
4. Blake Shelton – Based On A True Story
5. Cassadee Pope – Frame By Frame
6. Kellie Pickler – The Woman I Am
7. The Band Perry – Pioneer
8. Luke Bryan – Crash My Party
9. Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer, Different Park
10. Brad Paisley – Wheelhouse

Our next polls were male & female Break-Out Artist for 2014.

Again, Danielle Bradbery fans brought in big numbers for the Break-out Female poll. Bradbery took the early lead and held it throughout the voting period. Caroline Kole came in at number two with Cassadee Pope finishing in third. It was a fight for second and third; only two votes separated Kole and Pope in the end and was a very close race.

Our Break-Out Male poll might be the most exciting. After countless requests and tweets for Casey James, we added him to the list of voting options. We have loved James since American Idol, and think he is very talented. It is just difficult to choose artists when you have to limit the voting options, but we are so glad you spoke out and we could include him.

And you really proved yourselves! Well done, Casey fans… he won with 38% of the vote. Thomas Rhett was an early favorite and held the lead for quite some time, before James topped him. Brett Eldredge had a solid showing as well and rounded out the Top 3.

And our final poll was Best Artist of 2013. We wanted to have a limited list here, and not have endless options. Our team chose who we thought were the top 5 artists of 2013 (Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, & Taylor Swift) and asked you to make the final decision. Voting was clear from the beginning and never wavered. Carrie Underwood is your pick for Best Artist of 2013. Shelton and Bryan finished second and third respectively.

There is a trend among our winners in these recent polls… Artists from American Idol and The Voice always have some of the most loyal fan bases around. We love how dedicated you are to your artists!

Thank-you all for making our polls a success and a great amount of fun for us! We really enjoy hearing your thoughts and opinions, so we appreciate your participation.

Until next time!