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Tonight (11/30), the nominees for the 54th Grammy Awards were announced at The Grammy Nominations Concert, live on CBS. The Band Perry performed, as well as a collaboration between Jason Aldean and Ludacris in which they performed Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem.” In addition, Sugarland and Lady Gaga took the stage together to perform Gaga’s hit “You And I.”
Among the nominees are some of our very favourite country artists. Check out the nominees below!
The legendary George Strait earned himself yet another number one single this week with “Here For A Good Time.” It’s his 58th number one song, a track he co-wrote with his son Bubba Strait and Dean Dillion. After 58 number ones, this is the first time George has a number one as a songwriter – it’s about time! He now has the most number ones of any artist in history, even more than The King, Elvis Presley. 84 out of 89 singles have made it to the Top 10 in country radio; 73 of which were top 5 singles.
The Texas native has sold nearly 69 million records and has 33 different platinum and multi-platinum albums. He still has the most RIAA certifications in country music today, and third overall in all genres behind only The Beatles and and Elvis. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
George’s latest album “Here For A Good Time” debuted at number one on the charts, and number three on the Billboard 200, behind Lil’ Wayne and Adele. It’s his 8th consecutive album to go number one on the country charts; his 24th overall number one record.
Austin City Limits and KASE-Austin have announced their decision to postpone the “Susan G. Komen Concert For The Cure” in Austin, Texas. The charity concert was to feature Sara Evans and Gloriana. Concert organizers are asking fans to support the Central Texas wildfire victims by attending the Fire Relief Concert to be held on October 17th, which was the original date for “Concert For The Cure”. The Fire Relief concert will be held at the Frank Erwin Center and will feature George Strait and the Randy Rogers Band.
A future date for the concert will be announced. All tickets will be honored at the future date, but refunds are being accepted at the original point of purchase.
Showdog-Universal’s top dog, Toby Keith, is the richest man in country music according to Forbes magazine. He even beat out cross-over superstar Taylor Swift, who is close behind in second. Who knew? Toby finally returned to the top spot after being beat out two years in a row, thanks to the combination of his touring, I Love This Bar & Grill, Wild Shot mezcal line, and his tenth year of sponsorship with Ford. He made $50 million while Taylor made $45 million. Brad Paisley came in third place with $40 million.
Other country music celebrities with loaded wallets include Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, and Sugarland.
To see the whole list and article click HERE.
From the king George Strait to today’s crossover stars Lady Antebellum, there’s a lot of album choices this week for country fans to go out and get. Let us know which album you’re rushing out to purchase this week and stay tuned for our reviews. Albums released this week include:
Bill Anderson – Songwriter
Brantley Gilbert – Halfway to Heaven (Deluxe)
The Dirt Drifters – This Is My Blood* released digitally earlier in year
George Strait – Icon (greatest hits)
The Gourds – Old Mad Joy
Hank Williams – The Legend Begins
Kenny Vaughan – V
Lady Antebellum – Own The Night
Reckless Kelly – Good Luck & True Love
Steve Holy – Love Don’t Run
Terri Clark – Roots And Wings * released digitally earlier in year
To see the album covers and the full track listings for each album, click the “read more” tag. Be sure to let us know which of these you’re looking forward to today, or already downloaded from iTunes!
Don’t forget to enter our contest to win yourself a copy of “Own The Night”!
Martina McBride received a pretty cool call from the king of country music. George Strait invited the powerhouse vocalist to join him on his tour starting in January. While tour dates have not yet been announced, it’s already sounding like one of the best tours happening so far next year.
“I love Martina. She’s been on our tours before and she’s great, “ said Strait. “I’m really looking forward to the tour. Martina will definitely make it a special night.”
Tour dates and cities will be announced as they become available. Are you hoping their tour comes to your city?
The king of country music is returning again. George Strait will release a collection of his greatest hits on September 13th, 2011. The album, appropriately titled “Icon,” will feature hits like “Check Yes Or No,” “Ocean Front Property,” and “Amarillo By Morning.” Nine of the eleven tracks on the album are number one singles.
That’s two albums a week apart from George, if you’re keeping track. He’ll release a brand-new studio album “Here For A Good Time” on September 6th, 2011.
Just in case you aren’t sick of all those dance games just yet, Nintendo announced plans to release a sequel to Country Dance for the Wii gaming system. It’s a video game that makes the player get up and move, trying to copy what they see on screen in order to pass levels. It’s one way to get active, and have an excuse to dance a-long to your favorite country music songs.
Artists featured this time around include Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Ashton Shepard, George Strait, and even Eric Church. It’s sounding like a game country music fans will have to try out at least once, right? More artists, songs and features will be announced at a later date as the release date gets closer. It’s real easy to play Country Dance 2, as all you have to do is pick up the Wiimote and match what you see on the tv screen.
For a full list of songs included in the game, click on the “read more” tag. Here’s the trailer for the original Country Dance video game for the Nintendo Wii system.
George Strait is pulling out all the stops for his new album “Here For A Good Time.” The album, which is scheduled to be released on September 6th, confirmed to Country Weekly that Faith Hill will be part on one of the tracks. She’ll be the backing vocals on “A Showman’s Life,” a song about the good and hard times of a musician. The song is a cover of a version previously on Gary Allan’s album “See If I Care,” which had featured Willie Nelson.
This isn’t the only new studio recording fans will hear of Faith Hill this year. She’s also on a duet with husband Tim McGraw on his new album. She returned to the studio in March to start recording her own album as well.
The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards nominees were announced yesterday in Nashville, Tennessee, and a lot of today’s major stars earned some nods. Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Ronnie Dunn, Josh Turner, Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, and Randy Travis were just some of the stars nominated in one of the 22 main categories for the 2011 ICM Awards.
The categories were voted on by members in a variety of different honors like entertainer, song, new artist, group, songwriter, duo, musician, radio station, film, and television. The top 5 finalists in each category will be announced on August 30th. The Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis and Susie McEntire are up for the legend/pioneer title.
The 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards will run October 24th to the 28th in Nashville.
For a full list of the early nominees, click the “read more” button.