Taylor Swift is the top country artist of the year, according Billboard magazine. The annual lists of year-end charts were just revealed, and Swift leads in many country categories, including album sales, downloads and tour revenue. She also ranks amongst the most played country artists of 2011.
The Dixie Chicks released their ‘Storytellers’ DVD last month, featuring 11 intimate VH1 performances from 2006. Aside from a documentary and the Emily Robison and Martie Maguire duo Courtyard Hounds, fans haven’t heart much from the group as a trio since that show in Los Angeles. Robison says she’s hoping that changes.
The Zac Brown Band were nominated for eight awards at last night’s American Country Awards and five at last month’s CMA Awards in Nashville, plus one award at the American Music Awards. Today, their mantle looks the same as it did two months ago. The band tweeted about their recent run of bad country music awards luck.
Country singer Mindy McCready is missing and believed to be with her 5-year-old son, Xander. According to WINK television in Fort Myers, Fla., McCready took the boy from her father’s house within the last several days and has until Thursday at 5PM to return him or she’ll be arrested.
Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott has added to her family. The newly engaged singer and her fiance, Chris Tyrell, recently brought home a bundle of fur named Hobbs, and she’s been showing him off like a diamond ring. Not that we can blame her — that dog is so stinking cute!
Aside from a few one song performances, Keith Urban has cleared his calendar for the remainder of 2011. He says he’ll be undergoing surgery to remove a polyp that formed during his most recent tour with Jake Owen.
Taylor Swift understands the responsibilities of being a country music superstar, and she isn’t running from them. A preview of Swift’s interview with ’60 Minutes’ anchor Lesley Stahl — seen below — shows the 21-year-old singer talking about facing up to fan expectations.
Steel Magnolia fans got a nice surprise if they were paying close attention to the ABC’s crowd shots during last week’s CMA Awards in Nashville. Meghan Linsey was in the crowd, seated next to her duo partner/fiance Joshua Scott Jones. Jones had previously been in rehab dealing with undisclosed addictions.
The Band Perry were arguably the big winners at last week’s CMA Awards, winning crystal bullets for Single, Song and New Artist of the Year. This week, they’re continuing to reap the benefits as sales of their self-titled debut album are up 112 percent compared to the previous week.
When Alabama‘s Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry walked the red carpet together at last week’s CMA Awards it was as if they’d never retired. In a conversation with the Tennessean, Owen makes it sound like they’re close to retiring from retirement.
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