Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean Albums Among Billboard‘s Top 200 Albums of 2011

Billboard.com has compiled their list of the Top 200 Albums of 2011. Adele’s 21 was named the No. 1 album of the year, but Taylor Swift’s Speak Now album came in at No. 2. Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party was also in the Top 5, coming in at No. 4. Rascal Flatts‘ Nothing Like This [...] Read More

Lady Antebellum Will Score Twice Sunday

While Lady Antebellum will be watching Super Bowl XLV from Nashville, two of their songs will be a part of the biggest Sunday night in football. Crowd favorite “Stars Tonight” will be featured pre-game, while their smash hit “Need You Now” will appear in the wildly popular Fox TV show Glee following the big game [...] Read More

See Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire on Top 20

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? On GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown, our gratitude includes an appreciation for all the country stars who’ve embraced the show, and in this weekend’s edition, the countdown will feature some of the best interview clips with Nan Kelley and Suzanne Alexander from 2010, including guest visits from the likes of Lady Antebellum, Kenny Chesney, Jeff Bridges and Reba McEntire. It’s been a big year for many of the guests in the highlights episode. Trace Adkins released his first album after joining Toby Keith’s record company, Little Big Town snared a No. 1 country album, Blake Shelton picked up his first-ever Country Music Association awards and Taylor Swift sold 1 million copies of her new album in a single week. Read More

Taylor Swift Special Leads Country TV Onslaught

Taylor Swift will do the tube on Turkey Day. John Rich is expected to compete on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” And Lady Antebellum and Easton Corbin have the best prospects for a new awards show. A ton of artists — and one actor — have country-related TV news to pass along. Here’s the rundown of the genre’s tube talk: Read More

Rosanne Cash, Desert Rose Band: ‘80s Rewind

Ronald Reagan, the DeLorean and parachute pants. The 1980s were kind of strange — and we’re still paying for the greed-is-good mentality that the ‘80s movie Wall Street embraced. Nevertheless, there were numerous artists worth their salt in that decade who still matter: Reba McEntire, Dwight Yoakam and George Strait had their first hits, for example. And several acts — including Rosanne Cash, Paul Overstreet and the Desert Rose Band — are still making their presence felt. Here’s a look at some of the artists who reached their commercial peak during the ‘80s who are making a creative difference in slightly different ways: Read More