Taylor Swift Named Favorite Country Artist at People’s Choice Awards

The people have spoken and they have named Taylor Swift as their Favorite Country Artist at the People’s Choice Awards. Olivia Munn, who earlier joked that Taylor’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was written about her, held on to the trophy a little too tightly, reminding the audience of Kanye West’s interruption at [...] Read More

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

Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady A Named to Billboard‘s Top Artists of 2011 Chart

Billboard.com has released its list of the Top Artists of 2011. Adele tops the multi-genre chart with Rihanna, Katy Parry, Lady Gaga and Lil Wayne rounding out the Top 5. Taylor Swift is the only country artist to make the Top 10, ranking No. 8. Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum found themselves ranked inside the [...] Read More

Jason Aldean Mixes It Up

Jason Aldean is one of the most prominent voices in modern country music, but good luck trying to put the guy in a stylistic box. One of his biggest hits is named after country icon Johnny Cash, and you can’t get much more country than the farm-centered lyrics in “Amarillo Sky” or “Big Green Tractor.” On the other hand, the guitar chords on “She’s Country” sound more like AC/DC than Merle Haggard; his current single, “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” teams Jason with pop singer Kelly Clarkson; and he even has a rap section on “Dirt Road Anthem,” one of the key tracks on his current album My Kinda Party. Jason grew up on the outskirts of Macon, Ga., and his background brought all of those different musical threads together. 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