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

Joe Nichols Joins Free To Tweet Campaign

Joe Nichols has joined the 1 for All campaign, adding his name to the growing list of artists and celebrities speaking out in support of the First Amendment. As part of the campaign, Joe will participate in Free To Tweet, a daylong online celebration of First Amendment rights on December 15. During the tweetathon, Americans [...] Read More

Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum Lead List of Country Finalists for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards

Last week Billboard.com released the list of finalists for the 2011 Billboard Music Awards, scheduled to air on May 22nd at 8p ET/PT on ABC. The Billboard Music Awards take a holistic look at artist performance based on key fan interactions with music — finalists and winners are determined by chart performance and social and [...] Read More

Jaron & The Long Road To Love: So What If I Was Pop?

One of the songs that’s truly generated a response among country fans in 2010 is “Pray For You” by Jaron And The Long Road To Love, which sounds like a band but really is just a solo artist: Jaron Lowenstein. Part of Jaron’s history is membership in a duo, Evan & Jaron, that made waves in pop about 10 years ago. So “Pray For You” makes him just the latest in a line of artists who’ve made the shift from pop and rock into country. He’s happy to be in the new genre, but if you’re upset with him because you think traditional country is getting short shrift these days, well, Jaron maintains he’s not responsible. Read More