GAC Album Review: Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom

Where you wanna go? Tim McGraw asks with an urgent roll on the epic title-track of his new album, Two Lanes of Freedom. And judging by the song’s dramatic arrangement full of cascading harmonies, thundering percussion and exotic hint of didgeridoo, it seems as if Tim might really be asking himself that question as he [...] Read More

Taylor Swift Is Billboard’s Top Money Maker

Country stars are making big bucks. Billboard released its annual list of Money Makers, ranking the Top 40 wealthiest artists of 2011 based on U.S. income from tours, albums sales and publishing royalties. Country stars took up 11 of the 40 slots, with Taylor Swift coming in on top, earning $35.7 million — 17% more [...] 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

Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney Among Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of 2011

Billboard.com has released their list of the Top 25 Tours of 2011. U2 takes the top spot, but country music is well-represented, notching four spots on the multi-genre chart. Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney both made it into the Top 10, with Taylor being ranked at No. 5 and Kenny coming in right behind her [...] Read More