Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban: Get Stuffed With Country On Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is officially a holiday, but that won’t stop many of country music’s top stars from working while the rest of us eat. Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and James Otto are a few of the artists who have Turkey Day activities planned. Some of those appearances — including Taylor’s first-ever network special — were already shot. But others, such as Gloriana’s appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, indeed occur in real time. Here’s a roundup of country-related Thanksgiving stuff: Read More

Taylor Swift Does Homework on Kanye Song

As Taylor Swift rolled out the promotional campaign for her current album Speak Now, one of the key moments came when she performed “Innocent” at the MTV Music Video Awards. There was plenty of drama around it, since Kanye West had famously interrupted her acceptance speech at that show a year before, and he was in the house for the 2010 edition. As fans would discover during the performance, “Innocent” effectively offered forgiveness to Kanye, who had revealed just weeks before how badly his mistake had crushed him. He lost a concert tour because of it, had to fire employees and went through prolonged public ridicule. And, he recognized, he brought it all on himself. Read More

Taylor Swift Sells A Million!

The final numbers are in, and Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” album enjoyed sales of historic proportions during its first week of release. The album sold 1.047 million copies, Billboard reported. It’s an impressive number at any time, but particularly under the circumstances. Album sales are plummeting, and there were doubts in the music industry that anyone would ever sell a million in a week again. It’s only the 16th time it’s happened in history, and the last time was when rapper Lil Wayne hit seven digits with the first-week sales of Tha Carter III. In fact, no one has moved as many albums as Taylor in a debut week since 50 Cent’s The Massacre hit 1.141 million in 2005. And the only country album that ever sold more than “Speak Now” was Garth Brooks’ “Double Live,” which saw 1.085 million units sold in 1998, when Taylor was eight years old. 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