Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Today's country tidbits...

Carrie Underwood is on the cover of the January issue of Self magazine, and in the article, she talks about her future family. "Not that I have a husband to have one with yet, but someday I'd like a family – not a big one, but not a small one either. Two kids is good; three is fine. Four? Somebody's getting something done, because we ain't having five!" She's currently dating Ottawa Senator hockey player Mike Fisher, who undoubtedly will be taking notes when he reads the article.

He's #3 and loving it. Kenny Chesney was the third-highest grossing concert tour of 2009, landing in third place behind the Dave Matthews Band and Celine Dion. His tour raked in 434.4 million bucks.

And congrats to Faith Hill, who has two songs in this decade's most played song list and the only artist in the top 10 to have two songs. Her hit "Breathe" is the fourth-most-played song since 2000 and "The Way You Love Me" is at number 6 on the list. Faith says, “When I heard this I didn’t even know what to say. I was absolutely floored. The idea that these songs have connected the way that they have, with so many people, is just magical to me – it’s a tremendous honor. It’s what inspires me to continue to make music.” She is in the studio now working on her 7th album. Oh, and who had the most-played song of the decade? Nickelback, with "How You Remind Me." Train's "Drops of Jupiter" and Lifehouse's "Hanging By a Moment" took the second and third slots on the top 10 list.

Nielsen BDS composed another list, too - this one the top 10 most-played artists of the decade. Country stars dominated that list, with Tim McGraw first, Toby Keith second, George Strait third, Alan Jackson in fourth place and Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Brooks and Dunn and Garth Brooks also on the list. That leaves two slots for non-country acts - in the 5th spot was Nickelback and in the 10th spot was Green Day.

Road trip alert...Darius Rucker will perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in April. He'll be part of the first weekend, which also includes the Levon Helm Band, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes and lots more. Tickets are on sale through the website. has a photo gallery of what they call wow moments in Nashville Music. It's mostly country, with great shots. Enjoy!

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