Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

Forbes Magazine is out with their list of the "Celebrity 100," a listing of the world's most powerful celebrities. Country artists on the list include Taylor Swift (#12) Kenny Chesney (#54) Rascal Flatts (#62) Toby Keith (#67) and Keith Urban (#76.) The list criteria includes not just how much money each person made from June 1, 2009 to June 1, 2010, but also web hits on Google Blog search, tv and radio mentions on LexisNexis, press mentions on Factavia and the number of times a celebrity's face landed on the top 25 consumer magazine covers.

AquaPalooza 2010's lineup is finalized, and it's going to be quite the party. July 10th on Lake Travis, near Austin, Brad Paisley, Jerrod Niemann, Lee Brice, Joanna Smith and Matt Stillwell will all perform a free concert. The catch? The only way to see the show is on a boat, so trailer up!

Blake Shelton, who is newly engaged, is trolling for great pick-up lines. Don't worry about Miranda - this is for a contest around his latest song, "It's All About Tonight." If you think you have a great pick-up line, call 615-942-0746 and leave Blake a message. A winner will be announced in August, though the contents of the prize pack haven't been announced. Knowing Blake, it could be anything!

Kenny Chesney is out of the re-scheduled Jimmy Buffett concert. He was on the bill for July 1, but when the show got moved to July 11th, he can't be there. He tweeted, "Hate that I can't get to Gulf Shores to sing w @jimmybuffett, Mac McAnally @zacbrownband! Gonna be great music!"

Martina McBride has teamed up with Cheerios cereal in the "Do What You Love" sweepstakes. Write a little essay about what you love to do, how you take care of yourself so you can continue to do it, and upload a photo of yourself. You can enter through July 23rd, and the winner will be notified around August 10th. What do you win? A tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame with Martina as your tour guide, a day in her recording studios and VIP treatment at one of her concerts.

The tweet of the day is from Kellie Pickler: "looking through a pile of wedding magazines. lots to do...but so exciting!"