Thursday, October 7, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

Kenny Chesney's on a roll - "Hemingway's Whiskey" is at the top of the Billboard Country chart and on top of the Billboard Top 200 chart, selling more than 183,000 copies since it's release last week. That's a great accomplishment, but check this out - it's his 10th cd in a row to debut at #1. Now that's success!

We know that when Taylor Swift is up for a music award, she usually wins. What happens when she's in court, suing people? She wins there, too. Last year during the "Fearless" tour, 16 people were found to be selling bogus Taylor Swift merchandise, claiming it was real. They were arrested, their goods confiscated by police and a lawsuit was filed against them all. A federal judge in Nashville ruled in her favor, ordering the people to never engage in selling Taylor Swift merchandise again and ordering the confiscated items to be destroyed.

This years CMA Music Festival raised nearly 3 million dollars in charity funding to support music education in schools and to aid in flood clean-up. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said, during the check presentations attended by Kix Brooks, Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town and Luke Bryan, "The CMA Music Festival went on as planned just a month after the devastating May flood, and it was the largest, most successful Festival to date. That's a testament to the strength of Music City and the commitment CMA has to Nashville."

Want a look at the life of a touring artist? How about a day in the life of Lady Antebellum while they're on tour?

Trace Adkins is tooling up to tour the Middle East. It's his third USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour there, and he plans stops in Bahrain, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Zac Brown Band is built for speed. They'll be giving a fee concert during the "Coca-Cola Fuels NASCAR Drive" in Miami on November 18th. They're also going to be featured in an ad campaign for NASCAR's 2011 racing season.

Carrie Underwood's the featured artist in this week's People Magazine: Country Edition on newsstands now. She talks about life with Mike and how important counting blessings is to her.

Watch Toby Keith on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight.

The tweet of the day is from Martina McBride: "Ok so today I actually put ON the work-out attire....and that's all. But I'm choosing to see that as a positive step."