Monday, November 22, 2010

Today's Country Tidbits

At the American Music Awards last night, Carrie Underwood won Country Album of the Year. If you watched the show, you missed it - that award was given off-camera. Lady Antebellum won Favorite Country Group, beating Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley won Favorite male Country Performer and Taylor Swift won Favorite Female Performer. She also had the entrance of the night - she was lowered from the ceiling, along with a white piano. She played "Back to December" to the delight of the crowd.

Tickets for Kenny Chesney's August 27th stadium show in Foxboro, MA went on sale Saturday morning and sold out in 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, Oprah is going Aussie and taking Keith Urban with her. She'll be taping shows in Sydney, Australia and Keith Urban will perform on one of them. He and Nicole Kidman will also be interviewed, and Oprah's taking her own audience with her - she'll award trips to fans so they'll get to see Australia, too.

Tomorrow is Tracy Lawrence's 5th annual Mission: Possible turkey fry to benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission, and Tracy has big plans for it. “We may try and get in the Guinness Book of World Records with the largest turkey fry in the history of the world. If we’ve got several turkeys that are on board that are connected with this thing to see how many turkeys we can fry in one day. Wouldn’t that be awesome?” This event is always a star-watching opportunity as Tracy's country music friends stop in to lend a hand.

What are Miranda Lambert and her tour-mates, Eric Church and Josh Kelly, doing when they're not on stage? Songwriting, apparently. She's written three with Josh Kelley and four with Eric Church. Working on a new album? Miranda says, I love ‘Revolution’ still and I can’t even imagine starting on a new record.” Guess that means she's just keeping that songwriting muscle exercised!

People Magazine has released their 100 Sexiest Men Alive list, and several country stars are on it. Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Tim McGraw made the cut, with actor Ryan Reynolds being crowned this year's sexiest man.

Forbes columnist John Dragoon is a fan of Taylor Swift. Maybe he likes her music, but he's head over heels for her marketing sense, and uses her success as the springboard for a column on what every Chief Marketing Officer should learn from Taylor Swift.

Alan Jackson's "34 Number Ones" is in stores today. The two-disc set includes Alan's all-time favorite song, "Livin' On Love." He says, "I do that just about every night and the crowd always likes that one, and I don’t know I never get tired of that one.”

Taylor Swift is on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight.

The tweet of the day is from Miranda Lambert: "I think it's 4 degrees outside. North Dakota. My dogs think it's broken outside. The look at me like mom fix it!"