Thursday, October 6, 2011

Today's Country Tidbits

Taylor Swift is tied with Giselle Bundchen, Ellen DeGeneres and Judge Judy Sheindlin on Forbes' "Entertainment's Highest-Earning Women" list. The list takes into account gross income, less manager fees and taxes, from May 2010 to May 2011. The four made $45 million each. Topping the list is Oprah Winfrey, who made $290 million.

Speaking of Taylor, she's featured in New Yorker magazine, and the reporter says there were times during the interview she thought Taylor was close to "bursting into tears." Talking about her next album, Taylor revealed she's written about 10 songs so far, and the theme is loss and moving on. Look for the project sometime in 2012.

Luke Bryan's Farm Tour 2011 wraps up tomorrow in Carrollton, Georgia and he's not just entertaining fans, he's providing college scholarships at each tour stop. Luke says, “The main thing that I hope that the kids that receive the scholarship’s, what I hope they get out of this, is, ya know, an opportunity to go to, heck, to even just have some money for them to help them out on school; I mean, to think, to allow them to dream bigger; and having, ya know, an opportunity at a great education.”

Congratulations to the CMT Artists of the Year - Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift. Criteria for the award include sales, radio airplay, concert ticket sales and traffic. There'll be a 90 minute special on December 13th, honoring the award winners.

Miranda Lambert wants you to hear her new song, "Mama's Broken Heart," and wants to give you some prizes, too. It's as easy as uploading a photo and sharing the link - good luck, and check out the song while you're there.

In the November issue of Ladies' Home Journal, Miranda Lambert graces the cover and covers her upcoming album, her career and her marriage to Blake Shelton. Says Miranda, "When I see Blake playing with his wedding ring, it reminds me that somebody has my back forever." Here re some more fun tidbits:

HOW THEY STAY SANE: “We live in Oklahoma, two hours from any city, and it's a haven. Just being in the woods, sitting around a fire being normal, keeps us sane.”

HOW SHE COMMENTS ON THE VOICE: “Some days I was like, ‘Why did you pick that song? Why did you make her sing that?’ He'd say, ‘Why don't you just go be the coach?’ It's funny. He listens, though.”

THEY MAY BE MOVING: “We actually want to build a house but we have to find the time to do it. As long as there's somewhere for him to hang his deer heads, I can do what I want.”

The continuing war between Sara Evans and her ex-husband Craig Schelske has come to this: she's gotten a restraining order to keep him from publicly discussing their relationship, divorce and custody battle over their three children. An unnamed source has told reporters that this is a violation of Craig's First Amendment rights and he won't take it lying down.

Congratulations to Ella Mae Bowen, who's the newest addition to the Big Machine Label Group, home of Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts and Rebe. Ella Mae sings "Holding Out for a Hero" on the "Footloose" remake sountrack.

The tweet of the day is from Chuck Wicks: "Who the "F" passes a Waffle House when they're're fired."