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Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum is Expanding

country music hall fame museum Nashvilles Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum is ExpandingThanks in part to a generous donation by the Country Music Association, and the donations of many others, Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is set to expand.

The Country Music Association has recently pledged ten million towards towards the  Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here campaign. This is the single largest donation ever made by the Country Music Association and will allow Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which originally opened in 1967, to more than double in size in 2014 to over 350,000 square feet.

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Taylor Swift Likes Hip Hop; Listens to 50 Cent, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj

taylor swift leno Taylor Swift Likes Hip Hop; Listens to 50 Cent, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj

Recently, some paparazzi took pictures of Taylor Swift doing something extremely uncharacteristic. She wasn’t being arrested by police, nor did she come out of a night club without her underwear.

The shocking action in question? Buying stuff from Target.

While a guest on Jay Leno’s “The Tonight Show,” she explained that because of a video shoot, she is spending a few weeks in Los Angeles. Since she’s in LA, she doesn’t have her at-home necessities and had to pick some up, like a record player.

Someone told her that Target carried quality record players and she said she’s “been listening to a lot of music on vinyl.” Naturally, a trip to Target was in order. page go Taylor Swift Likes Hip Hop; Listens to 50 Cent, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj Continue reading Taylor Swift Likes Hip Hop; Listens to 50 Cent, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj »

Opinion: Chroniclers of our Age

bottle rockets Opinion: Chroniclers of our AgeSome of the most colorful, spirited and controversial figures in music history were active during the 1960′s, and most of them hailed from the United States. The 60’s was a decade of social unrest; the young adults of the baby boomer generation had entered their 20’s, and an unpopular war was raging halfway across the world. Young men and women joined together like never before, and the revolutions that followed were unlike any others mankind has ever seen, for they centered on music, art, literature and so on. Music, in particular, played a very important role in rallying the generation towards a common goal, and artists like Bob Dylan chronicled this age with skill and delicacy. page go Opinion: Chroniclers of our Age Continue reading Opinion: Chroniclers of our Age »

Opinion: My Problem With Taylor Swift

swift3 Opinion: My Problem With Taylor SwiftI admit: I am not a staunch Taylor Swift fan. To be frank, I have very little respect for her music in general. Numbers, however, are numbers and Taylor Swift swept 2010 like a tornado. An article I read today stated that her album ‘Speak Now’ sold more than 4.4 million albums and her songs were spotted by SoundScan a record 1.128 million times. As if this wasn’t enough, Taylor Swift also holds the distinction of being the most sold artist ever in the digital music world. Although I personally cannot see the reason her music is so popular, the fact that there are so many people out there that are willing to spend money to listen to her music says something about her work and about the industry in general.

swift2 Opinion: My Problem With Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift is an integral part of what I like to call the marketplace music movement. I am sure she puts a lot of work into her music and I respect the fact that she writes her own songs; but the fact remains that from the inception of the song to its production to its deployment as albums and digital downloads, the underlying motivation for everything is profit-making. That does not go to say that her music is not well-written or well-produced. It does, however, stay within the boundaries of what music corporate executives feel will sell the most. Going by the numbers alone, I’d say that they’re spot on.

swift Opinion: My Problem With Taylor SwiftI think music, however, has the potential to do more. It is a canvas on which artists can experiment, push the envelope and excite us. And I think that part of the reason that music like Taylor Swift’s sells so much is because we as consumers demand it. It’s basic economics. My only hope is that some of the break out artists from the world of Indie music and alternative rock whet the public’s appetite for more progressive music. I wish Taylor Swift success, but deeply hope for a day where the best selling hits are of deeper substance.

Too Hot For Country? Julianne Hough’s New video gets banned by CMT

julianne hough Too Hot For Country? Julianne Hough’s New video gets banned by CMTThe former Dancing with the Stars pro dancer’s second album has a tentative release date of 2011. The video for the first single “Is That So Wrong” is already creating a big buzz in the music and pop world.

The video has been banned by CMT for being too steamy. Too sensual. It starts out simple enough; Julianne is walking around in appropriate daisy dukes, cowboy boots. But soon enough, her article of clothing gets a littler looser, she starts dancing a little dirtier, and soon enough she does the splits in a bra and skirt.

For someone like Julianne, given her dancing background, she obviously does not see anything wrong with the video. During a performance, Hough reportedly said “This next song—funny story, I shot a music video for it, and Country Music Television kind of banned it.”

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Country Radio: 10 Great Songs

Have you ever thought about what ten songs represent the best of country music?  If you williams Country Radio: 10 Great Songswill be asked to pick ten songs, which ones would they be?  Below are some of the country songs that we think would qualify for the top ten; they range from classic country music to mainstream country music and anything in between.

10:  ‘I Fall To Pieces’ (1961)

This is probably one of the greatest country songs of all time.  The melody and the timbre of the voice of the singer is what set this song apart from other songs.

09:  ‘Folsom Prison Blues’(1955)

Johnny Cash wrote this song while serving overseas in the US Air Force after seeing the movie Inside the Walls of

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Folsom Prison. Cover versions of this song have been recorded by Charley Pride, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard and Brooks & Dunn among others.

08:  ‘I Hope You Dance’ (2000)

The greatness of this song is signified by the award it received when this song was released: the Grammy Award for Best Country Song.

07:  ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’ (1949)

Part of this song’s appeal is that Hank Williams singing style immediately evokes the feeling of loneliness that he’s singing about.

06:  ‘The Dance’ (1990)

Aside from the music, the music video, which features a number of American icons that died for a dream, plays a big role in defining this song.

05:  ‘Crazy’ (1961)

cline Country Radio: 10 Great SongsMany artists have tried to recreate this song, but none of ever came close to the original. The night Patsy Cline debuted this song she received three standing ovations and the song became an immediate crossover hit, earning hit status on three different charts in the early 1960’s.

04:  ‘Stand By Your Man’ (1968)

This is one of the old time classics.  As proof of its stature in the country genre, the song has endured over the years and is still continuously played at weddings and country bars across the country.

03:  ‘I Cross My Heart’ (1992)

This song has been a sound track of a movie and has been No. 1 on the charts.

02:  ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’ (1952)

Written and recorded by Hank Williams and released after his death, this blues ballad is considered one of his greatest songs.

01:  ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ (1980)

This song really portrays how a man feels after being betrayed by his lover.  George Jones credits this song with winning him the Best Male Country Vocal Performance Grammy Award.

Obviously, not everyone is going to agree on the top ten songs…some of the songs that you like might have made the list and others might not have.  The bottom line is that we all have our own preferences.  But no matter how different we all may be, country music remains one of the greatest music genres with thousands of great songs to enjoy. Now that you’ve studied up, hop on over to our free Country Music Internet Radio channel and listen to some of these songs you’ve read about!

Country Music Awards

Tonight, the annual country music awards are being held for the 45th year. The music awards are hosted by the music television channel CMT, and are commonly known as the Academy of Country Music Awards and not to be confused with the Country Music Association Awards (CMAs). This year, country legend Reba McEntire is hosting the awards ceremony. The best of the best in country music will be filling the room and awards will be given out to amazingly talented country music singers.

The Academy of Country Music was founded in Los Angeles, California forty six years ago. The academy was founded to promote country music in the western United States, because it was mostly popular in the Midwest. The host, Reba McEntire, has hosted the awards ceremony more times than anyone else has. This will be her twelfth time hosting the star studded night. If you love country music, then you know Reba. She is a legend in the industry and has been recording and producing music since 1975. She has also won the most Academy of Country Music Awards for best female vocalist topping the charts with 7 awards.

There are a lot of awards to be given out at this ceremony. Country music fans are also part of the process because they can vote for their favorite music videos. The genre of music has become very popular over the years because of new influences like country pop stars, online music channels, and Internet radio channels that play top country hits. A lot of country music is also played on pop stations. Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum are two examples of cross over country acts. Country music did not used to get the same hype as pop music, but times have certainly changed and country awards shows and music is listened to by millions across the world.

There are many different awards given out throughout the night. The two most coveted and prestigious awards are the artist of the decade and entertainer of the year awards. George Strait won the artist of the decade award for the 2000s. Last year, Carrie Underwood was awarded entertainer of the year. Other awards that are handed out are: top male and female vocalist, song of the year, album of the year, top vocal group and duo, top new artist and group, vocal event of the year, video of the year, and the triple crown award.

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

 
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