Swift, 21, has been recognized before by this prestigious music industry trade, receiving titles for Top Country Artist, Top Country Album and Top Billboard 200 Artist. But this new recognition makes her the youngest artist ever to earn the honor.
The sixth annual BET Hip-Hop Awards aired last night, offering an impressive array of performances from the old school (including a show-closing medley from Heavy D) and the new (Wiz Khalifa delivering a high-energy rendition of 'Taylor Gang').
A year ago, the Band Perry was just another young country trio with a brand new album and a bunch of big dreams to its name. Things have certainly changed for the Perry siblings -- not only do they stand to win as many as five CMA Awards next month, but they've sold nearly a million copies of their full-length debut.
Joe Walsh has a history of coming up with tongue-in-cheek titles for his solo albums, including 'You Can't Argue with a Sick Mind,' 'Got Any Gum?,' and, of course, 'You Bought It -- You Name It.' But for his upcoming release, due in the winter of 2012, he decided on a more reflective name: 'Analog Man.'
Walsh explained the title during a recent interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, saying, "I know in the past, I’ve had screwy album titles, but I decided to call it ‘Analog Man.’ Because, you know, my generation of musicians, we grew up analog, and now it’s a digital world. We had to learn it, you know?"
Peter Gabriel explores his back catalog in the album 'New Blood,' reinventing some of his classic hits and deep album cuts in an orchestral setting. One of the songs that made the cut, 'Solsbury Hill,' has become the go-to track for "uplifting" film trailers over the last few years. In fact, it was even used when an enterprising YouTube prankster re-cut the trailer for 'The Shining' to make it look like a romantic comedy.
"Yeah, maybe I’ve let it go too much," Gabriel admitted during a recent interview. "I’ve started to take the attitude that it was harder getting on the radio, and trailers and film music and synchs are a good alternative. But I know some people feel that song is overexposed and I let it be used too many times."
For a guy who's on the road as much as Dierks Bentley, naming a song 'Home' could be seen as a sort of wistfully ironic joke. But in the case of Bentley's latest single, currently hovering outside the Top 40 at country radio, the title 'Home' has more than one meaning.
"I think that title of that song is special to me because I'm coming home to country music," he told CMT during a recent interview. "I'm on the road all the time, so everywhere we go has a hometown feel."
With more than 23 million albums sold in the US, four Grammy nominations and three Top 40 hits, Kid Rock has been more fortunate than most. But even after more than a decade as one of the most successful recording artists in the world, he hasn't forgotten the importance of reaching out to those in need.
It's been nearly 25 years since Def Leppard hit their commercial peak with the $12-million-selling 'Hysteria' album, but they can still pack 'em in on the road. In fact, the veteran rockers' latest run of dates -- a package tour with fellow classic rock legends Heart -- was the top-grossing draw of the last three months.
They faced some pretty stiff competition for concert dollars, too; with an overall gross of $14.5 million, the Def Leppard/Heart lineup bested the latest tours from the Red Hot Chili Peppers (in second place with $9.2 million) and Tim McGraw (in third with $7.4 million).
Nothing says 'happy holidays' like a freshly wrapped collection of Lady Gaga tunes. Even though she just released her latest album, 'Born This Way,' back in May, she's working overtime to make sure she has new music for her fans in time for the holiday season.
In fact, come November, Lady Gaga fans will have two new releases available to buy: a live DVD, 'Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden,' as well as 'Born This Way the Remix,' a CD that collects 14 new versions of tracks from 'Born This Way.'
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