Country News Archive

January 31, 2012

  • Taylor Swift Earns More Platinum, GoldJan 31 2012 | 07:05 PM EDT

    Taylor Swift received four certifications from the RIAA in January, leading the list of country artists who reached significant sales milestones. Swift’s album, Speak Now has been certified quadruple platinum for shipments of 4 million units. Meanwhile, The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection, released in 2007, reached gold status this month for 500,000 units. Her additional [...]

  • Rascal Flatts, CMT Radio Live Plan CRS PartyJan 31 2012 | 06:05 PM EDT

    Rascal Flatts will headline a private party hosted by Big Machine Label Group and CMT Radio Live in Nashville on Feb. 21, the night before Country Radio Seminar begins. Additional performers include The Band Perry, Edens Edge, Brantley Gilbert, Martina McBride and Justin Moore, as well as surprise guests. New artists Greg Bates, Ella Mae [...]

  • Darrell Scott, Gretchen Peters Lead New Independent AlbumsJan 31 2012 | 05:35 PM EDT

    Nashville singer-songwriters Darrell Scott and Gretchen Peters are among the independent musicians releasing new albums on Tuesday (Jan. 31). Scott’s Long Ride Home pays tribute to the country music he heard in his youth. Scott’s writing credits include the Dixie Chicks’ “Long Time Gone” and Travis Tritt’s “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive.” Meanwhile, [...]

  • Around the Web: Trisha Yearwood’s Got Something in the OvenJan 31 2012 | 05:05 PM EDT

    Trisha Yearwood serves up a daytime cooking show on Food Network. Miranda Lambert battles painful memories filming “Over You” video. Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” helping Dennis Kucinich. Randy Travis saddles up again for a 25th anniversary tour. Billy Ray Cyrus’ son announces his engagement to actress. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Things Country Fans SayJan 31 2012 | 05:05 PM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) Everyone is doing it. They are compiling things that girls, single girls, married girls, guys, dads, teenagers, moms, monks and others say into videos that are half hysterical, half true. And while I [...]

  • Reba McEntire “Alive and Well” Following Internet HoaxJan 31 2012 | 04:05 PM EDT

    Reba McEntire is “alive and well” after becoming the latest celebrity to fall victim to a death hoax that spread via the Internet. The Global Associated News website, which includes a disclaimer that its reports are “a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes,” distributed the story Monday night (Jan. 30). The false report claimed [...]

  • Shelton, Lambert’s Super Bowl Performance ConfirmedJan 31 2012 | 04:05 PM EDT

    Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have been confirmed to sing a duet version of “America the Beautiful” prior to Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday (Feb. 5). This will mark their first TV performance as a married couple. Their recording of the song is now available at iTunes. In related news, Shelton will return as a [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Analyzing Grammy Winners and LosersJan 31 2012 | 03:05 PM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) The Grammys are coming! The Grammys are coming! So there’s nothing I like more than to analyze Grammys past to determine whether or not the way they voted swayed an artist’s career. This [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Danny Gokey’s Best Days Are Ahead of HimJan 31 2012 | 01:05 PM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) Remember how Danny Gokey’s first wife, Sophia, died right before he auditioned for American Idol? Who could ever forget that? It was one of the saddest, sweetest back stories the reality show ever [...]

January 30, 2012

  • Redemption Reveals Josh Gracin as Full-fledged Songwriter, ProducerJan 30 2012 | 07:05 PM EDT

    Since his new album includes no song by that title, it seems relevant to ask Josh Gracin why he named it Redemption. Who or what is being redeemed? “It was for many factors,” Gracin tells CMT.com. “One, coming off the show — American Idol [in 2003] — everybody in Nashville kind of saw me as [...]