March 26th, 2013
Blake Shelton, co-host of this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, has already picked up a win.
The Oklahoma native was awarded an off-screen prize for the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, which acknowledges unprecedented, unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music.
Shelton was recognized not only for his albums, hit singles, and sold out tours, but also for his work on television with “The Voice.”
Read more about Shelton’s award and other early winners including Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, and more at: http://www.tulsaworld.com/blogs/post.aspx?Blake_Shelton_an_early_winner_for_Academy_of_Country_Music_Awards/29-19598
December 19th, 2012
The 2012 World Music Award nominations are in, and Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood lead the list of stars up for awards.
Swift and Aldean lead the pack with six nominations each. Underwood is a close second with five. Both of the powerhouse female stars are up for Best Female Artist, Best Video, Best Song and Best Album. Swift is up for World’s Best Entertainer of the Year as well. Aldean’s nods include Best Male Artist and World’s Best Entertainer of the Year.
Blake Shelton, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban have also scored at least one nomination. The nominees are chosen by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in order to honor the top-selling artists all over the globe.
The World Music Awards will take place at the Marlins Stadium in Miami on Dec. 22. The show will broadcast in more than 160 countries, bringing the estimated total of viewers up to one billion.
Get more noms via Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift Lead Country 2012 World Music Awards Nominees.
November 16th, 2012
Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton received all-genre nominations for the People’s Choice Awards 2013. Jason Aldean, who is nominated for Favorite Country Artist, joined other celebrities to reveal the news.
Fans cast more than 93 million votes to pick new categories and determine the slate. Justin Bieber, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, Channing Tatum, Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence are among the top nominees.
October 22nd, 2012
Good news for songwriters: ISPs are preparing to take action on music ripoffs by people who think nothing of taking other people’s property without paying for it.
Billboard Reports that American Internet users can expect to start seeing notifications from their Internet service providers in the coming weeks if they are known to be trading files on peer-to-peer networks as the Center for Copyright Information is launches its Copyright Alert System. Participating ISPs include Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable with penalties that can include a requirement that subscribers review educational material or temporary throttling of the subscriber’s Internet speed.
Billboard also says that Jason Aldean is charging his way to a big debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, with Brandy, Scotty McCreery, and Jamey Johnson also set for big debuts.
October 9th, 2012
Fussy about your ringtones? Want what’s hot now to come barreling out when your phone rings? Then join the crowd and go Country.
One of the biggest ringtones on the Billboard Ringtone Chart is Little Big Town’s PONTOON, the happy, lackadasical summer anthem that automatically brings on a smile. The tone is no. 2 this week, just off no. 1 last week.
Then, just down the chart at #6 is Jason Aldean’s “Take a Little Ride,” and at #8 is Luke Bryan and his “Drunk on You.”
Why should songwriters care about ringtones? Well, besides making you cool, they can make you richer if a song of yours gets on the ringtone charts. THEY PAY HIGHER SALES ROYALTIES THAN FULL-LENGTH SONGS!
Of course there’s a catch. First you need a song of yours to get recorded and released as a song people like a lot. What can you do to achieve that? Listen a lot to songs that people like a lot. That means listening to hit radio…a lot. Listening to top music breeds it in the minds of songwriters, and guess what? They tend to write like the stuff they hear the most. Ta-Da! Why should that be a surprise?