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Top Country News - November 5, 2013

» Week In The Knees: A busy CMA Awards week kicked off in Nashville Sunday night with concurrent events. Jennifer Nettles & Friends found the Sugarland singer performing new music with help from Little Big Town's Phillip Sweet, Richard Marx and Ronnie Milsap, whose "Stranger In My House" brought down the ... house. The room was packed with industry execs and artists including Cassadee Pope, Lauren Alaina, Katie Armiger and Austin Webb. Over on the songwriting side of town, Thompson Square's Keifer Thompson was named SESAC's Songwriter of the Year and Jesse Rice's "Cruise" was honored as Song of the Year at the organization's black-tie Nashville Music Awards at the Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum. Thompson penned "If I Didn't Have You," among others. It's all leading up to Wednesday's 47th Annual CMA Awards, live from the Bridgestone Arena on ABC-TV. Read on.

» Swift Work: Taylor Swift will receive the CMA's Pinnacle Award Wednesday (11/6) during the 47th Annual CMA Awards. The honor recognizes unique national and international prominence through concert performances and record sales, as well as a long-term positive impact on upcoming generations' appreciation of country. The award was created in 2005 and has only been given to one other artist: Garth Brooks. Swift is also nominated for six CMA awards, including Entertainer Of The Year. In other news, Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" won the Phenomenon Award yesterday (11/3) on the first-ever YouTube Music Awards. The honor is given for inspiring the most fan videos. Watch highlights from the live-streamed event and see other winners here.

» The Envelope, Please: Lee Brice, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, Brett Eldredge, Eli Young Band, Lucy Hale, Kip Moore, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Duck Dynasty's Willie, Korie, Jase and Missy Robertson, and Nashville's Connie Britton and Charles Esten will present trophies at Wednesday night's (11/6) 47th Annual CMA Awards. For the third consecutive year Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host. More here.

» The Whole World Miles With You: Dierks Bentley's Miles & Music For Kids raised more than $307,000 for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Sunday in Nashville (11/3). The event drew its biggest crowd to date, according to organizers. "Every year, the support from the fans for these events catches me off-guard,” Bentley says. “I shouldn’t be surprised because the country music community is the first to open their wallets to help out, but this year they were lined up before the sun was even up. I have my buddies Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Easton Corbin, Brett Eldredge, Chase Rice and Storme Warren to thank for spending their Sunday afternoon with us and making it the best year yet!" Sunday brings the effort's eight-year total to more than $2.5 million.

» Making Believers: Darius Rucker opens his 2014 True Believers Tour Jan. 29 in Champaign, IL. At least 15 shows are planned through March. Eli Young Band and David Nail are also on the bill. More here.

» Stamp Act: Shania Twain is one of five Canadian-born music stars who will be featured on the country's postage stamps beginning in July 2014. Tommy Hunter, k.d. lang, Renée Martel and Hank Snow round out the list. More here.

» Here's Your Sign: The Voice Season Four finalists The Swon Brothers have signed to powerhouse label Arista, home to Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, among others. The brotherly duo is writing and securing songs for their first album with a first single set for release in the spring. See how they're taking the big news here.

» In Case You Missed It: In the first of the final two episodes of CMT's Cassadee Pope: Frame By Frame Friday (11/1) Pope makes a video for "Wasting All These Tears" and continues her tour with Rascal Flatts, where sound check is her only rehearsal and she forgets lyrics. And in the final episode, Pope performs at the CMT Music Awards, then rejoins the Rascal Flatts tour in her hometown of West Palm Beach, FL. Watch here and here.

Hit List 

  • The fifth anniversary Bayou Country Superfest May 23-25 at LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge will feature George Strait, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Reba, Eric Church, Chris Young, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice, Easton Corbin, Gloriana, Big & Rich and Joe Nichols. Guaranty's WTGE/Baton Rouge will be on site. Info here.
  • Danielle Bradbery will live-tweet her first CMA Awards experience Wednesday (11/6). Follow her here. She is also the newest addition to CMT's "Next Women Of Country" franchise, which recognizes female artists who are impacting country music. More here.
  • Great American Country is accepting fan votes for its annual Top 50 Country Countdown. Each day through Nov. 30 fans can choose up to 10 of their favorite music videos from a ballot of 126, chosen from GAC's playlist between Oct. 2012 and Oct. 2013. The results will air in a five-part series that will run in a marathon event on Sunday, Dec. 22. Find out more here.


The late Roy Rogers (11/5)

Guy Clark (11/6)

Bucky Covington (11/8)


Tuesday (11/5): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC); Big Kenny, Fox & Friends (FOX).

Wednesday (11/6): Luke Bryan, Good Morning America (ABC); 47th Annual CMA Awards (ABC); Florida Georgia Line, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC).

Thursday (11/7): Blake Shelton, The Voice (NBC).

Upoming Album Releases

Kellie Pickler The Woman I Am (11/11)

Sammy Kershaw Big Hits: Volume 1 (11/11)

Lady Antebellum Golden Deluxe (11/11)

Danielle Bradbery Danielle Bradbery (11/19)

Florida Georgia Line Here's To The Good Times...This Is How We Roll (11/25)

Deana Carter Southern Way Of Life (12/2)

Jake Owen Days Of Gold (12/3)

Various Artists The Sound Of Music - Music From The NBC Television Event (12/3)

Krystal Keith Whiskey & Lace (12/10)

» He's Got Game: Jake Owen flaunts his Florida State Seminole pride in an appearance on ESPN's College GameDay Saturday (11/2). The show was broadcast ahead of the Florida State-Miami game at FSU's Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee. Owen talks about his alma mater and how his appearance went with ESPN's Samantha Ponder here.


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