Hello country music fans! It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for the past week’s top headlines in the most popular genre in the world. So here we go with some of the biggest stories raising eyebrows and sparking interest in country music.
Today is Wednesday, July 18, and this is the latest edition of MCE Weekly.
More Awards For Taylor Swift
Hasn’t she won enough already?!?!
In addition to the ACM, CMA, and Grammy awards she already won at such a young age, Taylor Swift may be (and should be) just as excited and honored to win a few others she’s been nominated for recently.
It was announced earlier this week that Taylor has been nominated for two trophies at the 2012 VH1 Do Something! Awards. The awards show recognizes musicians and artists for their good deeds, charitable contributions, etc. in a variety of categories, and Ms. Swift has been nominated in for two trophies: Music Artist and Facebook.
Taylor has always been active with charitable activities. She works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and Habitat for Humanity, in addition to her contributions to benefit efforts for victims of tragedy and natural disasters. Similarly, she has used her mega-stardom on social media sites to help those less fortunate, including earlier this year, when she contacted a leukemia patient via Facebook to accept his invitation to his high school prom.
And the recognition doesn’t end there for Taylor. She will be presented with the Ripple of Hope Award on December 3 in New York by the Kennedy Family for her support of arts education, natural disaster victims, and bullying victims.
Congratulations to Taylor Swift on her work that, at some times, goes unnoticed. This is some very well deserved recognition, and we’re proud to call her part of the country music family.
Label News – Florida Georgia Line & Josh Thompson
Two of the more impressive young artists in country music are making noise with record labels in the past couple days.
It was announced recently that duo Florida Georgia Line signed a deal with Republic Nashville. We had been hearing rumblings for the past couple of weeks about a big announcement coming soon from Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, the two members of the “Cruise” singers, but nothing was confirmed until recently. Their digital EP ‘It’z Just What We Do,’ is available now.
[box type=”shadow” ] “We have signed a record deal with Republic Nashville!! They are about to take “Cruise” the rest of the way up the charts,” they remarked on Twitter. [/box]
We at MCE had the opportunity to speak with the Fla Ga Line boys recently. Click here for the exclusive interview and feature on the band.
Meanwhile, in other label news, Josh Thompson and RCA Records have reportedly parted ways. As multiple country music outlets have been commenting, this split comes as a shock in the fact that only a couple of weeks ago, Thompson, himself, was sharing he and the label’s plans for an upcoming single and album.
[box type=”shadow” ] “We’re booked through the end of December, basically,” he told Sony Entertainment Network. “Doing our own things: clubs, fairs, festivals, the honky tonks and we’ll be out in Vegas for awhile. The new record is done, so we’re just working this first single called “Comin’ Around,” and hopefully the record will be out sometime this year.” [/box]
This industry can be brutal and confusing…and country music is no exception. We’re not sure exactly what has transpired to lead to this split, but we’ll keep you in the loop once we learn more details.
Glen Campbell Cancels Tour Dates
In sad news, Glen Campbell has been forced to cancel all of his upcoming tour dates in Australia. The country-pop legend was slated as a special guest on Kenny Rogers’ run down under, but as many outlets are reporting, Campbell’s complications with Alzheimer’s disease have caused him to put performing on hold.
According to a statement released earlier this week, the disease has progressed to the point that has made it extremely difficult for him Campbell to travel. We’ll keep you updated on his status. Best wishes to him and his family.
‘American Idol’ To Get Some Twang?
We didn’t take any of this news seriously until we started noticing more and more media outlets speculating about the possibility of ‘American Idol’ recruiting a country music star to be a judge on the hit show. And after thinking about it, why not? Nearly every other major genre has represented by the show’s judges…why not country music?
As for our choice as to who would be a great judge on the show…how about Faith Hill? Shania Twain? Just a few suggestions. Country music or not, we’ll keep you in the loop if/when AI announces its new panel.