It’s the most wonderful time of the year! After successfully putting the national nightmare that is Black Friday firmly in the rearview, it’s time to move forward and focus on the important stuff … like listening to tons of Christmas carols while decking your halls with bows of holly. Savvy artists have long understood that releasing an album comprising solely of holiday tunes is a relatively easy way to make a buck (not to mention fulfilling one’s pesky record contract), which is why virtually every singer of note has released at least one of these LPs throughout their career.
Thanksgiving is here and you’re no doubt already feeling thankful, for getting the day off from work! Later today you’ll be stuffed to the gills on turkey and mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and washing it down with spiced wine and spiked eggnog and then the reality will sink in. You’re stuck here. With your family, who you love to death but who drive you crazy with their non-stop questions about whom you’re dating, why you didn’t get that promotion, why do you still live in that crappy neighborhood, when are you going to settle down and have kids and on top of that you’re really, really, really, uncomfortably full. Read more…
The Country Music Association awards are known their southern edge, but sometimes the celebrity fashion choices go south, too! Some of the biggest country stars in the world turned up on the red carpet in Nashville last night, and while a few totally killed it in the wardrobe department (what’s up, Kellie Pickler), some other famous faces maybe should have left their looks at their stately country manor-home.
Kelly Clarkson is celebrating her 31st birthday today, and we’re proud to say that we’ve been card-carrying members of the KC fan club ever since she belted out the opening lines of “Natural Woman” during the Round of 8 on the first season of Idol. During the last 11(ish) years that she’s been on our radar, she has proven to be one of the most consistent fixtures of a very turbulent music industry, thanks to her powerhouse vocals, Southern charm and resilient demeanor. We’ve spent the last few days rummaging through the archives, looking back at her life and career, and put together the following gallery that honors the many facets of her tremendous personality that we’ve gotten to know over the years.
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It’s really difficult for a country music layperson like myself to keep track of all the different awards shows the genre supports. In addition to being featured on cross-genre shows like the Grammys and the Billboard Music Awards, country artists are seemingly feted on a monthly basis by the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, and the American Country Awards. We’re never quite sure who is winning what where, but we definitely paid attention to last night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, which featured another amazing performance by Kelly Clarkson.