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Court Yard Hounds Live Webcast

Court Yard Hounds had their live webcast Tuesday night. Martie, Emily and the band performed and answered your questions. Enjoy!

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Taylor Swift Performs On The Ed Sullivan Theater

Taylor Swift in concert from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.

http://bit.ly/dNUHJd

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Weak Ratings For Fox ACA Awards Show

The tennessean.com is reporting that the ratings for the inaugural, fan-voted American Country Awards show were much lower than expected. Producers were hoping it could capitalize on the network's success in drawing a large and young music fan base.

The show drew just 6 million viewers overall, and only 1.5 percent of the coveted 18 to 49 year old demographic that Fox was seeking, falling far behind ESPN's Monday Night Football and trailed NBC-TV's a cappella singing show The Sing Off.

By comparison on Monday night, ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast drew 17.9 million viewers; while NBC's The Sing Off scored an average 8.5 million viewers.

The ACA's did get more viewers than ABC-TV's Skating with the Stars, a spinoff from the popular Dancing with the Stars. The celebrity skating program attracted 4.8 million viewers.

http://bit.ly/fSvbao

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"Speak Now" Goes Triple Platinum For Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's Speak Now album has been certified triple-platinum for sales in exceding 3 million copies.

Sales for her upcoming tour dates have sold out in record time causing more dates to be added to the 100 show tour. You can check out her tour dates here.

Congratulations to Taylor!

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Love & Theft to Become a Duo

Love & Theft recently revealed to the Boot that starting in 2011 the trio will become a duo. Band mate Brian Bandas has decided to leave the group in order to pursue other opportunities including spending time with his wife and recently launched T-shirt business, Holy Vintage.

This is something that I've been toying with for a longer time than probably anybody realizes. Love and Theft is so important to me that I really didn't want to rush into the decision. I've spent over five years with these guys working on Love and Theft. It was just an unbelievable experience. It's certainly hard to say goodbye to that, but it's also exciting to move forward into new things. It's an adventure. I certainly wouldn't be doing this if I didn't believe on many levels that this was the right step for me. It's sad to move on from something that has been so great in my life, but it's also exciting to see what the next Love and Theft in my life is going to be.

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Oh Holy Night - Ingram Hill Style

Ingram Hill shared via twitter a link to their most current video. It's an acoustic version of Oh Holy Night - Ingram Hill style - in a living room complete with a lovable dog just wanting to play, and outtakes at the end. If you're not familiar with that band I highly recommend them. Be sure and check out their website at www.ingramhillmusic.com, on twitter @ingramhill, and youtube/ingramhillfan.

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Taylor Swift On Staying Healthy

Taylor Swift is featured in this months WebMD magazine. Sharing how diet, exercise, and writing help her stay happy and balanced.

"During the week, I try to eat healthily, so that means salads, yogurt, and sandwiches," she says. "No sugary drinks. I try to keep it lighter, but it's nothing too regimented or crazy. I don't like to create too many rules where I don't need them. We know what's good for us, thanks to common sense." On the weekends, "I allow myself to eat what I know from common sense is bad for me," she says with a giggle. "I like comfort foods. I love a burger and fries, I love ice cream so much, and I love baking cookies. Actually, I love baking anything."

 

On Staying Healthy

Listening to fellow artists' latest releases is what inspires Swift to exercise, and regardless of her tour schedule, she makes sure to squeeze in an hour-long run on a treadmill every day.

"For me, running is about blasting a whole bunch of new songs and running to the beat. It's also good because it makes me find a gym wherever I am," she says. Unlike other famous colleagues, "I'm very much out in the world, and I love exploring the places we go when we tour. It's important for me to live a full life."

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Oops, Mike Eli Of Eli Young Band Flubs National Anthem - Twice!

Yesterday Mike Eli, of the Eli Young Band, took to the field in Kansas City to perform “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Chiefs-Broncos game. It didn't go so well, he flubbed the song.. Twice!!

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The Best And Worst Of The Inaugural American Country Awards

Carrie Underwood walked away as the big winner with six awards at the Inaugural American Country Awards on Fox. The show featured some killer performances, but not a whole lot in the line of awards. So how did the show stack up to the other slew of country music award shows?

On the plus side, the ACAs were overall high energy and filled with performances. I think Trace Adkins was the perfect choice for the host. For one, he's as country as country can be and you don't get the feeling with him that he's wearing the cowboy hat just for show. He was also very witty and very funny. If the ACAs come back for a year number two, I hope they keep Trace around as the host.

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ACA Rewind

The ACA's have come and gone and while it seemed a bit laid back compared to some of the other award shows, overall it was a good show. It seemed like the awards were few and far between but looking at the list of categories and winners proves otherwise.

The fan voted awards used to rub me wrong, but when you think about it, it's probably a good thing that the fans choose the winners of so many award shows now. Because industry shows seem to have the same 6 artists win everything. Where at least the fan voted shows tend to mix it up a bit depending on how fervent and spirited they are about voting.

All of the performers did surprising well! The medleys were a little much, but fans in attendance seemed to love them.

The big winners of the night were Carrie Underwood - taking home 6 awards, Lady Antebellum - snagging 4 awards, and Easton Corbin - 3 awards.

Here is a list of the categories and winners:

Artist of the Year
Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year: Male
Brad Paisley

Artist of the Year: Female
Carrie Underwood

Artist of the Year: Duo or Group
Lady Antebellum

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