Taylor Swift

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The CMA's Entertainer of the Year Choices Spurs Debate

The 44th CMA Awards are happening this week and it just reminds me of just why I think that country music award shows are actually bad for the industry. The CMA's are nothing more than a study in politics and what artists can generate more votes from the Academy. The best act doesn't always win, or may not even be nominated, and the country fan base knows this and just doesn't understand why.

The questions of who get nominated or claims victory in the coveted CMA Entertainer of the Year category seem to run rampant even through the artists themselves. This year's nominees are Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band. A lot of shiny new contenders in a category that is normally dominated by long running heavyweights. Even megastars like Reba McEntire seem a bit confused.

"I have heard they are looking for a new regime, wanting to turn things around and to kind of mix up the shuffle," said Reba McEntire, the 1986 CMA entertainer of the year. "Well, they definitely did. This has sure gotten everybody to talk about it."

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Taylor Swift Talks About The Secret Of Her Success

There's a great story on Taylor Swift on the Mail Online web site. A great interview with Taylor where she talks about how her life experiences have made her into the person she is today.

She recalls classmates not wanting to hang out with her at the mall after she started to gain a little popularity singing the National Anthem at a professional basketball game. She invited a bunch of girls to hang out at the mall to celebrate with her, but all said they were too busy. Her mom and her decided to go to the mall anyway, seeing a group of the same girls there. Her mom and her left, instead going to a "better mall" that was 90 minutes away.

She says she would not be so driven if she hadn’t felt the need to scream ‘I’ll show you all!’ at the six girls who decided to reject her. ‘There are two ways you can go with it. You can let it destroy you…or you can use it as fuel to drive you: to dream bigger, work harder. I wasn’t invited to parties and I look back now and I’m so thankful that I was at home, playing the guitar until my fingers bled.’

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Martina McBride To Big Machine / Republic Nashville?

Big Machine Records and Republic Nashville are set to announce something big on Monday morning. Could it be that the multi-time Female Vocalist of the Year winner Martina McBride could be set to join their ranks? We've all heard the rumors and it sure seems to make sense. With Joe Galante leaving Sony/BMG it makes sense for McBride to move on now as well.

I know I'm biased, I worked for Martina for over a decade and a half and never thought that RCA/BMG/Sony (or whatever they're called today) promoted her with both barrels. Her vocal abilities are truly unmatched in the country genre and beyond and she is certainly a very likable and marketable artist across the board.

Big Machine knows how to promote an artist. They have Taylor Swift, the biggest artist in the galaxy at this point and they also have a track record of taking an artist like Jack Ingram, who even though he was extremely talented, toiled away for years without commercial success and took him to the top.

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Taylor Swift Sets Hot 100 Chart Records

In her continuing domination of the music industry Taylor Swift has completed the clean sweep on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. From Billboard:

In addition to her impressive start at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Speak Now," Swift debuts 10 tracks from that album onto the Hot 100, led by "Sparks Fly" at No. 17. With her "Mine" falling 13-21, the singer has a total of 11 titles on the list, the most ever by a female artist. Only the Beatles (one week with 14 and two weeks with 12 in April 1964) have placed more songs simultaneously. David Cook also tallied 11 titles (all debuts) on the June 7, 2008, chart, following his "American Idol" coronation.

Counting "Speak Now's" three charting early-release digital singles ("Speak Now," "Back to December" and "Mean"), every track from the 14-song standard edition of "Speak Now" has appeared on the Hot 100.

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Taylor Swift Dancing With the Stars ~ Part 2

And here's performance number two..."White Horse". Obviously, releasing a new album means promoting and pushing the most current single but, for me personally, I have to say, I thought "White Horse" was the better performance of the two and is probably one of my favorite Taylor tunes if I was to pick.

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Taylor Swift Stops By Dancing With the Stars

With the release of Speak Now, Taylor Swift is making the media rounds. Last night, November 2nd, she was part of Dancing With the Stars 200th episode celebration, serving as one of the musical guests. In case you missed it, here are both performances...First up, the lead single from Speak Now, "Mine"...

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Music Fans "Speak Now" and Buy 1,047,000 Copies of Taylor Swift's New Album!

I debated posting this for a moment because there's already been a lot of Taylor Swift coverage here on Twangwire but after seeing this article on the Billboard site mentioning that approximately one in five albums sold last week were copies of Taylor's new cd "Speak Now" I figured I'd go ahead and post it anyway. Besides, I'd rather have another photo of Taylor on the page instead of that creepy one of Jimmy Wayne!

It numbers are in now and "Speak Now" has sold 1,047,000 in it's first week. That's the best country debut week since Garth Brooks released "Double Live" in 1998! To put these sales numbers in perspective consider that Taylor's last album "Fearless" sold 592,000 copies in its first week. There's no doubt about it, Taylor-mania is in full force and setting all sorts of records.

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Taylor and Jake In California

US Weekly is reporting Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal have been spotted together in California.

First, they hit the pool at the Post Ranch in Big Sur.

"Taylor laughed at everything Jake said," a witness tells the new Us Weekly. "At one point, she measured herself against Jake on her tiptoes." (An observer adds that Gyllenhaal "held her hand.")

"They looked at all the flavors and couldn't decide, so they asked the counter girls for help," a staffer says of the duo, who were "happy" and "friendly."

After savoring their treats inside McConnell's for about 20 minutes, the pair split. When they were approached by excited college-age fans in the parking lot, they "happily obliged" for photos.

Time will tell, but I hope it's legit and they're a couple. Could there be two cuter people?! Can't wait to hear her song about this relationship.

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Taylor Swift Talks With SIRIUS XM

Taylor Swift is busy promoting her new Speak Now album, and SIRIUS XM radio was on her itinerary on Friday. She chatted with host Al Skop for a Q&A they're dubbing Speak Now with Taylor Swift, and that'll air again today (Tuesday, Nov. 2) at 7 p.m. Central and again on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. via The Highway channel (60 on SIRIUS, 16 on XM).

Here are some snippets from the interview:

On what you'll find in her music collection:

"Tom Petty, Coldplay, Ryan Adams. I have the Owl City record on vinyl. I have more Ryan Adams, Iron & Wine, Band of Horses. Of course, I had to go out and buy some old Dolly (Parton) records and Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson... Tracy Chapman. Just a bunch of good stuff."

On mustering up the courage to perform:

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Kelly Clarkson To Perform on CMA's

Kelly Clarkson, the American Idol winner, will be singing at the 2010 Country Music Awards on November 10th with Jason Aldean. They'll be performing the duet "Don't You Want To Stay" which is on Aldean's new cd "My Kinda Party" which is in stores today.

Also scheduled to perform are Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, and Sugarland. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will co-host the event which is being held at the Bridgeston Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Of course, if you don't like the performers or the results of this award show there will be another one in like two weeks since Country Music seems to be Awards Show CRAZY!!

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  • Jack Ingram: Gonna be seeing a lot of these over the next month or so...heading out on The Acoustic Motel Tour. I like motels. http://t.co/KTsKWlXq
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  • Taylor Swift: I Knew You Were Trouble comes out tonight at midnight. Ready to hear more about my romantic misadventures????
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  • SHeDAISY: It's so fun rehearsing with the sisters. Always a race to whom I'd like to choke first. #sayitwithlove
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  • Brad Paisley: I got to call CMA radio stations&DJs of the year today &tell em they won.A few of em thought it was a prank. Now I wouldn't do that,would I?
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  • SHeDAISY: GC 2012 :)
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  • Miranda Lambert: Home. I made it. Been on the road since Jan. Thx to every person who came to see a show this year. It means the world! See ya in 2013!:)
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  • Martina McBride: I love the fact that my husband calls his favorite aunt, aged 85 ..recently widowed ... each and every night just 2 check in #realman #cares
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  • Julianne Hough: With my 8 year Old Nephew Aidan at his paintball birthday party! Coolest kid I know! :) http://t.co/X7b38zD0
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  • Martina McBride: Salmanaca,NY was so much fun. So many requests from the crowd! Loved it. Sorry we didn't get 2 all of them. Casino had a 75 minute cap 2nite
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  • Taylor Swift: I feel like I'd be more understood if people knew 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' by Aerosmith is how most of my emotions sound in my head.
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  • Martina McBride: Operator by Jim Croce...I'm just sayin.....
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  • Martina McBride: Lancaster, PA....loved being with you! And meeting so many of you outside after the show. See ya next time!
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  • Brad Paisley: 'Online' in Columbus, OH http://t.co/fO7cCrgV
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  • Martina McBride: I've had better hair days...
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  • Taylor Swift: My glitter nail polish says 'party' but my sweat pants/bun on top of head ensemble say 'room service and journaling my feelings'.
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  • Brad Paisley: So you turkeys can get the words right when you sing along,we just put up a Lyric Video: http://t.co/nsmfnGnD & iTunes: http://t.co/C7lZ0Dwa
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  • Taylor Swift: I might be sleep walking. I'm definitely sleep walking.
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  • Taylor Swift: Waiting to start an interview. Eating candy. Watching MTV. http://t.co/8mRDKZJF
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