What do Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, and Jason Aldean all have in common? They are the only platinum selling artists of 2014. In an interview with Express, Aldean reflected upon the best selling Country Album of the year Old Boots, New Dirt.
“We put so much time and passion into choosing the best songs for this album, and this brings a lot of hard work full circle for me. It’s like Christmas came early! I couldn’t do it without the best country music fans in the world, who never stop believing in what I do and always follow me, even if I may take a creative left turn every now and then.”
Unfortunately for fans, they can’t stream his music online. He was one of several artists like Taylor Swift who pulled the album off Spotify. His main intent was to purposely fairly compensate all the individuals who contributed to the album.
Listen to “Burnin’ It Down” the lead single off they album below.
2014 has been nothing short of a phenomenal year for Miranda Lambert. With a couple of CMAs and Grammy nominations under her belt, there’s no stopping this 5.4″ Texas girl with an honest, no apologies charm.
In her down to earth fashion, Miranda Lambert took to social media to announce that she will be on the cover of Marie Claire’s January issue.
She talks marriage, music, insecurities, and losing 20 pounds.
“When you have to walk out there in front of thousands of people, it does feel good to know that your shit’s not jiggling,” she told Marie Claire.
Yup, that’s the good ol’ Miranda we love. We can’t wait to grab a copy! Congrats Miranda, and best of luck in 2015. The issue hits stands December 16, 2014.
What a year it has been for Country Music. We just about saw everything we needed to see in the last 12 months. There were highs, lows, and lots of laughs. We had some incredible, unforgettable times.
Here are 10 of 2014’s s Best Moments in Country Music.
10. The Return of Garth Brooks
Garth came back! After a 13 year hiatus, Garth Brooks made his return to the scene with a new album, tour, and a song that made us love our Moms a little more. Watch his unforgettable performance of “Mom” on Good Morning America.
“I met this little girl 10 years ago,” he explained live on the Bobby Bones show. “She’s a hometown girl who teaches school about a mile up from my house.”
Fun Fact: She’s the girl who inspired his hit “More Than Miles.”
8. Carrie Underwood Shows Her Baby Bump
Our Country American Idol winner Carrie has been sporting a baby bump this year. Watching her grow along the way is kind of like watching your sister go through a pregnancy.
7. Country Music Said Goodbye To Taylor Swift
It wasn’t easy letting go. We grew up singing and listing to her music while getting ready for prom, camping with the girls, and getting our hearts broken. It’s as if every song she wrote was a reflection of our current situation. No, we didn’t date Taylor Lautner, but let’s be real. When you’re 15 and someone tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them.
6. Two Country Singers Come Out
Billy Gilman and Ty Herndon came out, on the same day. It was a first in Country Music, and the two received nothing but support from fellow artists, fans, and friends.
5. Blake Shelton Lip Synch
Blake Shelton made us laugh a whole lot this year. One of the most hilarious moments came when we did a lip synch with singer Gwen Stefani on Jimmy Fallon.
After suffering another devastating loss, Luke Bryan canceled his appearance on CMT Artists of The Year to be at his brother in law’s funeral.
Lady Antebellum took the stage at the awards show and sang their rendition of Luke’s “Drink A Beer,” in memory of his brother in law.
3. Country Music Ice Bucket Challenges
As a means to raise awareness for ALS, Country Artists from far and wide dumped cold buckets of ice water on their heads and took to social media to promote the cause.
2. Girl In A Country Song
Maddie & Tae couldn’t have said it better with “Girl In A Country Song.” The song discussed the roles of women in Country Music, then turned the tables on men in their hilarious music video.
Conway and George Strait never did it this way.
1. Vince Gill Wins Irving Waugh Award of Excellence
The only other country music artist to receive this award was Johnny Cash. Vince Gill is Country Music’s best friend. His incredible contribution to Country Music over the last 35 years is awe inspiring. 18 CMA Awards, 20 Grammys, and over 26 million albums sold. Hats off to you Vince. This award was richly deserved
Very few couples are as in love with each other than Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. In preparation for his performance on A Very GRAMMY Christmas, Tim McGraw talks about his most exciting time at the Grammys.
No, it’s not any of his performances or wins, but the time his wife Faith Hill won 3 Grammy Awards.
“I think I performed three times on the show that night, and I don’t have any recollection of the performance because I was so excited for here,” Tim told CBS.
Tim reminisces about the Breathe album, and that night, along with some of his major influencers. Catch him tonight on A Very GRAMMY Christmas at 9/8c on CBS.
2. He majored in music business and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Mike Curb School of Music Business in 1995.
3. He wrote David Kersh’s “Top 5” hit, “Another You”, as well as David Ball’s 1999 single, “Watching My Baby Not Come Back.”
4. He has sold over 12 million albums.
5. And won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, two American Music Awards and has earned country music’s crowning achievement, becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Carrie Underwood has been quite busy with a new album dropping December 9, and performances left and right. Just this week she took the stage at the World AIDS Concert and CMAs Country Christmas. So what’s next on the horizon for this songbird?
Carrie announced this week that she will be launching a new fitness lifestyle clothing line called CALIA by Carrie.
“I felt in my own closet and in stores that I would go in, a big gap in things that were out there for women,” said Underwood.
Her line will debut at Dick’s Sporting Goods in March 2015.
CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan is in mourning this week following the loss of his brother-in-law. He was set to perform and be honored at the CMT Artists of the Year show on Tuesday but cancelled to be with family in Georgia.