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Swift named country's top artist in '12

Monday, December 17, 2012 – Taylor Swift is the year's top country artist and third on the all-genre Top Artists chart for 2012, according to Billboard.

When it came to album sales, Swift remains the queen of country. Along with leading the Country Artists recap, Swift is number one on the Country Albums Artists recap. Her latest album, "Red" (Big Machine), which sold 1.2 million first-week copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, also leads the Country Albums recap.

Luke Bryan was first on Country Songs Artists. He has three hits on the year-end Country Songs recap: Drunk on You at 10, I Don't Want This Night to End at 17 and Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye at 48.

Bryan's "Tailgates & Tanlines" is this year's number two title on Country Albums, followed by Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) at three and Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night" (Capitol Nashville) at four.

Jason Aldean scores on the Country Songs recap at number 26 (Fly Over States), number 31 (Take a Little Ride) and number 49 (Tattoos on This Town). Aldean finishes number 2 on Country Albums Artists by placing a pair of releases, 2010's "My Kinda Party" and this year's "Night Train" (both on Broken Bow) in the top 10 on the albums recap.

Eric Church was fourth on the Country Songs Artists recap due to 2 singles on the Country Songs tally, Springsteen at number 9 and Drink in My Hand at number 44.

Josh Turner leads the year-end Country Songs recap with Time Is Love, besting Brantley Gilbert with You Don't Know Her Like I Do at number two and newcomer Jana Kramer's Why Ya Wanna at number three. Dustin Lynch's debut single, Cowboys and Angels, lands at number four while trio Gloriana claims five with its breakthrough hit (Kissed You) Good Night.

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Part Behind The Music style documentary and part concert film, Taylor Swift's new Blu-ray release offers an interesting hybrid approach to the typical live performance video - an approach that hits more than it misses. "Journey To Fearless" focuses on Swift's meteoric rise from aspiring grade-school singer/songwriter to award-winning country and pop megastar while sprinkling in live performances. Hardcore Swift fans will find a lot to love on this single-disc set (which is also »»»
Speak Now CD review - Speak Now
Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning »»»
Fearless CD review - Fearless
Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Great songs, not glitz, highlight Lynn tribute – An eclectic group of Americana artists gathered together for a relatively low-key tribute to Loretta Lynn on the eve of the glitzy Grammy Awards. In contrast to the expensive dresses and song sets displayed at Staples Center for the awards show TV broadcast, these performers were backed by a skillful traditional country music house band.... »»»
Concert Review: McBride soldiers on – Martina McBride said of "Reckless," her first country album in five years, that she wanted to get back to the old school, sorting through hundreds of songs from Music City's best songwriters and employing its best producers. As it turns out, it wasn't a very long trip. The Kansas native broke onto the scene with her 1992... »»»
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