Taylor Swift is the top country artist of the year, according Billboard magazine. The annual lists of year-end charts were just revealed, and Swift leads in many country categories, including album sales, downloads and tour revenue. She also ranks amongst the most played country artists of 2011.
Country singer Wade Hayes is recovering from surgery to treat cancer. Roughstock reported the news via Twitter earlier on Friday afternoon, saying that he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. The singer was a hitmaker in the late ’90s and scored five Top 5 hits, including ‘Old Enough to Know Better,’ which went to No. 1.
Garth Brooks is keeping his options open for when his youngest daughter graduates in 2014. While the singer has said he won’t hit the road or record new music until then, he could be considering a different sort of career during his later years.
John Rich boarded a 10:50AM flight home to Nashville on Sunday but was reportedly declared too drunk to fly. Southwest Airlines personnel removed him from the plane and offered a later flight, but Rich chose to make his own travel arrangements.
Mindy McCready‘s son is “safe, healthy and comfortable,” according to a press release from the singer’s publicity team. Previously it was reported that McCready and her 5-year-old boy Zander were missing after the 37-year-old picked him up from her father’s home in Florida. A rep at Music City News Media says that law enforcement officials have spoken to and seen the child via Skype as recently as Tuesday.
Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott has added to her family. The newly engaged singer and her fiance, Chris Tyrell, recently brought home a bundle of fur named Hobbs, and she’s been showing him off like a diamond ring. Not that we can blame her — that dog is so stinking cute!
Now that the charred rubble of Trace Adkins‘ old home has been cleared away, he and his family are anxious to move in to the new house that’s being built on the same piece of Nashville property. It’s been over five months since the Adkins were forced to relocate to a guest house when the main structure burned down.
The word is out amongst stray pets: Miranda Lambert‘s house is the place to be. The singer welcomed yet another stray over the weekend. This soft white kitty just showed up at the home of Lambert and husband Blake Shelton and brightened the ‘Baggage Claim’ singer’s day.
Aside from a few one song performances, Keith Urban has cleared his calendar for the remainder of 2011. He says he’ll be undergoing surgery to remove a polyp that formed during his most recent tour with Jake Owen.
Taylor Swift understands the responsibilities of being a country music superstar, and she isn’t running from them. A preview of Swift’s interview with ’60 Minutes’ anchor Lesley Stahl — seen below — shows the 21-year-old singer talking about facing up to fan expectations.
When Alabama‘s Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry walked the red carpet together at last week’s CMA Awards it was as if they’d never retired. In a conversation with the Tennessean, Owen makes it sound like they’re close to retiring from retirement.
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