The original ‘Footloose’ soundtrack sold more than nine million copies, topped the Billboard charts, and spawned six top 40 singles — two of which went all the way to number one, earning Academy Award nominations in the process.
The remake has some big shoes to fill, needless to say, so you’ve got to give Blake Shelton credit for chutzpah: he covered Kenny Loggins’ chart-topping title track for the new soundtrack, and now you can hear it for yourself.
We already knew Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift had big years and now we know they stand to celebrate by cleaning up at the 2011 CMA Awards, where each of them have just been honored with multiple nominations in this year’s pool of potential winners.
The nominees were announced Tuesday at a pair of live events. Jake Owen and the Band Perry revealed the nominations for five categories during their joint appearance on ‘Good Morning America,’ then Jerrod Niemann and Thompson Square handled the rest from the Ryman in Nashville later in the morning.
The top of the country singles charts is familiar territory for Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood — their duet ‘Remind Me,’ currently number one, is his 20th chart-topper, and her 14th.
But even if the song produced predictable results for the duo, it started with a burst of unusual inspiration. As Paisley tells it, the idea for ‘Remind Me’ came from watching the sort of character acting commonly heard in hip-hop.
The last time Kelly Clarkson cut a duet with a country star, the result was her number one hit with Jason Aldean, ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay,’ so it’s only natural that, during a recent Web chat, she was asked if she’d consider teaming up with any other artists.
When you’ve enjoyed a quarter century of success as illustrious as Randy Travis has, you’ve earned the right to pause and take a look back — and Travis did it in style with this year’s star-studded ‘Anniversary Celebration,’ which united some of music’s biggest stars in celebration of his first 25 years as a recording artist.
Now promoting the release of his Brad Paisley duet, ‘Everything and All’ — his 59th overall single — Travis reflected on his quarter-century milestone in a recent interview, discussing his relationships with a handful of country stars, the enjoyment he still derives from performing live, and some of his most enduring hits.
They haven’t even wrapped up their current tour with Sara Evans, but that isn’t keeping Rascal Flatts from looking to the future as they prepare their eighth album. In fact, the multiplatinum country stars are already in the studio.
The news was broken by Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus, who took to Twitter Tuesday morning with the announcement “Another day tracking with the Flatts!!! New album comes out next spring!!!”
Over the course of his long career, Willie Nelson has dabbled in a wide variety of genres, from reggae to adult contemporary to blues and beyond. Along the way, he’s worked with and covered a staggering number of artists — and now that list includes Coldplay.
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