June 19th: On This Day

On this day in 2006, Taylor Swift released her debut single, “Tim McGraw”, to country radio. The song was the debut single and first published song recorded by Swift and was the lead single from her self-titled debut album.

The single received critical acclaim and helped begin Swift’s rise to fame. It peaked at number six on the US Hot Country Songs chart and number 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The track was Certified Platinum by the RIAA and has sold more than one million copies since its release.


June 7th: On This Day

On this day in 2007, Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut album was Certified Platinum by the RIAA. Taylor Swift was the debut album for the singer, who was just 16 years old at the time.

The album hit #1 on the US Top Country Albums chart and peaked at #5 on the US Billboard 200 chart. The record produced five singles, that all have been Certified Platinum.

Since it’s release, Taylor Swift has been Certified 5x Platinum in the US.


Miranda Lambert is Working on A New Feature Film

Miranda Lambert is teaming up with one of her longtime music video collaborators, Trey Fanjoy, to work on a new feature film titled Something in the Water. According to Deadline, Miranda will take on the role of the executive music producer to oversee the film’s music curation and will also write an original song for its soundtrack. YouTube sensation Grace Helbig has signed on to star in the new comedy, which follows five Southern women who challenge their men to a bass fishing competition. Production for the film will take place in Nashville later this year.


  • The project will mark the feature debut from director Fanjoy, who has worked with everyone from Taylor Swift to Keith Urban.
  • Some of Lambert’s Fanjoy-directed videos include “Kerosene,” “The House That Built Me,” “Vice” and “Somethin” Bad” with Carrie Underwood.


Lady A Wants To Record A Taylor Swift Song

Given the success Little Big Town’s single, “Better Man,” has had so far, there’s little doubt that other artists are also interested in releasing a Taylor Swift-penned song to radio. One of those interested groups is Lady Antebellum, who recently talked to Billboard about the prospect of recording a song written by Swift. Hillary Scott said, “I mean honestly Taylor, call us. Like, we’re up for whatever. Let’s go.”


Charles Kelley said they’d probably want Taylor to pen “a nostalgic song” for them, but there’s something else they want, too. Kelley jokes, “I hope it would be No.1. That’s all I want. It better go No. 1 though. If we cut a song and it goes like No. 2, I’m going to be so disappointed.”


Kelsea Ballerini Didn’t Leak A Taylor Swift Song

There was a bit of confusion recently when Kelsea Ballerini posted a video on Snapchat of a new song playing in the studio. Kelsea’s fans had never heard the song before, and many of them speculated that it was either a new Taylor Swift song – which Ballerini had leaked — or some kind of collaboration between the two friends. Well, it turns out it was neither. Ballerini took to Twitter yesterday afternoon (9/21) to clear things up, revealing that the new tune was actually just a demo of hers called “Roses.” Kelsea tweeted, “Y’all! I’m just as excited for some new T Swift Jams, but I’m not  involved in it!! Roses was a demo of mine. Crazy confusion!”

June 29th: On This Day

On this day in 2012, Blake Shelton received a Double-Platinum Certification for his single “Honey Bee”. The song was Blake’s fist single from his sixth studio album Red River Blue. “Honey Bee” sold 138,000 digital downloads it’s first week, setting a new record for first week downloads by a male country singer. Because of these download numbers, “Honey Bee” debuted at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the highest-debuting male country artist on that chart since Garth Brooks.

The song received a Grammy Nomination for Best Country Solo Performance, but lost to Taylor Swift’s “Mean”.

It has since been Certified Triple-Platinum.

Keith Urban Helps Reese Witherspoon Turn 40

Keith Urban performed at a private 40th birthday celebration in L.A. last week for Oscar-Winning actress Reese Witherspoon. He teamed up with Taylor Swift on her hit “Shake It Off,” and later accompanied Reese and the rest of the party-goers on a rendition of Lynard Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” Other guests included Jennifer Aniston and her husband, Kate Hudson, Courtney Cox, Robert Downey Jr. and Keith’s wife, Nicole Kidman.

Eric Church & Kenny Chesney Named Finalists For Billboard Touring Awards

Eric Church and Kenny Chesney were recently named finalists for the “2015 Billboard Touring Awards.” Church was nominated for the Breakthrough Category, competing with 5 Seconds Of Summer and Ed Sheeran. Chesney was nominated for the Top Draws Category, which also includes Taylor Swift and One Direction.


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