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Taylor Swift to Mentor on “The Voice”

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Taylor Swift will join Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, and Gwen Stefani on season 7 of NBC’s “The Voice.” Taylor will serve as advisor to all four teams.

Taylor was an absolute pleasure to work with,” a source says about Swift’s contribution to The Voice. “She had great feedback for all the contestants. She made for an amazing mentor.”

The next season of The Voice kicks off on Sept. 22th. Taylor’s new album 1989 hits stores on October 27th.

Top Country Tweets of the Week August 25th-31st

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10. @carrieunderwood  ·  Farmers Market yesterday w/ @iveycake …Canning day today! Listened to Bluegrass & made jelly & salsa… http://instagram.com/p/sGhXWSLqig/

9. @blakeshelton  · There’s a Neon Light at the end of the tunnel… Bitch.

8. @bretteldredge  · Just landed in Alaska and literally driving through a rainbow hoop in the mountains right now…suddenly craving lucky charms

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7. @ChrisYoungMusic  ·  It was a good day… #numberone http://instagram.com/p/sJQDMLnv3n/

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6. @charlieworsham  ·  happy dog day! this is how Thelma Lou sleeps in the car. http://instagram.com/p/sLm0bZqWbk/

5. @CharlieDaniels  · If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck it still might be a Gooney Bird

4. @taylorswift13  ·  My home phone is ringing. I did not know I had a home phone. Interesting development.

3. @martinamcbride  · I’m going on the record as saying I want to do something with Tom Petty someday. #bucketlist

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2. @thebandperry  ·  Sweatin bullets!! #thisaintnohobby -k/r/n

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1. @DierksBentley  ·  anyone know how to get to the bahamas??! thought it was just one island! little lost at 9000 feet.

Sam Hunt vs. Taylor Swift: Please Explain Why This is Country Music…And Why This is Not

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I am going to try to ask this question in a different way this time.  The question has been asked many, many times over the last few years.  What makes a song “country?”  The answers always vary depending on who you talk to and almost always ends up in some sort of an argument.

So let’s promise to play nice,  be respectful and really explain your side of how this question should be answered.

I have been listening to iTunes Radio a lot over the past few weeks.  One of my favorite channels is the iTunes Weekly Top 50 – Country.  I play it while I’m cleaning, while I’m in the shower and when I’m running.  I noticed that they have streamed 3 of the 4 songs from Sam Hunt’s album preview X2C.   And country radio here in Nashville has been playing the heck out of his lead single, “Leave the Night On.” Now before all of the Sam Hunt fans jump all over my butt let me tell you, I love him!  I have bragged about him a few times on our Twitter page.   His voice is beautiful, and ladies let’s be honest so is he!  But here is my real question:

Please Explain Why This is Country Music:

and why this is not:  Taylor Swift:  Shake it Off

Because I’m Simply Not Ready to Let Go of Taylor Swift Yet

Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV

Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images for MTV

I know, I know!  She has announced her next project is an even bigger step away from country music and into the pop world but I am simply not ready to let go of Taylor Swift yet!

Check out Taylor’s performance of “Shake It Off” at last nights VMA’s!

Go Backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards

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The Academy of Country Music is announcing that the first-ever ACM commemorative book, This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards will be available to music fans everywhere on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at booksellers nationwide, and is available NOW for pre-order at Amazon.  Written by the Academy’s own Lisa Lee, with a foreword by Reba, the gorgeous 224 page book invites fans to peek behind the scenes of the ACM Awards.  All of the Academy’s proceeds from sales of the book will go to ACM Lifting Lives.

Featuring contributions by country music’s biggest stars from the 1960s to the present day, including Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Loretta Lynn, Alabama’s Randy Owen, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Marty Stuart, and commentary from Kenny Chesney, Merle Haggard, Faith Hill, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and many more, This Is Country is a must-have for fans of music everywhere.

From the first informal ceremony at the Hollywood Palladium in the mid-’60s to today’s star-studded LIVE telecast viewed by millions, generations of country’s biggest superstars have graced the Academy of Country Music Awards stage.  Now, in anticipation of the 50th ACM Awards telecast next spring, the Academy has opened its archive for the first time ever to reveal candid, never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia capturing some of the greatest moments in the history of country music. Rich with backstage and performance photographs, compelling behind-the-scenes stories, and firsthand accounts from country legends and contemporary artists, This Is Country: A Backstage Pass to the Academy of Country Music Awards (Insight Editions / $50.00 / September 2014) offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the past, present, and evolution of the Academy.

“For five decades, the Academy of Country Music Awards has proudly showcased the best in country music, to the delight of millions of viewers,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music. “We are so excited to share some of the most candid moments in our history with music fans. ‘This Is Country’ truly is a backstage pass to the ACM Awards.”

“It’s an incredible honor to help tell the story of the Academy as well as the stories of the amazing artists and people behind the scenes who have built it over the last 50 years,” said Lee.  “To flip through the pages and watch the show evolve from a Southern California banquet to a network television powerhouse is a sight to behold.”

“It’s been a wonderful experience working with the Academy and Lisa Lee,” said Robbie Schmidt, Insight Editions’ acquisitions editor. “The ACM has an incredibly rich history and we’re excited to offer country music fans this intimate look behind the scenes. A special thank you to the iconic artists whose participation and support made this book possible.”

All of the Academy’s proceeds from sales of the book will go to ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, dedicated to improving lives through the power of music.  Through partnerships with artists and strong ties in the music industry, ACM Lifting Lives develops and funds music-related therapy and education programs, and serves members of the community who face unexpected hardships through its Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund. Through generous donations and the support of artists and fans, ACM Lifting Lives is able to fund everything from disaster relief and helping communities in need, to music education in schools and music camps for those with disabilities, to supporting programs that use music therapy as a means to help our veterans and wounded warriors, while providing grants to help them ease back into life.  For more details on the book or for more information on ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, please visit www.ACMcountry.com or www.ACMLiftingLives.org.

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