Browsing articles tagged with " Taylor Swift"
Oct
28

Caitlyn Smith Steps Out of the Shadows with “Everything To You”

October 28, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  5 Comments

When you talk about an artist known as a songwriter first, you tend to look for the strength in the lyric. But Caitliyn Smith is very much a multi-tool performer, and her vocals can rival any in country music’s top tier, and she’s a great musician as well. Mostly known by industry types as a songwriter whose pen to paper has resulted in some very memorable cuts.

Oct
27

Big Machine Records Reportedly To Be Up For Sale

October 27, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  45 Comments

Nashville’s and country music’s most influential record label is reportedly getting ready to be put up for sale according to a new report, and Taylor Swift’s 1989 album release and pending contract situation could have a big impact on it. Despite being a big label with many famous artist and significant subsidiaries, the Big Machine Label Group remains independently owned, operating through distribution deals.

Oct
22

Song Review – Raelynn’s “God Made Girls”

October 22, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  59 Comments

This song from former The Voice contestant and now Valory Music-signed 20-year-old country music starlet Raelynn has been lurking out there for a while now, garnering tacit approval from the country music listening public and sitting down in the 30-something range in chart performance, while driving other listeners crazy for a host of reasons.

Oct
20

Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor to Play the CMA Awards

October 20, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  78 Comments

The Country Music Association Awards, or CMA’s are nigh upon us, and set to transpire on Wednesday, November 5th. And to get you all horny for the festivities, it’s been announced that ultra pop star Ariana Grande, and “All About That Bass” overnight sensation Meghan Trainor will be part of this year’s presentation. Because you know, a country presentation devoid of pop stars would be boring.

Sep
30

Review – Carrie Underwood’s “Something In The Water”

September 30, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  117 Comments

A wide, sweeping undertaking, “Something In The Water” sees Carrie Underwood carve out the sweet spot for her voice and make an inspiring and faith-based composition the vessel to illustrate the mighty ferocity of her God-given vocal prowess, along with instilling the moments with an elegance and grace that in unison swell to achieve one awe-inspiring performance height.

Sep
15

How Billboard’s New Consumption Chart Could Have A Big Impact

September 15, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  31 Comments

When Billboard implemented sweeping changes to their chart configurations in October of 2012, it was predicted at the time by many that these changes would fundamentally modify the industry in historic ways, ushering in an era where popular American music would rapidly succumb to the monogenre, and distinctions of separate genres would slowly become irrelevant. And it may about to get much worse.

Sep
13

Review – Maddie & Tae’s “Girl In A Country Song” on Letterman

September 13, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  49 Comments

On Friday the duo stopped by The Late Show with David Letterman for a performance of “Girl In A Country Song,” and Letterman announced on the show that their debut EP will be released through Big Machine’s Dot imprint on November 4th. Unfortunately though, their performance did not live up to the hype this song has been receiving.

Sep
9

Scott Borchetta Tried to Convince Taylor Swift to Stay Country

September 9, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  59 Comments

Taylor Swift, who just made her big switch from country to pop, is the focus of Rolling Stone’s cover story in the latest issue, and the in-depth feature finds Miss Swift dunking in the ocean fully clothed and dropping some very interesting tidbits that could help country music perform its postmortem about why Taylor Swift left and what it really means.

Sep
3

2014 CMA Awards Nominees, Picks, & Prognostications

September 3, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  47 Comments

On Wednesday morning (9-3), the nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards were announced on ABC’s Good Morning America and through a CMA Live stream. The 2014 CMA Awards will happen on Wednesday November 5th on ABC, and will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. Leading all nominees with nine is Miranda Lambert.

Aug
30

George Strait, Willie Nelson & Garth Brooks Make Poll of Favorite Artists

August 30, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  30 Comments

Harris Interactive has just released a new poll that queried the American public about their favorite music artists, musicians, and bands, and some noteworthy country music names made the list. When pollsters asked for unprompted responses to the question, “Who is your favorite singer/musician or band?”

Aug
22

Album Review – Sunny Sweeney’s “Provoked”

August 22, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  26 Comments

Sunny Sweeney is an east Texas girl at her core, and no matter what Nashville does, it’s never possible to completely quiet those jangling spurs or smooth out that accent. She very much fits that mold of the Texas country artist that got big enough to be recognized by Music Row, but always felt just a little too authentic to do much more than experience that world from the outside looking in.

Aug
20

Taylor Swift Leaving Country: The Deeper Impact

August 20, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  118 Comments

Though Taylor Swift leaving country music could very much be seen as a victory from the Saving Country Music perspective, to the country music industry perspective, they just lost this generations biggest music star, and an money-making powerhouse. And the cultural and economic impact of this development cannot be overstated.

Aug
18

Taylor Swift Officially Leaves Country Music

August 18, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  162 Comments

Monday afternoon (8-18), Taylor Swift conducted a 30-minute Yahoo! online stream from New York City in front of a live audience with all the irrational exuberance of a Ron Popeil infomercial, where she unveiled a new song called “Shake It Off,” announced that her new album 1989 to be released on October 27th, and said her next album will be her “very first documented, official pop album.”

Aug
13

The Deal with Taylor Swift’s Aug. 18th Press Conference (A Spoiler)

August 13, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  22 Comments

Ooooh! Ahhhh! What forever will Taylor Swift announce when she holds her much-anticipated live Yahoo video stream and Q&A on August 18th at 5:00 PM Eastern???? …. Give me a break. The histrionics that mainstream country artists go through to release an album, and the hoops they make their poor fans jump through these days is just a little bit silly, don’t you think?

Aug
11

Sirius XM’s “Fresh Female Voices” Looks to Return Girl Power to Radio

August 11, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  34 Comments

The virtual disappearance of female country music stars on American radio is a dilemma that has now stretched out for nearly half a decade. Now the senior director of music programming at SiriusXM is looking to try and do something about the problem and hopefully create interest around some of country music’s undiscovered and worthy female talent.

Aug
11

Kira Isabella Tackles Date Rape in “Quarterback”

August 11, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  50 Comments

“Quarterback” is a song by female Canadian country star Kira Isabella. The song tells the story of a young girl from the high school freshman class who is seduced by the star quarterback of the football team. After being disarmed by some sips of alcohol, the freshman girl ends up having unwanted sex with the quarterback in the back of a truck

Aug
6

6 Singing Duos Who Could Replace The Civil Wars

August 6, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  39 Comments

So who could step up of in the country music vocal duo space who could duel with the heavyweights of the mainstream, and offer more substance to that category like The Civil Wars did? Of course there will only be one Civil Wars and nobody will be able to replace them completely, but here are some ideas who could have a similar impact.

Aug
6

What About A Public Or Private Institution Purchasing Studio ‘A’?

August 6, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  3 Comments

So now the question is, who, if anyone, would be in a position to purchase the property with the intent of preserving the Studio ‘A’ space, and potentially the building it occupies? As Bravo Development has stated, the building is in poor shape. All indications are that financially, the most feasible move for most any developer would be to demolish the building and build on the property footprint.

Jul
7

Taylor Swift’s Op-Ed in the Wall St. Journal (A Rebuttal)

July 7, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  64 Comments

On Monday (7-7), Taylor Swift did something somewhat unusual from the music space—she posted an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal. what is going on here is marketing. It beings with marketing, and ends with marketing. It doesn’t mean that Taylor Swift doesn’t make some salient points, or mean what she says, and that those points aren’t important. But the bottom dollar is what is driving this.

Jul
7

Country Is Now Pop: Sam Hunt’s “Leave The Night On”

July 7, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  119 Comments

This is not a review, this is a warning. Sam Hunt’s “Leave The Night On” is a potential swan song for what we define as country music today, more than any song that has come before. I know, you’re saying, “Can you tell me this song is somehow more pop than Taylor Swift, or pushes the limit more than Jerrod Neimann’s EDM monster ‘I Can Drink To That All Night’?” That is exactly what I’m telling you.

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