Biscuits- Kacey Musgraves

This song came out in March, but I just heard about it today. I guess it is because the music video just came out June 10. I think the song has a great message that a lot of people need to listen to, including me(sometimes). It speaks to me obviously because of how people give their negative opinion on equal rights.

What do you think of “Biscuits”?

-Jake

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Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” Being Dropped

(03.27.2015) Today I am discussing Little Big Town’s new single “Girl Crush”. Country radio stations across the country are dropping it because their listeners say it supports the LGBT community. What are your thoughts?

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How Could I Want More- Jamie Lynn Spears

Britney Spears isn’t the only one in the Spears family releasing new music here at the end of the year. Her little sister Jamie Lynn Spears is relaunching her country music career after taking a hiatus in 2011. You may remember her as Zooey from Nickelodeon’s hit TV show in the early 2000’s called Zooey 101. After the show Jamie Lynn wanted to start a country music career and moved to Nashville after she had her first child.

“How Could I Want More” is Jamie Lynn’s first single ever since none of her previous work was sent out. The single reminds me of an early Taylor Swift song and it sounds really good. Jamie Lynn’s voice is, dare I even say it, better than Britney Spears’ voice. The song really shows off how well she can sing. I love Britney, but you can’t use auto-tune in a country song(at least not yet). The song is catchy enough and I think could be a big hit on country radio. Will it make a big crossover hit as well considering who her sister is? You can hear more Jamie Lynn by listening to the track on Britney’s new album Britney Jean out December 2. She is featured on one of the albums tracks. Listen to “How Could I Want More” below.

What did you think of Jamie Lynn’s “How Could I Want More”? Let me know in the comments.

-JakeLX

Taylor Swift Is The Pinnacle Of Success

Last night at The 47th Annual Country Music Association Awards show in Nashville, Taylor Swift won the Pinnacle Award. The Pinnacle Award is given to those country artists that reach true global success. AT only 23(24 next month) Taylor Swift has amounted the success that points to her truly deserving this award. I couldn’t have been happier for her and can’t wait to see how she continues to dominate the music scene.

Before Taylor Swift was awarded the Pinnacle Award they played a video package that talked about her start and her success through her Red Tour. There were congratulations given by musicians of all genres, actors, and actresses. Ellen DeGeneres even congratulated her in a funny way. The stage at the award show had all the people who gave Taylor a chance to open for them when she was just getting started. Tim McGraw(Taylor’s first hit was a song named after him) seemed to be the most emotional as he introduced the award and the achievement it took to reach the status to even be considered for the Pinnacle Award.

You could see that Taylor Swift was actually surprised that she won even though she already knew she won. She commented that she didn’t know about the video and she didn’t know how it would feel actually being on stage accepting the award. Genuine pure surprise that we haven’t seen since she started racking up awards. Taylor’s parents and brother were in attendance and I think it made her even more emotional. I had never seen her father before and her brother can call me if he wants. I will take my responsibility as Taylor’s brother-in-law seriously.

Watching I had goosebumps and my eyes may have gotten a little wet. Hearing her story and seeing how successful she has become truly shows that dreams can come true. If a little girl from Pennsylvania can dream to become a huge country artists, get that and then turn into a huge superstar, then dreams can happen. Congratulations, Taylor Swift!

What are your thoughts on Taylor Swift winning the Pinnacle Award? What did you think about the presentation? Let me know in the comment section.

-JakeLX

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The Problem With Taylor Swift

The problem with Taylor Swift is not herself, but from the genre she calls her original home. Country music found Taylor Swift cute, and loved her when at sixteen-years-old she released her first single “Tim McGraw”. She was a young, twangy girl who was a nice novelty that wouldn’t go very far in her career. She wouldn’t become a threat to huge country superstars. They couldn’t have been more wrong about that though.

While her first album Taylor Swift came out in 2006, it was very country in sound and twang, her sophomore album, Fearless, is what made her career take off. Fearless was released in 2009, and was Taylor’s first take on country pop and she even had two singles make it to mainstream Top-40 radio. “Love Story” was the first single to crossover and began to play on mainstream radio. “Love Story” became a huge success along with the next crossover single “You Belong With Me”. During the Fearless era is when Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech for the VMA’s Best Female Video for “You Belong With Me”. Even I think that this one event helped Taylor’s career skyrocket. I do believe she is very talented, and I do think she was going to get where she is now, but I think it would have taken a little longer had Kanye not interrupted the little unknown, to most, country girl accepting her award.

Taylor’s third album, Speak Now, perfected the country pop sound when it was released in 2010.  All the tracks could very easily be played on country radio and mainstream radio. Speak Now had six singles, four of which were successful on both country and mainstream radio. Those four singles are “Mine”, “Back To December”, “Mean”, and “Ours”. “The Story of Us” and “Sparks Fly”, the other two singles released were more successful on country radio along with the previous four singles mentioned. Taylor even was awarded a Grammy for the song “Mean”. Taylor was so huge by the time Speak Now was released, she embarked on a world tour. Not many country, old country, or country pop artists do world tours.

By the time we get to last year for the release of Red, Taylor had become a huge star around the entire world. People every where knew her name and knew who she was, and were singing her songs.  Taylor was ready to move on and experiment with her sound beyond anything she had done before. Red was released in October 2012 to high praise from most critics. Country music fans seemed to hate it before it even came out with the single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” being released to country and mainstream radio. While the single didn’t do as well on country radio, it was Taylor’s first number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. “Begin Again” was released as the second single and fared better on country radio, but was pretty successful on mainstream radio as well. The second single, “I knew You Were Trouble” was just sent to mainstream radio and rightfully so, as it is Taylor’s least country song that she has ever made. “22” was the next single which was sent to mainstream radio. I thought this one could be played on country, as I find it no different from most of the tracks on Speak Now. The fifth single is “Everything Has Changed”, which features Ed Sheeran. It is unclear if the single is being released in North America, but it is confirmed for the UK. The rest of the tracks on Red all could easily be crossover hits for both country and mainstream radio. The next country radio single is going to be the title song “Red”. I think we could also see “Everything Has Changed”, “All Too Well”, “State of Grace”, and a few more that could be crossover hits.

Many have said that Taylor only used country music to get into the business, because it is easier to get into country. First, that isn’t saying much about your preferred genre of music. Second, Taylor has said she loves country music and I believe her. She still seems to be well liked by her country music peers, and still works with many of them. If they hated her, “Highway Don’t Care” wouldn’t have been made. Most of the hate seems to come from the country fans and critics. Fortunately neither make the business shots in Nashville. While Taylor seems to be getting exiled from country music, fans love hearing Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, and many more country artists that have that same country pop and country rock sound that Taylor Swift makes. Why aren’t these artists ridiculed?

I have a feeling it is jealousy of her being so successful beyond country music. It has to do with her being that successful and a woman, as country music has never been a genre of music that has made it easy to be a woman. Before Taylor became a huge crossover success, the fans and critics were already talking her down all the time. I also think the conservative fan base doesn’t like her more Hollywood life. She does hangout with actors and actresses, and other big non-country music artists. At the same time she still comes back t her home, Nashville and hangout with everyone there. She doesn’t seem to have let the fame and success go to her head. She is never in trouble and the tabloids never have anything on her except her love life. It’s easy with nothing else to go after, they go after her music, and if she is country or not. It’s exactly all the things that made “Mean” a Grammy award-winning song.

 

Taylor Swift New Country Single

It’s been awhile since Taylor Swift has released a single to country radio. Many country fans of hers are getting a little grumpy about it. “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” was released on August 13, 2012 to mainstream and country radio. Then on October 1, 2012 the next single “Begin Again” was released to country radio a few weeks after it was released to mainstream radio. Since then Taylor hasn’t released anything to country radio. “I Knew You Were Trouble” was released to mainstream radio on November 27, 2012 and clearly this single wouldn’t be released to country radio. It is the most non-country sounding song on the album. The latest single “22” was released to mainstream radio on March 13, 2013. I was expecting this song to be released to country as well. It wasn’t which surprised me since it has less of a “poppy” sound than even “WANEGBT” which was released to country radio.

Now eight months since Taylor Swift’s last release to country radio, she may be setting it up to release to country radio again. Last night at the CMT Awards, Taylor performed her song “Red”. This single is one that I have had picked out in my head to be her next country radio single. While on the album it sounds a bit more pop than her live performance, there is a demo of it on the deluxe and it was really country sounding. It is also a track that sounds similar to the other country singles that she released from Speak Now. “Red” is also a good choice because it can also be yet another mainstream radio single after “22”. The UK is getting “Everything Has Changed feat. Ed Sheeran”.

Despite whatever people think, I don’t think Taylor is done with country music. I think she can continue living between the two worlds of country and mainstream. It doesn’t matter what they can do in the studio, when Taylor performs live at award shows and while on her Red Tour, you can still hear her country twang and even the songs sound a little more country. Take a listen to “Red” as she performed on the CMT Awards last night down below. Let me know what you thought in the comment section.

Taylor Goes British

Last night on The Grammy’s, Taylor Swift opened up the part performing her hit song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. I personally would have preferred her to perform her more recent and even bigger hit “I Knew You Were Trouble”. Imagine how awkward that would have been considering John Mayer was there with his new girl, Katy Perry.

Anyway, Taylor apparently has decided to be more cut-throat, as much as she can be, with her recent break-up. Who knew WANEGBT could be personalized each time Taylor and her current boyfriend becomes her ex. During the performance on the part where she says “He called me up and was like, I still love you”, she did what the “guy” was saying in a British accent. Her response was changed to “Sorry, I’m busy performing at The Grammy’s”. 

This is sorta an appetizer for the song about Harry Styles that we are sure to hear in about a year and a half when Taylor’s next album comes out. If last night is any indication, she is quite bitter about this latest break-up from the fave 1D band-mate. I thought the dig at Harry was quite humourous coming from sweet little Taylor Swift.

I thought overall Taylor’s performance was pretty great. I thought the design seemed to be an Alice and Wonderland and circus themed design. The little guy on the tricycle with the flame thrower was awesome and so was the guy that looked like a puppet. It was a great, energizing was to launch the 55th Grammy’s Award Show. 

Did you watch the Grammy’s last night? What were your thoughts on Taylor’s performance and the other artists performances? Let me know all of that down below in the comment section.

-JakeLX