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Lee Brice won't soon forgot 2010. His first Top 5 single, 'Love Like Crazy', was the year's hottest country song. Billboard's Hot Country Songs year end chart shows 'Love Like Crazy' was the most-heard country song on radio in 2010. 'Love Like Crazy' is also Lee's first gold-certified single. "Watching this song climb the charts is sort of like that rush I feel when I perform it live," Lee notes. "It's that gratification that someone out there is digging what I do, and it just doesn't get better than that."
And, how about concerts for 2010? People were still spending money on concert tickets, despite the economic recession that affected most of America. Tim McGraw has the highest ranking concert by a country star. Tim is on the Pollstar year end list for all genres of music at No.13, grossing more than $44 million dollars. Tim played 71 shows and sold out 29 of them. Taylor Swift ranked second among country acts and 15th in all genres. Taylor sold out 45 of her 47 concerts, grossing just over $40 million. Brad Paisley came in at No.17, grossing more than $38 million -- a feat all the more respectable since he lost all his concert gear three weeks before his H20 World Tour open. George Strait and Reba McEntire are right on Brad's heels, grossing more than $36 million.
Christmas shopping is pretty easy if you are Kenny Chesney's family. All he wants for Christmas in green beans. Seriously? Kenny is serious. "Every year, my mom asks me what I want," Kenny said. "She asked if I wanted the new George Bush book, but I already ordered it on my iPad. So I'm getting what I got last year: canned green beans. My mom and grandmother can green beans themselves. I love it, because it's what I grew up with."
As for his favorite and least favorite Christmas song,it's the same one. Kenny says that when he goes home to East Tennessee the radio station is always playing Vince Vance and the Valiants' 'All I Want For Christmas is You. Kenny says it's both great and very annoying.
Carrie Underwood is up for a Golden Globe. Golden Globes are handed out for movies of course. So the nomination has nothing to do with Carrie's latest Album, Play On. Instead it's in the category of Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for 'There's a Place for Us,' which Carrie co-wrote for the new movie 'Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.' There's another Golden Globe nomination connected to country music. The song, 'Coming Home,' sung by Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow in 'Country Strong' was also nominated for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture.
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