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Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood both ranked on Forbes' Best Paid Celebrities Under 30 list, joining an all-star cast. Taylorwas in the top five with $45 million. Carrie brought in a cool $15 million, which placed her in the No. 19 slot. Not surprisingly, Lady Gaga topped the list by grossing $170 million.
Blake Shelton's 'Honey Bee' flies to the top of both the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard country singles charts this week. Taylor Swift's 'Mean' is No. 2 on both charts, followed by last week's No. 1 song, Keith Urban's 'Without You.' 'Honey Bee' is the first release from Blake's upcoming album, 'Red River Blue,' in stores July 12, a few months earlier than originally planned. One of the reasons for the album's rushed release is the success of the new song, which has flown up the country charts.
Justin Moore announced the good news Monday (June 13) via Twitter: "Hey guys. Wanted y'all to know that Kate and I are expecting our second child in November! We feel so blessed, and couldn't be more excited!" Justin and Kate welcomed their first daughter on February 11, 2010. Ella wasn't but about a year old when she started traveling with Dad. "We've been really lucky, because this year she's been able to come out on the road a lot since we've got two buses," Justin tells The Boot. "Thank God for that opportunity, so I can see my daughter and my wife more."
More baby talk: Eric Church announced to a gathering of his fans in Nashville last week that his first child will be a boy. Eric and his wife are expecting their first child this Fall.
Kenny Chesney was picketed at his concert in Chicago last Thursday night. A group from a Chicago church chose Kenny's concert as the place to let everyone know how they feel about concertgoers. The church members carried signs that said things like "Good Moms Don't Go To Concerts." No comment from Kenny's camp on the display.
The organizers of Country Stampede are reporting that the are of Tuttle Creek State Park where the 4-day festival is held is starting to take shape as the location for the largest music and camping festival in the country. Wayne Rouse, through the festival's Facebook page, reports that the fencing is up and trailers are now starting to arrive. Somewhere around 150,000 country music fans will attend the festival where Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and many other top country stars will perform between June 23rd and June 26th.