COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS
TOP OF THE CHARTS: Status Quo
Though a couple of artists had slight bumps in sales, the country album chart is basically a carbon copy of last week. Lady Antebellum's Need You Now posted an 11-percent increase to stay at number one, and Zac Brown Band hangs at number two with The Foundation. Jerrod Niemann's Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury remains at number three -- a good sign for the newcomer. Miranda Lambert's Revolution is in the number four spot, and Carrie Underwood's Play On is at number five.
TAYLOR SWIFT: Performs on CMA TV Special
Taylor Swift will perform her soon-to-be released single "Mine" on the CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock on September 1st. The performance was filmed at a secret event held during the festival. The show will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on ABC-TV.
Faith Hill is the new ambassador for Tide Loads of Hope -- a program which provides free laundry service to areas devastated by natural disasters. Faith became aware of the program in the wake of Hurricane Katrina a few years back, and more recently, during the floods in Nashville. Faith says, "I have been a champion of the work Tide does to restore a sense of hope and normalcy to those affected by disaster through providing a basic necessity -- clean clothing."
Tide will be hosting a free concert starring Faith on August 24th in New Orleans to celebrate the rebuilding of the city and the surrounding areas.
The nominations for the 2010 Inspirational Country Music Awards are out. The awards include a category of mainstream country artists who have recorded inspirational songs. The awards will be given out on October 14th in Hendersonville, Tennessee.
Mainstream Country Artist:
Mainstream Inspirational Country Song: