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Least surprising news of the year: Taylor Swift is super rich

Taylor Swift is fantastically popular, a cultural juggernaut whose ubiquity has never seemed to quench the populace’s thirst for more. But as plenty of fame-soaked cautionary tales have taught us, that level of exposure doesn’t always equal financial solvency.

Of course, Swift doesn’t have that problem. At all. According to a list just published by Billboard, Swift was the top-earning musician in 2013, raking in $39,699,575.60 (specific!) based on album sales, touring revenue, publishing fees, and royalties from airplay, digital streaming and downloads.

That does not include any money Swift might have collected from sponsorship deals, corporate gigs, or whatever back end she still may be earning from Valentine’s Day. Also, because Billboard uses a standard methodology for all artists across the board (assuming, for example, a 20 percent artists’ take on album sales), it’s easy to believe that Swift’s intake was even higher, as she most likely has a better royalty rate than your average country-pop megastar. Another thing to note? She gives a lot of it awayREAD FULL STORY

Meet Shane McAnally, the Nashville songwriter behind country's biggest hits

He’s written smashes for nearly everyone on country’s current A-list — Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, The Band Perry — but Nashville powerhouse Shane McAnally’s rise to the top didn’t exactly follow the most direct route.

The native Texan, now 39, began as a recording artist himself, and only returned to Music City in late 2007 after an almost eight year break from the business. It took Chesney taking a chance on his “Somewhere With You,” which hit No. 1 on the country charts in 2008, to take him from songwriter non grata to one of the industry’s most in-demand scribes.

“All of a sudden, everything I had been writing mattered,” McAnally tells EW in a feature in this week’s print edition. “He sort of anointed me, not even knowing he did it.” READ FULL STORY

Performers and speakers announced for George Jones' funeral, plus how to watch it

Plans have been announced for George Jones’ public funeral, taking place Thursday at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The service will include music from Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, Vince Gill and Patty Loveless, Charlie Daniels, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kid Rock, Ronnie Milsap, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, and Wynonna. Kenny Chesney will speak, as will Former First Lady Laura Bush, Grand Ole Opry VP&GM Pete Fisher, Governor Bill Haslam, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Barbara Mandrell, and CBS News’ Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer.

The service, which will begin at 11 a.m. ET, will be broadcast live on CMT, GAC, RFD, and FamilyNet, as well as local Nashville stations. Those not near a TV can watch online at opry.com., or listen in at wsmonline.com or by tuning their radio dials to WSM 650AM and SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse (Ch. 56).

Read more:
George Jones tributes: Brad Paisley, Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson, and more play covers — VIDEO
George Jones: The Essential Playlist — LISTEN
Goodbye, Possum: The Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall remembers George Jones
Legendary country star George Jones is dead at 81

ACM Awards 2013: See the winners here!

Did Blake and Miranda maintain their reign as the king and queen of country? Did Taylor Swift take home a third Entertainer of the Year trophy? And did newly engaged Best New Artist nominees Jana Kramer and Brantley Gilbert beat out Florida Georgia Line? Check out all the country stars taking home trophies at tonight’s 48th Annual ACM Awards: READ FULL STORY

Kenny Chesney gets a lot of sun in his new video, 'Pirate Flag'

Which of the following does not happen in the just-released video for Kenny Chesney’s new single, “Pirate Flag”: a man spills tropical drinks all over the camera lens; the sun appears to explode; there are a lot of flags; Chesney dances without actually moving his feet.

It’s a trick a question! None of those things don’t happen in Chesney’s new video, because this is Kenny Chesney and if the song is called “Pirate Flag,” its video will be full of pirate flags. READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The real winners were announced last night at the 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best Hosts: There really aren’t enough superlatives to describe the effervescent duo of Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood — they’re simply the best. If you were to look through the last five years of Oscar/Grammy/Tony/Emmy telecasts, you’d be hard pressed to find one joke that could compete with Paisleywood’s opening monologue. Their goofy (and increasingly saucy) hosting style always brings the laughs, and they keep the show moving briskly. On top of that, they both performed their own singles, delivered heartfelt tributes to Andy Griffith and Connie Smith, and demonstrated impressive “Gangnam Style” technique. Do better than that, Seth MacFarlane.

Best performance: I’m a sucker for the CMA Awards’ tribute performances (I still get a little teary thinking about last year’s Glen Campbell effort), and this year’s Willie Nelson-centered medley was no exception. Charles Kelly and Hillary Scott (of Lady Antebellum) sounded terrific on “Always on My Mind,” as did Blake Shelton and Keith Urban on “Whiskey River” and Faith Hill and Tim McGraw on “Good Hearted Woman.” The whole thing felt so warm that when Nelson himself took the stage and sang “The life I love is making music with my friends,” (from “On the Road Again”), you really believed it was happening in that moment. Watch below. READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards 2012: See the winners here!

Check out all the country stars who took home trophies during tonight’s 46th Annual CMA Awards. Tomorrow morning, you can find a full recap of the show (UPDATE: It’s live now!), but in the meantime, feel free to read TV Critic Ken Tucker’s review of the show, see how EW readers voted for who they thought deserved each award, enjoy Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s funniest jokes, tear up at Blake Shelton and Miranda’s emotional acceptance speech, reflect on Taylor Swift’s Parisian-themed performance, and sound off in the comments below!

Awarded before the show:

Musical Event of the Year: “Feel Like A Rock Star,” Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

Music Video of the Year: “Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith

Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally

During the telecast:

Single of the Year: “Pontoon” by Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year: Thompson Square

Song of the Year: “Over You” (written by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton)

Album of the Year: Chief, Eric Church

New Artist of the Year: Hunter Hayes

Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town

Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Entertainer of the Year: Blake Shelton

What did you think of the CMA Award recipients?

More CMA Awards coverage:
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s best jokes
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s tearful acceptance speech
Taylor Swift performs ‘Begin Again’ at the CMA Awards

Who should win at the CMA Awards? -- POLLS

Tonight is country music’s biggest night. The 46th annual Country Music Association Awards will air at 8:00 p.m. on ABC, and it’s already shaping up to be a great show.

Why? Well, because the CMA Awards are always a great show. In an overcrowded field of country awards (ACAs, I still haven’t warmed up to you), the CMA Awards remain the most prestigious — and most entertaining — of the bunch.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, who have become quite the formidable comic duo, are returning for a fifth year as hosts (check out their interview about the show here), and performances from stars like Kelly Clarkson and The Band Perry, both of whom will perform new singles, as well as Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean will keep the night rocking.

But at the center of the awards are still, believe it or not, the actual awards! We’ve already given you our thoughts on all the nominations (as well as all the snubs and surprises), but now let’s handicap who might win in the major categories. READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards: Eric Church leads noms (and Snoop Dogg's in the house!)

Nominations for the 46th Annual CMA Awards (airing live on Nov. 1 on ABC) were announced this morning on Good Morning America. Eric Church led the way with five nods, including Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, along with Song, Single, and Video of the Year for his hit “Springsteen.” (Not a country music fan? Give that one listen and get back to us.)

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert scored four noms a piece while Taylor Swift, who earned three noms, was the lone female to make the Entertainer of the Year category. Kelly Clarkson’s nom for Female Vocalist of the Year is slightly less of a surprise than Snoop Dogg popping up in Musical Event of the Year (listen to Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” featuring Snoop, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson). The full nominees list: READ FULL STORY

Album Sales: Justin Bieber's 'Believe' scores the best debut of the year; Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple open strong

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He’s probably not your boyfriend, but according to this week’s Billboard 200, you’ll still never let him go.

Justin Bieber’s latest album Believe debuted atop the chart today, selling 374,000 copies in its first week, making it the strongest bow of 2012 ahead of Madonna’s MDNA, which shifted 359,000 copies in March. READ FULL STORY

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