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Country Music's Biggest Star

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Blake Shelton is a pop-country singer/songwriter who is at number three currently on the country music charts. He left his hometown in Oklahoma at seventeen years old and got signed to Giant Records in Nashville, Tennessee. His debut album was a huge success and as he started producing more, he became a national star. He married Miranda Lambert who is also a top-of-the-chart singer for country music. Right now, Blake Shelton has just finished touring and is now back at his position as a judge on NBC's The Voice. He is country music's prime example of a successful star. His cross-country tour was sold out, considering all of the success he made in the last year. Shelton is a renowned star who is trying to invite the world into country music, and is not failing at it. As country music advances, Blake Shelton will be a name to remember. 

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Symbols Of Country Music

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Historical analysis of Culture in Country Music History. Country Music History through the lens of Culture
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There are many famous symbols of country music and it's lifestyle. The Grand Ole Opry is the heart of all country music ever. The Grand Ole Opry is a weekly television show located in Nashville, Tennessee that showcases performances of current or legends of country music, and performing there means you "made it." It is among the longest running broadcasts in history, beginning in 1925. The Bluebird Cafe, also located in Nashville, is a music club that seats one hundred twenty and allows upcoming stars and songwriters to share their music. Record companies sit in all the time, searching for stardom. Stars like Taylor Swift and Faith Hill have launched their career by performing at the Bluebird. Another promotion of country is the new NashFM 94.7 radio station. It plays country's hottest hits all over the northeast, where it is hard to find a country station. A survey has been conducted and concluded that the fans of country music have increased six percent due to the station.

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Behind-the-Scenes of Country Music

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Sophisticated, ever-evolving and wildly successful, the country music business will be explored from every angle at the third annual Billboard Country Music Summit June 4-5 at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom.
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Nashville, known as "Music City," is the center of all country music. The singers themselves and the behind-the-scenes management have recently conducted a project in which they predicted the future success of country music in America and around the world. Luke Bryan, a current country music recording artist who is signed by Capitol Records, is taking part in the "Artist Development Case Study" and his team has already estimated that he will be at the top of the charts for a long time to come. Some of Nashville's most successful managers, such as Will Ward and Clarence Spalding, have been testing many of the well-known artists of country music and have come to realize that it's all about radio and touring. Touring is a critical part of one's career and whether opening or headlining, it helps to promote the artist and radio is also important in that it helps with everyday promotion. This leads to the people behind these two aspects: buyers and sellers. Country singers must be at the top of their game in order for people to buy their music and to have a business behind them to sell it. Country music is based on these careers: managers, producers, record label managements, and the singers/songwriters themselves. 

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Country Music "Crossover"

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Country music has taken a turn to become one of the most popular genres today. Lately, a lot of critiques have been questioning the wide variety of songs classified as country. However, these "crossover" songs are what are attracting new listeners. Singers like Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift have added pop to their music and are remaining at the top of the charts, producers encouraging them that "Nashville encourages anything that sells records." This shift from traditional country to pop-country has turned the music of the south into the music of America. It has invited people who enjoy current music, mostly teens, to embrace country music and all the stories it has to tell. However, it is sometimes classified as redneck music with songs only about mamas, trucks, prison, or getting drunk, but this is why die-hard country music fans adore it. Although some fans hate the new form of country, radio stations and tv shows know how to balance it out with more traditional music. Some already say that pop/country will emerge into its own genre. As long as records sell, country music says on top.

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Penelope Elliott's comment, October 11, 2013 7:51 AM
I agree with you. Taylor swift is awesome and very successful. Se has turned from a young aspiring country artist to a huge pop star. Your article was very well summarized.
Zoe Diflo's comment, October 15, 2013 9:59 AM
Willow, I agree with your summary. I like how you showed the different viewpoints of people in his article in your summary. I learned that country music is one of the most popular genres today. I have seen much more country music in the media, and your article explains why. It talks about how the "crossover" songs are attracting new listeners. Thank you for informing us about this topic.
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The Origin of Country Music

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The origin of country music began in the mid west and Texas. In the 1820's thousands of southerners poured into Texas with their folky culture. This state was less segregated that than those in the Deep South, and was therefore ethnically varied and enabled people to exchange musical ideas and influence. By the 1920's, radios, phonographs, and moving pictures were invented and had spread the ideas of country music. In 1924 Vernon Dalhart from Jefferson, Texas, released the first country record and sold over one million copies. He had convinced record companies that country music was marketable, and soon, labels and Hollywood producers did a national search for country artists. As time continued, more branches of this genre began to form including: traditional country, "honky-tonk," "Texas swing," and progressive country. During the World War II Era, many hit songs were written about they despair of the Depression. These so go had aided many people during the hard times and many "converted" to country music. Through the 70's, 80's, and 90's, country artists and songwriters were winning many Grammy's and it had officially established itself as a genre. 

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Yuqing Pan's comment, October 14, 2013 6:14 PM
Since the country music is developed , people might not remembered that when and where the original country music started , true Texas is the place which country music established and developed , this article brought me up to the moment that country music were young and the way that country music start stronger and stronger ,and effecting people ,thanks for letting us know that , enjoying in reading in your article .