Dolly Parton signs with a new record label, announces new album

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Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist Dolly Parton is proud to announce her latest recording endeavor, a partnership between her own label Dolly Records and Sony Masterworks.  The label deal will launch her new album Blue Smoke in New Zealand/Australia on January 31, 2014, to coincide with her international Blue Smoke World Tour which will hit New Zealand, Australia in February.  In addition, Blue Smoke will be released in the United States and Europe in May 2014, in advance of the Blue Smoke World Tour hitting England, Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden. 

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Kacey Musgraves talks about THAT look she gave Miranda Lambert

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Kacey Musgraves has finally broken her silence on what was going through her mind the night of the CMA Awards when she gave Miranda Lambert that look after Miranda had won the Female Vocalist category, an award both ladies were up for. 

You know the look. 

That look

Kacey recently spoke with Rolling Stone and says the look didn't mean anything and she's just not used to this whole camera thing yet.  

“As a new artist, I’m still getting used to cameras being on me 24/7,” Musgraves explains. “And there’s no way you can be caught smiling at all times. If you know me, sometimes when I’m just sitting there, it looks like I’m not having a good time, but I am!"

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Kacey Musgraves’ CMA Awards face finally explained

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As everyone is acutely aware of (I'm sure), Kacey Musgraves didn't exactly look happy during Wednesday's CMA Awards (I originally said Sunday. Oops) when Miranda Lambert won the Female Vocalist category. 

I've been reading all the comments people are making on Facebook, Twitter, and on NashvilleGab and so far there's been no explanation, apology, excuses, or anything else coming from Kacey's Korner, which I think is fine. I'm still of the opinion that Kacey was just disappointed more than anything.

Or at least I was until today.

Now, however, it has come to my attention that what happened on Sunday may not have been sadness, anger, disappointment, snottiness, bad camera timing or just a bad day, as many have suggested (and no, for the one person who suggested it, I don't think Kacey's a stone-cold killer either) – no, there's actually a very simple explanation. 

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So let’s talk about some of the other faces at the CMA Awards

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Kacey Musgraves' disappointed face at last night's CMA Awards has been the talk of the morning, but there were other faces that deserve a second look too.

First, there was George Strait who looked like he wanted to be anywhere but on the stage last night during Taylor Swift's Pinnacle Award acceptance (video).

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Then there were the faces during Brad and Carrie's Obamacare joke

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Amazon shows what winning a big award will do for your album sales

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We all know that winning a big award at a show such as the CMAs will do wonders for your career, but Amazon has put the numbers together to show what winning an award will do for your album sales in just a 24-hour period of time. 

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Dubbed the biggest night in
country music, last night’s broadcast of the 47th Annual CMA Awards
recognized this year’s top performers. As expected, hosts Carrie Underwood and
Brad Paisley provided an entertaining evening filled with witty pop culture
banter and performances by country legends and newcomers
alike.

But how did the winners of
the night’s awards fare in terms of customer demand in CD purchases? Amazon.com
looked at each artist ranking on the Amazon’s Movers & Shakers List for
Music after the show ended*. Updated hourly, the Movers & Shakers list shows
the biggest gainers in sales rank over the past 24 hours.

Within the Top 20 Movers
& Shakers, 13 country artists make an appearance. Amazon’s big winners
include:

Pinnacle Award Winner:
Taylor
Swift

  • Taylor
    Swift’s album Fearless is the #8 bestselling album of all-time on
    Amazon.com
  • Her
    other albums on the top 100 albums of all-time list are Speak Now at #21
    and Red at #36
  • Taylor
    Swift has sold more albums than any other solo artist on the list – and more
    than Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band
    combined
  • Current
    rankings: Red – up 77% from #64 to #36 and Speak Now – up 57% from
    #401 to #255 

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