When Shakira had the idea for her country song, she decided to call on her ‘The Voice’ friend and mentor, Blake Shelton. She told him she wanted to escape L.A. and work with people in Music City.
“I told him I wanted to work with Nashville people,” Shakira tells Billboard Magazine. ”I was a little tired of L.A. I wanted people with another point of view, real people with roots with whom I feel comfortable working in the same room. And I told Blake I wanted to do a song that had the narrative of a country song, that was picturesque, that was a real song. But it also needed to suit me, because after all, I’m Colombian.”
Shakira enlisted some people who have previously worked with Carrie Underwood. She joined forces with writer Hillary Lindsey and producer Mark Bright before sending the song to Shelton for approval.
“I think she did a hell of a job,” Shelton says. “One thing is for someone like her to say she’s going to do something and another is to do it. And I’ll be damned, a month and a half ago she wrote me and said, ‘I wrote the song, and I want you to tell me what you think.’ And I said, ‘Gosh dang, you did exactly what you said you’d do. It sounds like a hit song.’
The country-pop tune called ‘Medicine’ will be featured on Shakira's upcoming album, set set for release on March 25th.
There’s apparently money to be made in country music. Billboard magazine has released their list of the Top Music Money Makers of last year, and not surprisingly, Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney claimed the top two spots.
Swift easily took the No. 1 slot, making $39,699,575.60 in 2013. Her hefty paycheck is thanks to her 2012 multi-platinum album, ‘Red,’ and the record’s accompanying global tour. She also scored sponsorships from three major companies — Keds, Elizabeth Arden and Diet Coke — for the worldwide trek. In addition, the songstress claims almost 10 million downloads and makes an estimated $17 per head from each concert attendee in merchandise.
Chesney came in about six million dollars behind Swift at $32,956,240.70. The Tennessee native’s impressive earning are thanks to his sold-out tours, which boast more than one million in attendance for ten consecutive tours, including 2013′s No Shoes Nation trek. In addition, Chesney’s ‘Life On a Rock’ album soared to the top of the charts, and continued his reign as one of the highest digital and physical sellers of all time.
Swift and Chesney aren’t the only country artists raking in the big bucks. See who else made the list HERE!
Not only is Johnny Depp an incredibly talented actor and film producer, but most don’t know that he’s also a gifted musician. Depp has been playing guitar since childhood and has performed with several notable musicians and apparently there was another member of the Nelson family on stage at The South by Southwest 10-day music and film extravaganza that just kicked off in Austin, Texas, as Depp was reportedly playing bass for Willie Nelson!! Check it out!
It’s not like superstars end up on road trips with supermodels, is it?
Well, yeah, if you’re Taylor Swift that happens, or at least it did this week. Taylor posted a pic on Twitter Wednesday (March 5th) of herself and Karlie Kloss, a Victoria’s Secret supermodel she met during a TV taping last year.
"California here we come...right back where we started from...ROAD TRIP,"Taylor captioned a pic of the two on a giant Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park sign.
Keith Urban‘s love of fashion is helping him expand his name even further than country music and ‘American Idol.’ His admiration for “cool, interesting t-shirts” has inspired the Australian to start his very own T-shirt line! Urban’s personal style isn’t that of the traditional country singer — he is usually seen in a hip and casual shirt paired with a jacket and denim jeans. Now, he wants to help fans build their cool T-shirt collection, too.
“I’ve always loved cool, interesting t-shirts and wanted to share that passion,” the star explains on his new line’s website. “But only if I could do it in a fun, collaborative way — with social impact that can make a difference.”
So that’s just what he did. The ‘Cop Car’ singer partnered with Industrial Revolution II, a “socially responsible garment” manufacturer, as well as Raphael Mazzucco, a Canadian photographer/artist for his new hip shirt collection.
Keith Urban Collection here.
Call it hip-hop . . . call it R&B . . . or, heck, you might even call it country, but to Billy Currington, it's just really good music!!
“I don’t know what you would actually call these songs,” Billy tells in an interview this week as he prepares to embark on his We Are Tonight Tour with supporting acts Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice. “All I know is that I have over 20 songs recorded with [songwriter/producer] Shy Carter. I can’t wait to finish up that project with him and get some of those songs out there so the world can hear them.”