Taylor Swift has often said she wants to issue albums every two years, and it appears her as-yet-unnamed fourth studio record will meet that standard, as the country star has already written 25 songs for her next release.
The youngest superstar ever chosen as Billboard's Woman of the Year, Taylor Swift has enchanted fans, fellow stars and the music business alike. The "Speak Now" singer spoke with Billboard about her role models, her touring philosophy and why she's never considered herself a "boys vs. girls" type of girl.
Two of Music Row’s "peach pickers" grabbed fruit from the very top of the tree when they were named BMI’s country songwriters of the year Nov. 8: Dallas Davidson and Rhett Akins each received awards for writing five of the performing rights organization's most-played country songs of the year. Also, Josh Turner hit "All Over Me," was named BMI's country song of the year, Sony/ATV was named publisher of the year and Bobby Braddock was saluted as a BMI Icon.
Last night (Nov. 7)'s SESAC awards were good to Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott: the songwriter reeled in honors for songwriter of the year, publishing company of the year (for her company Hillary Dawn Songs, alongside EMI Foray Music), and most played country title of the year ("Need You Now," which also won song of the year in 2010). The song of the year went to Anthony Smith-penned "Tomorrow," performed by Chris Young to certified gold-status in August.
Brad Paisley was named ASCAP's songwriter/artist of the year, and his independent publishing company Sea Gayle repeated as the country publisher of the year. Other winners include Ben Hayslip, who co-wrote five of ASCAP’s most performed country songs, took songwriter of the year, while Allen Shamblin’s “The House That Built Me” continued its awards-ceremony rein. “House” won ASCAP country song of the year performing rights organization’s
Keith Urban played a warts-and-all warm-up set in Nashville Thursday for around 500 fans, radio execs and music-business professionals. “It’ll be much smoother” on June 16 in Mississippi, when his "Get Closer" tour opens, he laughed.