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Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift Among Top Paid Artists of 2021

Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift were notably among the world’s 10 highest-paid musicians for the year 2021, all of who collectively earned $2.3 billion.

Shelton, who sat at No. 9 with $83 million, was the only country star on the list. This host of The Voice made a majority of his earnings with the sale of his music catalog, aligning with the trend of a handful of other top-earners who sold the rights to much or all of their music last year.

Taylor Swift, who is in the process of re-releasing her country projects but isn’t considered a full country artist, landed at No. 10 having made $80 million. She earned her big bucks mostly through album sales with the re-recording of Red and Fearless, which were both in the top 5 of total sales in 2021. Swift also made it big through partnerships with notable brands like Peloton and Starbucks.

The biggest earner of 2021, Bruce Springsteen, trumped all others at $590 million with the priciest solo catalog sale in history.

See the full list of the top 10 World’s highest-earning musicians for 2021:

10. Taylor Swift, $80 million

9. Blake Shelton, $83 million

8. Mötley Crüe, $95 million

7. Lindsey Buckingham, $100 million

6. Red Hot Chili Peppers, $145 million

5. Ryan Tedder, $200 million

4. Kanye West, $250 million

3. Paul Simon, $260 million

2. Jay-Z, $470 million

1. Bruce Springsteen, $590 million

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Happy 76th Birthday Doll Parton!

On January 19th, 1946, Dolly Parton was born. Today, the Queen of Country is turning 76!

According to her own website, Parton grew up as the fourth child of 12 in Locust Ridge, Tennessee.

Over the course of her rhinestone-studded career, the music icon has had 25 songs reach No. 1 on the country music charts, won 11 of 50 Grammy nominations, and, among a myriad of other accomplishments, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

Parton is part of a small group of people who can line their shelves with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. She has also been honored with the Living Legend Award from the U.S. Library of Congress in 2004, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

While she is most known for her distinct, southern twang, Parton has also become a dedicated philanthropist, businesswoman, and even saved a young girl’s life–who appeared alongside the big-haired American treasure in Netflix’s Christmas on the Square–by pulling her out of the way of oncoming traffic. Is there anything Dolly Parton can’t do?

Happy Birthday, Dolly!

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Legendary Country Songwriter Dallas Frazier Dead at 82

Dallas Frazier, the Grammy-winning songwriter behind songs including The Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira,” George Jones’ “If My Heart Had Windows,” and Connie Smith’s “Ain’t Love a Good Thing,” has died at a rehabilitation facility in Gallatin, Tennessee. He was 82.

Confirmed by his daughter, Frazier’s death came after he had suffered two strokes since August.

Frazier began his successful career of songwriting at the age of 14, building a name and reputation that earned him three Grammy nominations for working on “There Goes My Everything,” “All I Have To Offer You (Is Me),” and “Elvira.”

In 1976, Frazier was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“I’ve noticed this all my life in writing songs, there’s a thing called feel, and it’s magic when you get ahold of it,” he had said in an interview from 2018. “It can make or break a record. You can have a great song and all, but if it doesn’t have that feel, it just doesn’t do anything.”

Kyle Young, the CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, made a statement following Frazier’s passing.

“Dallas Frazier is among the greatest country songwriters of all time,” he shared. “He was a man of kindness, generosity, and faith, who overcame a hardscrabble upbringing to offer smiling gifts to all of us. He lived a beautiful life of a beautiful mind.”

Frazier is survived by his sister Judy Shults, wife Sharon Carpani Frazier, their daughters Melody Morris, Robin Proetta, and Allison Thompson, four grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

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Dolly Parton Announces Release of 48th Solo Record “Run, Rose, Run”

Dolly Parton has just announced yet another dive back into the country music scene with the upcoming release of her 48th solo album Run, Rose, Run.

According to the big-haired icon, the record is set to drop on March 4th. It will consist of 12 new songs, including collaborations with Ben Haggard, Joe Nichols, and Richard Dennison.

The album is paired with Parton’s novel of the same name, which she co-authored with the esteemed James Patterson. The book will be released just a few days after the album, on March 7th.

Along with the announcement, Parton also released the album’s first single “Big Dreams and Faded Jeans.”

“So many people come to Nashville with their sack of songs,” Parton said in a statement. “Whether they’re running from anything or not, they’re running towards a future. That’s what ‘Big Dreams and Faded Jeans’ is all about.” Listen to the new track below.

Run, Rose, Run Tracklist:
01. Run
02. Big Dreams and Faded Jeans
03. Demons (with Ben Haggard)
04. Driven
05. Snakes in the Grass
06. Blue Bonnet Breeze
07. Woman Up and Take It Like a Man
08. Firecracker
09. Secrets
10. Lost and Found (with Joe Nichols)
11. Dark Night, Bright Future
12. Love or Lust (with Richard Dennison)

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Thomas Rhett Announces Release Date for New Album, “Where We Started”

Thomas Rhett has shared the official release date for his newly-announced, upcoming album Where We Started. 

As announced on Instagram just yesterday, country fans can expect Rhett’s sixth studio album on April 1st.

Rhett previously released the first single of the album “Slow Down Summer” back in November of 2021. In addition to Where We Started‘s release date, the country star also shared that two new singles were released at midnight this morning. The album will feature 12 more tracks yet to be revealed.

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