Monday, December 26, 2011

Taste of Country: This Week's Best Tweets

By: Cristin Maher

When country singers get together on tour, there are bound to be some silly shenanigans backstage. When these country singers happen to be brothers, you can expect pure insanity. Kicking off this week's best tweets are Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and his prankster brother Josh Kelley. The Kelley brothers were on tour together, and on the last night of Josh Kelley's stint on Lady A's tour, the guys got together with their band and crew members in some crazy bathrobes for a photo opp. They look hilarious! Also appearing in this week's Twitter roundup are Scotty McCreery, who channeled his inner dog on a car ride home, Martina McBride and Wynonna Judd, who were celebrating their kids' birthdays, and Alan Jackson, who congratulated his friend George Jones for his lifetime achievement Grammy recognition. See what your favorite country stars were chirping about this past week!

The Charts


With Christmas arriving the last day of the week, there are not a lot of bullets out there on some charts. So, no reason for panic, yet. If your favourite Idol even tumbled a few spots, it may be because they were pushed back by a Christmas song or two. The charts will start to right themselves this week, but there will still be a lot of year-end countdown shows crowding out the newer songs. Wait until the following week before we see the complete rebounds.

This week is iTunes gift card redemption week. While the ranking charts we see won’t seem much different, the underlying numbers will be huge. In 2009 Ke$ha’s “TikTo” moved 610K to top the chart and “Replay” sold 447K while “Bad Romance” sold 445K. Every song in the top 10 sold more than 250K. Every song in the top 20 sold more than 154K. Every song in the top 34 sold more than 100K. Meanwhile, top 50 was good for around 75K and top 100 for 42K. For those people out there that still aren’t impressed, keep in mind that Christmas fell on a Friday that year. That’s basically one crummy week (the week before Christmas is a bad week for iTunes) plus Saturday and Sunday to redeem gift cards. Last year, we didn’t get a numbers leak, but many Idols saw triple digit percentage increases in sales with only one day to redeem those cards.

Scotty McCreery:
“The Trouble With Girls”: 25 Country (26)

Note: Numbers indicate position on the chart while numbers in brackets indicate the position on the chart the previous week. The “^” (aka “a bullet”) indicates that a song gained spins since last week

Scotty McCreery

Being given the gift of Scotty for Christmas

While I don't want to post their personal youtube videos directly to this site. They're on youtube, publicly to view, so click the links and see these girls receive Scotty McCreery concert tickets for Christmas. Both videos are worth the watch! I love their reactions.

Additionally, I don't see a good video of Scotty at the Disney parade. When one comes up we'll post it here. <3

Scotty McCreery ends year with International Charity Trip

I hope everybody had a Very Very Merry Christmas! I think I gained 10lbs, but it was wonderful!

GARNER -- After a year that saw him go from the halls of Garner High School to Hollywood TV studios to arena stages across the nation, Scotty McCreery will close 2011 by visiting with hundreds of children who are much less fortunate.

Scotty, the 18-year-old "American Idol" winner, is traveling to the Dominican Republic on Tuesday with a group of family members and friends. They will be delivering shoeboxes filled with gifts to poverty-stricken children.

The trip is part of "Operation Christmas Child," the international charity program organized by Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse organization.

Scotty has helped put together shoeboxes for the program for years.
Thanks to his newfound celebrity this year, Scotty will have the opportunity to see up-close what the shoeboxes can mean to recipients. Operation Christmas Child hopes to deliver shoeboxes to more than 8.5 million children worldwide this Christmas.

The Dominican Republic holds special appeal for Scotty, said his mother, Judy McCreery. "Baseball's big in the Dominican Republic, so it's going to be great for Scotty," she said. Besides music, Scotty's other passion is baseball, and he hopes to earn a spot on Garner High's team this spring.
The trip will continue through Saturday.

Since winning the top-ranked TV singing competition in May, Scotty's life has been a bit of a whirlwind. He's performed on numerous talk shows, headlined last summer's "American Idols Live!" tour, earned gold records, saw his first album soar to the top of the charts and been named the top new artist at the American Country Awards.

In a few weeks, he'll be heading out on another tour, where he'll open shows for fellow country singer Brad Paisley.

But throughout his success, Scotty has tried to live his life as normally as possible when he's back home in Garner. That came as a surprise to some TV and music executives.

"They said it's impossible - there's no way you can go back to school," Scotty, a senior, remembered. "I said, 'Look, y'all don't know my hometown.'"

Scotty aims to get back to his hometown on Saturday night to see his exiting year come to a close. So how will the "American Idol" celebrate New Year's Eve? His plans aren't firmed up, but he expects something low-key with friends.

"I'm sure there will be something," he said with a grin.

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