Taylor Swift Dominates The American Music Awards…And The News Cycle

Jim Malec | November 23rd, 2009

  • Taylor Swift swept last night’s American Music Awards, beating out Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Eminem and Kings of Leon to claim the title of Artist of The Year. Swift also took home Favorite Pop/Rock Female, Favorite Country Female, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and Favorite Country Music Album.
  • Taylor Swift, in a suit filed by performing rights organization BMI (on behalf of clients including Songs of Universal Inc., EMI Blackwood Music Inc., Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.) is suing Idaho sports bar Boomers Sports Cellar for undisclosed damages.

    “According to a lawyer connected to the case, BMI deployed an “agent” to go on a recon mission at The Sports Cellar bar sometime last year, and the agent noticed the bar was playing music — including Taylor’s stuff — that they hadn’t paid for the right to play.” (TMZ)

  • And in more Taylor news, Bob Lefsetz evidently ruffled some feathers in the Swift camp by implying the use of Auto Tune during the 19 year old’s live performances. In his 11/19 column, he recaps a couple of surprisingly revealing phone conversations between he and the reigning CMA Entertainer of The Year.
  • I’ll quote anyone who manages to hate on Twilgiht and Shark Boy and Lava Girl in the same paragraph.

    “I don’t know, I just recently found out that [Twilight] was a phenomenon; I was unaware of this. But I am aware of this–that the guy that supposedly is in this New Moon thing [Taylor Lautner], I saw…I have had to suffer through that Shark Boy and Lava Girl movie so many times that I wouldn’t go watch him if he was in a remake of True Grit.” (From audio interview at WKHX)

  • Who better to lead Nashville’s 57th annual Christmas parade than the city’s favorite son John Rich, a man known from Goodlettsville to Franklin for his cheer and good spirit. All joking aside, Grand Marshall Rich will donate $5,000 to help local families who need assistance paying winter electricity bills.
  • Roughstock is reporting that Kevin Fowler has signed a national deal with Lyric Street.
  • Enjoy $3 in free MP3s from Amazon.
  • Hawkshaw Hawkins, who reached the Top 10 six times between 1948 and 1961, was inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony hosted by Charlie McCoy and Kathy Mattea. Hawkins’ only #1 hit was his last charted single, “Lonesome 7-7203.”
  • Darryl Worley is recovering from neck surgery, as per his MySpace blog.
  • Harold Dean Taylor, better known as Jody of Oklahoma City country duo Jude ‘n’ Jody, died on Saturday at age 74. The duo started performing together in 1954, and built a friendship with fellow Okie Wanda Jackson. Jude ‘n’ Jody also went on to host the regionally broadcast television show Country Social throughout the 1960s.
  • Mother Jones has an interview with Nashville based guitarist and longtime Gillian Welch collaborator Dave Rawlings.
  • Baron Lane reviews the latest effort from Wrinkle Neck Mules, giving Let The Lead Fly 4 and 1/2 babes (out of 5).
  • Downtown Cincinnati has erected a marker at the site of The E.T. Herzog Recording Co., where Hank Williams recorded “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”
  1. Steve M.
    November 23, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Of course Taylor Swift’s voice was electronically altered. The little girl can’t sing a note.

  2. Kelly
    November 23, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I also love the new Wrinkle Neck Mules disc….

  3. Thomas
    November 23, 2009 at 11:18 am

    …sounds like something doctor dolittle might say.

  4. Mayor JoBob
    November 23, 2009 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for the Amazon offer notice. I need to expand my Mudhoney collection :)

  5. Brady Vercher
    November 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Amazon’s also got a bunch of Black Friday deals going on, including 50 Albums for $5 in a few genres. Anyone got any recommendations for the country choices? Of the ones I don’t have, I’m thinking of grabbing Doyle Lawson or Vince Gill.

  6. Rick
    November 23, 2009 at 11:34 am

    “Lonesone 7-7203″ is a great country song and its nice to read Hawkshaw is getting this belated honor.

    Last night a bit of the “Roots Festival” music scene hit L.A. when the King Wilkie Trio and Crooked Still hit McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Even though it was Crooked Still’s first gig in L.A it was still a sellout and the crowd was very appreciative. I’d call their music “celtic influenced jam grass” and its very unique. The use of a cello as a central instrument coupled with no guitar, mandolin, or dobro makes their sound quite distinctive. I was most impressed by their very pretty fiddler Brittany Haas who almost lit her five string fiddle on fire with her skilfull playing! The Greencards could sure use a gal like Brittany after Eamon departs the group…

    What is with all this incessant plugging for the Wrinkle Neck Mules? Isn’t that what Gobbler’s Knob is for? Sheesh…

  7. Truersound
    November 23, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Because the Wrinkle Neck Mules are amazing that’s why…

    Taylor Swift and BMI sueing a lowly bar for not paying their BMI bill. Seriously. I don’t know if you guys have heard of this, but bars and pretty much any establishment that plays music of any kind, even if the artists aren’t affiliated with a publishing company have to pay a fee to BMI/ASCAP etc… just for the right to play music. What a load of bullshit.

  8. Drew
    November 23, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Suing an Idaho sports bar for playing her music? Jeez, success has really gotten to Taylor’s head.

  9. Leeann Ward
    November 23, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I think the Vince album is worth $5, but it’s honestly one of my least favorite albums of his, second to Lets Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye.

  10. Truersound
    November 23, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Drew, it’s not Taylor doing the suing, it’s her publishing company. They are allowed to sue on their artist’s behalfs as part of the distribution agreement that is made. I doubt Taylor (or any of the other artists) have anything to do with it other than their names.

    I wonder how much money trickles down to the actual songwriters on deals like that? As I understand it, they are to protect artists from having their song played on something like a TV show without compensation, but I wonder how much money they are losing because a bar has BMI licensed music on it’s jukebox without paying the fee? The publishing company’s thinking is that if the bar didn’t have the licensed music playing people would not have shown up to drink copious amounts of alcohol and they deserve a slice of that pie.

  11. Drew
    November 23, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Sounds really dumb… damn lawyers again.

  12. Sam G.
    November 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Robbie Fulks “South Mouth” is a steal for $5. It’s one of my favorites from him.

  13. Juli
    November 23, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Agree on South Mouth. I’d also suggest you get some William Elliott Whitmore.

  14. Stephanie Rehder
    November 23, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    The Hayes Carll Album is really great for $5.

    And what a joke that Taylor can be the favorite Pop/Rock female and the favorite Country female.

  15. Leeann Ward
    November 23, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Juli,
    Thanks for the William Elliott Whitmore recommendation. I’m in.

  16. Truersound
    November 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    not sure what William Elliot Whitmore album is on the list, but the latest is his weakest. I see Billy Joe Shaver – Unshaven is on there….that is an amazing album

  17. Juli
    November 23, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Truersound, it’s Hymns for the Hopeless, which is, IMO, one of his best.

  18. Truersound
    November 23, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Yes, that is a good one. Actually the first 3 are all great. The new one is not bad, just not near as good as the others. Big fan of Ashes to Dust and Song Of The Blackbird.

    Ahh, just found the list. Billy Joe Shaver is sadly not on it. I was looking at something else. That Hayes album is a good deal.

  19. J.R. Journey
    November 23, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Is it just me, or is Taylor Swift really becoming a Garth-sized giant in the music industry?

  20. Steve M.
    November 23, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    That is an amazing deal with Amazon. I picked up the Hayes Carll and Levon Helm’s albums. Be nice to have new music to listen to on my plane ride home tomorrow.

  21. Josh
    November 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    no JR…TS is just about head over heels like Garth was back in the 90s…when will the REAL artist get their due?? Only in the pearly gates of heaven.

  22. Razor X
    November 23, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I think the Vince album is worth $5, but it’s honestly one of my least favorite albums of his, second to Lets Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye.

    When Love Finds You is one of those albums that I probably shouldn’t like but I do.

  23. M.C.
    November 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    I’m curious as to why this Idaho bar situation became news. All public places that air music pay licensing fees, it’s the law, and BMI, ASCAP and SESAC regularly make sure businesses are aware of the law and pay their fee, which is usually considered fair and not a big problem. If the business continues to resist, the publishing rights organizations will sue, but that is the last resort option. They attach the names of the publishers to the lawsuit of the music their rep heard in the place of business, so in this case they must have heard Swift’s music, among others who are likely also listed on the lawsuit. It happens enough that it doesn’t usually make news.

    The PROs all have have staffs that work on this full-time. The fees places like restaurants and bars pay is part of how songwriters and music publishers get paid. If the owner of a public place believes music will add to the atmosphere, then that music has value to them, and those responsible for the music should get paid. At least that’s the legal opinion on the matter.

  24. Please!
    November 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Her winning all these awards is a bit ridiculous… something is really starting to stink here I think.. lol.. Com’on there weren’t any other artists that were more worthy at the AMA’s??? I think Taylor made the most $$$$$!! so I guess she get to sweep all the awards for that.. crazy!!!

  25. Kim
    November 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    No Kevin NO! Not Lyric Street! How could he do that??

  26. Rick
    November 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    On the Amazon “country list” the Carter’s Chord album is well worth $5. Its just too bad more of the songs weren’t of the quality of “Summer, Early 60′s”. If the new album from the Lovell Sisters had been included, I’d likely bite even though I prefer CDs.

  27. Nicolas
    November 23, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Taylor won at the AMAs because her fans are nutcases who probably voted for hours on end

  28. Vicki
    November 23, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I realized it was again going to be a Taylor night when “Gloriana” won for breakout new artist. At least they had enough sense to know many in the audience were saying “What? Who is Gloriana?” Taylor fans have taken over as the new obsessed fans. Anything fan voted will be hers this year. And now the “so tired of Taylor” Country fans have something in common with many of the pop/rock/alternative fans.

  29. Shep
    November 23, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    What is wrong with the music industry??? Has everyone lost their minds?

  30. Please!
    November 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    now even John Mayer has a duet with her on his latest sell out cd.. lol!! I’m not buying it!!!! I understand her commercial appeal but this is getting overboard…

  31. Stormy
    November 23, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Eh, Taylor’s going to be over shadowed by Adam Lamber this week.

  32. K
    November 23, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    “And what a joke that Taylor can be the favorite Pop/Rock female and the favorite Country female.”

    100% agree there. I wish she could have only won in the pop/rock category, because it appears that’s where she wants to be, with all her remixing and giving higher dibs to pop radio stations than coutry ones.
    I find it hillarious that the only time Taylor ever claimed to be a country artist” was at the VMA Awards- How ironic.

    “Is it just me, or is Taylor Swift really becoming a Garth-sized giant in the music industry?”

    No, because Garth actually had mature music and mature fans- and he actually lasted for more than five years, which is not something I can see happening for Miss Swift.

    I do think that Taylor is grounded, appreciative, and she is a great bussiness woman who takes charge of every aspect of her career.

    I just don’t think she is respecting country music very well with her bubblegum lyrics and horrid voice. The fact that she is the chosen face of the genre, and possibly the future of it, worries me.

    She is proving that awards shows and accolades can be given to someone with a pretty medicore talent- couple that with a pretty face and down-to-earth persona and you’ve got yourself a star- according to the industry at least.

    I miss the days that incredible talent was demanded instead of mediocre.

  33. Please!
    November 23, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    U think glambert will out-due Taylor “I can’t sing a note” Swift.. LOL!! I hope so.. a friend of mine thinks this is her 15 minutes but I doubt it.. she’ll write another cd about her true life, whatever that is… and win 5 grammys and pretend to look surprised… I think she should be an actress with that surprised look.. Next, it’s Swift, nominated for 7 oscars… she’ll probably win those too… she sold a lot of cd’s this year so she qualifies… lol!!!

    good grief!!!!

  34. Rick
    November 23, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    You know Taylor wasn’t half bad acting in that one episode of CSI as “the disturbed teen girl who keeps changing her hair color”. I think Taylor should indeed devote much more time to her acting career, in fact maybe all of it…

  35. Please!
    November 23, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    yes, she’ll make a fine actress… she might even be able to do a little singing snippet here and there too… but it’ll have to be comedy… lol

  36. Steve Harvey
    November 23, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    Dear lord, the vitriol directed towards swift in the comments section here is becoming hard to slog through. Can we go back to making fun of Rascall Flats? That seemed a little less poisonous.

  37. Stormy
    November 23, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    “And what a joke that Taylor can be the favorite Pop/Rock female and the favorite Country female.”

    As Chris Titus would say:
    “We’re America. We’re schizophrenic. Don’t mess with a nation that needs medication.”

  38. Phil
    November 23, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Vicky said: Taylor fans have taken over as the new obsessed fans. Anything fan voted will be hers this year.

    Well, my local Country radio station has a fan vote lunch hour every weekday, and everytime a Taylor song is up against another song it gets beat big time. On Friday she got beat and only got 11 % of the vote. I guess all of her fans are in school (or don’t listen to Country Radio…shocker there huh?) Today, they finally had to put a Taylor song up against another Taylor song. Oh, and “Love Story” beat “Fifteen” with 63 % of the vote for anyone who cares. LOL

    The same thing happens with Carrie Underwood songs as well when they’re up against another song.

  39. Phil
    November 23, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I already said a long time ago these award shows are nothing more than a tool used by the Industry to sell more albums and promote its artists. Look at the sales numbers for Country music albums last week after the CMA’s and you’ll notice a big jump in sales in the Country department for many of the artists (Lady Antebellum up 134 %, Taylor Swift up 36 %, Zac Brown Band up 55 %, Miranda Lambert up 27 %…but Carrie was down 60 %). It makes the actual awards themselves meaningless to me.

    As for the show last night…I want music back!… and this personality and image masquerading as music out the door yesterday. With Adam Lambert around now to compete with Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Lopez (what was that? and who am I forgetting?)…I guess it could be awhile though.

  40. drdjwu
    November 24, 2009 at 12:41 am

    TMZ is a pure sensationalism rag — I wouldn’t wuote anything they say w/o checking. They also linked Swift and “cocaine” in a headline about the suit — turns out they were referring to the song “cocaine”. Also turns out Taylor’s not involved with suing anyone, BMI was pressing a routine suit over improper use of a dozen songs or so and Taylor had written one of them.

  41. Jon
    November 24, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Yeah, South Mouth is a good’un. The Doyle album isn’t one of his strongest, but it’s still mighty good, and if I remember right, it’s the last album Jamie Dailey recorded with him. But IMO the sleeper there is the Terri Clark live album, which features her outstanding current lineup.

    As far as the “Taylor Swift” case goes, you betcha money “trickles down” to songwriters (this has nothing to do with artists) from licensing fees – which, BTW, amount for most bars & restaurants to a couple of dollars a day. Seems like the principle of “if you don’t want to pay for it, don’t use it” shouldn’t be that hard to grasp.

  42. Vance
    November 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Swift should get out of Country music. She’s Pop and the sooner she realizes this the better.

    http://www.theboot.com/2009/11/24/taylor-swift-songs/

    She doesn’t even know anything because according to her, every song in the world is a Country song.

    Gloriana only won because Swift told all of her little acolytes to vote for them and she should get out of the industry because her material are the only things as bad as rap without being rap. She stands for everything wrong with the industry.

    The only good thing about the American Music Awards was that she didn’t perform and make everybody’s ears bleed with her dreadful vocals.

  43. Jon
    November 24, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    Chill, dude.

  44. Thomas
    November 24, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    @ vance

    …your rants are deadboring but nobody asks you to leave. on second thought….

  45. klark
    November 25, 2009 at 3:29 am

    oohh… at least the AMA saw that she ain’t country haha.

  46. Sheep
    November 25, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Wow, the hate for Taylor Swift here is sad. I admit that I’m not a big fan of hers, but some of the comments are just attacking her personality.

  47. merlefan49
    November 27, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Taylor also won an award for best adult contemporary. Since this was fan voted me thinks if she had been up for best R&B she have won that as well.

  48. Please!
    November 28, 2009 at 2:38 am

    @sheep, yes the negativity is ugly, but what is there 12 comments that are negative.. hardly a dent compared to the millions of taylornation fans out there touting her for her ???? awesomeness.. which is ??? unwarranted… I mean she has great market appeal, some very good songs.. one of her best being ‘love song’ which she touts as being solely written on her own, which I have a hard time believing she could write all the lyrics, music, on her own on that one.. sorry… she even goes to say that her songs are written by her and cowrites are just an edit, not a contribution.. yeah, ok oh HUGE EGO GIRL!!! but she’s not all that… and her music doesn’t compare to her competitors.. do you think she has as much to offer as a songwriter as Alicia Keys????? think about that.. and her voice better than Beyonce?? or Carrie Underwood..? Reba? Miranda Lambert????????? faith Hill??? com’on… it’s a joke and everyone knows it.. so how can you blame anyone from commenting… Yes, she sold a bunch of cd’s… downloads.. give her a statue of a giant dollar sign and call it a day!!!!

  49. Steve Harvey
    November 29, 2009 at 5:56 am

    I have a hard time believing she could write all the lyrics, music, on her own on that one..
    Why?

  50. Dan E.
    November 29, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Please: You must be talking about Sara Bareilles. She has a song called “Love Song”.
    For a minute there I thought you were talking about Taylor Swift. Whew! I’m glad I was mistaken.

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