Review: Top 5 Hottest Topics in Country Music This Week

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November 29, 2018

1. Shania Twain Admitted She’s a Little ‘Bored’ with Country Music

Canadian country music star Shania Twain recently appeared in an interview to discuss her new show Real Country. During the dialogue, the Grammy Award-winning singer admitted that she’s quite bored with country music at the moment. Her main reason for such was the lack of women in country music. That’s where her disappointment was coming from.

"We are not making radio progress, but we are making very small, steady steps towards awareness that we're lacking women on country radio," Twain told E! News.

Moreover, the “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” singer shared that her new show can be of help to push such progress. She explained,

"We have too much of the sameness right now. I'm a little bit bored of it, and I want to pick it up. The only way to do that is to be proactive. I wanted a show that, when you talk about diversity, that includes gender diversity, style diversity, lifestyle diversity."

Meanwhile, Twain is not pleased with the lack of support provided to talents to break into the scene, saying she’s “fed up with the ageist and sexist thing.”

Photo credit: Shania Twain's Official Facebook Page

2. Racism Changed Kane Brown’s Belief that He is White

Kane Brown, a rising star in country music, grew up believing he’s a full White boy until he was laughed at in middle school. A biracial, Brown was born to a mixed-race father and a Caucasian mother. During an interview with People magazine, Brown confessed how unprepared he was to face such unremitting, contagious racism being a mixed-race singer in the country music arena.

“I found out that I was biracial, and I still wasn’t thinking anything of it, but then I started getting called the N-word,” he said. “I didn’t even know what it meant. I learned what it meant, and that’s when it started affecting me. I got in fights over it when I was little.”

Despite such awkward experiences, Brown stays positive and simply focuses on the success he’s getting from his music career.

Photo credit: Kane Brown's Facebook Page

3. Dolly Parton to be Awarded “2019 MusiCares Person of the Year”

The year 2019 has not begun yet, but country music superstar Dolly Parton is certainly excited looking forward to it. That’s because she’s expecting to add another honor to her illustrious career. In particular, the “Jolene” singer will be presented the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year.” This event will take place at the 29th annual benefit gala at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 8 next year.

“I am so excited and humbled to be honored as MusiCares Person of the Year,” Dolly shared. “It’s even more special knowing the gala benefits music people in need.”

Parton will be MusiCares’ new honoree, following in the footsteps of Aretha Franklin, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and Tom Perry, among others. A star-studded cast of musical artists from various genres are expected to grace the activity to honor Parton.  Among them were Chris Stapleton, Norah Jones, Shawn Mendes, and many more.

Photo credit: Dolly Parton's Facebook Page

4. Making of the Soundtrack to the Movie Dumplin’

The release of the soundtrack to the upcoming Netflix film Dumplin’ is almost here. But before the record comes out officially, Dolly Parton shared a glimpse into how the album was made. She particularly discussed the shared efforts of some of the best music artists for the soundtrack album. Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, Elle King, Mavis Staples, and Macy Gray participated in the making of the album’s tracks. Dumplin’ comprises of mixture of classic and brand new songs. Parton shares how excited she is that the audience will be witnessing an amazing collaboration of talented vocalists.

“Singing with all these female artists was a joy and an honor, and, Linda and I, even though we are so different, we’re almost totally alike on a creative level –- we all worked really well together,” she told CMT.

The soundtrack, which Parton co-produced with Linda Perry, will be out on Nov. 30. Meanwhile, Dumplin’ will premiere on Netflix and in some selected theaters on Dec. 7.

5. Reminiscing the Debut Broadcasting of the Grand Ole Opry

Just recently, the famous country music program Grand Ole Opry remembered its 93rd annual celebration since it first aired on Nov. 28, 1925. Originally called WSM Barn Dance, the Grand Ole Opry debuted on Nashville’s WSM-AM radio station. George D. “Judge” Hay was the program announcer at that night. The celebrated fiddler player Uncle Jimmy Thompson was the first performer. Other legendary artists such as Bill Monroe, Uncle Dave Macon, the Crook Brothers, Sid Harkreader, among others were the performers in the succeeding weeks of the program. On December 10, 1927, the program was named as the Grand Ole Opry.

"For the past hour, we have been listening to music taken largely from Grand Opera," Hay said on that night, before introducing harmonica player Bailey. "From now on, we will present the Grand Ole Opry."

Through the decades, the famous program gained popularity and continuous increase in audience size. Because of this, the management started looking for a venue that could accommodate both the audience and performers. In 1974, the program moved into its permanent home at the Grand Ole Opry House.

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