Carrie Underwood on the Lack of Successful Female Country Artists: ‘You Would Think We’d Be Farther Along’


In both 2012 and 2013, just three of the top 25 artists on Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart were solo women. In a Billboard Country Update column last fall, we heard what country radio has to say about this, but what do the artists themselves think?

Carrie Underwood was one of the artists who made that list of three both years (along with Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift), and she’s among the ranks of those hoping things will improve for females this year.

“You would think that we would be farther along in the thinking about women in country music,” Underwood says. “I like to think things are getting better, but then I see stats like [the one cited above] and realize that women really do seem to get the short end.”

Theories abound about why women get short-changed in country music, but Underwood notes, “There is certainly not a shortage of talented ladies out there that want so badly to get their fair shot in this business. But there seems to be only room for only a few.” On the flip side, she says, “there seem to be so many male singers out there who can be viewed as similar, and there seems to be plenty of room for all of them. Read more

Who won at the Grammys? Who stole the show? Everything you need to know.


So, you didn’t watch the Grammys because you were watching “Downton Abbey” or “True Detective” or the Pro Bowl. (Ha, just kidding on that last one). Or because you, correctly, figured there were better ways to spend nearly four hours. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want to take part in the discussion that’s happening Monday morning. So, here — use these talking points and you’ll be right there with everyone who watched every moment. Read more

Music City USA Keeps Getting Better – What’s New In Nashville


It’s always fun to take in live music while traveling, and the best known cities for this are all among my favorites, Austin, Memphis and New Orleans, but in my opinion Nashville is the very best, because it has all types of music and so many venues that are open all day, typically from about eleven in the morning until the wee hours. Instead of waiting until nighttime and going out after dinner, you can simply drop into any of dozens of Nashville Honky Tonks, have a drink and listen to tomorrow’s stars in the late morning, mid-afternoon, before or after dinner, or late night. Most Honky Tonks serve food, so you can do live music for lunch or dinner, 7 days a week. I love this accessibility and flexibility.

The Grand Ole Opry, whose weekly live broadcast is the nation’s longest running radio show, since 1925, does many live shows in the downtown Ryman Auditorium, a former church and wonderful venue, but I had never been to the main campus, on the outskirts of the city, until this visit. The huge resort complex includes a shopping and dining mall, hotel, and the Grand Ole Opry House, a vast theater from which the radio show is broadcast. I went to the broadcast show this trip, and this is an absolute must for anyone visiting the city. Read more

‘Ride Along’ Arrives In Top Position At Box Office


The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Monday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Tuesday by Rentrak, are:

1. “Ride Along,” Universal, $48,626,380, 2,663 locations, $18,260 average, $48,626,380, 1 week.

2. “Lone Survivor,” Universal, $25,929,570, 2,989 locations, $8,675 average, $76,739,691, 4 weeks.

3. “The Nut Job,” Open Road, $25,700,000, 3,427 locations, $7,499 average, $25,700,000, 1 week.

4. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” Paramount, $18,034,726, 3,387 locations, $5,325 average, $18,034,726, 1 week.

5. “Frozen,” Disney, $16,068,552, 2,979 locations, $5,394 average, $336,699,913, 9 weeks.

6. “American Hustle,” Sony, $11,764,995, 2,204 locations, $5,338 average, $117,596,186, 6 weeks.

7. “Devil’s Due,” Fox, $9,145,358, 2,544 locations, $3,595 average, $9,145,358, 1 week.

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Shakira, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce: Whose New Single Is Best?


A plethora of pop divas are kicking off 2014 in high form, with new singles that could soon be hijacking your radio. Three high-profile singles — a collaboration with Shakira and Rihanna, Miley Cyrus’ latest “Bangerz” cut and Beyonce’s latest Top 20 hit with her hubby Jay Z — are particularly attention-grabbing; but which song will be highlighting your first playlists of the year?

Vote now in the poll below to show us why “Can’t Remember To Forget You,” “Adore You” or “Drunk In Love” is the hottest pop single of the moment:

Shakira and Rihanna’s ska-influenced duet “Can’t Remember To Forget You,” which premiered this Monday (Jan. 13), revels in gorgeous heartbreak, with the pair of pop veterans crooning over the guitar-heavy production of Shakira, John Hill and Kid Harpoon. “Can’t Remember To Forget You” previews Shakira’s first English-language album since 2009’s “She Wolf,” which is due out on Mar. 25.

Meanwhile, the premiere of Miley Cyrus’ “Adore You” music video late last month helped the carefully constructed ballad boost its streaming numbers and skyrocket to a No. 22 peak on the Hot 100 chart. “Adore You” is the third single from Cyrus’ “Bangerz” album, and since the first two radio cuts, “We Can’t Stop” and “Wrecking Ball,” were inescapable hits last year, it’d be hard to bet against “Adore You” repeating that success. Read more

2014 Oscar Nominations: The Full List


Well, the Oscar goes to no one quite yet, but the nominations are most certainly in, with plenty of 2013’s best and brightest films recognized across the categories. “American Hustle” dominated with nominations in all four of the acting categories, as expected, while films like “12 Years a Slave,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Gravity” all had fine showings. In terms of surprises, “Dallas Buyers Club” and “Nebraska” both squeezed into the Best Picture race, while the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” was shut out of the major categories.

Read on for the full list of this year’s Oscar nominees.

Lone Survivor’ is winning its box-office battle

"Lone Survivor"

Coming into the weekend, the military action drama “Lone Survivor” was expected to take in $20 million to $25 million at the box office — a decent if hardly overwhelming number for a movie that cost about $40 million to make.

But when final numbers came in Monday afternoon, the Universal Pictures release had outperformed even the most optimistic forecasts and nearly made its production costs back: It tallied $37.9 million, the second-biggest opening ever in the month of January.

The movie, which stars Mark Wahlberg, has turned into the first wide-release hit of 2014 and, perhaps more improbably, become a modern wartime film with mass appeal. An adaptation of Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell’s bestselling 2009 memoir about a deadly mission in the mountains of Afghanistan, “Lone Survivor” is on pace to take in more than $100 million — a mark reached by only three live-action releases in the first quarter of 2013.


‘Frozen’ Musical Is Headed to Broadway

After winning a Golden Globe for best animated film on Sunday, “Frozen” may one day be competing for a Tony Award with the announcement that it will be turned into a Broadway musical. Walt Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger revealed the gestating plans in an interview with Fortune.

In the interview, released Monday, Iger confirmed for the first time that Disney is in discussions to develop a stage show around the icy hit about two sibling princesses, although he made it clear that no time frame or creative team is yet in place. “We’re not demanding speed,” Iger told Fortune. “We’re demanding excellence.”

The development of the franchise was the biggest surprise of the Christmas season, becoming yet another sign that Disney is no longer in the shadow of animation rival Pixar.

Stevie Nicks Advises Katy Perry on Her Pop Rivals


Stevie Nicks offered Katy Perry a choice nugget of rock star wisdom during a lengthy conversation back in September: “You don’t have any rivals.” In a new interview with ABC Radio, Nicks opened up about meeting Perry in London while she was in town with Fleetwood Mac and Perry was set to play this year’s iTunes festival.

“I thought it was going to be a 20-minute ‘Hey, how are you doing?’ thing – and we sat for three hours until, like, three in the morning,” Nicks said. “And we pretty much talked about everything.”

Specifically, Nicks recalled, Perry asked who her rivals were around the time she began her solo career with the release release of 1981’s Bella Donna. “And I was, like, speechless,” Nicks said. “I was, like, ‘I didn’t have any rivals.’ And she said, ‘Really? None?’ I said, ‘No . . . the girls in Heart [were] friends. Pat Benatar [was a] friend.”

While Perry didn’t single out any of her peer performers as rivals, she told Nicks that fans on the Internet tend to pit female singers against each other even if there’s no basis for such claims.

“I said to her, ‘Katy, let me tell you something. You don’t have any rivals. So forget that. Never say that word again,'” Nicks continued. “‘You don’t have rivals. All of those girls? Friends. You’ll probably work with all of them at some point. Friends.'”

How to Improve Hollywood in 2014: 9 Experts on the Future of Film and TV


Brian Robbins, Bob Greenblatt, Wesley Morris and others discuss the changes impacting the business and the opportunities in the digital space

From a distance, the Hollywood sign has never shone brighter.

The box office will hit record numbers this year and television continues to be a cash cow. Yet, a digital economy that roiled the industry continues to sweep away old business models. In some cases, these newer forms of distribution and production are leading to more creativity and innovation. Often, they also mean less money to go around.

To make sense of the technological, artistic and financial disruptions, TheWrap spoke with nine of entertainment’s sharpest thinkers, including Brian Robbins, the CEO and founder of AwesomenessTV (which he sold to DreamWorks Animation), and Bob Greenblatt, the NBC Entertainment chairman who proved with “The Sound of Music” that Broadway can work on broadcast. Read more