It seems that the radio run of Remind Me, the #1 country smash, is not over by it reaching the penthouse of the country charts on the September 10th issue.
Arista, the label behind country music’s biggest stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, who delivered this stunning duet to the masses on Paisley’s latest album, This Is Country Music, is releasing the song to US radio outside the country genre.
On November 14th (one day after my birthday so I’ll take this is a belated gift), radios that play Hot Adult Contemporary and Adult Contemporary music (ie: music by artists like P!nk, Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Daughtry, Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5, etc…) are invited to add this song to their playlists, after being remixed to suit their sound.
Hot AC success for country songs is seen by many as a gateway for entry to pop radio, which is becoming more and more receptive to country songs without remixes, as shown by Taylor Swift’s “Back To December” and Lady Antebellum’s “Just A Kiss,” currently at #25.
In other news, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley co-hosted the CMA awards for their fourth consecutive time yesterday, opening hilariously with a sketch that played on Hank Williams Jr.’s slur of Obama being like Hitler and Kim Kardashian’s 72 day marriage.
Carrie and Brad also performed “Remind Me” to a standing ovation.
A few things… first, Brad & Carrie did great and really have amazing chemistry together – you can tell they truly like each other. Second, for some reason I felt Carrie’s mic was mixed poorly compared to Brad’s… it seems again the producers are mixing down Carrie’s mic to make up for the fact that her vocal partner (Brad, Steven Tyler) cannot match her peerless vocal power. Third, I still thought “Remind Me” was the highlight of the evening in terms of passionate delievery and electricity in the air.. plus the standing ovation! Fourth, it pains me that CMA chose to give Miranda the vocal award over Carrie when ML even admitted herself on stage that she should not have won this year – for what? HTBM was a year ago.. its time to move on and rightly give Carrie her next vocal award instead of Sony Music rigging all these award so their “golden couple” can be perceived as the king and queen.. they are not. Fifth, how could Blake’s “It’s All About Tonight” be nominated for album of the year when that release was sort of a bomb, featuring one “ok” single and was released 2 years ago? Why was Keith Urban’s “Get Closer” nominated? That album is incredible. Lastly, I was sad that Jason Aldean did not win either ETOY or Vocalist – he really deserved to win this year. Lastly lastly, Taylor’s self-induglent acoustic set proved that country music is still fooled by her schoolgirl “glances to the crowd”, caked on lipstick, and sub-par singing… even her songs honestly sound mostly the same.. yes, they are good pop songs, but not country. Is “Sparks Fly” a Avril Lagne song or Taylor? I really cannot tell… tell me what you think…
Correction – why was Keith Urban’s cd NOT nominated? Maybe his best release ever…. strange.
The best album out of the nominated bunch was Brad Paisley’s. I was shocked it didn’t win.
Honestly, I didn’t watch the show, I YouTubed parts that I was interested in seeing. I found it weird, however, that Miranda had The House That Built Me played when she won FVOTY. That song is brilliant, true, but it’s gotten ancient now. You’d think they either play her current single, Baggage Claim, or any of her singles that served as a follow up to THTBM.
As for Taylor, I am horrified if “Ours” turns out to be her next single. Not gonna lie, I like her. Would have preferred Brad winning EOTY but it’s ok she won. She toured a lot and generated great revenue. However, I did not appreciate her reaction when Miranda won. She could have shown some enthusiasm.
Carrie proved yesterday that she can deal with any situation she’s put in. The bad sound system didn’t deter her from giving a terrific performance. I love that high note she added in the middle of the song. I can’t judge if it’s the best performance of the night but I’m pretty sure no one topped that.
All in all, I really can’t wait for next year. Hopefully Carrie gets some love then.