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Scotty vs. Lauren: American Idol’s Country Showdown

Tuesday night, American Idol will begin its 10th season finale with a performance show that will pit two of its youngest contestants against one another as 17 year old country crooner Scotty McCreery will go head-to-head with 16 year old Southern belle, Lauren Alaina. It’ll be a country showdown for the Idol title and to get ready for the big night, ATC will analyze the showdown and offer our prediction of what the outcome will be.

Throughout this season, both Scotty and Lauren have delivered strong performances and have become fan favorites. Considering both have been two of the strongest contestants this season, it’s easy to believe that this could be the closest finale race in Idol’s 10 year history. Each contestant has many advantages and some disadvantages going for them. We’re going to pick a part each contestant to see who has the ultimate edge in the end.

Scotty McCreery
A year ago, Scotty was a 16 year old high school baseball player in Garner, NC who worked in a local grocery store. Now he’s a 17 year old American Idol finalist who, no matter Wednesday’s outcome, will go on to become one of country’s brightest new stars.

Scotty has consistently been a judges favorite each and every week by delivering solid performances. His shining moment came last week when he turned on the charm and personality while performing Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?”. However, like most contestants, he had a few stumbles thrown in including his version of “For Once in My Life.” Scotty’s key to success on Tuesday will be to continue to stick to his country roots and deliver each performance with as much heart, emotion, and southern drawl as he can to impress the judges.

When it comes to fan votes, I believe Scotty has the advantage because he has two primary support groups behind him: the “tween” girls and the conservative demographic. Throughout the season, Scotty has been a fan favorite for the young girls who seem to pull off upsets for their favorites (Lee DeWyze over Crystal Bowersox; Kris Allen over Adam Lambert) so he’ll continue to reap the rewards from that huge demographic. He’ll also have the backing of the conservative voters who love how he’s consistently presented himself as a down home, all American boy who is simply living his dream.

There has been one disadvantage that has plagued Scotty throughout the season and that’s the fact that he’s often seen as a “one trick pony.” Early on in the season, Scotty only performed hits by country crooner Josh Turner during his audition rounds (we can all remember how many times he belted out the line “baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low”) and when it came to the live shows, he continued to pick similar artists like George Strait and Garth Brooks. Though he showed his artistic preference, it was easy to predict that he’d have trouble with other genres and even with the new mainstream country sound that he’ll encounter after the show’s end. However, he’s done a good job at showing his versatility by performing songs like Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone” and Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?.” He’ll need to continue to take risks come Tuesday night. My suggestion would be tackling a song that shows off his strong vocal range yet sticks to his traditional roots much like Chris Young’s latest smash, “Tomorrow.”

Scotty’s bread and butter is in his ability to cater straight to his audience so if he does it three more times on Tuesday night, he’ll have done enough to claim the Idol title and become the show’s youngest winner.

Lauren Alaina
Lauren Alaina is a beneficiary of the new age range which allowed 15 year olds to audition this season. So when Idol held auditions in Nashville, a then 15 year old Lauren auditioned by singing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing” with judge Steven Tyler. After her audition, Tyler famously predicted that they had found “the one.” Now she has the chance to make that prediction come true.

Lauren’s key to success this season has been her ability to belt it out with the best contestants on the show. From showing her country roots on songs like “Any Man of Mine” or Reba’s “Turn on the Radio,” to singing non-country classics like “Unchained Melody” and Elvis’ “Trouble.” Unlike Scotty, Lauren has always made an effort to show off her versatility. She’s delivered power ballads like Martina McBride’s “Anyway” as well as the rock classic from Melissa Etheridge, “Am I the Only One” and also rocking country songs like Carrie Underwood’s “Flat on the Floor.” She’s taken the advice of the judges and has always tried to push herself. Her shining moment came during this past week’s performance when she effortlessly delivered Lee Ann Womack’s smash, “I Hope You Dance.” It’s those moments that Lauren will need to recreate in order to take down the boy wonder that is Scotty McCreery.

Another advantage Lauren has going for her is the fact that her style of country caters to a larger audience than Scotty’s. Lauren has proven herself to be a perfect fit for the current mainstream/pop style of country. She’s performed songs by some of today’s biggest superstars in Carrie Underwood and Reba as well as some of country’s newest “it” artists like The Band Perry. She’ll need to stick to that style of country if she wants to have a chance against the traditional leaning Scotty. My suggestion would be to continue performing newer songs by artists like Underwood or even Miranda Lambert (she nailed “Gunpowder and Lead” during the top four results show).

Lauren’s biggest disadvantage could come in how she handles the big stage and big audience. In the past she’s seemed to buckle under the pressure of the moment and has often second guessed herself during her performances. During her “Unchained Melody” performance, mentor Jimmy Iovine tore her a part for not going for the song’s money note during the live performance. Even this past week, she got caught up in the moment during her performance of “If I Die Young” that she simply missed her modulation, but she recovered nicely. If Lauren can overcome her nerves and trust that she has the vocal ability to out sing her opponent, then she will have the ability to pull off the upset.

In the end, I have to say that country music will prove to be the true winner of American Idol. No matter who wins, both Scotty and Lauren have the potential to become future superstars of the genre. However, if I had to pick a winner, my money is on Scotty McCreery to take home the title. He’s been one of the best contestants this season and has one of the largest fan bases I’ve seen from a finalist. But, look for both of them to hit country radio soon, and who knows, maybe they’ll be competing once again in 2012, except it’ll be for a Best New Artist award from either the CMAs or ACMs.

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ATC’s Best of 2010: Artists of the Year

Our final “Best of 2010” list focuses on the five artists who, in our opinion, have done an amazing job representing country music this year. These five artists have all hit number one on at least one of Billboard’s country charts and have shined a positive light on country music. Let’s reveal who ATC thought were 2010’s Artists of the Year.

5. Easton Corbin
It takes a lot for a newcomer to impress me but Florida native Easton Corbin has done just that this year. Corbin skyrocketed to the top of the charts not once, but twice this year with his first two singles “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It” while his album, Easton Corbin, debuted inside the top five of the country albums chart. In fact, his album also made our list of the top five albums of the year.
After seeing him in concert twice this year, it’s hard not to imagine this young heartthrob becoming one of country’s finest traditionalists and one of the genre’s best representatives. In his debut year, Corbin has already toured with Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley and nabbed three CMA nominations as well as seven American Country Awards nominations (he went on to win three ACA’s). He was just named Billboard’s Top New Country Artist for 2010. Look for Easton to be around for a long time.
4. Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean is probably the most under appreciated artist in country music. This year, Aldean has strung together smash hit singles with “Crazy Town,” and “My Kinda Party.” Jason’s newest single, his duet with Kelly Clarkson, “Don’t You Wanna Stay” could prove to be his career making hit. His third studio album, Wide Open, has been consistently inside the top 10 country albums throughout the year while his fourth, My Kinda Party, had one of the biggest selling debut weeks from a male artist in a few years.
After headlining last year’s CMT on Tour, Jason moved onto headline his own tour this year and is quickly becoming one of the genres newest superstars. Just recently, Jason was honored as one of CMT’s Artists of the Year along with Lady A, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, and Taylor Swift.

3. Carrie Underwood
Just as Miranda Lambert has proven you don’t always need to win a talent competition, Carrie Underwood has proven that it doesn’t hurt to win a talent competition. Since her run to the title on the 2004 season of American Idol, Carrie Underwood has been on top of the country music world and has yet to come down. This year, Carrie continued to sell copies of her 2009 album, Play On, while sending two more singles to the top of the chart (“Temporary Home” and “Undo It”).
What makes Carrie one of ATC’s top five artists of the year is the incredible tour she put together in this year’s Play On Tour. Carrie performed in front of nearly one million fans and the tour helped propel her to become the first woman to win the ACM Entertainer of the Year award twice. Carrie keeps continuing to rewrite the country music’s history books so there’s no telling what she can accomplish in 2011.
2. Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert has proven that you don’t need to win a talent competition to make it big in country music. The Texas native placed third on the first season of Nashville Star and has since seen her career rise from a talented newcomer to country’s newest leading lady. 2010 has been a career milestone for Miranda Lambert and could go down as the best year of her career.
This year, Miranda scored her first top five hit with “White Liar,” but it was the follow-up single that has taken Miranda to the next level. Her brilliant single, “The House That Built Me,” not only became her first number one single but also spent four weeks atop the Billboard chart and was named the CMA Song of the Year and topped ATC’s list of the best singles of the year. She was named Female Vocalist of the Year by both the ACM’s and CMA’s and also claimed both organization’s Album of the Year for her masterpiece, Revolution. She also made history by receiving 9 CMA nominations which is the most for any female artist in the CMA’s history. 2011 could turn out to be another fairytale year since she’s just been nominated for four Grammy awards.
1.Lady Antebellum
It was just a little over two short years ago when I was fortunate enough to meet a new country band called Lady Antebellum when they performed in a local high school auditorium. After their performance, I knew Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood were going to be superstars, but I never imagined they’d take the country music scene by storm. This year they’ve experience the true meaning of a breakthrough year which is the reason why Lady A tops ATC’s Artists of the Year list for the second year in a row.
Their sophomore album Need You Now was released in January and is not only the best selling country album but it’s also been certified triple platinum. Need You Now also claimed the title as ATC’s best album of the year. The group also added two more number one songs to their credit this year in “American Honey” and “Our Kind of Love.” They’ve racked up several ACM, CMA, and American Music Awards and are currently up for a whopping six Grammy awards including the overall Album of the Year trophy. Along with the chart and awards success, the group headlined their first tour and received their first CMA Entertainer of the Year nomination. They’ve repeatedly stated that they will probably never have a year like 2010 again, but I beg to differ. This is only the beginning for this trio that has what it takes to become this generation’s leading group.

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ATC’s Best of 2010: Freshman Class

2010 has been a great year for newcomers in country music. We’ve seen plenty of solo artists as well as new duos and groups make big splashes on the charts in their first year out. We view the following four artists as the Best of the Freshman Class of 2010. With these four artists just making their debuts, the future of country music looks very bright.

4. Jerrod Niemann
This year saw Jerrod Niemann make big splashes on both the country songs and albums charts. His hit “Lover, Lover” shot straight to number one which helped his album, Judge Jerrod and the Hung Jury, debut at number one on the albums chart. In fact, Jerrod’s album was the album that ended the 24-week reign that Lady Antebellum’s album, Need You Now, enjoyed at the top. In November, Jerrod was nominated for his first CMA award in the Best New Artist category. Jerrod is also one of the few artists that is releasing quality singles to radio as “Lover, Lover” and it’s follow-up, “What Do You Want?,” are some of the best singles released to radio this year.  If 2010 is just the beginning for this talented newcomer, then I expect him to be around for a long time.
3. Steel Magnolia
Steel Magnolia is just another reason why auditioning for a talent competition can pay off big time. This new country duo won the second season of CMT’s Can You Duet?  and have since splashed onto the country music scene. The duo’s debut single, “Keep on Lovin’ You,” peaked inside the top five of the country songs chart and the follow-up single, “Just By Being You,” which became the duo’s second top 25 single. They’ve nabbed nominations from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association Awards for Duo of the Year all before releasing their debut album. In just their first year, the duo has already toured with CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley on his summer H2O tour. With their debut album expected for a January release, look for this talented duo to have an even bigger year in 2011.
2. The Band Perry
The family trio known as The Band Perry made their first appearance on the chart’s with their debut single, “Hip to My Heart,” which went on to become the group’s first top 20 single. The follow up single, “If I Die Young,” has become the group’s breakout hit. The song recently just hit number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and nabbed the group its first Grammy nomination in the Best Country Song category. The single was also just certified platinum for sales of over 1,000,000 copies while the debut album, The Band Perry, is well on its way to being certified gold. The group nabbed nominations at the CMA awards as well as the inaugural ACA awards and are no doubt a lock to nab a few nominations for the upcoming Academy of Country Music awards. With groups like Lady Antebellum rising to superstardom, look for this trio to be next in line in the next few years.

1. Easton Corbin
2010 has been good to all these artists but it hasn’t treated any of them like it has Easton Corbin. Corbin has had a record-breaking year thanks to his breakout singles, “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It.” Easton became the first male artist to send his debut single to number one since Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinking” and he became the first male artist to send his first two consecutive singles to the top spot in 17 years. His debut album, Easton Corbin, hit the top five on the albums chart back in March and has since sold nearly 300,000 copies. Easton received multiple CMA nominations including New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year. He co-led the inaugural American Country Awards nominations with 7 (tied with Lady Antebellum) and took home three of the night’s awards. Easton was also just named the top New Country Artist of the 2010 by Billboard and his album was named Country Breakthrough Album of the Year by iTunes.  “Roll With It” also landed among the top ten country songs of the year while he was named among the top 10 male country artists of the year. In addition to the accolades from Billboard and iTunes, Easton Corbin also landed on our list of top 5 albums of the year. This has certainly been a breakthrough year for this country traditionalist and I see an extremely bright future for this talented 27 year old, Florida native.

 

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ATC’s Best of 2010: Albums

2010 saw the release of albums from some of the genre’s biggest superstars like Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, and Lady Antebellum as well as newcomers like Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, and Joey + Rory. However, not all those artists made a big enough impact with their albums to land on our list of top 5 favorite albums. See which five albums we couldn’t stop listening to this year.

5. The Red Letter Days, The Stephanie Eason Band
This Arizona based group is country to the core and their independently released album proves it. From strong country dittys like “Country Time” and “Happy Ever After” to heartwrenching ballads “My Heart Won’t Leave Me Alone” and “He Don’t Know,” this album shows off the entire group’s many talents and allows bandleader Stephanie Eason to show off her strong vocal abilities. The toned down production from John Rickard is one of the strongest I’ve heard from a country album this year. This is a fantastic 12-song set that ranks right up there with some of country’s best mainstream albums this year.

4. Easton Corbin, Easton Corbin

This year saw debut album releases from newcomers like Jerrod Niemann, Laura Bell Bundy, and Danny Gokey but none of them were as fantastic as Easton Corbin’s self-titled debut. The album includes the smash hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It” along with album highlights “I Can’t Love You Back,” “Leaving a Lonely Town,” and “Someday When I’m Old.” Corbin infuses his traditional country roots in every song including the Cabo-flavored “A Lot to Learn About Living” and the honky tonk infused “The Way Love Looks.” This is one of the best debuts I’ve heard in a while and is a great introduction to this talented newcomer.

3. Album #2, Joey + Rory
Obviously no one mentioned the words “sophomore slump” to the husband and wife duo of Joey + Rory. Just like their debut album, The Life of a Song, the album continues to be a mix of hardcore traditional country, bluegrass, and folk music that creates an album that any traditionalist would be proud of. From the sweet love songs “Born to Be Your Woman” and “That’s Important to Me” to the humorous “God Help My Man” and “Baby, I’ll Come Back to You,” Joey + Rory continue to shed light on every aspect of their artistic beliefs. Though they’ve been overlooked by country radio, this duo proves to be one of country music’s greatest assets.

2. Up on the Ridge, Dierks Bentley
Dierks Bentley earns the honor of 2010’s biggest risk taker. Bentley was riding a wave of success with his previous album, Feel That Fire, when he put it all on the line to release this bluegrass flavored album. His risk no doubt paid off as he released one of the best albums of the year. The album’s incredible highlight “Bad Angel” found Dierks partnering with two of the genre’s finest traditionalists, Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson, to create one heck of a song about the devil’s temptation that alone led the album to be included on my list. The album also includes great songs in “Draw Me A Map,” “Down In the Mine,” and even the title track, “Up on the Ridge.” This album further cements Dierks Bentley as one of the genre’s best artists.

1. Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
Hands down this is my favorite album of the year. The country trio of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood combine country sounds with pop flavored beats and the end result is the top selling country album of the year. Consisting of the number one singles “Need You Now,” “American Honey,” and “Our Kind of Love,” this album shows off the many talents and personalities of Lady A. They tackle songs that deal with different themes from the album’s highlight “Hello World” which talks about the ability to take life for granted to the fun summer song “Perfect Day.” With nominations in the overall Album of the Year and Country Album of the Year categories at the upcoming Grammy awards, it’s no surprise the sophomore effort from Lady Antebellum tops our list of Best Albums of the Year.

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ATC’s Best of 2010: Singles

With 2010 quickly coming to a close, it’s time for the country blogosphere to put together the all important Best of lists. Just like nearly every other blog, All Things Country will be offering our own Best of lists that include the best singles, albums, and artists of 2010 as well as the Freshman class of 2010. We’ll kick off our Best of Series with our top five favorite singles of 2010. Who will top our list?

5. “Stuck Like Glue,” Sugarland
There you go making my heart beat again, heart beat again, heart beat again, there you go making me feel like a kid, won’t you do it, do it one time, there you go pulling me right back in, right back in, and I know, I’m never letting this go, I’m stuck on you, woah oh woah oh stuck like glue, you and me baby we’re stuck like glue

Looking back at all the singles released in 2010, is there any single that was more talked about than Sugarland’s controversial “Stuck Like Glue?” From the unbelievably catchy lyrics (was there anyone who wasn’t singing this song this year?) to the fun and bubbly performance by Jennifer Nettles, this song will probably go down as the most fun song of 2010. To top off an already great song, the duo threw in a reggae breakdown that found Nettles slightly rapping to the sound of a reggae melody. Is it country? Of course not but that’s what makes Sugarland who they are. They aren’t afraid to push the boundaries of country music, and they did so fantastically with “Stuck Like Glue.”

4. “Little White Church,” Little Big Town
You can’t ride this gravy train anymore anyways, there’s a price for keeping me, I might be cheap, but I ain’t free, no more calling me baby, no more loving like crazy…til’ you take me down to the little white church

After experiencing little success on the singles chart the past few years, Little Big Town came roaring back this year with their smash hit, “Little White Church.” The song is the epitome of the perfect summer song as the upbeat, bluegrass ditty provides plenty of handclapping and an extremely infectious melody. Once again, the band’s stellar four part harmonies elevate the song to the outstanding level that listeners hear.  The song became the band’s first top 10 single since 2006’s “Bring It On Home” and scored the group another Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

3. “If I Die Young,” The Band Perry
A penny for my thoughts, oh no, I’ll sell them for a dollar, they’re worth so much more after I’m a goner, and maybe then you’ll hear the words I’ve been singing, funny when you’re dead how people start listening
The Band Perry’s sophomore single, “If I Die Young,” quickly struck a chord with country listeners and found itself atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as well as garnering the group their first Grammy nomination for Best Country Song. The song’s theme of how short life can be is one of the best singles from a newcomer this year. Everything from the emotional vocal performance by bandleader Kimberly Perry to the haunting production makes this one of the most thought-provoking songs of the year.

2. “Hello World”, Lady Antebellum

Well hello world, how ya been, it’s good to see you my old friend, sometimes I feel as cold as steel, broken like I’m never going to heal, and I see a light, a little hope in a little girl, hello world
“Hello World” is the fourth single off of Lady Antebellum’s triple platinum album, Need You Now, and is probably the band’s best single to date. The power ballad delivers a message of realizing how it’s easy to take life for granted in the middle of our fast-paced society. The song’s video brings the emotional song to life in a powerful and moving way by tugging at the audience’s heartstrings. The group is enjoying a run of four straight number one hits and look for this song to repeat that success and make it five consecutive number one singles.

1. “The House That Built Me,” Miranda Lambert

I thought if I could touch this place or feel it, this brokenness inside might start healing, out here it’s like I’m someone else, I thought that maybe I could find myself, if I could just come in I swear I’ll leave, won’t take nothing but a memory, from the house that built me
Brilliant. Flawless. Superb. Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” is without a doubt the best single of 2010 and could arguably be one of the best singles of the decade. Everything from the brilliant lyrics of Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin to the emotional vocal performance Lambert delivers makes this an all-around masterpiece that could go down as one of the greatest country music songs in history. It’s rare for a song to have such a large impact emotionally like “House” does. This is one of those songs that slaps you across the face and forces you to feel some kind of emotion whether it is a sense of brokenness or a sense of sadness, but it’s nearly impossible to listen to the emotion in Miranda’s voice and not feel something. This is country music at it’s finest.

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2010 ACM’s Crown New Standard Bearers in Country Music

With Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and Lady Antebellum taking home seven of the eleven total awards at the 45th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, it’s safe to say that they have become the new ambassadors for country music.

After a decade where superstars Kenny Chesney, Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill were country’s torch bearers, the Academy of Country Music presented the artists they think will represent country music this decade, and Taylor Swift isn’t one of them.

On Sunday night, Carrie Underwood continued to be a force to be reckoned with when she won her second consecutive Entertainer of the Year award, becoming the first female to win twice. Going into the show, Taylor Swift was widely considered the favorite while Underwood was predicted to be left behind. However, it was Underwood’s huge and dedicated fanbase that powered their artist to the win. After 2009 was the year of Taylor Swift, it’s easy to forget that Carrie had another solid year with her latest album, Play On, going platinum and continuing her streak of number one radio hits. It’s a great thing for country music to have such a powerhouse and widely loved artist as its leading lady, and now, leading entertainer.

Along with Underwood, the ACM’s made Miranda Lambert a big winner by rewarding her with three wins in the Video of the Year, Album of the Year, and Top Female Vocalist of the Year categories. In a decade where country music has gone more mainstream, this blonde beauty has stuck to her roots by incorporating traditional country music with a mixture of southern rock and bluegrass which has finally launched her to a new level of stardom. After finishing third in the first season of Nashville Star, Lambert has consistently been an often overlooked artist while other female artists have risen, and some fallen, from superstardom while she’s been put on the backburner. However, after finally reaching the top of the charts for the first time with her smash hit, “White Liar,” Miranda has finally earned the praise and accolades shes deserved for so long. Look to Miranda Lambert to be the new leader of the mainstream traditionalists in the genre.

The Dixie Chicks and Rascal Flatts have dominated the first decade of the new millenium, but now a new trio has emerged as country’s leading supergroup. On Sunday night, Lady Antebellum picked up three ACM awards which included both the Song of the Year and Single Record of the Year awards for their smash hit, “Need You Now.” Along with the two wins for “Need You Now,” the group won their first, of what could be many, Top Vocal Group of the Year trophy. Only two years after the release of its debut album, Lady Antebellum have already proven they have the potential to take country music by storm and dominate the vocal group category for many years to come.

With Underwood, Lambert, and Lady A as the genre’s newest superstars, the future of country music is in extremely good hands. Though it’s only a day after the awards, it’s hard to think that these three artists won’t have big nights at this fall’s Country Music Association awards.

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2010: The Year of Lady Antebellum??

With the year 2010 almost a quarter of the way through, no country artist has even come close to having the amount of success that trio Lady Antebellum has had. Which leads me to ask, is this the year of Lady Antebellum?

Nearly two years ago, an unknown group released their self-titled debut album which debuted at number one on the Country Albums chart. A month later, the trio had their first top five single with “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and embarked as the opening act for Martina McBride.

Fast forward to the end of 2009 and Lady Antebellum seemingly found its way to the top of the country music industry. The trio – made up of Charles Kelly, Dave Haywood, and Hillary Scott – was named the CMA’s Vocal Group of the Year (ending Rascal Flatts’ six year reign) and their first number one song, “I Run to You,” was named Single of the Year. Also in late November, their single “Need You Now” started a five week run at number one. The group also scored two Grammy nominations.

Now fast forward to mid-January when Lady A released their sophomore album, Need You Now. The album debuted atop both the Hot 100 and Country Albums charts by selling 480,000 copies. The album has yet to fall from number one on the Country Albums chart and out of the top five on the Hot 100 and has sold 1.4 million copies. A few days after the release of the album, the trio picked up their first Grammy award in the Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for their hit “I Run to You.”

This week, Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” rose to number one on the Adult Pop Songs chart becoming only the second number one country song to reach number one on the pop chart (Faith Hill’s “Breathe” was the first). The group’s second single, “American Honey,” is already a top ten hit and on its way to becoming their third straight number one song. The group also earned seven nominations in five categories when the Academy of Country Music released the nominations for this year’s awards show.

By the end of 2010, Lady Antebellum could have their first double platinum album as well as at least two number one singles. Not to mention, they could have several ACM and CMA award wins. Unless other country superstars step up, there’s no stopping Lady Antebellum. Look for 2010 to be Lady A’s breakthrough to superstardom.

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