MUSIC WRAPS 2005 ON STRONG NOTE
2006 CMA / Country Music Association, Inc.
- While the bulk of the music industry slumped with an
across-the-board decline of 7.2 percent for music sales in 2005,
Country Music finished stronger than every format except Latin,
with a more modest 3.3 percent drop, according to figures
released this week by Nielsen SoundScan.
an industry we face the same challenges as all musical formats,
but in 2005, we had some advantages, too," said Tammy
Genovese, CMA Chief Operating Officer. "Country
Music received a lot of national attention with Carrie Underwood
winning 'American Idol,' the Johnny Cash biopic 'Walk the Line'
hitting movie theaters, network television specials for Kenny
Chesney and Faith Hill, and of course the CMA Awards one-time
visit to New York City. With all of these important factors
impacting the marketplace right before our fourth quarter sales
season, we were able to carry that momentum through the end of
In fact, sales of Top Current Country Albums were strong in the
holiday sales period (the last six weeks of 2005), finishing
ahead of the same period in 2004 by 8 percent, while sales of
the Top 200 Current Albums fell 16 percent, according to Nielsen
SoundScan's annual tally.
the busiest retail week of the year (Dec. 19-25), 11 Country
albums scanned more than 100,000 units each including Carrie
Underwood (400,625); Kenny Chesney (268,898); The Legend of
Johnny Cash (177,548); Rascal Flatts (172,369); Faith Hill
(145,498); Trace Adkins (134,157); Reba McEntire (124,086);
Keith Urban (122,780); Martina McBride (121,099); Big & Rich
(119,323); and Sugarland (117,476). Gretchen Wilson was close
behind with 98,366.
the number of albums sold in 2005 was 75.3 million down from
77.9 million in 2004, but Country's market share increased
in 2005 from 11.69 to 12.7 percent. Frustrating the number
watchers is the fact that Garth Brooks' box set, which was sold
exclusively at Wal-Mart, was not included in the Nielsen
SoundScan count. The retail giant has said that more than a
million copies have been sold, but estimates place that figure
as high as 2.5 million.
those numbers had been included in the final SoundScan figures,
we would have ended the year on the positive side of the
equation," Genovese said. "Still, Country Music held
its own during a very tumultuous period for the music industry.
The creative depth of our artistic community, loyalty of our fan
base and the breakthrough success of some of our bright new
talent all contributed to this achievement."
to those gains in 2005, was a diverse slate of performers
representing the broad terrain of the format from newcomers
Underwood and Sugarland to legacy artist Cash; cross-over
superstar Faith Hill to one of the premiere entertainers in the
industry Kenny Chesney; Toby Keith, who continued to sell strong
in 2005, to trio Rascal Flatts, who broke into the upper sales
ranks across all formats for the first time. The trio's album Feels
Like Today sold 2,511,209 units in 2005, claiming the No. 7
best selling album of the year spot among all genres.
diversity of these performers illustrates the strength and
future potential of the genre," Genovese said.
"Country Music is strong as a format, when you have artists
at virtually every phase of their careers selling albums at this
Top 10 Country albums of 2005, according to Nielsen
SoundScan (Dec. 28, 2005 YTD):
10 Country Albums (in millions)
Rascal Flatts 2.5 million
Road & The Radio,
Kenny Chesney 1.8 million
Keith Urban 1.7 million
Carrie Underwood 1.6 million
Faith Hill 1.5 million
The Speed of Life,
Sugarland 1.5 million
Toby Keith 1.4 million
for the Party,
Gretchen Wilson 1.2 million
As You Are,
Kenny Chesney 1.1 million
2 Greatest Hits,
Toby Keith 1.0 million
making simultaneous No. 1 debuts on the Billboard
200 and Country Albums Charts in 2005 included Kenny
Chesney's Be As You Are and The Road and the
Radio; Faith Hill's Fireflies; George Strait's
Somewhere Down in Texas; and Gretchen Wilson's All
Brooks released Garth Brooks: The Limited Series
box set exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club locations on
Nov. 25. Wal-Mart announced the box set sold more than
500,000 copies on its first day of release, making it the
top-selling musical component in Wal-Mart history. In the
second week after its release, Wal-Mart announced the box
set had sold more than one million copies. RIAA has not yet
announced a certification of these sales. These sales are
also not reflected in the Nielsen SoundScan figures.
female newcomers Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood made
their mark in 2005. Lambert's debut album Kerosene
and Underwood's Some Hearts both entered the Billboard
Country Albums Chart at No. 1. At the end of 2005, Lambert
got her Christmas wish when her album went Gold. Underwood's
Some Hearts sold 314,000 units in its first week, making it
the biggest first week sales of a debut album by a new
Country artist in Nielsen SoundScan history. The album was
certified Gold after only two weeks in stores, and was
certified Platinum soon after. The album continued to be a
strong seller throughout the holiday sales period and into
the new year, with more RIAA certifications sure to follow
Album Sales Certifications
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified
35 Gold, 22 Platinum and 15 multi-Platinum (including 1
Diamond) Country albums. Gold indicates sales of 500,000
units; Platinum indicates sales of 1 million units;
multi-Platinum is for each successive million units sold;
and Diamond indicates sales of 10 million albums. The RIAA
continues to award these rankings throughout the life of the
album; an album does not have to be released in the same
year it achieves one or more of these rankings.
legendary Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits album
received the Diamond award for reaching 10 million units
sold in 2005. After more than 40 years, the Country Music
Hall of Fame member's music continues to inspire and
entertain new generations of fans.
& Rich (Horse of a Different Color) received
their first multi-Platinum album certification in 2005,
selling over 2 million albums. Dierks Bentley (Dierks
Bentley); Chris LeDoux (20 Greatest Hits);
Sugarland (Twice The Speed Of Life); and Carrie
Underwood (Some Hearts) received their first
Platinum album certifications in 2005. Jason Aldean (Jason
Aldean); Rodney Carrington (Greatest Hits);
Josh Gracin (Josh Gracin); Miranda Lambert (Kerosene);
Sugarland (Twice The Speed Of Life); and Carrie
Underwood (Some Hearts) received their first Gold
album certifications in 2005.
2004, RIAA launched the Digital Sales Awards, reflecting
sales of singles downloaded from legal online music sites.
RIAA Digital Gold Sales Awards were given to 34 Country
singles and a Platinum Sales Award went to six singles in
2005. Single tracks are awarded Gold (100,000 downloads),
Platinum (200,000) and multi-Platinum (400,000+)
certifications. Platinum Digital Sales certifications went
to Big & Rich's "Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy;"
Tim McGraw's "Live Like You Were Dying;" Rascal
Flatt's "Bless The Broken Road;" Keith Urban's
"You'll Think Of Me;" Gretchen Wilson's
"Redneck Woman;" and Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope
addition, the RIAA certified five Gold (50,000 units sold)
and four Platinum (100,000 units sold) Country longform
videos. Platinum Country longform videos included Trace
Adkins (Video Hits); Big & Rich (Super
Galactic Fan Pack); and Keith Urban (Video Hits and
Livin' Right Now).
more information on album, single and video certifications,
visit the searchable database on www.RIAA.com.
below are the Top 10 all -genre tours and the Top 10 Country
tours based on attendance and gross sales, according to
Pollstar magazine for shows played between Jan. 1 and Dec.
GENRE TOP 10 (attendance):
TOP 10 (attendance):
Krauss and Union Station Featuring Jerry Douglas
of Country's hottest stars teamed up on the road in 2005.
Reba McEntire, Terri Clark and Brad Paisley had the
"Two Hats and a Redhead Tour;" Brooks & Dunn
hooked up with other high-energy duos Big & Rich and the
Warren Brothers for the "Deuces Wild Tour;" Kenny
Chesney invited Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban, Uncle Kracker
and Pat Green on his "Somewhere in the Sun Tour;"
and Alan Jackson and Sara Evans collaborated on the
"What I Do Tour." Urban headlined his own
tour, "Livin' Right Now," with Little Big Town and
Miranda Lambert. Toby Keith invited Lee Ann Womack and
Shooter Jennings on his "Big Throwdown II Tour."
Rascal Flatts and Blake Shelton and Shelly Fairchild
performed on the "Here's To You Tour."
Country Music's Biggest Party
2005, CMA Music Festival broke attendance records with
145,355 people attending "Country Music's Biggest
Party," June 9-12 in Downtown Nashville. Though
persistent showers from a tropical storm drenched many of
the venues, the fans still came out in force, dancing,
singing and clapping along to more than 50 hours of music.
Thirty-five acts appeared in the Nightly Concerts at The
Coliseum including Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Big &
Rich, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Jo Dee
Messina, Dolly Parton and The Grascals, Rascal Flatts, Kenny
Rogers, Blake Shelton, Sugarland, Travis Tritt, Carrie
Underwood, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, Lee Ann Womack,
Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood and more. Montgomery Gentry
kicked off the Festival at the Greased Lightning® Daytime
Stages with a rousing performance before thousands of fans.
The riverfront dual stages bustled with a rich array of more
than 100 acts from major and independent labels. The
Wrangler® Fan Fair (Exhibit Hall) was once again a hit with
fans seeking that much-coveted autograph. The Bush's®
Baked Beans Family Zone featured activities for the whole
family including the Crisco® Country Favorites Corner and
the popular free cookout hosted by Bush's® Baked Beans
spokesduo Jay Bush and his dog Duke. The Sports Zone
featured the fourth year of the Andy Griggs Celebrity
Archery Tournament as well as the second annual B.A.S.S.
Anglers and Artists Tournament and the debut of The Tracy
Byrd Golf Challenge. CMA Celebrity Close Up, hosted by
Lorianne Crook, treated more than 2,000 fans to question and
answer sessions with Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn, Eddie
Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, Trisha Yearwood, Sugarland
and Travis Tritt. The sessions aired in two special
episodes on GAC. The Stars of NBC Daytime made their
fifth appearance at the Festival signing autographs and
hosting the NBC Daytime After HoursT Party at the Wildhorse
CMA Music Festival will take place Thursday through Sunday,
June 8-11, in Downtown Nashville and tickets are available
now. To order tickets for the 2006 CMA Music Festival call
1-800-CMA-FEST (262-3378); visit www.CMAfest.com
to download an order form to fax or mail; visit www.ticketmaster.com
to buy online or charge-by-phone at (615) 255-9600. Prices
do not include applicable handling fees. Ticket prices are
subject to change without notice. All sales are final and
the second year, the CMA Music Festival was filmed for a
two-hour, primetime television special that aired Aug. 2 on
the ABC Television Network. The special was produced
by Robert Deaton and directed by Gary Halvorson.
Country Music's Biggest NightT
Music's Biggest NightT" took a trip outside of
Nashville for the first time in history. The gala
event, hosted by duo Brooks & Dunn, was broadcast live
from Madison Square Garden in New York City. A week of
events, dubbed "Country Takes NYC," lead up to the
Nov. 15 broadcast with special theme days that featured
concerts, fashion shows, art gallery openings, sports events
39th Annual CMA Awards" took a bite out of the Big
Apple and the competition, giving CBS Television network a
nightly win in viewers and key demographics. The CMA
Awards was first in households (11.1/17), viewers (17.73m),
adults 18-49 (5.4/13) and adults 25-54 (6.7/15).
"The 39th Annual CMA Awards" was Tuesday's No. 1
program in households, viewers and adults 25-54. CBS
Research estimates more than 36 million viewers watched all
or part of the ceremony. CBS posted season high
Tuesday deliveries in viewers and key demographics with the
Network's best Tuesday ratings in adults 18-49 since May 10,
2005 and its best Tuesday performance in viewers and adults
25-54 since Nov. 9, 2004 (also the CMA Awards).
Ann Womack and Keith Urban were the big winners at the 2005
CMA Awards. Womack won Single, Album and Musical Event
of the Year honors and Urban received his first Entertainer
of the Year trophy and his second consecutive Male Vocalist
of the Year Award. Gretchen Wilson won her first
Female Vocalist of the Year Award and Dierks Bentley took
home the Horizon Award. During the broadcast, Alabama,
the late DeFord Bailey and Glen Campbell were formally
inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
23 performances, the 2005 CMA Awards certainly lived up to
its reputation as "Country Music's Biggest NightT."
Performance highlights included duets by Elton John and
Dolly Parton; Paul Simon and Willie Nelson (accompanied by
Norah Jones); and Bon Jovi with Jennifer Nettles of
Sugarland. Country superstar Garth Brooks came out of
retirement to perform "Good Ride Cowboy," his
tribute to the late Chris LeDoux, live in Times Square.
LeDoux received the CMA Chairman's Award of Merit. CMA
Board Chairman Kix Brooks presented the Award LeDoux's sons
backstage following the show.
the first time, Joan and Melissa Rivers covered arrivals on
the CMA Awards Red Carpet live on the TV Guide Channel.
and the ABC Television Network announced in 2005 that the
CMA Awards will move to ABC beginning in November 2006, as
the CMA Awards celebrates its 40th Anniversary. "The
40th Annual CMA Awards" will be broadcast live from the
Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn. The
deal will keep the CMA Awards on ABC through 2012.
radio is still on top as the most dominant radio genre in
2005 with 2,043 stations across the U.S., according to Inside
the spring and summer ratings period, Country stations had
the largest share of national listeners 12 and older since
fall 1999, according to Arbitron's American Radio Listening
Trends Format Report.
Top Five Hot Country Songs included: No. 1-Craig Morgan,
"That's What I Love About Sunday;" No. 2-Toby
Keith, "As Good As I Once Was;" No. 3-Rascal
Flatts, "Bless The Broken Road;" No. 4-Sugarland,
"Something More;" No. 5-Rascal Flatts, "Fast
Cars And Freedom."
Most Heard of 2005 included: No. 1-Craig Morgan,
"That's What I Love About Sunday;" No 2-Rascal
Flatts, "Bless The Broken Road;" No. 3-Josh Gracin,
"Nothin' To Lose;" No. 4-Sugarland, "Baby
Girl;" No. 5-Rascal Flatts, "Fast Cars and
Chesney and Faith Hill had concert specials on the day
before Thanksgiving, though on different networks and
different time slots. "Kenny Chesney: Somewhere
in the Sun" aired on ABC and helped the network to a
second place finish for the night with a 5.2/9 rating/share.
"Faith Hill: Fireflies" pulled 4.4/7 rating/share
for NBC. Willie Nelson and Big & Rich performed
for American troops overseas on the ABC special "Nick
& Jessica's Tour of Duty" with Nick Lachey and
Jessica Simpson. Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and
Cowboy Troy celebrated Independence Day on the "Boston
Pops Fireworks Spectacular" on CBS. Trace Adkins
saluted America's veterans on PBS's "National Memorial
Day Concert." Carrie Underwood performed on NBC's
"Christmas at Rockefeller Center." CBS aired a
special dedicated to the late Johnny Cash, "I Walk the
Line: A Night For Johnny Cash," which included
performances by Sheryl Crow, Foo Fighters, Shooter Jennings
and Jessi Colter, Norah Jones, Kid Rock, Alison Krauss, Kris
Kristofferson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Martina McBride, Brad
Paisley, U2 and Dwight Yoakam. Gretchen Wilson performed
with her hero Charlie Daniels on the Super Bowl pre-show
entitled "Bridging the Generations." Blake
Shelton played himself and performed his hit single
"Nobody But Me." on the CBS movie special,
"The Christmas Blessing." Sugarland rang in the
New Year on NBC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin'
Eve." Josh Gracin and SHeDAISY performed on NBC's
"Capital One Holiday Celebration on Ice."
Billy Ray Cyrus starred alongside his daughter in the Disney
Channel movie "Hannah Montana." Josh Gracin,
SHeDAISY and Rhonda Vincent performed on the
Christmas-themed "Capital One Holiday Celebration on
Ice" on NBC. Lonestar performed on "The 22nd
Annual Christmas Day Parade" on ABC.
Music was represented in a big way on the two top-rated
morning shows in the nation. Julie Roberts recorded
the theme song "Good To Go" and appeared in the
promos for ABC's "Good Morning America."
Phil Vassar's song "Live For Today" was used on
NBC's "Today" for it's special series Live For
Today that aired in May.
Williams Jr. celebrated his 16th and final year singing the
theme song for ABC's "Monday Night Football."
Tim McGraw inked another season-long deal with the football
program to use McGraw's popular song "I Like It, I Love
shows dominated the airwaves in 2005 and Country artists had
their fair share of appearances. Rascal Flatts
appeared on "American Idol" on FOX to sing
"Bless the Boken Road" with eventual winner Carrie
Underwood, making them the first Country act to appear on
the popular series. LeAnn Rimes took over hosting
duties for USA Network's third season of "Nashville
Star" with Phil Vassar, Bret Michaels and Anastasia
Brown as judges. Winner Erika Jo released her debut
album on Universal South Records. Fans got to see
behind the scenes of two of Country's hottest acts, Gretchen
Wilson and Big & Rich, in CMT's "MuzikMafia
TV." Amy Grant hosted "Three Wishes," a
new show on NBC that grants wishes to a deserving town.
New group Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand's song "Dream
Big" was featured in promos for "Three
Wishes" and Craig Morgan performed on an episode.
Tanya Tucker starred in her own reality show "Tuckerville"
on TLC. Aaron Tippin appeared on TLC's "Trading
Spaces." Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Mark
Wills and Trisha Yearwood each taped episodes on ABC's
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." LeAnn
Rimes performed the theme song and appeared on an episode of
GSN's equestrian challenge "American Dream Derby."
Naomi Judd signed on as host of "Naomi's New
Morning," a weekly variety series on the Hallmark
Country stars showed off their humorous sides in sitcoms in
2005. Wynonna played a New York socialite in ABC's
"Hope & Faith" and Dolly Parton appeared as a
real estate agent in "Reba" on The WB.
Montgomery Gentry, Trace Adkins and Van Zant made cameos on
The WB's "Blue Collar TV." Adkins also
appeared as himself on NBC's "My Name Is Earl."
Clint Black guest starred on an episode of ABC's "Hot
shows had a Country sound with Alison Krauss and Union
Station visiting "Sesame Street" and Trace Adkins
guest starring on The Disney Channel's "Higglytown
always brings out Country's biggest hearts. Faith
Hill, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Toby Keith were part of
Bob Geldoff's multi-city "Live 8" benefit concerts
to raise awareness about global poverty.
& Rich appeared on the NBC drama "Las Vegas."
In the soap opera department, Blue County appeared on
"As the World Turns" and Trick Pony took a turn on
"Days of our Lives."
and not seen on television was Martina McBride's "This
One's For the Girls," which was featured on promos for
the NCAA Women's Basketball Championship and Craig Morgan's
"That's What I Love About Sunday" on the USA
Network's "PGA Tour Sunday" highlights show.
Big & Rich's "Comin' To Your City" was used as
the theme song for ESPN's "College Game Day."
Crossroads" had another very successful year of
Country/pop combinations in 2005, pairing Keith Urban with
John Fogerty; Ronnie Milsap with Los Lonely Boys; Brad
Paisley with John Mayer; Sugarland with Bon Jovi; and Kenny
Rogers with Lionel Richie.
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artists are throwing their hats into the clothing arena.
Reba McEntire teamed up with Dillard's to launch her own
clothing line aptly called Reba. George Strait lent
his name to Wrangler for a line of jeans and shirts called
The George Strait Collection. Keith Urban joined pop
stars Joss Stone and Liz Phair for a GAP jeans ad campaign
called "Favorites." Urban also recorded his
song "Most People I Know Think I'm Crazy" for
television ads and an exclusive CD only available in Gap
stores. Carrie Underwood appeared in print ads for
McBride and LeAnn Rimes were immortalized in plastic when
Mattel introduced a line of Barbie dolls sculpted in the
Country ladies' images.
Vassar appeared in commercials for Prilosec OTC.
"American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood appeared
in a series of commercials for Hershey's, singing classic
jingles. Gretchen Wilson signed a huge endorsement
deal with Chevy to appear in commercials nationwide.
Garth Brooks and Martina McBride appeared in holiday-themed
commercials for Wal-Mart. Brooks inked a deal earlier
in the year to distribute his music exclusively through
Wal-Mart, which included a limited edition box set of
Brooks' music. Target featured commercials for holiday
wake-up calls from Brad Paisley and other celebrities.
Charlie Daniels, Sara Evans and Alison Krauss teamed up with
Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores to distribute exclusive
CDs only available in Cracker Barrel stores. Martina
McBride teamed up with Hallmark Gold Crown Stores to
distribute the exclusive CD My Heart. Toby
Keith continued to appear in Ford trucks commercials.
was the music of choice for companies connecting to their
audiences. Terri Clark recorded a new song,
"Better In A Dodge," for Dodge truck commercials.
Trent Willmon's "Home Sweet Holiday Inn" was used
by the hotel chain for its television ads. Joe Diffie
rerecorded his hit "Pickup Man" for Applebee's
Carside-To-Go advertising campaign. Darryl Worley
recorded a new song, "I Found Love In A K-Mart
Store" for the retailer's television ads. Collin
Raye was the singing voice for one of the Fruit of the Loom
characters in the garment maker's commercials.
opportunities for Country artists continued to grow in 2005.
Toby Keith opened I Love This Bar & Grill restaurants in
Las Vegas and Oklahoma City and also introduced his own line
of marinades and spices. Keith also started his own
record label Show Dog Records, which will distribute Keith's
music as well as other Country acts. John Michael
Montgomery also opened a restaurant, John Michael's Hometown
Bar & Grill in Nicholasville, Ky. Willie Nelson
started a company called Willie Nelson's Biodiesel that will
market a new environmentally friendly truck and bus fuel
made from vegetable oils. Tim McGraw became part owner
of Arena Football League team the Nashville Kats and
appeared in local commercials for the team. Darryl
Worley opened Darryl Worley Home Furnishings in Enterprise,
Ala., selling flooring, furniture, appliances and more.
Shania Twain released a new fragrance, Shania, by Stetson.
Neal McCoy started his own record label, 903 Music.
Marty Stuart also delved into the record label business,
opening Superlatone Records.
sponsors lined up to sign Country stars to endorsement deals
in 2005. Shania Twain released a new fragrance, Shania
by Stetson. Trace Adkins teamed up with Waffle House
restaurants for a multi-city contest where fans got to meet
Adkins at a local Waffle House where he shared his favorite
meal and even flipped an egg or two. Steve Azar signed
a deal with ExxonMobil to sponsor his tour through 2006.
Sonny Burgess signed endorsement deals with Bailey Hats and
Wrangler. Swiss watch company Tissot signed Brad Paisley to
expand awareness of its line of sports watches in the U.S.
Dorfman Pacific and the Milano Hat Company signed Toby Keith
to a three-year deal for a signature line of headwear.
silver screen saw the return of a redheaded stranger when
Willie Nelson played Uncle Jesse in the big screen version
of "Dukes of Hazzard," also starring Jessica
Simpson, Burt Reynolds and Johnny Knoxville. Junior
Brown narrated the movie. Reba McEntire's signature
voice will be heard from the mouth of a cow as part of an
animated remake of "Charlotte's Web." Tim
McGraw signed on to star in a remake of "My Friend
Flicka" while his acting debut in the Rick Schroder
film "Black Cloud" was released nationally in
2005. Dolly Parton made a cameo playing herself in
"Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" with
Sandra Bullock. "Walk the Line," a biopic
about the early years of Johnny Cash and June Carter starred
Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon and co-starred Country
artists Shelby Lynne as Cash's mother, Shooter Jennings as
his young father Waylon Jennings, and Waylon Payne as Jerry
Lee Lewis. Kris Kristofferson starred in
"Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story," also starring
Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell and "The Jacket,"
starring Adrian Brody and Keira Knightly. Dwight Yoakam
starred in the Tommy Lee Jones-directed "The Three
Burials of Melquiades Estrada" and had a short cameo in
"The Wedding Crashers." Mark Collie
continued to add to his acting credits, appearing in
"Lost Lake." Deans Sams of Lonestar appeared
in his first independent film, "Drone Virus."
Blake Shelton will appear in the upcoming movie "The
Charlie Daniels Band, Montgomery Gentry and Willie Nelson
were featured on the soundtrack for the "Dukes of
Hazzard." The soundtrack for "Must Love
Dogs" featured Adams, Stephanie Bentley, Rodney
Crowell, Susan Haynes and Linda Ronstadt. Joaquin
Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon provided the singing voices
for Johnny Cash and June Carter on the soundtrack for
"Walk the Line." Lila McCann recorded
"I'm Amazed" for a CD accompanying the DVD release
of Disney's "Cinderella." Patty Griffin and
Ryan Adams contributed songs to the
"Elizabethtown" soundtrack. The soundtrack
for "Brokeback Mountain" featured songs from Steve
Earle, Emmylou Harris, Nelson and Ronstadt. Harris
also contributed to the "Because of Winn-Dixie"
soundtrack. The "North Country" soundtrack
featured a song by The Bellamy Brothers. Dolly Parton
contributed a song that ran over the closing credits of
"Transamerica." "The Muppet Christmas Carol
Soundtrack Special 50th Anniversary Edition" featured a
song by Martina McBride. The "Grand
Champion" soundtrack featured Asleep at the Wheel,
Robert Earl Keen, Nelson, Charlie Robison and George Strait.
Shania Twain, Sara Evans, McBride, LeAnn Rimes and SHeDAISY
recorded classic songs for the all-women soundtrack to the
hit ABC show "Desperate Housewives." Rascal
Flatts' "Feels Like Today" was included in the
soundtrack for the TV series "Smallville."
Lyle Lovett and June Carter Cash had songs on the soundtrack
to the HBO series "Deadwood."
League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc. and CMA
brought Broadway's elite together with some of Country
Music's biggest stars for "Broadway Meets Country"
at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln
Center during "Country Takes NYC" week leading up
to the 2005 CMA Awards. Performers included Broadway's
Jason Danieley, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Adriane Lenox,
Marin Mazzie, Andrea McArdle, Brian Stokes Mitchell, James
Naughton, Marian Seldes, Ben Vereen and Patrick Wilson.
Country stars included Trace Adkins, Glen Campbell, Billy
Currington, Raul Malo, Neal McCoy, Richie McDonald of
Lonestar, Jamie O'Neal, Julie Roberts, Carrie Underwood, Lee
Ann Womack and Trisha Yearwood.
Parton is planning her first musical on Broadway, an
adaptation of the hit workplace satire "9 to 5."
Parton is writing 10 new songs for the musical, but will not
appear onstage. "Ring of Fire," a musical
about the life of Johnny Cash, is set to begin on Broadway
in 2006 and stars Lari White. Carlene Carter starred
in the Nashville and New York productions of "Wildwood
Flowers," a musical about the original Carter Family.
Billy Ray Cyrus played Frank Butler in a Toronto production
of "Annie Get Your Gun." Billy Currington
joined a star-studded collection of performers taking part
in the fourth annual "Broadway Under The Stars"
event, which marked the start of New York City's summer
outdoor cultural season. Sherrie Austin starred in
Broadway's "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde." Mandy
Barnett, Kathy Mattea, Jeannie Seely and Pam Tillis appeared
in a Nashville production of the off-Broadway play "The
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Country artists turned authors in 2005. Tanya Tucker,
who consulted some of her closest friends in the music
business for 100 Ways to Beat the Blues. Billy Joe
Shaver wrote Honky Tonk Hero. Coming Home
to Myself, Wynonna's autobiography, followed her
critically acclaimed tour "Her Story: Scenes from a
Lifetime." In Looking Back to See: A Country Music
Memoir, Maxine Brown remembers what it was like in the
music business for her and siblings Bonnie and Jim Ed Brown.
Tragedy's Gift, written by Kevin Sharp with Jeanne
Gere, describes Sharp's struggles with bone cancer and his
Country career. Jeff Foxworthy released Jeff
Foxworthy's Redneck Dictionary: Words You Thought You Knew
the Meaning Of and Redneck Extreme Mobile Home
Makeover: Or A Redneck Look at Fixing Up and Decorating Your
House Without Loss of Limbs. Foxworthy's
"Blue Collar TV" partner Bill Engvall released Here's
were popular in 2005. Loretta Lynn and Jeff Foxworthy
released cookbooks with You're Cookin' It Country
and Redneck Grill, respectively; Southern
Country Cooking from the Loveless Cafe: Fried Chicken, Hams,
and Jams from Nashville's Favorite Café by Jan and
Michael Stern, features recipes from George Jones, Patty
Loveless, LeAnn Rimes, Marty Stuart and more; and the All
American Cowboy Grill featured Clint Black, Tracy Byrd,
George Strait, Randy Travis and others.
written about Country subjects included Dear Mama
Williams: Sympathy Cards & Letters to the Hank Williams
Family, edited by Williams' stepdaughter Lycrecia
Williams Hoover and Dale Vinicur, which featured some of the
letters the Williams family received after the Country Music
Hall of Fame member's death; In Other Words: Artists
Talk About Life and Work, by Anthony DeCurtis, reveals
the author's behind-the-scenes memories of his most famous
interviewees, including Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash,
Lucinda Williams and more; Grievous Angel: The
Authorized Biography of Gram Parsons was written by
Jessica Hundley and Parsons' daughter Polly Parsons; I
Still Miss Someone: Friends and Family Remember Johnny Cash
by Hugh Waddell tells the story of the life of Cash through
the words of his family and friends; Country Music Goes
To War by Charles K. Wolfe and James E. Akenson
examines Country Music's role in times of war; Lovesick
Blues : The Life of Hank Williams written by Paul
Hemphill showed the parallels between the Country star's and
the author's lives. Entertainment Weekly writer Chris
Willman released Rednecks and Bluenecks: The Politics of
Country Music, a look at the differing political
leanings of Country Music artists. Steve Earle:
Fearless Heart, Outlaw Poet, by David McGee, takes an
intensive album-by-album look at the influential artist.
Music City Reader 2005, edited by Randy Rudder, is a
compilation of stories from Nashville-area writers.
Evans was featured as the only Country artist on People's
50 Most Beautiful list, Keith Anderson made it in the
magazine's Most Eligible Men issue, and Tim McGraw and Keith
Urban were featured in the Sexiest Men Alive issue.
Shania Twain ranked at No. 30 on Forbes magazine's Celebrity
Music trivia was a hot topic in board games in 2005.
"Music Scene It?" featured Tim McGraw on the box
cover. "Shout About Music," a DVD game,
featured a Country edition. "Country Music
Triviologies" featured brain-bending trivia questions
in different categories.
Grand Ole Opry partnered with the U.S. Department of
Defense's "America Supports You," a nationwide
program to showcase and communicate America's support to the
men and women in the armed forces. Through the
partnership, "Grand Ole Opry Live" was made
available to troops around the world through the Armed
Spirit of America Tour" featured more than 20 shows
with artists including the Oak Ridge Boys, Miranda Lambert,
the Charlie Daniels Band, Pam Tillis, Buddy Jewell, Cowboy
Crush, The Bellamy Brothers, Little Texas, Dierks Bentley,
Cross Canadian Ragweed and Joe Diffie performing for U.S.
troops stations overseas.
for Stripes events took celebrity entertainment into the
remote areas to perform for the troops. Participants this
year included Bellamy Brothers, Jolie Edwards, Aaron Tippin,
Trick Pony, Mark Wills and Chely Wright.
England, Toby Keith, Neal McCoy and Rascal Flatts
participated in USO Tours this year.
Black performed a special concert for the troops stationed
at Fort Campbell, Ky. and was made an Honorary Member Of The
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Fort Campbell
Screaming Eagles. Craig Morgan and Keni Thomas
performed at the first annual "America Supports
You" concert in Washington, D.C. Former U.S.
soldier Bobby Pinson performed at military bases in Texas
and North Carolina. Josh Gracin performed at
Washington, D.C.'s Ford Theater in a special that honored
American troops. Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Luke
Stricklin performed a various military bases throughout the
American Freedom Festival, organized by the American Freedom
Foundation Inc. in New York on Veterans Day as part of CMA's
"Country Takes NYC" activities, featured
performances by Charlie Daniels, Keni Thomas, Mark Wills,
Darryl Worley and more, raising money and awareness for the
veterans of America's armed forces and their families, whose
lives have been affected by Operation Enduring Freedom and
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
/ Hurricane Relief
Dec. 26, 2004, one of the biggest tsunamis in history killed
more than 160,000 people in South Asia. People all around
the world chipped in to help, including many in the Country
Chesney performed on the NBC special "Tsunami Aid: A
Concert of Hope," with music downloads available of the
performances with all proceeds going to the Red Cross.
In Nashville, Kathy Mattea and Michael W. Smith hosted a
benefit called "An Evening for Restoration: Music City
Comes Together For Tsunami Relief," which raised more
than $50,000 for World Vision. Diamond Rio, Crystal
Gayle, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, the Oak Ridge Boys and
Ricky Skaggs were among the performers. In Texas, Pat
Green, Jack Ingram and Jerry Jeff Walker hosted a benefit.
Willie Nelson's benefit concert, which featured Joe Ely,
Patty Griffin, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, Bruce
Robison and Kelly Willis, was released as a CD and DVD with
proceeds going to C.A.R.E. and UNICEF.
Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast of the United
States in late August 2005, killing thousands of people and
displacing more than a million others from their homes in
Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. Less than a month
later, Hurricane Rita hit the Gulf again, effecting people
in Texas and parts of Louisiana. Country artists and
organizations sprung into action, donating money, supplies
and comfort to those people whose lives were turned upside
down by the disaster.
terrible suffering and loss left in the wake of Hurricane
Katrina compelled CMA's Board of Directors to double the
amount of funds donated as part of CMA's "Cause for
Celebration!" charitable benefit program with half of
the money going to The Salvation Army to aid in the relief
effort. CMA donated $200,000 to The Salvation Army on
behalf of the artists who participated in 2005 CMA Music
Festival in addition to the $200,000 earmarked to give to
charities designated by the artists.
Brooks, the Dixie Chicks and Trisha Yearwood performed while
Reba McEntire helped answer phones on the cross-network
fundraiser "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the
Gulf Coast" to benefit victims of hurricanes that
ravaged the Gulf Coast. Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and
Willie Nelson appeared on NBC's "A Concert for
Hurricane Relief." Another hurricane relief concert,
"ReAct Now: Music and Relief," which aired on CMT,
MTV and VH1, featured performances by Big & Rich,
Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson and Sugarland.
Hill visited Gulfport, Miss., one of the hardest hit areas
from Hurricane Katrina, to help distribute supplies that she
bought for victims. Jo Dee Messina and her band loaded
supplies in their tour trucks and drove down to Louisiana to
unload relief supplies and food. Brooks & Dunn
sent two of their semi trucks down to Jackson, Miss., loaded
with relief supplies. Charley Pride directly helped 40
families displaced by Hurricane Katrina by buying them
Worley contributed $50,000 from the proceeds of his annual
"Tennessee River Run" to the American Red Cross.
Lane Brody included animal victims of the hurricanes as
beneficiaries from her annual benefit for Walden's Puddle.
Montgomery Gentry urged their fans to contribute all they
could to help hurricane victims and even donated all of the
proceeds from fan club memberships to the Red Cross.
Keith Urban donated proceeds from the theater events at 85
screens nationwide of his "Livin' Right Now"
concert DVD to the Red Cross. Travis Tritt donated
$10,000 from his performance at the Silver Star Casino to
hurricane victims. The Recording Academy's MusiCares
Foundation pledged an initial donation of $1 million to help
musicians whose lives were uprooted by Hurricane Katrina.
Cupit Records set up a Web site for people to contribute
funds to specific families in need. Hank Williams, Jr.
donated $125,000 from a concert at Pearl River Resort to
hurricane relief efforts in Biloxi, Miss. Aaron Tippin
urged his fans to give generously to hurricane victims at
his concerts and gave all donated monies to the Bush-Clinton
Katrina Fund. Alan Jackson donated proceeds from
several of his concerts to Katrina relief organizations.
Jeff Bates donated $25,000 from a benefit concert in
Mississippi to the Salvation Army. Broken Bow Records
donated $1 from each CD sold on their imprint through the
end of 2005 to the Red Cross. Farm Aid, headed by
Willie Nelson, raised money for the Family Farm Disaster
Fund to aid farmers in the hardest hit areas get their lives
Grand Ole Opry hosted "Country Reaches Out: An Opry
Benefit for the American Red Cross" live on GAC with
performers including Terri Clark, Billy Currington, Little
Jimmy Dickens, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss, Craig Morgan,
LeAnn Rimes, Julie Roberts, Marty Stuart, Keith Urban, and
more. Phil Vassar and Shelly Fairchild performed at
"One Country, One Night" for the Red Cross in
Kansas City. Buddy Jewell performed a benefit concert at
Sam's Town Casino in Tunica, Miss. with proceeds going to
the Central Mississippi chapter of the Red Cross.
Carrie Underwood headlined a benefit concert with her
"American Idol" castmates with proceeds from
ticket sales and merchandise going to the Red Cross and the
Humane Society of the United States to help pets stranded in
the disaster. The Music City Jam, held at the Expo
Center at Music Valley Drive in Nashville, raised nearly
$5,000 for the Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief Center with
performers including Cowboy Crush, Todd Fritsch, Hilljack,
Daniel Lee Martin, Lila McCann, Kevin Sharp and more.
Alabama performed a free concert in their native state for
all evacuees from the storm. Gretchen Wilson and Big
& Rich added a date to their tour with all proceeds
going to victims.
The World War Tribute Album
featured popular songs from the World War II era performed
by LeAnn Rimes, Crystal Gayle, Kenny Rogers, The Judds, Lee
Greenwood, Marie Osmond and more. A Tribute to
Brother Duets, released on Pinecastle Records, featured
12 tracks by the most popular brother duos in Country Music
including the Louvin Brothers, Delmore Brothers, Blue Sky
Boys, Jim & Jesse, Wilburn Brothers, Whitstein Brothers
and more. Crystal Gayle and Ricky Skaggs contributed
to Songs From the Neighborhood - The Music of Mr. Rogers.
Fellow songwriters showered love on Billy Joe Shaver,
including Guy Clark, Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Robert Earl Keen,
Bruce Robison and more on A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver:
Live. Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura
Ingles Wilder featured songs by Pat Enright, Riders in
the Sky and others that tell the story of the Little House
Bentley was surprised at a show in California by Marty
Stuart who told Bentley that he was being inducted as the
newest, and youngest, member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Music lost these artists in 2005: Hasil Adkins, Clarence
"Gatemouth" Brown, Danny Joe Brown, Jerry Byrd,
Terry Carisse, Joe Carter, Vassar Clements, Jimmie Crawford,
Sonny Day, Big Al Downing, Jimmy Griffin, John Herald, Merle
Kilgore, Larry Kingston, Keith Knudsen, Chris LeDoux, Jimmy
Martin, Warren Monty Matthews, Ray Peterson, Carl Sauceman,
Sammi Smith, Robert J. "Sunny" Spencer, Art
Stamper, Ron Sweet, Rudolph Thacker, Rufus Thibodeaux,
Wilson Waters Jr. and Leslie Wilburn.
Country Music industry contributors were also lost in 2005:
Albert Berman, Beebe Bourne, Charlie Donald Bradley, Peggy
Bradley, Robert Byrne, Floyd "Lightnin'" Chance,
George Crump, Bill Dailey, Don Grashey, Paul Henning, Goldie
Hill, Saul Israel Holiff, Frank Jones, Tracy Jones, Bette
Jeanne Kappmeyer, Jack Keller, Baker Knight, Susie Krampf,
Shoo Kusano, Eric Mansfield, Val Perkins, Wayne Perry, Ben
Peters, Don Pierce, Anthony Kalani "Kal" Roberts,
Hal Rugg, Ray Ruff, Sol Saffian, Dick Schofield, Roger
"Captain Midnight" Schutt, Eddie Shuler, Mike
Storey, Noble "Smokey" Stover, Dottie Vance, Jean
Waugh and Ken Woods.