Diamond Rings & Old Barstools: A Family Affair

bar stool - croppedTim McGraw recently came out with his fourth consecutive single, titled “Diamond Rings & Old Barstools”. The song features a duet with small town singer/songwriter Catherine Dunn. Many believe that this is the best releases in a number of years, enjoying the creative, modern new hit. McGraw and Dunn’s voices harmonize and play extremely well off of one another– which could be because they are actually cousins!

The song is simple in structure, letting Dunn’s voice ring out crystal-clear. Using diamond rings and old barstools as metaphors for the opposing lifestyles of traveling musicians (or just drunks) and married life, it mourns a relationship the narrator knew would never last, but was willing so hard for it to.

When listening to country music, I always enjoy a creative duet. I believe that the opposing sounds bring out the beauty in them, and think that this song does a great job in doing so.The song is already rising in the charts, and it could eventually be a top hit!

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ACM Awards Royalty: George Strait and Miranda Lambert

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Country fans everywhere tuned in to the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards. It was a night full of accolades and performances, hosted by country artists Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton. Two stars shined extremely bright at the MGM Grand Garden Arena: George Strait and Miranda Lambert.

King of Country George Strait was crowned Entertainer of the Year for the second time in his career. He received standing ovations for his win and his performance of his hit song “I Got a Car.” Miranda Lambert was the big winner of the night. She took home the award for Female Vocalist of the Year for the fifth time in a row. She now holds the record for most consecutive wins in that category surpassing Reba McEntire. “Mama’s Broken Heart” won her Single Record of the Year. She also shared the win for Vocal Event of the Year with Keith Urban who also won three awards, including Video of the Year for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift.

Aside from their individual glory the two took the stage for a tribute performance to Merle Haggard who was honored with the Crystal Milestone Award. Merle celebrated his 77th birthday yesterday. Presenter Garth Brooks encouraged the audience to sing “Happy Birthday” as he went up to receive his award.

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KaraokeOnVEVO Unwraps the Top-10 Karaoke Videos of 2013

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Before we begin counting down the hits (*Casey Kasem’s voice ringing in my head*), I just want to say that we hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. And as we begin wrapping up 2013 and moving inexorably toward 2014 we wish you all the happiest of new years!

Earlier this month, Youtube’s KaraokeOnVEVO channel -with content provided solely by DigiTrax Entertainment- released its list of the top-10 karaoke videos of 2013. The story has even been picked up by the Huffington Post and Time Magazine so we’re not talking small potatoes here, folks!

Now, just for you, our loyal readers, we give you the complete rundown. We start with…

#5 – Everything Has Changed (ITSO Taylor Swift ftg. Ed Sheeran): Pretty much anything Taylor Swift touches turns to gold. This duet, the 6th single released from Taylor’s 2012 studio album, Red, received critical acclaim from multiple sources including Billboard and About.com. The song peaked at #32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and took the #8 spot on the US Adult Top 40.

#4 – Counting Stars (ITSO One Republic): Formed in 2003, the American pop rock band One Republic is no stranger to success with their most popular song, Apologize, topping the charts in sixteen different countries including an 8-week stint at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100. Counting Stars is their most successful single since that mega-hit as the song took the #3 spot on the Hot 100 and soared to #1 on several other charts both domestically and internationally.

#3 – Love On Top (ITSO Beyoncé): Let’s face it, pretty much everybody loves Beyoncé. She’s talented, beautiful, hot as hell, and the girl can move! “Love on Top” hit the ground running with its debut at #20 on the US Billboard Hot 100 (Beyoncé’s 2nd highest debut) and dominated the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at #1 for seven consecutive weeks. The song also won the singer her 17th Grammy Award with “Best Traditional R&B Performance.”

#2 – Listen (ITSO Beyoncé): Surprise, surprise! Beyoncé again?! No waaayy… Yes way! Wow. Anyone else having Wayne’s World flashbacks? The former front-woman of Destiny’s Child dances her way onto our list again with her hit Listen from the 2006 musical Dreamgirls. The song debuted on the soundtrack album “Dreamgirls: Music from the Motion Picture” and was released by Columbia House as the lead single from that album.

#1 – Just Give Me A Reason (ITSO Pink ftg. Nate Ruess): Garnering two 2012 Grammy nominations (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Song of the Year), Pink‘s Just Give Me A Reason, performed with fun.‘s lead singer Nate Ruess, blew up the charts worldwide! Released as the third single from Pink’s 6th studio album, The Truth About Love, the song dominated at #1 in 20 different countries including the US, Canada, and Australia and sold more than 4 million digital downloads in the US alone.

Rounding out the list were:

If you haven’t yet taken your shot at singing these awesome hits we invite you to take a little time and do it now. These and thousands of other hot tracks are available to you anytime on KaraokeOnVEVO and you can access our full library of over 12,000 songs with Karaoke Cloud!