Country well-represented on People’s ‘Beautiful’ list
Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood found spots on People magazine’s just-released Beautiful People list.
Eighteen-year-old Swift posed with no makeup saying, “I have blonde eyelashes and blonde eyebrows, so my typical insecurity is that my eyes go away when I don’t have makeup on. But it’s important to be comfortable with who you are and go natural once in a while.”
Underwood, who by all accounts also has nothing to worry about with respect to beauty, reveals that she still gets nervous on the red carpet. “I feel more beautiful when I see the pictures afterwards. I’m like, ‘I wish I had felt like I looked like that when I was actually there.’”
Swift recently shared the news of her self-titled debut album passing the 3 million/triple Platinum mark on Good Morning America. Swift is the only female solo artist in country music history to write or co-write every song on a Platinum debut.
ASCAP to get online license fees
ASCAP will receive backdated licensing fees, that could total $100 million, from AOL, RealNetworks andYahoo! for their online performance of musical works, a U.S. District Court ruled Friday.
Fees from July 1, 2002 through Dec. 31, 2009 will be collected and paid to ASCAP’s 320,000 members, the court ruled.
“The Court’s finding represents a major step toward proper valuation of the music contributions of songwriters, composers and publishers to these types of online businesses, many of which have built much of their success on the foundation of the creative works of others,” said ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman said in a statement.
Fans to pick ACM Entertainer of the Year
For the first time, fans can vote for the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year award.
Visitors to www.voteacm.com  can cast a ballot for nominee Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Keith Urban or Rascal Flatts. The voting will continue through the last hour of the 43rd Annual ACM Awards telecast on Sunday, May 18, with each of the Entertainer nominees set to perform.
The show airs live from Las Vegas on CBS.
Hall of Fame inducts Harris, Stoneman
The Country Music Hall of Fame inducted two of its four new members on April 27. Contemporary country adventurer Emmylou Harris and American stringband music pioneer Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman were welcomed with a ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s intimate Ford Theater.
Among the Hall of Fame members present to welcome the newcomers were Little Jimmy Dickens, Ralph Emery, Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, Jim Foglesong, Vince Gill, the Jordanaires’ Gordon Stoker, Ray Walker, Louis Nunley, and Curtis Young, Charlie Louvin, Frances Preston, Earl Scruggs and Jo Walker-Meador.
Members-elect Tom T. Hall and the Statler Brothers will be inducted in a separate ceremony on June 29.
Mariah Carey’s E-MC2 was the No. 1 album for a second consecutive week according to Nielsen SoundScan.
On the country album sales charts, George Strait reclaimed the top spot from Phil Vassar, who debuted last week at No. 1.
McGraw plans first fragrance
The new fragrance McGraw by Tim McGraw will be available in August. The superstar worked with Coty Beauty to create his first fragrance.
Stars ride for a cure
Little Big Town will host the second annual motorcycle Ride For A Cure on June 8 to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation. The event kicks off at Harley-Davidson of Cool Springs and ends at the future location of Harley-Davidson of Columbia for a field party, barbecue lunch and performance by Little Big Town and friends.
Celebrities and special guests set to participate include Darryl Worley, Lonestar, Gary Chapman, GAC’s Storme Warren, Heidi Newfield, Bo Bice, Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nestler, Trent Tomlinson, Ira Dean, Keith Anderson, Chuck Wicks, Jeff Allen, Charles Kelly of Lady Antebellum, James Otto and Christian Kane.
For details visit www.tjmartellfoundation.org/Ride-for-a-cure.aspx 
’Nashville Star’ lines up judges
Hit songwriter Jeffrey Steele has joined John Rich and Jewel on the Nashville Star panel of judges. Billy Ray Cyrus will host the show’s sixth season, debuting June 9 on NBC after five years on the USA Network.
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