This year, everyone and their mother was singing along to Lorde’s anti-consumerist anthem “Royals,” but the New Zealand teen wasn’t the only new kid on the block who got us excited.
The best-selling country star, ‘Bakersfield’ champion and Time Jumpers bandmember is the latest musical legend to earn the Career Achievement Award from Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.
Brandy Clark battled for two years to get her record out, but it’s now topping off a banner year for the singer/songwriter, who doesn’t mind bending the usually traditional genre’s rules a little bit.
Out there this week: Niche dance music from Chicago, a Syrian wedding singer, and a young country star all turn in top-shelf releases. Meanwhile, Katy Perry and AFI turn in bloated but fun albums.