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This year really flew by.  Albums were released; artists were dropped; labels merged; And, true artists started their journey to stardom.  2005 has been an incredible year with new music.  In mid-2005, concert season took over and we tried to cover as many shows as possible.  Keith Urban definitely proves on stage why he is the "entertainer of the year."  Besides Urban - Sugarland, Blue County and Miranda Lambert really nailed their performances.  Julie Roberts also gave a great performance.

For the past couple years, we have included an "end of year - best of" list for the entire year.  This year is no exception, but before we get into the detailed list, we want to take time to recognize YOU, the readers.  We can't thank you enough for all the support that you've given us throughout the last couple years.  We truly appreciate your support and we look forward to bringing you even more country music exclusives in 2006!

New Artist Releases In 2005:
The Grascals
Miranda Lambert
Shelly Fairchild
The Wrights
Keith Anderson
Bobby Pinson
Hot Apple Pie
Jason Aldean
Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband
Jace Everett
Luke Stricklin
Carrie Underwood
J.C. Andersen
Johnny Bulford
Jessi Alexander
Blaine Larsen

Top 5 New Artists:
J.C. Andersen
Carrie Underwood
Jason Aldean
Miranda Lambert
Johnny Bulford

Top Album of 2005:
Craig Morgan - My Kind Of Livin'

Top 3 Albums (New Male Vocalist):
J.C. Andersen - When The Tide Rolls In
Jason Aldean - Jason Aldean
Johnny Bulford - Southern Thing

Top 3 Albums (New Female Vocalist):
Miranda Lambert - Kerosene
Carrie Underwood - Some Hearts
Shelly Fairchild - Ride

Top 3 Albums (Group/Duo):
Lonestar - Coming Home
Brooks & Dunn - Hillbilly Deluxe
Ryan Shupe & The Rubberband - Dream Big

(*Please note Rascal Flatts and Sugarland didn't release an album in 2005, but their 2004 releases of "Feels Like Today" (RF) and "Twice The Speed Of Life" (Sugarland) is still among the favorites for 2005.  Both groups have been successful in 2005 with their 2004 album release...)

Top Independent Artist:
Craig Morgan... Shortly after... would be a toss up between Jason Aldean and J.C. Andersen

Other Albums Worth Checking Out:
Keith Andersen - 3 Chord Country and American Rock & Roll
Jamie O'Neal - Brave
Craig Morgan - My Kind Of Livin'
Terri Clark - Life Goes On
Sara Evans - Real Fine Place
Billy Currington - Doin' Something Right

Most Highly Anticipated for 2006:
Hopefully new albums by both RASCAL FLATTS and KEITH URBAN

Songwriter's Spotlight 2005 Features:

Jon Michaels
J.C. Andersen

2005 Album Releases:  Album Releases

2005 CD Reviews: CD Reviews

2005 Award Show Winners: 39th Annual CMA Awards
Billy Currington
Carrie Underwood
Jamie O'Neal
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