April 27, 2011
It seems everyone in Hollywood is jumping on the country music bandwagon these days.
Flame-haired pop hottie Rihanna brought down the house at the recent Academy of Country Music Awards with her rendition of “California King Bed” alongside Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles. Lady Gaga recently tried to straddle the country music arena by releasing a “Country Road” version of her dance hit “Born This Way,” and Beyonce’s collaboration with Sugarland was all the talk at the 2007 American Music Awards.
“It is a combination of both an appreciation for the music, but also because it is a way to ‘sell’ their music. There are going to be those who bail out after doing it once, but I also think it gives artists a chance to try something new,” Rob Weiner, Associate Visual and Performing Arts Librarian at Texas Tech University told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “Country music has always been ‘trendy,’ and it seems to be a style that other artists want to exploit for success.”