CMT.com is getting ready for the New Year with an exciting new look -- and more information than ever.
Having already logged a record number of page views this year, CMT.com is now on the brink of unveiling a newly-redesigned Web site providing everything CMT.com readers have come to expect -- from streaming videos to exclusive news stories. More importantly, however, the new site also makes it easier for fans to dig deeper into the world of country's top stars. Using the artist search, readers can read biographies, buy albums, watch videos and find out when their favorite artists will be featured on CMT.
Of course, news headlines will continue to change often in the coming days. For example, members of the editorial staff will announce their 10 favorite albums and singles of 2003, and newcomer Josh Turner ("Long Black Train") will give his perspective on his controversial video. Meanwhile, popular columns like Hot Talk and Nashville Skyline will continue as regular features. In addition, viewers can catch up with the latest TV news clips, on popular artists like Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and LeAnn Rimes.
From tours to TV specials, the artist page is the place to get acquainted with country's biggest stars. In addition, the music page gives listeners a chance to watch CMT's hottest videos, hear new music from such artists as Johnny Cash and Rushlow and tune into exclusive country radio stations -- including holiday classics from country's most famous voices and hand-picked favorites from Blake Shelton. Visitors can also find out who's flying beneath the mainstream country radar with exclusive videos on New Voices No Cover.
Country fans have always been opinionated about their favorite stars, and the Interact page provides a forum for discussion. Message boards -- now for virtually every artist in our database -- give readers a chance to post their ideas about artists and CMT shows, as well as meet like-minded fans from around the world. Plus, entering the sweepstakes might mean a trip to Chicago to meet Shania Twain. How about some CDs for the airplane ride? The Shop page makes it easy.
"We're moving into 2004 with all the tools in place to expand CMT.com's role as the ultimate information source for country music, its artists and the music industry," said CMT.com executive vice president and general manager Martin Clayton.