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Do You Hate/Love Country Music?

Genius phenom @GeorgePlant begins his most recent onsite essay “I hate country music.” He goes on to say “it’s so predictable, so repetitious and so corny that it’s unlistenable…” But wait — before you reach for your pistol or drop the gloves, hear Mr. Plant out. Turns out he’s been a closet country fan his whole life while publicly towing the all-too-common party line that something about the genre’s sincerity makes it “corny.” Read George’s annotated story, share some love for his stellar prose, and share your own experience of loving (or hating) country!

Bonafide Country Verifieds

Want to know the story behind Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”? Or what it feels like to listen to Damien Rice in studio? Check out this week’s verified annotation bombshell, Rick Rubin. And, while you’re at it, check out Mickey Guyton’s tell-all on the lyrics to her record-breaking radio hit “Better Than You Left Me.”

Is Rihanna’s FourFiveSeconds #country?

Acoustic guitar. Paul McCartney. Everyone wearing denim. Rihanna’s FourFiveSeconds looks and feels conspicuously twangy. Do you think it’s a country song?