CMT REVEALS THE 20 VIDEOS OF THE YEAR IN A SPECIAL EPISODE OF “CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN” AIRING FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25

12/22/09

Taylor Swift is #1 Most-Streamed Artist on CMT.com, VOD and CMT Mobile

Final Episode Hosted by Lance Smith


NASHVILLE – December 22, 2009 – Taylor Swift tops the list when CMT counts down the 20 biggest country music videos of the year in a special year-end episode of CMT TOP 20 COUNTDOWN on Friday, December 25 at 11:30 a.m., ET/PT. CMT host Lance Smith will count down the best videos of 2009, as well as his favorite moments of the past nine years, on his final episode as host of the series. Smith recently announced that he would be exiting the show at the end of 2009 to pursue a career in acting.

Swift’s smash video “You Belong With Me” spent 19 weeks on the countdown this year, and held court at the #1 spot for eleven of those weeks in a new Top 20 record. The COUNTDOWN is based on a weekly analysis of CMT.com activity, digital and physical retail sales, radio airplay, other online activity and viewer voting. For the second year in a row, Swift was the most-streamed artist on CMT.com, CMT VOD and CMT Mobile.

CMT’s Top 20 videos of 2009:

Position/Song Title/Artist/Label
1. You Belong With Me/Taylor Swift /Big Machine Records
2. Whatever It Is /Zac Brown Band /Atlantic/Big Picture/Home Grown
3. She’s Country/Jason Aldean/Broken Bow Records
4. I Told You So/Carrie Underwood/Arista Nashville
5. Sweet Thing/Keith Urban/Capitol Nashville
6. White Horse/Taylor Swift /Big Machine Records
7. American Ride/Toby Keith/Show Dog Nashville
8. Need You Now/Lady Antebellum/Capitol Nashville
9. Best Days Of Your Life/Kellie Pickler/BNA Nashville
10. Do I/Luke Bryan/Capitol Nashville
11. Here Comes Goodbye/Rascal Flatts/Lyric Street Records
12. Only You Can Love Me This Way/Keith Urban/Capitol Nashville
13. Big Green Tractor/Jason Aldean/Broken Bow Records
14. Toes/Zac Brown Band/Atlantic/Big Picture/Home Grown
15. People Are Crazy/Billy Currington/Mercury Records
16. The Climb/Miley Cyrus/Walt Disney Records
17. Alright/Darius Rucker/Capitol Nashville
18. Cowboy Casanova/Carrie Underwood/Arista Nashville
19. Out Last Night/Kenny Chesney/BNA Nashville
20. I Run To You/Lady Antebellum/Capitol Nashville

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CMT, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 88 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

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