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Hunter Hayes Declines Lauren Alaina’s Prom Invitation

At the tender age of 16, Lauren Alaina already has a lot going for her, including a fast-rising career in music, millions of fans from her stint on ‘American Idol,’ and a debut album mere weeks from release.

What she doesn’t have, however, is a date to the prom with fellow young country star Hunter Hayes.

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Toby Keith Weighs In on Taxes: ‘I Expect the Wealthy to Write a Check’

The fight over taxes and the public debt is never far from the headlines lately, and Toby Keith has never been shy about speaking his mind on political matters, so it’s only natural that he offered his thoughts about taxes when speaking with the Boston Herald.

What might be surprising — at least for folks who consider Keith just another red state-residing good ol’ boy — is the way he responded to the question.

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Jason Aldean Has Roughly ’20, 25 Songs’ in the Works for Next Album

Jason Aldean‘s latest album, the double-platinum ‘My Kinda Party,’ isn’t even a year old yet, but he isn’t wasting any time getting started on his next release. In fact, he’s planning on heading into the studio next month to start laying down tracks.

When Aldean’s crew convenes for the sessions for his fifth album, they’ll have no shortage of songs to choose from. In fact, it sounds like it’ll be a struggle to get the list of candidates down to a manageable length.

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Scotty McCreery Tells the Stories Behind the Songs on ‘Clear as Day’

 

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Scotty McCreery has just two weeks to go until he releases his debut album, ‘Clear as Day,’ so you can hardly blame the reigning ‘American Idol’ champ if he’s excited to talk about it.

Taste of Country caught up with McCreery to do just that recently, and he shared the inside scoop on the stories behind the album’s 12 tracks, which he promises will give listeners an honest picture of who he is. “I’m 17, and that’s me,” he insists. “This album’s gonna relate to that, and hopefully people like it. I’m really proud of what we’ve accomplished these last couple months.”

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Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift to Perform at 2011 CMAs

You already know Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are going to return for another round as hosts when the 45th annual CMA Awards roll around this year. But with the gala ceremony looming on the calendar, we still don’t know which performers will be joining them on stage.

Well, the night’s full lineup is still a closely guarded secret, but the first few names have been announced and it looks like viewers are in for another year of top-notch entertainment.

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Miranda Lambert Urges Young Songwriters to ‘Know Who You Are’ [VIDEO]

If you want to make a living as a songwriter, Nashville is unquestionably the best place to be — even after a decade of dwindling record sales, it’s still home to a thriving publishing industry, as well as some of the most seasoned tunesmiths in the business.

But that doesn’t mean a good song is necessarily easy to find. In fact, Miranda Lambert found the experience so frustrating that she ended up learning how to play guitar just so she could write her own material.

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How Did Lady Antebellum Get Through Their ‘Really Hard’ Early Years?

Lady Antebellum struck platinum with their first album and they haven’t looked back, sending each of their first nine singles to the top 20 and selling more than five million albums in the U.S. since 2008. It’s a success story that plenty of bands would love to duplicate, to say the least.

But no matter how quickly they found their audience, or how tightly the trio might harmonize at the mic, things haven’t always been easy for Lady Antebellum behind the scenes. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that they had to call in a third party to help them communicate.

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Scotty McCreery Puts His Songs Through the ‘Mama Crying Test’

Your long wait is almost over, Scotty McCreery fans. The ‘American Idol’ winner’s first album, ‘Clear as Day,’ is just a couple of  weeks away from release, and you’ll finally be able to hear the rest of what the ‘I Love You This Big’ singer has in store for you.

And if you don’t like it? Well, you can blame Scotty’s mom.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Australian Tour Won’t Lead to US Shows

The last time they toured together, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw shattered records, so when they announced they’d be teaming up again for a string of Australian dates next year, American promoters — and plenty of American fans — were hoping it’d be the prelude for a stateside sequel.

Better start saving up for those plane tickets now, though, because McGraw and Hill say their Australian shows will be the only ones they do together in 2012.

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How Was Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Inspired by ‘Sister Act 2?’

With millions of albums sold and a growing list of hits to their name, Lady Antebellum are one of the fastest-rising young acts in the music business. As they gear up to promote their just-released third album, ‘Own the Night,’ they’re on the verge of delivering one of the biggest sales successes of 2011.

And according to singer Hillary Scott, none of it might have happened if it wasn’t for Whoopi Goldberg.

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George Strait’s ‘Here for a Good Time’ Debuts at Number One

 

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Congratulations are in order for George Strait, who just added yet another number one record to his awe-inspiring list of chart-topping hits.

Strait’s new album, ‘Here for a Good Time,’ debuted on top of the Billboard country charts this week, surging past Jason Aldean and Jake Owen with more than 91,000 copies sold.

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Taylor Swift and Her Amazing Music Sales Enter the Guinness Book of World Records

Over the last few years — and multi-platinum albums — Taylor Swift has taken up seemingly permanent residence on the charts, not to mention the hearts and iPods of millions of fans.

Now, she also has a pair of spots in the Guinness Book of World Records to call her own.

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