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Randy Houser Plans Benefit Show for Teacher Who Inspired Him to Follow His Musical Dreams

Randy Houser plays dozens of dates every year, but when he rolls into Mississippi next month for a show at the Neshoba County Coliseum, he and his band will be putting something extra special into their performance.

That night, they won’t just be playing for the fans — they’ll be playing a benefit for Thomas Carson, the band director whose guidance helped inspire Houser to finish school, head to Nashville, and start his career. 

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Neal McCoy Is ‘So Excited’ About His Upcoming Albums

Neal McCoy is busier than ever as he nears the quarter-century mark of his recording career.

The next few months will see a flurry of activity from the veteran country star, including a live CD/DVD project and his 12th studio album, ‘XII,’ which was co-produced by his famous friends Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert

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Taylor Swift Is Billboard’s 2011 Woman of the Year

Billboard has shown a great deal of love to Taylor Swift by honoring her as its latest Woman of the Year.

Swift, 21, has been recognized before by this prestigious music industry trade, receiving titles for Top Country Artist, Top Country Album and Top Billboard 200 Artist. But this new recognition makes her the youngest artist ever to earn the honor.

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Sugarland Set to Return to Indiana for Free Show Following Deadly Stage Collapse

The last time they scheduled a show in Indiana, Sugarland made headlines for all the wrong reasons, suffering a horrific stage collapse that claimed the lives of seven concertgoers and injured more than 40 others.

At the time, they promised they’d be back to perform a free show — and now they’re making good on that promise by adding a new show

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Zac Brown Band to Start Work on New Album Next Month

The Zac Brown Band sold more than one million copies of their ‘You Get What You Give’ album, dominated the radio with three hit singles, and toured like crazy. However, it doesn’t look like they’re taking a break any time soon. In fact, they’re planning to start their next album.

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Will Scotty McCreery’s ‘Clear as Day’ Top the Charts?

Scotty McCreery is poised to claim the Number One spot when his first full-length effort ‘Clear as Day’ makes its debut on the charts next week. But will he actually pull it off?

It’s been nearly a decade since ‘American Idol‘ was able to turn all its ratings mojo into a Number One album debut for one of its contestants. The last one was Ruben Studdard, whose ‘Thankful’ bowed at the top of the charts way back in December 2003.

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Miranda Lambert Streams ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ from Her Upcoming Album, ‘Four the Record’

Miranda Lambert‘s latest single ‘Baggage Claim’ may not be finished climbing the country charts yet, but she isn’t waiting to give fans another taste of her upcoming album ‘Four the Record.’

Through a unique partnership with the makers of the popular iPhone app Hipstamatic, Lambert has debuted the full-length final version of ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ — the album track that, as she told concert audiences a few weeks ago, she hopes will follow ‘Baggage Claim’ into heavy rotation on radio playlists. 

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Will Tim McGraw Star in Clint Eastwood’s ‘A Star Is Born’? [VIDEO]

Clint Eastwood isn’t exactly known for romances, either as an actor or as a director, so when word surfaced that he was planning to helm a remake of ‘A Star Is Born’ with Tim McGraw as a possible star, people naturally wanted to know more. We’ve heard plenty of the rumors as well, including the reported involvement (and subsequent un-involvement) of Beyoncé Knowles and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Little has been made official, however, so you can hardly blame the hosts of NBC’s ‘Today’ for trying to pry the scoop from McGraw during an interview.

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Taylor Swift Reveals New Album Will Feature Lots of ‘Sad’ Songs

The New Yorker doesn’t usually devote much space to young artists or current trends, but they made an exception for Taylor Swift in their most recent issue, giving a full profile of the artist that, as they point out, has sold more albums in the last five years than any other musician.

Swift was characteristically frank in the article, offering her thoughts on life and love as a 21-year-old superstar and offering a few hints of what fans can expect to hear from her next album, due in 2012. 

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Hank Williams Jr. Issues Statement Clarifying Controversial Hitler Comment

It may not do anything to save his long-running gig as the musical kickoff for ‘Monday Night Football,’ but Hank Williams, Jr. has issued a personal statement in response to the brouhaha that erupted after his recent appearance on ‘Fox and Friends.’

Williams, who compared a golf match between President Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner to “Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu,” attempted to clarify his remarks through a post on his website

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Trace Adkins Isn’t the Least Bit Excited About His Upcoming 50th Birthday

Half a century of anything is usually a milestone people take pride in — unless you’re Trace Adkins and you’re about to reach your 50th birthday, in which case it’s an occasion worth snarling at.

Yes, the ‘Just Fishin” singer will become eligible for full membership in the AARP on January 13. And while he isn’t normally much of a birthday person, he knows he can’t completely ignore the upcoming big day.

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Rodney Atkins Looks to Garth Brooks for Career Inspiration

Rodney Atkins‘ fans know he’s one of the most approachable stars in country music — the type of guy who’ll happily stick around after a show to sign autographs, pose for pictures and spend time with his fans.

Even though he’s currently enjoying the most successful single of his career, don’t expect Atkins to change. As he revealed during a recent interview, he learned the importance of those personal connections early — thanks to none other than Garth Brooks.

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