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2011 CMA Awards Nominees to Be Announced September 6

On November 10, the 2011 CMA Awards will bring together country’s brightest stars for an evening of glamour, excitement, and live performances of the year’s biggest hits — but you won’t have to wait until then for the fun to start.

The announcement of this year’s nominees will be an event unto itself, featuring an appearance on ‘Good Morning America’ by The Band Perry and Jake Owen, as well as a Nashville press conference hosted by Jerrod Niemann and Thompson Square.

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Early Buck Owens Recordings to Be Released in September

He’s a legend today, but Buck Owens wasn’t born into country music royalty — in fact, he struggled for years as a session musician and performer, releasing a series of little-known recordings for smaller labels.

Next month, thanks to a compilation scheduled for release by Rockbeat Records, fans will get a new chance to hear some of Owens’ earliest recordings for themselves.

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John Rich Wants You to Be His Neighbor

In most American cities, it’s been getting harder to sell a house for a few years now — and the buyer’s market can be difficult to navigate even if you’re one of country’s top hitmakers.

That’s the lesson learned by John Rich, who’s taking no chances when it comes to selling his first Nashville residence — which, as luck would have it, sits next door to his current home.

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Taylor Swift Spends a Staggering $2.5 Million on a Mansion for Her Mom and Dad

In a move that pretty much locks up Daughter of the Year honors for her, Taylor Swift has plunked down $2.5 million on a 5,600-square-foot Nashville mansion for her mom and dad.

Let this be a lesson to you, parents: supporting your children’s dreams can really pay off. Big time.

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Sunny Sweeney Reveals Why She Got ‘Personal’ on Her New Album, ‘Concrete’

Her name might suggest sweetness and light, but country sensation Sunny Sweeney probably has a little more in common with the title of her new album, ‘Concrete’ — she’s tough, unyielding, and not someone you’d want to go up against.

But that isn’t to say she doesn’t have anything in common with her namesake. With one top 10 single under her belt — and another on the way — she’s certainly hot.

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Toby Keith Gives Fans a Peek at ‘Clancy’s Tavern’ Artwork

We know the wait is killing you, Toby Keith fans, but it’ll be another couple of months before you’re allowed to unwrap/download/stream your copy of his latest album, ‘Clancy’s Tavern.’

In the meantime, however, Toby’s decided to make the wait a little easier by giving you a peek at the artwork for the deluxe edition — which, if you’re a true hardcore fan, is probably the version you’re going to own, anyway.

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Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift Perform ‘Baby’ Duet Live [VIDEO]

Justin Bieber has made something of a habit out of making surprise public appearances lately — as these wedding guests can attest — and he continued his streak Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

What was so unexpected about Bieber taking the stage in L.A.? Only the fact that Taylor Swift was already there, wowing a crowd of several thousand fans — who really went into a frenzy when they saw her special guest.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Get Their Own Barbie Dolls for Wedding Aninversary

Tradition says the 15th wedding anniversary calls for crystal, but when you’re country music royalty, the ordinary rules don’t apply — and that goes double for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

The proof? They’ll ring in their 15th year of wedded bliss by joining the short list of celebrities who have been turned into Barbie dolls.

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Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson Inducted Into Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

They’re already two of the most successful recording artists in modern country music. Now Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson are getting their due as songwriters, too.

Brooks and Jackson are two of this year’s inductees in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, along with John Bettis, Thom Schuyler and Allen Shamblin. The five will be honored with a dinner and ceremony in October.

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Montgomery Gentry Return in October with New Album, ‘Rebels on the Run’

Since making their debut with 1999′s ‘Tattoos & Scars,’ Montgomery Gentry have notched five number one singles, three platinum albums, and two gold records.

And with their upcoming seventh release, ‘Rebels on the Run,’ they’re looking to use some of the tumult and heartache of the last year to put them back on top of the charts.

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