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Oct 16

Blake Shelton to Return for Season 8 of The Voice

Blake Shelton Will Host Season 7 of The Voice

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Team Blake fans, rejoice! Blake Shelton will return as a coach for season 8 of NBC’s The Voice. On Tuesday, The Voice shared the news on its Twitter account. “OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Say HELLO to your Season 8 coaches! @adamlevine @Pharrell @xtina @blakeshelton#TheVoice,” the announcement read.

A Shelton-coached contestant has won The Voice three times. Shelton coached a number of rising country stars on the show, including Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, The Swon Brothers and RaeLynn. This season, he invited his pals Little Big Town to serve as Team Blake advisers. Taylor Swift will also act as an adviser during Season 7. Continue Reading

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Oct 16

Angaleena Presley’s Childhood Inspired “American Middle Class”

Angaleena Presley

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Angaleena Presley may be best known as one-third of Pistol Annies, alongside her famous friends Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, but Presley’s life wasn’t always so glamorous. Born a coal miner’s daughter in Beauty, Ky., her new single, “American Middle Class,” from her debut solo project by the same name, is a story inspired by her own childhood. While not as poverty-stricken as most folks in Beauty, her family still had what she calls a “fake it until you make it” mentality.

“It was, ‘OK, we beat poverty, but we’re still right beside it,” she told Rolling Stone Country. “We’ve got one foot out and, by God, we’re not going back. My mom used to take a razor blade … go to the dollar store and get me a pair of white shoes and hot glue a Keds sign to the back of my shoes so that people thought I was all hoity-toity with my Keds. The poverty monster was just right outside our door, and that was just one of those things that she would do to keep it at bay.” Continue Reading

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Oct 15

Jason Aldean Holds 9th Annual Concert for the Cure

Jason Aldean's 2014 Burnin' It Down Tour

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Jason Aldean’s ninth annual Concert for the Cure took place in Detroit, Mich., on October 11. The concert raised $660,909 for Susan G. Komen and breast cancer research. The stop was part of his headlining Burn It Down Tour.

“We always try and have a lot of fun with our Komen show each year,” Aldean said. “It isn’t just about raising money to help find a cure, it’s also about celebrating everyone who is going through treatment now and those who’ve been able to beat the disease.” Continue Reading

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Oct 15

Toby Keith Announces New Album, Releases New Single

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Toby Keith has new music in the works. He announced his new album, 35 MPH Town concurrent with the release of his lead single, “Drunk Americans.” Keith has yet to set a release date for the album.

“I just wanted to go kind of retro,” he said of the song. “It sounds like ‘I Love This Bar’ and ‘American Ride’ had a child, and ‘Beers Ago’ is their drunk uncle.” Continue Reading

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Oct 14

Jerrod Niemann Marries In San Juan, Puerto Rico

Jerrod Niemann Marries Morgan Petek

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Congratulations to Jerrod Niemann and his new wife, Morgan Petek! The couple got married on Sunday, October 12 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, reports People. The ceremony was held at sunset in Castillo de San Cristobal, a historic Spanish fort that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean.

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“I’m looking forward to seeing what the world has in store for us as a married couple,” Niemann told People. Instead of wedding gifts, the couple asked that donations be made to Niemann’s nonprofit, Free the Music USA, which provides musical instruments to children who can’t afford them and donates to music-based charities. Continue Reading

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Oct 14

Taylor Swift Named Billboard’s Woman of the Year

Taylor Swift - 2014 Woman of the Year

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Taylor Swift has been named Billboard’s 2014 Woman of the Year and is the first artist to receive this honor twice. The award is given to a female artist who “has shaped and inspired the music industry with her success, leadership and innovation over the past twelve months.”

“As one of the most influential artists of her generation, Taylor Swift has seen incredible success on the Billboard charts,” Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, said. “Over the course of her career, she’s charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 — the most of any female artist since her debut in 2006. We are tremendously excited to be honoring her as the 2014 Billboard Woman of the Year for the second time.” Continue Reading

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Oct 13

Brantley Gilbert Talks About His Parents’ Support

Brantley Gilbert

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These days, Brantley Gilbert’s parents are his biggest supporters – not to mention his biggest fans, but it took a while for them to come around to the idea of a career in music. Gilbert admits he wasn’t a saint when he was younger and, looking back, he knows some of the choices he made back then played a part in why his parents weren’t excited about his career path.

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“I think if I was a parent and I were to catch my son, if he was supposed to be playing at a praise and worship convention and you show up and he’s at a bar in downtown Jefferson, which is amazingly stupid at 1:30 in the morning…,” he said. “But yeah, they walked in and caught me.” Continue Reading

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Oct 12

Eric Church Says “Talladega” is Not About Auto Racing

Eric Church

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Eric Church’s new single, “Talladega,” has a misleading title. One might assume the song is about auto racing’s hair-raising crashes and speeds in excess of 200mph. “It has nothing to do with that,” Church told Billboard. “That is nothing more than the avenue through which the commentary took place. It’s really about life.”

The song takes a look back at some of Church’s favorite memories. “NASCAR was as hot as any sport back in the ’90s, and it was a thing where a group of your buddies go take stuff, tents, camp out, stay a few days, walk back and forth to the track,” he said. “We actually lost the damn car, you know; you’re so far away. I can’t tell you who won the race, but I could tell you all the experiences we had in a two- or three-day period.” Continue Reading

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Oct 11

Country Stars Featured on The Best of Me Soundtrack

Lady Antebellum Contributed to The Best of Me Movie Soundtrack

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A number of country stars are featured on the soundtrack for the new Nicholas Sparks film, The Best of Me. The soundtrack includes new, original music from Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, David Nail, Kacey Musgraves, Colbie Caillat, Kip Moore, Eli Young Band, Eric Paslay, Thompson Square, Thomas Rhett, Phoebe Hoffman and newcomers SHEL and Gareth Dunlop. The soundtrack hits stores October 9, ahead of the film’s October 17 release.

Lady Antebellum’s “I Did With You,” which will play during the movie’s credits, was cowritten by the band along with Monty Powell. Based on the movie’s premises, they penned the songs with specific scenes in mind.

“All the women and their husbands or families that come to see the movie are going to be really thinking about what they just watched,” Hillary Scott said. “It’s like we wanted to put specific things in the song, in the lyrics, that will make you go back straight to that scene in your head that you just watched. There’s one line in the first verse of the song about ‘dancing in the headlights.’ You see them do that in the movie and all these different lines that we were really purposeful with, wanting them to relive that in their head.” Continue Reading

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Oct 10

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Top Top 20 Again

Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert Perform for Fans

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood continue their No. 1 streak, topping the charts with “Somethin’ Bad” yet again this week on Top 20 Country Countdown. Scotty McCreery comes in at No. 2 with “Feelin’ It,” while Blake Shelton, who had a big debut last week with “Neon Light,” moves up two spots into the No. 3 position. Plus, Brantley Gilbert’s “Small Town Throwdown” featuring Thomas Rhett and Justin Mooremakes it countdown debut this week.

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In addition to counting down this week’s Top 20 music videos chosen by you, host Nan Kelley also sat down with hot country duo Florida Georgia Line. The pair were in the studio to talk about their new album, Anything Goes, which hits stores October 14, and their latest hit single, “Dirt.”

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincluding videos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:

  1. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Scotty McCreery – “Feelin’ It”
  3. Blake Shelton – “Neon Light”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  6. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  7. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  8. RaeLynn – “God Made Girls”
  9. Luke Bryan – “Roller Coaster”
  10. Maddie & Tae – “Girl In A Country Song” Continue Reading

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