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Taylor Swift Reveals What She Likes About Songwriting, Teases New Album Details

It’s an old maxim that you should write what you know, and Taylor Swift has taken those words to heart, earning a reputation as a songwriter who leans heavily on the events of her own life — particularly her love life — as grist for her music.

Of course, it isn’t as easy as just coming up with a few rhymes about some boy she likes — and during a recent YouTube chat, Swift delved into some of her songwriting methods, as well as dishing a little about what fans can expect to hear from her next album.

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Trace Adkins Shares His Lake with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Trace Adkins‘ latest hit single is titled ‘Just Fishin” — and that’s exactly what a lucky group of Big Brothers and Big Sisters got to do on his private lake recently.

Adkins invited members of the Middle Tennessee Big Brothers Big Sisters organization out to his farm last week, and they spent the day on his lake, enjoying activities like swimming, paddle boating, and, yes, fishing.

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Will Tim McGraw Join ‘A Star Is Born’ Remake?

Clint Eastwood is famous in Hollywood for being a fast, no-nonsense director who brings his films in on time and under budget, but his next project — a remake of ‘A Star Is Born’ — is having trouble just getting started.

Eastwood initially cast Beyoncé in the lead, but her pregnancy seems likely to keep her from making the planned February 2012 start date, and his preferred leading man, Leonardo DiCaprio, has reportedly turned down the role. According to CMT’s sources, DiCaprio’s loss could end up being Tim McGraw‘s gain.

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Why Was Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Kissing a Frog Backstage at a Concert?

With millions of records sold in armloads of Grammys to their credit, the members of Lady Antebellum are certified country music royalty — so perhaps vocalist Hillary Scott was feeling like a princess the other night in New Hampshire when she met a frog backstage.

And even though Scott’s already found her prince in fiance Chris Tyrell, who can blame a girl for wanting to see if magic will strike twice?

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George Strait and Martina McBride Announce 2012 Tour

With his new album, ‘Here for a Good Time,’ just a few weeks from store shelves, it’s time for George Strait to start getting ready to hit the road again.

As he revealed in a recent announcement, that’s exactly what he has planned for 2012 — and he’s bringing Martina McBride with him.

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Dolly Parton Shows Sisterly Support for Lady Gaga

With more than 40 albums, 20 number one singles, and the title ‘The Queen of Country’ to her name, Dolly Parton has certainly earned the right to share her thoughts on whatever topic she chooses — and when a British reporter asked her recently to weigh in on Lady Gaga, he could have been looking for nothing more than a few controversial quotes.

Leave it to Dolly, however, to accentuate the positive — and to find common ground with someone who may not appear similar to her.

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Eric Church Kicks Out Overzealous Security Guard at Concert

You’d be hard-pressed to find a musician who doesn’t appreciate his or her fans — without them, after all, no one would be able to record or tour. But during a recent concert, rising country star Eric Church demonstrated just how much his fans mean to him.

The show ended with one woman walking away with Church’s autograph on her boot — and one security guard being asked to leave before the final bow.

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Faith Hill Returns to ‘Sunday Night Football,’ Continues Work on New Album

She still has a ways to go before she matches the level of sports theme longevity enjoyed by Hank Williams, Jr., but when ‘Sunday Night Football’ returns on September 11, Faith Hill will be back, too.

Hill, returning for her fifth year with the show, has recorded a new version of the theme song, ‘Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,’ which sets football-themed lyrics to Joan Jett’s ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You.’

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Brad Paisley Is Inspired By Eminem and Kanye West

The top of the country singles charts is familiar territory for Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood — their duet ‘Remind Me,’ currently number one, is his 20th chart-topper, and her 14th.

But even if the song produced predictable results for the duo, it started with a burst of unusual inspiration. As Paisley tells it, the idea for ‘Remind Me’ came from watching the sort of character acting commonly heard in hip-hop.

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Randy Travis Says He Was a ‘Deer in the Headlights’ Early in His Career

When you’ve enjoyed a quarter century of success as illustrious as Randy Travis has, you’ve earned the right to pause and take a look back — and Travis did it in style with this year’s star-studded ‘Anniversary Celebration,’ which united some of music’s biggest stars in celebration of his first 25 years as a recording artist.

Now promoting the release of his Brad Paisley duet, ‘Everything and All’ — his 59th overall single — Travis reflected on his quarter-century milestone in a recent interview, discussing his relationships with a handful of country stars, the enjoyment he still derives from performing live, and some of his most enduring hits.

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Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5, and Kid Rock to Perform at 2011 NFL Kickoff Concert

After a long, cold winter of labor disputes, lockouts, and a few months where it looked like we might not have a football season this  year, the 2011 NFL season is just about ready to begin.

And before the Packers and Saints finally take the field for the first game on September 8, some of music’s biggest stars will celebrate the new season with this year’s NFL Kickoff Concert, featuring performances from Maroon 5, Kid Rock, and Lady Antebellum.

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Category: Country Music News
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Justin Bieber ‘Punk’d’ Taylor Swift for Season Premiere of Show’s Return

After four years away from the airwaves, the MTV hit ‘Punk’d’ is preparing its comeback — and this time, producer and former host Ashton Kutcher is remaining strictly behind the scenes.

But that doesn’t mean the new-look ‘Punk’d’ will lack for star power. In fact, the new season’s premiere will feature host Justin Bieber putting one over on Taylor Swift.

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