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Rascal Flatts Reveals Plans for New Album in Spring 2012

They haven’t even wrapped up their current tour with Sara Evans, but that isn’t keeping Rascal Flatts from looking to the future as they prepare their eighth album. In fact, the multiplatinum country stars are already in the studio.

The news was broken by Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus, who took to Twitter Tuesday morning with the announcement “Another day tracking with the Flatts!!! New album comes out next spring!!!”

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Lady Antebellum Debuts Two New Songs from ‘Own the Night’ Album [VIDEO]

Two weeks can seem like an eternity when you’re waiting for something you really want — and Lady Antebellum fans are feeling it right now, counting down the days until the September 13 release of the band’s highly anticipated third album, ‘Own the Night.’

But if you’ve been impatiently marking down the days, we’ve got some good news — and a pair of new songs for you to enjoy.

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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles to Host Another ‘CMA Country Christmas’

When country’s finest return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to film this year’s ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special on November 10, there will be some familiar faces on stage — starting with the event’s host.

As she did last year, Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles will emcee the evening, which finds country stars sharing personal stories and performing some of their favorite holiday songs.

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Lady Antebellum Works with Spotify and Pandora to Promote New Album, ‘Own the Night’

 

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When Lady Antebellum returns with its third album, ‘Own the Night,’ on September 13, the country trio will kick off a major promotional campaign that will see them on the road, on TV (including a performance on ‘Saturday Night Live’), and, of course, all over the radio.

But they aren’t stopping there. As the band revealed during a recent interview with Billboard, they’re also hooking up with two of the most popular online music destinations.

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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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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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Vince Gill Shows His Rock ‘n’ Roll Side on Alice Cooper’s New Album, ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’

Vince Gill is one of country’s most distinctive singers, but he’s more than just a pretty voice — he’s also one of the industry’s most gifted guitarists.

One person who’s aware of those gifts? Alice Cooper, who asked Gill to add a little spice to a track from Cooper’s upcoming album, ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’ — and Gill responded with a hard-rockin’ solo that might take some of his longtime fans by surprise.

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Alan Jackson Invited to Perform at 9/11 Memorial Concert

In the days after the September 11 attacks, Alan Jackson put his emotions into song with ‘Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),’ an eventual country number one hit that also broke into the top 30 on the pop charts.

Ten years later, the track is regarded as one of the defining moments of Jackson’s career — and he has been asked to perform it at the upcoming Concert for Hope, held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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Zac Brown Explains His Beanie-Lovin’ Ways

When we think of country’s most noteworthy hat acts, we tend to think of guys wearing cowboy hats — stars like George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, Alan Jackson, and Brad Paisley. But the term could also apply to Zac Brown, who’s rarely seen without a beanie.

And, as Brown recently explained during a stop at WYCD, it’s more than just a fashion choice.

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Taylor Swift Shares Pictures of Her Vacation at the Beach

All things being equal, it doesn’t seem terribly likely that any of us will end up frolicking on in the surf with Taylor Swift anytime soon.

Fortunately for anyone who’d like to have the chance, Taylor has been kind enough to share a few photos from her recent beach vacation.

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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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