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Kellie Pickler to Guest Star on ’90210′ Season Premiere

She’s a recording artist now, but Kellie Pickler kicked off her singing career on television, earning a sixth-place finish during the fifth season of ‘American Idol.’

Now, she’s returning to her roots — so to speak — with a guest appearance on ’90210.’

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How Did Eric Church’s ‘Chief’ Album Land a #1 Debut?

With his first two albums, 2006′s ‘Sinners Like Me’ and 2009′s ‘Carolina,’ Eric Church enjoyed steadily, albeit modestly, increasing success — so you can imagine that a few industry eyebrows were raised when his latest release, ‘Chief,’ debuted at number one.

To celebrate Church’s first chart-topper, Billboard devoted a recent feature to analyzing his sales spike — and interviewing industry insiders who shared their theories about how it happened.

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LeAnn Rimes’ Offers Surprising Twist on Covers Album ‘Lady and Gentleman’

By the time she was 14, LeAnn Rimes had already recorded four albums — and the fourth, 1996′s ‘Blue,’ sold more than six million copies in the United States alone.

Rimes has come a long way since those early days — she’s now a 28-year-old married woman with 15 studio albums under her belt. And for her latest studio set, ‘Lady and Gentlemen,’ she took a brand new approach.

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Taylor Swift Serenades the ‘Chaperone Dads’ Dragged to Her Shows [VIDEO]

Of all the duties dads pull when their daughters are young, “concert chaperone” has to be one of the most thankless tasks on the list.

But cheer up, Pops: Your ears might be ringing and your wallet might be light, but Taylor Swift sees you in the crowd, and she appreciates what you do.

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Lauren Alaina’s ‘Like My Mother Does’ Video to Premiere on Monday

She might be on the road with this year’s American Idols Live Tour, but Lauren Alaina isn’t too busy to make plans for her upcoming debut album.

In fact, promotion for Alaina’s first CD will begin in earnest next week, when the video for her latest single, ‘Like My Mother Does,’ debuts on CMT.

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Toby Keith Forced to Cancel Concert After Coming Down with Laryngitis

What’s just about the worst thing that can happen to a singer who’s getting ready to promote his new album?

If you answered “laryngitis,” you know what’s been plaguing Toby Keith — and what forced him to cancel his Sunday appearance at Canada’s Big Valley Jamboree.

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Billy Dean Promotes Local Farming with New Album, ‘The Seed’

It’s been awhile since Billy Dean released some new music — and even longer since he tasted the kind of chart success he enjoyed with his first few albums in the early ’90s — but he’s making plans to change all that.

Dean has partnered with the Naturipe Farms collective for a series of new recordings, starting with a digital EP that’s currently available on iTunes). He also has plans for a full album in the fall. It might sound like an unusual partnership, but country music and farming is a pretty natural fit — and Dean stands squarely behind the company’s mission to help promote the sale of locally grown produce.

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Lady Antebellum Shows Off Cover Art and Unveils Track Listing for New Album, ‘Own the Night’

You’ll have to wait until September 18 to buy the new Lady Antebellum album, but you can see it — and take a look at the song titles — right now.

The band has released the artwork and track listing for its upcoming third album, ‘Own the Night,’ which will contain a dozen songs, including the lead single (and Top 10 hit), ‘Just a Kiss.’

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Michael Bublé to Duet with Shania Twain on Holiday Album

Eight years after releasing his ‘Let It Snow’ holiday EP, Michael Bublé is back with more Christmas music — and this time, he’s got company.

During a recent interview with CTV, Bublé revealed that his upcoming holiday album will include a duet on “White Christmas” with none other than Shania Twain. Pressed for details about their version of the traditional yuletide ballad, Bublé described it as “bouncy.”

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John Michael Montgomery Plans Album, Book Projects with His Brother, Eddie

He has seven number one country singles and a pair of quadruple-platinum albums to his credit, but for John Michael Montgomery, his next album might be his most meaningful.

Montgomery is planning a musical collaboration — with a book to follow — with his big brother and fellow country singer Eddie Montgomery, best known as one half of the bestselling duo Montgomery Gentry.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Reveals Regret for Controversial GQ Interview [VIDEO]

Remember that interview Billy Ray Cyrus did with GQ awhile back — the one where he essentially accused Disney, and the fame the studio brought his daughter Miley, of destroying his family?

Well, Billy remembers it too. And now he wishes he could take it all back.

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