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Country Singer Robert Earl Keen Tells Kings of Leon to ‘Man Up’

At this point, it’s pretty clear that Kings of Leon singer Caleb Followill was dealing with a lot more than just heat exhaustion when he left the stage during the band’s show in Dallas last Friday — and that the band was thinking about more than the weather when it pulled the plug on its American tour.

But as far as Robert Earl Keen is concerned, the next time around, the band should think of a better excuse.

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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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‘I Love Country Music’ Singer Jack Barlow Dead at 87

Jack Barlow, the voice behind ‘I Love Country Music’ and other hits, passed away on Friday after a lengthy struggle with an undisclosed illness. He was 87.

A World War Two veteran, Barlow was a relative late bloomer in the music business. He was 40 when he finally moved to Nashville, where his distinctive baritone quickly scored him a record deal and a string of ’60s hits that included his signature number, ‘I Love Country Music,’ as well as ‘Catch the Wind’ and ‘Birmingham Blues.’

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How Will the Debt Crisis Affect Trace Adkins’ New Album?

Selling an album is hard enough in today’s tough musical climate without having to worry about current events overshadowing your music — but that’s just the position Trace Adkins is finding himself in with his upcoming release, ‘Proud to Be Here.’

As Adkins pointed out during a recent interview, “My album comes out August 2. And when is the deadline on the debt crisis? August 2! So, what do you think is going to dominate the press that day? I’m out there trying to sell my album and it’s never mind that, we’re going down the toilet!”

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Blake Shelton Cruise Sets Sail in October 2012

Ahoy, country fans! If you’ve got some vacation time on the calendar, $1,000 to burn, and a hankering for the high seas, Blake Shelton is offering you the chance to be part of something special.

Next October, Shelton — along with other artists who have yet to be announced — will set sail on the Norwegian Jewel for a seven-day sojourn. During the cruise, passengers will be treated to the usual amenities, including swimming pools, hot tubs, and port stops in places like San Juan, Tortola, and Nassau, along with unique access to country music royalty.

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Toby Keith to Release New Album, ‘Clancy’s Tavern,’ on October 25 [VIDEO]

Saddle up, Toby Keith fans — the country superstar’s next album is just around the corner.

It’s been a busy week for Keith, who debuted the video for his latest single, ‘Made in America,’ and revealed that his 15th studio album, ‘Clancy’s Tavern,’ will be released October 25.

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The Secret Sisters Reflect on Debut Album, American Music Awards Nomination

They may not be household names yet, but with an American Music Award nomination and a T Bone Burnett-produced debut album to their credit, the Secret Sisters are on the rise.

The duo — otherwise known as real-life sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers — will compete with Mumford and Sons, the Civil Wars and Jessica Lea Mayfield for Best New/Emerging Artist honors at this year’s AMAs, scheduled for Sunday, November 20.

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Taylor Swift Named 2011 Teen Choice Awards Ultimate Choice Winner

She’s already earned seven American Music Awards, six CMT Music Awards, four Grammys, and an MTV VMA — but soon, Taylor Swift will have to make room on her crowded mantel for another honor.

Swift is this year’s Ultimate Choice winner at the Teen Choice Awards, held Sunday, August 7. The award, presented for “extraordinary contributions to the entertainment industry,” has previously gone to Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Reese Witherspoon, among others.

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‘American Idol’ Stars Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Remain Coy on Dating Rumors [VIDEO]

They’re tourmates and ‘American Idol’ alums — but are Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina also something more? It’s a question they’ve been asked repeatedly lately, and one they’ve done a great job of refusing to answer.

McCreery and Alaina continued their obfuscation during a recent appearance at the Google campus, dodging yet another volley from the ‘are they or aren’t they?’ camp when the subject came up as part of a series of questions about their feelings on Google’s new social network, Google+.

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Taylor Swift Explains the Lyrics Written on Her Arm

Taylor Swift’s confessional lyrics have inspired countless fans and helped her become one of the top-selling artists in the world — and now she’s using her current tour to pay tribute to the songwriters who’ve inspired her, in a most personal and unusual way.

During her most recent string of live dates, Swift has scrawled lyrics on her left arm with a Sharpie marker, but not from her own songs; instead, she’s chosen lines from songs and artists she’s found meaningful.

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Dolly Parton Says Fan Once Left a Baby on Her Doorstep

A great song is capable of moving the listener on a pretty intimate emotional level, so it’s only natural that fans often try to find ways of showing their appreciation for an artist’s music — even if the artist is successful enough that gifts are clearly unnecessary.

On the other hand, sometimes fans’ tokens of gratitude are just plain bizarre, and when Dolly Parton was asked about the most unusual thing she’d ever been given, she had a real whopper of a story to tell.

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Jason Aldean Considering Acting Career

Jason Aldean seems to have this “country music” thing in the bag — he is the genre’s best-selling artist of the year, after all. So, what’s next?

It sounds like a jump to Hollywood could be in the cards for the ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ singer, who recently revealed that he’s been getting scripts — and considering a spot in front of the cameras.

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