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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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Why Is Blake Shelton Working As a Tour Guide at the Grand Ole Opry?

This has been a banner year for Blake Shelton.

He got married to Miranda Lambert, he’s a judge on NBC’s hit competition series ‘The Voice,’ he has a number one country single and one of the year’s best-selling albums — and now he’s a tour guide for the Grand Ole Opry.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
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‘American Idol’ Contestants Release Exclusive Walmart EPs

Attention, Walmart shoppers: You can now relive your favorite musical moments from the most recent season of ‘American Idol’ with a series of exclusive EPs from the top four contestants.

Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, and James Durbin have all released ‘American Idol Season 10 Highlights’ EPs, offering five tracks apiece for the low, low price of $5.

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‘The Voice’ Coaches Put Their Spin on Queen and David Bowie’s ‘Under Pressure’ [VIDEO]

Nothing quite says “pressure” quite like the last night of competition on a nationally televised singing competition — so it’s only fitting that the four judges of NBC’s ‘The Voice’ came together to duet on the Queen and David Bowie classic ‘Under Pressure.’

The quartet — Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera — took the stage for a loose version of the song, starting off in unison before Shelton, Levine, and Cee Lo took turns soloing at the mic. Aguilera, naturally, added plenty of melismatic vocal runs.

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Listen! Weird Al Parodies Taylor Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me’ with New Song, ‘TMZ’

At the ripe old age of 21, Taylor Swift has sold more than 20 million albums and won multiple Grammy Awards — but now that she’s had one of her songs parodied by ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, she can say she’s truly made it.

On his recently released new album, ‘Alpocalypse,’ Yankovic spoofed Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me,’ renaming it ‘TMZ’ and subbing in paparazzi-tweaking lyrics like “You’re sorta famous, a minor celebrity / And so it only makes sense the world would be / Obsessed with every single thing you do … If they ever catch you picking your nose / Or stumbling the street on a drunken spree / You’re on TMZ.”

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The Band Perry Gets Song Advice from Tim McGraw

It’s an old music business saying that you get your whole life to write the songs for your debut album, and then you get six months to put together the follow-up. But if you have to write on the clock, you might as well have an expert set of ears listening to the results, right?

The Band Perry has had an opportunity to do just that — while writing and rehearsing new material on the road with Tim McGraw, the sibling trio was happy to discover their megaplatinum headliner listening in.

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Fire Claims Nashville Legend Jack Clement’s Home and Studio

More than four decades of history went up in smoke on Saturday, when country music legend Cowboy Jack Clement lost his Nashville home in a blaze that also claimed his well-trafficked studio.

The 80-year-old Clement and his girlfriend escaped unharmed, along with their three cats and Clement’s guitar collection — including his prize possession, a 1951 Gibson J200 that was once scratched by Elvis Presley’s belt buckle. “I got my baby,” said Clement. “That guitar means more to me than the house.”

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Scotty McCreery Sings ‘I Love You This Big’ on ‘The Tonight Show’

He isn’t even 18 yet, but Scotty McCreery has already won ‘American Idol’ and scored a hit single. Now, he can add a ‘Tonight Show’ appearance to his steadily growing list of accomplishments.

McCreery visited the show on June 15, performing his debut single, ‘I Love You This Big,’ accompanied by a trio of background singers. With the song rising the charts following his ‘Idol’ victory, McCreery is in full-on media blitz mode, and he’s probably approaching the point where he could sing the song in his sleep, but he turned in a rousing performance before an appreciative studio audience.

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