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New Country Music Releases – October 2013

October is just a busy as September when it comes to new country music releases. Almost a dozen albums make this list, and that promises to change as the month progresses. Scotty McCreery and Toby Keith have two of the more highly-anticipated new albums, and everyone wants to be sure they have new music on store shelves in time for Christmas. 

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Keith Urban
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Keith Urban’s ‘Fuse’ Debuts at No. 1

Keith Urban's newest album 'Fuse' debuted at No. 1 on Billboard after its release on Sept. 10, but it wasn't without a battle to get to the top. 

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Little Big Town
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Little Big Town, ‘Sober’ [Listen]

Little Big Town's new single 'Sober' is a sweet love song bathed in four-part harmonies reminiscent of the group's most popular cuts from the mid '00s. After three edgier singles, the quartet lightens up.

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Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban
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Keith Urban (Feat. Miranda Lambert), ‘We Were Us’ [Listen]

Two artists not known for their duets come together on Keith Urban's 'We Were Us.' The second single from 'Fuse' features Miranda Lambert as co-lead vocalist. It'd be woefully inaccurate to call this simply a "guest appearance," as it's her voice that opens the song. 

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George Strait
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George Strait Agrees to Record Five More Albums With MCA

George Strait has released 40 albums on MCA Nashville, but that total will reach at least 45 before he's done. On Wednesday night (Aug. 28), his label CEO announced that the legend has signed a contract to record five more albums, even though he's retiring from the road after next year.

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Shania Twain
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Shania Twain on New Album: ‘I’m Pretty Much There With My Songs’

It was a great day in country music when Shania Twain announced her plans to begin working on a new album. The star recently confirmed she's made great headway, and the album is coming along quickly and smoothly. 

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood Wants Everyone to Love Country Music, Stands Up for the Genre

From 'Jesus Take the Wheel' to 'Two Black Cadillacs,' Carrie Underwood's hits have found themselves a comfortable home in country music, which the singer loves. She recently stood up for the genre, explaining why she adores it so much and even going into detail on what country music is really all about.

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Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog Have ‘Dueling Banjos’ Banjo-Off

Just when we were beginning to worry we would never see Steve Martin doing anything funny again, here he is playing 'Dueling Banjos' with Kermit the Frog!

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Morgan Frazier
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Morgan Frazier, ‘Hey Bully’ – Song Review

Morgan Frazier's new single 'Hey Bully' is a neat and tidy soundtrack for an anti-bullying PSA. The singer shares a story she seems intimately familiar with, but the scattered lyrics don't quite latch on as tightly as one hopes.

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Luke Bryan
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Luke Bryan Feels There’s Room for Blending Genres in Country Music

Country fans are fiercely loyal about their favorite music genre -- sometimes to the point that they only want "true country artists" to identify themselves as country singers. But Luke Bryan thinks that there's room for blending genres in today's brand of mainstream country music.

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American Young, ‘Love Is War’ – Song Review

There's an easy sweetness to American Young's harmonies. On their debut single 'Love Is War,' the duo does more than just mirror one another. Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson are two distinct, yet compatible halves of a truly unique piece of country fruit.

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Dierks Bentley
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Dierks Bentley, ‘I Hold On’ – Song Review

The familiar shuffle that has held down so many of Dierks Bentley's best songs is back in a brand new way on 'I Hold On,' the new single from the upcoming 'Riser' album. Instead of a locomotive guitar, it's the bass that drives this uptempo track about love, faith and family.

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