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Ellen DeGeneres Makes Surprise Appearance at Taylor Swift Concert [VIDEO]

It was impressive enough that Taylor Swift booked a four-night run of sellout performances at L.A.’s Staples Center. Then she went and added surprise cameos from Justin Bieber and Jason Mraz, who each popped up for unannounced duets. Sunday night marked the end of Taylor’s Staples residency, and she had yet another surprise special guest for her fans: Ellen DeGeneres.

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

 

Billboard Magazine

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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Will Scotty McCreery Cover Keith Urban on His New Album, ‘Clear as Day?’

Scotty McCreery fans still have a little over a month to wait until the ‘American Idol’ winner graces store shelves with his debut album, ‘Clear as Day.’ But in the meantime, he’s on the road with this year’s ‘AI’ tour — and sharing a few tidbits about what we can expect to hear from the finished product.

And as it turns out, he might end up having at least one famous guest.

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2011 CMA Awards Nominees to Be Announced September 6

On November 10, the 2011 CMA Awards will bring together country’s brightest stars for an evening of glamour, excitement, and live performances of the year’s biggest hits — but you won’t have to wait until then for the fun to start.

The announcement of this year’s nominees will be an event unto itself, featuring an appearance on ‘Good Morning America’ by The Band Perry and Jake Owen, as well as a Nashville press conference hosted by Jerrod Niemann and Thompson Square.

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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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Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift Perform ‘Baby’ Duet Live [VIDEO]

Justin Bieber has made something of a habit out of making surprise public appearances lately — as these wedding guests can attest — and he continued his streak Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

What was so unexpected about Bieber taking the stage in L.A.? Only the fact that Taylor Swift was already there, wowing a crowd of several thousand fans — who really went into a frenzy when they saw her special guest.

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Garth Brooks Plans to End His Retirement in ‘Three or Four Years’

It’s been almost 10 years since Garth Brooks released 2001′s ‘Scarecrow,’ his last album of original material — and four years since he added a pair of previously unreleased tracks to his ‘The Ultimate Hits’ compilation.

The bad news for Brooks’ fans is that their wait for a new record will continue for awhile. The good news? Brooks has an idea of when he’ll return to his mega-platinum career.

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Watch Kenny Chesney’s CMA Songwriters Series Online — No Ticket Required

Kenny Chesney is helping pay tribute to some of Nashville’s finest with his CMA Songwriters Series, which brings a rotating cast of country stars — including Dierks Bentley, Ashton Shepherd, Brett James, Craig Wiseman, and more — to audiences around the country.

But if you aren’t lucky enough to have tickets, don’t worry: the tour’s Boston stop will come to you.

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Lady Antebellum’s ‘Just a Kiss’ Is Still Number One [VIDEO]

For the second week in a row, Lady Antebellum‘s ‘Just a Kiss’ is the top song on Billboard’s country charts — and now it can add the Mediabase/Country Aircheck chart to its lists of conquests.

It’s another in a string of hits for the fast-rising band — and to hear singer Hillary Scott tell it, they always knew the song was going to be something special.

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Image courtesy of Randee St. Nicholas
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Pistol Annies Offer Fans a Sneak Peek at Their New Album By Streaming ‘Bad Example’ [AUDIO]

We still have a week to wait for the Pistol Annies‘ debut, but the hot new country trio is taking the edge off the wait by offering advance streams of five songs from the album.

The first track, ‘Bad Example,’ is up now, exclusively at Entertainment Weekly.

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