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Tate Stevens, ‘Holler if You’re With Me’ to Debut at Grammys; Taylor Swift … – The Boot

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Miranda Lambert’s Dogs Are Touring Troubadours

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Miranda Lambert's dogsJason LaVeris, FilmMagic

Miranda Lambert insists babies aren't on the brain just yet, but she still has plenty of maternal feelings, thanks to the large brood of animals she has at home with hubby Blake Shelton. The proud mama of six dogs, Miranda says that the couple's busy schedule doesn't allow them to spend as much time with their pets as they'd like, but there are a few who seem to get preferential treatment.

"I have two small dogs, Delta and Cher, so they are usually the ones who go on tour," she explains to People magazine. The "Mama's Broken Heart" singer adds that there's another pooch who is also a good traveler, but who likes the other parent more. "Betty is one of our dogs that we take on tour with us as well, but she's kind of a daddy's girl, so she hangs out with Blake a lot."

Jason Aldean & Pat Monahan to Perform at All For The Hall New York

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Jason Aldean photo courtesy of Broken Bow Records.

Jason Aldean and Train’s Pat Monahan will perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s All for the Hall New York fundraiser on Tuesday, February 26 at the Best Buy Theater. The event will follow a “guitar pull” format along with performances by Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris and special guests.

Tickets for mezzanine seating for the performance only will go on sale on Saturday, February 2 at 10p|9c and can be purchased at the Best Buy Theater box office or on A limited number of VIP tables and floor seats are still available for purchase as well.

The Museum launched All for the Hall in 2005.  The campaign addresses the museum’s need for long-term financial security and will provide a safety net for the institution and its work.  This is the sixth time the museum’s annual giving event has hit the road, hosting previous All for the Hall events in New York in 2007 and 2008 and Los Angeles in 2009-11.


Charles Kelley Teases “Downtown” Video

It's been an awfully hectic week for Lady Antebellum, who have set up camp in Los Angeles for the week. On Monday, they debuted their hot new single "Downtown" on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, filmed an installment of CMT Crossroads with rock diva Stevie Nicks on Tuesday, and then spent the latter half of the week shooting the video for "Downtown."

"We put a funny little treatment to it. I don’t want to give it away, but it’s definitely going to be our most personality driven," Charles reveals to Country Weekly. "It’s the most acting we’ve ever had to do in a video, that’s for sure, but it’s a lot of fun."

The bouncy, sassy "Downtown" has been Lady A's highest-charting debut to date, landing at No. 25 on the Billboard country chart.

And Charles says the band has been getting a charge out of playing it live.

"We debuted it for the first time on Leno, and we walked off saying, 'Man, how fun is it to have a fun, upbeat, exciting song to perform live?' instead of a ballad or an angsty song," Charles recalls. "It’s a nice change for us."

Look for more on Lady A's "Downtown" in the Feb. 25 issue of Country Weekly, on stands Feb. 18. 



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Cowboy Jack Clement Honored by Stars at Benefit Concert

"If you never chase fashion, you'll never go out of style," said author Peter Guralnick as he described Cowboy Jack Clement, a legendary producer, songwriter and creative oddball for more than 60 years.

Gary Allan’s Set You Free Debuts at No. 1

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Gary Allan’s 2013 album, Set You Free. Photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Gary Allan is back at the top of several charts. His latest single, “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain),” has reached No. 1, marking his fifth chart-topping song.  In addition, his new album, Set You Free, released last week, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and the Billboard Top 200 Chart. It is Gary’s first No.1 Billboard Top 200 debut and third top spot debut on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.

Read our review of Gary Allan’s Set You Free >>

“It has been a long while, but it feels really good,” Gary said. “I would especially like to thank all of my fans and everyone at radio. I would also like to thank everyone on my team who has helped to get me to this point. This is a great feeling!”

“What a gratifying moment for Gary and everyone on his team, including his family here at MCA and the Universal Music Group!” UMG Nashville’s Chairman and CEO, Mike Dungan said. “This album is a spectacular piece of work, from one of music’s most unique and talented artists.  We are so proud to represent Gary and his music.”

Gary recently dropped by the GAC studio to talk about his new music and much more .Visit his artist section to watch our interview clips! Want to meet Gary Allan? Enter GAC’s Gary Allan Private Party Sweeps for your chance to win a trip for two to Nashville for Gary’s exclusive and private Fan Club party and performance!


Forbes’ ‘American Idol’ Top-Earners List Revealed

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Although the ratings for this season's "American Idol" premiere earlier this month were significantly lower than last season's premiere (19 percent lower, approximately), the show's cache for its most successful contestants can't be overstated. Forbes magazine has compiled their annual list of "Idol"'s top earners for 2012, with country acts from the singing competition making an impressive showing.

Kelly Clarkson, who has increasingly dipped her toe in the country pool over the past few years, ranks as the top-earning Idol for 2012, raking in $8 million. Interestingly, Forbes notes, that's about twice as much as Keith Urban makes in his new role as an Idol judge (and roughly equivalent to what Nicki Minaj is earning in the same capacity).

Kenny Chesney ‘Life on a Rock’ Album Reflects ‘Real Small Town’ Living

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Kenny Chesney Life on a Rock AlbumDavid Clinch

Kenny Chesney's next record will detail Life on a Rock. Whether you're referring to the planet, a continent or an island in the Caribbean, the hillbilly rockstar acknowledges, "We're all living life on a rock." Reflecting that motto, the 10-song album was recorded and mixed in Los Angeles, Hawaii, Jamaica, Key West, London and Nashville.

"It's about the way life is when you live on an island," Kenny explains. "Everywhere you go, there's everyone you know; you know everything about them, and they know everything about you ... and that's just a whole other way to be. Coming from Luttrell, Tenn., I can tell you, 'life on a rock' isn't all that different from life in a real small town. It's slower, it's easier, it's more invested and it's also more about really enjoying the moments as they are, when they are."

LuLu Roman, Dolly Parton Duet, ‘I Will Always Love You,’ Happens ‘At Last’ (LISTEN)

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Lulu Roman Dolly Parton duet I will always love youPhoto Courtesy Lulu Roman

LuLu Roman gained fame as a longtime cast member of the classic TV series "Hee Haw," and throughout her singing career has earned numerous accolades, including a 1985 Dove award for Album of the Year by a Secular Artist, and induction into the Christian Music Hall of Fame, in recognition of her many gospel recordings.

A lifelong lover of all kinds of music, she has just released her first collection of pop standards, aptly titled At Last (and featuring a cover of that legendary Etta James tune). The collection also includes "I Will Always Love You," performed with the song's writer, Dolly Parton. Listen to an exclusive stream of their duet below.

All for the Hall New York: Jason Aldean, Pat Monahan Join Lineup

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The upcoming All for the Hall benefit concert in New York City has added even more star power. Jason Aldean and Train lead singer Pat Monahan will join the list of performers for the Feb. 26 event, an annual fundraiser for Nashville's treasured Country Music Hall of Fame.

The two hitmakers join previously-announced artists (and frequent All for the Hall performers) Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris for the evening, which will be held at the Big Apple's Best Buy Theater. The stage will be set up as a guitar pull, with each singer taking turns performing. The night will also include several special guests, as well as a cocktail reception, silent auction and dinner.