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Academy of Country Music Awards Fashion: Carrie Underwood, Jewel, Taylor Swift & More!

April 8th, 2013 8:52am EDT
Academy of Country Music Awards Fashion
Country's brightest and hottest stars attended the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sunday night.

Several music stars ushered in spring with a variety of colorful gowns, including Carrie Underwood, who opted for a pink and red rose-patterened strapless dress.

Jewel turned heads in a pale pink sequined number, while Taylor Swift opted for a heavily beaded metallic gown.

Sheryl Crow made a departure from the norm in a blue jumpsuit, while Shania Twain, Faith Hill and Miranda Lambert wore black.

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John Rich Kicked Off Plane

December 5th, 2011 10:39pm EST
John Rich
Country star John Rich is at the center of an airport controversy after he was reportedly asked to leave a plane in Las Vegas on Sunday.

TMZ.com reports the Big & Rich star was escorted off a Southwest flight to Tennessee after getting into a verbal argument with several passengers.

A representative for Southwest has confirmed a passenger was kicked off the flight, but would not release the person's name.

The rep says, "Our crew assessed the situation and determined that the passenger was not fit for travel under governing federal aviation regulations.

"The customer was re-booked on a l...
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Blake Shelton Reworks 'Footloose' Theme For Movie Remake

August 9th, 2011 10:37pm EDT
Blake Shelton
Country star Blake Shelton has signed on to revamp Kenny Loggins' Footloose anthem for the movie remake of the cult film.

The soundtrack will also feature new renditions of Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out For a Hero," Ann Wilson and Mike Reno's "Almost Paradise" and Deniece Williams' "Let's Hear it For The Boy" by acts like Victoria Justice, Hunter Hayes, Ella Mae Brown and Jana Kramer.

The film's soundtrack also features new tunes by Big & Rich, Cee Lo Green, David Banner and Zac Brown Band.

The remake of the 1984 film features newcomer Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough and Dennis Quaid.
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Talking 'Celebrity Apprentice' With Marlee Matlin & John Rich

May 22nd, 2011 2:12pm EDT
Marlee Matlin
Tonight, NBC's latest edition of The Celebrity Apprentice comes to a close, with Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and country music star John Rich going head-to-head for the title and even more money for their respective charities. Before their showdown, both Marlee and John checked in with me to chat about their experiences on the show. They may be the two most gracious opponents I've ever interviewed.

(If you missed it earlier, you can also check out my earlier interview with fellow Celebrity Apprentice contestant Hope Dworaczyk.)

You've been tough competitors all season long. What do you...
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Fashion At The 2011 Academy Of Country Music Awards

April 4th, 2011 8:41am EDT
Academy of Country Music Awards
Miranda Lambert dominated last night's Academy of Country Music Awards after taking home four trophies (check out all the winners here), but did she dominate the red carpet?

Carrie Underwood looked resplendent in a grape-colored gown with sequin embellishment, while Taylor Swift opted for a more subtle look in a yellow dress.

Miranda Lambert looked like Aphrodite in a white, Goddess-like gown and later changed into a short strapless hot pink frock.

Julianne Hough dazzled in a sleeveless peach dress with a turqouise and gold bracelet.

Check them out in the photos below, and tell us who y...
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Big & Rich (Today's Links)

February 24th, 2009 7:00pm EST
Jessica Simpson
Check out some of the best links and viral videos found around the web today. And be sure to visit our On the Web section where we're constantly adding interesting links all the time.

YOU can even add links to stuff you find out there now, like interesting articles, cool YouTube videos, strange news, interesting photo galleries, and, well, just about anything!

Eliza Dushku's super smoking hot Hulu ad; ironically brought to you by YouTube - YouTube

SI swimsuit model Daniela Sarahyba - On 205th

Stars who let themselves go over the years - Superficial

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CMT's 'Gone Country' Returns For A Third Season

November 6th, 2008 1:34pm EST
Justin Guarini
CMT's hit franchise, Gone Country, returns with award-winning singer, songwriter & producer, John Rich, as host for a third season featuring new challenges and a new cast who are vying for a chance at country music success.

"Gone Country," the series that takes seven celebrities from every realm of the entertainment industries and immerses them in all things country, will premiere in January 2009 on CMT. Production is currently underway in Nashville.

The cast includes:

- George Clinton funk musician, founding member of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic; member of the Rock ...
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How Come Republicans Can't Get Any Good Bands to Show Up?

October 9th, 2008 9:57am EDT
John McCain - Bandless
As the Presidential campaign heads into the final stretch, rock and rap royalty are working hard to get out the vote for Democratic nominee Barack Obama. Springsteen played this weekend in Philadelphia, and Jay-Z was in Miami this week with Wyclef. Democrats get all the good headliners.

Republicans? That's another story. Ever since Ricky Martin got all "Vida Loca" with George W. Bush at his first Inauguration, it's been downhill for the GOP. These days the only musicians Republicans can count on are either second-rate country artists or low-rent rock acts. Maybe cutting taxes isn't eno...
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Marc Broussard Returns With 'Keep Coming Back,' Due Sept. 16

July 21st, 2008 5:30pm EDT
Marc Broussard
Atlantic Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the eagerly awaited new album from acclaimed singer/songwriter Marc Broussard. "Keep Coming Back" will arrive in stores and at all digital retailers on September 16th.

"Keep Coming Back" more than confirms Broussard as an artist uniquely gifted in channeling the multiple spirits of classic R&B and soul into contemporary terms. The Louisiana-based bayou soul troubadour recorded the collection earlier this year in a whirlwind 11-day session at Nashville's historic Ocean Way Studios. Broussard was joined in the studio by...
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'Nashville Star' Makes Its Network Debut June 9 On NBC

May 25th, 2008 10:30am EDT
Nashville Star
The sixth season of Nashville Star will premiere on NBC Monday, June 9 (9:30-11 p.m. ET) followed by 90-minute live episodes each week.

This year, the longest running cable reality competition series moves into the spotlight on NBC. With a bigger stage to play, the expectations become higher and the competition tougher as each contestant will turn to the celebrity panel that will not only judge them during the live shows, but will also provide a unique mentoring aspect to the series.

Host Billy Ray Cyrus ("Hannah Montana") will join country music star, singer-songwriter and ac...
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CMT's 'Gone Country' Returns For A Second Season

May 7th, 2008 9:57am EDT
Gone Country
CMT's highest rated series ever, "Gone Country," returns with Nashville hitmaker, John Rich, as host for a second season of antics with a brand new cast of characters who are each vying for a chance at country success.

"Gone Country 2" will take seven new celebrities from every realm of the entertainment industries and immerse them in all things country for a chance to break out as a country star. Production for "Gone Country 2," which will premiere in August 2008, is currently underway in Nashville.

The cast for "Gone Country 2" includes:

- Sebastian Bach singer, songwriter...
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Jewel To Mentor & Judge The Search For The Next 'Nashville Star'

April 10th, 2008 11:58am EDT
Jewel
Multi-Platinum singer-songwriter and three time Grammy nominee Jewel has signed on to find the next "Nashville Star" when the series premieres on NBC on Monday, June 9 (9:30-11 p.m. ET). Jewel joins previously announced judge/mentor John Rich -- the producer of her latest album, "Perfectly Clear" and one half of the country duo Big & Rich.

"As a young artist, I really benefited from having great mentors like Bob Dylan and Merle Haggard. They took me under their wings and encouraged me to stand up for things that, as an artist, are important. They constantly reminded me that an artist's...
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Randy Jackson Drafts All-Star Team Of Artists For 'Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1'

January 25th, 2008 8:33am EST
Randy Jackson
Grammy-winning producer, virtuoso musician, hit songwriter, legendary A&R executive and, of course, lovable American Idol judge - Randy Jackson has called upon every aspect of his staggering career to produce Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1, his first solo album, which is due March 11, 2008, on his new label, Dream Merchant 21, and released through the Concord Music Group.

The album includes a stellar ensemble of artists and features the return of fellow Idol judge Paula Abdul who's track "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" is her first release of new music in over a decade. Other g...
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3 Doors Down And Friends Rock Benefit Concert

December 10th, 2007 5:38pm EST
3 Doors Down
Multi-platinum group 3 Doors Down recently held their 4th annual "The Better Life Foundation" Concert at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Biloxi, MS with musical friends, Sara Evans and Musik Mafia members Jon Nicholson, Big Kenny (of Big & Rich), Shannon Lawson & Randy Hauser, and raised over $200,000 to benefit children's charities along the Gulf Coast area.

"To be able to be a part of 'The Better Life Foundation,' is truly a privilege for me," said band member Matt Roberts. "Over the past four years the foundation has been able to touch the lives of many along the Gulf Coast, my life...
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Year's Top Artists Perform At 41st CMA Awards; Win A CMA Prize Pack

October 30th, 2007 5:41pm EDT
Alison Krauss
The list of Country luminaries performing on "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" reads like a who's who of the format's finest and freshest faces with the announcement today that multiple nominee Alison Krauss and Horizon Award nominees Jason Aldean and Kellie Pickler have each been added to the list of performers for this year's gala.

"The 41st Annual CMA Awards" will be held Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) and will air live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

Sheryl Crow, Blake Shelton and Gretchen Wilson have been added to the list of artists prese...
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Bon Jovi Kicks Off Ten Show Tour At The Prudential Center In New Jersey Oct 25

October 24th, 2007 9:50am EDT
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi is one of the hottest rock bands in history; they have sold over 100 million albums around the world and performed more than 2,500 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 32 million people.

The band's latest effort, Lost Highway, was released June 19th on Island Records/Mercury Nashville. Jon Bon Jovi describes Lost Highway as "a Bon Jovi record influenced by Nashville. If you're someone like me who loves songs and hanging out with songwriters, Nashville is the place. I thrive on that feeling and I'm inspired by that creative ambience" Lost Highway is a haunting set o...
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Jamie Foxx Performs With Rascal Flatts On 41st CMA Awards, Nov. 7 On ABC; Win An iPod!

October 23rd, 2007 8:30pm EDT
The 41st Annual CMA Awards
-Win a CMA Awards Prize Pack!

Multi-talented, Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx joins reigning CMA Awards Vocal Group of the Year Rascal Flatts for a duet performance during "The 41st Annual CMA Awards" Wednesday, Nov. 7 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) live from the Sommet Center in Nashville on the ABC Television Network.

Rascal Flatts, who are nominated for Entertainer of the Year, will open "Country Music's Biggest Night™" with the title track from their third consecutive No. 1 album, Still Feels Good. Later in the broadcast, they will perform "She Goes All the Way" with Foxx. The duet w...
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Genre-Bending Multi-Platinum Duo Big & Rich Release 'Between Raising Hell And Amazing Grace'

June 5th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Big & Rich
Warner Bros. Records multi-platinum duo Big & Rich is set to put forth their third studio release, Between Raising Hell And Amazing Grace, June 5. Their debut book, Big & Rich: All Access, will hit shelves the same day. Big & Rich kicked off the releases with an appearance on NBC's Today Show Summer Concert Series on June 1, where they performed the fastest-rising single of their career, "Lost In This Moment," which is quickly becoming the hottest wedding song of the season. The much-anticipated album is also highlighted by guest performances from John Legend, who lends vocals to the tra...
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Artists Donate Tracks To "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign To Save Darfur," Out June 12

May 17th, 2007 8:10pm EDT
Instant Karma
In an historic effort to mobilize activism around the human rights atrocities occurring in Darfur, Sudan, more than 50 international recording artists and over 30 record labels have united behind "Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur." The collection features iconic songs by legendary musician and peace activist John Lennon recorded by an array of best-selling artists and will be available for purchase both on CD and as digital downloads via online retailers.

In keeping with its long tradition of activism powered by music, Amnesty International, the world's...
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Multi-Platinum Crowd Pleasers Big & Rich To Release Their Third Album June 5

May 11th, 2007 2:47pm EDT
Big & Rich
Big & Rich is proud to announce the release of their third studio album, slated for release by Warner Bros. Records on June 5, 2007. Between Raising Hell And Amazing Grace includes the single "Lost In This Moment," which has already gotten off to a great start on the radio. The single hit airwaves beginning Friday, February 9, when programmers just couldn't wait to get it out to the people. Only three days later, "Lost In This Moment" landed at #41 on Monday's R&R Chart, making it the highest charting debut single of the week.

Over the course of their career as Big & Rich, Big Kenny...
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'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night To Rock' To Air On ABC This Summer

May 4th, 2007 11:22am EDT
Sara Evans
ABC's hottest music event is back and bigger and better than ever when today's most exciting Country Music artists hit the stage in Nashville for a four-day party and celebration of America's music for the special "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock."

Filming during the Festival June 7-10, the two-hour special will air Monday, July 23 (9:00 - 11:00 PM/ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Sara Evans has just been added to the star-packed lineup. Artists already scheduled to perform include Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Rodney Atkins, Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Brooks & Dunn...
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Entertainment Elite Intersect In Nashville For "The 40th Annual CMA Awards"

October 23rd, 2006 8:00pm EDT
CMA Awards
The stars appearing on "The 40th Annual CMA Awards" are a testament to the overall popularity of Country Music. Legends, newcomers, style innovators and artists from other genres are all coming together for "Country Music's Biggest Night."

Added to the star-packed, performance line up for the 2006 CMA Awards are Horizon nominees Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Sugarland, and Josh Turner.

Presenting Awards will be "American Idol" alum Kellie Pickler; LeAnn Rimes; two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Barbara Mandrell; and rock royalty Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora of CMA Awards...
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More Stars Added To CMA Awards

October 16th, 2006 2:23pm EDT
Faith Hill
"Country Music's Biggest Night" continues to grow with the announcement today that Faith Hill has been added to the star-packed list of performers on "The 40th Annual CMA Awards," which airs live Monday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC.

Actor, legendary songwriter and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Kris Kristofferson will introduce the 2006 Hall of Fame inductees. Sheryl Crow and Vince Gill have been added to the Brooks & Dunn performance; and John Rich of Big & Rich will perform with Gretchen Wilson.
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Win Hank Williams Jr.'s Latest Hits Collection or Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris' Duets Album

July 19th, 2006 2:39pm EDT
All The Roadrunning
Head over to Starpulse Contests for your chance to win a copy of either Hank Williams Jr.'s "That's How They Do It In Dixie: The Essential Collection" or Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris' critically acclaimed CD "All The Roadrunning". Or enter for a chance to win both!

Enter to win Hank's CD

Enter to win Mark & Emmylou's CD

"That's How They Do It In Dixie" features Hank's new single with Gretchen Wilson and appearances from Big & Rich and Van Zant; and Knopfler & Harris' album is the result of seven years of compiling a large selection of duets.

Watch Hank's video for "That...
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Big & Rich Embark On US Summer Tour

June 13th, 2006 10:57am EDT
Big and Rich
Multi-platinum country duo Big & Rich have embarked on their "Comin' To Your City" tour, which began June 2nd in Louisville and will criss-cross the U.S. this summer. The tour is sponsored by Prilosec OTC and will stop at more than 30 venues nationwide. It will feature heartburn screenings, artist autograph sessions, and fan karaoke. It promotes the award-winning Nashville duo's platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated second album of the same name, which was released last November. The tour will feature Muzik Mafia member & Raybaw/Warner Bros. Records artist Cowboy Troy and other special guests...
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New Band Featuring Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp To Release Debut Album May 23

April 23rd, 2006 9:00am EDT
The Wreckers
The Wreckers, consisting of Michelle Branch & Jessica Harp, are modern country with a pop twist, and a little rock & roll tossed in for that extra bite. Michelle and Jessica met when they were both struggling in the music business. Michelle broke with her 2001 solo release on Maverick, The Spirit Room. Still in her teens, she was swept onto major tours and recruited by legendary guitarist Carlos Santana for Grammy-winning duet, “Game of Love.” Her second release, Hotel Paper, hit number two on Billboard’s Hot 200.

Michelle invited Jessica to join her on the road after trading email...
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Grammy Performers Set To Pair Up Include U2 With Mary J. Blige

January 24th, 2006 11:01am EST
U2
A number of unique Grammy performance pairings and presenters were announced today for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. Multi-Grammy winner and R&B diva Mary J. Blige will join multi-Grammy nominee U2 on the same Grammy stage for the first time; Grammy nominees and country superstars Keith Urban and Faith Hill are set to appear; current Grammy nominee and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx unites with Kanye West, who has eight Grammy nominations this year; and Grammy nominees Christina Aguilera and Herbie Hancock hit the stage for an intimate performance. Additionally, superstar country duo Big & Rich, ...
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Big & Rich To Play On Nashville Star Season Premier

January 17th, 2006 7:02am EST
Big & Rich
Nashville Star, the nation's top-rated country music series, has partnered with Nashville's notorious MuzikMafia to bring the hottest new talent to season four including an electrifying opening performance from Big & Rich in episode one.

"Big & Rich is one of the hottest acts in country music right now, and we are thrilled to have them join the already exciting line-up of season four," explained Libby Hansen, USA's vice president, alternative series and specials. "By building off the ratings success of last year and by joining forces with both the RCA Label Group and now the MuzikMafi...
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CMA Awards Rundown and Winners

November 16th, 2005 10:06am EST
Lee Ann Womack
The Big Apple provided a big night for some of Country Music's biggest stars. "The 39th Annual CMA Awards" was broadcast on Tuesday, Nov. 15 for the first time outside of Nashville, live from Madison Square Garden in New York City on the CBS Television Network. Keith Urban and Lee Ann Womack were the big winner's of the night. Read on for a complete recap of the evening and a full winner's list...

Keith Urban won his second consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year and his first Entertainer of the Year Award, making him the only Country artist in CMA Awards history to win the Horizon, ...
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New CDs This Week (Nov. 15)

November 15th, 2005 10:54am EST
Madonna
A number of new albums hit stores today including new ones from Madonna, Big & Rich, Pitbull and Unearth; live ones from Green Day, Jesse McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, Moody Blues, Todd Rundgren and Wilco; hits collections from The Roots, Alanis Morissette, Cat Stevens, Pete Townshend and Dire Straits; and a whole lot more. Check out this list of noteworthy releases for Tuesday, November 15th...

Alanis Morissette - The Collection

Big & Rich - Comin' to Your City

Bill Wyman - Rhythm Kings Live

Bolt Thrower - Those Once Loyal

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Greatest Hits [Chopped and Screwed]...
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