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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 1

October 11th, 2013 9:15pm EDT
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and some fell somewhere in between the two extremes.  As difficult as it was, as of October 7, 2013, I have compiled a list housing my favorites, least favorites, and honorable mentions.  I’m almost certain I’ve slighted someone and I’m sure there will be continual revisions, but for now, here’s what you should’ve sp...
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Alan Jackson Raises Thousands For Colorado Wildfire Victims

July 3rd, 2012 11:35am EDT
Alan Jackson
Country star Alan Jackson raised thousands of dollars at a special show last week to boost a disaster fund for victims of recent wildfires in Colorado.

The singer was stunned to witness the scenes of devastation as flames took hold of areas around Colorado Springs late last month, prompting thousands to flee their homes.

Jackson sold off premium front row seats for his show at the state's Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Thursday, and the special sale raised thousands for the Denver Foundation for use by the Colorado Wildfire Relief Fund.

During his show, he told the audience, "It's just the...
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Adele At Number One Again, 68 Weeks After Release Of '21'

June 14th, 2012 8:32am EDT
Adele
Adele is back on top again, securing the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 album chart with sophomore album "21." She released the album 68 weeks ago but regained momentum, beating competition such as Neil Young, The Beach Boys and Alan Jackson.

The album has remained on the top 10 list since its release in February. Adele sold 75,000 copies last week, much of which is likely due to the NBC special "Adele Live In London, which aired on June 2.

Alan Jackson's "Thirty Miles West" was expected to debut at number one, but it sold 2,000 fewier copies, landing it at number two. The Beach B...
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Alan Jackson's Wife Is Cancer-Free

March 22nd, 2012 10:37pm EDT
Alan Jackson
The wife of country star Alan Jackson has been declared cancer-free.

Denise Jackson was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2010 and the Grammy Award winner previously confessed he was struggling to come to terms with his high school sweetheart's health scare.

He told Great American Country program Backstory, "To see her go through that, it was the hardest thing I've ever been through. I've been taking care of her since she was 16, but I couldn't do anything to help her. It was tough."

But now Jackson reveals his spouse of 32 years has successfully fought off the disease and come out on...
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Ozzy Osbourne And Alan Jackson's Music Help Rescuers Find Lost Boy

September 14th, 2011 8:39am EDT
Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne and Alan Jackson's music has helped rescue workers find a severely autistic eight year old who went missing in the San Bernardino National Forest in California.

Joshua Robb was found alive and well on Tuesday after spending the night alone in the wilderness - and his estranged father claims his favorite two songs helped coax his son out of the woods.

Ozzy's No More Tears and Jackson's Good Times were blasted out of speakers driven through the forest on the back of a truck after autism experts told rescuers the tracks would help relax the frightened boy and convince him to ...
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'Ladys' Night at the Grammys as Lady Antebellum & Lady Gaga win big (Full List of Grammy Winners)

February 14th, 2011 12:31am EST
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum and Lady Gaga were the toast of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after picking up nine awards between them.

Country trio Lady Antebellum claimed five accolades for their single and album "Need You Now," including Record and Song of the Year, while Gaga scored wins for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Short Form Video for "Bad Romance" and Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Pop Vocal Album for "The Fame Monster."

But the surprise of the night came right at the end of the ceremony when indie darlings Arcade Fire picked up Album of the Year honors for "Th...
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Alan Jackson To Receive Top ASCAP Honor

August 9th, 2010 5:30pm EDT
Alan Jackson
Country music star Alan Jackson is set to be honored with the prestigious Founders Award at the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Country Music Awards next month.

The I'll Try hit-maker will be feted at the organization's 48th annual ceremony, held at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on September 14th. The event will honor songwriters and publishers of ASCAP's most performed country songs from April 1st, 2009 through March 31st, 2010.

The Founders Award is one of ASCAP's top prizes, handed to stars who have "made pioneering contributions to...
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Mindy McCready Sex Tape Release Put On Hold

April 7th, 2010 8:55am EDT
Mindy McCready
Lawyers for Mindy McCready have managed to temporarily block the release of a sex tape allegedly featuring the troubled country star and a mystery man.

The singer denied filming herself in the bedroom and threatened legal action against bosses at Vivid Entertainment after they announced plans to sell Mindy McCready: Baseball Mistress, claiming it contained footage of the star in x-rated scenes. The blonde was also said to describe her bedroom encounters with celebrity ex-lovers, including actor Dean Cain and country singer Alan Jackson, in the clip.

Now, Vivid executives have decided to...
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Grammy Award Winners To Host 'My Night At The Grammys'

November 29th, 2007 11:07am EST
Faith Hill
Two-time Grammy Award winner Melissa Etheridge, five-time Grammy Award winner Faith Hill and nine-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys will host "My Night At The Grammys," a new entertainment special celebrating the upcoming Grammy Awards 50th Anniversary with the Top 25 Grammy moments, as voted on by viewers, as well as the stories behind them as told by the artists themselves, to be broadcast Friday, Nov. 30 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

Christina Aguilera, Billie Joe Armstrong, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Elvis Costello, Celine Dion, Alan Jackson, Elton John, Ricky Martin and Us...
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Ne-Yo, Vanessa Hudgens & More To Headline TNT's Music Spectacular Christmas

November 15th, 2007 10:53am EST
Ne-Yo
Chart-topping phenomenon Ne-Yo, High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens, country superstar Alan Jackson, legendary vocalist Andrea Bocelli, rising recording artists Colbie Caillat, Heather Headley and Katharine McPhee are slated to headline TNT’s annual presentation of "Christmas In Washington," hosted for the fourth year by Dr. Phil and Robin McGraw.

Annually attended by the President and First Lady and other Washington VIPs, this concert is a holiday music celebration benefiting the National Children’s Medical Center. "Christmas In Washington" will be taped at the National Building ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 17

October 17th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Ziggy Marley
Happy Birthday to Drumline star Nick Cannon (1980), Fugee Wyclef Jean (1972), rapper Eminem (1972), *NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick (1971), South African golfer Ernie Els (1969), reggae singer Ziggy Marley (1968), comedian/actor Norm MacDonald (1963), Beavis and Butt-Head/King of the Hill creator Mike Judge (1962), country singer Alan Jackson (1958), Cheers actor George Wendt (1948), Superman actress Margot Kidder (1948), actor/comedian Michael McKean (1947), Union Gap bandleader Gary Puckett (1942), daredevil Evel Knievel (1938), actor Tom Poston (1921), "From Here to Eternity" actor Montg...
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Live Nation Announces US Summer Tour Lineup

May 18th, 2007 10:41am EDT
Gwen Stefani
Live Nation, the world's largest live music company, announced a preliminary slate of summer concert tours that includes artists as diverse as Alan Jackson/Brooks & Dunn, Beyonce, Brad Paisley, Chicago/America, Dave Matthews Band, Def Leppard/Styx/Foreigner, Fall Out Boy, Family Values (Korn/Evanescence), Genesis, Gwen Stefani, Jimmy Buffett, John Mayer, Kenny Chesney, Ozzfest, Poison, Projekt Revolution (Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance), The Police, Rascal Flatts, Roger Waters, Rush, Stevie Nicks/Chris Isaak, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill and Toby Keith.

The summer tour schedule is preced...
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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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Jackson, Strait & Buffett To Release Joint Album of Concert Footage & Collaborations

February 22nd, 2007 9:47am EST
Alan Jackson
MCA Nashville will release “Live At Texas Stadium,” a collection of individual and collaborative live performances by musical legends Alan Jackson, George Strait & Jimmy Buffett, April 3. The recordings are from their 2004 mega concert event in Dallas.

The 15-track album consists of several of each superstar's fan favorites, as well as many of each of their biggest hits, such as Jackson's 'Five O'Clock Somewhere,' Strait's 'All My Ex's Live in Texas' and Buffett's 'Margaritaville.'

Amongst the three of them, they've achieved over 85 #1 singles and sold more than 120 million record...
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Win A Copy Of Alan Jackson's "Like Red On A Rose" CD

October 29th, 2006 9:00am EST
Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson, one of music’s most acclaimed songwriter singers, released his latest album, Like Red On A Rose, on September 26. Produced by Alison Krauss, Like Red On A Rose explores a variety of emotions from the point of view of a man whose life is settled and where paths are well worn. Entertainment Weekly wrote, "The dramatic departure is startlingly good, downright bold, and his best album yet…nearly heroic."

Alan Jackson is the most nominated artist in CMA history and is currently nominated for Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year for Precious Memories (2006). He has s...
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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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Celebrity Birthdays, October 17

October 17th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Ziggy Marley
Happy Birthday to Drumline star Nick Cannon (1980), Fugee Wyclef Jean (1972), rapper Eminem (1972), *NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick (1971), South African golfer Ernie Els (1969), reggae singer Ziggy Marley (1968), comedian/actor Norm MacDonald (1963), Beavis and Butt-Head/King of the Hill creator Mike Judge (1962), country singer Alan Jackson (1958), Cheers actor George Wendt (1948), Superman actress Margot Kidder (1948), actor/comedian Michael McKean (1947), Union Gap bandleader Gary Puckett (1942), daredevil Evel Knievel (1938), actor Tom Poston (1921), "From Here to Eternity" actor Montg...
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Martina McBride & Keith Urban Added to 'CMA Awards'

October 2nd, 2006 1:32pm EDT
Martina McBride
"Country Music's Biggest Night" continues to grow with the announcement today that Martina McBride and Keith Urban will perform when "The 40th Annual CMA Awards" airs live Monday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville.

The three-hour gala will be hosted for the third time by Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn of super duo Brooks & Dunn.

Performers already announced include Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Carrie Underwood and Gretchen Wilson. More performers an...
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Upcoming Guests on 'David Letterman'

September 30th, 2006 9:00am EDT
Andy Dick
Next week's list of guests for the Late Show With David Letterman include a booted reality show star, several musical guests, and other celebrities:

Monday, Oct. 2

Pete Rose; Survivor: Cook Islands castaway Cecilia Mansilla; comedian Roy Wood Jr.

Tuesday, Oct. 3

Actor Andy Dick

Wednesday, Oct. 4

Musical guests Jerry Lee Lewis & Neil Young

Thursday, Oct. 5

Musical guest Xzibit

Friday, Oct. 6

Actress Amy Sedaris; musical guest Trey Anastasio

Monday, Oct. 9

Actor Robin Williams; "Survivor: Cook Islands" castaway

Tuesday, Oct. 10

Actor Al...
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Alan Jackson To Perform on Leno Tonight; "Like Red On A Rose" In Stores Today--Win A Copy!

September 26th, 2006 12:16pm EDT
Alan Jackson
Alan Jackson, one of music’s most acclaimed songwriter singers, will perform on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno this evening, September 26; also the day of release of Like Red On A Rose. Produced by Alison Krauss, Like Red On A Rose explores a variety of emotions from the point of view of a man whose life is settled and where paths are well worn. Entertainment Weekly wrote, "The dramatic departure is startlingly good, downright bold, and his best album yet…nearly heroic."

Jackson will also appear on the Late Show with David Letterman on October 12 and the Today Show on October 13. ...
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More Performers Added to CMA Awards

September 26th, 2006 9:56am EDT
George Strait
Country Music's top artists of the year, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Gretchen Wilson and George Strait, will perform on "The 40th Annual CMA Awards" to be telecast Monday, Nov. 6 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on ABC. The artists join a star-packed lineup of nominees and performers that already includes CMA Awards hosts Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood.

Additional artists will be added to the lineup and announced at a later date. "The 40th Annual CMA Awards" airs live from the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. It is a product...
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Alan Jackson's Gift For Mom To Be Publicly Released

January 19th, 2006 11:49pm EST
Alan Jackson
When you're Grammy-winning superstar Alan Jackson - with more than 44 million albums sold and 31 Number 1 hits to your credit - making music is just a natural part of life, even if it isn't always intended for the world. Such was the case when he stepped into the studio to record Precious Memories, a 15-track collection of classic hymns, recorded as a Christmas gift to his mother.

With the disc now slated for commercial release on February 28, the three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year reveals that his little family project mushroomed well beyond his expectations going into longtime pr...
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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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Country Legends To Perform on Academy of Country Music TV Special

November 8th, 2005 7:35am EST
George Strait
Country music superstars Alabama, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry, Mickey Gilley, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack and more will appear on the Academy of Country Music's 40th Anniversary Celebration, a new entertainment special to be broadcast Saturday, December 3, (9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The special, which was taped May 18 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, will celebrate the rich heritage of the Academy of Country Music.

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Dolly Parton & Elton John To Perform Together

October 31st, 2005 12:02pm EST
Dolly Parton
Two of music's most respected, performer/songwriters Dolly Parton and Sir Elton John are joining forces for a musical first on "The 39th Annual CMA Awards" when they perform together during "Country Music's Biggest Night." Parton will join John in a performance of "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave."

"I've always admired Sir Elton's songwriting, musicianship and singing and I'm thrilled to be working with him," Parton said. "It should be a very passionate performance."

"The 39th Annual CMA Awards" airs live Tuesday, Nov. 15 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the CBS Television Network from Ma...
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All-Star Performers Lined Up For CMA Awards

October 25th, 2005 11:44pm EDT
Bon Jovi
The star-packed line up for the 2005 CMA Awards continues to grow with performances added by Bon Jovi with Sugarland front woman Jennifer Nettles; Willie Nelson and Paul Simon, who will also present the Song of the Year Award; nominees Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas; and by Horizon Award nominees Miranda Lambert and Julie Roberts.

Other performers already announced include:

Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, CMA hosts Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Sugarland, Keith Urb...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 17

October 17th, 2005 3:22pm EDT
Nick Cannon
Famous Birthdays for October 17:

Nick Cannon (1980), Eminem (1972), Wyclef Jean (1972), Chris Kirkpatrick (1971), Norm MacDonald (1963), Alan Jackson (1958), Margot Kidder (1948), George Wendt (1948), Tom Poston (1921), Montgomery Clift (1920), Rita Hayworth (1918), Jean Arthur (1905)
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