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'Dancing With The Stars' Finale Crowns J.R. Martinez The Hero Of The Ballroom

November 23rd, 2011 9:14am EST
JR Martinez Wins 'Dancing With The Stars'
So last night ‘Dancing With The Stars’ crowned a new champion for it’s thirteenth season, and it was an outcome that I wouldn’t have predicted. Then again, I feel like I’ve been swinging back and forth all season, so it’s nothing new.

After Monday night’s show, Rob held onto the top spot, and I really hoped he would hang onto it. Here’s where the leader board stood on Monday:

1. Rob and Cheryl - 57
2. Ricki and Derek - 54
2. J.R. and Karina - 54

As usual, all the fallen stars took the stage in the first number, and it never fails to be kind of nostalgic. Which is weird, consid...
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2011 American Music Awards Fashion: Selena Gomez Sizzles, Taylor Swift Sparkles & More!

November 21st, 2011 8:17am EST
Selena Gomez
The ladies dominated the red carpet at the 2011 American Music Awards last night. Selena Gomez looked like a silver seductress alongside her boyfriend Justin Bieber.

Strapless dresses were a popular choice for Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott.

Jennifer Lopez wore a tight black and nude gown, while Katherine Heigl showed off a little cleavage and leg.

Check out all the photos on the following pages!

Katy Perry

Taylor Swift

Jennifer Lopez

Nicki Minaj

Jennifer Hudson

Audrina Patridge

Alanis Morisette

Mary J. Blige

Hill...
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Taylor Swift Dominates The 2011 American Music Awards

November 21st, 2011 8:10am EST
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift and Adele dominated the 2011 American Music Awards on Sunday after walking away with three trophies each.

The Love Story hit-maker ruled the country music categories, taking home the Favorite Female Artist accolade and Favorite Album for Speak Now, as well as the coveted Artist of the Year honor.

Accepting her award, a stunned Swift told the audience, "I wrote this album while I was on the Fearless tour and so I ended up writing lots of these songs at four in the morning in hotel rooms... And the fact that you would honor it in this way, you just have no idea what this mean...
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Trace Adkins Is Country Music's Sexiest Man

November 16th, 2011 9:46pm EST
Trace Adkins
Singer Trace Adkins has been named Country's Sexiest Man in a new magazine poll.

The "Chrome" singer was named top man in Country Weekly Magazine and will appear on the cover of the publication when the new issue hits newsstands on Friday.

Adkins, who will co-host and perform at the American Country Music Awards on December 5, beat out Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and Lady Antebellum singer Charles Kelley to land atop the readers' poll.
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Metallics & Sequins Dominate Fashion At The CMA Awards (Photos)

November 10th, 2011 8:52am EST
CMA Awards Fashion
Gold, silver and sequins dominated the red carpet at the Country Music Association (CMA) awards last night. Most singers and celebrities opted for subdued colors with a splash of sparkle.

Carrie Underwood and Hillary Scott opted for gold dresses, while Miranda Lambert had two looks for the evening: a black and silver dress and a fuschia sequined one.

The red carpet standout (and not necessarily in a good way) was Laura Bell Bundy. Her purple and silver ensemble seemed more appropriate for an ice skating event.

SEE THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS HERE!

CHECK OUT ALL THE FASHION FROM THE EVENT!...
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Miranda Lambert And Blake Shelton Lead 2011 CMA Awards

November 10th, 2011 8:13am EST
Miranda Lambert
Newlyweds Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton were the toast of the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday night after picking up the two top vocalist prizes.

Lambert, who married Shelton in May, was crowned Female Vocalist of the Year, while her new husband picked up the male equivalent at the star-studded Bridgestone Arena ceremony. Joking with Shelton, who opened the show by performing the Footloose movie theme with Kenny Loggins, as she picked up her prize, Lambert teased, "It's gonna be a good night, baby!"

Taylor Swift missed out on several top prizes, ...
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Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Named SESAC's Songwriter Of The Year

November 9th, 2011 8:48am EST
Hillary Scott
Lady Antebellum star Hillary Scott hit all the right notes at Monday night's SESAC Nashville Music Awards in Tennessee after landing her second successive Songwriter of the Year trophy.

The Need You Now singer was also honored for co-writing four of the year's most performed songs and her publishing company, Hillary Dawn Songs, shared the Publisher of the Year prize with EMI Foray Music.

There was yet another big surprise in store for Scott - officials at the performing rights organization behind the awards show saluted the singer/songwriter's successes by announcing a donation to her f...
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The Zac Brown Band & Jason Aldean Lead American Country Awards Nominations

October 13th, 2011 4:00pm EDT
Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean
Singer Jason Aldean and the Zac Brown Band are set to dominate the second annual American Country Awards after scoring eight nominations apiece.

Both acts will battle it out for the Artist of the Year and Album of the Year honors at the Las Vegas ceremony in December.

Taylor Swift is also tipped for the Artist Of The Year prize, as are Kenny Chesney and Lady Antebellum.

Duo Thompson Square will be an act to beat after scoring seven nominations, while country sweetheart Swift is tipped in six categories, including Artist of the Year: Female. She'll go head-to-head with Sara Evans, Alison ...
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Scotty McCreery Is First Country Star To Debut At #1 On Billboard Chart

October 13th, 2011 9:13am EDT
Scotty McCreery
Reigning "American Idol" champion Scotty McCreery has made chart history by becoming the first country artist to debut an album at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.

Having just turned 18, he's also the youngest male artist to enter the countdown at the top with a debut, beating Omarion - who charted with O in 2005 - by two years.

McCreery's new album "Clear as Day" has opened with 197,000 sales, making him the first "American Idol" winner since 2003 to hit number one with their first release.

Ironically, his success comes just days after the last "Idol" winner, Lee DeWyze, was dropp...
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Adele Tops American Music Awards Nominations

October 11th, 2011 2:40pm EDT
Adele
Adele leads this year's American Music Awards nominees with four nominations. Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and The Band Perry follow with three nominations each.

Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Jason Aldean, Kanye West, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull collected two nominations, respectively.

This year's 2011 Artist of the Year nominees are: Adele, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Lil Wayne and Taylor Swift.

For the fifth year, winners will be determined by online voting. Fans can vote at the Coca-Cola AMA voting website, amavote.com, as well as AMA.abc.com. Artists wi...
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Lady Antebellum Back On Top

September 21st, 2011 11:07pm EDT
Lady Antebellum
Country trio Lady Antebellum are back at the top of the album charts with the biggest opening week sales for a group this year.

The band's "Own the Night" has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 347,000 sales.

Only three country groups have scored chart-toppers - Lady Antebellum, the Dixie Chicks and Rascal Flatts.

Adele's "21" has stayed put at two on the new chart, while Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" falls from the top spot to number three.

Country singer Brantley Gilbert's "Halfway to Heaven" and Staind's eponymous new album round out the new top five.
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''Weird Al' Yankovic Live!: The Alpocalypse Tour' Explodes Onto DVD And Blu-ray Oct. 4

September 20th, 2011 7:30pm EDT
Weird Al
Parody and polka are perfectly performed when Grammy® Award-winning "Weird Al" Yankovic returns to the small screen to present his first special since 1999. Comedy Central will debut the World Premiere of “Weird Al” Yankovic Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour on Saturday, October 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

On October 4,“Weird Al” Yankovic Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour will be released in North America on DVD and Blu-ray by CENTRAL, plus over 30 minutes of bonus features that include: music videos for "Perform This Way" and "Polka Face," three extra live concert performances, a bunch of Al’s personal ...
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Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Plans Wedding On Tour

September 4th, 2011 5:33pm EDT
Hillary Scott
Lady Antebellum star Hillary Scott is facing the tough task of planning her 2012 wedding on the go - because she's on tour for the rest of the year.

The country singer became engaged to drummer Chris Tyrrell in July after a year of dating, although they initially met in 2005.

Scott is now working overtime to try and plan her dream nuptials, but she's confident hours spent organizing everything on her laptop will pay off.

She tells People magazine, "There will be lots of emails... photos and drawings."

Scott says the couple has already picked out the top secret wedding location, insistin...
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Dierks Bentley Almost Thrown Out Of Kings Of Leon Grammy Party

August 28th, 2011 8:00pm EDT
Dierks Bentley
Country music went wild after the 2011 Grammy Awards and Dierks Bentley was almost kicked out of heavy-drinking Kings of Leon's post-ceremony party - for drunken behavior.

Lady Antebellum star Charles Kelley joined his pal for a celebratory drink after his band picked up Song on the Year honors for "Need You Now" - and he admits the night will always stand out in his memory.

Kelley tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, "Dierks was so hammered, he stood up on this glass table... The owner (of the bar) was like, 'You gotta get outta here! The Kings (of Leon) guys were like, 'No, he's cool! H...
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Janet Jackson & Lady Antebellum Switch Indiana State Fair Venues After Tragedy

August 15th, 2011 9:59pm EDT
Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson and country trio Lady Antebellum have relocated their upcoming Indiana State Fair shows following Saturday's stage collapse disaster.

Five people were killed when storms brought the massive structure and lighting rig crashing down before Saturday's Sugarland set - and 45 other music fans were left injured.

The fair re-opened on Monday with a memorial to the victims of the tragedy and Jackson will continue the musical portion of the event on Wednesday - but at another venue. Full details have yet to be confirmed.

Maroon 5 and Train and Lady Antebellum are also scheduled to p...
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Lady Antebellum Postpones Concert After Family Death

July 16th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum were forced to postpone a concert in Ohio on Friday after bandmate Hillary Scott's grandmother passed away.

The country music group were set to take the stage in Toledo, but cancelled their plans hours before the show to allow Scott time to mourn.

A post on the band's website reads, "Due to the death of Hillary Scott's grandmother, Lady Antebellum has postponed their show at the Zoo Amphitheater in Toledo, OH until Wednesday, August 10. All tickets will be honored for that date."

The Need You Now hitmakers are still scheduled to perform at Bayfest in Ontario, Canada o...
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Hillary Scott Of Lady Antebellum Is Engaged!

July 6th, 2011 8:10am EDT
Hillary Scott
Turns out it wasn't Just a Kiss after all -- Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott is engaged to drummer boyfriend and musical muse Chris Tyrell.

Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott saw fireworks this Fourth of July weekend -- literally and figuratively. Scott's drummer boyfriend lit up her world with a surprise marriage proposal, and she said yes!

"Chris proposed exactly the way I've always dreamed," Scott told People. "Our families were close by, but it was just us out on a beautiful deck overlooking a lake in East Tennessee."

"We had just been on a hike and -- in our workout clothe...
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Blake Shelton And Miranda Lambert Dominate The 2011 CMT Awards (See List Of Winners)

June 9th, 2011 8:05am EDT
Blake Shelton
Newlyweds Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert had an amazing night at the CMT Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, picking up three of the nine top honors between them.

Shelton won Male Video and Web Video of the Year prizes for his hits Who Are You When I'm Not Looking and Kiss My Country A**, while his new bride landed the Female Video of the Year award for ballad The House That Built Me.

The night's biggest winner was Taylor Swift, who walked away with Video of The Year honors for her promo Mine.

Justin Bieber also picked up his first ever CMT award for his That Should Be Me ...
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Beyonce To Receive Billboard Millennium Award

May 10th, 2011 8:41am EDT
Beyonce
Beyonce is to be honored with the Millennium Award at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 22.

She will attend the prizegiving at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to accept the honor.

The Billboard Millennium Award will recognize Beyonce's career achievements and influence in the music industry. Previously, Billboard named Beyonce its Woman of the Year in October 2009, and Top Female Artist of the Decade in December 2009.

The show will be a star-studded affair - Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull and Taio Cruz are among...
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'American Idol' Recap: Jacob Lusk Exits And J-Lo Takes The Stage

May 6th, 2011 9:21am EDT
Jacob Lusk is eliminated
After weeks of making the same prediction, I’m finally right.

It was easy to feel it coming. For some reason the audience never quite connected with Jacob. He was always in and around the bottom three, never quite got the cheers, and the judges were always very restrained in their praising him.

I’ve never understood any of this. To me, Jacob was the best contestant this year by a long shot, and the best since Adam Lambert – maybe even better. Yes, he had a tendency to veer into oversinging territory on more than one occasion and he may have been a bit too ostentatious for some people’s ta...
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Jason Aldean Leads 2011 CMT Music Awards With Four Nominations

April 27th, 2011 2:28pm EDT
Jason Aldean
Justin Bieber's foray into country music has paid off - his collaboration with Rascal Flatts has earned him a top nomination at the 2011 CMT Music Awards.

The stars' duet, That Should Be Me, will compete for Collaborative Video of the Year - going up against multiple nominee Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson's track, Don't You Wanna Stay.

Aldean leads all nominations with four mentions - three for his hit song My Kinda Party, which will battle for Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year and Best Web Video of the Year.

Keith Urban (Without You) and Blake Shelton (Who Are You When I'm N...
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Parachute Debuts New Video for 'Kiss Me Slowly,' Co-written With Lady Antebellum

April 20th, 2011 11:19am EDT
KissMeSlowly
Parachute Debuts "Kiss Me Slowly" co-written with Grammy Award winners Lady Antebellum

Set To Release Sophomore Album ‘The Way It Was’ May 17th on Mercury Records

U.S. Summer Tour Dates with Goo Goo Dolls & Michelle Branch

On Tour Now with Plain White T’s

“…a surefire hit… ‘Something to Believe In’ could have Parachute poised for the stardom it deserves…” - Billboard

Following the very well received music video for “Something To Believe In,” with more than an astounding 1 million views. Parachute is proud to debut the new music video for “Kiss Me Slowly,” co-written with Grammy Award w...
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Miranda Lambert Dominates At Academy Of Country Music Awards

April 4th, 2011 8:26am EDT
Miranda Lambert
The 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards belonged to Miranda Lambert after she scooped four trophies at the ceremony in Las Vegas on Sunday.

The country star was crowned Female Vocalist of The Year, while her track The House That Built Me received honors for Song of The Year, Single Record of The Year and Video of The Year.

Brad Paisley took home the Male Vocalist of The Year trophy and trio Lady Antebellum accepted awards for Top Vocal Group and Album of The Year for Need You Know.

Picking up their prize, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley joked, "Thank you, Miranda Lambert, for winnin...
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Watch The Red Carpet Show From The Academy Of Country Music Awards (Live Stream)

April 3rd, 2011 6:05pm EDT
Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton
Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton are all set to host tonight's 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas at 8pm; but you can watch the stars arrive on the red carpet prior to the show right here.

Join host Stuart Brazell live from the red carpet beginning at 6:15pm (ET), and get the lowdown on tonight's big show. While you're waiting for the live stream to begin, check out Stuart's sneak-peek behind the scenes at the awards video below. She'll show you where the big stars will be sitting, give a tour of Reba's dressing room and more!

This y...
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Global Music Effort Launches "Songs For Japan" Album On iTunes to Benefit Japan Disaster Relief

March 25th, 2011 4:08pm EDT
Songs For Japan
Proceeds from Star-Studded Album to Support Disaster Relief Efforts of Japanese Red Cross

In what stands as a major global music relief effort to benefit those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, over 30 of the biggest names in contemporary music have joined together for the worldwide release of "Songs for Japan," an unprecedented compilation of 38 chart-topping hits and classic tracks, available worldwide on the iTunes Store for $9.99 starting today (www.itunes.com/songsforjapan). Proceeds from the album's sale will benefit the disaster relief efforts of the Japanese Red Cros...
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Check Out 'Glee: The Music, Volume 5'

March 8th, 2011 7:18am EST
Glee the music
"Glee: The Music, Volume 5" features 16 exciting tracks from season two of the hit TV show. For the first time ever, "Glee" premieres two new and original songs including "Loser Like Me," an energetic ensemble track co-written by pop mastermind Max Martin (Britney Spears, P!nk) and "Get It Right," a moving ballad brought to life by Lea Michele's immense voice.

In addition to these new tracks, "Glee: The Music, Volume 5" features the "Glee" cast's take on such classics as Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," Katy Perry's "Firework" and Justin Bieber's "Baby."

Gwyneth Paltrow makes a triumphan...
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'Glee' Cast To Release Two Exclusive Songs On New CD

February 22nd, 2011 1:19pm EST
Glee
Almost 24 million "Glee" songs have been downloaded with nearly 9 million albums sold and now, for the first time ever, Fox's smash series "Glee" will release two original songs on the show's upcoming CD Glee: The Music, Volume 5. Available on March 8th, you will get the chance to listen to the tracks "Loser Like Me" and "Get It Right" before the rest of America hears these tunes for the first time on the March 15th episode.

Volume 5 also includes "Glee" remakes of Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now", Katy Perry's "Firework" and Justin Bieber's "Baby". Plus, you can get even more of one of th...
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Fashion At The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards - Who Looked The Best?

February 14th, 2011 8:43am EST
Grammy Awards fashion
As we previously reported, the ladies ruled the Grammy Awards last night. And several stars stood out on the red carpet with their fashionable attire.

Katy Perry showed up with her grandmother wearing angel wings, while Lady Gaga made an appearance in an egg.

Cee Lo Green performed with muppets and Gwyneth Paltrow in a bird-like costume, while Rihanna teased with a ruffled number that strategically hid her softer parts.

Check out the fashion below, and tell us who your favorites are. (See the list of winners here!)

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga arriving in an egg

Jennifer Lopez

Justin Bi...
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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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Train Wins First 2011 Grammy Award

February 13th, 2011 10:00pm EST
Train
Veteran pop act Train picked up the first award of the 2011 Grammy Awards telecast when they beat the Glee cast, Sade, Maroon 5 and Paramore for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals during Sunday's ceremony.

The group's live version of "Hey, Soul Sister" won them gold at the Los Angeles event.

Taking to the stage, singer Pat Monahan joked, "Thanks, Justin Bieber, for not being a duo or a group."

The early leaders in the Grammy stakes were John Legend and Jay-Z, who both picked up three awards during the pre-show Grammys ceremony, which was not televised.

Legend took home t...
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