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Jake Owen Hits Number One with ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’

On Tuesday, Jake Owen helped announce the 2011 CMA Awards nominees — but if he keeps going the direction he’s headed, he’ll be on the receiving end of a few of those awards.

Owen scored his first number one single this week, topping the Billboard and Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts with ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night.’

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Blake Shelton’s ‘Footloose’ Cover Is Ready for Your Listening Pleasure

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The original ‘Footloose’ soundtrack sold more than nine million copies, topped the Billboard charts, and spawned six top 40 singles — two of which went all the way to number one, earning Academy Award nominations in the process.

The remake has some big shoes to fill, needless to say, so you’ve got to give Blake Shelton credit for chutzpah: he covered Kenny Loggins’ chart-topping title track for the new soundtrack, and now you can hear it for yourself.

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Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton Earn Multiple 2011 CMA Awards Nominations [VIDEO]

We already knew Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift had big years and now we know they stand to celebrate by cleaning up at the 2011 CMA Awards, where each of them have just been honored with multiple nominations in this year’s pool of potential winners.

The nominees were announced Tuesday at a pair of live events. Jake Owen and the Band Perry revealed the nominations for five categories during their joint appearance on ‘Good Morning America,’ then Jerrod Niemann and Thompson Square handled the rest from the Ryman in Nashville later in the morning.

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Brad Paisley Is Inspired By Eminem and Kanye West

The top of the country singles charts is familiar territory for Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood — their duet ‘Remind Me,’ currently number one, is his 20th chart-topper, and her 14th.

But even if the song produced predictable results for the duo, it started with a burst of unusual inspiration. As Paisley tells it, the idea for ‘Remind Me’ came from watching the sort of character acting commonly heard in hip-hop.

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Kelly Clarkson Says She’d Record with Miranda Lambert and Adele

The last time Kelly Clarkson cut a duet with a country star, the result was her number one hit with Jason Aldean, ‘Don’t You Wanna Stay,’ so it’s only natural that, during a recent Web chat, she was asked if she’d consider teaming up with any other artists.

As it turns out, Clarkson had already considered the question — and she’d love to return to Nashville for a duet with Miranda Lambert.

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Randy Travis Says He Was a ‘Deer in the Headlights’ Early in His Career

When you’ve enjoyed a quarter century of success as illustrious as Randy Travis has, you’ve earned the right to pause and take a look back — and Travis did it in style with this year’s star-studded ‘Anniversary Celebration,’ which united some of music’s biggest stars in celebration of his first 25 years as a recording artist.

Now promoting the release of his Brad Paisley duet, ‘Everything and All’ — his 59th overall single — Travis reflected on his quarter-century milestone in a recent interview, discussing his relationships with a handful of country stars, the enjoyment he still derives from performing live, and some of his most enduring hits.

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Pistol Annies’ ‘Hell on Heels’ Debuts on Top of Billboard’s Country Albums Chart

Turns out those Pistol Annies are pretty good shots — after setting their sights on chart domination, they delivered with one of the year’s most impressive debuts.

The trio’s first album, ‘Hell on Heels,’ emerged on top of Billboard’s Country Album charts in its first week, moving enough units to also earn a number five debut on the overall Top 200.

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Lady Antebellum, Maroon 5, and Kid Rock to Perform at 2011 NFL Kickoff Concert

After a long, cold winter of labor disputes, lockouts, and a few months where it looked like we might not have a football season this  year, the 2011 NFL season is just about ready to begin.

And before the Packers and Saints finally take the field for the first game on September 8, some of music’s biggest stars will celebrate the new season with this year’s NFL Kickoff Concert, featuring performances from Maroon 5, Kid Rock, and Lady Antebellum.

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Jason Merritt / Kevin Winter, Getty Images
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Justin Bieber ‘Punk’d’ Taylor Swift for Season Premiere of Show’s Return

After four years away from the airwaves, the MTV hit ‘Punk’d’ is preparing its comeback — and this time, producer and former host Ashton Kutcher is remaining strictly behind the scenes.

But that doesn’t mean the new-look ‘Punk’d’ will lack for star power. In fact, the new season’s premiere will feature host Justin Bieber putting one over on Taylor Swift.

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Rascal Flatts Reveals Plans for New Album in Spring 2012

They haven’t even wrapped up their current tour with Sara Evans, but that isn’t keeping Rascal Flatts from looking to the future as they prepare their eighth album. In fact, the multiplatinum country stars are already in the studio.

The news was broken by Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus, who took to Twitter Tuesday morning with the announcement “Another day tracking with the Flatts!!! New album comes out next spring!!!”

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Willie Nelson Covers Coldplay’s ‘The Scientist’ for Charity [AUDIO]

 

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Over the course of his long career, Willie Nelson has dabbled in a wide variety of genres, from reggae to adult contemporary to blues and beyond. Along the way, he’s worked with and covered a staggering number of artists — and now that list includes Coldplay.

Nelson covered the band’s hit song ‘The Scientist’ recently, contributing his version to the soundtrack of a short film entitled ‘Back to the Start.’

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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert to Produce Neal McCoy’s Next Album [VIDEO]

In their latest video message to fans, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert dropped a bombshell: They’ve decided to collaborate on a full-length album.

But don’t go getting excited for a record of his ‘n’ her duets — as it turns out, it won’t be their album. Instead, they’re working together to produce the next studio set from their friend, Neal McCoy.

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