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Megan Pacella

Megan Pacella has been writing about all genres of music since 2007. Her work has been published in Fringe, Brite, Paste, Nashville Lifestyles and American Songwriter. Aside from spending a summer in New York City (where she met her fiance!), Megan has been living, working and playing in Nashville, Tenn., since 2003. When she's not blogging about country music, you can find her gardening, kayaking, hiking, drinking lots of coffee, and--most importantly--cuddling with her golden retriever, Gibson.
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Keith Urban, Fellow Judges Pledge to Make Dreams Come True in New ‘American Idol’ Commercial

Back when Simon Cowell was a judge on 'American Idol,' it wasn't exactly a show that made wannabe stars eager to follow their dreams. Cowell's biting comments could turn anyone away from a path to stardom. But with a few new judges -- including the kind-hearted country crooner Keith Urban -- next year's 'Idol' season is all about inspiring viewers to make their dreams come true, as is proven in this new commercial.

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Taylor Swift to Paint Times Square ‘Red’ on New Year’s Eve

This year, country music lover who spend New Year's Eve watching the ball drop in Times Square are in for a big treat. Taylor Swift will help her millions of fans greet 2013 with a live performance in New York City shortly before the stroke of midnight.

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Taylor Swift Takes the Stage on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

In the midst Tuesday's tense elimination round on 'Dancing With the Stars,' none other than Taylor Swift took the stage to ease the pressure at the end of the show. Wearing short black shorts, a white shirt with black polka-dots and -- you guessed it -- a red bowtie, Swift played her hit song 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' as a crew of professional dancers put on an awesome performance.

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Taylor Swift Ventures Through Ellen’s ‘Horrible’ Haunted Hallway in Hilarious Clip

Taylor Swift was most definitely a good sport when she stopped by 'Ellen' for an interview last week. In addition to practically having a nervous breakdown during a conversation about her ex-boyfriends, Swift braved the host's haunted hallway for a Halloween scare.

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Carrie Underwood’s ‘Blown Away’ Gets the PS22 Kids Choir Treatment

At PS22 in Staten Island, a chorus of mega-talented 5th graders earns a music credit by putting on their own renditions of hit songs. Led by their instructor, piano player Gregg Breinberg, the adolescent kiddos have sang songs by everyone from Katy Perry to Adele to our own country music gem Carrie Underwood. Recently, PS22 gave Underwood's 'Blown Away' the special treatment.

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Toby Keith Took ‘Five Seconds’ to Consider ‘American Idol’ Judge Offer

Earlier this summer, when 'American Idol' execs were trying to nail down their judges panel, several names of country music stars were thrown into the mix. Before Keith Urban accepted the gig, Toby Keith was approached with an opportunity to take a seat at the table. Now, the in-your-face country star admits that he didn't hesitate at all when he declined the offer.

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Taylor Swift Shares Her ‘State of Grace’ on ‘Good Morning America’

These days, 'Good Morning America' is Taylor Swift's best friend. The mega-popular crossover star has been popping by the show frequently the past few weeks to preview new songs for her fans. Monday was no different, as Swift chatted for a few minutes and introduced and exclusive preview of a new song from her 'Red' album called 'State of Grace.'

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Tim McGraw Snags Track on R&B Singer Ne-Yo’s New Album

Tim McGraw is no one-trick pony. Sure, he's a multi-award-winning country music legend, an actor, a father and a husband to mega-star Faith Hill. And now, McGraw can add guest on an R&B record to his list of accomplishments and accolades. The country star teamed up with Ne-Yo for a track on the R&B singer's upcoming album.

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Rascal Flatts Say New ‘Changed’ Album Represents the Band Well

Change is the air. Yesterday, we reported that Rascal Flatts renamed their 2012 tour for the sake of their eighth album release. Today (April 3), the new album — ‘Changed’ — is available in stores. If there was any doubt that the veteran country rockers have experienced quite a few changes in the past few years, bass guitarist Jay DeMarcus expels them.

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Taylor Swift Thanks Fans for ‘New Favorite Thing’ Backstage at ACM Awards 2012

Taylor Swift has done it again, y’all. Despite being the youngest name on the ballot for Entertainer of the Year at last night’s 2012 ACM Awards, Nashville’s Sweetheart took home the crown. Never one to leave her fans hanging, Swift paused backstage to make a sweet thank you video for all of her supporters.

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