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Carrie Underwood drops new single 'Good Girl', fully embraces her rocker side: What do you think?

It’s been almost three years since her last album, and Carrie Underwood is ready to make her comeback.

This morning, the country superstar released her new single “Good Girl,’ the lead track from her upcoming fourth album (set to arrive on May 1), exclusively on iTunes, where it’s already holding strong in the Top 10. READ FULL STORY

Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift lead this year's Academy of Country Music Awards nominees

It’s probably too early in the day for tequila, but Kenny Chesney has some celebrating to do.

The nominees for the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards were announced this morning, and the “You and Tequila” singer safely leads the pack with an impressive total of nine nominations, including the major categories of Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Album, Single, and Song of the Year.

Not far behind is Jason Aldean and his respectable six nods, while Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Toby Keith also nabbed multiple slots on this year’s ballot.

While Chesney is no stranger to these shindigs (the twangy beach bum has won Entertainer of the Year four times before), the singer’s been mostly dormant in recent years. But thanks to his huge crossover hit (which got an assist from the equally durable Grace Potter), the 43-year-old artist is enjoying a late-career surge.

The show will be hosted by Blake Shelton and Reba McIntyre, and CBS will air it live from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand on April 1.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

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Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler to team up for 'CMT Crossroads': Sure, we'll walk that way!

Never underestimate the power of an unexpected country collaboration.

When Jimmy Buffet met Alan Jackson, he re-energized his career as the mayor of Margaritaville. When Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow sang a song together, somehow they both became viable country acts. When Blake Shelton performed a duet with Miranda Lambert, he found his future wife.

And when Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler teamed up last year at the Academy of Country Music Awards to howl out “Undo It” and “Walk This Way,” they got themselves a CMT special!

The country music station has just announced that Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler are getting their own episode of CMT Crossroads, a show that throws together performers from different genres and has them sing each other’s songs. Suffice it to say, we’re excited about this one.

As proven at the ACM Awards last April, Underwood’s clear, belty tone meshes surprisingly well with the Aerosmith frontman’s howly-growly screams. Check out their original collaboration below: READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson pulls off national-anthem hat trick with slated Super Bowl appearance

Last year, she sang it at the NBA Finals. The year before that, she sang it at the World Series.

And this year, Kelly Clarkson will get to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

While it hasn’t been officially announced yet — and her publicist told EW that she is unable to confirm it yet — it’s been reported that the inaugural American Idol winner will be on “Star-Spangled Banner” duty at Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis on Feb. 5th. The broadcast will also feature Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and M.I.A. during the halftime show.

This will make Clarkson only the third Idol winner (after Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood) to belt the Francis Scott Key tune on Super Sunday, despite the fact that her widely praised vocal talents have always made her a natural candidate for the job.

Then again, Super Bowl organizers might be going the Idol route as a way of playing it safe this year, given Christina Aguilera’s much-criticized blunder last year.

What about you guys? Are you happy with the selection, or are there artists out there who you think deserve it more — or would simply be more interesting — than Clarkson?

Read more on EW.com:
Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters and more join Grammy performance slate
Madonna enlists Nicki Minaj, M.I.A. for next album
Today in Kelly Clarkson: Yes, she’s ditching ‘Idol’ for the ‘Voice’; no, Ron Paul didn’t actually affect her sales

Ryan Seacrest's iHeartRadio Festival coming to Vh1 on Nov. 23 -- Coldplay, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and more

What happens in Vegas will now also be happening on Vh1: The inaugural iHeartRadio Festival, a two-day concert event featuring performances from Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Kenny Chesney, The Black Eyed Peas, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Jane’s Addiction, Nicki Minaj, Sting and more, will air on the network next Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 10pm and again on Thanksgiving at 3am and 10am.

EW was there back in September when the show happened live, blogging daily scene reports as well as a final best-and-worst overview.

For those of you with fancy cable packages, the show is also set to air on Palladia, Viacom’s high-def music channel, on the following dates:

Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9 p.m./8c
Saturday Dec. 3 at Midnight/11c
Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m./8c
Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 12 p.m./11c

More on EW.com:
‘VH1 Divas’: See Kelly Clarkson’s promotional poster — FIRST LOOK
?uestlove guests on posthumous Amy Winehouse album
If Michael Jackson gets a planned biopic, who should play the King of Pop?

CMA Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The real winners were announced last night at the 45th Annual Country Music Association Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best Hosts: Obviously, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are the only people eligible for this honor, but haven’t they become quite a dynamic duo? I can’t think of any pair I’d rather see overseeing an awards show. They’re funny and saucy without being mean, and they keep the show moving.

Between the Hank Williams Jr. parody and the Faith Hill/Tim McGraw anatomy check that opened the show, Underwood and Paisley had me literally tearing up with laughter. And just when you think they can’t endear you to themselves any more, they deliver a powerhouse vocal on “Remind Me.” Hey, Oscars, are you watching?

Best performance: Near the end of the show, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, and Vince Gill performed a touching medley of tunes in honor of country icon Glen Campbell, who was recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The seasoned veteran, clearly moved by the kind gesture, watched proudly from his seat, even giving the trio a thumbs-up when Paisley began to sing “Galveston.” It was the night’s sweetest moment: READ FULL STORY

On the scene at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, day one: Black Eyed Peas, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, and Jay-Z

When you think about it, there’s really only one way to kick off a pop music festival: with the gyrating, electro, pulsing sounds of the Black Eyed Peas, of course.

The foursome opened the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena last night with laser lights, a cadre of jailbird-themed backup dancers (in a word: divine), and one of their signature songs, “Boom Boom Pow.”

It’s almost needless to say, but the party-rocking vibe the show’s producers were no doubt hoping for coalesced perfectly, as the crowd spiraled into dancing through songs like “Just Can’t Get Enough,” “Don’t Stop the Party,” “The Time (Dirty Bit),” and the perfect set-ender: “I Gotta Feeling.” (Personally, I was hoping for “Shut Up,” but no one ever seems to be into that song as much as me.)

Of much interest — at least to me — was Fergie’s delightful getup, which included glittery knee-high boots and onesie, and fascinating, gold fingernail/cap things that contributed to her overall drag queen look. She was Vegas to a T! (Then again, she always kind of is.)

The tone was set from the first act: This show was definitely all about the hits, and the 12,000 fans in the audience at the MGM Grand Garden Arena seemed to get just what they wanted. From top to bottom, the show was quite the Vegas production with huge screens flanking the stage, more than one confetti blast (the first one came at the almost-still-daylight time of 8:01 p.m., no joke), and, yes, Ryan Seacrest as host.

He first appeared after the Black Eyed Peas left the stage to introduce the show: “This weekend,” he said, in a trademark way that’s both overly dramatic and overly bombastic, “all roads lead to Vegas.” Well, all roads carrying the biggest pop stars, at least. And it was during this interlude that he announced something that made the crowd go completely wild: Lady Gaga—already confirmed to be performing during the festival—would appear on Saturday night with Sting. In two words: Instant death!

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Where are all the solo female country stars?

Want to hear a staggering statistic?

In the last four weeks, there has been only one song by a female solo artist in the Top 30 of Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart: “Sparks Fly” by Taylor Swift, which currently sits at number 23.

Meanwhile, on the pop charts, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Adele, Britney Spears, Rihanna, and Nicki Minaj continue to dominate.

Country music in 2011 is apparently a man’s world. But it shouldn’t have to be!

Where is the love for Kellie Pickler’s rough-and-tumble new single, “Tough?” Why did Sunny Sweeney’s latest track, the heartfelt “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving,” stall at number 41? Why won’t Sara Evans’ “My Heart Can’t Tell You No” take off at radio? Does Nashville have a problem with female singers right now?

Before you all jump down my throat—Listen, I know that Lady Antebellum includes singer Hillary Scott. I know that Kimberly Perry provides the vocals for The Band Perry. I know Carrie Underwood is a guest on Brad Paisley’s “Remind Me.” I know Thompson Square is one-half female. I know that Kelly Clarkson sings on Jason Aldean’s “Don’t You Wanna Stay” and that Grace Potter is featured on Kenny Chesney’s “You and Tequila” But all these ladies are successful alongside men—where are the solo country females?! READ FULL STORY

Carrie Underwood passes Kelly Clarkson as most successful 'Idol' winner as two country stars square off in finals

While this season’s final contestents, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, battle it out for the metaphorical championship belt on American Idol, marking the first time in the history of the show that two country-based artists will be squaring off in the finals.

That could prove to be a boon for whoever walks away the victor, because season four winner Carrie Underwood just became the top-earning contestant in the history of Idol.

She just passed first season winner Kelly Clarkson on Billboard magazine’s tally, selling over 12 million albums and 18 million digital tracks since she picked up the duke in 2005. Clarkson slips to number two on the list, having sold 10 million albums and nearly 16 million downloads.

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'American Idol' to release Greatest Hits album. It's predictable. It shouldn't have been.

Kelly-Clarkson-UnderwoodImage Credit: Frederick Breedon/FilmMagic.com; Bob Charlotte/PRThe good folks at American Idol just announced they are releasing a compilation album to mark the show’s 10th anniversary this year. Fittingly, it’s called “American Idol 10th Anniversary — The Hits” and drops March 15.

Here’s the set list: READ FULL STORY

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