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Texas country stars the Randy Rogers Band new track 'Speak of the Devil' -- hear it here EXCLUSIVE

Add “building a local fan base” to the list of Things They Do Bigger in Texas.

The Randy Rogers Band may not be as widely known outside their native state as many Nashville-based stars are, but they’re so huge within it that their last two albums debuted at the no. 1 spot on iTunes’ country chart, and at no. 3 and no. 2 respectively on the Billboard US Country chart.

The quintet returns April 30 with their sixth studio album, Trouble, tomorrow (fans who preorder it here get an autographed disc as well as a digital copy), and you can hear the song exclusively here: READ FULL STORY

George Jones: The Essential Playlist -- LISTEN

George Jones, who died today at 81, left behind an enormous body of work to sift through and enjoy. Here’s a smattering from his half-century-plus recording career to get you started. (You can also stream the full list at Spotify, after the jump.)

“White Lightning” (1959)
His first No. 1 song was an ode to bootleg booze—and fittingly, according to his 1996 autobiography, I Lived to Tell It All, it took him 80 takes to record vocals during a drunken day in the studio.

“Love Bug” (1965)
One of his more rockin’ hits captures the playful side of “the Possum” and features backup vocals by Jones protégé and bandmate Johnny Paycheck.

“The Door” (1974)
Another No. 1, on which Jones lists the most awful sounds he’s ever heard (“the sound of my dear old mama crying/And the sound of the train that took me off to war”)—but nothing hurts as bad as “that lonely sound, the closing of the door” when the girl he loves walks out of his life.

“These Days (I Barely Get By)” (1974)
One of the great low-down, everything-that-can-possibly-go-wrong-is-going-wrong songs.

“Golden Ring” (1976)
This No. 1 duet with Tammy Wynette (whom he divorced 14 months before the song’s release) tracks a wedding ring from a Chicago pawnshop to its new home with a happy young couple and eventually, when their marriage falls apart, its journey back to the pawnshop.

“I Ain’t Got No Business Doin’ Business Today” (1978)
In which Jones extols the virtues of playing hooky to make whoopee. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift and cancer survivor Kevin McGuire finally get their ACM Awards date

One year after she pledged to bring teenage leukemia survivor Kevin McGuire to the ACM Awards, Taylor Swift has finally had a chance to make good on her promise. (Kevin couldn’t attend the 2012 ceremony due to a chemo-induced fever, though Swift did give him a heartfelt shout-out in her Entertainer of the Year acceptance speech.) McGuire and his family attended the show in Las Vegas yesterday, after enjoying a private pre-telecast meeting with Swift. No word on whether the singer and her “date” planned their complementary outfits, though. READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars' star Lucy Hale busy recording country album

It’s not uncommon for stars of the small screen to dip their toes into the music industry: Miley Cyrus started on Disney’s Hannah Montana before she become a full-fledged recording artist; Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester dropped a handful of singles back in 2009 and 2010; and Shameless‘ Emmy Rossum just released her second album. Now you can add Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale to the mix, as the actress has been in Nashville for the past few weeks recording a country album while on hiatus before shooting her ABC Family show’s fourth season. (Season 3 is currently airing, and season 4 will launch in June.)

How does Hale describe the album? “It’s country,” she explains plainly, of what she’s recording. “We definitely have more mainstream songs, but then we have songs that are straight-up country.”

Hale is hoping that she surprises people with what she puts out. “I think it’s gonna shock a lot of people actually, so it’s really exciting.” READ FULL STORY

Miranda Lambert to perform at Grammys

Miranda Lambert used her appearance on CBS’ The Talk today to announce she’ll also perform live at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on CBS.

The awards show will air Feb. 10.  “It means the world to have a nomination and perform,” she told the women of The Talk. “It’s awesome and I’m so thankful to be a part of it.”

Lambert’s For the Record received a nomination for Best Country Album. She’ll compete against Zac Brown Band (Uncaged), Hunter Hayes (Hunter Hayes), Jamey Johnson (Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran) and The Time Jumpers (The Time Jumpers).Previously announced performers include the Black Keys, Fun., Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, and Taylor Swift.

LL Cool J returns as host.

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Miley Cyrus gets back to basics, covers 'Jolene' -- VIDEO

Despite the scandalous outfits, and the dances with strippers, and the dupstep songs about figurative cake that end in literal food fights, Miley Cyrus is more than a wild child — she’s a singer, y’all.

Need proof? Just check out this new video of Miley wailing Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” in the comfort of her own backyard. The clip — the third in a series of stripped-down “Backyard Sessions” — was filmed before Cyrus underwent the snip heard ’round the world, which makes the former Hannah Montana star look a little softer than she does in her current incarnation. And from her tightly closed eyes and involuntary swaying, you can tell that she really cares about what she’s singing. (As she should; after all, Dolly is Miley’s godmother.) Here, have a look-see:

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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John exceed your wildest expectations with Christmas music video

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What happened to Danny and Sandy after they flew Greased Lightning off into the sky? Evidently, they landed, grew middle-aged together, bought a plane — wait, what? They already had a flying car — and separated before the holidays just so that they could make a music video about coming back together. The clip also features a family reunion that has nothing to do with Danny or Sandy because, sure, why not.

What the hell am I talking about? I’m talking about this newly-released music video for the only original tune on Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta’s fantastically cheesy Christmas album. (EW’s Nakisha Williams calls it “Grease goes to Shady Pines.”)

The song, “I Think You Might Like It,” is supposed to be the “sequel” to “You’re The One That I Want.” In the sense that it’s an up-tempo duet between Travolta and Newton-John, it succeeds. In every other way… well, maybe you should just watch for yourself:

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Shania Twain leads parade of horses to residency in Las Vegas

It was a stunt so strange, not even the writers of Nashville could’ve dreamed it up.

Shania Twain arrived to her two-year residency in Las Vegas by leading a parade of forty horses through the city yesterday, the AP reports. The singer, herself on horseback, was accompanied by nine wranglers as they made their way to the fountains in front of Caesars Palace, which will host her Vegas run starting on Dec. 1.

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Taylor Swift's massive 'Red' sales: What's her ceiling?

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Congratulations are in order for Taylor Swift, who may not have won Entertainer of the Year at the CMAs last night but for all intents and purposes made it rain with her new album Red. The country-popper’s fourth release moved 1.21 million copies in its opening week, and set a boatload of records along the way. Most notably, she became the only woman in the SoundScan era to sell over a million copies in a week on more than one occasion, as her previous album Speak Now also went instant-platinum back in 2010.

But there’s one statistic that really stands out, and that’s the fact that Red represents the biggest single week for a release since 2002, when Eminem’s The Eminem Show moved 1,322,000 copies in its opening week. Red is still only the eighth biggest opening week of all time, but it’s way more impressive a showing than a lot of the albums in front of her, the bulk of which were released between 2000 and 2002, when music was the centerpiece of the pop culture conversation, record stores still existed, TRL remained a power player, and the evil Internet had yet to make its full impact on downloading culture (Napster was at its height, but in the pre-iTunes universe, most people were still wary of online music, and the shift to universal broadband hadn’t set in yet).

The fact that Swift has not only put up such a big number but actually improved upon her last album is nothing short of remarkable. The industry has only narrowed since she last released an album, and yet here she is cranking up her sales numbers. So while she basks in the glow of her latest industry-related victory, the question arises: What is Taylor Swift’s ceiling? READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift announces 'Red' tour dates

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Taylor Swift will launch a stadium and arena tour in March 2013 to support her new album, Red. Fifty-eight dates, covering 45 cities in 29 states and three provinces, are now listed on her website, and the first tickets will go on sale Nov. 16. Swift has asked that each show include tickets for under $50. She’ll play nine stadiums including Detroit’s Ford Field, Dallas’s Cowboys Stadium, Toronto’s Rogers Centre, Winnipeg’s Investors’ Group Field, Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, Foxborough, Mass.’s Gillette Stadium, and Chicago’s Soldier Field. See the dates below. READ FULL STORY

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