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‘American Idol’ Stars Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Remain Coy on Dating Rumors [VIDEO]

They’re tourmates and ‘American Idol’ alums — but are Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina also something more? It’s a question they’ve been asked repeatedly lately, and one they’ve done a great job of refusing to answer.

McCreery and Alaina continued their obfuscation during a recent appearance at the Google campus, dodging yet another volley from the ‘are they or aren’t they?’ camp when the subject came up as part of a series of questions about their feelings on Google’s new social network, Google+.

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Dolly Parton Says Fan Once Left a Baby on Her Doorstep

A great song is capable of moving the listener on a pretty intimate emotional level, so it’s only natural that fans often try to find ways of showing their appreciation for an artist’s music — even if the artist is successful enough that gifts are clearly unnecessary.

On the other hand, sometimes fans’ tokens of gratitude are just plain bizarre, and when Dolly Parton was asked about the most unusual thing she’d ever been given, she had a real whopper of a story to tell.

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Jason Aldean Considering Acting Career

Jason Aldean seems to have this “country music” thing in the bag — he is the genre’s best-selling artist of the year, after all. So, what’s next?

It sounds like a jump to Hollywood could be in the cards for the ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ singer, who recently revealed that he’s been getting scripts — and considering a spot in front of the cameras.

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Lady Antebellum Shows Off Cover Art and Unveils Track Listing for New Album, ‘Own the Night’

You’ll have to wait until September 18 to buy the new Lady Antebellum album, but you can see it — and take a look at the song titles — right now.

The band has released the artwork and track listing for its upcoming third album, ‘Own the Night,’ which will contain a dozen songs, including the lead single (and Top 10 hit), ‘Just a Kiss.’

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Why Is Blake Shelton Working As a Tour Guide at the Grand Ole Opry?

This has been a banner year for Blake Shelton.

He got married to Miranda Lambert, he’s a judge on NBC’s hit competition series ‘The Voice,’ he has a number one country single and one of the year’s best-selling albums — and now he’s a tour guide for the Grand Ole Opry.

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John Michael Montgomery Plans Album, Book Projects with His Brother, Eddie

He has seven number one country singles and a pair of quadruple-platinum albums to his credit, but for John Michael Montgomery, his next album might be his most meaningful.

Montgomery is planning a musical collaboration — with a book to follow — with his big brother and fellow country singer Eddie Montgomery, best known as one half of the bestselling duo Montgomery Gentry.

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‘American Idol’ Contestants Release Exclusive Walmart EPs

Attention, Walmart shoppers: You can now relive your favorite musical moments from the most recent season of ‘American Idol’ with a series of exclusive EPs from the top four contestants.

Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, and James Durbin have all released ‘American Idol Season 10 Highlights’ EPs, offering five tracks apiece for the low, low price of $5.

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Lady Antebellum Debut ‘Just a Kiss’ Video [VIDEO]

After whetting fans’ appetites with five-second preview clips, Lady Antebellum has finally revealed the full-length video for ‘Just a Kiss,’ the lead single from their upcoming third studio album, ‘Own the Night.’

Not your garden-variety performance clip, the ‘Just a Kiss’ video tells a story, following the reminiscences of a young lady on a train. After boarding, she takes out an iPad and starts watching a video message that triggers romantic memories — interwoven, naturally, with clips of Lady Antebellum, performing in a train station.

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Listen! Weird Al Parodies Taylor Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me’ with New Song, ‘TMZ’

At the ripe old age of 21, Taylor Swift has sold more than 20 million albums and won multiple Grammy Awards — but now that she’s had one of her songs parodied by ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, she can say she’s truly made it.

On his recently released new album, ‘Alpocalypse,’ Yankovic spoofed Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me,’ renaming it ‘TMZ’ and subbing in paparazzi-tweaking lyrics like “You’re sorta famous, a minor celebrity / And so it only makes sense the world would be / Obsessed with every single thing you do … If they ever catch you picking your nose / Or stumbling the street on a drunken spree / You’re on TMZ.”

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The Band Perry Gets Song Advice from Tim McGraw

It’s an old music business saying that you get your whole life to write the songs for your debut album, and then you get six months to put together the follow-up. But if you have to write on the clock, you might as well have an expert set of ears listening to the results, right?

The Band Perry has had an opportunity to do just that — while writing and rehearsing new material on the road with Tim McGraw, the sibling trio was happy to discover their megaplatinum headliner listening in.

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Martina McBride’s Fans Forced To Wait — New Album Delayed Until October

It’s been over two years since Martina McBride has delivered a full-length album of new material — and the wait just got a little longer for her fans.

McBride’s upcoming release, which will be her eleventh studio set, was scheduled for August, but Universal Republic has pushed it back a few weeks — to October 18, to be exact. She addressed the change in a recent blog post, calling it “a decision the record company made in order to give us the best opportunity for a great first week in sales, which so many people pay attention to in the industry.”

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Scotty McCreery Sings ‘I Love You This Big’ on ‘The Tonight Show’

He isn’t even 18 yet, but Scotty McCreery has already won ‘American Idol’ and scored a hit single. Now, he can add a ‘Tonight Show’ appearance to his steadily growing list of accomplishments.

McCreery visited the show on June 15, performing his debut single, ‘I Love You This Big,’ accompanied by a trio of background singers. With the song rising the charts following his ‘Idol’ victory, McCreery is in full-on media blitz mode, and he’s probably approaching the point where he could sing the song in his sleep, but he turned in a rousing performance before an appreciative studio audience.

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