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Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery Deny ‘McLaina’ Dating Rumors

‘American Idol’ duo Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina have been dogged by rumors of romance for months — to the point where their fans have given the alleged couple their own mashed-up nickname, McLaina.

Anyone hoping for a public confession of love can stop hoping, however. Although both of them have winked and played along with the rumors, both McCreery and Alaina have come out to officially lay them to rest.

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Carrie Underwood Says She’s Halfway Finished with Her Next Album [AUDIO]

She scored a number one duet with Brad Paisley this year, but it’s been a little while since Carrie Underwood released any new music on her ow. After all, her last album, ‘Play On,’ came out way back in 2009.

Her fans shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to hear more from her, though. She revealed during a call to Ryan Seacrest’s radio show on Thursday that she’s hard at work on her next record.

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Lauren Alaina Reveals ‘Wildflower’ Album Artwork

 

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With a little over a month to go before she releases her first album, ‘American Idol’ runner-up Lauren Alaina sounds like she’s bursting at the seams with excitement, eager for the world to hear the fruits of her labor in the studio.

She can’t share the music with everyone just yet, but she did give her fans a glimpse of the album. In an email that went out this week, Alaina revealed the artwork for her debut, titled ‘Wildflower.’

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Rolling Stone Names Billy Ray Cyrus’ ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ the Third-Worst Song of the ’90s

If you sat down and made a list of the things the internet loves, “lists” and “snark” would have to end up somewhere near the top — so you can hardly blame Rolling Stone for loading up on both with a recent feature dubbed ‘The Worst Songs of the ’90s.’

Country fans can take pride in their genre, which emerged from the countdown relatively unscathed, albeit with one significant, and hardly surprising, exception.

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Listen to Carrie Underwood and Tony Bennett Duet on ‘It Had to Be You’ [AUDIO]

For his upcoming ‘Duets II’ project, Tony Bennett made sure to line up plenty of stars from the rock and pop world, including John Mayer, Lady Gaga, and Amy Winehouse — but he invited a few friends from the country charts, too.

The full-length release won’t be available until September 20, but in the meantime, you can hear Bennett share a mic with one of those country stars — Carrie Underwood — for a suitably sultry version of the pop standard ‘It Had to Be You.’

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Keith Urban Debuts Phoenix Fragrance for Men, Plans One for Women

With over 12 million albums sold and nearly 30 top 40 singles, Keith Urban has spent the last decade exerting a pretty profound effect on the country airwaves.

And now he’s decided he’d like to have a hand in what his fans smell like, too.

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Taylor Swift Shares Her Beauty Tips with Allure

Taylor Swift‘s status as one of the music industry’s most fashion-forward young stars was reconfirmed last month, when she took home the Teen Choice Award for Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Female. So, it’s only natural that, in a recent interview with Allure, she was asked to share some of her secrets for looking her best.

Swift opened up to the magazine, offering a few tips from her daily routine that could help readers looking for hair and makeup advice.

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Chris Young Credits His Success to Strong Work Ethic

These days, Chris Young is riding high with his fourth consecutive number one single, ‘Tomorrow,’ and a new hit album, ‘Neon.’ But life wasn’t always so rosy for the onetime ‘Nashville Star’ winner.

In fact, before Young released his first hit single, ‘Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song),’ he had to deal with the news that his father had been diagnosed with cancer. Though he’s healthy now, dealing with those highs and lows has helped keep Young grounded during the more glamorous moments of his career.

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Miranda Lambert Reveals ‘Four the Record’ Album Cover

You’ll still need to wait almost two months to hear Miranda Lambert‘s new album in its entirety, but if you’re just dying for an early glimpse of ‘Four the Record,’ now you can have it.

Through an exclusive premiere at Taste of Country, Lambert has revealed the ‘Four the Record’ cover, and it offers all the country glamour — and fire — her fans have come to expect.

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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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Taylor Swift Reveals What She Likes About Songwriting, Teases New Album Details

It’s an old maxim that you should write what you know, and Taylor Swift has taken those words to heart, earning a reputation as a songwriter who leans heavily on the events of her own life — particularly her love life — as grist for her music.

Of course, it isn’t as easy as just coming up with a few rhymes about some boy she likes — and during a recent YouTube chat, Swift delved into some of her songwriting methods, as well as dishing a little about what fans can expect to hear from her next album.

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Trace Adkins Shares His Lake with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Trace Adkins‘ latest hit single is titled ‘Just Fishin” — and that’s exactly what a lucky group of Big Brothers and Big Sisters got to do on his private lake recently.

Adkins invited members of the Middle Tennessee Big Brothers Big Sisters organization out to his farm last week, and they spent the day on his lake, enjoying activities like swimming, paddle boating, and, yes, fishing.

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