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Rascal Flatts Reveals Plans for New Album in Spring 2012

They haven’t even wrapped up their current tour with Sara Evans, but that isn’t keeping Rascal Flatts from looking to the future as they prepare their eighth album. In fact, the multiplatinum country stars are already in the studio.

The news was broken by Flatts bass player Jay DeMarcus, who took to Twitter Tuesday morning with the announcement “Another day tracking with the Flatts!!! New album comes out next spring!!!”

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Lady Antebellum Debuts Two New Songs from ‘Own the Night’ Album [VIDEO]

Two weeks can seem like an eternity when you’re waiting for something you really want — and Lady Antebellum fans are feeling it right now, counting down the days until the September 13 release of the band’s highly anticipated third album, ‘Own the Night.’

But if you’ve been impatiently marking down the days, we’ve got some good news — and a pair of new songs for you to enjoy.

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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles to Host Another ‘CMA Country Christmas’

When country’s finest return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to film this year’s ‘CMA Country Christmas’ special on November 10, there will be some familiar faces on stage — starting with the event’s host.

As she did last year, Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles will emcee the evening, which finds country stars sharing personal stories and performing some of their favorite holiday songs.

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Will Scotty McCreery Cover Keith Urban on His New Album, ‘Clear as Day?’

Scotty McCreery fans still have a little over a month to wait until the ‘American Idol’ winner graces store shelves with his debut album, ‘Clear as Day.’ But in the meantime, he’s on the road with this year’s ‘AI’ tour — and sharing a few tidbits about what we can expect to hear from the finished product.

And as it turns out, he might end up having at least one famous guest.

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Toby Keith Gives Fans a Peek at ‘Clancy’s Tavern’ Artwork

We know the wait is killing you, Toby Keith fans, but it’ll be another couple of months before you’re allowed to unwrap/download/stream your copy of his latest album, ‘Clancy’s Tavern.’

In the meantime, however, Toby’s decided to make the wait a little easier by giving you a peek at the artwork for the deluxe edition — which, if you’re a true hardcore fan, is probably the version you’re going to own, anyway.

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Martina McBride Unveils New Songs During ‘CMT Unplugged’ Special [VIDEO]

We’ll have to wait until October 11 to hear Martina McBride‘s new album ‘Eleven,’ but she gave fans a sneak preview of her new material while taping a CMT special this week.

‘CMT Unplugged: Martina McBride’ aired Wednesday night, and nestled between the hits in her set list, she shared some of her favorite songs from the new album, in addition to a cover of Sara Bareilles’ ‘Love Song.’

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Zac Brown Explains His Beanie-Lovin’ Ways

When we think of country’s most noteworthy hat acts, we tend to think of guys wearing cowboy hats — stars like George Strait, Dwight Yoakam, Alan Jackson, and Brad Paisley. But the term could also apply to Zac Brown, who’s rarely seen without a beanie.

And, as Brown recently explained during a stop at WYCD, it’s more than just a fashion choice.

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Randy Houser Gives Fiancee Engagement Ring with Eye-Popping 300 Diamonds

Sales in the music industry have been in a tailspin for the last 10 years, but a young songwriter can still make a pretty good living for himself with a hit or two under his belt.

For proof, look no further than the giant cluster of diamonds on the finger of Randy Houser‘s new fiancée, Jessa Lee Yantz.

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Glen Campbell Isn’t Feeling the Effects of Alzheimer’s Yet [VIDEO]

Since announcing his Alzheimer’s diagnosis — and his impending retirement from music — a couple of months ago, Glen Campbell has been the focus of an outpouring of goodwill and concern from fans around the world.

But for now, at least, Campbell has yet to feel the effects of the incurable disease — which he discussed during a recent interview with ABC News.

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Pistol Annies’ ‘Hell on Heels’ Tops iTunes Album Sales Chart

They might be ‘Hell on Heels,’ but the Pistol Annies didn’t have any problem walking all the way up to the top of the iTunes album sales chart this week– and with real speed, after only 36 hours on sale.

Of course, it helps that iTunes is the only retailer that officially has the album at this point, but it’s still a pretty impressive sign of the demand for the trio’s debut that it’s currently outselling hit records like Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch the Throne.’

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Alan Jackson Invited to Perform at 9/11 Memorial Concert

In the days after the September 11 attacks, Alan Jackson put his emotions into song with ‘Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning),’ an eventual country number one hit that also broke into the top 30 on the pop charts.

Ten years later, the track is regarded as one of the defining moments of Jackson’s career — and he has been asked to perform it at the upcoming Concert for Hope, held to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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