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Merle Haggard Checks Out of Texas Hospital

Merle Haggard suffered a bit of a health scare over the weekend, when an illness forced him to cancel a show in Ft. Worth, Texas and sent him briefly to the hospital.

Fans of the 74-year-old country legend can rest easy, however, because he’s heading home to California, and although his spokesperson didn’t say what put him under the weather, the short length of Haggard’s hospital stay has to be taken as a good sign.

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Pistol Annies Offer Fans a Sneak Peek at Their New Album By Streaming ‘Bad Example’ [AUDIO]

We still have a week to wait for the Pistol Annies‘ debut, but the hot new country trio is taking the edge off the wait by offering advance streams of five songs from the album.

The first track, ‘Bad Example,’ is up now, exclusively at Entertainment Weekly.

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Vince Gill Celebrates 20 Years in the Grand Ole Opry

His youthful tenor never seems to age, so it’s hard to believe Vince Gill has been making music for decades. In fact, he released the first of his 12 solo albums, ‘Turn Me Loose,’ way back in 1984.

Since then, Gill has charted more than 40 singles, sold more than 22 million records and won 20 Grammys. At this point, he’s running out of milestones — but there was still one left for him to celebrate on Saturday, when he marked 20 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

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Billy Currington Wants to Star in Movies

Billy Currington is having a moment right now — he’s scored seven consecutive number one singles, and his latest hit, ‘Love Done Gone,’ is well on its way to making it eight. Clearly, people can’t get enough of hearing him on the radio.

You can hardly blame the guy for wanting to find out if they’ll buy tickets to see him on the big screen.

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Kellie Pickler to Guest Star on ’90210′ Season Premiere

She’s a recording artist now, but Kellie Pickler kicked off her singing career on television, earning a sixth-place finish during the fifth season of ‘American Idol.’

Now, she’s returning to her roots — so to speak — with a guest appearance on ’90210.’

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Ty Herndon Reveals Plans for New Albums

After letting personal problems derail his career for most of the aughts, Ty Herndon made a triumphant return with 2007′s ‘Right About Now,’ and he’s kept going strong since.

Herndon’s comeback, which continued with 2010′s ‘Journey On,’ should only gain momentum in the coming months because his plans include the completion of his seventh studio album, as well as another collection of Christmas favorites.

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Alan Jackson Tops CMT’s List of Country’s ’20 Greatest Men’

Trying to name the greatest man in country music seems like a pretty impossible task, but if you’re going to assemble the list, asking the folks at CMT to compile it seems like a pretty good place to start.

And with more than 25 chart-topping country hits (and more than 30 million albums sold in the US alone), it’s pretty hard to argue with Alan Jackson at number one.

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Lady Antebellum Scheduled to Perform on ‘SNL’ in October

They cleaned up at the last Grammys, have sold more than three million copies of their latest record, and are gearing up to release one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. What’s next for Lady Antebellum?

Performing on the next season of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ for starters.

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Josh Kelley Reveals How He Ended Up on Miranda Lambert’s Song ‘Baggage Claim’

Between her upcoming solo album, ‘Four the Record,’ and her imminent debut with the Pistol Annies, it seems like Miranda Lambert is everywhere at once these days.

But Miranda isn’t the only one who’s working hard. In fact, Josh Kelley is another one of country’s busiest voices — and he joins her on her new single, ‘Baggage Claim.’

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