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Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCBlake Shelton is back for the seventh season of NBC’s The Voice along with returning coach Adam Levine and newcomers to the panel, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. Blake didn’t know Pharrell and Gwen before they started filming the blind auditions a few weeks ago, and he’s impressed with Pharrell’s tactics to get the best contestants on his team.

“It’s like reverse psychology,” Blake explains. “He hits his button, and then almost begs the artist to go with another coach because he’s just not worthy of their talent and Blake and Adam …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJason Aldean performs on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday night.

Lady Antebellum has released the music video for their new song, “I Did with You.” The song is included on the soundtrack to the new Nicholas Sparks movie, The Best of Me, out next month.

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsHave you ever noticed Jason Aldean doesn’t smile in photographs? Unlike his pal, Luke Bryan, who is always flashing his teeth, Jason just doesn’t think it looks natural for him to be grinning in photos.

He tells Billboard, “We’ll do a photo shoot and I’ll look at all the ones of me smiling and I’ll just move them to the side, like, ‘Those are out.’”

True to form, Jason isn’t smiling on the cover of his new album, Old Boots, New Dirt, due out October 7.

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw shares little snippets of his life with fans via Twitter and Instagram, but that kind of openness isn’t exactly ideal for Tim’s acting career. Tim, who’s appearing in the upcoming George Clooney film Tomorrowland, admits it’s hard to disappear into a character when everyone knows intimate details about his life as a country star.

He tells Rolling Stone, “When an actor is so good that you can know all that stuff about them and you still buy that character, still believe them every step of the way, that’s …read more

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Image Courtesy Stoney Creek RecordsThompson Square is back in the studio working on its upcoming third album, but the husband-and-wife duo is in no big hurry to issue a follow-up to 2013′s Just Feels Good. Thompson Square has used Jason Aldean‘s backing band on its previous albums, but this time the group is working with different musicians for more flexibility.

The duo’s Keifer Thompson tells the Albuquerque Journal, “This time we don’t have to wait for schedules to match up. We’re going to move ahead with the album and see how it works …read more

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CMAGarth Brooks has joined the lineup of stars honoring Jay Leno as he receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on October 19 in Washington, D.C.

The event takes place at the Kennedy Center with Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Handler, Seth Meyers and Jerry Seinfeld also set to pay tribute to Leno. The program will be taped for a PBS special airing November 23.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney has added his name to the list of country stars supporting Taylor Swift‘s full-time move into the pop world with her upcoming album, 1989.

He tells Entertainment Tonight, “She is such a global act. I mean, it’s unbelievable. I have always been one of Taylor’s biggest fans and I think that her songwriting has gotten really good. And I think that’s the foundation of everything we do, songwriting.”

While Kenny loves Taylor’s new pop single, “Shake It Off,” you won’t find him flirting with a top 40 crossover anytime soon.

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Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloGarth Brooks‘ long-awaited new album will arrive November 11. Garth made the announcement during a Friday press conference in Atlanta, GA. The disc will feature his current hit, “People Loving People.”

Unsurprisingly, you can now pre-order the as-yet untitled album on Garth’s newly-announced digital music service, GhostTunes, as well as at GarthBrooks.com. While you’re at it, you can also order a “mega-bundle” that includes digitally-remastered versions of all eight of Garth’s studio albums; a new 25th anniversary edition of his concert disc Double Live, …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Miranda Lambert‘s middle name? ANSWER: Leigh.

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Image Courtesy CMAJerrod Niemann and his fiancée, Morgan Petek, will be married next month in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but they’re not looking for traditional gifts from their friends and family to celebrate the wedding. Instead, Jerrod and Morgan are asking for donations to his charity, Free the Music USA, to benefit music education programs.

The couple says, “We can’t think of a better way to honor our upcoming nuptials than to combine the two things that we love the most: music and helping others.”

Jerrod and Morgan have been dating since 2005.

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