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Cory Stromblad's passion for country music spurred his decision to move to Nashville in 2003 to study the music industry at Belmont University. After graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts minor, Cory began his career as the Creative Office Manager for Tom-Leis Music, as well as a personal management assistant for Lyric Street Recording artist Sarah Buxton. In 2011, Cory began working with AOL Music as a writer for The Boot, before signing on as a freelance writer for Taste of Country in 2012.
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Keith Urban Announces 2013 Tour Dates, Takes Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch Along for the Ride

What happens when Keith Urban, Little Big Town and newcomer Dustin Lynch embark on a road trip with no functioning radio? They sing a medley of their favorite tunes, of course! The Aussie superstar enlisted his future tourmates for a hilarious video to announce the first leg of his upcoming 2013 headlining tour, which is scheduled to kick off next July.

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Taylor Swift Sells More Than a Million Albums in a Week for the Second Time

As predicted by many industry insiders, Taylor Swift has accomplished what no other female artist in SoundScan history has been able to do -- sell more than one million copies of an album in a 7-day period... twice. The 'Begin Again' singer claims her biggest career milestone after scanning a staggering 1,208,000 copies of 'Red,' her highly-praised fourth studio album.

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When Does ‘American Idol’ Season 12 Start?

Keith Urban has been getting his hands dirty recently, searching for the the nation's foremost raw talent (and extinguishing diva flame wars between his fellow celebrity judges), and it's about time for fans to tune in on the action. So, when does 'American Idol' Season 12 start?

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T.G. Sheppard Still in Critical Condition With Progressing Bladder Infection

T.G. Sheppard's prognosis seems to be far more serious than first speculated, according to official statements made by the country legend's vigilant wife, singer-songwriter Kelly Lang. Lang took to Facebook yesterday (Oct. 16) to update the 'Devil in a Bottle' singer's loyal fans on his condition after he was admitted to a Nashville hospital for a bladder infection.

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Hayden Panettiere Admits Her ‘Nashville’ Character Was Inspired by the ‘Incredibly Interesting’ Carrie Underwood

'Nashville' star Hayden Panettiere has already dismissed rumors that her contentious character on the new ABC series is based on Taylor Swift, but the actress-turned-small-screen-singer has admitted that fellow blonde beauty Carrie Underwood served as muse for the fictional Juliette Barnes character. Well, at least one aspect of her.

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Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum + More Set to Headline 2013 Stagecoach Music Festival

The anticipation for the 2013 Stagecoach Festival -- California's largest live country music event -- is sky-high, with promoters already announcing the star-studded lineup to give fans ample time to make the appropriate accommodations to attend the popular three-day event. Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith and Dierks Bentley are set to co-headline Stagecoach 2013, which is scheduled to take place April 26-28 at its traditional stomping grounds in Indio, California.

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Lee Brice Petitions for CMAs Votes With Hilarious Viral Campaign Videos

Has Lee Brice petitioned to include his name as a last minute addition to the upcoming Presidential election ballot? Well... not quite, but the 'Hard to Love' singer has released a series of hilarious campaign videos, which spoof typical political warfare tactics in an effort to sway voters of his own. The 'Hard to Love' singer is hoping that when deciding the fate of the New Artist trophy for the upcoming CMA Awards ceremony, industry reps will choose him.

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Carrie Underwood Admits a Love of Country Music’s Big Hair Tradition

Carrie Underwood has evolved from fresh-faced college co-ed to country music fashion maven since first bursting on the scene after winning 'American Idol' in 2005. Even with the pressure of adapting to the current trends in fashion, the gorgeous superstar believes that there is one tradition that will never go out of style: big hair.

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Jerrod Niemann ‘Shines’ Brighter With Help From PS22 Fifth Grade Choir

The kids at PS22 in Staten Island, N.Y. are becoming just as famous for their inspiring versions of popular songs as the tune's original artists. This week, the fifth grade choir gave special attention Jerrod Niemann's current country chart-climber, 'Shinin' on Me,' with a little help from the country hitmaker himself.

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Reba McEntire Won’t Return to Host ACM Awards in 2013

Reba McEntire has hosted the ACM Awards more than a dozen times since first emceeing the annual event in 1999, but the music legend admits she has no plans to return for the 2013 ceremony. Instead, the Oklahoma native has found a suitable replacement in a fellow Okie and country music superstar -- her standing co-host Blake Shelton.

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Carrie Underwood’s ‘Behind the Music’ Episode to Air September 30

Last summer Carrie Underwood fans found out the singer would be featured in an upcoming episode of VH1's 'Behind the Music.' Now the Oklahoma native's small-screen documentary from college co-ed to global country music superstar has an air date. Underwood's episode on the long-running television series is set to debut on Sept. 30 at 9 PM ET on Vh1.

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Team Blake Welcomes Suzanna Choffel After Soulful Cover of ‘Landslide’ on ‘The Voice’

Blake Shelton was the second judge to turn around after Suzanna Choffel's stellar performance of 'Landslide' on last night's (Sept. 24) episode of 'The Voice,' but the country crooner snagged the 32-year-old hopeful from friend and fellow celebrity mentor Adam Levine. He now has 12 of his 16 singers for the third season of the wildly popular reality show.

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