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Taylor Swift Beats Out Paul McCartney for July Concert Crown

Time will tell if we’ll still need her when she’s 64, but last month, Taylor Swift was the biggest concert draw in the land — selling even more tickets than Paul McCartney.

According to numbers released by the ticketing service TicketsNow, Swift accounted for an amazing six percent of system-wide sales, good enough to place her sixth on the all-agency list of events for the month.

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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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Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery Announce Titles and Release Dates for Their Debut Albums

Earlier this week, Lauren Alaina beat her fellow ‘American Idol’ alum to the punch when she debuted her video for ‘Like My Mother Does’ a day before Scotty McCreery premiered his clip for ‘I Love You This Big.’

When it comes to the release dates for their debut albums, the budding stars will trade places.

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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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Tracy Lawrence Charged After Post-Show Brawl

Over the course of his 20-year recording career, Tracy Lawrence has had his share of scrapes, scuffles, and tangles with the law, from his shooting during a 1991 mugging to his 1998 conviction for reckless endangerment and spousal abuse.

Now, thanks to an argument that turned violent after a show over the weekend, he can add a disorderly conduct charge to the list.

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Category: Country Music News
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Decca Records
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Longtime Opry Member Billy Grammer Passes Away at 85

Billy Grammer, the singer and guitarist best known for his million-selling 1959 hit ‘Gotta Travel On,’ passed away Wednesday after a long illness. He was 85.

A World War Two Army veteran, Grammer broke into country music only after losing his job as a toolmaker after the war. He scored big with his debut single, ‘Gotta Travel On,’ the first of four top 40 hits in a recording career that continued for a decade.

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Category: Country Music News
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Image courtesy of Randee St. Nicholas
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Pistol Annies Reveal How They Came Together to Create New Album, ‘Hell on Heels’

Who’s the hottest new country act of the year? With one single to their name, a debut album still two weeks away from store shelves, and Miranda Lambert in the lineup, the answer just might be Pistol Annies.

The red-hot trio — consisting of Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe — recently sat down with Taste of Country to dish a little about their first album, ‘Hell on Heels,’ and discuss the balance between solo songwriting and life as a group.

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Category: Country Music News
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Scotty McCreery’s ‘I Love You This Big’ Video Debuts [VIDEO]

One day after his fellow ‘American Idol’ alum Lauren Alaina debuted her first video, Scotty McCreery followed suit with the clip for his single, ‘I Love You This Big’ — and now you can see it for yourself.

In the grand ‘Idol’ tradition of romantic first singles, ‘I Love You This Big’ is a heartstring-tugging ballad, and fans have no doubt been waiting to see whose heart McCreery would melt in the video. So who does he end up with in the big romantic finish?

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Building Mammoth Mansion on Private Island [VIDEO]

Between the two of them, the husband-and-wife duo Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have sold over 80 million albums and notched almost 30 number one singles on the country charts. What does that kind of success buy you?

How about your very own private island?

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Category: Country Music News

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