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George Strait’s ‘Here for a Good Time’ Debuts at Number One

 

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Congratulations are in order for George Strait, who just added yet another number one record to his awe-inspiring list of chart-topping hits.

Strait’s new album, ‘Here for a Good Time,’ debuted on top of the Billboard country charts this week, surging past Jason Aldean and Jake Owen with more than 91,000 copies sold.

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Taylor Swift and Her Amazing Music Sales Enter the Guinness Book of World Records

Over the last few years — and multi-platinum albums — Taylor Swift has taken up seemingly permanent residence on the charts, not to mention the hearts and iPods of millions of fans.

Now, she also has a pair of spots in the Guinness Book of World Records to call her own.

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Alan Jackson and Ozzy Osbourne Team Up (Sort Of) to Save Missing Autistic Boy

They’re both legends in their respective musical genres, but aside from that, Alan Jackson and Ozzy Osbourne have never had much in common — until this week, that is.

Songs from the unlikely duo were used to find a missing California boy, eight-year-old Joshua Robb, who slipped through the fence at his school and ran off into the neighboring woods on Monday.

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Lee Ann Womack Announces Plans for New Album

It’s been a few years since Lee Ann Womack had an album to promote, but she’s finally ready to get back in the studio and record some new music for her fans.

Womack, whose last release was 2008′s Grammy-nominated ‘There’s More Where That Came From,’ announced her return during her appearance at George Jones‘ recent 80th birthday party.

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Winners of 2011 Canadian Country Music Awards Announced

The Canadian country music scene is arguably best known as the breeding ground for Shania Twain‘s early work, but there’s a lot more to it than that — and the Canadian Country Music Awards have been working to get that message across since they were founded in 1976.

This year’s crop of CCMA winners were announced Sunday night, in a ceremony that included appearances from Ronnie Dunn and Derric Rutan, as well as performances from Luke Bryan and Johnny Reid.

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Jake Owen Performs Tracks and Shares Stories from ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’

If his repeat performance at the top of the Billboard country charts with ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’ is any indication, you can’t get enough of Jake Owen right now.

Fortunately for you, Owen is happy to oblige. He recently sat down for a session as part of Walmart’s Soundcheck series, delivering live-in-the-studio performances of some of his favorite tracks while discussing the stories behind the songs.

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Bill Monroe’s 100th Birthday Celebrated with Concerts, CDs and More

Few musicians have meant more to the history of country music than the legendary mandolin player Bill Monroe. He’s no longer with us, but his legacy remains very much alive and for proof, you need look no further than the number of tributes and celebrations surrounding Monroe’s 100th birthday.

To mark the event, which passed September 12, there are a number of projects are paying tribute to Monroe’s pioneering work, including concerts, a documentary, a musical, CDs, and — if you’ve got the travel budget — some unique museum exhibits.

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Miranda Lambert Debuts New Song, ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ [VIDEO]

Miranda Lambert‘s upcoming release, ‘Four the Record,’ already has one hit single in ‘Baggage Claim’ and the album won’t even reach stores until November.

But that doesn’t mean she can’t already be thinking about the set’s second single — or share a potential contender with fans at a recent show.

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Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images
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Blake Shelton Tries to ‘Stay Out Of’ Miranda Lambert’s Music

When they got married earlier this year, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert joined the grand country music tradition of couples who have shared a home as well as a microphone. Naturally, there’s been a lot of speculation about when they’ll get around to recording together again — something they acknowledged when they announced they’d be co-producing their friend Neal McCoy’s new album.

According to Shelton, however, fans shouldn’t hold their breath for many musical collaborations between the newlyweds.

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George Jones Celebrates 80th Birthday, Reflects on Legendary Career

He doesn’t record as often as he used to — and his last top 40 hit, the Garth Brooks duet ‘Beer Run,’ was released 10 years ago — but George Jones is still going strong. In fact, he kicked off a line dancing craze earlier this year, and recently celebrated his 80th birthday with a special party at the Grand Ole Opry.

The country legend is keeping busy, no doubt, but he still had time to sit down for a chat with Taste of Country recently, reflecting on his life and amazing career.

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New Big & Rich Album Is ‘Inevitable,’ Says John Rich

It’s been more than four years since Big & Rich released their last album, and the years since have seen both Big Kenny and John Rich start successful solo careers — but from all the fun they’ve been having on this year’s reunion tour, it’s obvious they missed making music together.

Seeing Big & Rich back on stage raises the natural question of whether or not they’ll return to the studio for another album, and fans who have been keeping their fingers crossed for new recordings from the hitmaking duo can rest easy because John Rich says he’s sure it’ll happen.

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Martina McBride to Headline Grand Ole Opry Concert for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The color pink isn’t something most people normally associate with the Grand Ole Opry, but in October, to help spread awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, country’s most venerable institution will be going pink for the third straight year.

Martina McBride has been announced as the headliner for the third annual Opry Goes Pink concert, to be held October 22 in support of Women Rock for the Cure.

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