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  • Internet Campaign Helps ‘Fat Old Guy’ in Quest to Achieve Taylor Swift Dream

    July 18, 2013 5:45 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Taylor Swift: She's not just for teeny boppers! Lest anyone ever doubted the depth and breadth of the superstar's fanbase, here's a little tale that will illustrate just how diverse it is. When a Boston radio station recently started a contest to find "Taylor Swift's No. 1 fan" — the winner will get tickets to her show, plus a personal meet-and-greet — an unlikely candidate put forth an earnest plea. When asked to explain (in 137 characters or less) why he sho...  | More »

  • Video: Court Yard Hounds Perform Live

    July 17, 2013 3:27 PM ET

    "Nobody has one band anymore," laughs Martie Maguire. "They’ve got two and three and four!" By today's promiscuous musical standards, then, she and sister Emily Robison are actually playing it pretty conservative by keeping it to just a couple — one of which, Court Yard Hounds, has a sophomore album, Amelita, out this week. Their other group, a little combo called the Dixie Chicks, is still officially together but has not darkened the doorstep of a recording studio in over s...  | More »

  • What’s ‘Mangrass’? Bluegrass Gals Della Mae Rock Out With Unique Sound

    June 26, 2013 6:30 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Although bluegrass is a genre that has its fair share of female artists, it's hard to deny that it's one of those musical arenas that happens to be more of a boy's club. But that didn't bother bluegrass fan Kimber Ludiker, who came up with a funny spin on the genre's masculine leanings. "It kinda started as a joke," the fiddle player explains. "Where I would just get a bunch of girls together and we'd play high-testosterone bluegrass music and wear power suits."...  | More »

  • Rising Country Star Sarah Darling Is Under a New ‘Umbrella’

    June 19, 2013 12:40 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Nashville has been taking notice of Sarah Darling for some time now, despite the fact that the winsome blond star-in-the-making hasn't even put out a full-length album yet. She has released an EP, appeared on ABC's hit reality show "The Bachelor" (as a performer, not a contestant!), toured with "American Idol" Scotty McCreery, and even served as a spokesperson for everyone' favorite Southern sweet snack, Moon Pies. Still, the singer insists that she's not going to put out...  | More »

  • Video: Lady Antebellum On Going 'Downtown'

    June 12, 2013 1:52 PM ET

    Lady Antebellum have been enjoying the spunkiest and sauciest hit of their career with the chart-topping single "Downtown," even as the videos and promotional appearances for it feature Hillary Scott looking ever-so-more pregnant. As the band takes the stage for an exclusive Yahoo! Music performance, the average viewer might not notice Scott's expectancy all that much, thanks to the miracles of slimming black. Still, there is that moment when Scott pleads "I don't know why you don&...  | More »

  • Taylor Swift Channels '60s Icon On Stage With the Stones

    June 7, 2013 8:00 AM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Forget about playing Joni Mitchell. Taylor Swift should set her sights on portraying Marianne Faithfull instead. The blond superstar did an admirable job of channeling the '60s icon Monday night, when she joined the Rolling Stones on stage for a rendition of "As Tears Go By."  The ballad, of course, was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, but was released first by Faithfull in 1964 before the Stones dropped their own version a year later. In addition to the song, Faithfull ...  | More »

  • LeAnn Rimes Debuts Angry Performance of ‘Spitfire’; Denies It’s About Brandi Glanville

    June 5, 2013 3:55 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Tired of hearing LeAnn Rimes discuss her affair with now-husband Eddie Cibrian? You definitely aren't alone. However, the singer delivered yet another missive on the topic Tuesday--this time an enjoyable one--when she debuted the song "Spitfire" on the "Tonight Show." Although Rimes demurs that "Spitfire" is not about Cibrian's ex, reality star Brandi Glanville, whom she's had a contentious (to say the least) relationship with over the past few years, the tune's lyrics su...  | More »

  • Video: The Pistol Annies Talk Musical Sisterhood:

    May 29, 2013 6:15 PM ET

    An afternoon spent hanging with the Pistol Annies is pretty much similar to the scenario in the band's latest video, "Hush Hush"--lots of laughter and girl talk. As the three women glam up for a special secret show in a tiny California desert town--all three traipsing in ultra-femme jeweled flip-flops--the conversation bounces easily around everything from current dress styles to eyeliner to sharing each other's things on the road ("Well, obviously not bras, we have three different ...  | More »

  • Jewel Discusses Her Role as June Carter Cash in Lifetime Biopic

    May 23, 2013 5:00 PM ET
     |  Laura Ferreiro

    The love story of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash has become the stuff of legend. Famously illustrated in the Oscar-winning 2005 film "Walk the Line," the country couple's great love for one another kept them together through Cash's substance abuse problems and the trials and tribulations of living in the public eye. Now director Allison Anders has put her own spin on the story, telling it from June Carter Cash's point of view in the upcoming Lifetime biopic "Ring of Fire." B...  | More »

  • Blake Shelton Organizing Benefit for Oklahoma Tornado Relief

    May 21, 2013 5:30 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Native Oklahoman Blake Shelton isn't just giving lip service to the devastation his home state has suffered this week. "The Voice" coach has sprung into action, telling Billboard that he's already organizing a benefit concert for tornado relief. Shelton, who revealed his plans after Tuesday's "Voice" episode, noted that details are still forthcoming. However, "I'm hoping it will raise a lot of money," he noted. "Obviously it will be televised and will happen really quickl...  | More »

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