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Ellen DeGeneres Makes Surprise Appearance at Taylor Swift Concert [VIDEO]

It was impressive enough that Taylor Swift booked a four-night run of sellout performances at L.A.’s Staples Center. Then she went and added surprise cameos from Justin Bieber and Jason Mraz, who each popped up for unannounced duets. Sunday night marked the end of Taylor’s Staples residency, and she had yet another surprise special guest for her fans: Ellen DeGeneres.

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Will Scotty McCreery Cover Keith Urban on His New Album, ‘Clear as Day?’

Scotty McCreery fans still have a little over a month to wait until the ‘American Idol’ winner graces store shelves with his debut album, ‘Clear as Day.’ But in the meantime, he’s on the road with this year’s ‘AI’ tour — and sharing a few tidbits about what we can expect to hear from the finished product.

And as it turns out, he might end up having at least one famous guest.

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2011 CMA Awards Nominees to Be Announced September 6

On November 10, the 2011 CMA Awards will bring together country’s brightest stars for an evening of glamour, excitement, and live performances of the year’s biggest hits — but you won’t have to wait until then for the fun to start.

The announcement of this year’s nominees will be an event unto itself, featuring an appearance on ‘Good Morning America’ by The Band Perry and Jake Owen, as well as a Nashville press conference hosted by Jerrod Niemann and Thompson Square.

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Martina McBride Unveils New Songs During ‘CMT Unplugged’ Special [VIDEO]

We’ll have to wait until October 11 to hear Martina McBride‘s new album ‘Eleven,’ but she gave fans a sneak preview of her new material while taping a CMT special this week.

‘CMT Unplugged: Martina McBride’ aired Wednesday night, and nestled between the hits in her set list, she shared some of her favorite songs from the new album, in addition to a cover of Sara Bareilles’ ‘Love Song.’

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Sunny Sweeney Reveals Why She Got ‘Personal’ on Her New Album, ‘Concrete’

Her name might suggest sweetness and light, but country sensation Sunny Sweeney probably has a little more in common with the title of her new album, ‘Concrete’ — she’s tough, unyielding, and not someone you’d want to go up against.

But that isn’t to say she doesn’t have anything in common with her namesake. With one top 10 single under her belt — and another on the way — she’s certainly hot.

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Glen Campbell Isn’t Feeling the Effects of Alzheimer’s Yet [VIDEO]

Since announcing his Alzheimer’s diagnosis — and his impending retirement from music — a couple of months ago, Glen Campbell has been the focus of an outpouring of goodwill and concern from fans around the world.

But for now, at least, Campbell has yet to feel the effects of the incurable disease — which he discussed during a recent interview with ABC News.

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Pistol Annies’ ‘Hell on Heels’ Tops iTunes Album Sales Chart

They might be ‘Hell on Heels,’ but the Pistol Annies didn’t have any problem walking all the way up to the top of the iTunes album sales chart this week– and with real speed, after only 36 hours on sale.

Of course, it helps that iTunes is the only retailer that officially has the album at this point, but it’s still a pretty impressive sign of the demand for the trio’s debut that it’s currently outselling hit records like Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘Watch the Throne.’

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Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift Perform ‘Baby’ Duet Live [VIDEO]

Justin Bieber has made something of a habit out of making surprise public appearances lately — as these wedding guests can attest — and he continued his streak Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

What was so unexpected about Bieber taking the stage in L.A.? Only the fact that Taylor Swift was already there, wowing a crowd of several thousand fans — who really went into a frenzy when they saw her special guest.

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Taylor Swift Shares Pictures of Her Vacation at the Beach

All things being equal, it doesn’t seem terribly likely that any of us will end up frolicking on in the surf with Taylor Swift anytime soon.

Fortunately for anyone who’d like to have the chance, Taylor has been kind enough to share a few photos from her recent beach vacation.

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Vince Gill Shows His Rock ‘n’ Roll Side on Alice Cooper’s New Album, ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’

Vince Gill is one of country’s most distinctive singers, but he’s more than just a pretty voice — he’s also one of the industry’s most gifted guitarists.

One person who’s aware of those gifts? Alice Cooper, who asked Gill to add a little spice to a track from Cooper’s upcoming album, ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’ — and Gill responded with a hard-rockin’ solo that might take some of his longtime fans by surprise.

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