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Love and Theft Find a New Home at RCA, ‘Excited’ for the Future

Between losing their record deal and one of their band members, it’s been a tumultuous couple of years for Love and Theft. But all’s well that ends well, and with their brand new deal at RCA Records, the duo  is back on track and feeling better than ever about their future.

“This is the most excited I’ve been in a long time,” Love and Theft member Stephen Barker Liles told Taste of Country during a recent interview. “The fact that we’re over it all now and things are moving forward is a really good feeling.”

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Kelly Clarkson’s New Album, ‘Stronger,’ to Be Released on October 25

Just about a year after it was originally scheduled, Kelly Clarkson‘s new album looks like it’s finally heading for stores.

‘Stronger,’ her fifth full-length release, has a brand new October 25 release date — but fans won’t have to wait that long to hear new music from the original ‘American Idol’ winner. She’ll debut her new single, ‘Mr. Know It All,’ via a live broadcast from her website on August 30.

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Luke Bryan Announces Dates for 2011 Farm Tour

Luke Bryan is a busy man these days, what with his new ‘Tailgates and Tanlines’ album, the end of his tour with Tim McGraw, and a headlining spot on the CMT on Tour extravaganza — but he isn’t too busy to continue his annual Farm Tour.

And six lucky college students are about to be very thankful for that.

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Kenny Chesney Is One Great Boss

He might be known for breezy, devil-may-care songs like ‘No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problem’ and ‘Summertime,’ but when it comes to business, Kenny Chesney takes things very seriously. In fact, as the New York Times discovered during a recent profile, he’s an extremely involved, hands-on boss.

And an extremely generous one, too.

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Merle Haggard Checks Out of Texas Hospital

Merle Haggard suffered a bit of a health scare over the weekend, when an illness forced him to cancel a show in Ft. Worth, Texas and sent him briefly to the hospital.

Fans of the 74-year-old country legend can rest easy, however, because he’s heading home to California, and although his spokesperson didn’t say what put him under the weather, the short length of Haggard’s hospital stay has to be taken as a good sign.

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Sugarland Addresses Indiana Stage Collapse in Moving Open Letter

After experiencing the terror, confusion, and sadness of last Saturday night’s stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, the members of Sugarland are understandably shaken up. And while their tour continues, the band’s thoughts and prayers remain with the victims and their families.

In a heartfelt open letter posted on their website, Sugarland addressed the incident, trying to put their feelings into words and explaining their plans to honor those who died while continuing to sort out the events that led to the collapse.

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Jeff Bridges Returns to Music with New Self-Titled Album [VIDEO]

Jeff Bridges has been singing, playing guitar, and writing songs for years — in fact, in the ’90s, he even went so far as to release an album, ‘Be Here Soon,’ on his own label, Ramp Records. But it wasn’t until he starred in 2009′s ‘Crazy Heart’ that Bridges really had a chance to explore his musical artistry on the big screen.

Now, in a case of life imitating art (or is it the other way around?), Bridges is returning to record store shelves with his self-titled debut for Blue Note Records.

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Vince Gill Celebrates 20 Years in the Grand Ole Opry

His youthful tenor never seems to age, so it’s hard to believe Vince Gill has been making music for decades. In fact, he released the first of his 12 solo albums, ‘Turn Me Loose,’ way back in 1984.

Since then, Gill has charted more than 40 singles, sold more than 22 million records and won 20 Grammys. At this point, he’s running out of milestones — but there was still one left for him to celebrate on Saturday, when he marked 20 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

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Pistol Annies Offer Fans a Sneak Peek at Their New Album By Streaming ‘Bad Example’ [AUDIO]

We still have a week to wait for the Pistol Annies‘ debut, but the hot new country trio is taking the edge off the wait by offering advance streams of five songs from the album.

The first track, ‘Bad Example,’ is up now, exclusively at Entertainment Weekly.

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Billy Currington Wants to Star in Movies

Billy Currington is having a moment right now — he’s scored seven consecutive number one singles, and his latest hit, ‘Love Done Gone,’ is well on its way to making it eight. Clearly, people can’t get enough of hearing him on the radio.

You can hardly blame the guy for wanting to find out if they’ll buy tickets to see him on the big screen.

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Kellie Pickler to Guest Star on ’90210′ Season Premiere

She’s a recording artist now, but Kellie Pickler kicked off her singing career on television, earning a sixth-place finish during the fifth season of ‘American Idol.’

Now, she’s returning to her roots — so to speak — with a guest appearance on ’90210.’

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