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Jason Aldean Considering Acting Career

Jason Aldean seems to have this “country music” thing in the bag — he is the genre’s best-selling artist of the year, after all. So, what’s next?

It sounds like a jump to Hollywood could be in the cards for the ‘Dirt Road Anthem’ singer, who recently revealed that he’s been getting scripts — and considering a spot in front of the cameras.

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Billy Dean Promotes Local Farming with New Album, ‘The Seed’

It’s been awhile since Billy Dean released some new music — and even longer since he tasted the kind of chart success he enjoyed with his first few albums in the early ’90s — but he’s making plans to change all that.

Dean has partnered with the Naturipe Farms collective for a series of new recordings, starting with a digital EP that’s currently available on iTunes). He also has plans for a full album in the fall. It might sound like an unusual partnership, but country music and farming is a pretty natural fit — and Dean stands squarely behind the company’s mission to help promote the sale of locally grown produce.

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Lady Antebellum Shows Off Cover Art and Unveils Track Listing for New Album, ‘Own the Night’

You’ll have to wait until September 18 to buy the new Lady Antebellum album, but you can see it — and take a look at the song titles — right now.

The band has released the artwork and track listing for its upcoming third album, ‘Own the Night,’ which will contain a dozen songs, including the lead single (and Top 10 hit), ‘Just a Kiss.’

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Toby Keith’s Daughter Keeps It in the Family for Her Solo Debut

What’s that saying about the apple not falling far from the tree? Turns out it’s applicable to country singers, too. Just ask Toby Keith, who’s rolling out the red carpet for his daughter to start her own solo recording career.

Krystal Keith, who previously cut a duet with her dad for his ‘Greatest Hits 2′ collection, has inked a deal with her dad’s Show Dog label, and she’s currently prepping for work on her debut — which will be produced by Toby, along with label exec Mark Wright.

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‘American Idol’ Contestants Release Exclusive Walmart EPs

Attention, Walmart shoppers: You can now relive your favorite musical moments from the most recent season of ‘American Idol’ with a series of exclusive EPs from the top four contestants.

Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, and James Durbin have all released ‘American Idol Season 10 Highlights’ EPs, offering five tracks apiece for the low, low price of $5.

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Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift Lead 2011 Teen Choice Award Nominations

They might not be as prestigious as the Grammys or the Oscars, but the Teen Choice Awards are a lot more fun — and they’ve just announced their nominees for this year’s ceremony.

Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift lead the pack, with five and six nominations, respectively. Other stars boasting multiple nods — drawn across the pop culture spectrum, including movies, music, television, fashion, and sports — are Justin Bieber, Adele, Lady Gaga, and Eminem.

Take a look at the list of music nominees below, then read the full list at the Teen Choice Awards website — and mark your calendar for August 7, when this year’s winners will be announced.

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Lady Antebellum Debut ‘Just a Kiss’ Video [VIDEO]

After whetting fans’ appetites with five-second preview clips, Lady Antebellum has finally revealed the full-length video for ‘Just a Kiss,’ the lead single from their upcoming third studio album, ‘Own the Night.’

Not your garden-variety performance clip, the ‘Just a Kiss’ video tells a story, following the reminiscences of a young lady on a train. After boarding, she takes out an iPad and starts watching a video message that triggers romantic memories — interwoven, naturally, with clips of Lady Antebellum, performing in a train station.

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Watch! Miranda Lambert Gives Blake Shelton a Birthday Surprise [VIDEO]

Nobody really wants to work on their birthday, but if you’re going to do it, you might as well do it on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans — and with your new wife leading everyone in a birthday sing-along in your honor.

That’s just what happened to Blake Shelton last Saturday, when he celebrated his 35th birthday by opening for Brad Paisley — and was surprised during his set by the appearance of Mrs. Shelton, a.k.a. country star Miranda Lambert, who took the stage for a rendition of Joan Jett’s ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’ before asking the crowd “to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to my husband.”

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Scotty McCreery Sings ‘I Love You This Big’ on ‘The Tonight Show’

He isn’t even 18 yet, but Scotty McCreery has already won ‘American Idol’ and scored a hit single. Now, he can add a ‘Tonight Show’ appearance to his steadily growing list of accomplishments.

McCreery visited the show on June 15, performing his debut single, ‘I Love You This Big,’ accompanied by a trio of background singers. With the song rising the charts following his ‘Idol’ victory, McCreery is in full-on media blitz mode, and he’s probably approaching the point where he could sing the song in his sleep, but he turned in a rousing performance before an appreciative studio audience.

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