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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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Marshall Grant, Johnny Cash’s Last Living Original Band Member, Dead at 83

Nashville legend Marshall Grant, the last surviving member of Johnny Cash‘s original band, passed away on Sunday after suffering an aneurysm. He was 83 years old.

Grant’s bass playing helped anchor the Cash combo known as the ‘Tennessee Two,’ and was a signature part of his early sound. Just as importantly, Grant, in the picture above on the right, served as the band’s road manager, working with Cash from 1954-1980.

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Taylor Swift Named 2011 Teen Choice Awards Ultimate Choice Winner

She’s already earned seven American Music Awards, six CMT Music Awards, four Grammys, and an MTV VMA — but soon, Taylor Swift will have to make room on her crowded mantel for another honor.

Swift is this year’s Ultimate Choice winner at the Teen Choice Awards, held Sunday, August 7. The award, presented for “extraordinary contributions to the entertainment industry,” has previously gone to Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Reese Witherspoon, among others.

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Taylor Swift Explains the Lyrics Written on Her Arm

Taylor Swift’s confessional lyrics have inspired countless fans and helped her become one of the top-selling artists in the world — and now she’s using her current tour to pay tribute to the songwriters who’ve inspired her, in a most personal and unusual way.

During her most recent string of live dates, Swift has scrawled lyrics on her left arm with a Sharpie marker, but not from her own songs; instead, she’s chosen lines from songs and artists she’s found meaningful.

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Dolly Parton Says Fan Once Left a Baby on Her Doorstep

A great song is capable of moving the listener on a pretty intimate emotional level, so it’s only natural that fans often try to find ways of showing their appreciation for an artist’s music — even if the artist is successful enough that gifts are clearly unnecessary.

On the other hand, sometimes fans’ tokens of gratitude are just plain bizarre, and when Dolly Parton was asked about the most unusual thing she’d ever been given, she had a real whopper of a story to tell.

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Why Is Blake Shelton Working As a Tour Guide at the Grand Ole Opry?

This has been a banner year for Blake Shelton.

He got married to Miranda Lambert, he’s a judge on NBC’s hit competition series ‘The Voice,’ he has a number one country single and one of the year’s best-selling albums — and now he’s a tour guide for the Grand Ole Opry.

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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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Michael Bublé to Duet with Shania Twain on Holiday Album

Eight years after releasing his ‘Let It Snow’ holiday EP, Michael Bublé is back with more Christmas music — and this time, he’s got company.

During a recent interview with CTV, Bublé revealed that his upcoming holiday album will include a duet on “White Christmas” with none other than Shania Twain. Pressed for details about their version of the traditional yuletide ballad, Bublé described it as “bouncy.”

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John Michael Montgomery Plans Album, Book Projects with His Brother, Eddie

He has seven number one country singles and a pair of quadruple-platinum albums to his credit, but for John Michael Montgomery, his next album might be his most meaningful.

Montgomery is planning a musical collaboration — with a book to follow — with his big brother and fellow country singer Eddie Montgomery, best known as one half of the bestselling duo Montgomery Gentry.

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