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April 24, 2009 | Randy Lewis
One of the more surprising hits on country radio this year has been "Anything Goes," sung by Mississippi-born musician Randy Houser. At a time when country programmers are enamored of songs from male singers cheering for lifelong romantic commitments, the title track from Houser's debut album is unusually frank in its depiction of a guy who goes off the deep end after his girl leaves him.
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April 24, 2009 | Randy Lewis
One of the more surprising hits on country radio this year has been "Anything Goes," sung by Mississippi-born musician Randy Houser. At a time when country programmers are enamored of songs from male singers cheering for lifelong romantic commitments, the title track from Houser's debut album is unusually frank in its depiction of a guy who goes off the deep end after his girl leaves him.
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September 10, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Brad Paisley led the pack when nominations for the 43rd annual Country Music Assn. Awards were announced Wednesday, with mentions in major categories including male vocalist, album, single and song. He'll also compete in the entertainer of the year race against Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, George Strait and teen sensation Taylor Swift. Swift, Strait and relative newcomers Jamey Johnson and Zac Brown tied with four nominations each, reflecting an influx of new blood into the CMA honors.
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March 21, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
Merle Haggard is on the receiving end of a couple of new tributes, as the 2014 recipient of the Academy of Country Music's Crystal Milestone Award and as the subject of a new multi-artist tribute album highlighting his songs. Haggard will be presented with the ACM's Crystal Milestone Award, given to an artist or industry leader to commemorate a specific, remarkable achievement, on April 6 at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas. Previous recipients include Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Jennifer Nettles.
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September 13, 2009 | Ann Powers, POP MUSIC CRITIC
ALBUMS Kid Cudi, 'Man on the Moon: The End of the Day' Hip-hop stars have mostly given up on using albums as calling cards: masterful mix tapes and hit singles build anticipation for months before an official release finally drops. But Kid Cudi, the Brooklyn-via-Cleveland rapper with the slow, spaced-out flow, cares about concepts and complicated thoughts. So his long-player should be a trip. Also, look for the debut from quick-witted D.C. rapper Wale in October.
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April 6, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
The cowboy rides away a winner, as veteran Texas singer George Strait collected the top honor for entertainer of the year Sunday at the 49th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. The fan-voted award comes as Strait is in the midst of his Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour, after announcing last year his decision to quit touring. "Wow," the 61-year-old musician said as he was greeted by a standing ovation in the MGM Grand Garden Arena. "You know, I've always said I had the best fans in the world, and I heard this was a fan-voted thing, so I rest my case.
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April 27, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Two faces of contemporary country music stood in striking relief at the third edition of Stagecoach, the country music festival held in Indio over the weekend. On one side, topping Saturday's bill, was Brad Paisley, a self-professed music geek who has risen to the top with an estimable string of hits built on brilliant lyric twists ("I'm Gonna Miss Her [The Fishing Song]"), the occasional bawdy double-entendre ("Ticks") and even profundity ("Whiskey Lullaby").
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May 21, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
Just 10 singers are left on "The Voice" at this point -- three each on Teams Blake and Adam, and two apiece on Teams Shakira and Usher -- and they're falling fast. Voters will send two more home on Tuesday: the bottom two vote recipients, regardless of team. On Monday's live show, coach Adam Levine performed with his band, Maroon 5; former coach Cee Lo Green reemerged to serve as Team Shakira's guest mentor (guest mentors Sheryl Crow, Hillary Scott and Pharrell also returned); and the Top 10 did their best to prove to the audience they deserved to stick around a little longer.
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December 20, 2012 | By Amy Reiter
OK, "X Factor" watchers, we're almost there. The final performance show of the season began with an anxious-looking Simon Cowell introducing a tribute to the victims of Sandy Hook: Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone," featuring most of this season's top 13, dressed in white, and joined by what appeared to be a school choir. The names of the victims were projected on screens behind them. Then it was back to the competition, where country-singing family man Tate Stevens, 13-year-old wunderkind Carly Rose Sonenclar and long-shot insta-group Fifth Harmony would battle it out for the win - and the $5-million prize.
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