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November 6, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton are among the artists performing Wednesday night on the CMA Awards show from Nashville, and Pop & Hiss will be with you all night live blogging the festivities.  Here's some of what we'll be looking for this evening: George Strait and Alan Jackson are slated to pay tribute to the late George Jones. Taylor Swift will partner with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss. And Foo Fighter Dave Grohl is expected to drum for the Zac Brown Band.
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November 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
CMA Award voters, perhaps trying to avoid the partisan politics that have handcuffed Washington this year, took the safe route by giving the album of the year award to Blake Shelton's "Based on a True Story... " That skirted the most dynamic entries in the category: Taylor Swift's international, cross-genre blockbuster "Red" and Kacey Musgraves' rootsy, old-school country effort "Same Trailer, Different Park. " The other nominees were relatively conventional contemporary country outings from Shelton, Little Big Town and Carrie Underwood.
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November 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Country music has never been short on sentimentality, the emotion that carried veteran singer George Strait to his 18 th entertainer of the year honor at the 47 th annual CMA Awards in Nashville. Strait, who recently announced his retirement from touring and is currently out on his ";The Cowboy Rides Away"; farewell tour, topped fellow nominees Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift. “Oh, my gosh - never in a million years,” the 61-year-old Texan said after putting his hand to his chest.
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November 6, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Whether the country music stars who'll be front and center at the CMA Awards show from Nashville are coming up with the songs that make the whole world sing could be debated, but they're certainly some of the most trusted celebrities around. That's the finding of Repucom's latest Celebrity Davie Brown Index, or Celebrity DBI, a seven-year old measure of consumer perceptions of celebs. As it turns out, the most effective celebrity musician endorser in the country at the moment is Blake Shelton, who is in the running Wednesday night for entertainer of the year, the CMA's top award.
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November 5, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Selena Gomez has conjured up a public image we can actually get behind: Actually setting a wholesome example for young girls - unlike many of her infamous Disney-wrought contemporaries. The "Stars Dance" pop star covers Teen Vogue for the fourth time and on Tuesday, the mag revealed some teasers from her interview with Danielle Nussbaum. "I'm just getting started," the coverline reads, "There's so much truth that I haven't shared yet. " Color us curious. However, what we do know is that whatever that unshared information is, it's private and she's putting up a mature front.
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November 4, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Taylor Swift will become only the second recipient ever of the Country Music Assn.'s Pinnacle Award, presented to an artist who dominates music worldwide. She'll receive the award during Wednesday's telecast of the 47th annual CMA Awards on ABC-TV. The CMA came up with the Pinnacle Award in 2005 and gave it that year to Garth Brooks, whose streak of hit albums in the 1990s and 2000s has placed him third, behind only the Beatles and Elvis Presley, on the Recording Industry Assn.'s list of top-selling album artist of all time.
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October 21, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
The first thing longtime Taylor Swift fans may observe about "Sweeter Than Fiction" -- the pop-country superstar's contribution to the upcoming movie "One Chance," which dramatizes the story of "Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts -- is how tight a grip Swift has on an early '80s new wave sound that originated well before she was born. The first thing Pop & Hiss observed, though, is that there's an upcoming movie that dramatizes the story of "Britain's Got Talent" winner Paul Potts.
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October 15, 2013 | By August Brown
Mumford & Sons have called it a day (for now) at the top of their game. Avicii is dropping bluegrass into his overcaffeinated EDM. Ed Sheeran is hanging out with Taylor Swift and One Direction. What the heck is going on with mainstream folk music today? Now that we're a few years into the pickin'-and-grinnin' takeover of U.S. top-40, the world's vintage-clad pop acts are figuring out where to go next. The Seattle combo the Head and the Heart opens up a bit on "Let's Be Still," its first since 2009's surprise self-titled hit, proving there is life after banjos for these bands.
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October 10, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
A few things dominated the pop music conversation this year. A British boy band, a pop comeback king, a pair of hip-hop outliers and a NSFW music video - - all of which drives the nominations for the 2013 American Music Awards, which were announced Thursday morning. Seattle hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis led the pack with six nominations, while Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake followed with five nods apiece. Florida Georgia Line, Rihanna and Robin Thicke received four, and Bruno Mars and Imagine Dragons both scored three nods.
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October 6, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
“There's a lot we could talk about,” John Mayer told the crowd Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl, but his plan, he added, was to keep the banter to a minimum. A semi-legendary source of off-the-cuff (and sometimes off-color) stage chat, Mayer was putting some distance between himself and the guy who set off a spasm of negative publicity in 2010 with comments he made about his famous ex-lovers and his taste for pornography, among other topics. The resulting backlash - along with a series of surgeries to remove a recurring growth on his vocal cords - led to an extended hiatus from the road, during which Mayer launched a kind of warm-and-fuzzy rebranding campaign.
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