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Keith Urban Is Leading Contender for ‘American Idol’ Judge Spot, Insider Says

Another day, another "Who's going to be one of the new 'American Idol' judges?" story. This time, Amy Sciarretto from Taste of Country tells us country hunk Keith Urban is in a good position, but will he get it?

Keith Urban already has experience as a reality show judge, having served as a coach on the Australian version of ‘The Voice.’ Now, Urban may be lured to a competing show’s lair, since sources are indicating that ‘American Idol’ producers would like a country star on the revamped panel and that Urban their No. 1 choice to fill that genre-specific slot.

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Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus Would Love to Be the Next ‘American Idol’ Judge

Many hats have been thrown into the 'American Idol' judges race, and surprisingly, many are country stars, and now one more expresses an interest. Here's more from Taste of Country's Billy Dukes:

Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood… add one more country name to the list of potential ‘American Idol’ judges. Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus believes he’d be a good fit to fill Steven Tyler‘s empty chair when the show begins next year.

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Taylor Swift’s New Single Is ‘Not About Me,’ Joe Jonas Says

Oh, the break-up song. Somehow, Taylor Swift seems to be writing a lot of them, but according to Taste of Country's Megan Pacella, one of Swift's most beloved exes is not the subject of her new single:

Taylor Swift‘s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ hit airwaves this week and immediately climbed to the top of the iTunes chart. After just days, it’s everywhere, which has the country singer’s ex-boyfriends scrambling to figure out if the song was written about them. Although some of Swift’s fans immediately thought Joe Jonas was the subject of the powerful ‘I’m over you’ anthem, the pop star believes otherwise.

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Alabama’s ‘American Pride’ Turns 20

It’s fitting that Alabama‘s ‘American Pride’ turns 20 today, as the 2012 Summer Olympics are winding down and Americans are beaming with pride as homespun competitors rack up the gold medals and continue to attract global attention for their athletic efforts, namely in gymnastics and swimming. So touché for the fact that the country band’s 11th platter is celebrating its anniversary.

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Lisa Marie Presley to Make Grand Ole Opry Debut

On August 21, Lisa Marie Presley will follow in the footsteps of her father, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, by performing on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. In addition to her other popular tunes, Presley will be playing a sampling of tracks from her third album, ‘Storm & Grace,’ which is an Americana record produced by T. Bone Burnett.

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Gloriana’s ‘A Thousand Miles Left Behind’ Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard Country Albums Chart

In addition to having their first Top 5 hit, ‘(Kissed You) Good Night,’ which also recently went gold, country trio Gloriana is now celebrating their sophomore album’s impressive chart debut. ‘A Thousand Miles Left Behind’ came in at No. 2 on Billboard’s Country Album Chart and at No. 10 on Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 albums chart.

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Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw Brothers of the Sun Tour Sells One Million Tickets

As expected, the Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw trek, the Brothers of the Sun Tour, has surpassed the one million mark in ticket sales. The tour launched in June and has quickly become one of the summer’s hottest shows, regardless of genre. Pollstar recently named the tour as the highest-grossing trek of the summer, topping other big name artists including Roger Waters, Coldplay and the Dave Matthews Band.

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Blake Shelton to Reveal Christmas Album Details on ‘Chelsea Lately’

If you’ve been dying to get the details on Big O Music Fest headliner Blake Shelton‘s upcoming Christmas album, the wait is almost over.

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Appeals Court Judges Question Lawyers in Tim McGraw Lawsuit With Curb Records

A panel of three judges with the Tennessee Court of Appeals questioned lawyers for country superstar Tim McGraw and his former record label, Curb Records, as part of an ongoing lawsuit in a court session in Nashville on Friday (July 27.)

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Keith Urban Attends 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony in London

Guess who had a front row seat – sort of- at last night’s (July 27) opening ceremonies at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London? Keith Urban, that’s who.

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Brad Paisley Potential ‘American Idol’ Judge

‘American Idol’ is revamping its judging panel, having hired Mariah Carey this week. While season one winner Kelly Clarkson feels season four winner Carrie Underwood would be a great judge, execs at Fox are also thinking country, but have a totally different superstar targeted for a spot and it’s none other than Brad Paisley.

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Taste of Country Sweepstakes – Win a Trip to Boston See Tim McGraw

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Contest details:
• One (1) winner receives:
o 2 tickets to see Tim McGraw at the Brothers of the Sun Tour show in Boston, Mass. on August 24, 2012
o Meet & greet for two with Tim McGraw
o Private acoustic pre-show with Tim
o Round-trip airfare for two people to Boston, Mass

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