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VIDEO: Trace Adkins – Watch The World End (Fan Version)

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Country star, and Celebrity Apprentice champion, Trace Adkins has just released the official music video for “Watch The World End With You” It’s the fan version of his first single from his new album “Love Will…” and features GRAMMY-winner Colbie Caillat. Trace took fan-submitted videos and pictures of what they think undying love means to them – and the result is a cute, heartfelt video with everyday people.

Check out the fan version of his music video below and let us know what you think – do you recognize anyone in it?

Haley & Michaels Share Acoustic Version of “Wanted” (Hunter Hayes Cover)

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Nashville Independent Award-winning duo Haley & Michaels have just shared the official video for “Wanted,” their acoustic rendition of Hunter Hayes’ chart topping hit. The pop-country duo’s self-titled debut album, with studio work by Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat/Five For Fighting) and Warren Huart (The Fray/James Blunt), is due out later this year. Fans can be sure to check out the lyric video for the single, “The Price I Pay,” which we have posted below, and keep an eye out for an official music video coming soon. It’s a beautiful song!

The duo, often compared to the likes of Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry, met in Nashville in January 2011 and played their first show together that December at The Red Devil Lounge near their shared hometown in the San Francisco Bay area. Music Connection asserted that the “radio-ready first single brilliantly showcases the tight, well-blended harmonies that are close to constant in their music.”

For more on Haley & Michaels, visit their official site at haleyandmichaels.com.

“Wanted” cover:

“The Price I Pay” lyric video:

What are your thoughts on “The Price I Pay” and their “Wanted” cover? We are digging their sound and can’t wait to hear their debut album!

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Christmas is coming a little early this year for Jennifer Nettles and friends. On November 3, Jennifer will host a CMA “Country Christmas” in Nashville, Tennessee at the Bridgestone Arena. Along with Jennifer, the following artists will be bringing the seasonal spirit to Nashville: Dierks Bentley, Colbie Caillat, Katherine Jenkins, Lady Antebellum, John Legend, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, The Band Perry and Keith Urban.

Suzi Oravec’s “Let Our Love Burn” Airs on The Real World: St. Thomas

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Pop/Country singer Suzi Oravec has a reason to be excited tonight. Her song, “Let Our Love Burn,” is airing tonight on MTV’s “The Real World: St. Thomas at 10pm eastern. Suzi and MTV have joined together to give fans a free download of the song between August 1st-7th. Last year, Oravec released her debut album entitled “Love and Lies” and penned all ten tracks herself. Don’t forget to download “Let Our Love Burn” at MTV.com.

Jerrod Niemann’s Sophomore Album to Hit Stores October 2

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Fans of “Lover, Lover” hit maker Jerrod Niemann can finally rejoice. His sophomore major label album, Free the Music, will finally be hitting stores on October 2. The album has been a work in progress for two years, and features the summer hit “Shinin’ On Me.”

Niemann took his time recording the album and did so in a less-than-traditional manner. He used his live band, rather than studio musicians and also included brass wind horns throughout the record. For Jerrod, the album title is certainly telling. “Free The Music is an album where I wanted to do just that,” says Niemann. “It’s a project honoring many different layers and colors that have appeared in the country genre since recorded music began.”

The album was co-produced by Niemann and Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury producer, Dave Brainard. The album shows off his musical flare, especially on the standout track “Real Women Drink Beer,” which is a unique combo of rockabilly and reggae. He also collaborated with breezy guest vocalist Colbie Caillat on the ballad, “All About You.” 

Jerrod Kicked off CMA Festival last Monday, June 4, at his Fan Club Party with Lee Brice to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Nearly 400 fans attended the party, and both Niemann and Brice signed autographs for 10 hours to sign autographs and meet and greet each fan.

Devoted fan Drena Knorr was celebrating her birthday that night and said, “I appreciate the fact that they’re taking time to spend with everyone — that’s one of both artists’ best qualities. It’s been a really long day. All I want to do for my birthday is meet Jerrod and Lee.” She had patiently waiting in line from 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon to 11:30 p.m. that night. 
 
Niemann is currently supporting Miranda Lambert on her “On Fire” tour and will be announcing more tour dates  of his own soon. For more info and concert dates, visit www.jerrodniemannofficial.com.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Jenny & Ashley

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This past week, we caught up with country/pop duo Jenny & Ashley while out on the road in California. They spent last year touring summer camps, festivals and middle schools, making TV appearances and singing the national anthem at ballparks. Now it’s time to see what they’re up to this year! See what these two teenage stars had to say about staying grounded, writing, what it was like to record with Tim McGraw’s co-producer Darran Smith, who they would love to go on tour with, some of their favorite fan encounters, funny stories on the road, and a little get to know them better session!

For some of our readers who might not know much about you, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves?

Jenny: Absolutely! We were born in Wisconsin and we always loved to sing!  We would sing in our backyard, to our neighbors, then our dad got a job transfer out to California right around the time we were 7 and 9. We started doing acting and everything in LA, and we just loved the entertainment business so much. We fell in love with country music so that took us out to Nashville. We also love writing music. In Nashville we’ve been pursuing things for about 2 years now as Jenny & Ashley. Our dad works in Miami so we’re between the two places.

Ashley: And we’re sisters! I’m 14 almost 15 and Jenny is 16. Ever since then we’ve been pursuing our county music dream and just seeing where it takes us!

Lauren Alaina Is Taking Over Your TV This Holiday Season

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Fresh off the release of her debut album Wildflower, her first-ever appearance on the nationally televised 45th Annual CMA Awards and featured segment on the ABC Television special In The Spotlight with Robin Roberts as a “One To Watch,” Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope artist Lauren Alaina leaps back in to the spotlight this holiday season with several high profile national television appearances.

Alaina was one of the artists honored to be invited by President and Mrs. Obama to help celebrate country music in Country Music: In Performance At The White House. The 17-year singer/songwriter joins a prestigious group of music legends and contemporary artists including The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Mickey, Darius Rucker and James Taylor for this seventh program of their “In Performance At the White House” series. Country Music: In Performance At The White House airs Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 8:00 PM ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).

The President’s remarks will be pooled press and the entire event will be streamed live on www.whitehouse.gov/live starting at 7:00 PM ET. The program will also be broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

The next day she kicks off the first game of the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day tripleheader with a televised performance of the national anthem between host Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, November 24 at 12:30 PM ET on FOX.

The Georgia native returns to Hollywood, where her star was born on the American Idol stage, to perform a medley of the Christmas classics “Blue Christmas” and “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” on A Hollywood Christmas Celebration at The Grove. Also featured on this holiday special is Robin Thicke, Colbie Caillat, Gavin DeGraw, Jackie Evancho, Sean Kingston and IL DIVO. It will begin airing in syndication Thanksgiving weekend through January 1, 2012. Check local listings for time and channel.

One week after Thanksgiving, Alaina performs on the same stage as some of her country music idols including Faith Hill, Vince Gill, Keith Urban and Martina McBride when she performs “Grown Up Christmas List” on CMA Country Christmas which airs Thursday, Dec. 1 at 9:00 PM, ET on the ABC Television Network

She hits the stage in Las Vegas for the American Country Awards which airs live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena Monday, Dec. 5 at 8:00-10 PM, ET on FOX.

Sugarland And Eli Young Band Give Their Hearts To Grammys

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The Grammy foundation in partnership with Musicares announced today that Sugarland and the Eli Young Band are two of the artists joining the Musicares “Be A Part Of The Heart” campaign. The campaign encourages fans to upload their own picture tiles beside their favorite artists. Other artists who have joined the campaign include Owl City, Tori Amos, Parachute, Colbie Caillat, Demi Lovato, Melanie Fiona, Patrick Stump, and Jenni Riveria.

The “Be A Part Of The Heart” campaign encourages fans, recording artists, corporations and industry members to donate and come together to help promote awareness for those in need. Fans who donate to get their picture added to the mosaic are also entered to win a trip for two to the 54th annual Grammy Awards on February 12th, 2012.

Fans can make any contribution starting at $1 to get their picture added to the mosaic. There’s no limit to the donation you can give. For more information, and to get your image added, see the official campaign website HERE.