Taylor Swift Headed to “The Tonight Show” August 13

Image Courtesy CMATaylor Swift is headed to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC August 13 to talk about her role in the new film, The Giver. Hopefully, Taylor will also shed some light on that cryptic Instagram video she posted Monday. The best bet is she's gearing up to release the first single from her studio album, due out this fall.

Taylor is also a presenter at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards this Sunday night at 8 ET on FOX. She'll be on hand for The Giver's world premiere on Monday as well. The movie opens in theaters on August 15.


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Track Listing Revealed for Doobie Brothers Country Duets Album, “Southbound”

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleThe track listing for the new Doobie Brothers country duets album, Southbound, has been revealed. According to Rolling Stone, the Doobies trade vocals with country's hottest stars, including Zac Brown Band on "Black Water." Blake Shelton sings and Hunter Hayes plays guitar on a new version of "Listen to the Music," and Toby Keith contributes vocals to "Long Train Runnin'."

Southbound features both Doobie Brothers lead vocalists, Michael McDonald and Tom Johnston.  While McDonald appeared as a guest on the 2010 Doobie Brothers album World Gone Crazy, prior to that, he and Johnston hadn't appeared together on a Doobies album since 1976's Takin' It to the Streets.

Here's the Southbound track listing:

"Black Water" with Zac Brown Band
"China Grove" with Chris Young
"Jesus Is Just Alright" with Casey James
"Listen to the Music" with Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes on guitar
"Long Train Runnin'" with Toby Keith
"Nobody" with Charlie Worsham
'Rockin' Down the Highway" with Brad Paisley
"South City Midnight Lady" with Jerrod Niemann
"Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While)" with Tyler Farr
"Takin' It to the Streets" with Love and Theft
"What a Fool Believes" with Sara Evans
"You Belong to Me" with Amanda Sudano Ramirez of Johnnyswim, Vince Gill on guitar


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrad Paisley first laid eyes on his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, when she starred in which early-'90s comedy? ANSWER: Father of the Bride.


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Chase Rice Selected as NRA Country Featured Artist for August

Image Courtesy Jon-Paul Bruno/NRA CountryChase Rice grew up hunting and riding four-wheelers on his family's 15-acre horse farm in Florida, so it's fitting he's been chosen as the NRA Country Featured Artist for August.

Says Chase, "We went to church on Sundays and learned about Jesus, and then my dad would drink a beer that same afternoon while my mom cooked for me and my brothers. I don't really know what people call ‘country’ anymore, but that was, and is, my version of country and I love it."

Fans can check out a video of Chase's recent off-road adventure at NRACountry.com. There's also a contest to win a Chase Rice prize pack, including an autographed copy of his debut album, Ignite the Night, due out August 19. The lead single from that project, "Ready Set Roll," has already been certified gold.


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Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Hosting CMA Awards for a Seventh Time

Image Courtesy CMABrad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are returning to host the 48th Annual CMA Awards November 5 on ABC. This is their seventh time emceeing the event, which takes place at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.

The announcement was made on People's Instagram account using Brad and Carrie bobble head dolls. The conversation bubbles between the dolls have Brad telling Carrie she needs to cut down her wardrobe changes this year.  Frankly, we don't see that happening.


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Rascal Flatts Gets “Happy,” Little Big Town Measures Tim McGraw’s Body Fat on “CMA Music Festival” Special

Image Courtesy ABC/CMAVirtually every country star on the charts right now will appear on the CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special Tuesday night on ABC. The three-hour event features quite a few collaborations, including Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood singing "Somethin' Bad" and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill teaming up for "Meanwhile Back at Mama's."

Look for Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett to sing their hit, "Small Town Throwdown," and Justin is also teaming up with Motley Crue's Vince Neil and Nikki Sixx for a cover of their rock hit "Home Sweet Home." Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora joins Zac Brown Band for "Wanted Dead or Alive," and Rascal Flatts goes a capella for a cover of Pharrell Williams' pop hit "Happy."

Flatts band member Jay DeMarcus tells ABC News Radio, "They asked us to do that on the show, which was kind of a surprise. I guess the producer of the show saw it on YouTube, and wanted us to do that. So, it should be pretty fun."

Little Big Town returns for a second go-around as hosts of the special, but they still haven't gotten completely comfortable interviewing their fellow country stars. In fact, LBT's Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild admit to just about losing their composure while interviewing the super-fit Tim McGraw.

Karen says with a laugh, "Kimberly and I were so bad with the Tim McGraw interview. I don’t know how they’re gonna edit that. We just turned into giggly schoolgirls."

Karen and Kimberly even measured Tim's body fat during the interview, but they got Faith's blessing before taking stock of his fitness.

"She gave us a little insight," Karen says of Faith. "She said he didn’t have any body fat."

Little Big Town's Jimi Westbrook handled the Luke Bryan interview this year. He even got the country hunk to autograph a copy of the People Country issue naming Luke Country's Sexiest Man.

Jimi says with a laugh, "He gave it to me. He said, 'Keep working. You’ll get there.'"

Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Cole Swindell, The Band Perry and Keith Urban are among the other stars performing on CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock, airing Tuesday night at 8 ET on ABC.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEaston Corbin will perform at the Chicago White Sox's  Country Music Night in conjunction with the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, August 15 before the team's home game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Brad Paisley has added the bonus track "Me and Jesus" to his upcoming album, Moonshine in the Trunk, due out August 26. He posted a preview of the song in recognition of Dr. Kent Brantly, the American man who contracted Ebola while in Africa.


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Keith Urban Plays Nashville Tour Guide for Fellow “American Idol” Judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr.

Image Courtesy Michael Becker/FOXKeith Urban welcomed his fellow American Idol judges Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., to his hometown of Nashville Sunday and Monday to tape the show's Music City audition round.

Though they had little free time, Keith was full of suggestions about which Nashville hotspots Jennifer and Harry might want to check out. His recommendations included Robert's Western World on Lower Broadway and Pinewood Social, a restaurant with a bowling alley and private karaoke rooms. Keith also wanted them to check out the Country Music Hall of Fame, but he was mostly thankful the weather was pretty while his pals were in town.

"It's been really nice," Keith said Monday before getting back to the auditions. "Yesterday and today's been great. I love people seeing Nashville right now. It's just humming and buzzing right now. It's really, really fun. "

As for why he gels so well with Jennifer and Harry on the judges' panel, Keith adds, "There's just a good synergy, I think. I mean, we genuinely love being together. It's easy to be together."

Though they all have different tastes in music, Keith says it's very special when they all agree on an undeniable talent.

"Boy, when that one comes in, and we do unanimous three yeses, that's good," Keith says. "That's a good moment."

Highlights from the Nashville auditions will be shown on the next season of American Idol, premiering next year.


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Taylor Swift Performs for Six-Year-Old Leukemia Patient at Boston Hospital

ABC/Richard HarbaughTaylor Swift delivered a performance on Sunday that will make your heart melt.

Taylor performed an acoustic version of "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" for six-year-old Jordan Nickerson at Boston Children's Hospital. According to Jordan’s Brave Page, a Facebook page dedicated to the boy, Jordan was recently diagnosed with leukemia. When he was younger, he was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that has caused him physical and developmental disabilities, and battled a severe heart condition.

In a video that’s been posted on YouTube, Taylor is seen performing "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and dancing around, as Jordan sings along with the chorus.

During her visit, which is documented on Jordan’s Brave Page, Taylor also played air hockey with the boy and chatted with him about his favorite superhero, Spider-Man.


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Jake Owen Taking Over Your TV Tuesday Night with Three Different Appearances

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleLook for Jake Owen to premiere his brand-new single, "What We Ain't Got," on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. He'll also sing "Beachin'" on ABC's CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock special Tuesday night. Look for Jake to appear on E!'s Chelsea Lately Tuesday night, too.

"Beachin'" and "What We Ain't Got" are both included on Jake's current album, Days of Gold.


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