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Megan Pacella

Megan Pacella has been writing about all genres of music since 2007. Her work has been published in Fringe, Brite, Paste, Nashville Lifestyles and American Songwriter. Aside from spending a summer in New York City (where she met her fiance!), Megan has been living, working and playing in Nashville, Tenn., since 2003. When she's not blogging about country music, you can find her gardening, kayaking, hiking, drinking lots of coffee, and--most importantly--cuddling with her golden retriever, Gibson.
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Keith Urban Was Encouraged to ‘Get Out of Country Music’ as Reality Show Contestant

Before he even considered judging the upcoming season of 'American Idol' or sat down in that big red chair on 'The Voice' Australia, Keith Urban had plenty of experience with singing competition shows. As a young boy, the 'For You' hitmaker appeared as a contestant on an Australian reality show that is similar to 'Idol.' However, he wasn't as popular as he is now... by any means.

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Billy Ray Cyrus’ Son Trace Honors Willie Nelson With Leg Tattoo

Trace Cyrus, the son of country music star Billy Ray Cyrus, has inked Willie Nelson's face onto his leg. It's no surprise that Trace has a soft spot for country musicians, having grown up in a country household. But he's not finished with Nelson (pictured) -- rumor has it he's going to ink Johnny Cash's face on his body soon, too.

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Nicole Kidman Will Join Keith Urban During ‘American Idol’ Live Shows

It's not often you see country star Keith Urban and his wife Nicole Kidman, apart from one another. Of course, there are times -- like when Urban is on stage or Kidman is in front of a camera -- that they can't stand side by side. But that won't stop the actress from being in the wings when her hubby judges the upcoming season of 'American Idol.' She confirmed in a recent interview that she plans to watch the show from backstage.

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Taylor Swift Suffers Minor Wardrobe Malfunction at Music Festival

Taylor Swift's performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival over the weekend went off without a hitch -- for the most part. A minor wardrobe malfunction proved that even those most put-together celebs can run into clothing mishaps. Luckily, even though a fan tugged too hard on Swift's dress and caused the strap to come undone, the country star was saved any embarrassment by the sequined shirt she wore underneath her dress. Otherwise, there could have been a Janet Jackson-like slip-up. Phew!

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Brad Paisley Joins Carrie Underwood for Surprise ‘Remind Me’ Duet at Nashville Show

When Carrie Underwood played to an ecstatic hometown Nashville crowd over the weekend, she didn't come to the Bridgestone Arena stage without a few surprises up her sleeve. The 'Good Girl' hitmaker put on an intense concert on Sunday (Sept. 23) with five costume changes, a tornado and a flying stage. But even the songstress herself was caught off guard when Brad Paisley walked on stage to join her for a duet. The result? Endless screaming and cheering from the audience.

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Brad Paisley + Carrie Underwood Host ‘Other Things’ in Funny 2012 CMA Awards Commercials

This year will be the fifth time Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley team up to host the CMA Awards. After so many successful hosting gigs, you can't help but wonder why Underwood and Paisley don't try their hands at hosting some... other things. And that idea is exactly what three hilarious new 2012 CMA Awards commercials explore.

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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton’s Dog, Loretta, Goes Missing

Few things are as sad as losing one of your favorite pets -- especially if you're as much of an animal lover as Miranda Lambert and her husband Blake Shelton. Unfortunately, the couple's rescue pup, Loretta, went missing from their hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma over the weekend. The country couple is hopeful that their fans will aid them in the search for Loretta, and that she'll eventually be returned her to her rightful owners.

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Jason Aldean Holds Fans’ Attention During Pre-Taped CMA Festival ‘Fly Over States’ Performance

For his second performance during the three-hour 'CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock' special, Jason Aldean wowed the audience by playing his big hit 'Fly Over States.' In the anthem, Aldean tips his hat to the often overlooked midwest states. Apparently, some of those fly over natives were in the audience when Aldean performed the song at LP Field in June, because they were screaming their heads off.

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Lady Antebellum to Release Holiday Album on October 22

We're still a few months away from the Christmas season, but Lady Antebellum is already in the mood for white lights, hot cocoa and presents under the tree. The award-winning country music trio has been in the studio all summer recording holiday favorites for their upcoming Christmas album, 'On This Winter's Night.' Luckily, the holiday-themed disc will hit digital retailers and store shelves on October 22 -- leaving plenty of time to get in the holiday spirit before December arrives.

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Is Taylor Swift’s ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ About Jake Gyllenhaal?

Ever since she released her latest single, Taylor Swift fans have been dying to figure out exactly who 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' is about. Everyone has been turning over every stone in Swift's relationship past to find the answer, and now, Us Weekly is speculating that they know who it was written for -- and, no, it's not John Mayer this time.

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