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Obama’s 2012 Campaign Playlist Features Zac Brown Band, Sugarland, Darius Rucker + Dierks Bentley

Much like former Democratic President Bill Clinton — who went on late night TV playing the sax — President Barack Obama is using music to connect with a potential pool of voters. With the 2012 election nipping at his heels as he seeks re-election, the commander-in-chief has released a 28-track playlist via Spotify for his upcoming campaign.

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Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton Sing ‘America the Beautiful’ at Super Bowl 2012

Husband and wife team Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton held hands while performing ‘America the Beautiful’ together before the kickoff of Super Bowl 2012. It was a show of solidarity, and perhaps a way to calm each other’s nerves, as the couple sang while the whole country watched. Many performers before them have flubbed when singing songs at sporting events, but Lambert and Shelton delivered a mistake-free rendition dosed with a little country twang.

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Reba McEntire Death Hoax Spreads

Reba McEntire is the latest celebrity to fall victim to a death hoax that’s spreading like wildfire on the web. The alleged news of her death has circulated so quickly that ‘Reba McEntire’ became the No. 1 trending search topic on Google late Monday evening (Jan. 30). Her latest Facebook wall update has been flooded with desperate comments from fans hoping and praying that a report that the singer had fallen to her death while climbing a mountain on an Austrian movie set is untrue.

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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles Records Song for 2012 Super Bowl Pepsi Max Commercial

The Super Bowl commercial blitz is upon us almost a week before the big game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. With Elton John’s commercial already generating some chatter, country artists are also getting in on the Super Bowl spot fun. Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles recorded a classic song for a memorable and super funny Pepsi Max commercial. The 30-second commercial will air during the game, but the long-form version is already viewable online.

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Bipolar ‘American Idol’ Contestant Shelby Tweten Inhabits Carrie Underwood’s ‘Temporary Home’

It’s been a Carrie Underwood-centric day in the country community. Fresh off today’s announcement that her new single ‘Good Girl‘ is due to drop at radio next month, one of Underwood’s songs was performed on her former stomping grounds of ‘American Idol.’

Teenage singer Shelby Tweten, who hails from Mankato, Minn., inhabited Underwood’s ‘Temporary Home’ during her audition in Aspen, Colo. for Season 11 of ‘Idol.’

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Garth Brooks Receives $1 Million in Hospital Case

Garth Brooks was awarded $1 million in his lawsuit against a hospital in his native Oklahoma. The lawsuit  came about to due a dispute over a donation in exchange for naming a wing of the facility after his late mother. Even though Brooks likely doesn’t need the money as one of the most successful country stars ever, it was a matter of principle for him — and the jury agreed. The $1 million includes his original donation, plus punitive damages, according to Reuters.

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Taylor Swift Wins Favorite Country Artist at 2012 People’s Choice Awards

Someone better tell Taylor Swift to add a wing onto her house in order to store all of her awards, since she just added another one to her copious collection of trophies and statuettes. The singer won the Favorite Country Artist Award at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards, which were televised this evening (Jan. 11).

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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles Performs Neil Diamond Song at Kennedy Center Honors

Sugarland vocalist and newlywed Jennifer Nettles wrapped up a busy end of 2011, which included getting married as well as performing at Christmas specials and the Nobel Peace Prize concert, by appearing at the Kennedy Center Honors on Dec. 27. The performance saluted the one and only Neil Diamond. Nettles performed a flawless rendition of Diamond’s classic, torchy ballad ‘Hello Again.’

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