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Naomi Judd returns to ‘Can You Duet’

Naomi Judd will return to the judging panel for the second season of CMT's "Can You Duet," the weekly music competition series from "American Idol" producers FremantleMedia North America.

Brad Paisley leads ACM nominations

Country superstar Brad Paisley leads the pack of Academy of Country Music Award nominees with six nods, it was announced Wednesday during a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville.

Five exit Sony Nashville

Five employees of Sony Nashville have been laid off.

Taylor Swift to guest star on ‘CSI’

Rising country superstar Taylor Swift  will guest star in an upcoming episode of the CBS series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

Rascal Flatts plans new album

Rascal Flatts will release its sixth studio album, "Unstoppable," on April 7.

Taylor Swift set to perform on ‘SNL’

Taylor Swift, who ended 2008 as the top selling artist with just over 4 million albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, will kick off 2009 as the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

Reba McEntire leaves MCA Nashville

Country superstar Reba McEntire has ended her 25-year association with MCA Nashville and signed with the Valory Music Co. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Zac Brown Band signs with Atlantic

Atlanta-based country act Zac Brown Band has signed with Atlantic Records, has learned.

Cash: Invoking father’s name ‘appalling’

Rosanne Cash is tired of people using her late father's name to further their own political agenda.

Sugarland members sued by ex-bandmate

Kristen Hall, who exited Sugarland in late 2005, is suing remaining members Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles for $1.5 million.

‘American Idol’ finalist signs record deal

Season 7 "American Idol" finalist Kristy Lee Cook has signed with 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville.

Taylor Swift cast in ‘Hannah Montana’

Taylor Swift is the latest country star to join the cast of "Hannah Montana: The Movie," which is filming in Tennessee. Swift, who plays herself, shot her cameo on June 9.