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Whitney Duncan will emcee the CMT MUSIC CITY MADNESS SHOWCASE, taking place Thursday (1/22) at TOOTSIE'S ORCHID LOUNGE on Broadway in Nashville, TN.

The show starts at 7p (CT) and features performances from the winning contestants from's MUSIC CITY MADNESS contest: Kurt Thomas (national winner), Beau Davidson, Brad Meeks, Jonathan Snellings, Mark Ferrari and Todd Myrah.

For complete info on the MUSIC CITY MADNESS competition, check out!

Faith Hill will sing "America the Beautiful" as part of the Super Bowl XLIII pregame show at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Hill, who performs the theme song for Sunday Night Football, previously sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta. Hill joins Alicia Keys, Vicki Carr and the late Ray Charles as the only artists to ever sing "America the Beautiful" at the Super Bowl. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform during the Super Bowl XLIII halftime show. The event will be broadcast live on NBC.

Faith Hill, Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus have been added to the list of performers appearing at events surrounding next week's inauguration of Barack Obama as president. Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus will perform during Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future, a TV concert special honoring military families, airing Monday (Jan. 19) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the Disney Channel. The event will also feature the Jonas Brothers, actress-singer Demi Lovato, Bow Wow, Keke Palmer, Usher and Shaquille O'Neal.

Blake Shelton can be found on the cover of the January 26 issue of Country Weekly, on stands Monday, January 12. He opens up about finding peace in Oklahoma, love, Miranda and family. Photos taken on Blake’s 1,200 acre ranch in Tishomingo, Oklahoma are part of the feature as well as photos from his childhood.

On January 21 Shelton will make his first appearance on Chelsea Lately, airing on E! television network 11:30pm Eastern and January 22 finds him performing “She Wouldn’t Be Gone” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, airing on ABC 12:05am Eastern.

Comedian John Caparulo will relinquish his no-holds barred and hilarious take on everyday occurrences in his first CD and DVD titled, Meet Cap on Warner Bros. Records. The CD will be released on Feb. 10, 2009 and DVD will follow a little over one month later on April 17, 2009. Meet Cap originally aired on Comedy Central Saturday, Dec. 20, 2008.

Caparulo’s laugh-out-loud stand-up comedy covers everything from Pepper Spray to Dirty Jobs. His trademark sharp humor, unique take on life and love and slight tendency to cuss will keep comedic fans laughing for hours.

Whitney Duncan will be releasing a digital EP titled, Selections From Right Road Now. The EP will be released to all digital retailers Tuesday, Dec. 23!

The EP will include four tracks from her upcoming debut CD, Right Road Now, and one bonus track. The EP will feature the singles “When I Said I Would” and the “Bed That You Made.” All tracks were co-written by Whitney and produced by Mark Bright and John Shanks.

Track Listing:
1. Bed That You Made
2. Little By Little
3. So Sorry Mama
4. When I Said I Would
5. Away

All of you waiting eagerly for John's upcoming solo album, we finally have some news to share! The album will be entitled Son Of A Preacher Man and will be released by Warner Bros. Records this May. Shortly after that, three-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, John sets out on tour with multi-platinum duo Big & Rich through the summer. But you won't have to wait until May to hear what John's been cooking up in the studio.

Nominations for the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards were announced December 3 by The Recording Academy® and both Randy Travis and James Otto came away with four nominations.

Randy Travis received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Country Album category for his first Country music album in eight years, Around The Bend. In addition, songwriters Ashley Gorley and Bob Regan were nominated in the Best Country Song category for Travis’ “Dig Two Graves” from the same album.

JAMES OTTO tops Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for all of 2008 with "Just Got Started Loving You." Coming in at number two is GEORGE STRAIT with "I Saw God Today," and ALAN JACKSON's "Small Town Southern Man" is at number three. The chart year runs from December 1st, 2007 through November 29th, 2008.

Billboard's Top Ten Hot Country Songs for 2008

In the same week as Blake Shelton releases his fifth studio album, Startin’ Fires, People Magazine has announced him as one of 2008’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in their annual “Sexiest Men Alive” issue. People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” issue hits stands this Friday, Nov. 21.

Shelton says about his appeal in the issue, “A well worn truck. The wussiest thing a guy can do is drive a clean truck. Dents, scratches and mud – that’s manly.”


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