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Cory Stromblad

Cory Stromblad's passion for country music spurred his decision to move to Nashville in 2003 to study the music industry at Belmont University. After graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts minor, Cory began his career as the Creative Office Manager for Tom-Leis Music, as well as a personal management assistant for Lyric Street Recording artist Sarah Buxton. In 2011, Cory began working with AOL Music as a writer for The Boot, before signing on as a freelance writer for Taste of Country in 2012.
Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift Added to Growing List of American Music Awards Performers

Taylor Swift will perform during the upcoming 2012 American Music Awards ceremony, adding the primetime appearance to her already exhausting promotional blitz in support of her latest studio album, 'Red.' The 'Begin Again' singer is not the only country artist confirmed in the star-studded lineup -- Carrie Underwood will also be there.

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Trace Adkins
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Trace Adkins Set to Perform During 2012 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Trace Adkins will usher in the 2012 holiday season with an appearance at the 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, one of the country's most-beloved festive traditions. The Louisiana native will join thousands of Americans as they line the streets of Manhattan on Nov. 22 to witness an incredible lineup of new balloons, floats and superstar musical acts.

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Watch Taylor Swift’s ‘Live From New York City’ Performance

Taylor Swift may not be kicking off her official Red Tour until next March, but you can get a first glimpse of the 'Begin Again' singer's live show months ahead of time. 'Taylor Swift Live From New York,' a near 40-minute concert set, is available for your viewing pleasure now.

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Toby Keith, Luke Bryan
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Toby Keith, Luke Bryan + More Added to 2013 Houston Rodeo Lineup

Toby Keith and Luke Bryan have been announced as performers for the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo annual event, joining fellow country superstar Jason Aldean. Pop superstar and 'X Factor' judge Demi Lovato is also booked as a big act at the much-anticipated rodeo.

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Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift Sells More Than a Million Albums in a Week for the Second Time

As predicted by many industry insiders, Taylor Swift has accomplished what no other female artist in SoundScan history has been able to do -- sell more than one million copies of an album in a 7-day period... twice. The 'Begin Again' singer claims her biggest career milestone after scanning a staggering 1,208,000 copies of 'Red,' her highly-praised fourth studio album.

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Taylor Swift
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Taylor Swift’s ‘Mean,’ ‘Back to December’ Get ‘The Voice’ Treatment

Taylor Swift's bluegrass-tinged 'Mean' received a complete rock makeover on 'The Voice' last night (Oct. 29), as hopeful Joe Kirkland performed a cover of the breezy tune during the newly-revamped Knockout Round.

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American Idol Season 12
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When Does ‘American Idol’ Season 12 Start?

Keith Urban has been getting his hands dirty recently, searching for the the nation's foremost raw talent (and extinguishing diva flame wars between his fellow celebrity judges), and it's about time for fans to tune in on the action. So, when does 'American Idol' Season 12 start?

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Toby Keith
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Toby Keith Says ‘Hell No’ to Attending the 2012 CMA Awards

Fans hoping to catch a performance by Toby Keith during the upcoming CMA Awards ceremony can think again. The often outspoken singer has given the long-standing country music establishment the proverbial middle finger, blatantly refusing to attend the event despite a nomination in the Music Video of the Year category for 'Red Solo Cup.'

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ on Track to Surpass One Million in Sales in First Week of Release

It's hard to discern whether Taylor Swift should be referred to as a global music superstar or as a professional record-breaker, given the 'Begin Again' singer's penchant for shattering virtually every music milestone imaginable. With the release of 'Red,' the singer's long-awaited fourth studio album, Swift is on the cusp of selling more than a million copies in one week with two consecutive studio efforts -- a first for any female artist. Like, ever.

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Big & Rich, Alabama’s Randy Owen Pledge Mitt Romney Support With Interesting Performance of ‘America the Beautiful’

Big & Rich and Alabama frontman Randy Owen's rendition of 'America the Beautiful' may not have been a vocal masterpiece, but the country crooners were able to get Mitt Romney supporters on their feet this week. Joined by classic rock singer Meat Loaf, the group's collective performance of the patriotic tune followed a political support rally for the Presidential Republican candidate at an Ohio high school on Thursday.

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