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ToC Encore: Country Duets and the Trouble They Create

There have been some wonderful country duets in recent years. Collaborations between Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson come to mind, but these songs (and others like 'Highway Don't Care') take some serious coordination.

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Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Taylor Swift
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What Does It Mean to Have the No. 1 Song in Country Music? (Part 2)

Earlier this year, a movie advertisement promoted its Golden Globe nominations, but the graphic they used flashed the word “winner” across the screen, as in “winner” of several nominations. A casual viewer would believe the film won several Golden Globes, but the ceremony was still weeks away at the time. This sort of tricky advertising isn’t limited to cinema. With several charts and complicated methods of computation, just about anyone can have a No. 1 country song.

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Miranda Lambert
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ToC Encore: Everything You Need to Know About Miranda Lambert’s ‘Platinum’ in 30 Seconds or Less

Miranda Lambert's new album 'Platinum' will be available on June 3 and, with 16 tracks, there's a lot to know about the new studio project. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes has managed to cram it all into one, 30-second-long, video cheat sheet.

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Best TV Shows For Weekend Binging

It has been said recently, and on numerous occasions, that we are enjoying a new golden age of television. It's a point that's hard to argue with. Almost every network has had at least one show that knocked it out of the park.

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10 Movies and TV Shows That Need to Be Rebooted Right Now

While we should all be anti-remake, and keep hoping and praying Hollywood will one day come up with some new ideas for a change, the reboot conveyor belt isn’t going to stop anytime soon. But there are actually some old movies and TV shows that definitely could use a redo

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‘Non-Stop’ and ‘Son of God’: We’ve Seen These Movies Before, Right?

Two big new movies will be battling it out for your cash this weekend: the Liam Neeson in-flight thriller 'Non-Stop' and the controversial religious story 'The Son of God.' But why head out for those maybe-risky choices when you can stay home and rent these proven classics instead?

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Dan and Shay
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Dan + Shay: Country’s New ‘Bold’ Hitmakers

Country songs about drinking beer and making love all night have played the role of Goliath for well over a year. The radio is dripping with testosterone -- heck, even females struggle to score a hit unless they’re shooting someone, or so it seems.

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Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan
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ToC Encore: Turning Personal Tragedy Into Hit Records

Turning a personal tragedy into a hit record is tricky, and not just for all the normal reasons that it's difficult to make a song into a hit. Artists who write a great personal song may be hesitant to record it for months or years. Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes considers three powerful songs and three artists who dealt with the personal tragedies that inspired them in very different ways. 

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How They Found Their Valentines

It should be no surprise that many of country music's most romantic singers are pretty smooth off stage, as well. However, the most memorable, real-life love stories are honest and spontaneous. They hinge on tiny details, like the emotion she stirred when she walked on his bus, or the dress she wore when he sang to her on the beach during Spring Break.

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Garth Brooks, Darius Rucker, Willie Nelson
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Country Singers Who Played Football

Country music's football pedigree dates back almost 70 years, when one country legend first strapped on his maskless leather helmet to toss the pigskin around. More recently, stars like Kenny Chesney have made the sport a top priority during boyhood and beyond. One artist listed below played semi-pro ball, while the rest just suited up for high school teams. See them all below!

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