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Reba will not be hosting the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards next spring. She has hosted the show for 14 years, solo for 12 of those and with Blake Shelton the past two years.
But now she says it's time to move on, "[I've] passed the torch to Blake," the 57-year-old tells Country Weekly magazine. "I'm a huge Blake Shelton fan." Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy of Country Music said in a statement, "We've known about this for a while and have something very special planned with Blake returning -- he's got something big up his sleeve! -- that we'll be announcing soon. Stay tuned!" Reba will still get plenty of TV facetime next year. Her new comedy series, "Malibu Country," debuts on Friday, Nov. 2, on ABC.
Faith Hill will debut her brand-new single, "American Heart" on Twitter (@faithhill) this Sunday (Sept. 30), marking this the first time a country artist has debuted a single via the social-networking site. Faith hopes the song will inspire people during hard times, to keep their American spirit alive."We've been through a lot as a country throughout the years, and we've faced tremendous adversity," she tells People magazine. "People are suffering, trying to make ends meet, and times are especially tough right now. The sentiment captures everything I think we all feel when we think about the American spirit."
Jerrod Niemann is looking forward to October 2nd when he releases his new album, Free the Music. Jerrod says the process of putting it together was a lot like assembling a photo album, "albums are sort of like snapshots of your life or things that have inspired you in some way. And so if you could rip open a songwriter’s heart, you’d probably see all these photo albums and things like that. I mean, obviously not, but they’re little snapshots of time, little collections of parts of your life.”
As part of the excitement surrounding Jerrod’s album launch, be sure to visit JerrodNiemannOfficial.com, and sign-up to win daily prizes, including gift cards, a black light and special Jerrod black-light poster.
Taylor Swift has signed to play folk singer Joni Mitchell in a new movie adaptation of the book 'Girls Like Us', according to Variety. The movie will portray the careers of Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Carole King. This would be Taylor’s biggest film role to date. She did have a small part in the romantic comedy Valentine’s Day, and voiced a character in the animated film The Lorax. The movie version of Girls Like Us is still in the development phase and they are still casting for the roles of Simon and King, so there is no production schedule or release date at this time.
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