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Billy Dukes

Billy Dukes' music background includes jobs as Music Director and night DJ at WQDR 94.7 in Raleigh, N.C., writer for Recoil Magazine, a monthly out of Grand Rapids, Mich., and writer for the Kalamazoo Gazette, in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Western Michigan University graduate followed a girl to Raleigh in 2006, and wisely married her one year later. They live in northeast Wake County with their two dogs Daisy and Clementine and their son. In his free time Billy enjoys playing and watching baseball, cycling, and exploring nature.
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Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Make Big Moves in This Week’s Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown

The Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown is decided completely by fan vote, and readers have put one superstar's video ahead of all others for a second straight week. There was plenty of change within the other nine spots, though, with Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley making big moves. 

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Drama Dominates This Week’s Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown

The votes have been tallied, and one of country music's hottest superstars has the No. 1 video this week. The other nine spots ... well, there are some pretty big names from Nashville there as well. Brantley Gilbert, the Band Perry, and Little Big Town all have new videos in the Taste of Country Top 10 Video Countdown. None of these three come in at No. 1, however. 

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Ex-Boyfriend of ‘American Idol’ Star Skylar Laine Pleads Guilty to Hate Crime

Skylar Laine's boyfriend during her time on 'American Idol' has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime. Joseph Dominick, 21, was charged with targeting and injuring African Americans by throwing beer bottles and shooting metal ball bearings at them.

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Top 40 Country Songs January 2013
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Top 40 Country Songs – January 2013

One could do worse then choosing to spend holiday cash or gift cards on songs included in this Top 40 Country Songs of January 2013 list. Superstars like George Strait, Kenny Chesney and Carrie Underwood are included, as are newcomers like Thomas Rhett, Kasey Musgraves and Hunter Hayes. The No. 1 song belongs to an artist who took nearly three years between albums, and has recently returned with a stirring song of inspiration. 

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LeAnn Rimes Criticized After ‘X Factor’ Performance With Carly Rose Sonenclar

Everyone said the right things after LeAnn Rimes and 'X Factor' contestant Carly Rose Sonenclar finished singing the country superstar's 1997 hit 'How Do I Live.' But it was clear during the duet that there was concern for what was happening on stage. The day following, Rimes is being called "unstable," "out of it" and worse by internet news and tabloid sites.

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10 Biggest News Stories of 2012

Country superstars like Carrie Underwood, George Strait and Keith Urban had some of the top news stories of 2012, but not for reasons one may have predicted at the beginning of the year. Of these 10, only two are related to things that happen onstage or in a recording studio. The rest are moments we'll always remember... and that some artists wish they could forget. 

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‘The Voice’ Season 3 Winner: Who Should Have Won? – Readers Poll

Two members of Team Blake were left standing to find out who would be crowned winner of the third season of 'The Voice' on Tuesday night (Dec. 18). Cassadee Pope and Terry McDermott joined Nicholas David as finalists. Did the right person win?  

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Five Things the American Country Awards Could Do Better in the Future

The 2012 American Country Awards were Monday night (Dec. 10), and while the show has improved each year in the three since its introduction to Fox, there is still some room for growth. The support from superstars like Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum proves the show is being embraced by the country music community. With a few tweaks -- some major, some minor -- it could be received with open arms by viewers at home, as well. 

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Kellie Pickler, JB and the Moonshine Band Albums Named Best of 2012 by Rolling Stone Magazine

Rolling Stone has announced their pick of the five best country albums of 2012, and the list leans traditional. New projects by Kellie Pickler, Jamey Johnson and Texas country band JB and the Moonshine Band made the cut, which was revealed on the magazine's website on Friday (Dec. 7).

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Love and Theft, Florida Georgia Line Surprise Jake Owen Wearing Only Underwear

Country duos Love and Theft and Florida Georgia Line pranked Jake Owen in a way he's sure not to soon forget. During a recent stop on the CMT tour, the four men showed up onstage in just boots and underwear -- or 'adult diapers' -- with pacifiers in their mouths and 'bottles' of beer, meant to celebrate Owen's new baby.

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Best Dierks Bentley Song? – Readers Poll

Next year will mark 10 years since Dierks Bentley released his debut single 'What Was I Thinkin'.' Longtime country fans will remember that song as one of the most exciting debuts in country music history, but has it remained the 37-year-old's best song? After six albums and 19 singles, what is your favorite Dierks Bentley song?

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