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Closin' On Tulsa Time:Brad Paisley drew the final curtain on the 2010 leg of the H2O World Tour in Tulsa Saturday (11/20). "In case you missed it, last week I got some really great news," the CMA Entertainer of the Year said from the stage, according to Tulsa Today. "I saved a bunch of money on my car insurance and they handed me an award, too." Opener Justin Moore was at the butt-end of Paisley's tour closing pranks as crew members replaced his instrumental intro with audio announcing him as the "Tiny Tornado." Moore was later duct-taped to a dolly and made to wear a blonde wig during "I Can Kick Your Ass" (evidence here). Images of Adam Lambert, Barry Manilow, Betty White and a half-naked Burt Reynolds flashed behind Moore as he finished his set with ZZ Top's "Gimme All Your Lovin'." Later in the show, Paisley performed a three-year-old's song request – Beyoncé's "Single Ladies." For real. "I can't say 'No' to a three-year-old, so here it goes," Paisley said. Tulsa native and Country Music Hall of Famer Roy Clark was a surprise guest during an instrumental version of "Ghost Riders In The Sky." Clark later joined Paisley, Moore and opener Darius Rucker on the closer "Alcohol."
» Around The World In 87 Dates: The Taylor Swift Speak Now World Tour 2011 will play 87 shows in 19 countries on four continents beginning Feb. 9 in Singapore. The North American leg begins May 27 in Omaha, and includes six stadium dates: Foxborough, MA’s Gillette Stadium, Detroit’s Ford Field, Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field, Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium and Dallas’ Cowboys Stadium. "The FearlessTour was so much fun and even more unforgettable than I ever imagined, and I can't wait to get back out and play my new music from Speak Now," Swift says. "The fans have been so amazing, and I'm thrilled to play in new cities around the world and meet even more of my fans in 2011." Swift conceptualized all the graphics, sets and visual elements for the set, which will include multiple wardrobe changes. Full schedule here.
» In Case You Missed It: "This is dangerously close to stalker territory," Jay Leno said of comedian Dane Cook's serenade to Taylor Swift during last night's (11/22) Tonight Show. During his interview, Cook stripped off his shirt to reveal a Swift tattoo across his chest and played his original song "We Love You Taylor." Watch Swift's segment about her new condo, album Speak Now and her 21st birthday, plus Cook's performance, beginning at the 17:10 minute-mark here. Also, Garth Brooks plugged the Lifetime movie Unanswered Prayers, discussed his Las Vegas show and shared a "Garth's Breakfast Bowl" on Friday's (11/19) Tonight Show. Watch here.
» Pass The Peas:Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, Gloriana and James Otto with Ronnie Milsap are staging a Thanksgiving TV takeover Thursday (11/25). Underwood and Gloriana will be featured in CBS-TV's Thanksgiving Day Parade and NBC-TV's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, respectively. Aussie Urban will be stateside performing the Dallas Cowboys vs. New Orleans Saints halftime show on FOX-TV. The album release special Taylor Swift: Speak Now premieres on NBC-TV that evening. Parton will appear on Live! With Regis And Kelly. Otto and Milsap will perform on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. For the stars watching the others work for their turkey (or Tofurky, in Underwood's case, as she's a vegetarian), Thanksgiving is all about family time:
"I have family that I spend every Thanksgiving with. They're all on my mom's side [of the family], and they're all women, and they're really loud ... They have this genetic cackle and ... it breaks noise barriers. It's really fun [to know I] have somewhere to be for Thanksgiving." — Taylor Swift
"Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, because you don't have to fool with presents and stuff. It's just everybody gets together [to] drink beer and fry turkeys." — Justin Moore
"I try to stay out of the kitchen as much as possible because most of the time I end up making a mess. I have fried a turkey before, down at my grandma's. It was good, but it kind of ended up being more work than it's really worth sometimes. But my favorite fixin' is cornbread dressing." — Easton Corbin
» Walkin' The Country Wonderland:Sugarland, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Reba and Sheryl Crow will officially kick off the holiday season during Monday's CMA Country Christmas (11/29). Some of the highlights include Sugarland performing "Winter Wonderland," Rascal Flatts singing an a capella version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas," Rimesrocking a choreographed version of "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," Rucker singing the original"Candy Cane Christmas" and Sheryl Crow with Paisley on "Run, Run Rudolph." The Jennifer Nettles-hosted special airs at 9:30pm ET Monday (11/29) on ABC-TV.
» Closer Still: Get so close to Keith Urban that breath mints might be required when he launches the Get Closer 2011 World Tour June 16 in Mobile. The trek will feature an all-new stage production in support of Urban's current album. "Playing live is what it's always been about for me," Urban says. "It's creating in the moment, it's the joy, the electricity, the unexpected, the passion and the unknown journey that we're all taking together ... I'm bringing a big boom box and an arsenal of songs, and I can't wait to throw this party!" Complete itinerary here.
» For The Win: Bieber Fever may have dominated the American Music Awards, and celebritystyle blogs may have been abuzz over Taylor Swift's straight hairdo, but actual music honors were handed out. In the country categories, Swift won Favorite Female, Brad Paisley earned Male, Lady Antebellum received Band, Duo Or Group and Carrie Underwood's Play On nabbed Album. "I only want to thank the fans," Swift said during her acceptance speech. "I think it's something really wonderful and rare to feel understood, and to my fans I just want to say [that] you guys get me and you know where I'm coming from, and I can't thank you enough for that." Swift also performed "Back To December" and Kid Rock played "Times Like These."
» The Best A Man Can Get: Tickets to Kenny Chesney's Aug. 27 Foxboro, MA concert at Gillette Stadium sold out in eight minutes Saturday morning (11/20). "I can't wait to feel the energy of Foxboro again," Chesney says. "I missed it this year ... the love affair I share with the fans in New England is like no other, and that has been built over the years ... It's going to feel like coming home." Chesney will co-headline the Goin' Coastal Tour date with Zac Brown Band, and Billy Currington will support.
» Stars Tonight: According to the Kansas City Star, Lady Antebellum's sold-out Need You Now tour closing show was like a 90-minute mix tape of classic rock and their biggest hits. The trio performed Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt and the Police, but it was their hit "Need You Now" that earned the biggest applause. Read the full review here.
» Rattle & Roll:Easton Corbin's "Roll With It" songwriters David Lee, Tony Lane and Johnny Park rolled into the No. 1 celebration in style for the chart-topper Friday (11/19). Lee rented a tricked-out, glow-in-the-dark party bus for the event, at which Lee gifted Corbin a handmade rattlesnake belt for recording their song. "The song just really resonated with me," Corbin told media before the party. "It reminded me of being in Florida on the beach on the weekend, or maybe hanging on the river with your buddies. It's just a throw-your-cares-out-the-window kind of song." With two No. 1 hits under his new rattlesnake belt, going home for Corbin has also turned into a new celebrity experience. "It's funny," Corbin says, "I went to church last time I was down [in Florida and] ended up giving a lot of autographs and taking pictures after church, ... It's always good when people are asking for autographs and pictures no matter where it's at, because when they stop, then you have a problem."
» Waylon Their Way: Their love for Waylon Jennings is bringing Alabama together for their first full-band recording in a decade. The group performs the first single "Are You Sure Hank Done It This way" from the three-volume Jennings tribute The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated To Waylon Jennings. "What an opportunity for us to go back in the studio, play and record live like we used to and pay tribute to a true legend in music ... not in country music [but] in music period," Alabama's Randy Owen says. Vol. I hits stores Feb. 8, and Vol. II and Vol. III will be released later in 2011. Trace Adkins, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser and James Otto are also among featured artists. Details here.
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Alan Jackson will receive the inaugural American Country Awards' Greatest Hits Award for his contributions to the genre and for producing an extensive catalog of No. 1 hits throughout his 20-year career. Jackson will also perform during the Dec. 6 telecast, which will premiere live from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena at 8pm ET on FOX-TV. Voting for Artist Of The Year continues through Dec. 4 here.
Seven Gloriana tracks will be featured in the Nashville edition of the Facebook app Nightclub City, in which users can customize a virtual nightclub. Details here.