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Carrie_underwoodCarrie Underwood will be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in September, alongside previous inductees including Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson, Hank Thompson, and The All American Rejects. She and the rest of the Class of 2009 are set to perform at the 13th Annual Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Concert on Sept. 17 in Muskogee.

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Taylor Swift appears in the new video game Band Hero, from the makers of Guitar Hero. Players can act as Swift or alongside her as band members, while performing her hits “Love Story,” “You Belong With Me,” and “Picture to Burn” as part of the game. Band Hero allows fans to create a band using any combination of guitar or drum controllers and vocals. It is due out in November for most gaming systems, and will also feature other musical acts such as the Jackson 5, No Doubt, Lily Allen and The All-American Rejects.

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trishTrisha Yearwood graces the cover of the current issue of Good Housekeeping and is part of a cover feature alongside Meredith Viera and Jada Pinkett Smith called Three Celebs Reveal the Secret to Happiness — at Any Age!

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Terri Clark is planning a tour, album and was recently nominated for the Canadian Country Music Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year. As Clark readies The Long Way Home, her first studio project since her mother fell ill with cancer over 3 years ago, she is selling her live album, Road Rage, via her website and at shows. Meanwhile, the studio album’s lead single, “Gypsy Boots,” is the fastest moving of her career in her homeland Canada.

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Ajypsirista Nashville’s vibrant sibling group Jypsi will be in New York for 10 days this month, playing a string of shows including a free 7-night stand starting Aug. 17 at the Living Room in Manhattan. In addition, Jypsi is slated to perform at the new Southwest Porch at Bryant Park on Aug. 20. Jypsi is made up of siblings, ages 18-28, who grew up on the road singing, playing, and writing since youngest, Lillie Mae (lead vocals / fiddle) was just three years old. The now-seasoned performers include older siblings Amber-Dawn (vocals / fiddle), Scarlett (mandolin) and Frank (vocals / guitar). Their current single is “Mister Officer.”

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