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Nov152013

Hunter Hayes to Perform on ABC's "CMA Country Christmas" Special December 2

Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes has been added to the performers' lineup for this year's CMA Country Christmas special, airing Monday, December 2 on ABC. In addition to singing on the show, Hunter has also created an interactive Christmas Q&A allowing fans to guess his answers to questions, including "Frosty or Rudolph?" and "Wrapping Paper or Gift Bags?" You can take the quiz now at CMAChristmas.com.

Jennifer Nettles hosts CMA Country Christmas for a fourth time. Trace Adkins, Jake Owen, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Duck Dynasty's Willie Robertson, and Mary J. Blige are among the other stars performing on the show.

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Friday
Nov152013

Miley Confirms She Did Smoke a Joint at the MTV EMAs, and Finished It Afterwards

Sven Hoogerhuis/AFP/Getty Images)In case you were wondering if that really was a joint that Miley Cyrus was smoking on stage last weekend at the MTV EMAs, the singer has now confirmed that yes, it was... and it didn't go to waste afterwards.

Speaking to London's Capital FM, Miley says, "Afterwards, we had the joint, and we're all, 'Should we keep this, like 'This is, like THE joint?' And then we're not, 'Nah. It's fine. Just finish it off!'"

As for the idea to blaze one on stage, Miley says it wasn't planned -- it just came to her when she was walking on stage from her dressing room. 

"I was like 'Oh, I have this in my bag, that'll be really funny,'" she told Capital FM.  "And I didn't say anything to anybody...I just did it mostly because I knew the fans in Amsterdam would love it...I knew that the whole place would go super-wild."

As for the public reaction, Miley says, "I don't really care what the media says."

In other Miley news, an acoustic version of Lana Del Ray's "Summertime Sadness" that she did for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge program hit more than four million views in just three days.

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Friday
Nov152013

Victoria's Secret Angel Says Taylor Swift "Didn't Fit" in "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" 

Kevin Kane/FilmMagicTaylor Swift has been receiving raves for how amazing she looked at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show special taping, but one of the "angels" who strutted the catwalk during the special doesn't think Taylor has what it takes to be an actual runway model.

Speaking to Women's Wear Daily, Australian model Jessica Hart said "no" when asked if Taylor could pull off being an actual Victoria's Secret model.  She continued, "I think, you know what, God bless her heart. I think she’s great. But, I don’t know, to me, she didn’t fit. I don’t know if I should say that."

"I think what you find is that for a lot of us, we’ve been working for 14, 15 years; what it takes to make it here comes from experience and confidence and knowing how to be confident with yourself. I think it comes with age. It’s definitely the benchmark of all jobs," she continued.

Perhaps it's noteworthy that of all the models with whom Taylor exchanged tweets and Instagram photos after the taping on Wednesday, Hart was not one of them.

In any event, Hart has since backtracked in an interview with Us Weekly, saying, "I could never get up there and do what she does! She is a true rock star and she absolutely killed it the other night. Her song 'Pieces' was one of my favorite songs, and I own her first-ever CD. I can't imagine why I would have said anything bad about her."

The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show special will air on CBS December 10.

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Friday
Nov152013

Kelly Clarkson Mourns Dog's Death During Benefit Concert in Nashville 

Image Courtesy Kelly Clarkson via TwitterKelly Clarkson has been on Cloud 9 lately thanks to her recent wedding and the success of her Christmas album, but unfortunately, a sad event has made her come crashing down.

TheCountryVibe.com reports that Thursday night in Nashville, during a benefit show for the charity Musicians on Call, Kelly told the audience several times that she was having a really bad day, and then revealed why: her beloved dog Joplin, a black poodle mix she adopted in 2011, had died earlier that day.   She added, "Crap, I didn't mean to mention it," and then started to tear up.  She had to struggle to compose herself to sing, appropriately, "Stronger."

Back in October, Kelly posted a photo of herself cuddling with Joplin, and tweeted, "I'm just gonna say it... he's my soulmate." Referring to her husband, she added the hashtag "#sorrybrandon."

During the intimate show, the website reports, Kelly performed many of her hits, several selections from her Christmas disc Wrapped in Red, plus a solo version of "Don't You Wanna Stay," her hit duet with Jason Aldean.

Proceeds from the event went to the Nashville chapter of Musicians on Call, which brings music -- both live and recorded -- to the bedsides of patients in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

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Friday
Nov152013

Black Sabbath Big Winners at 2013 "Classic Rock" Roll of Honour Awards

Courtesy of Black SabbathBlack Sabbath, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin were among the winners at U.K. magazine Classic Rock's 2013 Roll of Honour Awards, which took place Thursday night in London.

Black Sabbath took home three trophies at the event, the most of any act.  In addition to receiving the previously announced Living Legend Award, Sabbath nabbed the Album of the Year prize for 13 and picked up the Event of the Year trophy for hitting #1 on the charts after 43 years.

"I never thought I'd be standing here, what, 45 years later?" frontman Ozzy Osbourne told the crowd during one of the band's acceptance speeches.  "It's an incredible event for us all.  We're still in shock.  It's been an incredible year, after I spent all those earlier ones trying to kill myself."

The Rolling Stones were named Band of the Year, while Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day, the concert film focusing on the group's 2007 reunion show, won the Film of the Year honor.

This year's other honorees included Mott the Hoople, who won the Outstanding Contribution trophy; Fleetwood Mac, whose 35th Anniversary Edition of Rumours received the Reissue of the Year prize; and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, who snagged the Spirit of Prog Award.

Among the many stars who either attended or served as presenters at the event were Sabbath's Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Lifeson, several Mott the Hoople members and Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman.

Here is the complete list of 2013 Classic Rock Roll of Honour winners:

The Living Legend Award -- Black Sabbath
Event of the Year -- Black Sabbath hits No. 1 after 43 years
Breakthrough Act of the Year -- The Virginmarys
The Musicians' Union Maestro Award -- James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers
Tommy Vance Inspiration Award -- Rory Gallagher
Outstanding Contribution -- Mott the Hoople
Innovator -- Wilko Johnson
Classic Album Award -- John Mayall's Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
VIP Award -- Shep Gordon
Metal Guru Award -- Zakk Wylde
Best New Band -- The Temperance Movement
Album of the Year -- Black Sabbath's 13
Reissue of the Year -- Fleetwood Mac's Rumours 35th Anniversary Edition
Film of the Year -- Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day
Band of the Year -- The Rolling Stones
Spirit of Prog Award -- Alex Lifeson of Rush
Showman of the Year -- The Darkness

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Friday
Nov152013

Rick Ross Covers 25th Anniversary Issue of The Source

Rick Ross dons a blue fur coat and exposes his belly on the cover of The Source magazine's November issue, which is one of two 25th anniversary covers that the magazine plans to release later this month.

Facebook.com/RickRossandTripleCsIn the accompanying interview, the rapper discusses success his career and how it feels to grace the cover. "It feel good as hell," the rapper says of his accomplishments.  "When you look at these dope a** covers, just being on 'the bible,' it still means that much to me."

The Bawse also talks about recording his upcoming album Mastermind, due out on December 17. "I took my time," he says.  "I toured with the team. Last album, I toured with the team and went back into this album. The approach production wise, the overall agenda for the music and the album, I took my time."

Ross encourages everyone to support the mag, which has supported his career.  "I'm going into my sixth album, my fifth [Source] cover," he adds, "just letting you know that every year they [the Source] supported the team MMG. Get ready for the craziest Ricky Rozay story, as soon as you see me on the cover, pick it up. Even if I'm not on the cover, still pick it up. It's the culture."

Rozay's Source cover hits newsstands November 26. 

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Friday
Nov152013

Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rush Among Winners at 2013 "Classic Rock" Roll of Honour Awards

Courtesy of Black SabbathBlack Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Rush were among the winners at U.K. magazine Classic Rock's 2013 Roll of Honour Awards, which took place Thursday night in London.

Black Sabbath took home three trophies at the event, the most of any act. In addition to receiving the Living Legend Award, Black Sabbath’s 13 beat out the competition for Album of the Year and picked up the Event of the Year trophy for hitting #1 on the charts after 43 years.

“I never thought I’d be standing here, what, 45 years later?,” frontman Ozzy Osbourne told the crowd during one of the band's acceptance speeches. “It’s an incredible event for us all. We’re still in shock. It’s been an incredible year, after I spent all those earlier ones trying to kill myself.”

Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day, the concert film focusing on the group’s 2007 reunion show, won the honor for Film of the Year, while Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson snagged the Spirit of Prog Award. The Darkness didn’t leave empty handed, either: the group won the award for Showman of the Year.

Here is the complete list of 2013 Classic Rock Roll of Honour winners:

The Living Legend Award -- Black Sabbath
Event of the Year -- Black Sabbath hits No. 1 after 43 years
Breakthrough Act of the Year -- The Virginmarys
The Musicians' Union Maestro Award -- James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers
Tommy Vance Inspiration Award -- Rory Gallagher
Outstanding Contribution -- Mott the Hoople
Innovator -- Wilko Johnson
Classic Album Award -- John Mayall’s Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
VIP Award -- Shep Gordon
Metal Guru Award -- Zakk Wylde
Best New Band -- The Temperance Movement
Album of the Year -- Black Sabbath’s 13
Reissue of the Year -- Fleetwood Mac's Rumours 35th Anniversary Edition
Film of the Year -- Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day
Band of the Year -- The Rolling Stones
Spirit of Prog Award -- Alex Lifeson of Rush
Showman of the Year -- The Darknesss

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Friday
Nov152013

Rihanna Debuts Dark Video for "What Now" 

Facebook.com/RihannaRihanna has released a dark, arty video for "What Now," the fifth single from her latest album,Unapologetic.

The four-minute clip, which was directed by The Uprising Creative, reveals an emotionally torn Rihanna suffering in a white room. Complete with demonic dance moves and dark imagery --  including crawling insects and a smoking cross -- the clip was shot inside a warehouse over the summer in Phuket, Thailand.

"It’s gonna be kinda eerie, very creepy because 'What Now' is one of those songs that you can get really boring with the visual," said Rihanna during an on-set interview.  "Everybody’s probably expecting like a narrative type of video, a love story of some sorts, something really soft and pretty.  It is pretty and kinda soft, but it’s really a little demented."

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Friday
Nov152013

Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac Among Winners at 2013 "Classic Rock" Roll of Honour Awards

Photo: RankinThe Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac were among the winners at U.K. magazine Classic Rock's 2013 Roll of Honour Awards, which took place Thursday night in London.

The Rolling Stones were named Band of the Year; Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day, the concert film focusing on the group's 2007 reunion show, won the Film of the Year honor; and Fleetwood Mac's 35th Anniversary Edition of Rumours received the Reissue of the Year prize.

No Rolling Stones members attended the event, but Mick Jagger sent a video acceptance speech in which he discussed the successful U.K. concerts the band played earlier this year.

"We did have a fantastic time in England, on our home turf," said the singer.  "Glastonbury was brilliant and Hyde Park was a fantastic summer's evening. See you all…somewhere soon."

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, meanwhile, was on hand to accept the Film of the Year prize.  "I know this comes from the readers so I've got to extend my great thanks," the guitar legend said from the podium.  "It was a great concert and we got the energy into the video -- well, the DVD…and the Blu-ray.  I'm here on behalf of the band and I thank you on their behalf."

Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood also sent a video acceptance speech.  In it, he promised that the band, which had to cut short its 2013 tour plans after bassist John McVie was diagnosed with cancer, planned to play more shows in the U.K. again next year.

This year's other honorees included Mott the Hoople, who won the Outstanding Contribution trophy; and John Mayall, whose 1966 release Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton snagged the Classic Album Award.

The evening's big winner was Black Sabbath, who took home three trophies at the event.  The influential heavy-metal group received the Living Legend Award, the Album of the Year prize for 13 and the Event of the Year trophy for hitting #1 on the charts after 43 years.

Here is the complete list of 2013 Classic Rock Roll of Honour winners:

The Living Legend Award -- Black Sabbath
Event of the Year -- Black Sabbath hits No. 1 after 43 years
Breakthrough Act of the Year -- The Virginmarys
The Musicians' Union Maestro Award -- James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers
Tommy Vance Inspiration Award -- Rory Gallagher
Outstanding Contribution -- Mott the Hoople
Innovator -- Wilko Johnson
Classic Album Award -- John Mayall's Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton
VIP Award -- Shep Gordon
Metal Guru Award -- Zakk Wylde
Best New Band -- The Temperance Movement
Album of the Year -- Black Sabbath's 13
Reissue of the Year -- Fleetwood Mac's Rumours 35th Anniversary Edition
Film of the Year -- Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day
Band of the Year -- The Rolling Stones
Spirit of Prog Award -- Alex Lifeson of Rush
Showman of the Year -- The Darkness

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Friday
Nov152013

Drummer Matt Cameron Drops Out of 2014 Soundgarden Tour Dates

Universal/Republic RecordsSoundgarden will be hitting the road again next year, but they’ll be doing it without Matt Cameron. The drummer just announced he’ll be bowing out of the band’s upcoming dates so that he can tour with his other band, Pearl Jam.

“I will be taking 2014 off from Soundgarden touring due to prior commitments promoting Lightning Bolt with my brothers in Pearl Jam and the desire to have more time at home with my family,” he writes in a statement on Soundgarden’s website. “This is temporary. I am still an active member of Soundgarden.” Cameron adds the band is “in the process of finding the perfect substitute” to fill in for the drummer on their upcoming dates.

As of right now, Pearl Jam has scheduled dates until the beginning of February, while Soundgarden has committed to headlining Lollapalooza festivals in Chile, Brazil and Argentina in March and April.

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Friday
Nov152013

Jason Aldean's "When She Says Baby" Video Premieres Saturday

The Greenroom PRJason Aldean's new video for "When She Says Baby" will premiere Saturday on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown at 11 a.m. ET. The clip will also be available exclusively at CMT and CMT.com for 48 hours this weekend.

The "When She Says Baby" video is a previously unaired clip from Jason's Night Train to Georgia concert special. He taped the show earlier this year during his sold-out concert at the University of Georgia's Sanford Stadium. The full DVD of that concert special is now available.

"When She Says Baby" is the new single from Jason's album, Night Train

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Friday
Nov152013

Harry Connick Jr. Ribs Mariah Carey for Anti-"American Idol" Comments

Credit: James Minchin III During a recent interview, Mariah Carey described her time on the American Idol judging panel as being like "going to work every day in Hell with Satan."  Now, one of the current judges on the show has taken to Twitter to rib her about her comments.

Harry Connick Jr., who with Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban make up the current panel of Idol judges, started off by joking about what Mariah said, tweeting, "when spoke of 'satan' she wasn't referring to . it was . he's hot and plays the hell out of the guitar."

Connick then added, "hey - must've been hard to judge in hell... XIII is heaven!"  He included Jennifer, Keith, Ryan Seacrest and ex-judge-turned-Idol mentor Randy Jackson on that tweet.

After Harry got some irate comments from Mariah fans, he tweeted, "btw, i LOVE !!! no hate for that sweet lady - i just feel bad that she didn't have what we have - the best ever!"

It remains to be seen whether the 13th edition of the show will be, as Harry claims, "the best ever."  American Idol 12 was plagued not only by inter-judge squabbling, but by lackluster contestants and plunging ratings.  The new season premieres January 14.

So far, Mariah hasn't responded to Harry's comments.  At any rate, she also claimed in the original interview that she was just joking.

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Friday
Nov152013

Pink Floyd Collaborator Roy Harper Charged with Sexually Abusing Girl During the 1970s

Photo: George ScottAn acclaimed British folk singer who lent his vocals to one of Pink Floyd's classic songs is facing child-sex-abuse charges for acts he allegedly committed during the 1970s. 

The BBC reports that Roy Harper, who was featured on the 1975 Pink Floyd tune "Have a Cigar," from the album Wish You Were Here, has been charged with nine counts of inappropriate sexual behavior with an underage girl in Herefordshire, England.  The incidents are said to have begun when the girl was 12 years old and took place between 1975 and 1977.

Harper, who lives in Ireland, was issued a summons last month ordering him to appear in a Herefordshire court this Monday.  This follows a voluntary interview that U.K. authorities conducted with the 72-year-old singer at London's Heathrow Airport in February.

In addition to his noted Pink Floyd cameo, Harper was the subject of the 1970 Led Zeppelin song "Hats Off to (Roy) Harper."  During his long career, he has released more than 20 studio albums, with such famous musicians as Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones contributing to various records over the years. 

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Friday
Nov152013

New Roger Taylor Solo Album Out Now; Check Out Video for Single "Sunny Day"

Virgin EMIFun on Earth, Queen drummer Roger Taylor's first solo album since 1998's Electric Fire, was released in the U.K. this week.  In celebration of the 13-track collection's arrival, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has launched an official website offering information about all of his solo releases, a biography section, a photo gallery and much more.

In addition, an official promo video for Fun on Earth's first single, "Sunny Day," has premiered online.  The clip shows Taylor lip-synching the tune on a sun-drenched terrace with a lush rural countryside behind him.  As he croons, some of the song's lyrics appear in frame, while random animated images of seahorses, audiotape reels, guitars, clothes pins and many other objects also float around him.  In addition, the camera sometimes pans up to show a deep blue sky, brilliant sunlight and some fluffy clouds.  Other segments of the video feature close-up footage of someone hitting drum cymbals and someone playing a guitar solo.

The video can be viewed now at RogerTaylorOfficial.com.  Meanwhile, another clip featuring the audio of the Fun on Earth track "Up" has been posted on Queen's official YouTube channel.  The danceable tune features insistent electronic drums and some snaky, bluesy slide guitar.

U.S. fans can purchase Fun on Earth via Queen's online store.

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Friday
Nov152013

"Aunt" Stevie Nicks Is a Great Stylist to Hillary Scott's Baby 

CMTStevie Nicks doesn't have any kids of her own, but she's certainly acting like a doting aunt to Hillary Scott's baby girl.

Hillary's band Lady Antebellum and Stevie teamed up earlier this year for an episode of the concert series CMT Crossroads, when Hillary was 15 weeks pregnant.  The two acts remained friends, and now that her daughter Eisele [pr: EYES lee] is four months old, Hillary says that Stevie is showering the baby with awesome gifts of clothing.

"She's definitely taken her wardrobe up a few notches than what she had originally," Hillary tells ABC News Radio. "It's awesome...she's just sent Eisele some of the most beautiful little clothes."  And Hillary says that the outfits Stevie sends echo the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman's own unique fashion sense.

"You know, drippy, beautiful dresses and everything that looks like her, like the handkerchief hemline and all that," Hillary says. 

While Stevie has yet to meet the tiny fashionista, Hillary says it might happen in a few weeks, when the band heads to L.A.  "I'm very excited about that," she says.

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Friday
Nov152013

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Miranda Lambert hit contains the line, "I ain't the kind you take home to mama"? ANSWER: "Heart Like Mine."

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Friday
Nov152013

Train to Perform at National Christmas Tree Lighting 

PRNewsFoto/T.J. Martell FoundationTrain will be getting into the holiday spirit early next month, when they perform at the National Christmas Tree Lighting, taking place December 6 in Washington, D.C.

The ceremony will be webcast live at TheNationalTree.org starting at 4:30 p.m., but if you miss it, it will air on public television throughout the month of December. It's not clear how many songs the band will be performing, but we're sure their holiday tune "Shake Up Christmas" will be one of them.

Joining Train at the event will be acclaimed R&B songstress Janelle Monáe, who was featured on fun.'s smash hit "We Are Young," as well as jazz legend Arturo Sandoval and Latin star Prince Royce.

And speaking of Train and Christmas, the band has the perfect gift for the holidays: a deluxe gift pack that includes three of their signature wines -- Drops of Jupiter, Calling All Angels and Soul Sister -- and three bars of their signature Ghirardelli chocolate.  Best of all, proceeds from sales of the $60 pack go to Family House, a San Francisco-based charity that provides support for the families of children who are gravely ill.  Visit SaveMeSanFranciscoWineCo.com to order.

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Friday
Nov152013

Janelle Monae Tapped to Perform During National Christmas Tree Lighting

ANDREW ZAEH/AtlanticJanelle Monae will be one of the performers for the 91st Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting, which takes place on the Ellipse at President’s Park in Washington, D.C. just outside of the White House on Friday, December 6.

The "Electric Lady" will be joined by jazz legend Arturo Sandoval, Latin music superstar Prince Royce and Grammy-winning band Train for this year's ceremony.  Additional performers and special guests will be announced at a later time.

The event will air live on Friday, December 6, 2013 starting at 4:30 p.m. ET, online at TheNationalTree.org.  The ceremony will also are throughout the month of December on local PBS stations.  Check local listings for details.

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Friday
Nov152013

Ellie Goulding Stars in New Short Film, "Tom & Issy" 

EllieGoulding.comEllie Goulding stars in a new short film, Tom & Issy, which was shot entirely on a Nokia Lumia 1020 smart phone.

In the eleven minute-film, the singer portrays Issy, who spends the day with her roommate, Tom, who plots to take her away from her unappreciative boyfriend. Together the pair spend the day driving around London, stopping occasionally to dare one another to do things like steal laundry off clothing lines.  The video ends with an open mic night in a rooftop bar where Issy performs a song in public for the first time.

The film was directed by Roger Michell, whose previous credits include Notting Hill, Changing Lanes, Venus and recently Le Weekend.

Tom & Issy can be viewed on Ellie's official YouTube page now.

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Friday
Nov152013

Danielle Bradbery Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut, Announces Debut Album Track Listing

Photo Credit: Chris HolloThe Voice season four winner Danielle Bradbery is celebrating a lot of milestones this month. The 17-year-old made her Grand Ole Opry debut earlier this week singing her first country hit, "The Heart of Dixie." That song will be included on Danielle's self-titled debut album, which, in another milestone this month, is due out Monday, November 25.

Here's the just-announced track listing for Danielle's debut album:

"Young in America"
"Wild Boy"
"The Heart of Dixie"
"I Will Never Forget You"
"Endless Summer"
"Talk About Love"
"Never Like This"
"Daughter of a Workin' Man"
"Dance Hall"
"Yellin' from the Rooftop"
"My Day"

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