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KEITH URBAN QUITS AUSSIE "THE VOICE"

NEW YORK (AP) -- Keith Urban is calling it quits on the Australian version of "The Voice." In a statement, Urban says as much as he'd love to do it again, "it's clear that the recording and promoting of a new album, a tour and other commitments" will keep him from being a part of the second season. According to Katie Couric, one of Urban's "other commitments" might be "American Idol." During an interview with Jennifer Lopez, scheduled to air today on her new daytime talk show, Couric told Lopez that Urban will be one of the new judges along with Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. Fox has not confirmed the new line-up yet.

BUCKY COVINGTON ON "GOOD GUYS" HIS NEW ALBUM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Bucky Covington learned a few things about being in the public spotlight while on "American Idol" during its fifth season. But he says the show didn't prepare him for the business side of music. Covington is finally out with his sophomore album, "Good Guys," released this week. But it comes after struggling a bit to find his footing after music executives didn't like the direction of his new music and then his record label shut down. Covington says he's got a very hands-on approach with his new label and the new music reflects his multifaceted personality.

"X FACTOR"

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Roses aren't the way to win Britney Spears' vote. Pat Ford has a mad crush on Britney and brought her roses during his "X Factor" audition. But he was booed by the audience as he sang. When all four judges voted no, Ford said, "That's all you got for me Britney, just a no?" But the judges were blown away by 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar. Spears calls her "a little diva."

TAYLOR SWIFT'S "NEVER EVER" SPENDS 3RD CONSECUTIVE WEEK AS #1

NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" can claim the longest run on top of the Hot 100 Chart for a country song in almost 32 years. That's according to Billboard. The trade publication says three weeks at number-one "Never" represent the longest reign for a country title since Kenny Rogers' "Lady" led for six weeks" back in 1980. Not only does "Never" boast the longest Hot 100 domination for any country song since "Lady," but it also scores the longest Hot 100 lead by a woman since Debby Boone's 10-week run in 1977 with "You Light Up My Life."

KENNY ROGERS TO RELEASE AUTOBIOGRAPHY

UNDATED (AP) -- Kenny Rogers will be on tour in October, but not in concert. He's going on a book tour to promote his autobiography, "Luck or Something Like It." This is the first personal memoir from Rogers who opens up about his rough childhood living in the projects of Houston and growing up in poverty. He shares how his father's alcoholism helped him to avoid substance abuse and how he struggled to make his first four marriages work. There are also happy highlights, including stories about his diverse musical partnerships and projects with artists including Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie. The book goes on sale October 2.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD ON THE NHL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Carrie Underwood says she's happy that the National Hockey League is still in labor negotiations and she hopes for "a little bit of a walkout." Of course she's only joking. Sort of. Underwood says that she and husband, hockey star Mike Fisher, are enjoying all their together time since he relocated to Nashville from Ottawa and has had forced time off from work. Underwood says they were used to being apart at the beginning of their relationship and marriage, but since he moved to Nashville and has been around a lot and "it's been so cool." Underwood is about to kick off the U.S. leg of her "Blown Away" tour and that means months away from home. And hubby.

TAMMY WYNETTE'S DEATH WILL BE TOPIC OF TV SHOW "THE WILL"

UNDATED (AP) -- The 1998 death of country legend Tammy Wynette will be the subject of an upcoming episode on Investigation Discovery's TV series, "The Will: Family Secrets Revealed." The program explores the controversy that arose after Wynette's four daughters realized they had been left out the will and began questioning the events surrounding their mother's death. The episode premieres on October 18.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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