Thursday Morning Country Music Headlines

TAYLOR SWIFT'S IDEAL CHRISTMAS

LONDON (AP) -- She's been so busy with the release of her new album "Red" that Taylor Swift hasn't had time to make holiday plans. She'll definitely be with her family she says, but she's not sure where. Her top choice is home in Nashville in front of the fireplace, but Swift says they might be on the road or go on a vacation somewhere. One of her favorite things about Christmas? She says it's her brother's unique gift-wrapping.

THE VOICE": COUNTRY SWITCHEROOS

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dez Duron from Christina Aguilera's team on "The Voice" said he wasn't a country singer when Aguilera assigned him to sing "Wanted," but he'd give it the "Dez twist." It must have worked, because Blake Shelton told him he had a lot of nerve to not choose Shelton as his coach and then sing a country song. Cody Belew from Team Cee Lo sings a lot of country songs but chose George Michael's "One More Try." Adam Levine said it was "a genius choice of song." Tonight's show will eliminate four contestants.

"X FACTOR"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Tate Stevens is more than a hat. "X Factor" judge Britney Spears says he's a true cowboy and a "slice of America." Stevens impressed the judges again last night. Tonight, will find out if the viewers agree. For the first time this season, the viewers will be deciding who goes home. One of the Top 13 will be sent packing. Thirteen you ask? Well, the X Factor finalists had been cut down to the Top 12 last week. But Simon Cowell said they made a mistake and asked 13-year-old Diamond White to rejoin the competition.

AEROSMITH'S STEVEN TYLER AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD TOGETHER AGAIN

UNDATED (AP) -- Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler have re-united. Underwood joins Aerosmith on their new album, "Music From Another Dimension!" The two duet on the country-tinged ballad "Can't Stop Lovin' You." The pair first got together at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards where they sang Underwood's "Undo It" and Aerosmith's "Walk This Way" in a surprise duet. The pair also teamed up for a pre-Super Bowl edition of CMT "Crossroads" earlier this year. There's no word yet if the song will be released to country radio.

RAY PRICE BATTLING PANCREATIC CANCER

UNDATED (AP) -- Country Hall of Famer, Ray Price, says he has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has undergone chemotherapy to treat it. He confirmed his diagnosis to the San Antonio Express-News which reports that the cancer was discovered when Price had gall bladder surgery. The doctor told him that most men will have cancer if they live to be old enough. Price says he doesn't know why he got it. The 86-year-old-singer says he "ain't old." Price has canceled touring, but he's planning to visit Nashville in November to begin recording a new album.

MIRANDA LAMBERT SAYS NO TO CHRISTMAS ALBUMS

UNDATED (AP) -- Miranda Lambert says she will "never" record a Christmas album. And fans can blame it on husband Blake Shelton. Lambert told Country Weekly that her husband wears her out with holiday tunes. She says "he listens to Christmas music all year round." As much as she loves Christmas and Christmas music, Lambert says "he does enough for both" of them. Shelton's album "Cheers, It's Christmas" debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's country albums chart in October. And his "Not So Family Christmas" TV special airs December 3. Lambert is participating in that.

TOBY KEITH, LUKE BRYAN ADDED TO 2013 HOUSTON RODEO LINEUP

UNDATED (AP) -- Toby Keith and Luke Bryan will join Jason Aldean, George Strait and Martina McBride at the 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Pop singer and "X Factor" judge Demi Lovato is also booked at the annual rodeo event which runs several weeks. Keith will kick things off on February 25 and Aldean and Bryan are scheduled to perform on March 11 and March 16, respectively. Strait is retiring from touring will close the multi-week event. More performers will be announced on January 7.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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