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`THE VOICE'

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Shelton was caught stealing last night. But he's not in trouble with the law. There's a new wrinkle this season on "The Voice." It's the steal. Once a singer is dropped from a team, the other judges can pick them up. That happened twice on last night's show. Team Blake picked up Collin McLoughlin after he was dropped by Team Adam. Adam Levine also picked up a singer dropped by Cee Lo Green. Tonight on The Voice, more of the battle round.

LEANN RIMES HOSPITALIZED FOR DENTAL INFECTION

UNDATED (AP) -- A dental infection is to blame for sending LeAnn Rimes to the hospital recently. She tweeted that she felt like she got hit in the right side of her face with a baseball bat and calls it the "WORST way ever to kick off a tour." The illness forced her to postpone a show. Rimes blogged that she's been dealing with painful dental issues for 10 months, but she's getting back on track.

JOHN RICH PROTEGE WINS 'THE NEXT'

UNDATED (AP) -- John Rich's protege is the first winner of the CW music talent show "The Next." Country singer Michael Ray won the fan-voted competition, earning a recording contract with Atlantic Records and the chance to open for his mentor on the show, John Rich. Rich dropped to his knees when Ray was named the winner, saying "You earned it, buddy."

MORE CMA AWARDS PERFORMERS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Carrie Underwood will be pulling double duty at the Country Music Association Awards again this year. She's co-hosting with Brad Paisley and will perform, too. Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and The Band Perry have also recently been added to the line-up. Previously announced performers include Paisley, Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert and Zac Brown Band.

KEITH URBAN MAKES WIFE FEEL SEXY

UNDATED (AP) -- Keith Urban makes his wife feel sexy. Nicole Kidman tells Harper's Bazaar magazine in its November issue that Urban gave her confidence by being kind and understanding. She says he opened her up to her sexuality and trying new things.

JERROD NIEMANN WANTS FANS TO 'FREE THE MUSIC'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The title of Jerrod Niemann's new album, "Free The Music," has different meanings. Neimann says for him, it was about freeing his mind in the studio, but for fans, he hopes the music frees them from their job, school, ex-boyfriend-girlfriend-wife or whatever it may be. Niemann studied country music history and used old school sounds like horns throughout his album.

EDENS EDGE SINGER MARRIES

UNDATED (AP) -- The lead singer of Edens Edge is a married woman. Hannah Blaylock tied the knot with Justin Wakefield during a quiet ceremony in the band's home state of Arkansas. They exchanged vows under a White Oak tree decorated with fisherman's rope and glass floats from Alaska, where Blaylock grew up. She walked down the aisle to a song her brother wrote about his wife called "Falling Over You." The newlyweds are taking some time for a honeymoon before Edens Edge joins the Rascal Flatts "Changed tour."

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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