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"THE VOICE"

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Blake Shelton gets a pair on "The Voice." All four judges gave turn-arounds to Cassadee Pope, at 22-year-old stunner from West Palm Beach, Florida. But she goes with Shelton after he told her she would be a super-star. She was one of two pick-ups for Team Blake. Charlie Rey, from Long Beach, California, is the other new addition to Team Blake. He works in his dad's auto shop testing cars for smog certification. Team Cee Lo and Team Christina pick up a singer each. Adam Levine doesn't add anyone to his team.

EMMYLOU HARRIS JAMS WITH MUMFORD AND SONS ON 'CMT CROSSROADS'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- There wasn't an instant connection between Emmylou Harris and Mumford and Sons before their "CMT Crossroads" taping. That's because of technology. Harris says she still doesn't know how to call England. But ultimately they found a way to talk. Harris says she's a huge fan of Mumford and Sons and appreciates that they are "making the banjo respectable." The show premieres Thursday on CMT.

LORETTA LYNN CELEBRATES 50 YEARS AS A GRAND OLE OPRY MEMBER

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Loretta Lynn is celebrating 50 years as a Grand Ole Opry member. She had some help at the Opry House from Miranda Lambert and her Pistol Annies, Lynn's sister Crystal Gayle, Lee Ann Womack and Trace Adkins along with a standing room only crowd. Lambert teared up remembering her first conversation with Lynn. The show marked the first performance on the Opry for the Pistol Annies.

WILLIE NELSON TO PUBLISH NEW MEMOIR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Willie Nelson is due out with a new memoir in November. He will release "Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die" on November 13th. Publisher William Morrow says Nelson will tell never-before-heard stories about his life, family, music, politics, Texas, religion and favorite recreational activity. A news release says the book will include contributions from family and friends and artwork by his son Micah. Nelson's first autobiography was published in 1988.

TAYLOR SWIFT WANTS TO KEEP SECRETS

UNDATED (AP) -- Taylor Swift wants to keep some details about her new album under wraps before it comes out next month. She tells Rolling Stone that some collaborations haven't been talked about and some of those songs "are definitely what make the album so unique." But each Monday until her October 22nd release, she's sharing a 30-second preview of a new song on "Good Morning America." The next day it becomes available on iTunes. This week's song is "Begin Again" about the first date after a horrible breakup.

LUKE BRYAN TO HEADLINE CAPITOL STREET PARTY 5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Luke Bryan is moving on up to headline the Capitol Street Party in Nashville, but the event itself is moving downtown. Bryan performed at the first Street Party in 2007. It is changing locations to Lower Broadway this year between 1st and 2nd Avenues. This will be the fourth time he's participated in the event. He'll be joined by newcomers Jon Pardi and Kelleigh Bannen. The event takes place Wednesday October 17th and is free to the public.

JOHN MAYER TO PLAY AT SOUTHERN GROUND FESTIVAL IN CHARLESTON

UNDATED (AP) -- John Mayer is going another round with Zac Brown's Southern Ground Festival. Mayer has just been announced as a sit-in performer at the two-day event in Charleston, South Carolina, next month. Mayer recently played guitar at the Southern Ground Festival in Nashville. The festival in Charleston runs October 20-21. Single day tickets go on sale on Saturday.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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