» Mo Hits, No Problems: With "Take A Little Ride" holding steady at the top of the charts and his new album Night Train out next week, Jason Aldean has a tough decision to make as he prepares his set list for each show. "I never thought I'd get to the point in my career where I'd have to take out a couple of hits to put in some new ones, but I like it," Aldean tells us. "I think once the album comes out and people get familiar with it... we're gonna incorporate those songs into the show. But that also might mean we just make the show longer to fit them all in." Fans can start to get familiar with Night Train before they buy it. The new album is available to stream in its entirety on iTunes through Oct. 16 here.
» Poll Position: Where do you stand on the big issues? No, not the national debt and foreign policy – we're talking "Entertainer of the Year," "Album of the Year" and "Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Country." Election season kicks off Nov. 1 with the 46th Annual CMA Awards, live from Nashville. While that Brad Paisley- and Carrie Underwood-hosted show's winners are chosen by the industry elite, we the people get our shot with Nov. 18's 40th Anniversary American Music Awards, which broadcast from Los Angeles. Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and Eric Church are among the nominees. Cast your ballot here. Next up, Vegas and the Dec. 10 American Country Awards. Luke Bryan leads nominees with seven, and Lady Antebellum and the Zac Brown Band each earned six. Support your top candidates here. We're also hearing there's some other big election coming up ... but who can keep up?
» Red Report: Tay minus 12 days and counting, and the latest promotional efforts in advance of Taylor Swift's Red (out Oct. 22) include the cover of Rolling Stone's Oct. 24 issue. The article, titled "The Heartbreak Kid," discusses songwriting and relationship rumors, among other topics. Also, in partnership with Keds, Swift will offer limited edition Red Keds; available for purchase here. Finally available over the counter and without a prescription, the Taylor Swift Store at Walgreens is open for business with Swift-branded items including t-shirts, bracelets, backpacks, tour books, posters, journals, notebooks, calendars, and iPhone and iPad accessories. Walgreens will also offer Swift's album beginning one minute after midnight Oct. 22.
» Cabo Wobble:Kenny Chesney will play "Sammy's Birthday Bash" in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico Oct. 12. That's "Sammy" as in "Hagar," who's been throwing himself a week-long party south of the border for more than 20 years. Chesney first peformed at the event in 2004 with a personal-best three-hour-and-forty-minute set. Tickets here.
» Center Stagecoach: There's no better place to see the stars than out in the desert. Especially at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival. Next year's lineup includes Toby Keith, Hank Williams, Jr., Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Darius Rucker. The Indio, CA party takes place April 26-28; tickets go on sale Oct. 20 here.
» Perfect Harmony:Keith Urban will receive the Nashville Symphony's 2012 “Harmony Award” Dec. 8. Past recipients have included Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts.
Dixie Chick Martie Maguire (10/12)
Marie Osmond (10/13)
Dixie Chick Natalie Maines (10/14)
Friday (10/12): Jewel, The View (ABC); Jamey Johnson with Alison Krauss, Late Show With David Letterman (CBS).
Saturday (10/13): Luke Bryan, Top 20 Country Countdown (GAC).
Monday (10/15): Trisha Yearwood, The View (ABC); Josh Turner, Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC).
Upcoming Album Releases
Jason AldeanNight Train (10/16)
Jamey JohnsonLivin' For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran (10/16)
Scotty McCreery Christmas With Scotty McCreery (10/16)
» Line Dancing: They're (l-r) Tyler Hubbard (Georgia) and Brian Kelley (Florida), better known as Florida Georgia Line, and celebrating their gold-certified breakout hit "Cruise." Catch Florida Georgia Line on this year's CMT On Tour. Dates here.