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Amanda Hensel

If a passion for music and a knack for writing make a career, then color Amanda Hensel lucky. She is the product of writers -- apparently when you add two news journalists together, you get one music journalist. She currently resides in 'the live music capital of the world,' where she snagged a journalism degree from the University of Texas. Although she's grounded in Austin, Hensel's name travels -- in her short career, she has cited her passion writing for AOL Music Blog, Fringe Magazine, the Houston Press and various other publications.
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Taylor Swift Kicks Sadness to the Curb in Fun-Filled ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ Video

It's clear that Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' video will only continue the popularity of the record-setting single. The clip, which premiered across many major networks on Aug. 30, is a blend of pent-up rage, total randomness, odd splashes of color and Taylor Swift's genuine nature -- shot all in one take, with one camera.

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Taylor Swift’s Best Instagram Photos

The easiest way to keep up with Taylor Swift's life isn't to flip through gossip mags -- it's to check out her Instagram photos. We've selected our favorites of Taylor Swift's best Instagram pictures and showcased them one-by-one here to give you an insider peek at the 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' singer's life, shot by the singer herself (mostly).

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Luke Bryan vs. Edens Edge – The Showdown

Luke Bryan is on a major roll. The 'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye' singer has taken out his four previous competitors in the Showdown, day after day, which means he's one stop away from being retired into the Hall of Fame, should he get five straight wins. To complete the mission, he'll have to take out Edens Edge and their new single 'Too Good to Be True' today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio.

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Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney
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Best Live Performer in Country? – Readers Poll

Country artists across the board are known for putting on some larger-than-life concerts. It's what keeps country music fans coming out in drones, tailgating, singing along and shelling out top dollar for the biggest concerts of the year, tour after tour. But which country artist or group puts on the best live show?

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Kelleigh Bannen vs. Luke Bryan – The Showdown

Kelleigh Bannen plowed past songs from the Lost Trailers and D. Vincent Williams on Taste of Country Nights radio this week with her debut single 'Sorry on the Rocks.' Will her wins be enough to help her take on big-leaguer Luke Bryan in the Showdown?

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Kelleigh Bannen vs. D. Vincent Williams – The Showdown

Sure, Kelleigh Bannen is a newcomer, but she's proven that she's ready to make an impact on country music. 'Sorry on the Rocks,' the new single from the determined EMI Nashville signee, made no apologies as it took down the Lost Trailers in yesterday's Taste of Country Showdown. Today and tonight, Bannen and her song will attempt victory against D. Vincent Williams here and on Taste of Country Nights radio.

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Eli Young Band’s Mike Eli and Wife Welcome Baby Girl

A baby girl has officially joined Eli Young Band's brood. Frontman Mike Eli and his wife, Kacey, welcomed Kline Olivia Diaz on Monday (July 30) in Dallas. The little girl, who is the first child for the couple, weighed in at 6 lbs. and 15 oz. She was expected to arrive in August.

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Jake Owen, Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney
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Best Smile in Country – Readers Poll

The only thing better than watching your favorite country stars live in concert is watching them enjoy themselves as they perform, a sparking set of pearly whites glimmering from the stage, nearly blinding you. Plenty of country's biggest names were blessed with great smiles -- they are famous after all -- but who has the best smile in country?

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