A preview of the second season of 'The Voice' was released today, and Blake Shelton is lacing up his gloves early. Kellie Pickler brought an odd gift to talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, and we got the scoop on two country music-leaning 'American Idol' contestants from Thursday night.

You'll find all these stories and many more in today's daily roundup. Scroll through all the day’s stories from Taste of Country, and a few others from around the web, including a sneak peek at the new Van Halen album and why Ferris Bueller is making a comeback.

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