It seemed like our review of Hank Williams Jr.'s new song would be the runaway winner for this week's hottest country music news story, but the death of a well known sideman quickly overtook Bochepus's spot atop the list. 'Keep the Change' still wins the award for the most commented on story of the week. Responses were passionate, to say the least.

As predicted, it was another big week for Scotty McCreery. The 'American Idol' winner celebrated his 18th birthday on Sunday and learned he had the top album in the country on Wednesday. 'Clear as Day' sold almost 200,000 copies, enough for McCreery to be the first male country newcomer to top Billboard's charts with a debut album. Catch up on these stories and all the others from an active week in country music with this week's hottest posts list.

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    Scotty McCreery Takes a Hit of Helium on 'Ellen,' Doesn't Heighten Voice

    Scotty McCreery's voice knows no kryptonite. Even a mouthful of helium wasn't enough to heighten the pitch of the 'American Idol' winner's famous timbre. McCreery performed on 'Ellen' this week, and afterward the talk show host asked him to suck a balloon filled with helium. The boy is bulletproof.

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    Win a Guitar Autographed by George Strait

    If you missed this post earlier in the week, don't worry. There is still plenty of time to enter to win a guitar autographed by the 'Here For a Good Time' singer. Just click on the link below and follow the instructions before November 30. Be sure to tell friends.

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    Scotty McCreery Receives Gold Record During 18th Birthday Celebration

    Not many people get a gold record for their 18th birthday, unless someone finds one on eBay. McCreery was presented with the honor during a celebration in his hometown of Raleigh, N.C. last Saturday. A local grocer also made him a huge cake, and many of the 15,000 in attendance signed an enormous birthday card.

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    Blake Shelton and Julianne Hough 'Cut Footloose' on 'Dancing With the Stars'

    To promote this weekend's nationwide release of 'Footloose,' star Julianne Hough appeared with her on-screen dance partner on ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars.' The pair put together a fabulous routine, and performed to Blake Shelton singing the movie's title track. Shelton recorded the new version of the song for the remake's soundtrack. Click to find out what country star is appearing on 'DWTS' next week.

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    Scotty McCreery's 'Clear as Day' Debuts at No. 1, Makes Billboard History

    This week is second probably to only the week Scotty McCreery won 'American Idol.' The 18-year-old star not only landed the top album on the Billboard charts, he became the youngest male to ever earn that honor with a debut album. The total of 200,000 albums sold was more than any 'Idol' winner since 2008. Country fans showed their support was much more than lip service.

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    10 Things You Didn't Know About Scotty McCreery

    Find out what the bracelet Scotty McCreery wears wherever he goes says and what celebrity he's related to. Scotty is taking a challenging schedule this year at Garner High School in Garner, N.C., but it turns out he doesn't really need to be there at all. Despite being on practically every television show since May, there are still things we're learning about the 'American Idol' winner.

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    Brad Paisley Tweets Picture of Carrie Underwood's 'New Look'

    Brad Paisley posted a picture of Carrie Underwood on Twitter that wasn't flattering, to say the least. It was supposed to be in good fun, but many Taste of Country readers took exception with his insensitive sense of humor. We'll find out how the country queen takes the joke when the two co-host the CMA Awards in November.

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    George Strait Announces 2012 Tour Dates

    George Strait tour dates are becoming increasingly scarce, so it's understandable why news of a dozen or so dates in early 2012 created such a frenzy. While no venues have been announced, it is known that Martina McBride will open all dates next winter. It's also not known if more dates are to come as Strait makes the rounds promoting 'Here For a Good Time.'

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    Hank Williams Jr., 'Keep the Change' - Song Review

    The Hank Williams Jr. controversy from last week spilled over into this week as the country legend released 'Keep the Change,' a song with lyrics aimed at the two cable television networks he's angry with. Our review upset a few fans. OK, we ticked a lot of people off with the low score. Take a listen to the song and then go to Williams Jr.'s website to download the song for free if you like it.

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    Charlie Daniels Band Keyboardist Joel 'Taz' DiGregorio Killed in Car Accident

    DiGregorio helped write many of the Charlie Daniels Band's biggest hits, including 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia' and 'Wooley Swamp.' In addition to being part of the band for over 40 years he was a close friend to the legendary singer and fiddle player. Both shows the CDB had scheduled this week were cancelled as the band tries to recover from such a loss.