It was a sad start to a Thursday in country music, as stars from around the country learned of the death of Earl Scruggs. By day's end, however, things were much more exciting -- even a little strange. Blake Shelton was honored in a "hottest guy" poll, and Trace Adkins must have just been hot when he took his clothes off to record new music.

Country fans also learned more details of Kenny Chesney's new album, including the title. Catch all the day's top stories in the Taste of Country Daily Roundup. We've also included a few others from around the web, like which famous Will Ferrell movie will soon have a sequel.

Today on Taste of Country:

Blake Shelton Named Country Music's Hottest Guy
Trace Adkins Recording New Music … Naked! [Safe For Work]
Kenny Chesney Reveals Cover Art for New 'Welcome to the Fishbowl' Album
Earl Scruggs Dead: Country Stars React
Reba McEntire - Then and Now
2012 ACM Award for Male Vocalist of the Year - Who Will Win?
Lady Antebellum Stress That Tornado Relief Prom Concert in Henryville is 'Biggest Priority'
2012 ACM Awards Performances to Include Duets From Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and Lionel Richie
Charles' Cornbread Recipe by Dallas Davidson
Jason Aldean and Lionel Richie Take the 'Letterman' Stage to Sing 'Say You, Say Me'
Carrie Underwood Sends Necklace to 'American Idol' Contestant Hollie Cavanagh
Chely Wright Names Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood + More as Supporters When She Came Out
Kenny Chesney Spills the Details of His Birthday 'Celebration'
Toby Keith Takes Tequia Shots, Supports the Troops on 'Chelsea Lately'

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