Miranda Lambert released her fourth album 'Four the Record' this week and subsequent coverage -- including an exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at each song -- proved to be among the hottest in this week's Top 10 most read stories. She didn't take the top spot, however. That went to the unfortunate passing of a country legend.

Scotty McCreery finds himself defending his title as the Taste of Country Showdown champion, and his competition with Chris Young placed him high on this week's list. Legal troubles for Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley also caught a lot of eyes, as did surgery for Keith Urban. Catch up on all the important country music news stories you missed this week right here.

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    Kenny Chesney Brings Couple Together, Inadvertently Saves a Life

    A chance meeting at a Kenny Chesney concert meant love for a couple in Ohio, but that was just the beginning. After getting married, the young lovers were expecting a child when the unthinkable happened. Today they are thankful that Chesney brought them together. It ended up being a concert that saved a life.

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    Lauren Alaina Readies for Major 2012 Tour Announcement

    The 'American Idol' runner up is hinting that she'll end up on a big tour in 2012. She wouldn't spill the details, but said fans will find out who soon enough. The suddenly slim singer has been getting advice from Carrie Underwood lately, so maybe that's who her new boss will be? Scotty McCreery is joining the Brad Paisley tour this winter.

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    Keith Urban to Undergo Throat Surgery

    Urban will be honoring all upcoming performances that require him to sing just one song, but will be skipping events that call for more participation. This means that in theory he'll be available for the many awards shows that begin dominating the television calendar starting this month. It sounds like the singer timed the surgery to remove the polyp from his vocal chords with the natural break in his schedule that occurs due to the holidays.

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    Win Miranda Lambert's Entire Catalog and an Amazon Kindle Fire

    Miranda Lambert is giving Taste of Country readers a chance to win all sorts of good stuff this week, the on sale week of her new album 'Four the Record.' In addition to signing up for her complete catalog and the Amazon Kindle Fire, be sure to register for the autographed acoustic guitar.

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    Blake Shelton Spends Third Week at No. 1 With 'God Gave Me You'

    Shelton's hit landed the top spot of our Top 40 Country Songs in November list for the second month in a row, and the top spot on Billboard's chart for the third straight week. The song is the second multi-week chart topper in a row from Shelton. 'Honey Bee' bested all others for four straight weeks last summer. Overall, Shelton has 10 No. 1 hits.

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    Taylor Swift's Lawyers Threaten Lawsuit Over Alleged Topless Picture

    Photos posted on a celebrity tabloid were reportedly of Taylor Swift without her shirt on, but Swift's legal team is arguing that Celebrity Jihad was advertising “false pornographic images” and “false news." The singer has remained quiet about the matter, and is letting her lawyers get the site to remove the image.

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    Miranda Lambert Shares the 'Four the Record' Story - Exclusive Cut-by-Cut

    Lambert shared the stories behind each of the songs on her new 'Four the Record' album. Even if you bought the record, click to listen to the one-minute audio bites of Lambert taking you inside the studio for each song. If you are on the fence about plunking down $10 or $15 for the project, here's our review to help you decide.

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    Brad Paisley Reveals He Was Pulled Over for Suspected DUI

    It's true. Paisley was driving home with his kids in the backseat, and the blue lights started flashing. Paisley pulled over and did his best to explain that he was sober. Click to read why little Huck and Jasper thought the episode was just about the coolest thing in the world. We're hoping Carrie Underwood takes a jab at him while co-hosting the CMA Awards with Paisley next Wednesday.

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    Scotty McCreery vs. Chris Young - The Showdown

    McCreery won round one of the Taste of Country Showdown against Jason Aldean. Up next, Chris Young and his new song 'You.' Listen to both songs and vote for your favorite by Sunday night. The winner will go on to face a new challenger on Monday. The 18-year-old has even embraced the competition by encouraging his fans on Twitter to vote.

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    Singer-Songwriter Liz Anderson Dies at 81

    Grammy Award winning country great Liz Anderson passed away this week. The singer, songwriter and mother of Lynn Anderson had been recently hospitalized, but was reported to be in stable condition before taking a turn for the worse Sunday and Monday. Anderson's biggest hits were 'Mama Spank' and 'The Game of Triangles.'