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Blake Shelton Plans Another Free Surprise Concert

Blake Shelton had so much fun at his first free surprise show that he's going to do it again.

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Connecticut man charged with making anti-Semitic threats

A 50-year-old Connecticut man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he made threats against Jews and synagogues on an internet forum for heavy metal music fans.

Prosecutors say Kendall Sullivan posted messages on Metalthrone.net in May, June and this month threatening to "slaughter" Jews and "burn their Synagogue to the ground."

Investigators say they got a search warrant for Sullivan's Stamford home and found more than two dozen firearms, gun parts, high-capacity magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Patricia Ferrick, the agent in charge of the FBI's New Haven division, says she believes authorities may have thwarted "a horrific hate crime."

Sullivan is in custody. A message seeking comment was left Thursday with a woman who answered the phone at his home.

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This story has been corrected to show the name of the internet forum is Metalthrone.net, not Metalthrone.com.

Singer Jake Owen focuses on positivity after a tough year

On a recent hot summer morning in Nashville, Tennessee, country singer Jake Owen steered his boat down a quiet stretch of the Cumberland River and kicked up a wave curl just perfect for one of his favorite sports: wake boarding.

After a few minutes, he slowed the boat down to video chat with his 3-year-old daughter, Pearl, who picked out the sparkly hot pink finish on his new boat.

If Owen seems to be living a dream right now, it has a lot to do with his determination to stay positive despite a tough year. Last year he and his wife, Lacey, announced their divorce after three years of marriage and she and his daughter moved out of their home in Nashville.

"Everything was new," Owen, 34, said of the last year. "I was single. I had gone through the divorce. My child had moved back home to Florida. I just had a lot going on."

Instead of writing a "divorce record" full of sad ballads and breakup songs like some would have expected, on his fifth record, "American Love," Owen returned to the hopeful, light-hearted songs that make fans happy, and him, too.

"I owe it to them and I owe it to myself to be happy," he said.

Since his 2006 debut, Owen has made a name for himself with upbeat, up-tempo party songs like "Beachin'" or "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," which came naturally to the athletic, sun-loving Florida-born singer.

Following the divorce, he threw himself into work and hit the road hard, sometimes just traveling without his band in an old Volkswagen van. He also started recording with new producers Ross Copperman, who has worked with Dierks Bentley, and Grammy winner Shane McAnally, who has written and produced for Sam Hunt and Kacey Musgraves.

"American Love," out Friday, already has a Top 10 country hit with first single "American Country Love Song." Owen shines in steel pedal simplicity on "LAX," a California country song he co-wrote with Nathan Chapman and Andrew Dorff that uses the city of Los Angeles as a metaphor for a broken relationship. And he holds his own vocally on "If He Ain't Gonna Love You," in which powerhouse singer Chris Stapleton provides backup vocals.

For the first time in his career, he co-produced three of the album's songs with his band's guitar player, Lukas Bracewell, including the lynchpin song of the album, "Good Company," a beachy jam with horns and steel drums. Surrounding yourself with good people and good tunes is good therapy, too, he said.

"I feel like melodically and musically that (song) really represents the way I feel," Owen said.

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Unreleased songs part of companion album to Springsteen book

Songs Bruce Springsteen recorded in the 1960s and early '70s will be released in September.

Five previously unreleased tracks from The Boss will be released on Sept. 23 on a companion album to the icon's autobiography, "Born to Run," which will be released Sept. 27.

The compilation album "Chapter and Verse" will include the unreleased songs "Baby I" and "You Can't Judge a Book by the Cover," recorded in 1966 and 1967 when Springsteen was a teenager in the band The Castiles. The album will also feature the unreleased tracks "He's Guilty (The Judge Song)" (1970), "Ballad of Jesse James" (1972) and "Henry Boy" (1972).

The 18-track album will also include well-known songs such as "Born to Run," ''The River," ''Born In the U.S.A." and "The Rising."

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With 'Comeback Kid,' the Band Perry Ready To Tell Their Side of the Story

The Band Perry have been teasing their comeback on social media and in a new video released to the press the sibling trio reveal why they've been silent and what we can expect from their new single "Comeback Kid" out Aug. 1. Continue reading…

Watch Little Big Town Channel Alicia Keys on 'Greatest Hits'

Ever wondered what Little Big Town would sound like singing Alicia Keys' "Fallin'"? They did it for 'Greatest Hits'.

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Hillary Scott Shares Her Favorite Memory From Making 'Love Remains'

Hillary Scott recalls her favorite memory from the time spent recording 'Love Remains' with her family.

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Hear the Title Track of Justin Moore's New Album, 'Kinda Don't Care'

In advance of the release of his new album, 'Kinda Don't Care', Justin Moore has shared the project's title track.

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Charlie Daniels Life to be Put on Display at Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame is slated to dedicate an entire exhibit to Charlie Daniels that will feature memorabilia from his life and career, as well as dive in to his impact on the entertainment world.

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Billy Ray Cyrus' 'Still the King' Picked Up for Season 2

'Still the King', the CMT sitcom starring Billy Ray Cyrus, has been renewed for a second season.

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