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POLL: Do You Prefer ‘The Voice,’ or ‘American Idol’?

Since 'American Idol' debuted more than a dozen years ago, reality singing competitions have become an increasingly viable way to discover new country talent. The show reigned supreme on the airwaves, virtually unchallenged for years, until 'The Voice' premiered in 2011. Since then, the two shows have competed fiercely to find the best new talent in country music.

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Dierks Bentley, ‘Sideways’ — Story Behind the Song

'Sideways,' Dierks Bentley's 12th career single and second from 'Feel That Fire,' his fourth studio album, was co-written by Bentley and Jim Beavers. Bentley released the song in March 2009, and the tune hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in July of the same year. It was Bentley's seventh No. 1; he tells The Boot how it came to be.

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Top 10 War Songs in Country Music

Country artists have never shied away from recording songs that tell the stories of the wars that the U.S. has been involved in. From Johnny Horton's 'Battle of New Orleans' to Trace Adkins' 'Arlington,' artists (and their fans) have embraced the idea of supporting our soldiers through music.

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The Lacs vs. Thomas Rhett vs. Ray Scott — Video Shootout

Reigning champion Tyler Farr lost out to the Lacs in last week's Video Shootout, which means the duo's ‘Nothing in Particular’ music video is the new winner moving on to compete against two new videos this week.

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Top 10 Country Music Video Cameos

Jason Aldean once called Nashville "Hollywood with a touch of twang," and rocker Shawn Mullins deemed Los Angeles "kind of like Nashville with a tan," so it's only natural that the stars from each city would intermingle -- personally and professionally.

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