Three new compilation albums featuring prominent country artists were released Tuesday (Jan. 24). The biggest country bang for the buck comes on Now That's What I Call Country Ballads, a Capitol release featuring a piano arrangement of Taylor Swift's "Forever & Always" and 17 other hits, including Keith Urban's "Tonight I Wanna Cry," Lady Antebellum's "American Honey," Kenny Chesney's "Better as a Memory" and Shania Twain's "Forever and for Always." .... Universal Republic has delivered 2012 Grammy Nominees, which includes The Band Perry's "If I Die Young," Blake Shelton's "Honey Bee," Eric Church's "Drink in My Hand," Swift's "Mean," Lady Antebellum's "Just a Kiss" and Jason Aldean's collaboration with Kelly Clarkson on "Don't You Wanna Stay." The collection also features tracks by Adele, the Black Keys, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Coldplay and Lady Gaga, among others. ... To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International, the human rights organization has compiled Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan, featuring new and previously-recorded songs written by the music icon. The first track, "One Too Many Mornings," was created by producer Rick Rubin and features Johnny Cash and the Avett Brothers on a track the Man in Black originally recorded decades before. Other country-related tracks featured on the Dylan tribute album include Dierks Bentley's live version of "Senor (Tales of Yankee Power)" and Sugarland's live rendition of "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You," along with Lucinda Williams' "Tryin' to Get to Heaven" and Miley Cyrus' "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go." Sting, My Morning Jacket, Lenny Kravitz, Jackson Browne, Ke$ha and Diana Krall also contributed tracks to the project.
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