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The Band Perry

If you ever turn off your iPod and turn on the radio, chances are good that you've heard The Band Perry's ballad "If I Die Young," which landed the No. 1 spot on Billboard's adult contemporary chart late last year, nearly a year after it nabbed the same spot on the country chart. "We sort of feel like we're part of the country evangelism team," the band's Kimberly Perry told Billboard. "We love to hear country songs on pop radio." (8/30/2012)

Country Crossover Stars

Some country music stars are so popular that they transcend their genre. Artists such as Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and Lady Antebellum are a big deal, no matter how far you are from Nashville!