Nashville News and Notes for MONDAY

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Taylor Swift's Last "Red" Song Preview On "GMA" Monday

Taylor Swift will unveil her final advanced track from "Red" on "Good Morning America."  Monday's preview is the last of four songs the singer-songwriter is releasing in conjunction with the ABC morning show in advance of the arrival of her new album.  Swift offered up "I Knew You Were Trouble" last week.  In previous weeks she's introduced the title track to "Red" and the song "Begin Again" through the show.  As with the other "GMA" preview tracks, Taylor's new song will be available for downloading from iTunes at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday.  Swift's album "Red" will be in stores on October 22nd.  The disc also features Taylor's hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," which she introduced in August when she first announced the album.

George Strait Tickets Sell Fast; Several Shows Sold Out

George Strait says he "never expected" fans to react like they have to his upcoming tour.  Several dates on the country star's upcoming final trek sold out within hours of tickets becoming available on Friday.  All the tickets for "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour's" opening night in Lubbock, Texas were gone within 15 minutes of going on sale.  In addition, Strait's shows in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; St. Paul, Minnesota; Las Vegas, Nevada, and Albuquerque and Las Cruces, New Mexico are also sold out.

Strait has said that "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour" will be his last extended road trip.  He'll launch the two-year farewell tour in Lubbock on January 18th.  So far 21-dates scheduled throughout the first six months of 2013 have been announced.  Martina McBride will open the shows.

Trace Adkins Taking Another Turn On "The Celebrity Apprentice"

Trace Adkins is giving "The Celebrity Apprentice" another try.  The country star is among the 14 cast members for the upcoming "all-star" edition of the show.  Trace was featured in the inaugural season of the "Celebrity" edition of "The Apprentice," which aired in early 2008.  The singer became a fan favorite on the show, and finished his run in second place behind winner Piers Morgan.  Other returning stars include actor Stephen Baldwin -- with whom Trace had a rather adversarial relationship on the show the first time around -- NBA star Dennis Rodman, actress Marilu Henner, and rocker Bret Michaels -- the only previous winner taking part in the "all-star" season.  The sixth edition of "The Celebrity Apprentice" will begin airing on NBC in March.

Carrie Underwood Would Like To Be "Idol" Mentor

Carrie Underwood says she'd like to play a role on "American Idol."  But the former "Idol" winner admits she wouldn't want to be a judge.  The singer tells California's "The Orange County Register" she'd welcome the opportunity to serve as a mentor to the finalists.  She explains that she'd "love to help people" who are now in the same position she was eight years ago.  Carrie adds that she thinks nurturing someone's talent is "such a wonderful thing," and she hopes the show's current judges "realize the important part that they are playing" in the aspiring singers' lives.  "Idol" has four judges heading into the 12th season, including Keith Urban.  There was no country music representative on the panel when Carrie was on the show.  The new season of "American Idol" will begin on Fox in January.

Jason Aldean Feels Pressure, Understands Expectations For New Album

Jason Aldean admits there are high expectations surrounding his new album, "Night Train."  But the country star says he knew the best way for him to meet them was to take a "business as usual" approach to the project.
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Aldean has already seen success with the first single from "Night Train."  "Take A Little Ride" is a multi-week chart-topper and the fastest-rising single of Jason's career.  It also had the biggest digital debut for any country artist, and has already been certified Gold.  "Night Train" will be arriving in stores on Tuesday.  On Monday Jason will talk with fans about the album in a special "Billboard" chat.  The special Q-and-A session will take place at www.ustream.tv/billboard starting at 3:45 p.m. Eastern.

Kenny Rogers Working On New Album

Kenny Rogers says his new CD will be somewhat different from his previous discs.  But the singer tells Billboard.com his fans shouldn't be too surprised about that.  He explains that he's often taken risks with his music.  He recalls he once "went through a period" in which he "tried to do something different" on every album.  Rogers says he's always described himself as "a country singer with a lot of different influences," and the diversity within his catalog simply reflects his varied interests.  He adds that stretching into other genres has given him "a chance to reach out and bring people who liked that kind of music into country music."  Kenny says he's looking forward to his fans hearing his latest work, but doesn't indicate when the album will be released.  Rogers just published his autobiography, "Luck Or Something Like It," earlier this month.

Gary Allan Discusses New Single

Gary Allan says his new single is a good reflection of both his upcoming CD and where he is personally in life.

Allan admits he's "been through a ton" in recent years, and calls "Every Storm (Runs out of Rain)" a "comin' above the water song."  Fans have really embraced the track.  The song sold nearly 49-thousand downloads in the first seven days it was available to give Gary his best digital sales week yet.  It's also getting picked up by radio, and is already in the top 20 on the "Billboard" Country Songs chart.  Every Storm" will be on Allan's next album, "Set You Free," which is expected to hit stores early next year.

Rascal Flatts Finds Latest Single Has Wide Appeal

Rascal Flatts' Gary LeVox says the group is getting a lot of feedback on their latest single, "Come Wake Me Up."  He explains that the track really resonates with a lot of listeners.
 
Gary adds that the song also appeals to the group's younger fans.  He explains that they might not really understand what the lyrics mean, but they still connect with the passion in the song.  "Come Wake Me Up" is the second single from Rascal Flatts' most recent album, "Changed."  It's the follow up to the trio's chart-topping hit "Banjo."

Beverly Hills Home Elvis Presley Once Owned Up For Sale

Elvis Presley's one-time Beverly Hills home is up for sale.  The real estate website Trulia.com says the four-bedroom, five-bath house was built in 1958.  It sits on one-point-18-acres of land in the Trousdale Estates neighborhood of the 90210 zip code.  The French Regency style home has a formal living room that includes a fireplace, as well as a family room, dining room, media room, and office.  Every room has a view, along with floor to ceiling windows.  The home has been recently remodeled, and has a new kitchen and appliances, a new laundry room, and fresh paint and flooring.  In addition, the electrical system has been upgraded, and the pool and spa have been resurfaced.  There's also an attached guest house, a motorcourt, and a carport that will accommodate four vehicles.  The house is going for 12-million-995-thousand-dollars.