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Taylor Swift vs. Darius Rucker – The Showdown

Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker
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It’s a battle of country music superstars today and tonight on Taste of Country Nights radio. Brantley Gilbert‘s fans took care of business on Tuesday, pushing his new song ‘Kick It in the Sticks’ past challenger Kristy Lee Cook’s ‘Airborne Ranger Infantry’ (barely) and into the Showdown Hall of Fame. That means two new songs will compete for reader votes today. 

Taylor Swift released her second song from ‘Red’ on Tuesday. ‘Begin Again’ is a softer, sweeter single than her first release. The ballad has been getting a positive response from fans. Darius Rucker also has a new single that has fans excited for a new album. ‘True Believers’ is an emotional love ballad that reminds fans why they love him.

Listen to clips of both Swift’s and Rucker’s songs and vote for your favorite here. You can vote once every hour online, so come back and vote often to be sure your artist wins. Hear the full versions of the songs tonight after 10PM on Taste of Country Nights. Help your favorite song win by placing additional votes at (888) 678-9995. Call as many times as you like! You can listen to the show online through any of the 42 radio stations that carry it. Voting will end tonight at 10:40PM CT.

Listen to a Sample of Taylor Swift, ‘Begin Again’

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Listen to a Sample of Darius Rucker, ‘True Believers’

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Showdown Rules: The song with the most votes wins, and the winner goes on to face a new challenger in the next Showdown. Vote as much as once per hour online, and as much as you want by calling (888) 678-9995. If a song wins five days in a row, it will be retired into the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame to allow for new songs to compete. Some songs will be considered for a second Showdown if voter turnout is healthy in a losing effort.

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