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Keith Urban Shocks Crowd When He Brings Nicole Kidman Onstage

Keith Urban is in the middle of his 58-city Graffiti U World Tour, and he shook off any monotony on Saturday (Aug. 18) in Chicago by inviting wife Nicole Kidman onstage.

It was definitely a surprise to fans, and perhaps a surprise to Kidman, too. The A-list actress was side-stage watching her husband perform when he called to her, encouraging her to "C'mon, baby, say hi to these lovely people."

 

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Carly Pearce Was Crushing on Michael Ray for a Long Time

Carly Pearce is not afraid to admit she came on strong to Michael Ray, and at first, he was clueless.

Talking to Taste of Country at WE Fest earlier this month, the "Hide the Wine" singer recalls commenting on all of Ray's Instagram story posts to get his attention. "And he'll tell you it took him a second to get it," she says.

"I've had a crush on him for a really long time and just always thought there was more to that pretty face, and there totally is," she says. "I did what every girl does in 2018, slid into the DMs."

 

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Chris Lane's Nephew Just Showed Him Up With 'New Phone, Who's This' Delivery [Watch]

Chris Lane may want to consider bringing his nephew, Cally, on tour. Or maybe not, because he might be shown up at the mic!

The "Take Back Home Girl" hitmaker sat down with his little buddy for a performance on the stoop of a house, only Cally "wouldn't let me sing," Lane says. The new duo played the country singer's "New Phone, Who's This," with Cally providing the vocals while Uncle Chris played guitar.

Turns out talent runs in the family!

 


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Jessica Simpson Joins Willie Nelson on Stage for New Duet [Watch]

Willie Nelson is a powerful musical force, as all of his fans know. The 85-year-old legend showed off some of his magical influence Aug. 9 at Southern California's Orange County Fair, when he managed to get an old friend of his back on stage for the first time in nearly a decade.

"My good buddy Jessica Simpson and I are gonna sing a song together,” Nelson, who co-starred with Simpson in The Dukes of Hazzard movie back in 2005, informed the crowd during his set.

 


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Dolly Parton Receives the First-Ever Excellence in Leadership Award: 'I Am Grateful'

 As much as the legendary Dolly Parton is known for her impressive catalog of music, she is also known just as much for her charitable donations throughout the years.

And on Saturday (Aug. 11), Parton was recognized for that giving heart of hers, when she was awarded with the first-ever Dolly Parton Excellence in Leadership Awards from the Country Music Hall of Fame Leadership Tennessee organization.

 

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Martina McBride Set to Release Christmas Album, New Cookbook

It's only August, but that doesn't mean it's too early to start thinking about the holidays! Martina McBride is there for all the Christmas fanatics out there, as she'll be releasing  a new seasonal album, It’s The Holiday Season, on Oct. 19.

The album, which features nine spirited tunes, is a long-time-coming follow-up to her first holiday record, 1998's multi-platinum White Christmas.

“It’s been exactly 20 years since I released White Christmas. With that album I wanted to make it classic and something that would stand the test of time, which I feel like it has done,” McBride said in a statement. “I wanted to accomplish the same thing with It’s The Holiday Season, but with a different feel."

 

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Brad Paisley Spoofs Country Love Songs With 'First Cousins'

Brad Paisley is well-known for his outlandish sense of humor, and he had Jimmy Fallon and the Tonight Show audience in stitches when he appeared on the show on Thursday night (Aug. 9), when he performed an unreleased ballad titled "First Cousins."

Paisley started out seriously enough, fingerpicking a slow, traditional melody from his acoustic guitar that was reminiscent of a classic country ballad.

 

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Yes, Jason Aldean Holds His Pregnant Wife's Hair Back

When Jason Aldean's wife, Brittany, is having a less-than-glamorous pregnancy moment, the "Drowns the Whiskey" singer says he's actually a pretty sensitive guy. But these moments are few and far between.

Aldean shares that Brittany is experiencing more morning sickness carrying their second baby than she did when she was pregnant with Memphis. So he's been called upon to hold her long hair back a couple of times, but "When she's feeling good, she goes and does her thing," he tells Taste of Country. "She doesn't sit back and let you wait on her hand and foot, so I haven't had to do much of that so far."

 

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CMA Fest 2018: The Best Pictures, Performances and Moments

The CMA Fest's 2018 television broadcast on ABC promises two dozen country performances in three short hours.

Filmed over four nights in Nashville in June, the annual celebration of country music spotlights stars (Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood and more), exciting newcomers (Carly Pearce, Kane Brown) and legends (Dwight Yoakam). There were even a few pop cameos at CMA Fest 2018 — see pics below!

We've also curated a list of the best performances, which range from hard-nosed rockers (can't wait to see you again, Brothers Osborne) to soaring ballads (Underwood, Brett Young) and barroom swingers (Midland, doing what Midland do best).

 

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Carrie Underwood Is Expecting Her Second Child!

Carrie Underwood has announced that she and her husband, Mike Fisher, are expecting their second child.

The superstar revealed the joyous news in a video online on Wednesday (Aug. 8). Seated below a silver balloon that reads, "Baby," Underwood first announced the dates for her upcoming 2019 Cry Pretty Tour 360, which launches in May of 2019.

 

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Kane Brown Drops New Single, 'Weekend'

Kane Brown has been teasing and teasing of late with the promise of his latest single, "Weekend," and he finally dropped it late on Tuesday night (Aug. 7), providing the perfect jam to carry fans through to the actual weekend.

 

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Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett Joining 'The Voice' as Season 15 Advisors

Two more country singers are joining NBC's The Voice in important roles next season. Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett will serve as advisors during the Battle Rounds after the show begins in September.Urban is set to join Blake Shelton's team, while Rhett has been asked to mentor Kelly Clarkson's team. It's the "Life Changes" singer's first time coaching or advising or judging a major television reality competition. Urban served as a judge on American Idol for the show's final four seasons on Fox.

 

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Mason Ramsey Sings Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston, Adele and Beyoncé Hits [Watch]

Eleven-year-old Mason Ramsey doesn't have too many naysayers doubting his yodeling abilities—and now, he's got the world listening to his debut EP, Famous, which features the best of his vocal talents. Still, if there are any out there who believe he's merely a viral flavor of the moment, Ramsey can now prove he has the ability to sing in various genres.Billboard recently invited the young vocal phenom to their studios to try his pipes out on a variety of hits from various decades, as part of their 60th celebration of the benchmark Hot 100 Songs chart. How did he do? As can be watched above, Ramsey seems to have his stronger suits in terms of style, but he can certainly handle a variety of musical selections.

 

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Morgan Evans Spills the Backstory on His Recent Surprise for Wife Kelsea Ballerini Tricia Despres August 2, 2018

Last month, country music rising star Morgan Evans had a choice to make. As a result of a last-minute schedule change, he had a bit of a break in the middle of what has already been quite a grueling summer in terms of touring for the Australia native.

Admittedly, for any other guy, the schedule change might have meant time for a little relaxation, perhaps time to binge on some movies—or maybe even time to take a much-deserved nap.

But Evans is not any other guy. Instead, the “Kiss Somebody” hitmaker decided to jump on a plane and make the long trek to California to see his wife of less than a year, Kelsea Ballerini, who is currently out on tour with Keith Urban.

 

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Jason Aldean Is Selling His Crazy Rural Castle — See Pictures!

Jason Aldean and his wife, Brittany, are building their dream home, and they have put their current home on the market for the low, low price of just $7.8 million.

Aldean has listed the 120-acre estate in the affluent rural community of Columbia, Tenn., outside of Nashville, for $7,875,000. The imposing 8,900-square-foot mansion resembles a castle, featuring a mix of stone and exposed beams, with an actual semi-circular turret in the front of the house. The house boasts 6 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, and it comes with its own bowling alley, wet bar, wine cellar and more. The luxurious grounds feature a creek and a large barn with horse stalls, as well as a built-in outdoor grilling area.

 

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Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line Is Selling His Massive Compound [Pictures]

Brian Kelley is selling the home where he married Brittney Cole. The Florida Georgia Line singer has put his 70-acre compound on the market for a (all things considered) reasonable price that includes three homes, a party barn, a saloon and the famous recording studio in the sky.

The asking price for the property is $6.24 million.

 

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Reba McEntire to Receive Inaugural Award From Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Reba McEntire can add yet another special accolade to her awards trophy case. The country superstar has been announced as the first recipient of the Career Maker Award, which she will be presented with at the 2018 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala.

McEntire will be awarded for her support of the vast songwriting community in Nashville, cutting several songs by Hall of Fame members and turning them into legendary hits. The "Fancy" singer's longtime devotion to Nashville songwriters has helped many of them achieve Hall of Fame status.

 


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Martina McBride Talks 'America's Got Talent,' New Music Plans

Martina McBride is trying her hand at something new: She's set to appear as a guest judge on July 31's episode of America's Got Talent, making her part of a growing list of country artists who have thrown their hats into the reality talent show arena.

In a recent interview with Billboard, McBride explains that she's nowhere near a Simon Cowell type, but that fans can expect her judging style to be more of a mix between the show's Heidi Klum and Mel B. "It's not the easiest thing in the world for me to give criticism," she notes. Part of the culture that we live in now is that sometimes there is mean feedback for the sake of being rude or mean or trying to put somebody in their place. But when it's valid and helpful, I feel like I can manage."

 

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Kacey Musgraves Stuns With 'Golden Hour' and Glimmer on 'Corden'

Kacey Musgraves returned to The Late Late Show With James Corden Wednesday night (July 25) to perform "Golden Hour," the title track from her latest album, Golden Hour.

Backed by her band (who matched her ensemble in their own orange suits), Musgraves delivered an enchanting performance. The band kicked off the song with hand-snapped rhythms and acoustic guitar before Musgraves entered with captivating vocals entered. Added pedal steel accompanied her as she sang a love song about the man who sets her world on fire.

 

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Maren Morris Reveals She Reached Out to Carrie Underwood for a Collaboration

Maren Morris is supporting Niall Horan on his Flicker World Tour right now, and ahead of a stop in Brazil earlier this month, the "Rich" singer spoke with Keeping Track, where she revealed some of her dream collaborations. One may not be far-fetched.

When the interviewer mentioned that many fans hope Morris will duet with Carrie Underwood at some point, she confessed that she recently reached out to the "Cry Pretty" singer to suggest it.

 

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Sugarland's Kristian Bush Now Has His Own 'Man Bus'

As Sugarland embarks on the 2018 Still the Same Tour, their first time hitting the road together in six years, there's many facets to adjust to. One new adjustment Kristian Bush has been faced with? Having his own tour bus, or "Man Bus" as he affectionately calls it.

The best part? It has Jennifer Nettles' seal of approval.

Bush recalls the first time he and Nettles attended the CMA Awards at Madison Square Garden in New York and were ushered into separate dressing-room areas, a strange feeling for the pair who were accustomed to living and working in a co-ed environment with one another. But when it came time to plan the Still the Same trek, the duo decided to travel on their own separate buses.

 

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Reba McEntire Shares Snap From Iceland With Her Boyfriend

Reba McEntire has been enjoying traversing the globe of late. Following a June trip to South Africa (which she noted on Instagram), the superstar shared a cool photo showing off her latest trek—a visit to Iceland, with her boyfriend Skeeter Lasuzzo.

If the beautiful vista she shared in the photo wasn't enough to sway fans to her tastes in travel, Reba added some personal words of recommendation: "What an incredible trip! Skeeter and I had a blast in Iceland! I highly recommend it!"

 

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Drake White Recalls the Tragic Backstory of His Song 'Girl in Pieces'

Country singer Drake White has been teasing the upcoming video for his single "Girl in Pieces," which is set to drop Monday (July 23). White is clearly excited about it, as the song is special to him: While he didn’t write the song himself, he certainly could have.

From the moment White heard the tune (written by Busbee, Brad Tursi and Troy Verges), he knew in his heart who it seemed to be talking about—his wife, Alex.

“She was married a couple years before [we met] and it ended bad,” White tells Taste of Country in the back of his tour bus before his show at Windy City Smokeout in Chicago July 14. “The guy she married was a drug addict, and he’s better now I guess, but it just was a bad thing. A lot happened, you know?”

 

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Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey Went Out and Sang Karaoke Together and No One Knew [Watch]

Halsey knows that when in Nashville, you should do as the Nashvillians do: sing karaoke. The singer-songwriter had a concert in Music City on Wednesday (July 18), and after the show hit up a local joint for what became a second concert co-starring Kelsea Ballerini.And yes, it was epic. The two took the makeshift stage in a corner of the iconic Santa's Pub bar to do a singalong of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," which was caught on video by another country singer, Kalie Shorr.

 

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Reese Witherspoon Raiding Dolly Parton's Closet Is All of Us [Watch]

Reese Witherspoon had the opportunity of a lifetime when sitting down to interview Dolly Parton as part of her new series highlighting successful women, Shine On with Reese. During the unscripted show's first episode, Witherspoon flew to Nashville to meet Parton, and spent some time raiding the country legend's closet. People shares all the fun in a snippet of the show (watch above).

As Parton opens her closet doors, the excitement can be seen on Witherspoon's face as she eyes the singer's stage costumes.

"Which one do you want to wear?" Parton asks the actress, then hands her a few costumes to hold. While Witherspoon admires each, she's still startled when one of the costumes sheds a few sequins onto the floor.

 

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RaeLynn Teases Fans Over Upcoming New Release, 'Tailgate'

RaeLynn is preparing to release more new music on Friday (July 20). The singer turned to Instagram on Monday (July 16) to post the cover of what's presumably a new song titled "Tailgate."

The former contestant on The Voice released her debut album, WildHorse, in March of 2017, and she released two singles from it, "Love Triangle" and "Lonely Call." She dropped a new song titled "Queens Don't" in March, most likely from an upcoming album, and fans reacted to her announcement of more music on the way with excitement.

RaeLynn teased fans with another, more cryptic post Tuesday afternoon (July 17), this one sharing a cover that was similar to her first post, but with a bridge added to the original image.

 

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Blake Shelton Falls Onstage While Performing: 'Yes, I Had Been Drinking'

Blake Shelton joined a long list of slightly clumsy stars when he fell during his show at the Pendleton Whisky Music Fest in Oregon on Saturday (July 14).

The spill was caught on camera by at least one fan in attendance, then shared on social media. Shelton himself drew attention to the spill when he tweeted about it, looking for video of the mishap in the early morning hours of Sunday (July 15).

"I know somebody is bound to have video of me falling on stage last night!! Please!! I have to see it!!! Post that sh--!" he writes on Twitter, joking: "And yes, I had been drinking. A lot ... "

Shelton also tweeted directly to rapper Pitbull, who performed just before the country star's set:

 

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Garth Brooks' 'Stubborn' Daughter Launching Music Career: 'She's Gonna Have to Do This On Her Own'

Garth Brooks' daughter is an aspiring musician, but her superstar father says she's very independent when it comes to her music career.

Speaking to Taste of Country Nights host Sam Alex, Brooks says his youngest daughter, Allie, just graduated college, and she's been bitten by the music bug.

"The crazy thing is, she's so stubborn. I don't know where she gets that from," Brooks says with a laugh. "She's gonna have to do this on her own. So she's just kinda digging in and getting started in the business, and it'll take her where she's supposed to go."

 

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Lindsay Ell Understands Why Stars Have Private Jets After Seeing Brad Paisley's

Lindsay Ell never had a desire for a private jet until she had the opportunity to travel on one while touring with Brad Paisley. In an interview with Taste of Country Nights host Sam Alex, the "Criminal" singer admits her views on air travel have changed drastically following the experience.

"I had always thought that private jets were a waste of money until I got to fly on one," she admits. "You realize why people spend crazy amounts of money on private jets—because they're amazing. So, the minute I can afford one, whether that's however many years into the future, I will be getting one."

 

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Jason Aldean and Wife Brittany Building 'Dream Home' in Tennessee

Jason Aldean and his wife, Brittany, are digging their family roots a little bit deeper. Now that they're expecting their second child, the couple have decided to build their dream home on a piece of land in Tennessee.

Brittany turned to Instagram on Wednesday (July 11) to share a photo of a long dirt road leading through a lushly wooded piece of property, writing, "And so our new journey begins... we’ve decided to build our dream home in Tennessee. Looking at the land it’s hard not to envision a place where our babies will run, laugh and play with each other for so many years to come... I can hardly wait to hear those little feet running down the halls."

 

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Carrie Underwood to Mike Fisher: 'I Love You Today More Than Yesterday'

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are celebrating their 8th anniversary Tuesday (July 10), and if there were any doubt that the two are are the definition of #couplegoals, a loving post from Underwood would put all doubts to rest.

The superstar took to Instagram to post photos of herself and her husband for their special occasion, noting, "Here’s to 8 years, babe! Where does the time go?! I love you today more than yesterday...which was more than the day before...and so on and so forth. Here’s to many more years together!"

 

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Hillary Scott's Twins Are Growing So Fast!

As anyone who's raised children knows, those little ones tend to grow faster than one can keep up. Such is the case with Lady Antebellum frontwoman Hillary Scott's younger daughters, twins Betsy and Emory, who seem to be on a fast track out of infancy before any of us can blink an eye.

Scott posted a photo to social media on July 8 showing just how much the twins have grown in mere months. As she holds them, it's clear to see they are looking healthy and getting bigger! "Full arms, full heart," she captioned the shot.

 

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Kelsea Ballerini Surprises Sick Fan With Personal Phone Call

Kelsea Ballerini loves to take care of her loyal fans, and the singer showed off just how dedicated she is on this front by sharing a video on Instagram where she brings sunshine to one of her admirers who really needed some lifting up.

In the video, Ballerini puts through a video call to Tori, a young fan in Detroit, who is suffering from an undisclosed illness and was enduring a difficult week-long visit to the hospital—one that was made even harder due to the fact it caused her to miss Ballerini's show date with Keith Urban in her city.

 

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Eric Church Mourns the Loss of His Brother Brandon

Sad news to report - Eric Church's brother Brandon has passed away. He will be remembered as a co-writer on multiple albums and even showed up to a few of his live performances. The family asks in leiu of flowers, to donate to the The Brandon E. Church Memorial Scholarship Fund to help further education. 

 

 

 

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Blake Shelton Sends Gwen Stefani Flowers on Vegas Opening Night

Gwen Stefani opened her Las Vegas residency, Gwen Stefani: Just a Girl, on Wednesday night (June 27), and she received flowers in her dressing room beforehand from none other than her boyfriend, Blake Shelton.

As she got ready for the show backstage at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Stefani turned to her Instagram Story to share videos of some of the many flower arrangements she received from industry friends including Irving Azoff, and was delighted to find that one of them was from Shelton.

 

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Kelly Clarkson Addresses Rumors of a Feud With Carrie Underwood: 'Let's Just End This Right Now'

Kelly Clarkson addressed rumors of bad blood between her and Carrie Underwood head-on at the Radio Disney Music Awards on Friday night (June 22), making it clear that there's no truth to them.

Clarkson and Underwood were both among the honorees at the awards show, which took place in Los Angeles, and they made headlines when they posed for a series of pictures together on the red carpet, smiling into the cameras and clowning around like old friends. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight afterward, Clarkson said it was her idea to pose together.

"Everybody always tries to pit me and Carrie against each other," she says. "So, when I saw her I was like, ‘You know what? Let’s just end this right now and get a picture together because we are never in the same place.' And, like, it never happens. And people always try to put it together like we’re enemies. And I’m like, ‘We don’t even know each other well enough to be enemies.' So, anyway, I went to get a picture and then everybody lost their mind."

 

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Faith Hill, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt Getting Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood is going country! At least that is the case next year, when several prominent country names will receive stars on the storied Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Faith Hill and Trio members Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt are among the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s Class of 2019. Hill will receive a star of her own; while Parton, Harris and Ronstadt will be inducted together, in recognition of their work as a trio.

The latter's 1987 album, Trio, won two Grammy Awards and spawned four hit singles. As for Hill, she has won five Grammy Awards and sold more than 40 million albums worldwide over her career. Parton already has a star as a solo artist, which she was granted in 1984.

 

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Miranda Lambert Was Uncomfortable During the 'Hollywood Part of My Life' With Blake Shelton

Miranda Lambert attracts plenty of attention from fans and the media, but that doesn't mean she likes it all of it. In a new interview, the singer-songwriter confesses she has never enjoyed the promotional aspect of her career, and was especially uncomfortable with the attention that came to bear on her when she was married to Blake Shelton.

Lambert and Shelton married in May of 2011, and while both were stars at the time, neither one had reached the peak of their careers. Shelton's fame went mainstream when he took a job as a coach on The Voice that same year, while Lambert reached new heights with Four the Record in 2011 and Platinum in 2014. The pair were the subject of endless coverage and tabloid speculation about their marriage, and Lambert tells Hits Daily Double that it even changed the way she approached the publicity for Platinum.

"I remember I told [manager] Marion [Kraft] that I needed to up my visibility on this record," Lambert recalls. "I don’t know why I felt that way. Maybe it was the phase in my life where the tabloids came into play. The Hollywood part of my life, but really my husband’s life at that time. And I remember thinking, if we can focus on the music, the light’ll take the focus off all this other sh-t that doesn’t matter."

 

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Kacey Musgraves and Harry Styles Duet on Shania Twain Favorite

Who knew British heartthrob Harry Styles was a Shania Twain fan? On Friday (June 22), during his show at New York's Madison Square Garden, the former One Direction member belted out a version of "Still the One" with his opening artist, Kacey Musgraves.

"We're gonna sing one of my personal favorites," Styles introduced the 1997 hit classic, after inviting Musgraves up on stage with him. The crowd seemed a little confused by the opening bars, but by the time Musgraves launched into the first line, they had caught on and were screaming in approval.

Styles traded off verses sweetly with Musgraves, and shared the chorus in a manner that showed off both their unique vocal styles perfectly. We'd bet Twain would approve—watch above to see if you do, as well!

 

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Kacey Musgraves Defines Elegance With 'Rainbow' on 'Seth Meyers' [Watch]

Kacey Musgraves has showcased the beauty of Golden Hour across a variety of major TV performances, but she may have delivered the most ethereal one yet with the beautiful "Rainbow" on Late Night With Seth Meyers. 

Musgraves has shown love to many of the songs off Golden Hour including "Space Cowboy," "High Horse" and "Slow Burn," and on Wednesday night (June 20), she brought "Rainbow" into the spotlight. The poignant singer embodies the song's title in her attire, donning a gorgeous white dress accented with a rainbow stripe that runs throughout the gown, for the occasion.

With nothing but a piano player accompanying her, Musgraves offers up a touching performance that proved the power of simplicity, as her calming voice and rainbow lights in the background created a dreamlike atmosphere on the late night set. "Let go of your umbrella / 'Cause, darlin', I'm just tryin' to tell ya / That there's always been a rainbow hangin' over your head," she sings sincerely, capturing the gentleness of the song and bringing a silence over the crowd.

 

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Brett Young Is Writing a Song to Perform at His Wedding

Brett Young's heartfelt "In Case You Didn't Know" became the unofficial wedding song of the year in 2017—and while it probably won't make an appearance during his own wedding ceremony, Young is writing a special song in honor of the big day.

Ahead of his performance at Country Jam 2018, Young reveals that he is planning to sing one song at his wedding, an original track inspired by his wife-to-be Taylor Mills and the day they will say "I do."

"I want to write something specific to the day," he says of the song, that has "yet to be written."

While Young is working on a thoughtful song that will encapsulate that momentous day in his life, many of his fans have used his chart-topping hit to help tell their own stories. The country star is honored to be a part of people's lives in such a personal way, and is touched when fans share that "In Case You Didn't Know" was played during their proposal, or that they chose it for their first dance as husband and wife.

 

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Miranda Lambert: 'I Want to Have Some Mystery'

Signing off of social media is good for Miranda Lambert and her music.

The singer contrasts the pressure to share bits of her private life with fans with her inclination to remain private in a lengthy new interview with Hits Daily Double. She also opens up about her vulnerabilities, admitting she's been the heartbreaker and the heartbroken.

It was a rare sit-down with Lambert, during which the singer mostly talked about her music and the process of recording the two-disc The Weight of My Wings album in 2016, one year after her divorce from Blake Shelton. The album was therapy, she says. Unlike Platinum, she didn't worry so much about the reception or commercial success as much as about getting things off her chest.

 

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Big & Rich Working on Reality Show With Mark Wahlberg

Big & Rich may be coming to television as early as this fall. The country duo are the latest singers to receive their own reality television series, thanks to Mark Wahlberg.

During an interview with Taste of Country ahead of their set at Country Jam 2018, Big Kenny and John Rich revealed the exciting news.

 

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Florida Georgia Line Say Fourth Album Is Coming Early 2019

Florida Georgia Line are riding high after recently celebrating four chart toppers in Nashville, and the duo continue to look ahead at their fourth studio album. In an interview with Billboard, FGL share that their new project will likely be available in early 2019—but fans won't have to wait too much longer for new music.

"The plan is try to release a song or two every month until the album comes out," Tyler Hubbard tells the publication. "Every song, we're really, really proud of—from 'Swerve,' which has a kind of a different hip-hop feel, to a song called 'People Are Different,' an amazing life song."

The duo recently released the album's lead single, "Simple," and Hubbard says his new role as a father to nearly six-month-old daughter Olivia has influenced his songwriting. As a result, fans can expect some songs about his home life.

 

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Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake 'Talking About' Making More Music Together

Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake have teamed up for two very well-received collaborations, and they might not be done yet.

In an interview with Billboard during the 2018 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Stapleton confirmed that he's been in touch with Timberlake about the possibility of future collaborations.

“We were talking about something earlier today,” Stapleton said before taking the stage on Saturday night (June 9) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. “We just have fun. It looks like the odd couple to most people, but we have a lot of the same musical influences — old R&B and soul music and things like that. We just enjoy hanging out.”

Stapleton was a critically respected but little-known country artist with his first solo album, Traveller, recently in release when he and Timberlake first collaborated during the 2015 CMA Awards. They paired for an incendiary, show-stopping performance of "Tennessee Whiskey" and "Drink You Away" that quickly went viral, launching Stapleton into overnight superstardom.

 

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Will Sam Hunt and Luke Bryan Write Together on the Road?

Luke Bryan launched his What Makes You Country Tour — the stadium edition — at the end of May, and invited special guest Sam Hunt to join the bill. That means two of country's hottest superstars are spending more time together ... and maybe writing songs?

Eh, not likely.

While Hunt couldn't say enough good things about his tourmate and fellow Georgian during a chat with Taste of Country Nights — "I like Luke a lot, he's genuine," he assures — Hunt admits that songwriting on the road really isn’t really his cup of tea, no matter who he's touring with.

 

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Ashley McBryde's First Encounter With Eric Church Was Terrifying

Ashley McBryde is as fierce as they come, but even she was nervous the first time she met one of country music's biggest stars, Eric Church.

Long before she landed a record deal and became one of the genre's most buzzed-about new artists, Church took notice of McBryde's talent. Really, he was one of her earliest fans. The "Girl Goin' Nowhere" singer tells Taste of Country about the first time she met Church and his wife, Katherine, at an office meeting.

"They said 'We're big fans!' and I went, 'Oh God, that's so backwards,'" McBryde says, laughing at the ridiculousness. "But it was nice."

Not long after, Church invited the burgeoning star to his show in Chicago in April of 2017 and surprised her with an invitation to perform with him that night. She stunned the crowd with a raw, acoustic version of her own "Bible and a .44."

 

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Keith Urban Takes Fans Inside Rehearsals for Graffiti U Tour [Watch]

Keith Urban is preparing to head out on the road on his Graffiti U Tour, and he's taking fans behind the scenes of the rehearsals in this Taste of Country exclusive.

In the clip above, Urban says he and the musicians that play on the road with him have been running through the songs for several days to get ready for the tour, which launches June 15 in St. Louis, Mo. There are some new surprises for fans on the upcoming tour dates as far as staging goes.

"A couple of things we can't talk about just yet, but during the show, there'll be a change of scenery, let's just say," Urban says with a laugh. "That's gonna be very fun."

Urban's keyboard player has been using an electronic system onstage for the last few tours called the Phantom, and he's invented a Phantom 2.0 for the new tour that Urban describes as "pretty intergalactic," which will bring some other new elements to the show.

 

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Kane Brown Could Have a Thomas Rhett Duet Coming

First Lauren Alaina, next up Thomas Rhett? Kane Brown says his sophomore album could feature a collaboration between two of the biggest stars in modern country music.

"We've got a couple [collaborations] that we've talked about," Brown told Taste of Country backstage at the 2018 Taste of Country Music Festival in Hunter, N.Y. "They haven't happened yet, so we'll see ..."

That collaboration with Rhett is still in the very early stages, admittedly. Brown says they "were texting" about the idea, but "we don't know for a fact."

"It'd be cool though," he admits.

Brown's sophomore album is due out on Nov. 9. He says the yet-to-be-named project is "a better album" than his self-titled debut album, which was released in 2016; he calls that project an "autobiography," whereas this next record will be "more fun

 

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Taylor Swift Is the Other Woman in Sugarland's Babe' Video — See a Juicy Teaser!

Anticipation has hit a fever pitch for the "Babe" music video. Taylor Swift released a sneak peek of her collaboration with Sugarland on her socials on Wednesday (June 6) night, and it's ... juicy!

The clip features a red-haired Swift starring with a retro-looking Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, but Swift is actually the 'other woman' — the one Nettles' man stepped out to fool around with. The "Babe" video throws it old school, putting the trio in the 1950s. Nettles even plays a housewife, at home all gussied up as she sets the table for dinner with her cheating man, but it seems he's not coming home on time ...

The full video for "Babe" will premiere on Saturday (June 9), and it's not clear how things will end.

 

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Want to be a wrestler? WWE Performance Center website offers tryout opportunity. (Jenn's IN!!)

The WWE Performance Center might find an influx of new trainees soon, thanks to the launch of a new recruiting website for the east Orlando facility.

WWEPerformanceCenter.com, which went live last month, offers an inside look at the tryouts, workouts and skills required to be a superstar in Orlando’s NXT brand or the rest of WWE. And for the first time, it provides an easy application process to become a wrestler yourself.

Paul Levesque, WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative, said the site provided a way for top athletes around the world to raise their hands and express an interest in sports entertainment.

“There are people on a world-class level in any sport who just miss becoming elite,” Levesque said on a media conference call last week. “Maybe they’re Olympic-team alternates or get cut from pro-team rosters, but they’re still great athletes. We want to bring in some of the best athletes from around the globe and see if they have what it..

 

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Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett Return to Host 'CMA Fest' TV Special

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini are back as a team! For the second year in a row, the two singers have been tapped to host ABC's CMA Fest TV special, which will feature highlights from this year's four-day festival.

The live event kicks off this Thursday (June 7) and runs through June 10, but the telecast will air in August.

"We're back," note both artists enthusiastically on their respective social media accounts — a sentiment that was met with enthusiastic responses by fans.

 

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Garth Brooks Announces New Tour, New Music, and CMA Fest Appearance

Garth Brooks had plenty of news to delight his fans with on Monday (June 4), announcing he's planning on embarking on a new tour — and not only that, one that will be in support of brand-new music.

Brooks revealed the big announcements during an appearance on his Inside Studio G live series, where he took fans' questions via social media. When a fan asked whether Brooks was planning a new tour, the superstar responded with an enthusiastic, "yes!"

Adding to that, Brooks noted that in order to tour, he'll need some new music...which he also promised was on tap and would be coming to country radio soon for fans to hear. The singer didn't reveal too many details about the tour, except that he plans for it to be on a "whole different level." He did assure that his upcoming dates will be announced in batches during this year, in order to give fans time to plan their schedules to come and see him.

 

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Luke Combs Couldn't Have Imagined the Success He's Having Now

Luke Combs has had a whirlwind year of success, and the rising country star admits that nobody is more surprised than he is.

"I would have thought we'd have a little bit of success," Combs tells Taste of Country's Ania Hammar in the latest installment of her weekly series, That's What She Said. "But not the year that we've had."

That year includes two No. 1 hits with "Hurricane" and "When It Rains It Pours," and a third single, "One Number Away," poised to follow those songs to the top of Billboard's Country Airplay chart. Combs also released his debut album, This One's for You, to great success, and he's even climbed into headlining his own shows. The schedule, he admits, has been "exhausting, but worth it."

 

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Florida Georgia Line Wipe Instagram Clean to Tease New Single

Florida Georgia Line are preparing to drop a new single, and they turned to social media to provide some tantalizing hints about the new song.

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley wiped their Instagram account clean and started all over again on Tuesday (May 29), sharing a post with a picture of them in black and white, walking through a field at night with acoustic guitars in hand. The field is lit softly with intermittent glowing lights, and the photo is accompanied by the phrase, "Ain't no need to complicate it."

The superstar country duo have added four more posts in the ensuing days, all of them depicting what look like scenes from what's likely to be a video for a new song. Each still is accompanied by a short phrase, and fans are speculating that when all of the phrases are listed in order, they make up the lyrics to a new song that is probably titled "It's Just That Simple."

 

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Dolly Parton Goes to Taco Bell for Date Nights With Her Husband

Dolly Parton's date nights with her husband, Carl Dean, aren't what you'd expect. During a chat with SiriusXM host Andy Cohen in 2016, Parton revealed that she and her husband often go to Taco Bell drive-thru in their RV.

"Carl and I have a little camper, a little RV, and we're always driving through fast food restaurants to get our stuff," she explains. "That's one of the things we do. I'm always in the front seat. Sometimes they know me, sometimes they don't."

The singer says that while she isn't all made up for a public appearance, she still is often recognized by those working the drive-thru. "I usually wear my hair up in a scrunchie and a little bit of makeup," she spills. "I don't look like I'm going on stage. Sometimes I sign autographs on napkins. I don't mind any of that, but I really get mad if they mess up my order."

 

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Little Big Town's 'Rocket Man' Video Is Full of Wonder

Little Big Town's "Rocket Man" video is what childhood dreams are made of.

The video for the song — which is featured on the country cover album Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin — focuses on a little boy who grabs his bike and sneaks out of his house for a spacey encounter that results in him disappearing and leaving a techno-cube left in his place, showing images of LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet along with vintage footage of Elton John himself.

"It's always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it" Elton John said earlier this year of the album, which also includes covers by Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton and Kacey Musgraves. "As songwriters, Bernie and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp & Restoration choose to add their own unique twist in the process. It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We're humbled and thank them all for their generosity."

 

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Watch Darius Rucker and Jimmy Fallon Parody Hootie on 'Only Wanna Thank the Troops'

As the country prepared to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday (May 28), country star Darius Rucker found a way to pay tribute to an all-military Fleet Week audience on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday (May 24) with "Only Wanna Thank the Troops."

In an obvious parody of Hootie & the Blowfish's 1995 hit "Only Wanna Be with You," Rucker and Fallon looked awfully comfy with guitars in hand and smiles on their faces, as they tried their best not to break out in hysterics during some of the parade song's lyrics:

 

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Lauren Alaina Has a Regret She's Struggling With Right Now

From the moment Lauren Alaina stepped on the stage of American Idol all the way back in 2011 to the moment she stepped on stage as an opener on Jason Aldean’s High Noon Neon Tour in 2018, her fans have always been her top priority.

But lately, she has been struggling with one regret. Due to her increasing popularity, she doesn't have the ability to meet and greet fans and sign autographs at the same capacity anymore.

"I’ve played really big tours like this before, but I’ve never had the success that I have now while playing on these tours. So up to this point I’ve always liked to sign after every show—but when there are 16,000 people in the crowd, I can’t do that anymore,” Alaina admitted to Taste of Country during a recent backstage interview in Chicago.

“I mean, I just can’t. We’ve talked about it a lot, and even if five percent of those people come to meet me, it’s a lot of people. Plus, there are curfews at these amphitheaters and the rules are very different.”

Rules are rules, but it still hurts her heart.

 

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This Daddy-Son Video of Jason Aldean and Baby Memphis Will Melt Your Heart

Is there anything cuter than a baby boy and his daddy getting in some giggle time together?

Jason Aldean has been quite busy of late out on the road, and most recently putting in time performing his latest single, "Drowns the Whiskey," at Tuesday night's (May 22) Voice finale. Is he getting any rest? His wife, Brittany, made sure to let fans know he's relaxing here and there, having captured a truly darling moment of much-needed downtime playing with baby son Memphis, which she shared on Instagram.

The little boy is overcome with adorable fits of laughter as he plays with his dad, who barely has to say a word to get the kiddo cracking up in joy. Aldean himself can't resist a few chuckles, as well as giving the baby a big ol' kiss. (And it looks like Memphis, who will be six months old soon, is probably working on some brand-new teeth—based on how he's stuffing his chubby little hands in his mouth and producing copious amounts of drool).

 

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First-Time Coach Kelly Clarkson Wins 'The Voice' With Brynn Cartelli, Youngest Champion Ever

The winner of The Voice Season 14 was announced Tuesday night (May 22), and the result turned out to usher in a night of firsts. Coach Kelly Clarkson won, in her very first season, with youngest champion ever Brynn Cartelli.

Cartelli, who is just 15, was a fan favorite throughout the season for her mature-beyond-her-years delivery. Although she's officially the youngest finalist to win the series, she joins some other previous teen standouts from the show: Danielle Bradbery (Season 4) and Sawyer Christopher Fredericks (Season 8), both of whom were 16 at the time.

Clarkson no doubt was riding high herself, having bested her friendly rival Blake Shelton, who with six wins is the most awarded coach in Voice history. She also pulled ahead of formidable competitor Alicia Keys, who won in Season 12.

 

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'American Idol': Darius Rucker and Caleb Lee Hutchinson Duet on 'Wagon Wheel'

American Idol finalist Caleb Lee Hutchinson won over scores of fans with his deep-voiced, pure country vocals, which he put to shining spotlight on the second night of the season's two-part finale Monday night (May 21) in a duet with Darius Rucker.

The two singers—who were admirably matched in timbre and tone—gave a warm rendition of Rucker's "Wagon Wheel," which was originally recorded by Old Crow Medicine Show and covered by Rucker in 2013. Hutchinson handled the smooth harmonizing nicely, accompanying the pair on a banjo for a bit of a change.

A bit later in the broadcast, before the winner was announced, Hutchinson told the audience that he's actually dating his rival for the prize, Maddie Poppe. The couple performed a lovely version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" together before the season's prize was revealed.

 

 

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Kelly Clarkson Issues an Emotional Plea During Billboard Music Awards Opening

In the opening seconds of the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 20), show host Kelly Clarkson turned serious, as she joined so many in the country still in shock over the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

"Before we start tonight’s show, there is something I’d like to say," Clarkson said in front of a dark backdrop. "This is going to be so hard. There is something I would like to say about the tragedy Friday at Santa Fe High School."

Clarkson stopped for a moment, holding back the tears and apologizing to the audience as she talked about Houston-area Santa Fe High School shooting, in which 10 people were killed on Friday (May 18) — eight students and two teachers. The shooter was taken into custody by police.

“I’m a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over the past year and once again y'all we are grieving over more kids who have died for absolutely no reason at all ... and tonight they wanted me to say that obviously we want to pray for all the victims and pray for their families, but they also wanted me to do a moment of silence and I’m so sick of moments of silences. It’s not working. So why don’t we not do a moment of silence. Why don’t we do a moment of action? Why don’t we do a moment of change and change what’s happening, because this is horrible.”

 

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Join Jason Aldean for Dinner, Drinks and Menu Input

You and a friend could have dinner and drinks with Jason Aldean. But is it weird that I think having him name a drink after you is even better?

In an Instagram post on Monday (May 14), Aldean explained that if you enter this contest, he will fly you and your guest to Nashville, book you a room at a four-star hotel, then have you join him for dinner and a few drinks at his new place, Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar.

But then he adds that you’ll also get a chance to put a signature cocktail on the menu. “Let’s say your name is Andrew,” Aldean says. “You could go for the Drew Dropper, or Mint Drewlip. But I’d push for something classy, like Tonight Looks Good on Drew.”

If your name is Elizabeth, he suggests, you could come up with a recipe for a Gin Lizzy.

Whatever your name is, I’m sure you’ve already come up with a few worthy ideas (The only thing that sounds like Alison is Galveston, so I’m not having much luck myself.).

 

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See 'Spirituality Rap,' the Kacey Musgraves 'SNL' Skit That Didn't Air

Kacey Musgraves was the  musical guest on Saturday Night Live on May 12, and it seemed likely she would try her hand at a comedy skit or two. None made the telecast, but she did pre-tape a moment called "Spirituality Rap," which was later released via YouTube.

In addition to performing her country tunes "High Horse" and "Slow Burn," Musgraves lent her voice to a mock music video for "Song for the Angels," in which she portrays a choir singer of sorts alongside angel and SNL host Amy Schumer and rapper Beck "Stav D" Bennett. She comes in around the one-minute mark.

The odd, but funny skit was ultimately cut for time, but shows Musgraves' range as a singer and her sense of humor as she belts lines from a choir loft. She'll need all sides of her personality as the Texas native continues on the road in support of her new Golden Hour album. On May 27, Musgraves will join George Strait at the Bayou Country Superfest in New Orleans (an event that also features Chris Stapleton, Midland and Little Big Town).

 

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What Does Ryan Seacrest and Katy Perry's Awkward 'American Idol' Moment Mean? [Watch]

Ryan Seacrest is coming under scrutiny online after an awkward-seeming exchange with Katy Perry during American Idol's live show on Sunday night (May 13).

The show went on a commercial break, and when it came back to live air, Seacrest was standing at the judges' table where Lionel Richie, Perry and Luke Bryan were seated. He was positioned directly in front of Perry.

She tells him, "We're on," evidently thinking he does not know the show is back, and in a strange non-sequitur, he replies, "Your mom's pretty." (Sunday was Mother's Day).

"My mom?" Perry asks, adding, "Well, I hope the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." She then winks at the camera, which a number of fans online, as well as several media outlets, interpreted as her trying to signal to the host that they are live on the air.

 

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Sam Hunt Isn't as Focused on Music Anymore: 'My Interests Have Changed'

Sam Hunt is releasing his first new single in more than a year, and in a new interview, he admits he's simply not as single-minded about his music career as he once was.

Hunt, 33, is set to release "Downtown's Dead" on Wednesday (May 16). It's his first single since he released "Body Like a Back Road" in February 2017, and the singer-songwriter says that since he released his debut album, Montevallo, in 2014, much has changed about his life.

“I’ve grown up a little bit since my first record, and I feel my first record was inspired by an era of my life that really left with something to say and something to sing about,” Hunt tells Yahoo!. “And at this point … I’ve gotten into some other things outside of music that I really enjoy. Just other interests of mine that have nothing to do with music."

 

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How Jana Kramer and Michael Caussin Healed Their Marriage After Infidelity

Jana Kramer is candid about her life in her recently-launched podcast, Whine Down With Jana Kramer, and in the second episode she chats with her husband, Michael Caussin, about their rocky past.

It hasn't been an easy road. Kramer married the former NFL star in 2015 and their daughter Jolie was born Jan. 31, 2016. The pair broke it off later that year — reports say  the split was caused by Caussin's infidelity — but began rebuilding their marriage slowly in 2017. By December 2017, they had renewed their vows in Hawaii.

"One of the reasons I have stayed with you as long as I have, it's because you're a very hands-on dad," Kramer tells him. "Great husband? Eh ..."

Caussin comes in around the 26-minute mark of an episode called "Marriage Uncorked," in which they open up about working on their marriage and navigating the struggles unfaithfulness can cause. He laughs nervously as he admits that his reputation as a husband is "debatable."

 

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Jessie James Decker's Brother Involved in Car Crash After Suspected Seizure

Jessie James Decker's younger brother, John James, feels "lucky to be alive" after going through a terrifying car accident recently in Nashville.

James, 23, is a fitness enthusiast, and he was on his way to the gym after doing a UV sauna when he suffered what he believes was a seizure while driving. James lost control of his car, causing it to roll. The vehicle was completely destroyed, but James walked away from the crash.

"The only way I can describe it is that I was screaming in my own head but couldn't control my body," James tells E!. "I remember thinking there was nothing I could do."

 

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Sheryl Crow Delivers National Anthem at Nashville Predators Playoffs Game [Watch]

Sheryl Crow is the latest in a string of prominent musicians delivering the U.S. National Anthem before the Nashville Predators' Stanley Cup Playoffs series home games. Crow took the ice preceding a crucial game for the Preds, who faced off against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 7 on Thursday night (May 10).

Taking their lead from last year's amazing winning season for the Preds, some of country music's biggest stars have hit the ice at the Bridgestone to perform the anthem before home games during the 2018 playoffs. Rascal Flatts, Maren Morris, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have all done the honors, and Dierks Bentley and Del McCoury teamed up for a special rendition.

 

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Cam Gives Surprise Performance of 'Diane' at Gay Cowboy Bar

Why, who was that familiar-looking blonde jumping up on the bar at New York City hotspot Flaming Saddles—a gay cowboy bar? It just happened to be Grammy-nominated singer Cam, who was invited to hop up and delight the crowd with an unexpected rendition of her current single "Diane."

Flaming Saddles has a Western theme with bartenders entertaining the patrons with their dances on top of the bar; Cam did this protocol proud by shimmying her way through the tune. "Best night of my life," she termed it.

Based on the post she shared on Instagram Wednesday (May 9), it looked as if the 33-year-old star had a very good time indeed. "Dancing on a bar with gay cowboys to Diane. I felt like the Cinderella of Flaming Saddles," she enthused.

 

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Kelsea Ballerini Wishes Taylor Swift Good Luck Ahead of Her Tour

Kelsea Ballerini and Taylor Swift have always had a good thing going as fellow admirers/pals, and on Tuesday morning, Ballerini showed off her affection for her gal by wishing her well on her upcoming reputation stadium tour, which kicks off Tuesday evening (May 8).

“Happy tour kickoff to my friend that is equally as inviting, warm, and entertaining drinking wine on the couch as she is on stage,” Ballerini wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo of the two singers apparently enjoying glasses of wine apres swim, wrapped in beach towels and lounging on a couch. “That being said, I can’t wait to come fangirl and get inspired. Potentially with a sign. Potentially also with some kind of snake apparel. Go get em, sister.”

 

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Is Jason Aldean + Miranda Lambert's 'Drown the Whiskey' a Hit? Listen and Sound Off!

Jason Aldean tapped Miranda Lambert for his new single "Drowns the Whiskey," a ballad that instantly becomes the most country-sounding song on the radio.

Steel guitar weeps all over this true heartbreaker, with Aldean finding an original way to poor his heart out by accusing the makers of Jack Daniels of not quite doing their job. It's said with a stabbing smirk and maybe an ironic chuckle. Lambert jumps in at the chorus, adding high harmonies to the ACM Entertainer of the Year's throated vocals. There's even a steel guitar solo! When was the last time you heard 13 uninterrupted seconds of that between a chorus and bridge?

Like gin and tonic or whiskey and sour, Aldean and Lambert's voices aren't an obvious mix, but in many ways they're similar singers relying on old memories and adherence to great country storytelling to make their points. "Drowns the Whiskey" is arguably the best song on Rearview Town, and it's an early favorite for some CMA love in November.

 

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Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Makes National Historic Register

The boyhood home of Johnny Cash, located in rural Arkansas, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on Friday (May 4).

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program announced that residence will now bear the designation of "Farm No. 266, Johnny Cash Boyhood Home." The house is located in Dyess, a small town close to the Tennessee border and about 170 miles northeast of Little Rock. Cash lived there from age 3 until he graduated from high school in 1950.

“Recognition by the National Park Service through this listing is a tremendous honor that requires exhaustive research and documentation,” says Dr. Ruth Hawkins, executive director of Arkansas State’s Heritage Sites program. “We are grateful for the additional opportunity to make people aware of the significant impact that growing up in Dyess, Arkansas, had on Johnny Cash and his music.”

 

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Watch Carrie Underwood's 'Cry Pretty' Video Teaser

Carrie Underwood is well known for her epic music videos, and it looks as if the "Cry Pretty" video — the latest in her roster — is going to be yet another jaw-dropping production.

The singer posted to social media a short tease for her upcoming video for new single "Cry Pretty" on Thursday (May 3). All we see is a shower running water, Underwood languishing in a red dress, then walking down a hallway in a fierce pink coat and sunglasses. We then get a glimpse of her, in silhouette, taking the stage to walk purposefully to the mic.

 

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