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Brad Paisley mourns the death of superfan, Cupcake

Brad Paisley is mourning the death of one of his first and biggest fans, Barbara Diane Whiten, who passed from "poor health" earlier this week.

 

Barbara Diana Whiten, or Cupcake, was one of his first fan club members and would often bake for the band.

 

"It makes me sad to see time take its toll, and yet so thankful for the rest of you as well," the "Today" singer wrote on Facebook. "I cherish the friendships this career has brought my way, & here's to the memories we've made & are still making. Rest In Peace Cupcake."

 

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Another Florida Georgia Line pop collab is underway

It's not fake news that Florida Georgia Line will be working on another pop collaboration.

 

The country duo, which recently paired up with the Chainsmokers' for the track "Last Day Alive" on their album, will also be featured on pop artist Bebe Rexha's forthcoming EP.

 

The news broke when Music News & Rumors tweeted "Bebe Rexha will release a song titled 'Meant to Be' featuring Florida Georgia Line on her upcoming EP, All Your Fault: Pt. 2" FGL's BK confirmed by tweeting back "truth."

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There's No Doubt Gwen Stefani loves Blake Shelton

We get it Gwen, you and Blake Shelton are super in love.

 

Over the weekend, Stefani was posting all over Instagram in honor of her beau's 41st birthday. From the looks of the Gram, the two spent Blake's day with an armadillo cake and surrounded by family. 

 

 

 

I get to kiss on the birthday boy @blakeshelton #happybirthdaycowboy gx

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'American Idol' reboot - Keith Urban to "possibly" judge

After a 15-year-run on Fox, American Idol is coming back on television next year and will air on ABC instead.

 

So far, Katy Perry is the only confirmed judge and Ryan Seacrest will return as the host.

 

Keith Urban, who was a former judge on the reality singing competition show, will "possibly" return to the show. 

 

“There’s a lot of moving parts,” Urban told CMT Cody. “That’s a good political answer, isn’t it? But it’s also quite true of the state of it right now. There’s a lot of moving parts in everybody’s camps. We’ll see what happens.”
 
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Honey, Shania Twain is home!

This is not a drill! I repeat, this is not a drill! Shania Twain's brand-new single, “Life’s About to Get Good,” is released to radio.

 

 

And, there is more music news from the country legend. Shania will drop Now, her first album in over 15 years, on Sept. 29. The album is also now available for pre-order.

 

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Forbes recognizes country stars who make the big bucks on Celebrity 100 list

Garth Brooks is the biggest money maker in country music for 2017, according to a list recently released by Forbes.

 

Brooks landed at No. 26 with $60 million in earnings on "The World's Highest-Paid Celebrities 2017" list which ranks the top 100 highest-paid celebs by pre-tax income from June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017.

 

Several other country music superstars made the list including Jimmy Buffet ($50.5 million, No. 35), Kenny Chesney ($42.5 million, No. 53), Luke Bryan ($42 million, No. 55), Dolly Parton ($37 million, No. 71), Florida Georgia Line ($34.5 million, No. 83), Toby Keith ($34.5 million, No. 83) and Jason Aldean ($32.5 million, No. 98).

 

Overall, Diddy took spot No.1 with $130 million.

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Randy Travis, Garth Brooks surprises CMA Music Festival go-ers

The CMA Music Festival started with plenty of surprises last week.

 

During Michael Ray's outdoor performance at the Chevy Riverfront Park Stage on Thursday, the first day of the four-day fest, Ray brought Randy Travis out for a heartwarming appearance.

 

Travis was helped onto the stage by his wife, Mary Davis-Travis. Together, the crowd, Ray and Travis sang "Forever and Ever, (Amen)." The crowd delivered a standing ovation for Travis, who suffered from a near-fatal stroke in 2013 which left him unable to walk and speak.

 

 

 

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As for the concert at Nissan Stadium on Thursday night, Garth Brooks walked onto the stage with an acoustic guitar and started his surprise set with "The Thunder Rolls." He sang his other hits like "The Dance" and "That Summer."

 

Though it wasn't planned, Garth definitely had fans in the crowd because nearly everyone was singing along with him.

 

"What an AWESOME week for Nashville!" the CMA Entertainer of the Year wrote on Instagram. "Thanks #CMAfest for inviting me to 'surprise' on opening night! HA! love, g"

 

 

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Justin Moore welcomes fourth child, first son

 

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Justin Moore's family just got a little more southern.

 

The country singer and his wife Kate welcomed their fourth child, Thomas South.

 

As the first son of the family, they named him Thomas after Justin's late grandfather.

 

"Kate and I already felt like the most blessed people in the world, with our three beautiful daughters. But, we feel even more blessed to have a healthy baby BOY now to add to our family. God has given us another wonderful gift, in him, june 11th," Justin wrote on his Instagram.

 

Thomas South who will be called South has three older sisters, Rebecca Klein, 3 next month, Kennedy Faye, 5½, and Ella Kole, 7, according to CMT Cody.

 

"His sisters are already obsessed with him, as we are all of them," Justin wrote. "Thanks for all the well wishes and congratulations. Very much appreciated. Link in bio for the full article on our new addition."

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ESPN puts the rowdy back in Monday Night Football

With or without his rowdy friends, Hank Williams Jr. will return to ESPN for Monday Night Football.

 

Hank Jr. was dropped by the sports network back in 2011 after he made controversial comments about then-President Barack Obama.

 

The country legend's comeback debut will be on Sept. 11 before the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings game. He won't be solo though, he will be joined by new acts which will be announced later this week.

 

 

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Tim and Faith celebrate anniversary with steamy "Speak To A Girl" video

Today, Tim and Faith are celebrating 20 years together!

 

The couple also just released a brand-new video together for "Speak To A Girl."

 

 

Their Soul2Soul The World Tour will make a stop in Orlando in October.

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'CMT On Tour' is about to be a PARDI

We're head over boots about this news!

 

Jon Pardi will headline the 16th annual CMT On Tour.

 

"Drinkin' Problem" singers Midland and "Lipstick" singers Runaway June will be joining.

 

No tour dates have been announced but stay tuned for more details.

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Lee Brice and wife welcome third child

 

Baby No. 3 for Lee Brice and his wife Sara has arrived!

 

Sara gave birth to their third child, a baby girl named Trulee Nanette, on June 2.

 

Trulee has two big brothers, Ryker Mobley and Takoda. Lee's latest single "Boy" is a tribute to his sons.

 

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George Strait's 'Pure Country' is finding a new format

Twenty-five years after the movie Pure Country was released, it will now become a musical with new faces and new music.

 

George Strait, who starred as main character Dusty in the movie, won't be featured in the musical. Instead, broadway star Harley Jay will be playing the role with the name Rusty.

 

The Pure Country movie soundtrack had hits like "Heartland" and "I Cross My Heart" by George Strait but the musical will have 18 new songs.

 

 

The show opens this weekend in Texas.

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FGL star Brian Kelley + wife dig roots in Cali

One half of the Florida Georgia Line duo, Brian Kelley, is Cali bound!

 

The country superstar and his wife, Brittney, are bringing their clothing line to a store front in West Hollywood.

 

The couple created Tribe Kelley, the American fashion line, in 2014, and debuted their latest collection in a "brick-and-mortar retail shop for the first time," according to People.

 

The clothes, ranging from $45 to $240, feature "versatile pieces for him and her, neutral colors and, of course, some camouflage."

 

Lil Wayne was spotting sporting Tribe Kelley attire during his performance with Nicki Minaj at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards.

 

Check the collection out at the Tribe Kelley website.

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Canaan Smith gives Miranda a shout-out

Canaan Smith, who rose to fame with his hit Love You Like That, name drops Miranda Lambert is his newest single.

 

Although fans will have to wait for the rest of the album, the singer-songwriter released his first single, Like You That Way, off his forthcoming album in April.

 

In an interview with People, Canaan says his wife and Miranda Lambert are the inspiration for the summer anthem.

 

Like You That Way (Lyric Video) by Canaan Smith on VEVO.

 

Canaan will be touring all summer long but has no stops in Florida.

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Chris Stapleton postpones eight upcoming shows

Chris Stapleton has postponed the next three weeks of his tour stops and cancelled his CMA Music Festival performance in Nashville next week, his team announced Wednesday.

 

Eight shows on his The All-American Road Show were postponed and they are working on rescheduling all of them.

 

Though his team has not confirmed it, a source close to Stapleton told People, the change is because he's suffering from a hand injury.

 

Last month, the musician released Find A Room, the first album of his forthcoming two-part album.

 

For more info: visit his website.

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Eric Church is having a record year of breaking his own records

The Chief has broken his own record.

 

This past weekend, Eric Church performed two back-to-back concerts in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena where he broke two attendance records.

 

 

On his Friday night tour stop, he brought a record-breaking 18,996 fans. He attracted even more fans the following night with 19,020 concert-goers.

 

According to CMT, the previous record holder was Bon Jovi who brought 18,514 fans to the Bridgestone in February.

 
Church will be performing in Nashville again next week during the CMA Fest.

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Jana Kramer gets insight from a medium

 

A couple weeks back, Jana Kramer made an appearance on Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry. She was accompanied by a squad of friends who sat in a separate room.

 

Some viewers would have likely anticipated the reading results would relate to her abusive and deceased first husband, who allegedly tried to kill her over a decade ago. Instead, Tyler Henry, the medium, was unable to connect with anyone related to Jana but connected with her friend's mother.

 

Watch the clip above for the full story.

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Luke Bryan dedicates Florida beach house to a loved one

Luke Bryan may be into cracking jokes and shaking his butt in tight jeans but he's got a sentimental side too.

 

The country superstar dedicates more than his song "Drink a Beer" to his late brother. The family calls Luke's Florida beach home "Snowman," according to Traditional Home magazine, in honor of Chris who passed away in a car accident over 20 years ago.

 

“Evidently, Chris wasn’t a great golfer. Snowman became his nickname,” Caroline, Luke's wife, tells the mag, which correlates to scoring an eight on a single hole. “We named our farm Red Bird Farm after Luke’s sister [Kelly] and wanted to honor Chris as well."

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Carrie Underwood to be inducted into hometown Hall of Fame

Carrie Underwood is proud to be an Okie, and Oklahoma is proud of her.

 

The "Dirty Laundry" singer will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in November during a ceremony hosted by Vince Gill and broadway star Kristin Chenoweth.

 

“I’ve always been proud to say I’m from Oklahoma,” the country superstar told CMT Cody. “The people, culture, and environment molded me into the person I am today. It’s such an honor to be recognized among such great company by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame!”

 

Carrie joins fellow Oklahoma natives, Reba, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton and Gill who have previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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Billboard Music Awards 2017: Country

While the three hour long Billboard Music Awards last night consisted mostly of recognizing various genres other than country, there were a few noteworthy country-related moments.

 

Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean were among several country stars who either performed, received a nomination or award during the live show.

 

Sam Hunt sang his latest No. 1 hit "Body Like A Backroad" while FGL and R&B singer John Legend shared the stage during their performance. The artists combined their hits "H.O.L.Y." and "Surefire," respectively.

 

 

Prior to the show, Sam Hunt and his wife Hannah enjoyed their first red carpet together as a married couple.

 

As for performances, Miley Cyrus ditched the wrecking ball this year. She refrained from twerking and instead, she sang a stripped-down performance of "Malibu," her brand-new (somewhat country sounding single) and got teary eyed as the crowd clapped.

 

Here are the country-related award results:

 

Top Duo/Group:
The Chainsmokers
Coldplay
Florida Georgia Line
Guns N’ Roses
Twenty One Pilots -- WINNER

 

Top Country Artist:
Florida Georgia Line
Blake Shelton -- WINNER
Keith Urban
Chris Stapleton
Jason Aldean

Top Country Tour:
Luke Bryan
Kenny Chesney -- WINNER
Dixie Chicks

 

Top Country Album:
Jason Aldean, They Don’t Know
Florida Georgia Line, Dig Your Roots
Blake Shelton, If I’m Honest
Chris Stapleton, Traveller -- WINNER
Keith Urban, Ripcord

 

Top Country Song:
Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire”
Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.” -- WINNER
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
Little Big Town, “Better Man”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Top Country Collaboration:
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King, “Different For Girls”
Kenny Chesney Featuring Pink, “Setting The World On Fire” -- WINNER
Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, “Kill A Word”
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw, “May We All”
Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill, “Sober Saturday Night”

 

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Thomas Rhett welcomes Willa to the family and America too

Thomas Rhett and Lauren's adopted toddler from Uganda arrives in America!

 

 

 

The singer took to social media to share the good news after an "adoption process for what seems like forever..."

 

Willa Gray, 18-months-old, had lots of "firsts" immediately after arriving in Thomas and Lauren's hands. The baby girl went on her first walk, tried playing a toy piano, listened to Bruno Mars, received a pair of noise cancel headphones and made furry friends with the family dogs.

 

 

First walk was a success😎

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The family will be expanding from three to four this summer since Lauren is pregnant with baby #2! For Mother's Day this past weekend, Thomas took to social media to brag on his wife. 

 

"Babe.. not only are you the hottest mom you are the sweetest, funniest most kind hearted human being that I know. I know you didn't plan on marrying a singer when you were sitting in your 3rd grade class room but I'm so glad you did. I couldn't imagine my life without you. Seriously you know how lost I get when you are gone for 2 weeks😂 I love you so much and happy 1st Mother's Day. You already are a rock star at being a mom. You + me+ Willa"

 

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Dan from Dan + Shay is a married man

 

 

Just Married!

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Dan Smyers from Dan + Shay marries his longtime girlfriend, Abby Law, over the weekend in Nashville.

 

The couple tied the knot after a six month engagement and three and a half years of dating prior to that, according to People.

 

The couple, who volunteer and foster dogs through Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, had their three dogs dressed in tuxes and a dress in the wedding party. They even included a fundraiser for the organization in their wedding registry. 

 

 

 

Forever.

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As for the other half of the Dan + Shay duo, Shay Mooney and his fiancee welcomed a baby boy, Asher James, back in January.

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After two years of trying, Brantley Gilbert and wife are expecting!

Brantley Gilbert and his wife Amber weren't expecting to be expecting a baby.

 

The couple, who had been trying for a baby since they married in 2015, were told by two fertility specialists that it would be "close to a miracle" to get pregnant naturally, according to People.

 

The two had put trying for a baby on hold because of Amber's hesistation to starting fertility treatments. But in February, Amber surprised Gilbert while he was on the road with a box of three positive pregnancy tests.

 

“I think I stared at it for at least two minutes without saying anything because I was literally in shock. We’d been told it was just not in the cards, and I’m staring at this answer to many, many, many prayers," Gilbert told People.

 
The baby is due in November, and Gilbert will celebrate 5 years without drinking in December.
 
“I got a long way away from the things that I was raised to prioritize: being a husband and a good father. Coming back to that and this happening, especially unexpectedly … My heart just feels full," he told People.

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A $6.4 million mansion isn't so litty bitty

Alan Jackson's Georgia home isn't so litty bitty.

 

The country star is selling his lakefront home in Clarkesville for $6.4 million, according to Zillow. Built in 2008, the house sits on 1.2 acres with five bedrooms and nine bathrooms (six full and three half). There's also a two story boathouse with a swim dock.

 

 

Last month, Jackson was tapped for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame along with Jerry “Guitar Man” Reed and “The Gambler” writer Don Schlitz.

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Jason Aldean and his wife are expecting!

A bun is in the oven for Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany.

 

The "Burnin' It Down" singer and Brittany, former 2012 American Idol contestant, announced on Monday they are expecting their first child together.

 

"Been hard to keep this secret but we couldnt be happier to add to our family. This year just gets better and better," Aldean wrote on IG.

 

 

 

Aldean already has two children, Kendyl and Keeley, from his first marriage with his former high school sweetheart. They divorced in 2013 after 12 years of marriage. Aldean was caught kissing Brittany in 2012 and they were married in 2015. His first-wife also remained in 2015.

 

 

Jason Aldean: They Don't Know Tour will make two Florida tour stops in August.

 

 

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Loretta Lynn suffers from stroke

Over the weekend, country music legend Loretta Lynn suffered from a stroke at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

 

She is expected to make a full recover. However, the 85-year-old was advised by her doctors to stay off the road while she is recovering which means her upcoming shows will be postponed.

 

Get well Loretta!

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Kellie Pickler is a day-time talk show host (almost)

The first-ever Nashville based talk show is in the works.

 

The show, which will include cooking, gardening, entertainment, home design, beauty and fashion, will be hosted by Kellie Pickler and Emmy Award-winning journalist Ben Aaron.


Faith Hill is acting as co-executive producer along with former Oprah Winfrey Show executive producer Lisa Erspamer and Sandbox Entertainment president and CEO Jason Owen, according to CMT.

 

The talk show is set to launch Sept. 18.

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Jake Owen's officially off the market - sorry ladies

Love is in the air for country stars lately.

 

Sam Hunt is married. Kane Brown is engaged. Jake Owen has a girlfriend.

 

In a recent interview, Jake Owen revealed he not only started dating again but that 31-year-old Erica Hartlein, an interior designer in Nashville, is his girlfriend.

 

Photo cred: Country Fancast

 

 

Jake will be performing at Country 500 this month.

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Billy Ray Cyrus drops the Billy Ray

The "Achy Breaky Heart" singer is breaking off the first part of his name.

 

Billy Ray Cyrus now wants to be known as "Cyrus" and plans to have it legally changed.

 

This year marks the anniversary of his hit-song "Achy Breaky Heart" and he re-recorded a new version of the song in Alabama with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, the Swampers, according to CMT.

 

Cyrus, still known as Billy Ray Cyrus on Twitter, has been promoting the new version of the song.

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Dierks Bentley's wife is a marathon runner and charity donator!

Cassidy Blackton, Dierks Bentley's wife, is not only one hell of a runner but she's also quite philanthropic.

 

The country star's wife raised over $23,000 for a Nashville charity with her run in the Boston Marathon last week.

 

The money she raised went straight to Nashville’s Safe Haven Family Shelter, a charity that aims to end family homelessness through education and advocacy, according to CMT.

 

Her journey was document on social media thanks to Dierks, who created an Instagram page for the cause, @cassrunsboston17. He didn't stop there though, he shared his support for his wife on his own personal account too.

 

 

 

Here we go @cassrunsboston17! Your @bostonmarathon pit crew is ready to cheer you on! number one fans. CRUSH IT #beboston

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Cassidy, who finished the race in 3 hours and 26 minutes, reflected on the experience though the IG.

 

 

 

I'm reaching the maximum number of posts that one can reasonably dedicate to one race so ill wrap up with hugs. Hugs to Boston. I can't believe how that city turns out for the runners. Hugs to the little kids lined on the side of the street with their hands out to high five the runners. Hugs to the volunteers and everyone there keeping people safe. Hugs to the girls who cheered for me at mile 6 and the person who I couldn't see who screamed my name and "Safe Haven" at mile 10. I hope you heard me scream back. To everyone who shared encouraging words and those who donated to Safe Haven...gigantic bear hug. The last six miles of yesterday's race were mind bending. I lost my center and everything hurt and it felt like it would never, ever end. And yet here I am already feeling nostalgic for it. That's the weird magic of a marathon...or I guess of anything that is hard but worth it.

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Alabama's Jeff Cook battles Parkinson's, takes time off from touring

A founding member of Alabama, Jeff Cook, is battling Parkinson's disease and will be taking a break from touring with the band.

 

Cook, Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry made the announcement last week when they told The Tennessean.

“Let me say, I’m not calling it quits, but sometimes our bodies dictate what we have to do, and mine is telling me it’s time to take a break and heal," Cook told The Tennessean. “If I’m healed overnight, I’ll be at the next show. I do believe in prayer, and I’m not giving up.”

“This disease robs you of your coordination, your balance, and causes tremors,” Cook said in the prepared statement last week. “For me, this has made it extremely frustrating to try and play guitar, fiddle or sing. I’ve tried not to burden anyone with the details of my condition because I do not want the music to stop or the party to end, and that won’t change no matter what.

 

Cook was diagnosed four years ago but he and the band kept it quiet even though some audience members began to speculate his movements onstage were due to substance abuse, according to CMT.

 

"That's the part that hurts so bad, for people to think he's intoxicated or something," Owen told The Tennessean.

 

While Cook is giving his body a break, other musicians will cover for him during performances.

 

“We could hire 10 people, but we can’t replace Jeff Cook in the group Alabama,” Gentry said.

 

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Shania Twain joins The Voice as a mentor

Shania Twain is a legend so it's no surprise she will be a mentor on The Voice this season.

 

Twain will advise the top 12 contestants.

 

Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are just a few of the country artists that have acted a guest mentor on NBC's hit-show while Blake Shelton remains a judge on this season again.

 

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Sam Hunt wifed up fiancee Hannah Lee Fowler last weekend

Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler started their happily ever after this weekend!

 

The couple wed in Georgia over the weekend, according to TMZ.

 

TMZ even captured photos of the blushing bride as she entered the wedding venue in a white dress with a fishtail braid.

 

News of their engagement broke at the start of this year shortly after the two rekindled things in the spring of last year.

 

Fowler, a nurse, is the inspiration for much of Sam's first studio album Montevallo, and he dedicates his single "Drinkin' Too Much" from his forthcoming sophomore album as an apology anthem to her.

 

While she stays off social media, Hunt let everyone get a good look at her during the ACM's a couple weeks back. During his "Body Like a Back Road" performance, Hunt ditched the stage and made his way into the audience next to Hannah where he sang to her while she nervously laughed and blushed.

 

We're happy they worked things out, and congrats are definitely in order for the beautiful couple!

 

 

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FGL collaborates with The Chainsmokers

 

Country duo, Florida Georgia Line, is all about the collaborations lately.

 

First, they paired up with the Backstreet Boys on their Dig Your Roots album and today, they are featured on EDM DJ duo The Chainsmokers debut album, Memories...Do Not Open.

 

The track which FGL joins in on is "Last Day Alive."

 

 

Y'all check it out!!! Proud to be a part of @thechainsmokers new 🔥🔥🔥 record out today. #lastdayalive #memoriesdonotopen

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Reba's new ABC soap opera: details

Months back, Reba hinted at her new TV show, and this week the singer-actress shared updates on the upcoming Southern Gothic soap opera.

 

The pilot has officially been shot, and the soap will be titled Red Blooded.

 

“[ABC] had two notes for us: ‘Expand upon this and expand upon that.’ It wasn’t ‘Take that out’ or ‘Fix [this].’ We’re thrilled to pieces.... Hopefully... ABC will say it’s a go, and we’ll start filming in middle of July,” Reba told CMT.

 

This will be Reba's first dramatic role as she plays "Ruby Adair", a small town sheriff.

 

Reba most recently starred in sitcoms Malibu Country, which was cancelled in 2013, and Reba, which ran from 2001 to 2007.

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Country legend Alan Jackson will be a Country Music Hall of Fame member

Alan Jackson will soon be Here in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 

“People are always asking me, you’ve done everything. What's your next goal,” Alan said at the induction ceremony. “What goals do you have left? I never say the Country Music Hall of Fame ‘cause I thought that was kind of pretentious to think that I deserve to be in there. I never say that. Now I can say that. This about the last dream on the list right here.”

 

The legendary country singer will be inducted later this year, according to CMT, joining Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Charlie Daniels among many other singers and songwriters.

 

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Taylor Swift may come back to her country roots

Pop icon T. Swift has been laying low lately.

 

The "Red" singer "has been busy working on her upcoming album" according to Entertainment Tonight, and debating whether she should revert back to her country sound or stick to pop.


She has reportedly been spending time in the studio in Nashville where she can escape from the paparazzi.

 

Even though Taylor is a bit MIA as of now, Swifties can look forward to her next big album by the end of the year, ET's source said.

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Dustin Lynch is dating an Osbourne...?

Is "Small Town Boy" Dustin Lynch playing a joke on his fans or is he 'for real' dating Kelly Osborne?

 

The country crooner posted a picture with the daughter of Ozzy and Sharon, writing  "Shhhhh... 🤐#oneyear"

 

 

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Osbourne, also took to IG to celebrate this "one year" occasion, writing "with my boo @dustinlynchmusic #celebrating our first anniversary! #TheOddCouple 💜🍾💋"

 

This one year celebratory event was their friendaversary rather than the anniversary of dating, according to Lynch.

 

Once fans started to get riled up at the idea that he may not be a single man, he posted a screenshot of the term defined by Urban Dictionary.

 

The "friends" met a year ago at Stagecoach Country Music Festival, according to Entertainment Tonight, and are heavily playing up their faux relationship.

 

"She has one of the best personalities and sense of humors of all time, and makes me laugh like crazy," he told ET. "I think I make her laugh because I'm so backwards of what she's used to out here. We love laughing together, having a good time picking on each other, giving each other a hard time."

 

The 31-year-old country singer insists he is still single and there is indeed no relationship between the two.

 

Dustin Lynch is currently on tour with Florida Georgia Line.

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Rascal Flatts are soon to be restaurant owners

Country music trio Rascal Flatts is opening a restaurant in Hollywood!

 

The spot called "Your's If You Want It" is set to open in late 2017, and promises “beer and cocktails, down home eats and good music," according to CMT.

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ICYMI: ACMs recap in photos

The 52nd ACMs aired last night. If you missed the award show, here are some photos.

 

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#ACMawards2017 recap

The 52nd Academy of Music Awards aired live last night.

 

Here is a list of the nominees and winners for each category.

 

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean WINNER!

Luke Bryan

Florida Georgia Line

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban
 

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert WINNER!

Maren Morris

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood
 

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean

Dierks Bentley

Thomas Rhett WINNER!

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban
 

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big & Rich

Brothers Osborne WINNER!

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae
 

Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band

Little Big Town WINNER!

Old Dominion

Rascal Flatts

Lady Antebellum
 

New Male Vocalist of the Year

Kane Brown

Chris Janson

Chris Lane

Jon Pardi WINNER!

Brett Young
 

New Female Vocalist of the Year

Lauren Alaina

Cam

Brandy Clark

Maren Morris WINNER!
 

New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year

A Thousand Horses

Brothers Osborne WINNER!

Dan + Shay

LoCash

Maddie & Tae
 

Songwriter of the Year

Ashley Gorley

Luke Laird

Hillary Lindsey

Shane McAnally

Lori McKenna WINNER!
 

Album of the Year

Black – Dierks Bentley

Dig Your Roots – Florida Georgia Line

Hero – Maren Morris

Ripcord – Keith Urban

The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert WINNER!
 

Single Record of the Year

"Blue Ain’t Your Color" – Keith Urban

"H.O.L.Y." – Florida Georgia Line WINNER

"Humble and Kind" – Tim McGraw

"My Church" – Maren Morris

"Vice" – Miranda Lambert
 

Song of the Year

"Blue Ain’t Your Color" – Keith Urban

"Die a Happy Man" – Thomas Rhett WINNER!

"Humble and Kind" – Tim McGraw

"Kill a Word" – Eric Church featuring Rhiannon Giddens

"Tennessee Whiskey" – Chris Stapleton

"Vice" – Miranda Lambert
 

Video of the Year

"Fire Away" – Chris Stapleton

"Forever Country" – Artists of Then, Now & Forever WINNER!

"Humble and Kind" – Tim McGraw

"Peter Pan" – Kelsea Ballerini

"Vice" – Miranda Lambert
 

Vocal Event of the Year

"Different for Girls" – Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King

"Forever Country" – Artists of Then, Now & Forever

"May We All" – Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw WINNER!

"Setting the World on Fire" – Kenny Chesney featuring Pink

"Think of You" – Chris Young featuring Cassadee Pope

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Tim and Faith release a brand-new single!

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are joining forces on all things lately.

 

The country music power couple is pairing up for a joint world tour, a duet album and have just released a brand-new single together.

 

"Speak to a girl" is the first song off their upcoming joint album.

 

 

Their Soul2Soul World Tour will kick off in April.

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Darius Rucker is jail bound

Darius Rucker has been giving acting like a criminal a try.

 

The "Wagon Wheel" singer will make a cameo in CMT's brand-new show, Sun Records, tonight. Rucker plays the role of a singing prisoner, watch the clip below for a sneak peek.

 

Tune in tonight on CMT.

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DWTS season premier highlight: formerly paralyzed cowboy

Dancing with the Stars' Bonner Bolton is a sight for sore eyes.

 

The 29-year-old professional bull rider danced his way through the show's season premiere despite surviving a near-fatal accident in 2015. 

 

 

 

The real-life cowboy, who won his first world title at 20, was "bucked off the back of a bull" in 2016, according to People. Bolton landed on his head and was hospitalized with a broken C-2 vertebrae, according to People.

 

Watch the cowboy with professional dance partner, Sharna Burgess, and the rest of the celeb cast Mondays on ABC.

 

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Cam teaches a TedxTalk

Cam took a quick break from writing and singing to give a TedxTalk on something she knows well: music.

 

The "Burning House" singer, who earned a psychology degree in college, discussed the impact of music to a group of people at the University of Nevada.

 

"Only lasted about 11 minutes... but I was more terrified than I've ever been in my life," Cam wrote on her Facebook page. "To share knowledge publicly - means I had to first believe that I have knowledge worth sharing (and questioning myself is pretty much my superpower)."

 

Although Cam is a successful singer-songwriter, she expressed in that same social media post that she had difficulty writing a speech.

 

"It's not new information, but it's just often forgotten that music is an essential part of our humanity. I couldn't let people miss out on that understanding," she wrote.

 

 

Cam is currently on tour in the United Kingdom and Ireland. She's also an opener for George Strait's Las Vegas residency.

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T. Rhett wins at iHeart Music Awards

Thomas Rhett is winning big lately.

 

The daddy-to-be won Country Artist Of The Year at the iHeartRadio Music Awards with his pregnant wife by his side. In his acceptance speech, he calls the night his "unborn daughter's first award show." Lauren, his wife, flaunted her baby bump for the first time on the red carpet.

 

Fellow country star and touring mate, Kelsea Ballerini, presented the award to Rhett. Ballerini was a winner herself though, walking away as Best New Country Artist, beating out Chris Lane, Maren Morris, Granger Smith and Chris Stapleton.

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Why is The Band Perry so weird now?

The former country trio, The Band Perry, is on a different path now.

 

The band is pursuing pop music, and here is their latest music video. Spoiler: there are face masks and interpretive dancing.

 

 

The music video is for their latest single, Stay In The Dark, which is on their band-new unrealeased album My Bad Imagination.

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Luke Bryan and his son's adorable moment in "Fast" music video

Luke Bryan's 8-year-old son, Bo, got a girlfriend!

 

Bo called his dad to tell him the big news while the "Fast" singer was filming the music video. Luke congratulated him and then saying this has been a year in the making of him asking her to be his girlfriend.

 

 

Aside from Bo, Luke and his wife Caroline have a younger son, Tate, and are raising their nephew, Til.

 

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Wax figures of country superstars - see here

You haven't made it until someone creates a wax figure of you.

 

 

Madame Tussands, a popular wax figure museum, will soon open in Music City. The museum, which will feature stars like Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, opens in April.

 

Shelton and Bryan aren't the only lucky ones who will have these doppelgangers. Carrie underwood, Johnny Cash, Keith Urban and more will be featured as wax figures, making it the first themed attraction to highlight artists that have shaped music.

 

 

 

 

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Tim McGraw stars in new movie, 'The Shack'

Country superstar Tim McGraw will star in The Shack, a faith-based film, which hits theaters this weekend.

 

McGraw plays the role of Willie. Sam Worthington (Avatar) and Octavia Spencer (The Help) also are starring in the movie.

 

Both McGraw and his country star wife, Faith Hill, and Dan + Shay have songs on the album soundtrack.

 

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FGL + Nelly + Chris Lane = Smooth Tour

FGL is joining forces with rap star, Nelly, once again.

 

The country stars and rapper collaborated in the past for a remix of FGL's hit-song "Cruise" back in 2012. Now, the country duo will bring Nelly, along with newcomer country singer Chris Lane, onto their summer tour.

 

The Smooth Tour kicks off in June, and makes Florida stops in October.

 

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of FGL are currently nominated for five Academy of Country Music Award nominations.

 

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Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman proving a power couple

Keith Urban and his Aussie actress wife, Nicole Kidman, are making their rounds at award shows.

 

The couple appeared at the Academy Awards this past weekend where Kidman was nominated for best supporting actress in her most recent film, Lion, which follows the story of a five-year-old boy who loses his family in India. Viola Davis ended up taking home the Oscar for her supprting role in Fences.

 

As for Kidman's country crooner hubby, Urban is nominated for seven Academy of Country Music Award nominations.

 

For a full list of ACM nominations: visit

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DWTS: new cast announced, features a pro bull rider

The hit-show "Dancing with the Stars" is back for another season with a star-studded cast.

 

The celeb cast of season 24 was revealed on "Good Morning America" today and includes Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, professional bull rider Bonner Bolton, two-time World Series champ David Ross among other Hollywood names.

 

Last season, Biles Olympic teammate, Laurie Hernandez won the Mirrorball trophy.

 

Here's a list of the full cast:

Simone Biles with Sasha Farber

Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess

Charo with Keo Motsepe

Chris Kattan with Witney Carson

David Ross with Lindsay Arnold

Erika Jayne with Gleb Savchenko

Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Mr. T with Kym Herjavec

Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev

Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater

Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd  

The new season airs March 20.

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ACM Award Nominations Announced!

Earlier this week, Lady Antebellum announced the nominations for the ACM Awards. 

 

Keith Urban led in noms with seven, Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert followed with six each.

 

Here is a full list: 

 

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Jason Aldean
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Chris Stapleton
  • Keith Urban

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Maren Morris
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Carrie Underwood

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR

  • Big & Rich
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Maddie & Tae

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

  • Eli Young Band
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Little Big Town
  • Old Dominion
  • Rascal Flatts

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE

  • Kane Brown
  • Chris Janson
  • Chris Lane
  • Jon Pardi
  • Brett Young

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE

  • Lauren Alaina
  • Cam
  • Brandy Clark
  • Maren Morris
    * four nominees only

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE

  • A Thousand Horses
  • Brothers Osborne
  • Dan + Shay
  • LOCASH
  • Maddie & Tae

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Black – Dierks Bentley
    Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Dig Your Roots– Florida Georgia Line
    Producer: Joey Moi
    Record Label: Big Machine Label Group
  • HERO – Maren Morris
    Producers: busbee, Brad Hill, Maren Morris
    Record Label: Columbia Nashville 
  • Ripcord – Keith Urban
    Producers: Jeff Bhasker, busbee, Nathan Chapman, Nitzan Kaikov, Dann Huff, Tyler Johnson, Johnny Price, Nile Rodgers, Keith Urban, Greg Wells
    Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville
  • The Weight of These Wings– Miranda Lambert
    Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf
    Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban
    Producers: Dann Huff, Keith Urban
    Record Labels: Hit Red Records, Capitol Records Nashville
  • H.O.L.Y. – Florida Georgia Line
    Producer: Joey Moi
    Record Label: Big Machine Label Group
  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw
    Producers: Byron Gallimore, Tim McGraw
    Record Labels: McGraw Music, Big Machine Records
  • My Church – Maren Morris
    Producers: busbee, Maren Morris
    Record Label: Columbia Nashville
  • Vice – Miranda Lambert
    Producers: Frank Liddell, Eric Masse, Glenn Worf
    Record Labels: RCA Nashville, Vanner Records

SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

  • Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban
    Songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, Steven Lee Olsen
    Publishers: WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Music Of The Corn (ASCAP), HillarodyRathbone Music (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP), House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Spirit Catalog Holdings (S.a.r.l.), Spirit Two Nashville (ASCAP)
  • Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett
    Songwriters: Thomas Rhett, Sean Douglas, Joe Spargur
    Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc (BMI), Cricket On The Line (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI), Eastman Pond Publishing (BMI), Music of Big Deal (BMI), Nice Life (BMI), Frederic And Reid Music (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI), Brodsky Spensive Publishing (BMI)
  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw
    Songwriter: Lori McKenna
    Publishers: Songs of Universal Inc (BMI), Hoodie Songs (BMI)
  • Kill A Word – Eric Church Featuring Rhiannon Giddens
    Songwriters: Eric Church, Luke Dick, Jeff Hyde
    Publishers: Emileon Songs (BMI), Little Louder Songs (BMI), Longer And Louder Music (BMI), Mammaw's Fried Okra Music (BMI), Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI)
  • Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton
    Songwriters: Dean Dillon, Linda Hargrove
    Publishers: Universal-Songs Of PolyGram International (BMI), EMI Algee (BMI)
  • Vice – Miranda Lambert
    Songwriters: Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
    Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing (BMI), Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Smack Hits (GMR), Kobalt Music Group,
    Ltd. (GMR), Anderson Fork In The Road Music (ASCAP), Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc. (ASCAP), Smackville Music (ASCAP)

VIDEO OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY XFINITY [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

  • Fire Away – Chris Stapleton
    Director: Tim Mattia
    Producer: Jennifer Rothlein
  • Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now & Forever
    Director: Joseph Kahn
    Producers: Nathan de la Rionda, Jil Hardin, Charleen Manca, Joanna Carter, Chandra LaPlume, Sarah Trahern, Damon Whiteside
  • Humble And Kind – Tim McGraw
    Director: Wes Edwards
    Producer: Jennifer Rothlein
  • Peter Pan – Kelsea Ballerini
    Director: Kristin Barlowe
    Producer: Michelle Abnet
  • Vice – Miranda Lambert
    Director: Trey Fanjoy
    Producer: Ashley Bergeron Ford

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR*(Off Camera Award)

  • Ashley Gorley
  • Luke Laird
  • Hillary Lindsey
  • Shane McAnally
  • Lori McKenna

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

  • Different For Girls – Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
    Producers: Ross Copperman, Arturo Buenahora Jr.
    Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Forever Country – Artists of Then, Now & Forever
    Producer: Shane McAnally
    Record Label: MCA Nashville
  • May We All – Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw
    Producer: Joey Moi
    Record Label: Big Machine Label Group
  • Setting The World On Fire – Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk
    Producers: Buddy Cannon, Kenny Chesney
    Record Labels: Blue Chair Records, Columbia Nashville
  • Think Of You – Chris Young Featuring Cassadee Pope
    Producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young
    Record Labels: RCA Nashville, RCA Records

 

The 52nd annual award show will air in April on CBS.

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Yes Miranda, we could be friends!

Miranda, we definitely could be friends!

 

The "We Could Be Friends" singer released the video to her latest single.

 

 

The single is on her album The Weight of These Wings which is nominated for ACM Album of the Year.

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Cassadee Pope's boyfriend put a ring on it

Cassadee Pope, the former Voice champ, got engaged to her longtime boyfriend, they confirmed Friday. Her boyfriend of seven years, Rian Dawson, All Time Low's drummer and percussionist, popped the question.

 

The couple, who began dating in 2010, announced the engagement on Instagram, writing “The love of my life is now OFFICIALLY the love of my life. Never been happier."

 

 

 

WE'RE ENGAGED ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

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Thomas Rhett has two babies on the way!

Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, are expecting not one but two babies!

 

The "Star of the Show" singer's wife, Lauren, is expecting a baby and they are also in the process of adopting a baby from Africa. The two recently traveled to Africa with fellow country couple Tyler Hubbard and wife Hayley.

 

Rhett and Lauren announced the big baby news on Wednesday morning.

 

 

Rhett's Home Team Tour kicks off this month.

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One of Jake Owen's greatest moments in his life - wins Arnie award

Jake Owen is a golfer who gives back.

 

On Tuesday, the "American Country Love Song" singer, received the Arnie Award from Golf Digest in California. The honor, named after Arnold Palmer, is awarded to the most charitable players.

 

"Last night was literally one of the greatest moments in my life," Jake wrote on Instagram. "My work with my foundation 'The Jake Owen Foundation,' has been one of the most fulfilling things I have ever been involved with. To me, life isn't about awards. It's not about money. At the end of this beautiful life, none of that matters. What matters is, the kind of person you are. Your character. Your legacy."

 

The Jake Owen Foundation supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and youth organizations and other charities in Indian River County, according to CMT.

 

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CNN misplaced Faith Hill with an R & B singer

Fake news, name mix-up or whatever else the mistake can be categorized as, CNN got their Faith's wrong.

CNN really meant Faith Evans, not Faith Hill. It didn't take long for the Internet to call the major publication out on their error.

 

Hill's Soul 2 Soul world tour, with husband Tim McGraw, will be start in April. Listen for how to win tickets!

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More details on Sam Hunt's engagement

For as private and secretive as Sam Hunt once was about his personal life, he's surely revealing a lot of information on his love life and vacation trips! In a recent interview with Bobby Bones, the "House Party" singer opened up about traveling, his fiancee and new music.

 

The singer, who recently released "Body Like a Back Road", said he's stayed busy with vacationing to Hawaii, Israel and more. While on a religious-inspired trip to Israel, he was carrying a ring in his pocket, preparing to propose to now-fiancee Hannah Lee Fowler. He got on one knee and popped the question at the Sea of Galilee, saying "If I blinked really hard, a tear might have fallen out."

 

Listen to his latest single: 

 

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Luke Bryan lands Super Bowl gig, roots for home team

The Georgia boy through and through will be living a dream of his this Super Bowl Sunday. 


Luke Bryan, originally from Leesburg, GA., will be singing the National Anthem before the big game. The "Fast" singer will be rooting for his team, Atlanta Falcons, while they take on the New England Patriots.

 

"The irony in this is that I agreed to do the anthem well before the Falcons got on their postseason roll," Bryan told The Bobby Bones show. "I'm like, 'C'mon Falcons, you can do this."

While this is Bryan's first time singing at the Super Bowl, he assured Bobby Bones during the interview that he will not be lip-syncing but rather singing a cappella. 

In the past, other country stars like Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks have all sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the big game.

Tune in Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

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Reba is headed back to the small screen

There's a new sheriff in town!

 

Country legend, Reba, is set to star in an untitled ABC soap opera. She will play the role of a sheriff in the "Southern Gothic" soap.

 

Although a singer, Reba isn't new to acting either. She previously starred in Reba, which ran for six seasons, and Malibu Country, which ran for one.

 

Stay tuned for details!

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Dierks Bentley's new music vid for "Black"

Dierks Bentley followed a move by Thomas Rhett by including his wife in his music video, but he even one-upped him and named the entire album after her.

 

Cassidy Black, Dierks' wife of ten years, not only stars in his title-track music video for "Black" but the album nods at her maiden name.

 

Watch the brand-new video below.

 

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Rascal Flatts release "Yours If You Want It"

The country trio, Racal Flatts, has dropped a new single if you want it.

 

The three country crooners released "Yours If You Want It" last Friday, Jan. 6. After announcing the new music news on their Instagram account, several fans commented, writing things like "Obsessed" and "Worth the wait! SO good!"

 

Listen to the new tune from their forthcoming album.

 

 

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EXCLUSIVE: Jana Kramer never watched a OTH episode

Despite her role on hit-series One Tree Hill, Jana Kramer never actually watched an episode.

 

During an interview with MurphDawg, the "Whiskey" singer admitted although she played the role of 'Alex Dupre' from 2009 to 2012, she has never seen an episode.

 

 

However, she was a fan of Entourage and she played the character of Brooke Manning, a sorority girl.

 

The former Dancing With The Stars finalist will be singing at the Diamond Resorts Invitational next weekend.

 

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A new tune from T.Rhett

New year, new music!

 

Thomas Rhett closed out 2016 with a performance in NYC, and the country star is starting 2017 with a new video.

 

The "Die A Happy Man" singer released the video for his song "American Spirit" which comes from his Tangled Up Deluxe album. The patriotic video captures images of what country music is all about: picture-perfect landscapes, small southern towns, family and laughter to say a few. His stunning other half, Lauren, makes an appearance too.

 

 

T. Rhett will begin his first-headlining tour this year, 2017 HOME TEAM TOUR. "This is really the first time we’ve been able to totally build our own stage and really plan for our show with all our fans," said Thomas Rhett on his website. "There has been this undeniable energy out on the road this year, and I know having Kelsea out there is going to amp things up even more."

 

Kelsea Ballerini and up-and-comers Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd will join him on tour.

 

"Having my own tour also gives me the opportunity to introduce some people I think are going to explode in the next couple of years and help give them a platform to reach the fans, like how Blake, Toby and Jason did for me," T. Rhett said. "I’m a huge fan of both Ryan and Russell and I can’t wait for my fans to get to know them too."

 

To view all the tour dates: visit http://www.thomasrhett.com/news/151061440087#.WG0qB31X304

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Country artists to watch in 2017: Maren Morris and Jon Pardi

Maren Morris and Jon Pardi are already surfacing fame but are about to explode into music stardom in 2017.

 

There's constantly new faces and new voices in the music business. These two artists are familiar and somewhat well-known to country fans but have really stepped up their game.

 

To the public, it seemed like Maren Morris appeared overnight. The 26-year-old gave songwriting a try after fellow Texas native, Kacey Musgraves, suggested it. Though she writes her own songs, she has written for artists like Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson too. All within this year, the singer-songwriter has received CMA New Artist of the Year, Billboard Breakthrough Artist and four Grammy nominations. She brings a fresh, unique voice to traditional country lyrics and sounds.

 

Her Hero headlining tour starts in 2017.

 

As for Jon Pardi, he is not new to the public yet he is often overlooked. His California Sunrise album captures a multitude of emotions while keeping it completely country. The album positively excludes any pop or rap sound. While Pardi was lacking in award nominations this past year, Rolling Stone named his latest album as one of country's best 40 albums this year.

 

The "Dirt On My Boots" singer will be on tour with Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell in 2017.

 

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Shania Twain's comeback album - coming soon

Country legend Shania Twain has announced a comeback album is on the way.

 

The Billboard "Icon" honoree announced she is dropping new music in the spring.

 

As one of the best-selling female artists in history, it can be expected the "Any Man of Mine" singer is taking her comeback album seriously. Twain collaborated with producers like "Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, One Direction), Ron Aniello (Bruce Springsteen), Jacquire King (Kings of Leon), and songwriter-producer Matthew Koma" according to Entertainment Weekly.

 

She also told EW that the album includes “painful and melancholy ballads that evolved into completely upbeat songs” to “triumphant” girl-power rockers.

 

To read the full interview visit EW online.

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Thomas Rhett is the 'Star of the Show' tonight

Thomas Rhett insists his wife is the star of his show, but the "Die a Happy Man" singer will be a star on ABC's "Dick's Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2017".

 

T. Rhett will perform a medley of his hit songs on the show around 10:30 p.m.

 

The country crooner will be joined in the Big Apple by other music superstars like Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan and DNCE.

 

The NYE show airs live on ABC starting at 8 p.m.

 

 

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A 23-year-old female made country music history in 2016

Kelsea Ballerini made country music history this year.

 

Read the story here.

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Dierks Bentley might have gotten his favorite gift ever

Dierks Bentley received the most thoughtful gift this holiday season!

 

The country star's mother-in-law gave his wife's middle school photo ID to him. The ID was from the year that the two met. "Merry Christmas and happy holidays. maybe fav gift ever," he tweeted on Christmas Day.

 

His most recently released album, Black, is also his wife's maiden last name.

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Jake Owen's daughter might be star

If you follow Jake Owen on any of his social media accounts, you know his daughter is his absolute pride and joy!

 

Over the holidays, the daddy-daughter duo spent time in the studio. The "Beachin'" singer captured his daughter, Pearl, rocking a Sublime shirt and singing Christmas carols. "My little rock star... Pearls first time singing in Daddy's studio. #proudpapa #nofear #christmascarrols" he wrote on Instagram.

 

 

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Just a day before the studio bonding time, Jake posted a picture of him carrying Pearl on his shoulders, writing "Merry Christmas y'all. The greatest gift I could ever receive is sitting on my shoulders."

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Kelsea Ballerini and Kacey Musgraves are rocking rings

Two country stars were feeling the love this holiday season.

 

Both Kacey Musgraves and Kelsea Ballerini are off the market. Both of their boyfriends, Ruston Kelly and Morgan Evans respectively, popped the question.

 

When you know, you know ... she's perfect. #ultimatedibs

 

Kelsea has been dating her Aussie-singer boyfriend for just over 9 months. The two country-crooners met back in March when they co-hosted an awards show together. Evans announced the happy news on Instagram, writing "when you know, you know ... she's perfect. #ultimatedibs" He got down on one knee in the kitchen while the "Dibs" singer was burning pancakes.

 

 

As for Kacey, her beau Ruston Kelley proposed in her childhood bedroom with some help from Kacey's sister and brother-in-law.

 

The "Follow Your Arrow" singer shared the proposal story on Instagram.

 

"We had just been at my parent's house randomly having a night of watching bittersweet old home tapes of all these beautiful family memories that were made in this little, old country house I grew up in that I now have. We came back to that house afterwards and he had somehow pulled off having my sister + brother in-law sneak off and completely decorate my childhood bedroom in the most nostalgic and perfect Christmas decorations," she wrote.

 

"I was bewildered and confused when I saw it all and turned around and the song "Two For The Road" by Henry Mancini started playing (this song is so emotional and sweet..it's one of my favorites..you have to go listen) and he was on his knee with a baby pink velvet ring box and the sparkliest thing I've ever seen! 💖Then my sister busted in and captured it all with her camera. It was so beyond special. Of all the places in the world I've gotten to see, nowhere could mean more than this happening in tiny Golden, Texas in the house that completely made me who I am."

 

 

A photo posted by KACEY MUSGRAVES (@spaceykacey) on

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Cassadee Pope and Dustin Lynch try lip syncing

There's few acceptable reasons for why professional singers should be lip syncing: Lip Sync Battle on Spike.

 

Dustin Lynch and Cassadee Pope will battle it out against one another on the show tonight.

 

The two country stars have been posting sneak peeks of the episode on Instagram. The "Seein' Red" singer posted a vid of him in tight jeans and a backwards Snapback, writing "Sorry mom ..."

 

 

 

A video posted by Dustin Lynch (@dustinlynchmusic) on

 

 

Cassadee Pope took a more innocent approach to her lip sync performance in a loose-fitting white dress with white tights.

 

 

 

A video posted by Cassadee Pope (@cassadeepope) on

 

Tune in tonight on Spike at 9 p.m.

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