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Lee Brice’s Bucket List Duet With Garth Brooks

I’ll bet Lee Brice hasn’t slept a wink since his Saturday night (Jan. 24) encounter in Boston.   Country megastar Garth Brooks’ tour stopped in for a series of dates at Beantown’s TD Garden, and who was in the audience? None other than Brice himself, who was having the time of his life.   But... Read more »

New Single: Keith Urban’s “Raise ‘Em Up” Featuring Eric Church

Keith Urban has announced “Raise ‘Em Up” as the latest single from his Fuse album. Balancing a light, airy feel with some real emotional heft, the track also features vocals from Eric Church. Check it out: “Eric and I have been friends for a couple of years,” said Urban in a press release. “I was... Read more »

Blake Shelton on SNL: Before and After Tweets

Before I round up all the tweets the country world wrote in support of Blake Shelton’s appearance on Saturday Night Live on Saturday (Jan. 24), I have to just comment on what a good sport Chris Soules is.   Soules is the current star of Farm Hunk. Sorry. I mean, The Bachelor. But after SNL... Read more »

Gotta See This: Taylor Swift’s Vacation Pics

While much of the country is battling winter, superstar Taylor Swift is enjoying a tropical paradise. Swift spent the last few days in Hawaii with friends from the pop group Haim. From whale watching to hiking to swimming, it looks like the girls are having a blast, but don’t hate. Summer will return for the... Read more »

Carrie Underwood Feeding Baby Only Good Vibes

Carrie Underwood’s intuition is right on.   She only wants her baby to listen to the good stuff during her last weeks of pregnancy. And that’s exactly what she should be doing. Because science says that her baby’s ability to hear is well developed by now, as she moves out of her second trimester and... Read more »

Kid Rock Remembers Glory Days With “First Kiss”

In his latest single, “First Kiss,” Kid Rock finds himself getting sentimental about teenage relationships. CMT was on the set of his reflective music video to get a behind-the-scenes look.   “‘First Kiss’ is kind of a nostalgic piece,” the Detroit native said. “You know, there are a few ‘first’ things you remember in life.... Read more »

This Song Sounds Like That Song

You know how sometimes one song will remind you of another one? Not in an arrogant “it was so much better when so-and-so did it” way. Just like little nuances here and there that make you think of an old familiar tune. Well, that’s what happened recently with Tom Petty and Sam Smith. Smith’s crazy-popular... Read more »

Gotta See This: Carrie vs. Kate in Maternity Style

You may not think a girl from Oklahoma has much in common with royalty. But superstar Carrie Underwood and Kate Middleton (officially titled the Duchess of Cambridge) are both known for their classic fashion tastes. This spring, they are both due to deliver baby boys — which means dressing the “baby bump” is a necessary... Read more »

Miranda Lambert’s Ready for Some “Smokin’ and Drinkin’”

Miranda Lambert is not about to sing about a girl shaking her ass on someone’s tailgate.   There’s nothing necessarily wrong with that kind of party song. It’s just not one Lambert would ever consider cutting. “I can’t sell party songs. I mean, I have them all on my iPod, but I cannot say, ‘Tailgate,... Read more »

Is Blake Shelton the New Taylor Swift?

Until the Washington Post said it out loud, I hadn’t really thought about it like this: Blake Shelton could very well be kind of the new Taylor Swift. She’s no longer making country music, so it makes sense that country music would need a new face. And Shelton’s face is that face. Here’s why the... Read more »

Jake Owen’s Best Compliment Ever

If you follow Jake Owen on Twitter or Instagram, you know he doesn’t hold back on social media. He’s not afraid to keep it real, and his fans and followers wouldn’t have it any other way. Somebody slipped a hangover in my drink last night. — Jake Owen (@jakeowen) January 24, 2015 In fact, Owen’s... Read more »

Taylor Swift Surprises Guests at Nashville’s Grammy-Nominees Party

Sure, there was a giant asteroid that came close to Earth on Monday (Jan. 26), but the real news is that Taylor Swift showed up unannounced that same evening at the Grammy-nominees party in Nashville. Now living primarily in New York City and performing as a pop artist, the former country wunderkind mingled with the... Read more »

ACM New Artist Voting Open Now

CMT and the Academy of Country Music have just opened up the first round of fan voting for the coveted new artist of the year trophy at this year’s massive ACM Awards show. Celebrating its 50th year, the ACM Awards will be held on April 19 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the biggest venue... Read more »

Blake Shelton to Star in Adam Sandler Comedy

Blake Shelton will reportedly assume the role of Western lawman Wyatt Earp in Ridiculous 6, Adam Sandler’s first film for Netflix, according to the Wrap, an entertainment website. This past weekend, Shelton displayed his skills as a comedic actor while hosting Saturday Night Live. Vanilla Ice will apparently portray Mark Twain in Ridiculous 6, described... Read more »

Zac Brown Wants More Fests in More Cities

One’s too many, and 10 ain’t enough. You could say the same about drinking and country music festivals these days. Just Tuesday morning (Jan. 27), another three-day fest was added to the mix. The Windy City LakeShake Festival — featuring Florida Georgia Line, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley and more — is billing itself as the... Read more »

Dierks Takes Party to the Super Bowl

Country stars Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett and the Cadillac Three traveled together overnight to Phoenix for this weekend’s Super Bowl. The three acts are part of the lead-up festivities to the big game, but it looks to us like they started the party early. getting #drunkonaplane w/ @ThomasRhett @thecadillac3 @thejaren and @TonyRobbins. #NFLMediaDay pic.twitter.com/F0hjTUh4zT —... Read more »

Kip Moore Calls RIAA Award “Killer”

You know what a platinum record sounds like, right? But do you know what one looks like or how it’s made? If you ask Kip Moore, he’d say, “Killer.” That’s what he kept saying when Cary Sherman, chairman & CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America, presented Moore with the plaque that commemorates his... Read more »

Sam Hunt Throws a “Leave the Night On” Party

Sam Hunt partied in celebration of “Leave the Night On” in Nashville on Monday (Jan. 26) alongside co-writers Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. His boundary-pushing debut single went No. 1 on the Billboard airplay chart and sold more than 1 million copies. While the singer says he tries not to focus too heavily on chart... Read more »

Private Lives of Country Star Wives

Before I started following the social media accounts of Jake Owen’s wife Lacey, Brian Kelley’s wife Brittney and Tyler Hubbard fiancee, Haley Stommel, I always wondered what their lives must be like. To be honest, I assumed they were stuck at home while their guys were out on the road, seeing the country and living... Read more »

Jason Aldean Burns Bridges With Ludacris

My ears were apparently not deceiving me while listening to Burning Bridges, the new EP from rap king Ludacris. It was the familiar twang of Jason Aldean I heard crooning on the title track. While riding in my Jeep recently, I was … ahem … yes … trying to rap along to the track when... Read more »

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