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John Anderson Grabs Spotlight With Keith Urban Duet, New Album

May is shaping up to be a merry month indeed for the durable John Anderson. On Friday (May 15), he’ll be partnered with longtime admirer Keith Urban on the CBS-TV special, ACM Presents: Superstar Duets, and on May 26, he’ll release Goldmine, his first new album in nearly six years. The duet is sure to... Read more »

B.B. King Remembered by Country Artists

Although B.B. King’s direct involvement with country music was largely confined to jamming with performers such as Brad Paisley, Charlie Daniels and Keith Urban, the universal appeal and influence of his work is underscored by the outpouring of tributes by artists of all genres. King, who popularized the blues in mainstream America and throughout the... Read more »

Stars Question Each Other on CMT Hot 20 Countdown

The 2015 CMT Music Awards nominations are out, and this weekend on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown, we’re breaking down each category. Which of your favorite stars have the best chances of walking away with a coveted CMT belt buckle trophy? Kip Moore, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, Reba and Tim McGraw are all in... Read more »

Keith Urban and Eric Church Duet to the Top With “Raise ‘Em Up”

Keith Urban and Eric Church now stand on the summit of Billboard’s country airplay chart with their appropriately titled single, “Raise ‘Em Up.” It took ‘em 17 weeks to make the climb. On the country albums chart, the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde racks up its second week on top. It was also No.... Read more »

Billboard Music Awards: Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line Take Country Honors

Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line were the country winners at Sunday night’s (May 17) Billboard Music Awards, and Taylor Swift proved her foray into straight-ahead pop music was an award-winning decision. Aldean won two awards – top country album for Old Boots, New Dirt and top country song for “Burnin’ It Down.” The other... Read more »

Carrie Underwood’s “#LifeIsGood” Moment

Mike Fisher is married to Carrie Underwood, but he doesn’t tweet very often. In fact, he’s only done it 1,358 times. So when he does have something worth sharing — and it includes a photo of their new baby boy, Isaiah — you just have to be thankful for Twitter and selfies and babies. Fisher... Read more »

Eric Church’s Baby Boy: The Name Breakdown

Eric Church’s second son, Tennessee Hawkins Church — little brother to Boone McCoy Church — is 3 months old now, but his name is going to be the coolest about six years from now. During a recent interview on the syndicated Country Countdown USA radio show, the singer-songwriter talked about where the littlest Church’s name... Read more »

Platinum Goes to Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt

Florida Georgia Line and Sam Hunt collected new platinum certifications, according to the April certifications released Monday (May 18) by the RIAA. Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt” has been certified double platinum for sales and on-demand streams totaling 2 million units. Hunt’s “Take Your Time” was certified platinum for 1 million sales and streams, and his... Read more »

If Kenny Chesney’s Bus Could Talk

One of my favorite Kenny Chesney songs is on his latest album, The Big Revival. It’s called “If This Bus Could Talk.” I like it because I am crazy about songs that paint a picture of life on the road and because Chesney wrote it with Tom Douglas (“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” “The House That... Read more »

Taylor Swift Talks Feminism in Maxim, of All Places

The June/July issue of Maxim is out, and it’s all about their Hot List. And guess who is No. 1? Taylor Swift. But that’s not even the most revealing part. In this, the racy men’s magazine, Swift turns the conversation to feminism and its role in her life and her music. “A man writing about... Read more »

Logan Mize Embraces “Good Time”

You “Can’t Get Away From a Good Time” when you’re with newcomer Logan Mize. See what I did there? I know, but I can’t help myself. I’ve been grooving all week to the Kansas native’s current single in anticipation of Tuesday’s (May 19) official world premiere of the music video at CMT. This is a... Read more »

Brad Paisley Opening Rolling Stones’ Nashville Show

Brad Paisley has been tapped to open the Rolling Stones’ June 17 concert at Nashville’s LP Field. It’s not the first time the Rolling Stones have selected a country act to open for them. Brooks & Dunn accepted the challenge at a 2006 concert at Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The rock band’s Zip Code... Read more »

Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Set for August Release

The good news: Luke Bryan is making a new album. The bad news: He’s no match for a 5-year-old. During a Tuesday (May 19) appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bryan announced that his new album, Kill the Lights, will be released Aug. 7. In addition to talking to the talk show host and performing... Read more »

2015 CMT Music Awards Confirm Superstar Performers

Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan are on the first list of performers announced for the 2015 CMT Music Awards. The star-studded lineup was announced Tuesday morning (May 19). Additional performers, presenters and the host for the loudest night in country music will be revealed... Read more »

Is It Meghan Trainor or Party Down South 2‘s Kelsie Davenport?

Many Party Down South 2 fans keep bringing up an interesting observation: the new roommate, Kelsie Davenport, looks almost identical to pop star Meghan Trainor. But how alike are they? Were they separated at birth or merely just dopplegangers? We investigated by way of Instagram. Instavestigated, if you will. 1. Back in the day, they... Read more »

Luke Bryan: “We Feel Honored That We’re So Blessed”

When Luke Bryan was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (May 19), he opened up a little bit about how his family is growing and how teenagers cannot be fooled. Bryan and his wife Caroline took in Bryan’s nephew after the 13-year-old’s father died late last November. Til’s mom Kelly (Bryan’s older sister) passed... Read more »

Keith Urban Goes for “Broke” With Jason Derulo

If you’re gonna be “Broke,” Keith Urban, you definitely want to be there with with Stevie Wonder and Jason Derulo. Urban is one of the superstars featured on Derulo’s forthcoming album, Everything Is 4, on a track called “Broke.” Let the genre-bending continue! Wonder also appears on the tune, playing the harmonica, while Urban contributes... Read more »

Kelly Clarkson on “Clingy and Mushy” Guys

First of all, yes. I do read Seventeen magazine. I’m not 17, obviously, but I try to read everything that has anything to do with music. So when I ran across an advice column from Kelly Clarkson in the June/July issue out now, I had to share it. Right from the get-go, Clarkson admits she... Read more »

Tim McGraw, George Clooney Prepare for Tomorrowland

Tim McGraw is adding to his list of all-star projects with this weekend’s premiere of his latest film, Tomorrowland, a futuristic project with what cast members believe has a great deal of heart. “You know art and what you do and … you know growing up around music, there’s got to be an honesty to... Read more »

Sam Hunt and Dwight Yoakam Become “Fast” Friends

Sam Hunt is probably still pinching himself after the recent ACM Presents: Superstar Duets special. The rising star got to perform with one of country music’s greats — none other than Dwight Yoakam. And not only was the performance of Yoakam’s classic “Fast as You,” pretty doggone killer and a big moment for the “Take... Read more »

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