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Kelsea Ballerini Joins Taylor Swift’s Girl Squad at MTV Video Music Awards

Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini had a smashing time attending the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday in Los Angeles. After walking the red carpet and watching the eye-popping show, Kelsea met up with her pal Taylor Swift at the Republic Records after-party.

Last night. @taylorswift you are everything good.

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In a photo posted on Instagram, Kelsea is seen hanging with Taylor as well as actress/singer Hailee Steinfeld, Selena Gomez, Empire‘s Serayah McNeill and models Lily Aldridge …read more

Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is ready to put the “degrading” term “Bro-country” to rest. In fact, he takes offense to that label being given to his music at all.

Luke tells Cleveland’s The Plain Dealer,” It’s frustrating because whichever artists may or may not get labeled as that, they’re well beyond that. For people to call me the father of it, well, whatever. It just seems like a term that was invented to cheapen me as an artist.”

He’s even more outspoken about how that term “Bro-country” does to put down the fans who buy his album and concert tickets.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Keith Urban‘s middle name? ANSWER: Lionel.

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Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean‘s latest hit, “Gonna Know We Were Here,” encourages his listeners to make the most out of life for the short of amount of time they’re here.

Says Jason, “‘Gonna Know We Were Here’ is that type of song where it’s like, we might not be here very long, but we’re going to make the best of it while we are. And by the time we leave we’re going to make some noise and people are going to remember us.”

According to Jason, the alternative to living a meaningful life isn’t that appealing.

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Curb RecordsLee Brice will have played all 50 states in the U.S. this year when he plays Rome, Georgia on November 15. The idea to pull off this feat came from a member of Lee’s crew, who noticed he had played all but about six or seven states so far in 2015.

Lee says, “We booked some shows. Some of them are just small clubs. Made it happen, because I have to be able to say I did it.”

Though it may seem like a lot of work, Lee thinks it’s all worth it to see as many fans …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDanielle Bradbery‘s new single, “Friend Zone,” is now available at all digital outlets.

According to multiple reports, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will be joining Hillary Clinton at a Nashville fundraiser for Clinton’s presidential campaign coming up September 29.

Scotty McCreery will release a lyric video for his new single, “Southern Belle,” on Monday.

Keith Urban has released the video for his latest hit, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16.” He shot the clip last month in Nashville.

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Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini has made a big splash in the country world with her debut album, The First Time. The project has produced her debut #1 hit, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” as well as her latest single, “Dibs.” There are plenty of more potential hits on the project, but Kelsea already has an eye towards her sophomore album.

She tells West Virginia’s The Exponent Telegram, “Songwriting is something I do all the time. It was hard for me to pick songs for this album, [The First Time]. I have a lot of …read more

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Big Machine RecordsMore than two decades into his career, Tim McGraw is still heavily invested in the album-making process. He’s currently working on his next studio album, which will feature his latest hit, “Top of the World.

“I think as an artist, part of what you do is you feel important about what you do, about your music,” Tim tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It counts, and it matters to you, and that’s what it feels like to me right now. It may not matter to anybody else, but it matters to me.”

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Capitol NashvilleLast June’s church shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina hit very close to home for Darius Rucker

He tells Rolling Stone, “My son goes to school directly across the street from Mother Emanuel. I mean directly across the street. I park in the parking lot to pick him up sometimes. That was . . . home. That was right in the heart of where we live, of our community.”

In the time since those shootings, Darius says he’s seen a big outpouring love in the Charleston community.

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ShorefireZac Brown Band recently scored a #1 at rock radio with the Chris Cornell collaboration “Heavy Is the Head.” Now Zac is headed to the pop/EDM world. He’s teaming up with Avicii for a song on their new album, Stories. The project is due out October 2.

Gavin DeGraw and Wyclef Jean are also featured on the Avicii album.

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