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Image Courtesy Bob D’Amico/ABCPop superstar Christina Aguilera made her debut on ABC’s Nashville Wednesday, playing another pop star named Jade St. John. The pink-haired diva was in Music City playing two sold-out shows at the Bridgestone Arena, and Jade’s ex-fiancé, Jeff Fordham, convinced her to use his management client, Layla Grant, as one of her opening acts. This is just the beginning of Jade’s role in Layla’s life.

Christina says, “Jade takes Layla under her wing a little bit, and kind of plays the big sister to her and wanting to encourage her growth and coming up in …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Young will perform at the 20th Annual Key West Songwriter’s Festival May 6 through 10 in Florida.

Darius Rucker appears on ABC’s The Chew Thursday.

Florida Georgia Line played a secret show for 150 fans Tuesday afternoon at Nashville’s Sutler Saloon. According to People, the show celebrated FGL’s new drink with Mountain Dew, DEWShine.

Tune in to catch Reba on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live Thursday night.

Scotty McCreery performed for patients at Nashville’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt earlier this week. The appearance is part of the Grand Ole Opry’s Cause for Applause initiative to …read more

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Sheri Oneal Photography/Grand Ole OpryKellie Pickler has partnered with the Grand Ole Opry to launch a new home goods collection — Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler. The line is named for Kellie’s great-grandmother, who inspired Kellie’s design choices on the collection’s picture frames, dishes, aprons, candles and select furniture pieces.

Says Kellie, “My great-grandmother had a simple, loving touch that made her house a home like no other. It’s really nice being able to take things I know she would have loved and create a line inspired by her.”

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleEaston Corbin‘s third album, About to Get Real, will be out June 30. The project features Easton’s latest top-15 hit, “Baby Be My Love Song.”

As for that album title, Easton explains, “When country fans listen to this album, I want them to take away that even though the music mixes the modern with the classic, it’s entirely real. Like the music of my heroes, it’s the real deal.”

Look for Easton’s new video for “Baby Be My Love Song” on Vevo.

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Image Courtesy ACMThe new ACM Backstage app gives you an unprecedented view behind the scenes of this Sunday’s 50th Annual ACM Awards. Live cameras placed throughout AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas will be streaming footage to the app all night as the show broadcasts live on CBS. Viewers will get access to red carpet footage, the backstage press room, and exclusive messages from artists on the show following their performances.

Also, fans who use the Shazam app during the CBS broadcast will be entered to win a trip for two to next Year’s ACM …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony LegacyCountry icons Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are releasing a new album together June 2. Titled Django and Jimmie, the title track pays tribute to the relationship between jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and the late Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmie Rodgers.

Willie explains, “Both of those guys were very influential in both of our careers.”

Willie and Merle also take solo turns on selections from each other’s respective catalogs on the new project. Willie wrote a few new tracks for Django and Jimmie, too.

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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is kicking off the ACM Awards weekend with a live streaming concert on Yahoo Music Friday night at 9 ET. He’ll perform at the legendary club Gilley’s in Dallas as part of the Ram Country Live! series. You can watch at RamCountry.Yahoo.com/Thomas-Rhett-Live.

“I can’t think of a better way to start things off than with a full set for my fans on a rowdy Friday night at Gilley’s,” Thomas says. “It’s one of those iconic Texas clubs that everyone has played at some point in …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Rascal Flatts is married to former Playboy Playmate of the Year, Tiffany Fallon? ANSWER: Joe Don Rooney.

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts has been named ACM Vocal Group of the Year seven times since they first took the category in 2002, but it’s been a few years since they’ve been nominated in that category. The rise of vocal groups like Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band and Little Big Town has made that award one of the toughest to win, so the Flatts are excited to be back in the running this year.

“You miss what you don’t have,” says lead singer Gary LeVox. “So, we were just so humbled and honored. We were just …read more

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Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks will bring his world tour to Knoxville, TN May 29 and 30 at the Thompson Boling Arena.

Tickets for the show, Garth’s first Birmingham dates in over 18 years, go on sale Friday, April 24 through KnoxvilleTickets.com.

As always, you can find more information at GarthBrooks.com. Garth’s also making a major push there for fans to give him their vote for ACM Entertainer of the Year. The 50th annual ACM Awards air Sunday, April 19 on CBS.

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