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A&E’s “Shining a Light” Concert Special with Eric Church, Zac Brown Band & More Stars Airs Tonight

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ABC/Image Group LAThe A&E special Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America, featuring performances by Eric Church, Zac Brown Band and a variety of other music stars, airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET. The two-hour show, which aims to promote unity and progress in the wake of tragedies like the racially motivated shooting this past June at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, was recorded Thursday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Motown legend Smokey Robinson joined Eric for a performance of “Kill a Word,” a track from his surprise Mr. …read more

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Kenny Chesney Wins Billboard’s Top Package Award for the Eighth Time

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ABC/Image Group LAThursday night in New York City, Kenny Chesney picked up his eighth Top Package of the Year prize at the Billboard Touring Awards. His Big Revival tourmates Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert, Old Dominion, Cole Swindell, Chase Rice and Miranda Lambert all share in the honor.

Having first won for his Somewhere in the Sun dates in 2005, Kenny says one of his favorite parts of the big arena tours is exposing his fans to new music.

“It’s like turning your friends onto all kinds of bands — like when you’re …read more

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Country’s Most-Nominated Artist, Sam Hunt, Says There Are No Losers at the AMAs

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ABC/Image Group LAEven though Sam Hunt is the most-nominated country artist at Sunday’s American Music Awards, he doesn’t seem to take it too seriously. In fact, the Montevallo hitmaker, who’s up for three trophies, even waxes a little philosophical about it.

“You know, that’s the only thing about when they say the winners. You say there’s a winner, that implies there’s a loser, and I don’t know, I just don’t really think that anybody really loses in those categories,” he muses. “So many people are deserving and there are only so many awards. So I just …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhere was Keith Urban born? ANSWER: Though his family later moved to Australia, Keith was actually born in New Zealand.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHit songwriters Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, Matt Jenkins and Leslie Satcher will play the CMA Songwriters Series December 11 and 12 at Joe’s Pub in New York City.

Thomas Rhett‘s “Die a Happy Man” has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, having sold more than 500,000 downloads.

You can now check out the debut video from Warner Brothers artist William Michael Morgan on YouTube. “I Met a Girl” was co-written by Sam Hunt.

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Luke Bryan Debuting New Duet With Karen Fairchild at AMAs, Vies for the Night’s Biggest Award

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ABC/Image Group LAAt Sunday night’s American Music Awards, Luke Bryan not only competes for Favorite Male Artist against Jason Aldean and Sam Hunt in the country category, he’s also up for the all-genre Artist of the Year trophy, vying with the likes of Maroon 5, One Direction and Taylor Swift.

“That’s still amazing when I get opportunities like that, when I see my name amongst all of music,” Luke says of the chance to take home the night’s biggest award. “The AMAs have been really, really amazing for me. It’s a fun thing to go out there …read more

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Keith Urban Previews Hall of Fame Exhibit While Working on New Record

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Capitol RecordsFriday in Nashville, you can get your first look at Keith Urban‘s new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Even though he’s busy working to finish his forthcoming, eighth album, the Aussie superstar took time to give fans a glimpse at what “Keith Urban So Far…” has in store. In some ways, he says it’s a travelogue of how he made it from “Down Under” to the States.

“It’s really capturing a lot of the parts of my journey all the way up to coming to America and …read more

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Willie Nelson Reveals He Underwent Voluntary Lung Surgery

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Shock InkThursday night, 82-year-old Willie Nelson showed the world just how strong he is, performing hits like “On the Road Again” and “Living in the Promised Land” after accepting the prestigious Gershwin Prize from the Library of Congress in the nation’s capitol. But it was only last month he was forced to postpone several dates because of an unspecified health concern. This week, he revealed he had a voluntary operation to improve his lung health.

“It was a stem-cell operation,” he told the Washington Post. “Over the years I’ve smoked a lot …read more

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Brad Paisley Reveals Donald Trump Was Cut from the CMA Awards Monologue

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ABC/Image Group LAPresidential contender Donald Trump was cut from the opening monologue of this year’s CMA Awards, Brad Paisley tells Billboard. It all started when Brad and co-host Carrie Underwood came up with the idea to change the lyrics to a classic country song to be about current events, and the billionaire agreed to participate.

The only hitch was that Trump was in New York City rehearsing for his guest-hosting spot on Saturday Night Live that week. So, Brad flew to New York to tape a skit set to the Judds “Love Can Build a Bridge,” starring the …read more

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Vince Gill Teams Up with Little Big Town for First Single from New Album, “Down to My Last Bad Habit”

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MCA NashvilleCMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town adds their signature harmonies to Vince Gill‘s new single, “Take Me Down.” The tune he co-wrote with eighties pop icon Richard Marx is the first taste of Vince’s forthcoming album, Down to My Last Bad Habit. The five-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year had a hand in writing all of the project’s dozen tracks, including one more with Marx called “When It’s Love.”

“Forty years into this, it’s still as much fun as it’s ever been to play music,” the Country Music Hall of Famer …read more

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