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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockReba is making multiple TV appearances this week as she prepares to launch her new album, Love Somebody, on Tuesday. She appears as a mentor on NBC’s The Voice Monday night before stopping by NBC’s Today Tuesday morning for an interview and performance. Look for Reba to appear on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live on Thursday, April 16, too.

Country newcomer Michael Ray has made Entertainment Weekly‘s list of the “16 Songs We’re Loving This Spring” with his debut single, “Kiss You in the Morning.” Other artists on the list include Madonna, Kendrick Lamar and Kelly Clarkson.

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore scored three big hits on his debut album, Up All Night, but he’s not content to recreate those past successes for his new album. As indicated by his brand-new single, “I’m to Blame,” Kip is moving forward with a new sound and some very introspective lyrics.

“A lot of times when things are successful, people want you to stay in one spot,” Kip tells CMT.com. “They’re used to you doing one kind of thing. … ‘You’ve got to keep doing this thing over and over.’ It’s, like, ‘Nah.’”

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge has already proven he’s not afraid to tempt fate with his recent adventures skydiving and swimming with sharks. Now, he’s cooked up an idea for another death-defying stunt that surely has his managers and record label freaking out.

Brett tells the Phoenix New Times, “I’ve made the plans to do something called ‘Dinner in the Sky,’ where you get strapped into a dinner table chair and you’re hanging 300 feet or so in the air on a crane and you have a five-course dinner hanging there.”

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Image Courtesy Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols is spending as much time in the studio as possible between tour dates, working on his next album. So far, he’s got six songs recorded, and he thinks four of those tracks could be hit singles.

Joe tells The Arizona Republic, “We’ll probably cut 20, maybe more than 20, and then we’ll narrow it down to our favorite 13 to 15 songs and go from there. But I think we’ve got an incredible start and I think the next single will be off the next album.”

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleWhen Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard served as mentors on American Idol this past week, the guys shared some of the tips they picked up from the artists who believed in them and took them on the road early on in their career.

Tyler tells Billboard, “Taylor Swift, Jake Owen and Luke Bryan allowed us into their world and we stood beside the stage every night and took notes. We learned a lot from all those artists. It’s important for an artist to soak in everything you …read more

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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is just 150,000 copies shy of selling 500,000 units of his latest album, Off the Beaten Path, which would mean his album would be certified gold. In an effort to reach that milestone, Justin has launched the Gold Record Challenge for his fans. If the album goes gold, Justin will play a private, acoustic concert at the home of one of his fans. He also is offering personalized gold record plaques, exclusive meet-and-greets and other prizes to fans who enter the Gold Record Challenge.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho was named the ACM Artist of the Decade for the 2000s? ANSWER: George Strait.

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John Russell/CMAGarth Brooks is partnering with ABC’s Good Morning America to surprise one special mom with a special performance this Mother’s Day. The idea started when Garth approached his pal, GMA anchor Robin Roberts, about doing something for Mother’s Day tied in with his latest single, “Mom,” since she premiered the song on the morning show late last year.

Garth tells ABC Radio, “She goes, ‘Well, is there any way you think you could go and just surprise a mom on her front porch somewhere?’ I said, ‘Are you crazy? That sounds fantastic!'”

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Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks will bring his world tour to Birmingham, Alabama June 12 and 13 at the LEgacy Arena at the BJCC.

Tickets for the show, Garth’s first Birmingham dates in 19 years, go on sale Friday, April 17 through Ticketmaster. Tickets for Garth’s Tampa, Florida shows June 5 and 6 go on sale today via Ticketmaster.

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 …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLittle Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman stops by ABC’s The View on Wednesday, April 15 to talk about her new cookbook, Oh Gussie!

Reba‘s new CMT special, Reba and Friends Outnumber Hunger, premieres Saturday, April 18 at 12 p.m. ET. Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line, Eli Young Band and Maddie & Tae also perform on the special. Look for Reba to co-host the CMT Hot 20 Countdown that morning at 9 ET, too.

Thomas Rhett celebrated his latest #1 hit, “Make Me Wanna,” at Nashville leather goods store Peter Nappi, where he shot the video for the song last …read more

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