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Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D’AmicoOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Edgehill Republic record label boss Jeff Fordham resorted to blackmail to save his struggling company and his job. Jeff believes 15-year-old Maddie Conrad has the talent and appeal to produce a hit album to turn his fortune around, but he knows his arch-enemy and Maddie’s mother, Rayna Jaymes, would never allow him to sign her daughter to a recording contract. Jeff used the Tennessee law that only one parent has to sign a recording contract for a minor to hit up Maddie’s dad, Mayor Teddy Conrad, to sign the …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKristian Bush will perform on TBS’s Conan Wednesday, February 18.

Blake Shelton‘s #1 country hit, “Neon Light,” got an R&B makeover when his fellow coach on The Voice, Usher, covered it during their co-headlining show in North Texas. The concert celebrated the 90th anniversary of the United Way.

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HarperCollinsLittle Big Town member Kimberly Schlapman‘s cooking skills have been on display for a few years now, thanks to her Great American Country show, Kimberly’s Simply Southern. Now she’s collected her favorite recipes and stories from her childhood growing up in North Georgia for the new book, Oh Gussie! Cooking and Visiting in Kimberly’s Southern Kitchen, due out April 14.

Kimberly can’t wait to share her labor of love with her fans. “It’s gonna be different than your average cookbook,” she tells ABC News Radio. “It’s gonna be a lot about how I grew up. A lot …read more

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery will be talking about his two big passions — music and sports — on Sports Illustrated‘s online show, SI Now, Thursday at 1 p.m. ET on SI.com. Look for Chase Bryant to perform his hit, “Take It on Back,” on the show, too. The appearances are tied in with the Sports Illustrated Swimville Fan Festival taking place this week in Nashville.

Chris Young is also performing at the festival.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJake Owen, Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley, Rascal FlattsJoe Don Rooney, and Clay Walker are among the celebrities teeing off in Wednesday’s 3M Celebrity Golf Challenge in Pebble Beach, California. They’ll also take part in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Thursday through Sunday, playing with PGA pros.

All four artists have participated in the event in previous years. Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Murray, Huey Lewis, and Wayne Gretzky are also hitting the links at Pebble Beach this weekend.

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Comstock/ThinkstockLuke Bryan won his first CMA Award in which category at last November’s show? ANSWER: Entertainer of the Year.

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Image Courtesy CMALuke Bryan didn’t plan on having six number-one hits from his latest album, Crash My Party, but he’s glad it turned out that way. Having that many new songs fans want to hear in concert gives him a big boost going into this 2015 tour dates. That means fans who saw him a year ago will be hearing recent hits like “I See You” and “Roller Coaster” for the first time.

Luke says, “When people come back to see my show this year that they saw last year, I’ll have four more hits …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Ann Womack performs on TBS’s Conan Wednesday night.

Love and Theft‘s new album, Whiskey on My Breath, is out this week. The project shows off the duo’s harmonies using more acoustic arrangements than their previous albums.

Kenny Chesney‘s video for “Wild Child” will premiere via USAToday.com on Wednesday morning.

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Image Courtesy Allister Ann/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney, Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Ronnie Milsap and Kellie Pickler were among the stars saluting the man who played a huge role in all of their careers — Joe Galante. Joe ran RCA Records in Nashville from the early ’80s to 2010, and is this year’s recipient of the Living Legend Award at the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund’s annual benefit event.

The Tuesday-night gala took place on the Grand Ole Opry stage with celebrities and music business executives sharing stories about Joe as he guided the careers …read more

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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts launch their nine-show Vegas Riot! residency at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on February 25, and the guys are turning the trip into a family affair. Lead singer Gary LeVox plans to bring his family out for the first week, but his 14-year-old daughter, Brittany, wants to hang out in Sin City for the entire run of the show.

Looking back on his conversation, Gary recalls telling his daughter, “Do you want daddy to get arrested? You have school. There’s education. You might grow up …read more

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