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Image Courtesy CMAYou clicked on their videos and made it happen. Brad Paisley and Hunter Hayes are among the winners of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards.

Pop stars Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor, and Katy Perry are also among the 50 acts being recognized for their unique YouTube contributions.

The winners were chosen based on the biggest growth in views, subscribers and engagement over the last six months. Together, these artists were watched over 47 billion times.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Jake Owen number one was co-written by Eric Paslay? ANSWER: “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.”

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleAfter playing for a sold-out crowd of 13,000 last week with Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Frankie Ballard says it’s pretty cool to play a venue where you can actually rock the house.

“The one thing I learned about that place is that it’s hanging from the fifth floor. It’s actually suspended in the air,” Frankie says, showing off his knowledge of the building.

“There’s a giant hub above the scoreboard and bridge cables that are anchored around the circles and it’s actually floating and …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves will play Cincinnati’s Bunbury Music Festival June 5-7, alongside diverse artists like Snoop Dogg and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Wynonna Judd is confirmed for both an in-depth interview and an intimate performance during this year’s South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival March 20 in Austin, Texas.

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Image Courtesy UMGEric Paslay was set to be featured at Friday night’s prestigious New Faces Show at Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar, and on the occasion, Ericcouldn’t help but look back on the journey that brought him there.

“I mean really, the last two years, I recorded this album over two years ago, which is crazy to think it’s been over two years. But ‘Friday Night’ went number one just over a year ago, ‘Song About a Girl’ rocked it, I call it my double number one,” he jokes. “It went eleven on the …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleFans can now see the video for Casey James‘ new single at CMT.com. The clip for “Fall Apart” follows the American Idol alum as he and his band mates load a van, and then destroy various objects by throwing them out the window, including a jar of seashells, a guitar and an antique pocket watch.

“Fall Apart” is the first glimpse at Casey’s sophomore album. “When I listen to this music, I feel like it’s my life,” Casey reflects. “All my mistakes. My decisions, good and bad; my thoughts, …read more

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, and Jake Owen lead the pack of stars who’ll storm the Vegas strip for this fall’s Route 91 Harvest Festival. The three-day, two-stage event takes place outdoors at the MGM Resorts Village October 2-4.

A Thousand Horses, Frankie Ballard, Mark Chesnutt, Easton Corbin, Brett Eldredge, Gloriana, Joe Nichols, Jon Pardi, Chase Rice, The Cadillac Three, and Thomas Rhett round out the bill for the event’s second year. More than 20,000 fans turned out in 2014.

Tickets go on sale online March 13.

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Image Courtesy CMAOn Thursday afternoon, The Band Perry traded arenas in favor of a high school gymnasium, giving hundreds of students the memory of a lifetime. The trio treated students at Wayne County High School in Jesup, Georgia to a private concert, their prize for registering the most pledges not to text and drive in State Farm’s nationwide Celebrate My Drive campaign.

The Band Perry’s road musicians spent the morning meeting with guitar students and members of the marching band, while Kimberly, Reid and Neil visited with the Student Council members who organized the drive, according …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAOn Thursday afternoon, The Band Perry traded arenas in favor of a high school gymnasium, giving hundreds of students the memory of a lifetime. The trio treated students at Wayne County High School in Jesup, Georgia to a private concert, their prize for registering the most pledges not to text and drive in State Farm’s nationwide Celebrate My Drive campaign.

The Band Perry’s road musicians spent the morning meeting with guitar students and members of the marching band, while Kimberly, Reid and Neil visited with the Student Council members who organized the drive, according …read more

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Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley is one of the many celebrities reaching out to his friend William Shatner after the death of his Star Trek co-star Leonard Nimoy.

“Thoughts &prayers with @WilliamShatner today. Sorry for your loss buddy. What a friendship you & Leonard had,” Brad tweeted, including a photo of the two during their Star Trek heyday. Nimoy, best known for playing Mr. Spock, passed away Friday morning.

Brad and Shatner first combined their comedic talents in 2003, when the man who played Captain Kirk appeared in the video for “Celebrity.” Four years later, …read more

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