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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMore than 2.5 million people watched the first episode of I Love Kellie Pickler on CMT, making it the network’s biggest premiere since 2012. You can watch the reality show starring Kellie Pickler and her husband Kyle Jacobs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET.

Jo Dee Messina will debut new music from her EP Masquerade Tuesday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. CT on the website Stageit. Fans can buy tickets online, with the new music set for release in spring of next year.

Cole Swindell just released a new live video for “Dangerous After Dark,” from his new …read more

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David McClisterWith four albums under his belt, a decade into his relationship with his record label, Chris Young knew it was time to push himself when he set out to make I’m Comin’ Over.

“I really felt like, you know, it is my fifth record. I’ve been on RCA for almost ten years. If I’m not gonna take that next step musically with this record, then when am I going to do it?” he says, giving us a glimpse at what he was feeling. “So I think there’s a lot of things that happened naturally that …read more

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Natasha Moustache/CMAThese days, life just couldn’t get much better for Kelsea Ballerini. In addition to competing for Country’s Favorite Female Artist against Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood later this month at the American Music Awards, Billboard will honor her as its Rising Star at its Women in Music event next month. Now, she’s headed to the White House.

Kelsea will perform at the 2015 National Christmas Tree Lighting alongside Crosby, Stills & Nash and hip-hop artist Aloe Blacc. This is the 93rd year for the ceremony. This year’s event starts December 3 at 4:30 p.m. ET. You’ll be able to …read more

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Jim Wright/MCA NashvilleLook for the television debut of David Nail‘s new single this weekend on ABC’s Saturday Night Football. You’ll see clips of “Night’s on Fire” at the end of the first and third quarters, with an extended piece of the live performance video set to roll at halftime. Oklahoma takes on Baylor at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night on ABC.

The first single from David’s forthcoming album, Fighter, will also be heard during Plays of the Week on ESPN’s SportsCenter Sunday. If you’re an avid football watcher, you might’ve already noticed David’s song “Good …read more

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Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.After his show-stopping performance at last week’s CMA Awards, you may soon be hearing Justin Timberlake on country radio. This week, RCA Nashville released a new version of the song he performed with his friend Chris Stapleton, “Drink You Away.” While the original track from Justin’s 2013 album The 20/20 Experience runs five-and-a-half minutes, the new country edit clocks in at around four.

The powerhouse duet, combined with three wins for New Artist, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, has turned into major sales for Stapleton. His debut solo recording …read more

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Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.After his show-stopping performance at last week’s CMA Awards, you may soon be hearing Justin Timberlake on country radio. This week, RCA Nashville released a new version of the song he performed with his friend Chris Stapleton, “Drink You Away.” While the original track from Justin’s 2013 album The 20/20 Experience runs five-and-a-half minutes, the new country edit clocks in at around four.

The powerhouse duet, combined with three wins for New Artist, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, has turned into major sales for Stapleton. His debut solo recording …read more

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Credit: Matthew RolstonWhen Jewel was a young girl growing up on a homestead in Alaska with an outhouse, she idolized Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, not only for their musical talents, but also because of their similar upbringings. So it was a dream come true when Dolly agreed to sing on the title track of her new album, My Father’s Daughter.

“I love Dolly… I have like idolized her and pretended we’re best friends and then I actually finally worked up the nerve to ask her to sing on this song and she was …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the name of Luke Bryan‘s college band? ANSWER: Neyami Road.

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ABCThe news that Jeff Fordham plunged to his death shook the foundations of Nashville in last night’s episode, as Juliette Barnes struggled to comprehend exactly what happened on that fateful rooftop. His girlfriend Layla Grant reached out to Rayna Jaymes after she was shut out by his family.

Meanwhile, Rayna struggled with Deacon Claybourne‘s decision to run a bar in his late sister’s honor, given his problems with alcohol. As Juliette fought her own battle with booze, she blurted out to the media that Jeff committed suicide.

Her soon-to-be-ex-husband Avery Barclay and Will Lexington found comfort in the couple’s …read more

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Warner Music NashvilleEven though Brett Eldredge has always been a fan of his song, “Drunk on Your Love,” he says one of his pals in Florida Georgia Line is directly responsible for it ending up on his record and now becoming a single.

Tyler Hubbard was getting married and he always loved this song. He was like, ‘Dude, you have to put this on an album!’ and I couldn’t put it on the first album, because I wanted it to be on the radio at some point and I knew ‘Beat of the Music’ was going to …read more

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