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Image Courtesy Academy of Country MusicThe semi-finalists for this year’s fan-voted ACM New Artist of the Year award have been announced. Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Sam Hunt, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Cole Swindell, and Dan + Shay all made the cut and will go on to compete for a spot among the final three nominees.

Fan voting will start Tuesday, January 27 and run through Tuesday, February 10 at VoteACM.com and VoteACM.CMT.com. The final round of voting will run April 8 through 19, and the winner will be determined combining fan votes …read more

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Image Courtesy John Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church has announced a new round of The Outsiders World Tour dates starting March 4 in Austin, TX. He’s got Brothers Osborne and The Cadillac Three in the opening slots on select shows, along with Drive-By Truckers, JD McPherson, and The Lone Bellow.

Eric’s tour has proven to be a very hot seller so far. His Saturday night show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena set a new venue attendance record with more than 18,000 fans in the audience.

Here are Eric’s new tour dates:

3/4 — Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
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Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairKenny Chesney will launch his first concert tour since 2013 on with a show in Nashville on March 26, which also happens to be Kenny’s birthday. You can bet Kenny’s latest hit, “Til It’s Gone,” will be in the set list that night. In fact, he recorded that song specifically with his concert crowds in mind.

While looking for material for his latest album, The Big Revival, Kenny was challenged by his songwriter friend, David Lee Murphy, to think about what he wanted to say to his fans when he got back onstage.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves co-wrote which one of Miranda Lambert‘s #1 hits? ANSWER: “Mama’s Broken Heart.”

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Image Courtesy John Peets/CapitolEric Church set an attendance record at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Saturday night. There were 18,411 fans in attendance, which breaks the previous venue attendance record set by The Blue Collar Comedy Tour stop in February 2006.

Eric started the show off telling the audience, “Nashville, I have expectations for you. I live here!” He continues The Outsiders World Tour with a show in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, January 14.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKacey Musgraves has added a March 26 show at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club to her 2015 tour schedule.

Condolences to country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis, whose longtime drummer, Chuck Landry, was killed in a house fire in Branson, Missouri, Thursday night.

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Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean has long-term dreams of opening up his own bar or nightclub, but unlike most country stars with bar or restaurant ventures, Jason won’t be banking on his famous name to bring in customers. He sees the business venture as something to do in case his star fades a little bit down the road.

Jason tells The Country Vibe, “I’d almost rather not even have my name on it and just build something so that when my career’s over or whatever, and all the sudden my name recognition may …read more

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Image Courtesy EB Media PREric Church has yet to play the exact same set of songs at any of his shows so far on The Outsiders World Tour. Instead of sticking with a fixed rundown of songs, Eric encourages his fans to write down the titles of their favorite songs from his back catalog on posters and bring them to the show. Some of those fans are requesting songs Eric and his band haven’t played in five or six years.

Eric tells The Oklahoman, “The most fun is grabbing that sign and turning …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan is huge in Canada. Tickets sold out so fast for Luke’s May 7 show in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he’s added a second show on May 6. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the original show sold out in just seconds. Tickets for the second show are on sale as of Saturday morning via Ticketmaster.

Luke launches the 2015 leg of his That’s My Kind of Night tour February 10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore fans have waited quite awhile for some new music, and it looks like they’ll be getting a new single pretty soon. Kip tweeted Friday that a new song is headed to country radio in the coming weeks.

Says Kip, “For those asking…the new single will not be available on iTunes for a couple more weeks but u will hear on some stations before then.”

Kip’s debut album, Up All Night, was released in 2012 and produced the hit songs “Somethin’ ’bout a Truck,” “Beer Money,” and “Hey Pretty Girl.”

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