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Sam Worster/MCA NashvilleSam Hunt is teaming up with the Grammys to give up-and-coming musicians a new platform. He’ll judge the fourth annual Amplifier contest, along with Lzzy Hale, lead singer of rock band Halestorm, and hip-hop artist Big Sean.

“It wasn’t long ago I was an unknown artist,” Sam, who now has three number-ones under his belt, points out. “I couldn’t be more grateful to the people who helped me with the tools I needed to start my career. I look forward to shining a light on these aspiring musicians.”

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Southern ReelZac Brown joins Garth Brooks and Carrie Underwood, as the country artists who’ll help pay tribute to Frank Sinatra, on what would’ve been his 100th birthday. Harry Connick, Jr., Celine Dion, and Lady Gaga have also been added to the lineup of Sinatra 100– An All-Star Grammy Concert, a TV special that tapes December 2 at the Encore Theatre at the Wynn Las Vegas. Already on the bill: Tony Bennett, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Adam Levine and Usher.

You won’t have to wait very long to see which Sinatra favorites the stars will sing. Sinatra 100– An …read more

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Legacy RecordingsIn March, Loretta Lynn returns with her first new studio album since her 2004 Grammy-winning collaboration with Jack White. Full Circle was produced by one of her twin daughters, Patsy Lynn Russell, and John Carter Cash, the only son of Johnny and June Carter Cash. It was recorded outside Nashville at Cash Cabin, the studio where the Man in Black completed his final masters.

The 13 tracks trace Loretta’s musical beginnings singing folk tunes to the first song she ever wrote, “Whispering Sea,” to hits like “Fist City.” It also includes cameos by Willie Nelson and …read more

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Ray Burmiston/Warner Music NashvilleIn the beginning, Hunter Hayes released the seven songs on The 21 Project digitally, unveiling one every two weeks this summer. But when it came time to put together a physical CD for stores, he knew he was restless to do more.

“I wanted something bigger and more celebratory than an EP. So I said, ‘Let’s find a way to do different versions of all the songs. Let’s let this record be 3 records. Let’s let it be a live record.’ ‘Cause I got real excited about the thought about doing a live record or let’s let …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Kenny Chesney hit, written by Chris Stapleton, spent five weeks at number one during 2007? ANSWER: “Never Wanted Nothing More.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Charlie Dick, the husband of the legendary Patsy Cline, passed away Sunday at his Nashville home. He was 81. Patsy was killed in a plane crash in 1963. Ed Harris played Dick in the 1985 Oscar-nominated film Sweet Dreams.

Little Big Town and Taj Mahal pay tribute to Gregg Allman in a show that will be streamed at SkyvilleLive.com December 11 at 7 p.m. CT.

Part of the ticket sales from American Saturday Night: Live From the Grand Ole Opry will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The concert film, featuring Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Darius …read more

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Eric AdkinsYou might think it’s only appropriate that 2015’s Sexiest Man in Country Music should be starring in a video filled with young, beautiful women. But certified good guy Scotty McCreery plays down both the slightly embarrassing title from NASH Country Weekly and the fact he got to spend a whole day filming with college cheerleaders for the “Southern Belle” shoot.

“It’s flattering, very flattering,” he says of the honor voted on by the magazine’s readers. “The fans, they always [in] those polls, they come out in droves. I’ve got some passionate fans, so [it’s] very flattering. I hope my friends …read more

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Warner Music NashvilleWhen Chris Janson performs his chart-topper “Buy Me a Boat” Monday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, he’ll have something new to brag about. His first album, which shares its title with his hit, bows at number four on Billboard‘s country album chart this week. That gives Chris the third best-selling debut album in country music this year.

In the past week, he also notched his 117th appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, an amazing feat for a relative newcomer. You can catch Chris’s late night performance at 11:35 p.m. ET tonight on NBC. He heads out on …read more

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Move over Anna and Elsa, here comes Mickey Guyton! Just in time for the holidays, the Texas native is releasing her version of the duet between the fictional sisters from Disney’s Frozen, “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?”

Just this past weekend, Mickey performed the song at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, at the taping of this year’s CMA Country Christmas special. It airs December 3 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC. The following day, you’ll also be able to catch the country newcomer on Disney Channel’s Fa-la-la-lidays Celebrates a Radio Family Holiday. It airs at 9 p.m. …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton is turning his triumphant night at the CMA Awards into a big leap on the Billboard charts. 13.6 million people saw the relatively unknown Nashville singer/songwriter perform with Justin Timberlake on last week’s 49th annual awards show. He also became the first person ever to win trophies for New Artist, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year in the same night.

Now, his CMA-Award-winning project has rocketed to the top of both the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, as well as the country albums ranking, selling 153,428 units and 177, 199 in equivalent album sales, …read more

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