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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are the hottest couple in country music these days, so it’s no wonder fans are eager to see them tour together. There was even a false report last week that Blake and Miranda turned down a million dollars for one performance together at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Still, the couple doesn’t plan to share the stage for a major tour any time soon due to their demanding solo careers.

Miranda explains. “Me and him can sit there and be backroading and start singing a duet …read more

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NBCCarrie Underwood kicks off her second season performing the opening theme, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” on NBC’s Sunday Night Football this weekend. She took over the gig from Faith Hill last season, and Carrie took care to get the opening just right.

She says, “I got to go into the studio and kind of put my own spin on the song. Shooting the opener was so much fun.”

It was a no-brianer for Carrie to return for another season of Sunday Night Football.

“I was so excited, of course, when they asked me to come back for a second year and …read more

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Allister Ann/Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney’s new album, The Big Revival, will be available everywhere on September 23, but fans who pick it up at Walmart and Walmart.com will get a special 65-page ZinePak magazine filled with exclusive photos and essays.

Kenny says, “This has been an amazing ride, and to be able share some of it in a new way is pretty cool. This is a place where I was able to talk about what the songwriting means, why the fans mean so much to me. It’s very personal, and there’s no filter between …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker was one of the lucky people who got to spend some time with the late Joan Rivers, who passed away Thursday at age 81. The meeting took place in the mid-’90s in New York City when Darius was riding high as the front man for Hootie & the Blowfish.

He recalls, “I probably spent five minutes with her, and I spent five minutes trying not to fall down from laughing so hard.”

Darius prides himself on having a sharp sense of humor, but he was no match for Joan’s quick wit.

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleCongratulations to Josh Turner and his wife, Jennifer, on the arrival of their fourth child Thursday. Samuel Hawke Turner was born weighing eight pounds, six ounces and measuring 20.5 inches. He joins older brothers Hampton, Colby and Marion.

Josh says, “God has truly blessed Jennifer and me with this healthy little boy. We are so thankful and excited to see our family grow yet again.”

On the music front, Josh’s new single, “Lay Low,” was just released to country radio.

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CurbAs a country star in the public eye, Lee Brice is used to fans criticizing him on Twitter and Facebook. He can shake off most of the criticism off, but Lee took issue with a guy who accused him of being drunk onstage during a recent show in Indiana.

Lee responded to the fan on Twitter, “I had one drink. I take my job seriously. Sorry if you got the wrong impression. Give me your address, I’ll send your money back.”

Lee later told CMT.com, “If you say, ‘Lee, you’re fat, and …read more

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Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch and CMT are teaming up to encourage people in rural, economically-depressed areas of the country to head back to school. The CMT Empowering Education initiative hopes to shine a light on the role community colleges play in giving people the skills they need to advance their careers and pursue their dreams.

Dustin says, “Education has always been important to me and to my family. In fact, I made a promise to my family that I would graduate from college before pursuing a career in music. I’m proud to be working …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Carrie Underwood‘s middle name? ANSWER: Marie.

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Image Courtesy Kristin Barlowe/Warner Music NashvilleOn Jimmy Kimmel Live! Thursday evening, Jimmy welcomed Hunter Hayes, who appeared both in a comedy sketch and to perform on the outdoor stage as part of Kimmel’s Summer Concert Series.

Jimmy first introduced Hunter by explaining the nearly 23-year-old star can play 30 instruments. “I didn’t even know there were 30 instruments,” Jimmy quipped, then invited Hunter out to prove his skills.

Hayes came out, strapped up with dozens of instruments like one of those novelty “one man band” street performers, and began playing guitar and drums simultaneously …read more

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CMAGarth Brooks launched his World Tour with a sold-out concert at Allstate Arena outside Chicago Thursday night.

The show kicked off with a giant video cube dropping from the ceiling showing Garth’s logo as lights flashed around the stage. As the spotlight suddenly hit his face, Garth opened the show with a brand-new song, “Machines,” before delivering his classic, “Rodeo.”

He got emotional as the crowd sang along to “The River” and “Unanswered Prayers.” He also threw in “Beaches of Cheyenne,” “Callin’ Baton Rouge,” “Papa Loved Mama,” and also electrified the crowd with “The …read more

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