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President Jimmy Carter, Justin Timberlake, Lady A & Reba Honor Trisha Yearwood with ASCAP’s Voice of Music Award

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Gwendolyn/RCA/Randee St. NicholasPresident Jimmy Carter presented Trisha Yearwood with the Voice of Music Award Monday night at the 53rd Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards, in a star-studded segment that started with Justin Timberlake bringing Lady Antebellum on to perform her hit “Walkaway Joe.”

“She’s been a huge influence on us vocally, the songs she picks, I know especially for Hillary too, you know vocally. I don’t know, that was the music we all cut our teeth on really,” Dave Haywood reflects. “So to be able to really honor that is awesome. And when they asked us to do this we said, …read more

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Thomas Rhett Ready to Rock the CMA Awards with Fall Out Boy

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Valory Music Co.One of the more interesting collaborations on this year’s CMA Awards will no doubt be the sight of Thomas Rhett teaming up with the pop-rock band Fall Out Boy. How’d that come about? Turns out T.R. is a longtime fan of the Chicago group, and says the opportunity to actually get to play with them is “pretty awesome.”

“I was in a couple of rock bands in middle school and high school,” says Thomas. “And I remember playing in my church one night, playing the drums and we actually played a Fall Out Boy song as our song. …read more

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Carrie Underwood Makes History with #1 Debut of “Storyteller”

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Sony Music NashvilleCarrie Underwood has quite the story to tell. The seven-time Grammy winner’s new album, Storyteller, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Album chart, making Carrie the only artist in the chart’s 51-year history to launch her first six albums at #1.

Sony Music notes Storyteller logged “pure” sales in excess of 164 thousand, according to Nielsen Music, as well as 177 thousand equivalent album units — a combination of traditional album sales, streaming equivalent sales, and track equivalent sales.

Storyteller was released October 23 and has already produced the top-five country hit “Smoke …read more

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Frankie Ballard Returns with “It All Started with a Beer”

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Sam Erickson/Warner MusicYou should start hearing the first single from Frankie Ballard‘s next album on country radio soon. On the heels of three number ones — “Helluva Life,” “Sunshine & Whiskey” and “Young & Crazy” — Frankie traveled to the Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas to record 14 songs, including “It All Started with a Beer.”

The new single was co-written by Jaren Johnston from The Cadillac Three, who also had a had in writing “Sunshine & Whiskey,” the title track of Frankie’s current project. So far, there’s no word on when the new album will be released …read more

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Jason Aldean Set to Perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” from the Hall of Fame

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Jim Wright/Broken Bow RecordsYou won’t have to wait until Wednesday night’s CMA Awards to hear Jason Aldean on ABC. The “Gonna Know We Were Here” hitmaker will help build excitement for the 49th annual show by appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night from the Country Music Hall of Fame. Kimmel also is planning a post-CMA performance from the Hall on Wednesday night, though he hasn’t yet revealed who his guest will be. You can catch the show weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

Jason is nominated for Album of the Year for Old Boots, New Dirt and will perform …read more

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Justin Timberlake Set to Perform at CMA Awards with Chris Stapleton

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Tom Munro/RCA RecordsIt looks like Justin Timberlake may be bringing sexy back to the CMA Awards. Though we don’t know exactly what the pop superstar from Memphis will be performing, we do know he’ll take the stage in Nashville this week with three-time nominee Chris Stapleton. The announcement came Monday morning on GMA, where Chris will also be a guest on Wednesday.

Justin’s apparently been a fan of the former lead singer of bluegrass band The SteelDrivers for some time, tweeting “REAL music fans already know. So, mainstream: @ChrisStapleton Remember that name…” back in December. …read more

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Old Dominion Takes “Break Up with Him” to Number One

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Sony Music NashvilleNewcomers Old Dominion head into the week of CMA Awards 2015 in an enviable position– with their debut single ascending to the top of Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart. Even though the five songwriters in the group have charted five number ones for other artists, namely Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Tyler Farr and the Band Perry, “Break Up with Him” just happens to be the first song they’ve ever all written together.

“That’s one of those songs that developed as we were out on the road,” drummer Whit Sellers recalls. “The legend is that we were just kind …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock What was Brad Paisley‘s first country hit? ANSWER: “Who Needs Pictures” went to #12 in 1999.

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Luke Bryan Sings the Hits, Talks Life, Music, Elvis & More at Country Music Hall of Fame Appearance

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ABC NewsLuke Bryan isn’t in the Country Music Hall of Fame — yet — but he was the subject of a special exhibit there called Dirt Road Diary, which has drawn over 300,000 people since it opened May 22. The exhibit closes this coming weekend, so Luke stopped by the Hall of Fame on Sunday to take part in a Q&A session about his music, and treat fans to an acoustic mini-concert.
During the Q&A, Luke illustrated how difficult it is for him to juggle his hectic life on the road and his family obligations by describing what …read more
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Dierks Bentley Kicks Off CMA Week with Sold-Out Miles & Music Fundraiser

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Greenroom PROn Sunday, Dierks Bentley marked the 10th year of his Miles and Music fundraiser with a sold out show at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater. In the past decade, the motorcycle ride and concert has raised more than three million dollars to help Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. The father of three says he’s honored to be able to give back, as both Music City and the hospital grow.

“Ten years now, it started out very small and now our tenth year, we’re playing at the new Ascend Amphitheater and you know I look around, out of this window I can see 5 or …read more

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