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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsIt’s no surprise that Tim McGraw likes all kinds of music, having recorded songs far afield from traditional country as his collaboration with rapper Nelly on his hit “Over and Over.” But Tim says he wanted to cut his latest single, “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools,” because it reminds him of the songs he listened to when he was just a kid.

“I grew up loving country music, and I’m a country music singer. I’m like everybody else. I love all kinds of music, and I love incorporating all kinds of music into what I do. I’m …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge will be the musical guest Monday, June 1 on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

You can watch the video for Love & Theft‘s latest single “Whiskey On My Breath” at People.com.

Rascal FlattsJoe Don Rooney, Jana Kramer, Chuck Wicks, J.T. Hodges, and Rae Lynn will take part in Eric & Jessie Decker‘s first annual charity casino night. Proceeds from the June 16 event in Nashville will benefit charities that help the military, veterans and animals.

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RCA NashvilleChris Young‘s sexy video for his latest single “I’m Comin’ Over” debuted Thursday on CMT. The new clip, shot entirely in Nashville, depicts Chris in a fling with a scantily-clad barista who left her number on his coffee cup.

“I’m Comin’ Over” is Chris’s thirteenth career single, and the first from his fifth album, due this fall. More than 70,000 people downloaded the song the first week it was available. You can watch the video now at CMT.com.

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David Giesbrecht/NBCMiranda Lambert, Jennifer Nettles and Martina McBride seem more than ready to match wits with the Texas-based radio consultant who recently compared female country artists to tomatoes.

In an article for trade publication Country Aircheck, Keith Hill extolled the virtues of playing fewer women on the radio, going so far as to say “If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out.”

“Trust me, I play great female records and we’ve got some right now; they’re just not the lettuce in our salad,” he went on to say. “The lettuce is …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairKenny Chesney‘s The Big Revival Tour is summer’s hottest country concert, according to StubHub. The list is based on the site’s ticket sales from Labor Day through Memorial Day, with Kenny ranking ahead of major acts like Rush, Foo Fighters, Billy Joel and Ed Sheeran. U2, The Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead and One Direction all finish ahead of Kenny, with country alum Taylor Swift claiming the top spot.

This Saturday night, The Big Revival tour pulls into Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, with Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Chase Rice and Old Dominion joining Kenny for the …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert first met when they sang one of country’s all-time greatest duets for a CMT special in 2005. What was the duet? ANSWER: “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma.”

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CMAAs the son of ’90s country star Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett has grown up knowing country superstars like Reba. As a kid, Thomas remembers dressing up for a few Halloween parties at Reba’s house, and his dad toured as her opening act for a few years. That connection between Thomas and Reba continues to this day.

Says Thomas, “You know, we’re on the same record label now, which is crazy, and dad wrote her latest single that’s out, [‘Going Out Like That’]. So, Reba has, in strange ways, been a part of my life since …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDierks Bentley has been named an honorary co-chairman of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Foundation’s Hat in the Ring Society, which supports the Foundation’s Air Safety Institute. Morgan Freeman and Harrison Ford are among the other co-chairmen.

Miranda Lambert, Brantley Gilbert, Jake Owen, Josh Turner and Trace Adkins are on the bill for the first-ever NIFI Festival at the Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Kentucky August 28 through 30.

Montgomery Gentry‘s new video, “Folks Like Us,” is now live at CMT.com.

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Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini recently played her first arena concert as an opening act for Lady Antebellum. The gig was even sweeter since Kelsea is a huge Lady A fan and actually stood in line to meet them a few years ago at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Kelsea was thinking about that meeting when she joined Lady A on stage for a joint performance during the band’s headlining set.

Kelsea tells ABC Radio, “It’s like one of those moments where you’re just like, ‘Life is so cool.’ That was a very cool moment …read more

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Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert’s Platinum Edition re-release of his album, Just as I Am, has landed the project at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart. The set also hits the top 10 on the overall Billboard 200 tally. The expanded version of the project includes the song “Just as I Am” as well as a remix of Brantley’s hit single, “Bottoms Up,” with rapper T.I.

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