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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum will perform on NBC’s Today on May 13.

Trace Adkins, Kellie Pickler, Craig Morgan and Vince Gill are performing at the Grand Ole Opry’s special Salute the Troops show Tuesday, May 19 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho was Billy Currington‘s duet partner on the 2004 hit, “Party for Two?” ANSWER: Shania Twain.

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington spent a decade in Nashville before he landed a record deal, but his singing voice was heard by just about everyone in the music business during that time in the trenches.

Billy was one of Music City’s most successful demo singers in the late ’90s and early 2000s, so he was often hired by songwriters and publishers to sing demonstration versions of the songs they were pitching to major artists. That means Billy was the first person to sing songs that went on to become big hits for other …read more

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Image Courtesy Black RiverCountry newcomer Kelsea Ballerini is closing in on the top 10 with her debut hit, “Love Me Like You Mean It.” As the song’s airplay has increased in the last few weeks, Kelsea has seen more and more fans in her concert crowds singing along with every word.

Kelsea tells ABC Radio, “They get so sassy, and it’s the best.”

“Love Me Like You Mean It” also has been heating up on social media, and Kelsea is glad to see that fans are getting the song’s message.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge borrowed a line from the Gnarls Barkley pop hit, “Crazy,” for the first part of the second verse of his latest single, “Lose My Mind,” but you shouldn’t worry that Brett’s headed for a lawsuit over the issue.

In order to avoid a situation like the recent court case pitting Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams against Marvin Gaye‘s family over the monster hit “Blurred Lines,” Brett and his co-writers gave co-writing credit to Gnarls Barkley’s CeeLo Green and Danger Mouse, as well as to a pair of film composers who inspired Gnarls …read more

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Image Courtesy CMTJana Kramer and Kelsea Ballerini launched their CMT Next Women of Country Tour this week. It’s rare for two solo female acts to go on the road, and Jana is excited to show the rest of the country music industry how it’s done.

She tells the Cincinnati Enquirer, “I wanted to get out there and show that girls can have an awesome tour together. We can go out, sell tickets, have fun and the crowd can have a good time. I want to be on the forefront with supporting women and …read more

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Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett‘s new single, “Crash and Burn,” was co-written by Nashville singer/songwriter Chris Stapleton, who has an album of his own coming out Tuesday. It’s called Traveller, and Thomas has been wearing out his advance copy of the project.

“I love listening to the guy sing,” Thomas tells West Virginia’s Charleston Gazette, “and there’s something for everybody on that record.”

As for the other artists on Thomas’s current playlist, he says, “I’m a huge fan of Eric Church, and his Outsiders record is amazing. Meghan Trainor is kind of a guilty pleasure for me, but her album has …read more

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Image Courtesy Danny Clinch/ShorefireZac Brown Band kicks off their new tour tonight at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in support of their brand-new album, Jekyll + Hyde. Fans can expect a few surprises throughout the night, too.

Zac says, “We do have some guests planned. We are gonna be playing the new album from front to back. We’re playing every song on the new album at the show and then a few of our old songs. But it’s primarily getting to show everybody this new stuff that we made.”

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town‘s “Girl Crush” is shaping up to be their biggest hit since the 2011 smash “Pontoon.” Now the quartet is teaming up with Faith Hill for a special performance of “Girl Crush” at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.

The show broadcasts live Sunday, May 17 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum has been headlining their own tours for several years now, but their new Wheels Up trek is their favorite for several reasons. First of all, the lighting and stage design are the most advanced Lady A has ever taken on the road.

During a recent break in their tour rehearsals in Nashville, the group’s Dave Haywood explained, “This staging is just blowing us away. You know, we saw it and worked on it, designing it on the computer and on paper and ideas, and to see it here in person is …read more

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