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Image Courtesy Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks is selling out concerts coast-to-coast on his current tour, but plans for marketing his latest album, Man Against Machine, are now on hold when it comes to country radio. Garth partnered with Sony Music Nashville for the release last fall, but the label’s head, Gary Overton, left the company a few weeks back. That leaves plans for a new single up in the air until a new leader takes over at Sony.

Garth tells Rolling Stone, “My thing is, allow them the freedom to make that transition and get a plan, and …read more

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry is joining Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Paul Rudd, Jennifer Hudson and others for the first-ever national broadcast of We Day, coming up August 21 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The We Day event shines a light on young people taking action on pressing issues like bullying, body image and equality. Students across the country attend We Day events by pledging to become involved with causes to bring about change.

Colbie Caillat, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Oscar-winner Common are also appearing on the We Day special.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Kenny Chesney‘s middle name? ANSWER: Arnold.

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Image Courtesy UMGChris Stapleton has written songs recorded by everyone from Miranda Lambert and Adele to George Strait and Keith Urban. Now he’s stepping out with his debut album, Traveller, coming out Tuesday, May 5. The project includes Chris’s bluesy version of the George Jones classic, “Tennessee Whiskey,” which he’ll perform on ABC’s The View Tuesday before playing a show at New York City’s Mercury Lounge that evening.

Chris will round out his album release week with a two-night stand at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom May 8 and 9. He’ll hit the road with Eric Church for a few shows …read more

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Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks will bring his world tour to Houston, TX, for eight shows over nine days, beginning in June.

Garth will play two shows each on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, and again on Friday and Saturday, July 3 and 4, at the Houston Toyota Center. Tickets go on sale starting May 8 at 10:00 a.m., local time.

Garth’s also added a Friday, May 28 show to his already announced dates at Knoxville, Tennessee’s Thompson Boling Arena. Tickets for the new show go on sale Friday, May …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town‘s Phillip Sweet is on the mend after breaking a bone in his right hand. He sustained the injury when he accidentally hit his hand on a wood door at his Nashville-area home. Phillip was packing for the ACM Awards at the time, so he ended up performing on the show without realizing how seriously he was injured.

Phillip explains, “I’ve never had a broken bone in my whole life, so I didn’t know what it felt like.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert and Blake Shelton will play a rare, co-headlining concert July 3 in Fairlea, West Virginia, as part of the annual Greenbrier Classic PGA tournament. For ticket information, go to GreenbrierClassic.com.

Kenny Chesney is co-producing a new studio album for “Dust on the Bottle” singer David Lee Murphy. Kenny made the announcement at a #1 party in Nashville Tuesday honoring “American Kids” and “‘Til It’s Gone,” which was co-written by David Lee.

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Image Courtesy Stoney CreekThompson Square‘s Keifer and Shawna Thompson are rebuilding their dream home in Alabama after a water leak in the upstairs bathroom flooded the entire house a few weeks ago. Water spewed throughout the house for six days while the duo was on the road.

Keifer tells ABC Radio, “[Shawna’s] mother went to the house to let somebody in to do some work, and she stepped into ankle-deep water. Literally destroyed the house. It’s all down to studs. It’s been a nightmare.”

To make matters worse, the people cleaning up the flood backed their truck …read more

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Image Courtesy BMLG/ABCThe new soundtrack for ABC’s Nashville is coming out May 12, just a day before the third season finale airs May 13. The Music of Nashville: Original Soundtrack Season 3, Volume 2 will be available at all digital retailers. A physical version will be available at Target featuring two exclusive bonus tracks.

Look for Nashville cast members Chris Carmack and Aubrey Peeples to perform a song from the soundtrack on ABC’s The View Wednesday. The Nashville Live in Concert Tour kicks off Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City as well.

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean and Kenny Chesney merge their respective tours for 10 stadium dates starting this Saturday in San Francisco. While each artist will give fans a full solo set, the superstars will come together to collaborate on several songs during the concert.

Jason tells Rolling Stone, “You’re going to hear songs that you wouldn’t typically hear from us. . . some Americana type stuff, [Bob] Seger, [John] Mellencamp.”

Jason and Kenny started rehearsing together a few weeks ago, and they’ve been talking and texting about additional ideas for the show ever …read more

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