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Warner Music NashvilleIf you’ve ever wondered what music your favorite performers listen to, Shazam is now making it easier to find out. Starting today, the popular music-recognition app will now let you follow artists like Zac Brown Band and Hunter Hayes to see what songs they’ve recently checked out.

Hunter and Zac join mainstream bands like Maroon 5, Coldplay and One Direction, who are also sharing their playlists.

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Comstock/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge wrote a song called “Adios Old Friend” that was featured on which network TV series? ANSWER: Nashville.

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Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney is donating proceeds from his line of Costa Del Mar sunglasses to the Coastal Conservation Association, and he recently got to visit the two man-made reefs built with those funds in Jacksonville, Florida. The two structures were built in just two weeks in the city’s St. John River using 1,300 tons of concrete. In the 18 months since they were built, Kenny says the reefs are “thriving with life.”

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Danny Clinch/Southern Ground/Varvatos/BMLGZac Brown Band received an assist from football star J.J. Watt when a fan popped up on stage during a performance over the weekend.

ESPN.com reports a fan jumped on stage and danced during the band’s appearance at Summerfest in Milwaukee Sunday night. That’s when Watt, a star defensive end with the Houston Texans who’s a native of Wisconsin, swooped in and tackled the fan. He tweeted a video of the moment.

ESPN.com notes that the whole thing was likely staged. Zac Brown Band continues their tour Friday in Denver.

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Mercury NashvilleEaston Corbin‘s third album, About to Get Real, is out this week featuring the lead single, “Baby Be My Love Song.” That track does a good job of updating Easton’s sound while staying true to his traditional country roots, and Easton keeps up that balancing act throughout the new album. That nod to tradition is a key ingredient in Easton’s ongoing success.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Brice‘s video for “That Don’t Sound Like You” premieres Tuesday on CMT.

Congratulations to Dustin Lynch, whose single, “Where It’s At,” has been certified platinum for racking up one million streams and downloads.

Scotty McCreery has released the new single, “Southern Belle,” as the lead release from his upcoming, third studio album.

Blake Shelton performs his song “Bringing Back the Sunshine” in the new NASCAR on NBC opening, premiering this Sunday.

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Dot RecordsSteven Tyler will release his first country video this Friday. The clip for “Love Is Your Name” will be previewed on ABC’s Good Morning America that day before it goes live online.

Steven shot the video just outside Nashville. We hear he’s still got those microphone stand scarves on full display as he makes the move into the country format.

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Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks‘ return to the concert trail has been very good for his bank account. Garth pulled in an estimated $90 million between June 2014 and June 2015 to take the #6 slot on Forbes list of the World’s 100 Top-Earning Celebrities. Taylor Swift is #8 earning $80 million.

Toby Keith is the next country act on the list at #32 with an estimated $53 million coming in. Jason Aldean ranks at #47 with an estimated $43.5 million, and Luke Bryan sits at #48 with $42.5 million earned. Kenny Chesney ranks at #49 with a …read more

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Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett will release his sophomore album, Tangled Up, on September 25 featuring the lead single, “Crash and Burn.” As you can hear in that R&B-influenced song, Thomas has expanded his range of musical influences in the past two years while working on Tangled Up.

He says, “The title, Tangled Up, comes from a lyric in one of the new songs, and I think it’s a cool way to point to all the different influences that I have as an artist and a songwriter — from soul and R&B to old school country …read more

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Webster PRDue to popular demand, Dolly Parton has added a second show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium coming up August 1. The first concert on July 31 sold out very quickly after tickets went on sale earlier this month.

While proceeds from the original show are going to Nashville’s W.O. Smith School of Music, Dolly is donating funds from the August 1 to the Opry Trust Fund. Dolly has been a Grand Ole Opry member since 1969, and she wanted to give back to the institution that has means so much to her.

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