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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton is back for the eighth season of NBC’s The Voice Monday night. Besides Adam Levine, Blake is the only coach to have appeared on all eight seasons, and he’s seen a few of his team members go on to success as country artists in their own right. RaeLynn just had her first top 20 hit with “God Made Girls,” and The Swon Brothers are nominated for Vocal Duo of the Year at this April’s ACM Awards. Those success stories make it worth it for Blake to devote so much …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBlake Shelton is nominated for Favorite Male Singer at the 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards airing March 28 on Nickelodeon.

Sam Hunt performs on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night.

Jason Aldean tells People his favorite TV shows are Sons of Anarchy, Criminal Minds, Entourage and Eastbound and Down.

Scotty McCreery joined R&B star Charlie Wilson on stage last Wednesday during Charlie’s tour stop in Raleigh, North Carolina. The two sang a duet of the R&B hit “Charlie, Last Name Wilson.”

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean performed for a sold-out crowd at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena Saturday night. It was his first time playing Music City since 2012, and playing for a full house in his hometown is especially sweet for Jason.

He says, “I think a lot of times people feel like Nashville gets so much music that they sometimes become a little jaded to it. So, to come here and play a show and it be sold out and still be that excitement around it is cool.”

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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett‘s latest hit, “Make Me Wanna,” is the fifth single from his debut album, It Goes Like This, but he actually wrote it pretty early on his career. The song features a ’70s funk/disco sound, and it wasn’t an immediate hit with Thomas’s record label.

He tells Billboard, “It took a lot of convincing to even get it on the record because at that point, I don’t think the song would have ever worked on country radio. But thank goodness that the label let me cut it and …read more

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Image Courtesy Sheryl Nields/Big MachineBefore he shot to fame as the lead singer of Rascal Flatts, Gary LeVox spent a decade as a social worker helping developmentally disabled people back home in Ohio. He calls that time “an amazing 10 years of my life.”

Gary tells Vegas Seven magazine, “I learned so much from that experience — how to be patient, how to be honest, how to embrace life and have a positive perspective. It was just a wonderful time for me, and it really helped turn me into a man. The lessons I …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell is riding high this year with a spot among the final three nominees for New Artist of the Year at the ACM Awards coming up this April. He’s competing against Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett for the fan-voted honor, and Cole got the good news earlier this week on the one-year anniversary of his self-titled debut album’s release.

Cole says, “It’s been an incredible ride so far and I could not have done this without the support of all the country music fans out there. I’m going to keep …read more

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Image Courtesy CMABlake Shelton, Ronnie Dunn and Kelly Clarkson will be on hand to celebrate their friend Reba‘s 60th birthday at the 21st annual Celebrity Fight Night event in Phoenix on Saturday, March 28. Reba will once again emcee the event, held each year in honor of Muhammad Ali.

Blake, Ronnie and Kelly will perform at the event, and proceeds go to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute. Several other charities benefit from Celebrity Fight Night as well.

For more information, go to CelebrityFightNight.org.

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Comstock/ThinkstockLittle Big Town shared the stage with which pop star at last year’s CMA Awards? ANSWER: Ariana Grande.

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves, Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square and Parmalee are among the stars joining the lineup for the 24th Annual Country Jam Music Festival in Grand Junction, Colorado. The event takes place June 18 through 21 with Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Toby Keith and The Band Perry as the previously announced headliners.

Tickets for the festival are available now at CountryJam.com/Tickets.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLittle Big Town performs “Girl Crush” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday, February 24.

Maddie & Tae‘s new video for “Fly” will premiere on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday at 9 a.m. ET. A trailer for the video is now posted at CMT.com.

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