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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleThe Fox TV show Empire has become a ratings smash, with Wednesday night’s season finale bringing in an estimated 16.5 million viewers, according to Deadline. Though the show is focused on hip-hop, country superstar Keith Urban is paying attention to Empire.

He says, “I have watched it a little bit. It’s addictive.”

Of course, Keith is a judge on American Idol, which has been airing before Empire on Wednesday nights.

He adds, “I think Idol and Empire together is a good combo.”

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Image Courtesy Sony/Blue ChairKenny Chesney has been hidden away in a rehearsal space for the past two months getting ready to launch his 2015 Big Revival Tour, his first major outing since 2013. The trek kicks off in Nashville March 26 and 27. Kenny has some brand-new toys, including a state-of-the-art light rig, to show off to the hometown crowd.

He says, “I had the time to really seek out what was special… really find things that are innovative; even if it’s just the quality they deliver.”

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Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryBrad Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, recently renewed their wedding vows in what she describes as a “very campy” ceremony at a friends’ house. According to Us Magazine, the couple, who married in 2003, walked down the aisle with a traditional wedding march. Kimberly’s wedding dress wasn’t so traditional, though.

She says, “You could see my pink panties underneath it. It was pretty awesome. One of my best friend’s went and bought it for me. It was a surprise, I didn’t know we were doing it.”

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Image Courtesy Schimdt RelationsLuke Bryan is the first artist in the 51-year history of Billboard‘s Country Albums chart to have two albums debut in the top five in the same week. Spring Break…Checkin’ Out bows at #1 on the tally this week with 89,000 copies, according to Nielsen Music. He also takes the #5 spot with Spring Break…The Set List: The Complete Spring Break Collection ZinePak, which collects all of Luke’s previous Spring Break EPs and albums into one compilation.

Spring Break…Checkin’ Out is Luke’s fifth #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart.

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Image Courtesy BMLG/Starstruck/Jeremy CowartReba is branching out into the beauty business. She’s partnered with her longtime makeup artist, Brett Freedman to create Reba Beauty, a line of beauty products starting with the Deluxstick, a slim, shiny lip color. Look for Reba Beauty to launch April 7 at Reba.com and Amazon.com.

@Reba knows her way around a camera ready, vampy look and I have been bringing products to life for years. I’m proud to announce we’re partnering on Reba Beauty. Launches on Reba.com & Amazon. April 7th! #IconicGlamour #RebaBeauty #Deluxstick

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Comstock/ThinkstockReba and Kelly Clarkson scored a country hit with a duet version of which one of Kelly’s pop hits? ANSWER: “Because of You.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHere’s a random Brett Eldredge tweet: “I wanna go on of those cooking show competitions and make a peanut butter and jelly…everyone goes fancy…I sneak attack with the PB&J.”

Chris Young is currently entertaining U.S. troops in Japan. Keep up with his international adventures on Instagram, @ChrisYoungMusic.

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Image Courtesy CMAKeith Urban celebrated his latest #1 hit, “Somewhere in My Car,” with a party at the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville. The event featured Keith performing the song on the piano accompanied by a three-piece string section, and Keith’s wife, Nicole Kidman, was in the crowd among the music industry insiders.

“Somewhere in My Car” is the third #1 hit from Keith’s gold-selling album, Fuse. He thinks fans related to the song’s honest lyrics about remembering an old love.

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Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley will headline the ACM Charity Motorcycle Ride & Concert Saturday, April 18 in Texas. The ride will begin at both Strokers in Dallas and the Longhorn Harley-Davidson in Grand Prairie. Riders from both locations will end up at Maverick Harley-Davidson in Carrollton, Texas for the concert.

Dierks is on the bill for that concert along with Thompson Square, Montgomery Gentry, James Otto and newcomers Clare Dunn and Joey Hyde. Proceeds from the event go to the ACM’s charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives, as well as child abuse advocacy …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleCongratulations to Luke Bryan on scoring his fifth #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with his latest release, Spring Break…Checkin’ Out. According to Nielsen Music, the album moved more than 100,000 copies in sales and streams in its first week.

On the overall Billboard 200 tally, Luke bows at #3 behind the Empire soundtrack at #1 and Madonna‘s Rebel Heart at #2.

Spring Break…Checkin’ Out is the final release of Luke’s ongoing Spring Break series. He played his last Spring Break shows last week in Panama City Beach, Florida.

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