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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore hand-picked Charlie Worsham and Sam Hunt to join him on his latest headlining trek, CMT On Tour: Up in Smoke.

While their musical styles are completely different, Kip feels his opening acts compliment his music to create a great concert bill. He tells CMT.com, “I know we all respect what each other does. We’re all very different. We’re all very different onstage, but they are killer. They’ve been awesome.”

Kip and his crew continue their tour this weekend with shows in Iowa and Minnesota.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLook for Eric Church to perform his new single, “Talladega,” on NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Jerrod Niemann has released a teaser clip via Instagram for his new video, “Buzz Back Girl.” Look for the full video to premiere October 9.

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Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren, just got back from a two-week vacation in Italy, but Thomas admits he didn’t brush up on speaking Italian before the trip.

He says, “I don’t understand Italian language at all. I would just ask for pizza every day, and gelato.”

The couple started out in the south and traveled north to Venice during their trip. The time away gave Thomas and Lauren a chance to reconnect and relax following Thomas’s crazy summer on Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum tour.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleWhen Blake Shelton wasn’t sitting in that big red chair on NBC’s The Voice, he was in the studio working on his latest album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, available now. The country singer said it took less time than usual to get it right.

“We’ve taken years to make an album before and I think this one we made in just, I don’t know, maybe six months or something,” he said on Thursday’s Live with Kelly and Michael. “It was just like man, let’s make the record and keep doing the show. I’m having …read more

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleWhen Blake Shelton wasn’t sitting in that big red chair on NBC’s The Voice, he was in the studio working on his latest album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, available now. The country singer said it took less time than usual to get it right.

“We’ve taken years to make an album before and I think this one we made in just, I don’t know, maybe six months or something,” he said on Thursday’s Live with Kelly and Michael. “It was just like man, let’s make the record and keep doing the show. I’m having …read more

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Image Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band are on the bill for HBO’s Concert for Valor special airing live from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11.

The show starts at 7 p.m. ET and will also include performances from Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, Eminem, Jamie Foxx and more. HBO also will be making the show available to non-subscribers.

Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg will also be on hand for the concert honoring America’s veterans and their families.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho did Rascal FlattsJay DeMarcus play when he appeared on ABC’s Nashville during season two? ANSWER: Himself.

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Image Courtesy Blue Chair/SonyKenny Chesney scores his 13th #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with his latest offering, The Big Revival. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the project sold 130,000 for a #2 arrival on the overall Billboard 200 chart just behind Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett‘s new album, Cheek to Cheek. The Big Revival is Kenny’s 12th top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Look for Kenny to continue promoting The Big Revival with his Live from the Flora-Bama concert special premiering November 14 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Jim Wright/Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum surprised a nine-year-old New Jersey girl Wednesday as part of the band’s ongoing 7FOR7 campaign.

The members of Lady A surprised Kate Koval inside the American Girl Store in New York City, and presented her with her own special doll. The trio also informed Kate that she will receive a year’s worth of groceries, with the help of Crock-Pot Slow Cookers, and a trip to Walt Disney World.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKenny Chesney appears on CBS’s The Talk Thursday.

Look for Big & Rich to perform on The Queen Latifah Show Thursday.

Here’s a random joke from Jake Owen via Twitter: “Why did the Banana go to the Doctor? He wasn’t peeling well.”

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