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Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts and Little Big Town are hitting the high seas for Carnival Cruise Line’s 2015 concert series. LBT will make three appearances at “Fun Ships” in the Bahamas March 30, 31 and April 1. Rascal Flatts will deliver three performances in Cozumel, Mexico May 5, 6 and 7.

Smokey Robinson, Journey and Styx are also on the bill for 2015 Carnival LIVE. More acts will be announced soon at Carnival.com/CarnivalLive.

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Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band‘s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival is coming to AXS TV this weekend. The two-day festival takes place in Charleston, South Carolina, featuring headlining performances from Zac Brown Band starting Saturday night. They’ll deliver another performance on Sunday night, too.

This broadcast marks the second straight year Zac Brown Band’s festival has aired live on AXS TV.

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Image Courtesy Slate PRBrett Eldredge was recognized as one of People magazine’s “Ones to Watch” at a party in Los Angeles Thursday night. The event took place at the The Line on Wilshire Boulevard in connection with People‘s 40th Birthday issue, out now.

The “Ones to Watch” list recognizes the entertainment industry’s hottest rising stars. “All About That Bass” singer Meghan Trainor and stars from the new ABC show How to Get Away with Murder were among the other celebrities recognized at the party.

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Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line has more in common with country icon Willie Nelson than you might think.

In the new Billboard cover story, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard admits they smoke marijuana after a reporter noticed a small metal pipe that smelled like weed on a counter in Tyler’s tour bus.

The news shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, though. The guys’ new song, “Sun Daze,” contains a reference to getting stoned, and Tyler even tells Billboard, “We’re professional partiers.”

“Sun Daze” is included on FGL’s new album, Anything Goes, due out Tuesday. Look for …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleThe Swon Brothers performed their song “Pretty Beautiful” with the PS22 Chorus in New York City last week. The track is included on the duo’s self-titled debut album, due out October 14. The students spent two hours outside of regular school hours to rehearse and perform with The Swon Brothers. They also got to ask the guys questions about their journey to country stardom.

The Swon Brothers’ Zach Swon says, “We’ve been on the run so much lately that it was great to have the chance to slow down for a …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is George Strait‘s middle name? ANSWER: Harvey.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCarrie Underwood‘s new single, “Something in the Water,” has already hit #1 on Billboard‘s Hot Christian Songs chart, which tracks sales, airplay and streaming in the inspirational market.

Don’t miss Rascal Flatts on ABC’s The View Friday.

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Image Courtesy Mercury/19American Idol finalist-turned-country star Lauren Alaina is back in the studio and stepping back into the spotlight after undergoing vocal cord surgery in August. She kept the surgery a secret until making an appearance at the Nashville premiere for the movie The Best of Me Thursday night.

Lauren explains, “I just started singing again, and I can still do that, so that’s great news. ‘Cause I was scared to death, but I’m gonna start recording here in the next couple months and try to get everything out.”

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleA deluxe CD/DVD edition of George Strait‘s The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium will be released exclusively at Walmart on November 10. The expanded version features 28 live tracks on two-CDs and a DVD of the 40-song show at George’s final tour stop on June 7, 2014 in Dallas.

A single-disc version of this live project was released a few weeks back. The new version includes all of those tracks as well as George’s collaboration with Eric Church on “Easy Come, Easy Go,” Alan Jackson on “Amarillo by Morning,” Miranda Lambert …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum will be inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony Saturday night in Atlanta. Since she hails from Tennessee, band member Hillary Scott wasn’t sure she’d get to share the honor with band mates, Georgia natives Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley.

Hillary tells ABC News Radio she didn’t believe their manager when he told her she was included in the honor. She says, “I’m like, ‘So, the whole state of Georgia is OK with a Tennessee girl being inducted.’ We were joking and saying, ‘I guess if …read more

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