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Chris Young Announces Full Slate of International Dates for 2015

Image Courtesy Monarch PublicityChris Young has been a favorite of American audiences for years, but now he’s taking his brand of country music around the world.

Chris kicks off a tour of Australia and Asia March 11 in Melbourne, Australia. He’ll play military installations in South Korea and Japan on the trek, too.

In September, Chris heads over to Europe for a string of shows starting with a two-night stand in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Here are Chris’s 2015 World Tour dates:

3/11 — Melbourne, Australia
3/13 — Sydney, Australia
3/14 – 3/15 — Ipswich, Australia
3/17 — Pohang, South Korea
3/19 — …read more

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox is trading in his microphone for a pair of clippers this weekend in Las Vegas. Gary joins The Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd and Olivia Newton-John among the celebrities shaving volunteers’ heads to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation in their fight against children’s cancers.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Gary and Craig will be shaving heads at Club Vinyl this Saturday. Olivia will be Rascal Flatts is currently performing their Vegas Riot! residency at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel Las …read more

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Image Courtesy Academy of Country MusicLuke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band, and Florida Georgia Line are among the stars performing at the ACM Party for a Cause Festival April 17 and 18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, TX. They’ll collaborate with country icons Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, Patty Loveless, Dwight Yoakam, and Clint Black. The performances will be taped for a new TV special, ACM Presents: Superstar Duets! The new special will air Friday, May 15 on CBS.

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Southern Ground/Big Machine/John VarvatosZac Brown Band‘s new album, Jekyll + Hyde, will be out April 28 featuring their latest hit, “Homegrown.” They’ll perform music from the album this weekend as they make their first appearance on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. The new project features collaborations with rocker Chris Cornell and pop star Sara Bareilles.

Zac Brown Band will launch a major tour in support of the new album on May 1 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Here’s the Jekyll + Hyde track listing:

“Beautiful Drug”
“Loving You Easy”
“Remedy”
“Homegrown”
“Mango Tree” (Featuring Sara Bareilles)
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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum and Kris Kristofferson are among the next group of artists performing on Skyville Live next month. The online broadcast will air live from Nashville April 7 at 8 p.m. ET. Taking part in innovative projects like Skyville Live appeals to Lady A.

Group member Dave Haywood says, “Helping kickstart a new and unique event, especially alongside an idol like Kristofferson, is a really great way for us to reach our fans across the world. Hopefully it’ll give us a chance to make a few new ones too!”

Skyville Live launched in January …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockRaeLynn is a featured vocalist on which one of Blake Shelton‘s #1 hits? ANSWER: “Boys Round Here.”

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Image Courtesy ABC/Bob D’AmicoCloseted country star Will Lexington wasn’t happy when his new label boss, Luke Wheeler, set up in a writing appointment with Kevin Bicks — a hit Nashville songwriter who just happens to be gay. Will was very uncomfortable with the writing session at first, but he and Kevin eventually bonded over their bad relationships with their dads. In the end, they managed to write a great song, too.

Will’s ex-wife Layla Grant stood up for herself as an indie artist in her new deal with Rayna Jaymes‘ label, Highway 65. Her new manager, Jeff Fordham, …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRaeLynn will debut her new single, “For a Boy,” on NBC’s Today on Monday, March 9.

Hank Williams, Jr. will headline the fifth annual NRA Country Jam on Lower Broadway in Nashville on April 10. The show is free to the public and takes place as the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits go on at the Music City Center one block away.

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Image Courtesy CMAThomas Rhett just scored his third #1 hit with “Make Me Wanna,” but fans won’t have to wait long to hear his new single from his upcoming sophomore album. Thomas tells ABC Radio the new track is coming out in about three weeks, and he’s got it narrowed down to two possible song choices.

“It’s between two songs — “Crash and Burn” and “T-Shirt,” Thomas says. “And they’re both kind of in the same vein.”

Fans can expect Thomas to continue exploring the sound he introduced on “Make Me Wanna” on the new album, too.

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Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain delighted — and, possibly, saddened — fans Wednesday with her announcement that she’ll be going on tour for the first time in 11 years, but it’ll be her last time on the road. Shania says for her final live experience, she wanted to take her music directly to the fans.

“I thought, ‘Well, I’m feeling the momentum of being on stage,'” she tells ABC Radio, explaining why she decided to launch a tour after SHANIA: Still the One wrapped up at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. “‘It took me so long to …read more

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