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Miranda Lambert opens up about her love life in “Cosmopolitan”‘s country issue

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Photo Credit: Ben WattsMiranda Lambert opens up to Cosmopolitan about her love life, in the magazine’s first-ever country issue.

In the “Cosmo Quiz,” Miranda reveals boyfriend Anderson East is the first person she calls when she’s on the verge of a meltdown. As for the one thing she knows about love, she goes on to say “It’s big and it’s worth it.”

On the professional side, The Weight of These Wings singer says her proudest moment came singing for Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson at The Kennedy Center Honors. If she could have dinner with anyone, she’d pick …read more

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Randy Houser makes his first pilgrimage to the UK for CMA Songwriter Series

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ABC/Fred LeeRandy Houser is packing his bags for his first trip to the United Kingdom.

“Been looking forward to his for a long time…excited to finally get to the U.K.,” the Mississippi native shared on social media, along with a list of his October dates in England and Scotland.

The “We Went” hitmaker will be playing the CMA Songwriters Series, along with Eric Paslay, Pistol AnniesAngaleena Presley, and newcomer Michael Tyler.

Here’s the itinerary, with tickets on sale now:

10/3 — London, England, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
10/4 — Gateshead, England, Sage Gateshead 2
10/6 — Glasgow, Scotland, St. Luke’s
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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Seventeen years ago this week, Lee Ann Womack hit #1 with “I Hope You Dance.” Can you name the country band that provided background vocals on her signature song? ANSWER: Sons of the Desert.

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Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren may be the “Star of the Show,” but daughter Willa is the “life of the party”

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Valory Music Co. If you keep up with Thomas Rhett‘s socials, you know that he and his wife Lauren are having the time of their lives adjusting to new parenthood.

Almost two months ago, the couple adopted nearly-two-year-old Willa Gray Akins from a Ugandan orphanage. TR admits he was concerned about Willa adjusting to her new life in the U.S.

“Willa has just adapted way better than we ever thought she would,” he reveals. “Going from where she came from to being here, I thought that she would be overwhelmed and kinda really shy, but she’s never met a stranger.”

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country Music Hall-of-Famer Kenny Rogers guests on Rural America Live on Thursday. You can catch the show at 10 p.m. ET on RFD-TV.

Rodney Atkins and his wife Rose Falcon are expecting their first baby together. Rodney’s older son, Elijah, from his previous marriage, starred in the video for his 2006 hit, “Watching You.”

If you missed the Dixie Chicks on tour, you can check out their concert film Dixie Chicks — DCX MMXVI — In Concert at 7 p.m. local time on August 7. Close to 450 theaters across the country will screen the movie.

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Chris Stapleton lands the first gold country album of 2017

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ABC/Image Group LAChris Stapleton officially has bragging rights for the first gold country album of 2017.

From A Room: Volume 1 accomplished the feat in record time, since it’s only been out since May 5. Look for a second volume of songs recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A later this year.

The news comes just as Chris is releasing the second single from the album, “Broken Halos,” which he debuted last year at Dolly Parton‘s Smoky Mountains Rise telethon.

His debut album, 2015’s Traveller, has been certified double platinum.

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Shania Twain reveals the 16 songs on her new album “NOW”

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Mercury Nashville“Feels so great to share with you the full track listing for my new album…” Shania Twain tweeted on Wednesday, unveiling the sixteen songs that will make up her fifth release, NOW.

The Canadian superstar wrote all of the songs herself, including the project’s lead single, “Life’s About to Get Good.” Shania’s most recent record was 2002’s Up!.

Here’s the complete track listing for NOW, which is set to come out September 29:

“Swingin’ with My Eyes Closed”
“Home Now”
“Light of My Life”
“Poor Me”
“Who’s Gonna Be Your Girl”
“More Fun”
“I’m Alright”
“Let’s Kiss and Make Up”
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Frankie Ballard steps front and center Friday on AUDIENCE Network

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ABC/Mark LevineFrankie Ballard gets his own special on AUDIENCE Network this Friday night.

“Whenever I needed a little boost of energy or confidence or I wasn’t feeling great, I would always turn to music for my medicine,” the “Young & Crazy” hitmaker says in the promo for the show.

The Michigan native performs his latest single, a cover of Bob Seger‘s “You’ll Accompany Me,” as well as hits and other tracks from his latest album, El Rio.

You can catch the show Friday at 9 p.m. ET on AUDIENCE Network.

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Country star trivia

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Who was the first act ever to win the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year trophy, which was introduced in 1970? ANSWER: Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton.

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Lauren Alaina’s “Doin’ Fine,” with an early-morning concert this Friday

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ABC/Lou RoccoIt’ll be an early wake-up call for Lauren Alaina this Friday morning, as she starts her day with a mini-concert on Fox & Friends.

The Rossville, Georgia native will play the show’s All-American Concert Series this week, and you can expect to hear tunes like her #1 “Road Less Traveled,” as well as her current single, “Doin’ Fine.” You can watch for Lauren’s set starting at 6 a.m. ET on Fox News.

Lauren next hits the road on July 13, as she joins Luke Bryan‘s Huntin’, Fishin’, and Lovin’ Every Day Tour in Bethel, New York.

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