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For “God” and country: Backstreet Boys hit #1 with Florida Georgia Line duet

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BMLGBack in the day, there always seemed to be some kind of rivalry — real or imagined — between pop bands The Backstreet Boys and ‘N SYNC. Now, nearly 20 years after the fact, Backstreet can now say they’ve done something Justin Timberlake and company never achieved: they’re #1 on the country charts.

“God, Your Mama and Me,” Backstreet’s collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, has topped Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The highest ‘N SYNC ever managed to get on that same chart was #3, when they teamed up with Country-Music-Hall-of-Famers Alabama in 1999 for a …read more

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William Michael Morgan’s not “Missing,” he’s on AUDIENCE Network Friday night

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Friday night, William Michael Morgan is stepping into the spotlight for his very first television special.

“My shows are getting bigger and people are coming and it makes me so happy…” the relative newcomer says of how his career has taken off since he hit #1 with the SamHunt-penned “I Met a Girl.”

You can check out that song in the show’s trailer, and also preview WMM’s performance of his latest single, “Missing,” on YouTube.

William Michael Morgan’s AUDIENCE Network special premieres Friday at 9 p.m. ET.

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Garth Brooks takes “Inside Studio G” to outer space

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ABC/Image Group LA Garth BrooksInside Studio G Facebook series can now literally be described as “out of this world.”

On Thursday, the CMA Entertainer of the Year delivered a special episode from Johnson Space Center in Houston, as he visited with astronauts on board the International Space Station.

Garth surprised astronauts Jack Fischer and Dr. Peggy Whitson by bringing out wife Trisha Yearwood, who then brought out Fischer’s wife and daughter. Garth and Trisha went on to sing one of Fischer’s favorite songs, his 1992 chart-topper “The River.”

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Tyler Hubbard’s “vacation equation” for kicking back on the water

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ABC/Image Group LAWith Florida Georgia Line enjoying the #1 song in the land right now with “God, Your Mama, and Me,” Tyler Hubbard is doing a little celebrating.

The father-to-be shared an Instagram photo with his pregnant wife Hayley on Thursday, showing the two enjoying some time on the water.

“Hubbard’s Vacation equation….” Tyler pondered, “Take a meal, take a dip, take a drink, take a nap, REPEAT. Forgetting anything?”

In the picture, Tyler is drinking some sort of minty concoction, while his wife seems to be having a smoothie. Their baby is due at the end of …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty years ago this week, the debut album from 1988 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year K.T. Oslin was released. Can you recall its title? ANSWER: 80’s Ladies.

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Kelsea Ballerini teases a “tragic,” “heart-swelling” video for “Legends”

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Courtesy of Black River EntertainmentOn Thursday, Kelsea Ballerini rolls out the “heart-swelling” and “tragic” music video for her new single, “Legends.”

Shot partially on an ocean cliff in Big Sur, California, the new clip plays like a short film that follows the complete romantic history of one couple.

Kelsea recalls she instantly knew what she wanted the visual version of her song to convey.

“The video, without saying too much, when I wrote this song and listened to the demo that day, I envisioned just a big loss,” she remembers. “And so, it’s a very emotional video.”

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kellie Pickler has been added to the lineup of this year’s 37th annual A Capitol Fourth on PBS. She’ll sing “This Land Is Your Land” and “Small Town Girl” on the show that starts at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Trace Adkins is set to perform as well.

Kelsea Ballerini recently kicked off her yearlong partnership with Colgate Optic White toothpaste by doing a private concert in New York City.

If you missed Lee Brice‘s performance of his new single, “Boy,” Wednesday on the Today show, you can watch it online.

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After 2 more nights of number ones, George Strait plans to change things up in Vegas

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ABC/Image Group LA If you’d like to see George Strait sing all sixty of his number-ones over two nights in Vegas, your window is closing.

The Country Music Hall of Famer did it once before in April, and he’ll do “Two Nights of Number Ones” again on July 28 and 29. But after that, he’s putting the concept to bed.

“After that, I’m going to change things up for the last four of the year,” George says of his remaining shows. “Not sure what’s in store, but I’m thinking about it,” he teases.

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Carrie Underwood goes long for new “Sunday Night Football” open

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ABC/Image Group LA Carrie Underwood‘s long locks are back — just in time for football season.

The American Idol winner cut her signature blonde tresses into a bob sometime after the release of her Storyteller album in the fall of 2015. This week, she showed off her new, flowing ‘do in a photo from the set of her new Sunday Night Football on NBC intro.

“Shooting the new… open!” Carrie shared on Instagram. “Lots of fun today! This will be our best one yet! Can’t wait for you all to see it!”

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Michael Ray takes home a four-legged souvenir from Chicago’s LakeShake festival

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ABC/Image Group LA It turns out the newest member of Michael Ray‘s team is a real dog.

After teasing his followers on social media he’d be introducing the newest member of his band, the “Think a Little Less” hitmaker revealed his newest addition is in fact, a canine.

Michael fell in love with a white Husky/Shepherd mix he named Wrigley this weekend while playing Chicago’s LakeShake festival and decided to take her home. Wrigley was rescued by the no-kill shelter PAWS Chicago, which was there doing an adoption drive.

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