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Comstock/ThinkstockWho is the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year? ANSWER: George Strait.

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Image Courtesy ACMIn celebration of the upcoming 50th Annual ACM Awards, the Academy of Country Music is releasing a 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak exclusively at Walmart on March 24.

The project includes a magazine with 25 exclusive interviews and memories from the first 49 ACM Awards shows. There’s also a two-CD collection geaturing hits from this year’s nominees, including Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, as well as songs from country’s hottest new acts.

Only 50,000 copies of the 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak will be produced. It’s now available for pre-order at Walmart.com.

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsThe lineup for the 2015 CMA Music Festival concerts at Nashville’s LP Field has been announced. The performers include Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Wynonna, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, and many more.

The CMA Music Festival runs June 11 through 14 in Nashville. It is sold out.

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCAfter spending the last couple of years doing a residency in Las Vegas, Shania Twain is taking her act on the road. The Grammy-winning singer is launching her first tour in 11 years — and she says it’ll be her final one.

The Rock This Country tour — named after a track on Shania’s 1997 album, Come On Over -- kicks off in Seattle on June 5 and will visit 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, wrapping up in August. When it’s over, there’ll be no more touring, but Shania …read more

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleIf you’ve caught Billy Currington‘s new video, “Don’t It,” then you’re probably wondering how well Billy knows his beautiful, brunette co-star. The two get very cozy in the romantic clip, but Billy had never seen her before they shot the video in Nashville.

He tells ABC Radio, “I didn’t know the girl. I still don’t know her. I’ll probably never see her again. But for that moment, that day, we had good chemistry. It was easy to do that.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWynonna will give an interview and performance at the South by Southwest Music Conference coming up Friday, March 20 in Austin, TX.

Eli Young Band is giving fans a preview of their new single, “Turn It On,” at Vevo.

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Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryDarius Rucker is always open to collaborate with other artists, but music business politics often get in the way of making those collaborations actually happen. This subject has got a lot of attention in the past few weeks since Kelly Clarkson admitted in an interview other artists often turn her down when she approaches them about collaborating. According to Darius, those artists might not even know Kelly asked to sing with them in the first place.

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Image Courtesy Shock InkWillie Nelson will perform at the fourth annual Heartbreaker Banquet at his Luck, Texas ranch near Austin. The event takes place March 19, and tickets are now on sale at HeartbreakerBanquet.com.

The Heartbreaker Banquet showcases artists in the roots music community and is timed to coincide with the South by Southwest conference each year. Willie’s son, Lukas Nelson, is also on the bill with his band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

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Image Courtesy Campbell Entertainment GroupLady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott, RaeLynn, Casey James, Craig Campbell and Brandy Clark are on the performers lineup for the 23rd Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, March 24 through 28 in Nashville. The event takes places at multiple venues around Music City with 92 shows booked throughout the week. Charlie Worsham, Josh Thompson and Vince Gill are also on the bill along with dozens of Nashville’s top songwriters.

Go to TinPanSouth.com for ticket and schedule information.

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleGary Allan‘s new single, “Hangover Tonight,” finds him exploring a ’50s and ’60s-inspired sound, which is a very comfortable place for the singer. Gary tapped into his own musical history to co-write the song with Chris Stapleton and two other young Nashville hitmakers.

Gary says, “I was in rockabilly bands my whole life, and to me it was just a throwback to my youth writing with these guys. It was a lot of fun.”

“Hangover Tonight” is the lead single from Gary’s new studio album, due out later this year.

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