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Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has revealed the cover for her new album, Storyteller. The image shows Carrie sitting on the floor wearing an oversized silk top with red beading and red boots.

Carrie thinks both the album cover and just-released video for the lead single, “Smoke Break,” will give you a good indication of what to expect from the new project. She tells Entertainment Weekly, “Each album so far has had its own look, its own feel, its own sound, and this upcoming album is definitely no exception.”

Storyteller is due out October 23 featuring 13 new tracks.

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Comstock/ThinkstockKeith Urban‘s hit single, “For You,” was featured on which movie soundtrack? ANSWER: Act of Valor.

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Chili’s Bar & GrillLady Antebellum has teamed up with Chili’s to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The restaurant chain’s annual Create-a-Pepper for St. Jude campaign is underway to help fund St. Jude’s fight against childhood cancer, and Lady A is proud to be the face of this year’s effort.

Band member Hillary Scott says of St. Jude, “As a band and as parents, we love the work they do for kids fighting really tough stuff like cancer. It’s something really close to our hearts and we’re excited to be part of …read more

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EB Media PRDarius Rucker is always happy to celebrate a #1 hit he wrote, but the party is even sweeter when he’s sharing the honor with a friend. Darius and pal Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum were on hand for an event in Nashville Monday afternoon celebrating the hit they co-wrote, “Homegrown Honey.”

Darius says of the achievement, “It’s awesome. One of the reasons is because it’s Charles. You know, we go back, and I’ve loved Charles for a long time.”

“Homegrown Honey” also is the first #1 hit co-written by Nathan Chapman, best known for producing …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan spends a second consecutive week at #1 on the overall Billboard 200 Albums chart with his latest release, Kill the Lights.

Miranda Lambert will perform on the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, October 6.

Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge and The Band Perry are taking part in a taping for a Grand Ole Opry film production on Monday, August 31 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The performances will be used in a theatrical production to be released in theaters nationwide.

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CMAThomas Rhett hasn’t gone through a painful breakup like the one he sings about in “Crash and Burn” for many years now. He’s been happily married to his high school sweetheart, Lauren, for nearly three years now, but there was a time “Crash and Burn” described their dating relationship to a T.

“When we dated in high school it was so ridiculous,” Thomas says. “I think she broke up with me like maybe seven times over the course of a year. We were, like, freshmen in high school, and I was just one of the those …read more

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Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line‘s Brian Kelley and his wife Brittney will show off the latest looks from their Tribe Kelley clothing line at Nashville’s Off the Record fashion show this fall. The invitation-only benefit show is set for November 1, with proceeds going to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

Tribe Kelley “promotes individuality and uniqueness” using comfortable, neutral materials, and Brian is honored the clothing line will be featured at the event.

He says, “This will be the first show that Tribe Kelley will send both men’s and women’s designs down the runway. …read more

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Universal Music GroupJon Pardi is headed out on his All Time High Tour starting October 8 in his home state of California. The trek features Brothers Osborne in the opening slot, and Jon says he’s been looking to tour with the duo’s T.J. and John Osborne for years now.

“It’s finally here and going to be a blast,” Jon says.

You can expect Jon to play some never-before-heard material on the trek, too.

“I really love the new music I have been working on for the next album and cannot wait to start playing it out on the road for the …read more

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Sony Music NashvilleChris Young has added a Nashville stop to his I’m Comin’ Over World Tour 2015. The show is set for September 30 at Ascend Amphitheater with special guests Jerrod Niemann and Cam.

Chris will have plenty of family and friends in the audience for the Nashville show since he grew up just down the road in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 28 through Ticketmaster.

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Warner Music NashvilleCongratulations to Frankie Ballard on scoring his third consecutive #1 hit with “Young & Crazy.” The track follows up his previous chart-toppers “Helluva Life” and “Sunshine & Whiskey.” All songs are included on Frankie’s current album, Sunshine & Whiskey.

Frankie says of the big achievement, “I couldn’t have asked for more out of this album or my fans. It has been so much fun playing it for you on the road these past months. Thank you to all the people who make country radio possible. My spirit is celebrating today!”

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