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Strap on your virtual reality headset: Hunter Hayes wants to take you into “Yesterday”

ABC/Image Group LAHunter Hayes wants to take you into a new dimension. He’s partnered with YouTube to offer a new virtual reality version of his latest single, “Yesterday’s Song.”

If you hadn’t guessed it already, the multi-instrumentalist is also a bit of a techno-geek.

“Anyone who knows me knows how much I love technology,” he confesses, “and I’m constantly amazed by all of the things we can do with just the click of a button. The fact that we can bring fans into the room with us… and actually share an experience with them using virtual …read more

“When Someone Stops Loving You”: Little Big Town offers heartbreak from “The Breaker”

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ABC/Image Group LA With less than a week to go before the release of their new album, The Breaker, Little Big Town is taking fans inside the studio for a sneak peek at one of their new tunes.

You can sample the band’s black-and-white clip of the JimiWestbrook-fueled ballad, “When Someone Stops Loving You,” on social media. You can also check out the full version of the song in an audio-only post on YouTube, or download it via the usual digital outlets.

The eighth studio album from the foursome is due next Friday, the same day the …read more

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Luke Bryan offers Nashville a double dose after selling out his Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day kickoff

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ABC/Image Group LAMusic City can’t get enough of Luke Bryan. Fans quickly snapped up all the tickets to his May 5 tour kickoff in Nashville, so the four-time Entertainer of the Year is adding a second date.

Luke will also play Saturday, May 6 at the Bridgestone Arena. Tickets for the new show go on sale next Friday, February 24.

Brett Eldredge and newcomer Adam Craig will open both concerts on the Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day trek.

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“You Should Be Dancing”: Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood share the spotlight in “The Fighter” video

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Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban and Carrie Underwood team up for their new video for “The Fighter,” but they also have a pretty spectacular co-star, thanks to director John Urbano.

“John said, ‘I know this girl who dances,’” Keith recalls, “’sort of street dancing, I don’t even know what it is,’ but it was so good and John said ‘listen to the song and watch her dance at the same time’ and they just went together so incredibly well…” the 7-time ACM nominee observes.

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Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear: Dustin Lynch offers interesting perspective on new single

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Courtesy of Broken Bow RecordsSure, there are lyric videos and music videos, but Dustin Lynch has found a new way to showcase his latest single, “Small Town Boy.” You can check out the “driver’s-side mirror version” of the second release from his forthcoming new album on YouTube.

On Thursday, Dustin teased the arrival of the new song with a video of him getting into a classic pickup truck and turning on the radio. On Friday, he followed with a new clip of him singing the tune solely in the mirror as he cruises down the road.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty years ago, this George Strait record became the first one ever to debut at #1 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart. Can you name it? ANSWER: Ocean Front Property.

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An unusual cover and a new release date: The details on Brad Paisley’s “Love & War”

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Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley‘s eleventh studio album now has a new release date. Originally set for March 3, Love & War will now be available on April 21.

Arista Nashville also unveiled the project’s cover, featuring a predominantly blue backdrop with Brad playing his electric guitar next to a red amp. In an atypical move, the West Virginia native is not wearing his hat on the cover — but it’s hovering near his head.

Love and War‘s current release, “Today,” is a top-five hit. It’s not clear if Brad’s previous single with Demi Lovato, “Without a Fight,” will appear …read more

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Little Big Town’s collaboration with Taylor Swift: Does the foursome know who inspired “Better Man?”

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ABC/Image Group LAGiven Taylor Swift‘s reputation for writing songs about her exes, it seems reasonable to wonder exactly which of her boyfriends might have inspired Little Big Town‘s hit “Better Man.” But if you’re thinking the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year might know the answer to that question — well, they say you’re dead wrong.

“The great thing is we don’t know who she wrote it about and I never want to know!” Karen Fairchild quips.

“Yeah, I don’t know,” Phillip Sweet agrees.

“We specifically didn’t ask!” Jimi Westbrook laughs.

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“Nashville” Recap: “Stand Beside Me”

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CMTIf you missed Thursday night’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, you missed the most shocking 60 minutes in the show’s five-season history.

Even with a restraining order, Rayna Jaymes’ stalker made bail and returned to haunt her family. In the midst of the increased stress, the country music icon still managed to be there for her daughter Daphne as she got her first period, rescuing her at school and comforting her at home later.

The tension eased between Rayna and Maddie, as the apprehensive mother warmed toward her older daughter’s talented boyfriend Clay. While she stopped short of offering him a …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kenny Chesney‘s The Big Revival and Life on a Rock have both been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, while Lucky Old Sun and Welcome to the Fishbowl are now officially Platinum.

Dolly Parton‘s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love was awarded the Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program at the 25th Annual Movieguide Awards in Hollywood. Its predecessor, 2015’s Coat of Many Colors, picked up the same honor last year.

Sony Nashville has signed country trio Levon to a long-term recording contract.

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