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Darius Rucker goes undercover for a new spin on a reality hit

ABC/Image Group LACBS is putting a celebrity spin on its reality hit Undercover Boss, and Darius Rucker will be the first star to try out the new take on the show.

Using state-of-the-art prosthetic makeup, the series will disguise the Hootie & the Blowfish front man as he heads to Austin, Texas to look for new talent. Along the way, he’ll work as a roadie, host an open mic night, and scour Austin’s famed Sixth Street for stand-out street performers.

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Shania Twain readies “Life’s About to Get Good” for June, ahead of full-length album in September

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Brian Bowen Smith/NBCShania Twain‘s new single “Life’s About to Get Good” is on the way in June, followed by her first album in 15 years in September.

Fans will have the chance to hear the new song this Saturday night, as the Canadian superstar performs it for the first time at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California.

“I was at home looking out at the ocean,” Shania recalls of writing the tune, “and I said to myself, ‘Here I am stuck in this past of negativity, but it’s so beautiful out. …read more

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Kellie Pickler’s new talk show — executive produced by Faith Hill — set to premiere from Nashville this fall

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Paul Morigi/Getty ImagesKellie Pickler will star in a new daytime talk show, executive-produced by Faith Hill, that’s set to debut this fall.

The as-yet-untitled lifestyle program will originate from Nashville, and be co-hosted by New York City-based journalist Ben Aaron, who’s married to Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee.

“We will bring a little bit of southern charm and inspiration to our viewers, alongside insights from top tastemakers and experts in many areas,” Faith says.

“Kellie is very much southern while Ben is everything New York,” Faith adds. “Complete opposites, but together their chemistry is magic and our …read more

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Fans’ reaction to Hillary Scott’s LaBellum fashions? We “Need You Now”

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Bryan Kasm/HSNDuring the recent two-day launch of her new LaBellum line of fashions on HSN, Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott sure left ‘em wanting more.

Eight of the items in Hillary’s collection instantly sold out, including a lace-up blouse and a faux-suede vest.

Though she’s surely used to success in the musical arena by now, the “You Look Good” hitmaker says her good fortune in fashion has left her stunned.

“I could not have asked for a warmer welcome to the whole experience…” Hillary says. “I was so excited that we sold out one piece, but to keep hearing …read more

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Why Tim & Faith are “Madea’s” favorite country stars

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ABC/Image Group LAIt looks like the man behind Madea is a big fan of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

“I saw one of the best concerts I’ve seen in years! Tim & Faith #Soul2Soul tour,” entertainment mogul Tyler Perry tweeted, after taking in this weekend’s Atlanta-area show.

“Trying to find another city to go again,” he added, along with a photo of both Tim and Faith onstage. “I love these two!”

“Great to see ya man,” Tim answered. “Come on out whenever you want!”

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“A Real Fine Place to Start”: Sara Evans starts new label to launch 8th studio album

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Photo Courtesy Sony REDSara Evans is starting her own record label, and she expects to be back with a new album sometime this summer.

The new partnership with Sony is called Born to Fly Records, and it takes its name from Sara’s 2000 #1 hit.

“I love that the label is [called] ‘Born to Fly,’” she says. “I wrote that song about my own life, coming to Nashville and following my dreams.”

“It’s a dream come true to surround myself with my own team and truly embrace my entrepreneurial spirit…” she adds. “I can’t wait to share this new …read more

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Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, FGL and more: How to score a $20 ticket to summer’s hottest shows

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you happen to be in New York City on May 1, you can check out Jason Aldean‘s performance at Irving Plaza during National Concert Day. And if you’re really lucky, you may be able to land a $20 ticket to his They Don’t Know Tour this summer.

The ACM Entertainer of the Year is just one of the artists taking part in the kickoff to the summer concert season. Rock bands Foreigner, Nickelback and Daughtry are also set to take the stage, as well as hip-hop group The Roots and singer/songwriter Prince Royce.

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Why Brett Young owes the wedding song of 2017 to Trent Tomlinson’s mom

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BMLGThis week, Brett Young lands the second top-10 of his career with “In Case You Didn’t Know.” And in case you didn’t know, the inspiration for the popular wedding song originally came from co-writer Trent Tomlinson‘s mother.

“He said his mom always used to stop him on his way out the door and say, ‘Hey Trent! In case you didn’t know, I love you,’” Brett recalls.

“I thought, ‘That’s so how men are,’” he goes on. “We assume that people know all the time. We forget that it’s as easy as saying, ‘Hey, I …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockStarting in 1989, Clint Black managed to send five songs from his debut album, Killin’ Time, all the way to #1. Can you name the Texas native’s first chart-topper? ANSWER: “A Better Man.”

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson stars in the new film Pure Country: Pure Heart, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 1.

Clint Black is extending his On Purpose tour this summer, adding more than a dozen dates that kick off August 13 in Newton, New Jersey.

John Berry begins taping a new half-hour TV show next month at Douglas Corner in Nashville. Billy Dean, Neal McCoy, Suzy Bogguss and Billy Ray Cyrus are just some of the stars set to guest on Songs and Stories with John Berry, which will debut in July on various cable outlets.

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