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Comstock/Thinkstock This Arkansas native sang at the 2007 funeral for Anna Nicole Smith in the Bahamas. Can you name him? ANSWER: Joe Nichols.

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The bootylicious reason you need to check out Joe Nichols’ new album

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BBR Music GroupIf you’ve never heard Joe Nichols do his version of “Baby Got Back,” you’ll get your chance on July 28.

The concert-favorite is one of twelve tracks on his ninth studio album, Never Gets Old. While Joe’s been delivering his live take on Sir-Mix-A-Lot‘s bootylicious 1992 rap hit on stage, this is the first time he’s recorded it, with an assist from comedian Darren Knight.

Fans who pre-order the album now will instantly get both the title track — which is Joe’s new single — and the song “Billy Graham’s Bible.”

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Lee Brice takes “Boy” to early-morning TV

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ABC/Rick RowellIf you haven’t heard Lee Brice‘s new single, “Boy,” you’ll have plenty of chances in the coming days.

The “I Don’t Dance” hitmaker will begin the day Wednesday with an appearance on the Today show. You can watch for him starting at 7 a.m. on NBC.

Then Friday, Lee gets up early to play Fox & Friends‘ All-American Summer Concert Series. You can catch the show starting at 6 a.m. ET on Fox News.

“Boy” is the lead single from Lee’s self-titled fourth album, which comes out November 3.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Mark Chesnutt is introducing his own hot sauce, to coincide with his latest single, “Hot.” You can pick up your own bottle on his website.

The Academy of Country Music has named Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium its Small Capacity Venue of the Year, and Music City’s Bridgestone Arena its Large Capacity Venue of the Year. Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre takes home the Medium Venue prize. The awards will officially be passed out this August at the Ryman during the 11th Annual ACM Honors.

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Nervous, excited and “NOW”: A sentimental Shania Twain opens her exhibit at the Hall of Fame

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumDressed in a head-to-toe, gold, bell-bottomed pantsuit, Shania Twain was especially contemplative as she spoke about her new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday evening.

Nervous and excited, Shania remembered the late Norro Wilson — the producer who recently passed away who helped create her first album — and pondered how far she’d come, and what she’d missed in her absence.

“What I longed for a lot was just getting reacquainted — reunited, I guess is a better word — with my largest group of supporters, …read more

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Charles Kelley digs Michael Ray’s new single

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Atlantic Michael Ray‘s new single officially has the Charles Kelley seal of approval.

“Digging [Michael Ray’s] new single #GetToYou!” the Lady Antebellum hitmaker tweeted. “Well done buddy. I remember hearing the demo [songwriter Abe Stoklasa] played me and you did it justice.”

You can check out the video for the lead single from Michael’s forthcoming sophomore album on YouTube. In the clip, the Florida native drives by a lake in the countryside as he sings the song. Since the video is titled “Get to You” (Chapter 1), it seems to indicate there may be …read more

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Hillary Scott unveils her latest efforts to make sure “You Look Good”

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Bryan Kasm/HSNThe latest additions to Hillary Scott‘s HSN fashion line aren’t supposed to come out until July, but the Lady Antebellum hitmaker is rolling them out ahead of time.

“Y’all, I just got the early shipment of the next collection of LaBellum…” Hillary shared on social media, along with a link to check out her new garments.

Hillary’s collection made its debut in April, with many of her designs instantly selling out.

HSN is also offering a special edition of Lady A’s #1 album Heart Break, which includes five bonus tracks.

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Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” “Walk[s] on By” one chart record; can he “Cruise” past another?

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCThere’s no stopping Sam Hunt’s hit “Body Like a Back Road.” This week, the tune marks its twentieth week atop Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart… and that makes history.

Sam is now the country solo artist with the longest streak at #1. He was previously tied with Leroy Van Dyke, who spent 19 weeks at #1 with “Walk on By” from 1961-62.

Sam will have to make it to 25 weeks to break the overall record, though. Florida Georgia Line set that one in 2012-13, when “Cruise” spent 24 weeks in the top …read more

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CMA Fest 2017 is over… ready for next year?

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Bob D’Amico/ABCCMA Music Festival 2017 is barely in the rearview mirror, but it’s already time to get ready for CMA Fest 2018.

Four-day passes for next year’s nightly concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium officially went on sale to the public Tuesday morning. The 2018 edition of country music’s biggest event will take place June 7-10.

If you didn’t make it out to the event earlier this month, you can see what you missed on Wednesday, August 16, as Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini host ABC’s annual three-hour wrap-up special, CMA Fest: The Music Event of Summer.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band landed at #1 in 1987 with this song that extols the virtues of casting a line after sunset. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Fishin’ in the Dark.”

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