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Smooth Moves: Florida Georgia Line selling out stadiums

BMLGToday Florida Georgia Line joined an elite list of country music superstars who sell out stadiums across the country. The duo pulled off the feat with their first-ever stadium headlining tour, The Smooth Tour 2017.

The in-demand dates include shows at Boston’s Fenway Park, Minneapolis’ Target Field and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

“It’s an unreal feeling knowing that our dreams of being in stadiums are coming true and that our fans sold these shows out so quickly,” said FGL’s Tyler Hubbard. “Not to mention we get to share a stage with our boys Backstreet Boys, Nelly and …read more

Up with “People”: New Little Big Town single reveals the secret to happiness

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ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town has released a second single for their album The Breaker.

“Happy People” is the follow-up to their smash hit “Better Man,” which was penned by Taylor Swift.

The rhythmic track was written by Hailey Winters and Lori McKenna. McKenna co-wrote Tim McGraw‘s award-winning “Humble & Kind.”

All the lyrics contain wise words, but the song’s biggest piece of advice comes in the chorus, where the group explains the path to true happiness.

“If you wanna know the secret: Can’t buy it, gotta make it/ You ain’t ever gonna be it by taking …read more

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The star of Thomas Rhett’s show? His 40 pairs of sneakers

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ValoryOne might think that growing up in Nashville as the son of a country singer would make Thomas Rhett a fan of cowboy boots, but it turns out, sneakers are more his style. Lots and lots of sneakers.

The switch to wearing kicks onstage came several years ago when Thomas decided to include a few dance moves in his stage show, “I was going to break my ankles dancing in [boots],” he told Billboard.

Thomas is now a “sneakerhead” — a collector — and has a whopping 40 pairs with him on the road …read more

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Darius Rucker ready for a CMT takeover

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CMTIf fans of Darius Rucker missed his cameo appearance last night on CMT’s new series Sun Records, not to worry: he’s basically taking over the network for awhile.

Next up, you’ll see Darius rocking out with John Mellencamp on CMT Crossroads, a concert special airing tonight, March 24 at 10 p.m. Eastern.

Then, get even more of the Charleston native on March 31st during an episode of Hometown Heroes. On the special, Darius returns home to South Carolina to remodel and redecorate the teen room at the MUSC Children’s Hospital. The Grammy winner’s late mother was a nurse at …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockAs we round out the first full week of spring, do you remember the huge country hit “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden?” To this day, the song remains one of the most successful country crossover hits of all time. The tune stayed at the top of the Billboard country singles chart for five weeks in 1970. Can you name the artist who made it famous? ANSWER: Lynn Anderson, who passed away in 2015.

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Newcomers Raelynn and Lindsey Ell release new music today, adding potential girl power to country radio

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ABC/Image Group LAThe top 20 songs in this week’s Mediabase Country Airplay chart only contain two female solo artists. Raelynn and Lindsey Ell will release new music today with hopes of doing something about those stats.

Raelynn was just 17 when she first caught Blake Shelton‘s ear with her Pistol Annies-inspired blind audition on The Voice‘s second season. Ultimately, she was sent home by Blake during the competitions quarterfinals.

The country singer has done a lot of growing in the five years since she was a precocious teenager on the show. And, with her debut album, Wildhorse, released today, …read more

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Tim McGraw & Faith Hill soar with new single

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ABC/Image Group LAGrammy award-winning superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill released their newest collaboration, “Speak to a Girl,” today. It is now available on the usual platforms.

As previously announced, the couple will perform “Speak to a Girl” on the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 2, live at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS. It will be the song’s television world premiere.

“Speak to a Girl,” co-penned by Shy Carter, Dave Gibson and Joe Spargur, and co-produced by Byron Gallimore, McGraw and Hill, is the lead single from a Tim McGraw and Faith Hill …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe Band Perry will perform the post-race concert following this year’s St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon & Half Marathon on Saturday, April 29 at Ascend Amphitheater. The Toyota Rock ‘n’ Roll concert series event is open exclusively to runners and their friends and family, and will start at 7 p.m. Central.

As a way of thanking its customers across the country, online retailer Zappos is launching a year-long event with its “Friends with Benefits Road Show.” This Sunday, March 26th at 1 p.m. Wynonna Judd will be stopping by their Friends with …read more

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Dan + Shay bit by the acting bug while working on “The Shack” soundtrack

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ABCDan + Shay have been an integral part of the success of the movie The Shack, and their involvement in the project has gotten the duo contemplating a move into acting.

The duo’s contribution to the movie’s soundtrack, “When I Pray for You,” helped make it a recent #1 Billboard country album. The song also cracked the top 20 on the Hot Christian Songs chart. Now, Dan and Shay say they’d like to do more soundtrack work, and even try their skills in front of the camera.

“If that ever comes across, you know, where we get a …read more

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Jake Owen to headline Music City for first time April 27

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RCA NashvilleJake Owen will perform at Ascend Amphitheater on April 27, marking his first time headlining a ticketed event in Nashville.

“I left Florida in 2004 to make Music City my home.” Jake said in a prepared statement as the concert was announced. “There are so many amazingly talented people in this town, and I feel so grateful to know that I can be a small part of a wonderful community.”

Earlier in the week, Jake tweeted a photograph of him at rehearsals for his upcoming shows. Jake is touring in support of his …read more

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