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Comstock/Thinkstock The current ACM Entertainer of the Year also happens to be the top male country artist of all time when it comes to digital sales, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. Can you name him? ANSWER: Jason Aldean.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The nominees for the 50th Annual CMA Awards will be announced Wednesday, August 31, with more details about the reveal yet to come.

Dan Rather chats with Martina McBride on the September 27 episode of The Big Interview, as part of the show’s new fall season on AXS TV.

Brandy Clark is releasing “Love Can Go to Hell” as the second single from her Big Day in a Small Town album.

You can check out The Time Jumpers‘ new video for “I Miss You” on YouTube. It’s the first single from the Kid Sister album, which comes …read more

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“From the Ground Up” Turns Dan+Shay into Hawaiian Wedding Singers

Warner Music NashvilleThis week, “From the Ground Up” becomes the second number one of Dan+Shay‘s career. Dan Smyers says it’s especially significant since he and Shay Mooney wrote the song about the lifelong romances of their grandparents.

“The message of true love and long-lasting love is something that we felt needed to be out there…” Dan says, “and to have so many people… translating it to their own personal lives is really special to us and something that’s never really happened in our career to this point.”

It’s even led to some pretty cool wedding invitations, including one to perform in Hawaii.

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BMLGRonnie Dunn‘s forthcoming solo album is a star-studded affair, having been produced primarily by Rascal FlattsJay DeMarcus, and boasting collaborations with both Ronnie’s longtime musical partner Kix Brooks and their Vegas residency co-headliner Reba.

But the title track comes from an extremely unlikely source: a former teen-sensation-turned-pop-superstar.

“I had a lot of fun making this album,” Ronnie says. “Jay and I really clicked… and we were both really proud of the final product. I branched out of my comfort zone… At the suggestion of my daughter, I even recorded an Ariana Grande song. Ironically, it became the title of the album.”

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“Obsessed” with Touring: Dan + Shay Mark Second #1 with Headlining Trek

Warner Music NashvilleNot only are Dan + Shay celebrating the second number-one of their career this week with “From the Ground Up,” they’re also getting ready to launch a new headlining trek this fall.

The Obsessed Tour, which takes its name from the duo’s latest album, kicks off November 10 in Denver, hitting 15 cities in the U.S. and Canada before Christmas.

Here’s the itinerary for The Obsessed Tour, with tickets for most of the shows going on sale this Friday:

11/10 — Denver, CO, Ogden Theatre
11/11 — Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
11/12 — Flagstaff, AZ, Prochnow Auditorium
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Justin Moore’s Devil-May-Care Attitude Lands Him at #1

BMLGJustin Moore‘s nonchalance is apparently paying off. His new album, Kinda Don’t Care, just debuted at number-one on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart, while emerging at number-four on the all-genre Billboard 200 tally as well.

This week, the set’s lead release, ”You Look Like I Need a Drink,” also manages to crack the top-five on the singles chart.

Justin’s been performing his new duet from his fourth studio album, “More Middle Fingers,” on tour with his pal Brantley Gilbert. The Take It Outside trek rolls into Bonner Springs, Kansas on Thursday, before stopping off in Atlanta, Georgia Saturday.

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Brad Paisley Promises He’ll Be Puttin’ on the Ritz for the 50th CMAs

Time Inc.Brad Paisley may be wearing a simple navy shirt and jeans on the cover of the September issue of Southern Living, alongside his CMA co-host Carrie Underwood, who’s clad in a glamorous shoulderless olive dress with a metallic belt. But when it comes time for the half-century anniversary of country music’s biggest awards show in November, he promises to amp up his fashion game.

“It’s a big deal, 50 years. This is the year to show some class. I will be wearing a tuxedo,” Brad offers.

“Woo-ooo! Finally, he’ll step it up and match me a little more!” Carrie …read more

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Comstock/Thinkstock For the ninth year in row, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host the CMA Awards in November. Can you guess how many CMA trophies the two have between them? ANSWER: 20.

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Old Dominion Announces Meat and Candy Tour

Dove Shore/Essential Broadcast MediaOld Dominion‘s hitting the road. The band announced their 31-date Meat and Candy tour Monday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America.

The headlining trek kicks off one month from today — Sept. 22 in Cleveland, OH, and wraps a week before Christmas in Kansas City, KS. Tickets are on sale now at the band’s official website.

“It’s a huge deal for us to have our own headlining tour and our name on the ticket,” frontman Matthew Ramsey said in a statement after the GMA announcement. “Our fans have shown up in ways we …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock You can catch Old Dominion performing Monday morning on GMA, which starts at 7 a.m. on ABC.

Calling it “pure Parton,” People magazine ranks Dolly‘s new album Pure & Simple at number one on its weekly “People Picks” list.

If you missed Kelsea Ballerini‘s live versions of “Peter Pan” and “Love Me Live You Mean It” Friday on Good Morning America, you can watch her performances online.

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