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Kane Brown’s quick to give Lauren Alaina credit for their #1 — but he’s not so sure she deserves a gift

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Alex AlvgaIt’s a week to celebrate for Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina, as their duet “What Ifs” stakes its claim at the top of the chart. But so far, any high-fiving the former schoolmates have been able to do has been solely over the phone.

“We just called each other,” Kane tells ABC Radio. “We hadn’t really been in town at the same time, so it’s something we’re gonna have to work on. But, yeah, we’re just super-excited. It’s her second #1 and my first, and we’re just glad we get to share it together.”

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“When Was the Last Time”? Darius Rucker’s new album inspired a bucket list

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Capitol NashvilleIf you pay attention, Darius Rucker reveals that you can discover a little bit of philosophy woven into his fifth country album, When Was the Last Time.

“You know, I don’t ever make themes to my records or anything like that,” the Hootie and the Blowfish front man tells ABC Radio. “But I think that ended up being the theme around this record… life and trying to live it.”

“You know, a song like ‘The First Time’,” he explains, “it comes across as a song that’s about a guy trying to pick a girl up in a bar. But it’s really …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Wednesday night’s 2017 CMT Artists of the Year special ranks as the most-watched in the event’s 8-year history. In addition to honoring Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan, the 2017 gathering paid tribute to America’s resilience after multiple hurricanes and the tragedy in Las Vegas.

Garth Brooks will play three shows December 1-3 at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center. Tickets still remain for the World Tour stop with wife Trisha Yearwood.

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Truck Yeah! LOCASH gets Soul2Soul with Tim & Faith this weekend

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Reviver RecordsThings come full circle for Preston Brust and Chris Lucas this week, as LOCASH opens Tim McGraw and Faith Hill‘s Soul2Soul run through the Sunshine State.

The duo scored one of their first big hits as writers in 2012, with Tim’s top-10, platinum-selling smash, “Truck Yeah.”

“Tim has always been an iconic entertainer,” Chris says, “and after working with him off the stage, performing on the same stage will be the experience of a lifetime.”

“Faith was one of my first country concerts as a fan,” Chris recalls. “We are blessed to have this opportunity, and it happens to be …read more

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How Blake Shelton’s time “At the House” with Gwen influenced his new album, “Texoma Shore”

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Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton‘s girlfriend Gwen Stefani played a big part in inspiring his new album, Texoma Shore.

“I was spending a lot of time this past summer out on Lake Texoma,” Blake says. “There was one week in particular where it was just Gwen and I out there just basically hanging out. We finally had some time off, so we went out on the water every day, went back up to the house every night and just had one of the greatest times of my life.”

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Is Garth’s autobiography a book or a boxed set? “It’s the whole enchilada,” he says

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ABC/Randy HolmesGarth Brooks is about to make his debut as an author: his first written work — the initial volume of his autobiography, no less — comes out November 14. But in typical Garth fashion, it won’t be just an ordinary book: it’ll come with five CDs featuring audio-visual content that’s never been seen or heard by the public before.

“What is The Anthology?” Garth asks in a new video previewing the project. “It’s the whole enchilada, man. The First Five Years, probably the craziest five years of my life, told by everybody that was there every day. Stories …read more

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“We Got Something They Don’t”: Shania christens new single with a champagne toast

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Chris HolloShania Twain celebrated the #1 global debut of her new album NOW earlier this week with a champagne toast at an intimate gathering at her record label in Nashville.

The CEO of her record label, Mike Dungan, surprised the country/pop superstar with a plaque commemorating the fact that her first album in 15 years arrived at the top of the charts in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

The crossover sensation doesn’t plan to cease her world domination anytime soon: Shania will release “We Got Something They Don’t” as her new single on October 30.

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“I Believe in You”: Dolly donates books and money to hurricane victims

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Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleNearly a year ago, Dolly Parton‘s beloved East Tennessee birthplace was ravaged by wildfires. So it’s only natural the benevolent superstar is eager to do something to help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

“After the tremendous outpouring of support my hometown received last winter after the wildfires raged through the area, I want to do my part to help other areas affected by natural disasters,” Dolly said, as she announced she’ll be making a donation to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief. The effort was created by the five living former U.S. Presidents.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Dottie West — who’s often mentioned as a front-runner for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame — scored three #1 duets with Kenny Rogers. Can you name them? ANSWER: “Every Time Two Fools Collide,” “All I Ever Need Is You,” and “What Are We Doin’ in Love.”

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Brett Eldredge takes “The Long Way” with “Duck Dynasty” star Sadie Robertson

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Warner Music NashvilleThe video for Brett Eldredge‘s new single “The Long Way” racked up more than a million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours it was available.

That’s particularly gratifying for the Illinois native, who played a large role in guiding the vision for this clip.

“My fans have never reacted to a video quite like this!” Brett said excitedly. “This is incredible! I think we all can relate to the feeling you get when showing off your hometown to someone you really care about, and this video captures that magic.”

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