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“Parallel Line”: Keith Urban gets romantic in new Aussie single

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ABC/Image Group LA “Take a little bit of my heart tonight,” Keith Urban invites listeners, in his new song “Parallel Line.”

The new tune is the second track the Aussie superstar has released from his forthcoming album Graffiti U, following “Female,” which is still scaling the U.S. chart. “Parallel Line” is Keith’s lead single in his native Australia.

“Maybe it’s time we put our hearts in a parallel line,” he sings in the romantic, percussion-driven number that’s laced with seductive harmonies. “Parallel Line” is available to stream or download now, or you can check it out via a new lyric video on …read more

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Not bad for a “Girl Going Nowhere”: The ironic origins of Ashley McBryde’s debut album

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Warner Music NashvilleNewcomer Ashley McBryde‘s Warner Nashville debut, Girl Going Nowhere, is set to arrive March 30.

The album takes its title from a track the Arkansas native performed during her Grand Ole Opry debut, one inspired by a bad experience in high school algebra class.

“…We were going around the room saying what we wanted to do when we grew up,” Ashley recalls. “When it got to me, I said, ‘I’m going to move to Nashville and write songs, and they’re going to be on the radio.’ The teacher looked at me and said, ‘That won’t happen …read more

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Miranda Lambert will be pulling the “Little Red Wagon” on the Livin’ Like Hippies Tour

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ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert‘s already adopted eight rescue dogs herself, and she’ll continue her animal activism on her new Livin’ Like Hippies Tour.

At the entrance to each venue on the trek, her “Little Red Wagon” will be set up to accept dog food, treats, supplies and donations to benefit a local shelter, through her MuttNation Foundation non-profit. Fans who participate will be rewarded with the chance to win a meet-and-greet with the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year.

“I always try to combine my two passions, which are music and mutts,” Miranda says. “I’ve gotten to meet some amazing …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockCountry-Music-Hall-of-Famers The Oak Ridge Boys scored their first #1 on the country chart in 1978 with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER: “I’ll Be True to You.”

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Devin Dawson’s “Dark Horse” drawing was designed to draw you in

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Warner Music Nashville“All on Me” hitmaker Devin Dawson grew up in California, used to be in a successful rock band, and realized not long ago that he’s happier wearing all black and white. So when it came time to create the cover art for his debut album, it’s no surprise that he decided to color outside the lines, so to speak.

“I just had this vision of doing something a little different,” Devin tells ABC Radio. “[Album covers for] new artists, country or whatever, usually [are] a picture of your face and a logo. And there’s reasons for that, because …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brett Young‘s fourth single from his self-titled debut album will be the project’s closing track, “Mercy.”

Country-Music-Hall-of-Famers The Oak Ridge Boys will release their new album, 17th Avenue Revival, on March 16.

If you missed the TV debut of Dierks Bentley‘s new single, “Woman, Amen,” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, you can watch it online.

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“Nashville” recap: “Jump Then Fall”

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CMTOn Thursday’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, in spite of their awkwardness and apprehension, Deacon Claybourne and Jessie Caine continue to pursue their new romance — though not without some hiccups.

Deacon’s stepdaughter Daphne Conrad is none too happy to discover the couple having coffee at one of her favorite haunts. Though Daphne insists she honestly wants Deacon to find happiness, her sister Maddie Jaymes finds her in tears, again voicing her dislike for Jessie.

Meanwhile, Maddie grows closer to pop star Jonah Ford, recording a song with him and hanging out with his entourage. A run-in with the paparazzi, however, …read more

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LANCO’s “Hallelujah Nights” is a way of life

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ABC/Image Group LA When LANCO decided they wanted to name their debut album after one of their songs, the closing track, “Hallelujah Nights,” ended up being the hands-down favorite. “That song kind of just encompasses the themes of the album,” lead singer Brandon Lancaster explains.

“We just wanted this album to reflect who we are and our relationships and our circumstances, and the things we’ve gone through,” Brandon says.

“But at the same time, still living in that moment, still looking around you and savoring all the moments that you’re given, and knowing that these people that you’re around and these …read more

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From Tootsie’s to the Ryman, Chris Janson is grateful to be a sell-out

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ABC RadioChris Janson‘s February 5 show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium is a sell-out.

That accomplishment is especially sweet for the “Fix a Drink” hitmaker, since he started his career playing across the alley from the Ryman, at the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.

“I could not be more grateful and excited to headline this sold-out show in town,” Chris says. “This is a highlight night in my career. I remember playing nights in the bar, seeing stars walk up the back steps and just thinking, ‘Will I ever get there?’ It means a lot.”

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As Maren hits #1, she cheers Kelsea on and plans a new tattoo

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ABC/Mark LevineIf you’re hoping Maren Morris‘s next single will be the first taste of new music from her sophomore album, well, you’ll likely have to wait a little longer. The Texas native tells Billboard she expect to release a fourth single from her 2016 debut, Hero, as the follow-up to her #1, “I Could Use a Love Song.”

With that self-penned tune becoming her first solo chart topper, Maren says she hopes the climate for female artists on country radio is improving.

“It’s maybe a little healthier, but we definitely have a ways to go,” she tells Billboard. …read more

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