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“Back to God,” back to Vegas: Reba’s on a roll

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BMLGFor the second week in a row, Reba McEntire is hanging on to #1.

Her gospel double album set Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope remains at the top of both Billboard‘s Country and Christian/Gospel album charts in its second week of release. So far, the video for its lead single, “Back to God,” has also been viewed close to 5 million times on YouTube.

After two shows last week at Nashville’s historic Ryman auditorium, Reba’s headed back to work in Sin City. She and Brooks & Dunn continue their Together in Vegas residency Wednesday, holding …read more

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Backstreet’s back with new video with Florida Georgia Line

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BMLGOn Tuesday, Florida Georgia Line will roll out their new video with the Backstreet Boys at BigMachineTV.com.

In the meantime, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have been sharing snippets of “God, Your Mama and Me” on social media. Look for plenty of footage of the guys’ significant others and kids, as well as a performance clip set on the beach.

“God, Your Mama and Me” is the third single from the duo’s Dig Your Roots album. Both “H.O.L.Y” and “May We All” with Tim McGraw have gone to #1.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-one years ago, Joe Diffie went to #1 with this tune that references the Fab Four. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Bigger than the Beatles.”

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Soon-to-be father of two Thomas Rhett learns the sex of one of his little ones

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ABC/Image Group LA Even though Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren went for an ultrasound last week, they opted not to learn the sex of their new baby until a gender reveal party on the weekend.

TR taunted the excited family and friends on-hand for the big announcement by hesitating as he started to cut the cake that would reveal whether the first-time parents are having a boy or a girl. A pink cake confirmed it’s a girl.

The happy couple learned they were expecting a baby of their own after they’d already started the process of adopting a child from Africa. …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Ricky Skaggs headlines this year’s annual Jammin’ to Beat the Blues benefit April 4 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Proceeds help Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee.

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will pay tribute to Kenny Rogers Wednesday night, as he’s honored with the Lifetime Achievement honor at the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards in Austin.

Angaleena Presley‘s sophomore album will include tunes she co-wrote both with her Pistol Annies band mates Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, as well as with Chris Stapleton. Wrangled comes out April 21.

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Why ‘Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” has both the Garth — and Trisha — seal of approval

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteMonday night in Nashville, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood helped out at a fundraiser for the Opry Trust Fund on the stage of the historic venue.

Meanwhile on the charts, the lead single from Garth’s Gunslinger album is closing in on the top 15. The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year says he believes “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” works simply because it’s so much fun.

“It’s real easy to sing, one of those things that kinda just fell out,” he says of his latest hit. “[I] love everything from the double harmony to it to [the fact that …read more

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Strap on your virtual reality headset: Hunter Hayes wants to take you into “Yesterday”

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ABC/Image Group LAHunter Hayes wants to take you into a new dimension. He’s partnered with YouTube to offer a new virtual reality version of his latest single, “Yesterday’s Song.”

If you hadn’t guessed it already, the multi-instrumentalist is also a bit of a techno-geek.

“Anyone who knows me knows how much I love technology,” he confesses, “and I’m constantly amazed by all of the things we can do with just the click of a button. The fact that we can bring fans into the room with us… and actually share an experience with them using virtual …read more

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“When Someone Stops Loving You”: Little Big Town offers heartbreak from “The Breaker”

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ABC/Image Group LA With less than a week to go before the release of their new album, The Breaker, Little Big Town is taking fans inside the studio for a sneak peek at one of their new tunes.

You can sample the band’s black-and-white clip of the JimiWestbrook-fueled ballad, “When Someone Stops Loving You,” on social media. You can also check out the full version of the song in an audio-only post on YouTube, or download it via the usual digital outlets.

The eighth studio album from the foursome is due next Friday, the same day the …read more

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Luke Bryan offers Nashville a double dose after selling out his Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day kickoff

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ABC/Image Group LAMusic City can’t get enough of Luke Bryan. Fans quickly snapped up all the tickets to his May 5 tour kickoff in Nashville, so the four-time Entertainer of the Year is adding a second date.

Luke will also play Saturday, May 6 at the Bridgestone Arena. Tickets for the new show go on sale next Friday, February 24.

Brett Eldredge and newcomer Adam Craig will open both concerts on the Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day trek.

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“You Should Be Dancing”: Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood share the spotlight in “The Fighter” video

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Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban and Carrie Underwood team up for their new video for “The Fighter,” but they also have a pretty spectacular co-star, thanks to director John Urbano.

“John said, ‘I know this girl who dances,’” Keith recalls, “’sort of street dancing, I don’t even know what it is,’ but it was so good and John said ‘listen to the song and watch her dance at the same time’ and they just went together so incredibly well…” the 7-time ACM nominee observes.

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