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Image Courtesy Jon Peets/EMI NashvilleEric Church was the guest of honor at a party on Nashville’s Lower Broadway Monday afternoon. The event celebrated his latest #1 hit, “Talladega,” as well as the platinum certification of his current album, The Outsiders. After nearly 30 minutes of speeches from music industry insiders praising Eric, he turned the spotlight back on his team that allows him to make his music and get it out to the fans.

Eric told the crowd, “I’ve been doing this awhile, and I’ve learned it’s not what you do — it’s who you …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleChase Rice was excited to perform his new single, “Gonna Wanna Tonight,” on ABC’s Good Morning America on Monday, but he admits his mom was “freaking out” over the TV gig.

Chris told ABC Radio after his GMA performance, “I should have brought her in. Next time I’m gonna bring her in and make sure she gets the full experience.”

The big TV performance kicks off a huge week for Chase as he gets ready to begin his opening slot on Kenny Chesney‘s The Big Revival tour. Their first show is Thursday night in Music City, …read more

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Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan met a baseball legend on Monday while hanging out at the Chicago White Sox spring training home in Arizona with his pal, player Adam LaRoche.

Bryan met former All-Star Bo Jackson, a special instructor for the Sox, and got his autograph, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Bryan joined the team for field and batting practice, but don’t expect him to leave country music for a baseball career. Manager Robin Ventura said it would be “perfect” if Bryan wanted to sing the national anthem before one of his team’s games. He added, “The guys …read more

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Image Courtesy Jim Wright/Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell has scored his third consecutive #1 hit from his self-titled debut album with “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey.” The song has also earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America for 500,000 downloads and streams.

“Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” includes a shout-out to Cole’s friend Kyle Davis, who has been on several tours of duty in the Middle East with the U.S. Special Forces. Says Cole, “I want to dedicate this #1 to him and once again, thank country radio for all their support.”

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Image Courtesy Dove ShoreThompson Square is back with a brand-new single, “Trans Am.” The fiery love song captures the high-energy side of the married duo. It’s also a good indication of what fans can expect from Thompson Square’s upcoming, third album.

The duo’s Keifer Thompson says, “This new music is a very tempo-driven project that probably represents us more than both of its predecessors.”

As for the single, Keifer adds, “‘Trans Am’ is a state of mind. It’s about liberation and not being painted into a corner. These new recordings show a more aggressive side of …read more

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Image Courtesy Jon Peets/Capitol NashvilleEric Church set a new attendance record at Allstate Arena outside Chicago over the weekend. More than 18,600 fans were in the crowd.

That record is a long way from Eric’s first show in the Chicago area. He says, “Our journey in the city started in 2005 for about 20 people on Weed Street at a place called Joe’s Bar. Those 20 were loud and proud, and they turned this thing into damn near 20,000.”

In other Eric news, he’s been named as a 2015 inductee into the North Carolina Music Hall …read more

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Image Courtesy Ben Enos/Bieber PRBrad Paisley may be emerging as the new country king of the Houston Rodeo Livestock Show and Rodeo. His Saturday performance at the annual event drew 75,167, which is the highest attendance number for any country act this year. In fact, it’s the second-highest attendance number for any act of any genre this year, and the ninth-highest attendance number in the history of the Houston Rodeo.

Luke Bryan closed out the Houston Rodeo with a performance Sunday night.

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Comstock/ThinkstockJason Aldean‘s hit duet with Kelly Clarkson on “Don’t You Wanna Stay” appeared on which one of his studio albums? ANSWER: My Kinda Party.

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean tries to keep his mouth shut during his shows unless he’s actually singing one of his hit songs. You won’t find the superstar doing a lot of talking to the audience in between songs.

He says, “They don’t come out to hear me talk. You know what I’m saying? So, they come out, we’re gonna try to play as many songs as we can play.”

Most of those hit songs, like “Johnny Cash” and “When She Says Baby,” are designed to get fans on their feet. Jason and his band …read more

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Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney has a good reason for kicking off his Big Revival tour in Nashville this Thursday and Friday.

Chesney turns 47 on Thursday, and he wanted to celebrate it with a special woman in his life. He explains to USA Today, “My mom wanted to be with me on my birthday, but I wanted to open my tour on my birthday, which meant I had to do it pretty close to home.”

Chesney took a cue from Major League Baseball and took part in his own “spring training” earlier this year to prepare …read more

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