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Granger Smith reveals how songwriting just “Happens Like That” on the FGL tour

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BBR Music GroupGranger Smith‘s just-released single, “Happens Like That,” was written while he was on the road with Florida Georgia Line, and FGL’s Tyler Hubbard even has a co-writing credit on the song.

When Granger felt sure he’d hit on a good idea, the “Backroad Song” hitmaker reached out to Tyler to collaborate.

“I texted him, ‘We’re onto something,’ and about 20 seconds later he was coming in the bus door,” Granger tells People. “He puts his reading glasses on, studies what we’re saying, and immediately reverses a couple of words here and there, phrases something different and …read more

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Honey, it’s here! Preview the new single from Shania Twain

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Brian Bowen Smith/NBCIf you can’t wait until next month to hear Shania Twain‘s new single, well, it turns out you don’t have to.

“It’s been a longggg 15 years but the day has finally arrived!!” the Canadian superstar posted on her socials. “Incredibly excited to share a preview of my new single, ‘Life’s About to Get Good…’”

Shania included a one-minute clip of the lead single from her new album, which is due in September. The snippet of “Life’s About to Get Good” is part of a promo for the 2018 Winter Olympics on NBC.

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Clear a spot for Old Dominion in the Video of the Year category: “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” is here

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ABC/Image Group LA Old Dominion‘s music video for “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart” just may be the coolest one ever, especially if you’re a child of the eighties or nineties. In the new clip, the five-man band transforms their music video into a video game.

What begins as an ode to 1980s Atari morphs through several different levels as the guys literally navigate their way through the song. In the process, there’s an ode to a-ha‘s 1985 “Take on Me” video, stand-up comedy, a presidential debate, a Michael Jackson glove and a whole lot more.

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How to be a “Playa Crasher”: Luke Bryan will show you

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ABC/Image Group LA If you’ve always wanted to be a “Playa Crasher,” you’ll get another chance to meet your goal in 2018.

That’s the nickname for fans who take part in Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Playa getaway in January, and next year, the party will take over Riviera Maya, Mexico for the fourth time.

The all-inclusive Caribbean vacation takes place January 17-20, and includes a star-studded concert every night. Two will be headlined by Luke, with more artists to be revealed soon.

“Kicking the year off on the beach with an amazing backdrop, good ol’ country music and watching the fans have the …read more

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Lady A warms up for their world tour on Dancing with the Stars finale

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ABC/Image Group LA Next week will be a busy one for Lady Antebellum, but they’ve found time to squeeze in a little dancing — Dancing with the Stars, that is.

The trio will perform their top-15 hit, “You Look Good,” Tuesday night as DWTS stars pros Witney Carson, Hayley Erbert, Artem Chigvintsev and Gleb Savchenko strut their stuff. You can catch the season finale Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

Wednesday, Lady A will also lend their talents to ABC. You can hear them singing the classic “Hey Baby” on the soundtrack for the Dirty Dancing remake, which starts at 8 …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock What is Carrie Underwood‘s middle name? ANSWER: Marie.

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Check out that last note: Kelly Clarkson sings the anthem for the Nashville Predators

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John Russell/NHLI via Getty ImagesThese days, Nashville is more than a little obsessed with its hockey team’s most successful run ever toward the Stanley Cup. But if you’ve been keeping up with the Nashville Predators at all, you know the action on the ice is not the only reason to watch the games.

During the playoffs, the Preds have offered up an array of superstars to sing the national anthem, and Thursday night brought the biggest one yet. Nashville resident Kelly Clarkson showed off her impressive pipes with her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner,” making her the first non-country anthem …read more

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Carrie Underwood set for induction into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame

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ABC/Image Group LAAdd another notch on Carrie Underwood‘s belt.

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame announced on Thursday that the singer will be inducted into the institution at a ceremony in Oklahoma City on November 16.

The event will be hosted by past inductees Vince Gill and Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth.

“I’ve always been proud to say I’m from Oklahoma,” said Carrie in a statement. “The people, culture, and environment molded me into the person I am today. It’s such an honor to be recognized among such great company by the Oklahoma Hall of Fame!”

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“Back to Us”: How Jay, Joe Don and Gary rediscovered the Rascal Flatts magic

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BMLGFor Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox, and Joe Don Rooney, “Back to Us” is more than a song on Rascal Flatts‘ tenth studio album. It became the obvious title for the project, after the trio did some serious soul-searching looking for a direction.

“We talked about everybody in the world coming in to do our record, and it really pissed me off,” Jay jokes, “because I really wanted to do it badly.”

“True story, actually!” Joe Don interjects.

“At the end of the day, I just felt like nobody knew our music better than we did,” Jay continues. “That was kind of my basis …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock This weekend, Chris Lane opens for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as the Soul2Soul Tour stop in Bozeman, Montana for two shows.

Check out the Women in Music issue of ELLE magazine for a feature on Warner Brothers artist Aubrie Sellers. It’s on newsstands now.

Jon Pardi is set to perform in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater during CMA Music Festival. He’ll play a Songwriter Session Thursday, June 8 at 3 p.m. CT.

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