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ABC/Image Group LABrett Eldredge already took home a CMA statue — in 2014 as New Artist of the Year — and he may soon have an ACM trophy to match. This year, he’s up for both New Male Vocalist and Male Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.

“All I’ve ever wanted to do is sing,” the Illinois vocalist says. “I went to college at MTSU and would drive back and forth to Nashville and play at the Holiday Inn Commodore Lounge or songwriters’ nights, just any place where I could sing,” …read more

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ABC/Fred LeeFresh off his five nominations at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, Chris Stapleton is mapping out his spring tour. He’ll hit the road with Miranda Lambert‘s beau, Anderson East.

Miranda and Anderson reportedly met while working on their songs for the forthcoming Southern Family concept album, due March 18. You can check out the new video for Anderson’s contribution, “Learning,” on YouTube now. Chris and his wife Morgane recorded a track for the collection as well, a remake of the classic “You Are My Sunshine.”

Chris is also adding two stadium dates with Luke Bryan to his …read more

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Courtesy NickelodeonNot only will Blake Shelton host this year’s Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, he also happens to be the sole country nominee in 2016. The “Gonna” hitmaker is up for Favorite Male Singer, alongside Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, Drake, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd.

His NBC show, The Voice, is also in the running for Favorite Talent Competition. Voting is open online now, ahead of the Saturday, March 12 show. You can check out Blake’s hosting antics starting at 8 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon.

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Columbia Nashville/Dack JanielsThere’s new music on the way from Chase Rice, and judging from recent teases, his new single is likely called “Whisper.” For the past week, the co-writer of Florida Georgia Line‘s smash “Cruise” has been Instagramming a series of photos with the caption, “Friday 2/5 #Shhh #Whisper #NewMusic.” Subsequent ads in country music trade publications hinted, “Hear what can start with a WHISPER.”

Chase also found out Monday he’s up for his very first Academy of Country Music award.

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Capitol Records NashvilleAs Charles Kelley gears up for the release of his debut solo album The Driver this Friday, he’s unleashing the details of his spring tour — one that will find him welcoming his brother Josh as his special guest.

Even though Charles and his Lady Antebellum bandmates may’ve found more widespread acclaim, it was his older brother who pursued his music career first, enjoying a pop hit with his song “Amazing” in 2003. Charles says it’s actually his brother who’s to thank for laying the groundwork for his success.

“When I first moved to Nashville, he was …read more

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockWho won the Academy of Country Music’s first Entertainer of the Year award in 1970? ANSWER: Merle Haggard, who bested Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Charley Pride to take home the trophy.

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ABC/Image Group LAFor admitted awards-show-enthusiast Kelsea Ballerini, it’s time to pick out another glamorous gown. This week, the newcomer grabbed her very first nominations from the Academy of Country Music. She’s up for New Female Vocalist, along with Cam, Mickey Guyton and RaeLynn. She also vies for the big one, Female Vocalist of the Year, alongside Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Kacey Musgraves and Jana Kramer.

Even though her first single “Love Me Like You Mean It” rocketed to number one and the follow-up, “Dibs,” is on the verge of going top-five, the 22-year-old still hasn’t …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNow that the RIAA is including on-demand audio and video streams in its calculations, Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum album has now officially been certified platinum, moving the equivalent of a million copies.

Blake Shelton played a surprise free show last Saturday night at the Iron City club in Birmingham, Alabama. He officially kicks off his tour with Chris Janson February 18 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Eric Church and Zac Brown Band top the bill for the CMT Music Fest July 8 and 9 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

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RCA RecordsChris Young had been nominated for Academy of Country Music awards four times before today, dating all the way back to 2006 when he was up for Top New Male Vocalist. This year, he doubles his count, adding four more chances to win, and this is the first time he’s ever been recognized as a producer.

I’m Comin’ Over is up for Album of the Year and its title track is in the running for Single Record of the Year as well. Since Chris co-produced both the song and the project, he could take …read more

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MCA NashvilleSam Hunt‘s breakthrough album Montevallo leaps from gold certification to double platinum status, thanks to a change in the way the Recording Industry Association of America determines eligibility. Having previously sold the equivalent of 500,000 copies, Sam’s debut album is now at four times that, according to his label, after the RIAA started taking into consideration on-demand audio and video streaming.

The fourth single from the album, “Break Up in a Small Town,” currently sits at number two on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, as it threatens to equal the success of the …read more

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