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Shania Twain’s “Now” opens atop “Billboard” album chart

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Mercury NashvilleLooks like plenty of fans were hungry for new music from Shania Twain. Now, Shania’s first studio album in nearly 15 years, debuts this week atop the all-genre Billboard 200 album chart.

Now did 137,000 in sales and equivalent streams in its first week, 134,000 of which were traditional album sales, the third-largest sales week for a country album in 2017, Billboard reports. Among country albums, Now‘s first-week performance was only bested by Chris Stapleton‘s From A Room: Volume 1 and Zac Brown Band‘s Welcome Home.

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Jason Aldean returns to Las Vegas to visit shooting victims

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ABC/Image Group LA Jason Aldean and his wife Brittany were back in Las Vegas on Sunday, a week to the day after the shooting during his performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival that left 58 dead and nearly 500 injured. The couple apparently were in town to meet with victims.

Brittany posted an image to Instagram of herself and Jason on the tarmac of the airport near the festival site. The Mandalay Bay hotel — from which the shooter took aim at concertgoers — is visible over their heads …read more

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Blake Shelton reveals his new album, “Texoma Shore,” was an unplanned surprise

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David Becker/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton‘s tenth studio album will arrive before the end of the year, but the always-unpredictable star of The Voice reveals his latest recording came as a surprise to most everybody.

“I had no plans of putting out an album this year at all,” he tells Entertainment Tonight. “It just happened, you know. I think ‘I’ll Name the Dogs’ is really what set this ball rolling because I’d planned on still being in the middle of releasing music off If I’m Honest. That was the plan. That was the …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLittle Big Town and Kacey Musgraves join Tim McGraw and Faith Hill as headliners for next year’s Country to Country festival, which takes place March 9-11, 2018 in the United Kingdom.

Ray Stevens will host his annual Charity Golf Classic October 12-13 at Temple Hills Country Club in Franklin, Tennessee.

Johnny Cash‘s Unearthed recordings with producer Rick Rubin will be re-released November 3 as a nine-LP vinyl boxed set.

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Live from New York, Jason Aldean opens “Saturday Night Live”: “When America is at its best, our bond and our spirit…they’re unbreakable”

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Courtesy NBCIn his first public appearance since the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Jason Aldean opened Saturday Night Live with a speech and a song.

Aldean was onstage at the Harvest 91 Festival in Las Vegas when Stephen Paddock opened fire, killing nearly 60 people and wounding hundreds more. He’s posted several messages online since then, but Saturday night on SNL, he took center stage to comment on the tragedy.

“I’m Jason Aldean,” he began. “This week, we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history. Like everyone, …read more

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“Hell Yeah, Damn Right”: Brett Young releases his tribute to the Ole Miss Rebels

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BMLGIf you’re an Ole Miss fan, you’ll want to download Brett Young‘s tribute to the University of Mississippi.

The California native pitched for the Rebels’ baseball team in college, and was inspired to write “Hell Yeah, Damn Right” based on the school’s traditional chant.

“My time at Ole Miss was so much fun and so impactful,” Brett says. “I wanted to write a song to commemorate the game day experience in Oxford at the Grove.”

Brett originally shared the song with his friends in Mississippi and on the Ole Miss campus, but decided to officially release it due to demand.

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Watch now: Dierks Bentley debuts new look in emotional “Hold the Light” video

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ABC/Image Group LA The new movie Only the Brave won’t be out until October 20, but you can preview the film in Dierks Bentley‘s new music video.

The Arizona native wrote “Hold the Light” for the movie, about a group of elite firefighters in his home state of Arizona who lost their lives protecting their community from a wildfire.

“This song hits really close to me because we wrote it based on the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots,” Dierks explains. “One of the most powerful takeaways for me from working on this project has been the need to search for hope …read more

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Wrigley Cares: Michael Ray’s shelter pup inspires him to help other animals in need

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Atlantic/Warner Music NashvilleAs Michael Ray kicks off his Get to You Tour, he’s also launching a new initiative to help local animal shelters.

“Wrigley Cares: Helping Animals in Need” is named for the puppy Michael adopted this summer at Chicago’s Country Lakeshake festival.

“Wrigley is a huge part of my life,” the Florida native says. “She’s on the road with us and she’s there for all the major moments. She changed my life back in June and I’m hoping we can change the lives of other shelter dogs by lending a helping hand.”

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockCMA Female Vocalist of the Year Patty Loveless scored her most recent #1 with this track from her album The Trouble with the Truth. Can you name her hit from 1996? ANSWER: “Lonely Too Long.”

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What’s the cost of a future #1? Kane Brown made Lauren Alaina miss her workout

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Sony Music NashvilleAs the deluxe edition of Kane Brown‘s self-titled debut album arrives in stores and online on Friday, the newcomer also is on the verge of having his very first #1.

“What Ifs,” his duet with Lauren Alaina, is a song he had a hand in writing.

“I had a title called ‘What Ifs’…” Kane recalls, “I feel like everybody always says ‘what if this, what if that.’ Even if you’re not in a relationship, there’s always this ‘what if’ question. So we just kinda put it in a relationship status.”

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