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ABC/Lou RoccoDolly Parton will be working around the clock to bring the classic 1980 film 9 to 5 to the stage in a new musical.

The show will make its debut in London’s Savoy Theatre for a limited run from Jan. 28 to Aug. 31, 2019. The book is written by the original film’s writer Patricia Resnick, and Parton has written the music and score.

The cast will feature Louise Redknapp as Violet Newstead, Amber Davies as Judy Bernly, Natalie McQueen as Doralee Rhodes, and Brian Conley as Franklin Hart.

9 to 5 follows three working women as they battle …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Can you name Carrie Underwood‘s first #1 hit that she had a hand in writing? ANSWER: 2007’s “So Small,” which Carrie co-wrote with Hillary Lindsey and Luke Laird.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Eric Church debuted the new track “Monsters” for his Church Choir fan club on Thursday. It’s from his Desperate Man album, which comes out October 5.

Dustin Lynch will be sportscaster Bonnie Bernstein‘s first guest on Country on Campus, which debuts as part of Hot 20 Countdown Saturday at 9 a.m. ET on CMT. The new series focuses on country artists and their love of college football.

You can check out newcomer Abby Anderson‘s music video for her debut single, “Make Him Wait,” at CMT.com now.

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Capitol NashvilleCry Pretty, Carrie Underwood‘s first new album since 2015’s Storyteller, arrives today. Though it’s been nearly three years since Carrie’s last record, she actually started the new studio album, her sixth, soon after wrapping her massive Storyteller Tour.

“We started collecting songs pretty much as soon as I came off the road in 2016,” she recalls. “I listened to lots of demos and I think the first song I put on hold was ‘Ghosts on the Stereo.'”

“That one made it through the whole way,” Carrie says. “Usually you kinda get tired of things…You find better. But I loved that one …read more

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The Valory Music Co.After supporting Kenny Chesney on his Trip Around the Sun stadium dates this summer, Thomas Rhett is cranking up the fall leg of his Life Changes Tour.

Brett Young and Midland will open up for TR when the run kicks off tonight, Thursday, in Bangor, Maine.

“The energy and response to this tour so far has completely exceeded my expectations,” TR says. “We’ve got some bucket-list venues coming up this fall and a killer lineup, so I’m pumped to get back out there.”

Friday and Saturday, the tour rolls on with a two-night stint at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, …read more

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ABC/Image Group LA Luke Bryan is headed down home to headline a benefit concert for South Georgia, where he was raised.

Fellow Peach State natives Cole Swindell, American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, DJ Rock, and the group of hit songwriters known as The Peach Pickers will join him as well.

Proceeds will go to fund ongoing natural disaster relief, as well as other needs in the area, through the Community Foundation of South Georgia.

“My hometown is more than a place for me. It is a way of life,” Luke reflects. “Growing up in South Georgia …read more

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ABC/Image Group LA If you’re keeping up with the romance of Michael Ray and Carly Pearce, you know the two hitmakers are just fine with a little show of PDA on social media.

But as Michael joins the Happy Endings World Tour with Old Dominion and Carly plays What Makes You Country dates with Luke Bryan, they’re preparing for a long stretch alone.

“I’m missing this wine drinking, bluegrass loving, 6 miles a day running, beautiful angel..” Michael Instagrammed Thursday, along with a picture of the two embracing.

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ABC RadioJake Owen‘s new single is called “Down to the Honkytonk,” and that’s exactly where he’ll be headed next month, as he helps Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge celebrate its 58th anniversary.

The world famous honky-tonk will once again celebrate its birthday with a massive, star-studded free show in the middle of the Nashville district known as Lower Broadway. Randy Houser, Terri Clark, Travis Tritt, Eddie Montgomery, Darryl Worley and Kid Rock are just some of the big names set to take the stage on Wednesday, October 10.

Located just steps away from the back door of the historic Ryman Auditorium, the bar, originally …read more

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Photo courtesy Grand Ole Opry LLC. Chris Hollo, photographerCarrie Underwood played the first Opry Goes Pink show back in 2009, and next month, she’ll return for the Grand Ole Opry’s 10th annual edition of the special charity night, which raises money to help end breast cancer.

Carrie will start the night by flipping an oversize light switch to turn the Opry’s iconic backdrop pink. Then, she’ll go on to play two shows at the Opry on Friday, October 26.

Five dollars from each ticket sold will go toward breast cancer research. Packages are also available that include Carrie’s new Cry Pretty album …read more

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ABC/Mark LevineThey’ve been hinting at it for some time, and now it’s official: Kelsea Ballerini‘s collaboration with Grammy-winning electronic duo The Chainsmokers is coming out on Tuesday.

Both artists tweeted the news via social media Thursday morning, sharing a black, white and red drawing that simply says Tuesday’s date, 9/18. The picture shows a female skeleton in the foreground, between two male skeletons that each have an arrow through their heart, with more red hearts hovering around their heads. There’s no mention of the song’s title.

Of course, country/pop crossovers are hot these days: Both Florida Georgia Line …read more

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