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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDarius Rucker‘s latest album, Southern Style, bows at #1 on Billboard‘s Country Albums chart with 51,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Soundscan. It’s his fourth consecutive country album to pull off that feat.

Look for country newcomer Chris Stapleton to make his network TV debut performing on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman on Tuesday, April 14.

Little Big Town has released a moody, black-and-white video for their latest hit, “Girl Crush.”

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Image Courtesy McClister/MCA NashvilleSam Hunt has scored his first ACM nomination in the New Artist of the Year category even though his #1-selling debut album, Montevallo, just came out last October. Since then, Sam has posted two #1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with “Leave the Night On” and “Take Your Time.”

Even with all that success, Sam says, “I still really feel like too new to be New Artist of the Year, but so many good things have happened over the last several months that have allowed us to reach so many people. …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert, Zac Brown, Kacey Musgraves and Martina McBride are among the country stars featured on a new DVD and Blu-ray release honoring Carole King. Due out on June 23, A MusiCares Tribute to Carole King was filmed in January 2014 at the annual MusiCares Person of the Year gala in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Nettles and LeAnn Rimes also are among the artists performing on the concert along with Lady Gaga, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, Alicia Keys and Gloria Estefan.

Carole also takes the stage to perform, both on her own and with her dear friend and recent touring …read more

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Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleDavid Nail debuted his new song, “Fighter,” on the Grand Ole Opry Tuesday night. He wrote the song for his wife, Catherine, and it’s expected to be included on David’s new studio album, which he is now recording. His two-song appearance also included the #1 hit “Whatever She’s Got.”

David’s Opry appearance is part of the show’s nine-month 90th anniversary celebration. Go to Opry.com to see who’s playing in the coming weeks.

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Image Courtesy Nino Munoz/Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley has been added as a headline performer for Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Playa concert vacation coming up January 22 through 26, 2016. Luke will headline two nights of the beachfront concert series in Riviera Maya, Mexico, and another headliner will be announced soon for the remaining night of the trip.

Travel packages for this January’s Crash My Playa event go on sale Thursday, April 9 at CrashMyPlaya.com.

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Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery is on the lookout for a couple who got engaged on a Southwest airlines flight while his hit song, “See You Tonight,” played over the intercom. In the latest issue of Southwest: The Magazine, Greg Freyer wrote in telling the story of how he surprised his girlfriend by hopping on her flight as she went to fly home after visiting him. He got on the plane without his girlfriend seeing him and had the flight crew help him pull off the big reveal.

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Image Courtesy CMAZac Brown is teaming up with Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello to perform at the 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on April 18. They’ll honor inductees Paul Butterfield Blues Band on the show, taking place at Public Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.

Look for the 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction to air as a special on HBO Saturday, May 30.

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Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryYou might assume Garth Brooks had nannies and assistants helping him raise his three daughters when he retired from touring in 2000, but you’d be wrong. In the new issue of People, on stands Friday, Garth talks candidly about his time spent raising Taylor, August and Allie. At first, the family of four was living in a one-bathroom bunkhouse on his ranch in Oklahoma.

“I’d just stare at them,” Garth says of his early days alone with the kids. “I knew their sweet faces and their dispositions. But I didn’t …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich ACM New Artist of the Year nominee is a co-writer on Kenny Chesney‘s #1 hit “Come Over”? ANSWER: Sam Hunt.

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Image Courtesy Dennis EntertainmentMontgomery Gentry will release their first album in more than three years this summer. Folks Like Us finds the duo honoring their Kentucky roots and recording songs that capture where they are in their lives right now.

Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry says, “There are probably a few more introspective moments on the album, and front to back, this might just be our strongest record yet.”

Look for Montgomery Gentry’s album, Folks Like Us, to come out on June 9. Here’s the track listing:

“We Were Here”
“Headlights”
“In a Small Town”
“Back on a Dirt Road”
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