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Shania, Kelsea, and Taylor: The superstar collaboration that could be on the way

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCWhen Shania Twain set out to make her first studio album in 15 years, the Canadian superstar was determined to write the entire project by herself. Now that the record is finished, though, Shania is entertaining the possibility of teaming up with some other artists in the future.

Both Kelsea Ballerini and Taylor Swift have made no secret of how much they adore the pop/country icon, and Shania herself feels much the same way.

“I’d love to collaborate with both those girls,” Shania says. “I admire them both. Kelsea Ballerini couldn’t be a sweeter person. She’s very genuine …read more

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLady Antebellum‘s new single “Heart Break” has been released to country radio. The title track of their latest album, it was co-written by Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Jesse Frasure and Nicolle Galyon. It’s the follow-up to lead single “You Look Good.”

Brett Young‘s debut self-titled album has reached RIAA Gold-certification. Additionally, his debut single “Sleep Without You” has been certified Platinum while “In Case You Didn’t Know” has reached 2x Platinum. The singer was surprised with the news during his performance on September 9 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena as part of Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour.

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Dustin Lynch previews upcoming Ride or Die Tour

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ABC/Randy HolmesDustin Lynch has spent the past two years opening for country superstars including Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley, but come fall he’ll be headlining a tour of his own. The “Small Town Boy” singer recently sat down with Music Choice to discuss what fans can expect from his upcoming 2017 Ride or Die Tour.

“We’ve been blessed to have enough hits now where I can play a 45-minute set and not get to any new music,” he says. “But, having a new album, I want to play some new songs and start getting a feel for …read more

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Jennifer Nettles releases 9/11 tribute song “King of the City”

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Natasha Moustache/CMAJennifer Nettles has released a poignant ballad to mark the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11. The song, titled “King of the City,” was inspired by the story of an immigrant window washer who perished in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

“It has been so long since I started writing this song, but I was only able to finish it in the last year,” Nettles says in a statement. “I was inspired by the political tensions in our country right now. I want to humanize the immigrant story as an American story, and allow …read more

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Kip Moore, Tony Hawk raise money for hurricane relief at “Music City Skate Jam”

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The GreenRoomKip Moore combined his love for music and skateboarding for a good cause on Sunday when he teamed up with international skateboarding champion Tony Hawk in downtown Nashville for a charity event called Music City Skate Jam.

The free concert and skating exposition, held at Music City Walk of Fame Park, served as a fundraiser to aid hurricane relief. It also brought awareness to both Kip and Tony’s foundations, which aim to build skateparks for kids in inner cities.

Moore headlined the evening while Hawk and other professional skateboarders took part in an hour-long skate demo. Jordan Davis and Dee …read more

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Thomas Rhett poised to hit number-one on “Billboard” 200 with “Life Changes”

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ABC/MARK LEVINEThomas Rhett has launched the boldest album of his career with Life Changes, released on September 8, and Billboard reports the singer’s likely to break records with the project.

Depending on album sales, the publication alleges that Life Changes could very well become the first country album in 2017 to hit number one on the Billboard 200 all-genre chart. While Thomas has tough competition with the release of Jack Johnson‘s All the Light Above It Too, also released on September 8, this could mark a major milestone for TR and the country genre.

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Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry to be remembered at Grand Ole Opry

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Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryThe country world lost a beloved member last Friday when Montgomery Gentry‘s Troy Gentry was killed at age 50 in a helicopter crash in New Jersey. As the country community continues to mourn his death, his family has revealed details for a public celebration of the late singer’s life.

Troy will be remembered on September 14 at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry at 11 a.m. CT, with a private, family internment to follow. The singer’s family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to T.J. Martell Foundation or the American Red Cross for hurricane relief. You …read more

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Kenny Chesney loses home to Hurricane Irma; launches foundation to help victims

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ABC/Image Group LAKenny Chesney has lost his home on the island of St. John to the devastation from Hurricane Irma.

While the country singer wasn’t in the area when the storm took place, he tells HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade that the destruction in the Virgin Islands is “biblical in nature.”

“It’s just simply gone,” Kenny said of his St. John property. “That place and the people mean so much more to me than my house . . . it’s just devastation. It’s really odd to see such a beautiful place look like a war zone.”

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Listen now: Florida Georgia Line visits the pop world with Hailee Steinfeld

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ABC/Image Group LA Earlier this year, Florida Georgia Line hinted they had more crossover collaborations on the way, and now Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are delivering.

FGL’s latest foray outside of country music is with singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld, on her new single, “Let Me Go.” The track also features DJ/producer Alesso and songwriter/musician watt. You can check out Tyler and BK’s contribution to the song in a new audio-only video on YouTube.

The duo has a long history of non-country match-ups, dating all the way back to their debut smash, “Cruise,” which features their current …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Sixty years ago this week, Jerry Lee Lewis took this song to the top of the Billboard country chart. Can you name the classic by the Killer? ANSWER: “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On.”

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