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Brett Eldredge Books Two Hours of the “Today” Show on Friday

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Warner Music NashvilleIt’ll be an early morning this Friday in New York City for Brett Eldredge. The Illinois hitmaker is booked to end the week by performing his latest top-25 single in the 8 a.m. hour of the Today show.

“’Wanna Be That Song’ is everything I want to say about love and about what I’m trying to be,” Brett explains. “I want to be that part of your life, that song that means so much to you, the one that takes you back to that special place. The song that makes you laugh, the song that makes you …read more

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The CMA Hits It Out of the Park with “Forever Country”

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CMAFrom the very beginning, “Forever Country” was billed as the biggest single and video in the history of country music — and now, it’s officially lived up to its name. This week, the CMA-commissioned mashup of John Denver‘s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Willie Nelson‘s “On the Road Again,” and Dolly Parton‘s “I Will Always Love You” debuts at number one on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart.

The new rendition sung by 30 CMA winners is only the third song in history ever to accomplish that feat. The recording also moved an impressive 93,000 units in its first week.

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Country Star Trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock In 2000, this then-11-year-old became the youngest artist ever to chart a top-20 country hit with “One Voice.” Can you name this current contestant on The Voice? ANSWER: Billy Gilman.

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Thomas Rhett Signs Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson & Ryan Hurd to Home Team Headlining Tour

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Courtesy The Valory Music Co.With the kind of year Thomas Rhett’s had, it’s hard to believe he’s never done a headlining tour — until now.

TR will kick off his 2017 Home Team Tour in Saginaw, MI February 23. Joining the lineup is Kelsea Ballerini, as well as newcomers Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd.

In a statement, Thomas say, “This is really the first time we’ve been able to totally build our own stage and really plan for our show with all our fans,. There has been this undeniable energy out on the road this year, and I …read more

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LOCASH Fights On to Score Their Second Top Ten in a Row

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Reviver RecordsAfter a decade of struggling to make it, this week LOCASH celebrates their second top-ten country hit in a row. Through the years, Preston Brust and Chris Lucas admit they’ve learned a thing or two about perseverance.

“This is ten years in the making, this is real LOCASH, this is what we’ve always wanted to put out, starting with the title track [of our album], ‘The Fighters,’” Chris says. “I mean, I don’t think anything explains LOCASH more than that song right there…Everyone’s been through a fight, from someone being sick, very sick like cancer, or someone that’s a farmer …read more

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Luke Bryan Stays on the “Move” and Stops by Ellen

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Capitol NashvilleAfter three sold-out shows on his Kill the Lights tour this past weekend — one in Phoenix and two in Los Angeles — Luke Bryan is staying on the “Move.” The CMA Entertainer of the Year will play his latest top-ten hit Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, before cranking things up to do it all again.

Luke does two dates in Salt Lake City this Friday and Saturday, and then squeezes in his eight-stop Farm Tour, before wrapping up his 2016 trek with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch in late October.

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Luke Bryan Stays on the “Move” and Stops by Ellen

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Capitol NashvilleAfter three sold-out shows on his Kill the Lights tour this past weekend — one in Phoenix and two in Los Angeles — Luke Bryan is staying on the “Move.” The CMA Entertainer of the Year will play his latest top-ten hit Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, before cranking things up to do it all again.

Luke does two dates in Salt Lake City this Friday and Saturday, and then squeezes in his eight-stop Farm Tour, before wrapping up his 2016 trek with Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch in late October.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee will accept the Casino Entertainment Legend Award Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada. She’s the first woman to take home the honor, following in the footsteps of Jerry Lewis and Wayne Newton.

Dan+Shay stay up late Wednesday night to play Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

Chris Lane will be up even later, checking in with Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

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Nashville Notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country Music Hall of Famer Brenda Lee will accept the Casino Entertainment Legend Award Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nevada. She’s the first woman to take home the honor, following in the footsteps of Jerry Lewis and Wayne Newton.

Dan+Shay stay up late Wednesday night to play Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

Chris Lane will be up even later, checking in with Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.

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Dierks Bentley Brings on Maren Morris for a Super-Sized Show at Red Rocks

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Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley was so hyped up on the first night of his sold-out, two-night stint at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on Monday, he just couldn’t stop playing, eventually extending his set so long he went past the iconic venue’s curfew.

“This is my fifth time… but it gets more crazy and crazy every time,” he told the crowd. “It’s not every night you get to play here, so I texted a friend to see if she could be part of tonight. She’s got one of the best voices in country music and came …read more

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