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Listen now: Morgan Evans releases “Kiss Somebody,” on his way to the altar with Kelsea Ballerini

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Warner Nashville/Robby KleinAustralian singer/songwriter Morgan Evans is now officially on his way to being a star in the U.S., with the release Friday of his debut single, “Kiss Somebody.”.

“I’m equal parts excited, nervous and proud to have this one out in the world…” says the man who’s also Kelsea Ballerini‘s fiancé. “Feels like the start of a new chapter for me and one I’m stoked to be entering. Hopefully people will turn it up, love it and maybe even kiss somebody too!”

Morgan’s currently working on his debut album for Warner Music Nashville. He and Kelsea plan to tie the knot …read more

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Shania Twain’s “Poor Me” single released; why she decided to go it alone to craft the songs for “NOW”

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Giampaolo SguraJust as she teased on social media Thursday, Shania Twain released a new track from her NOW album on Friday.

“Poor Me” is one of twelve tracks on the standard version of the record. It’s also on the 16-track deluxe version, which the country-pop superstar wrote entirely by herself.

“I’m a songwriter first,” Shania says. “That absolutely drives everything. It was a big step toward independence. I pushed myself, knowing it was going to scare me and knowing that I, alone, was responsible for however it turned out.”

“I love collaborating,” she explains, “but I didn’t want any emotional, psychological, or musical …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock This two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year scored her first #1 with 1987’s “Goin’ Gone.” Can you name the West Virginia native? ANSWER: Kathy Mattea.

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Why Parmalee dropped by the post office for tattoos… and an album title

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BBR Music Group The town of Parmale, North Carolina — population 278 — may soon have one of the most famous zip codes in the entire country, thanks to four of its favorite sons.

Brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox, and lifelong friend Josh McSwain named their band after their hometown, adding an “e” to make Parmalee easier to pronounce. Now the foursome is borrowing the town’s zip code, 27861, for the title of their sophomore album.

“We’ve been wanting to use this for years,” Josh tells ABC Radio. “Ever since we named the band Parmelee, we just always thought …read more

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“Nashville” recap: “You Can’t Lose Me”

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CMTOn Thursday’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, Juliette Barnes worked furiously to try to keep her friend Maddie Jaymes from finding out Juliette’s hit, “Water Rising,” had originally been intended for the up-and-coming singer.

When the song’s writer accidentally revealed the secret to Maddie, things exploded, and the teen threw a drink in Juliette’s face. Though Juliette tried multiple times to apologize, Rayna Jaymes’ daughter was having none of it.

Gunnar Scott worried about Scarlett O’Connor and her baby, in the wake of the armed robbery that resulted in his pregnant girlfriend being pushed to the ground. Though he eventually tracked …read more

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Fourteen female songwriters and no political agenda: How Sara Evans’ “Words” came to be

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Born to Fly RecordsGiven today’s political climate — and the fact that female artists struggle more than ever to be played on country radio — it seems like a brilliant move for a female singer to cut an album crafted solely by female writers. But Sara Evans wants you to know that’s not how her new project, Words, came to be.

“I’m always like, ‘May the best song win!’” she tells ABC Radio. “And I think this makes it even more legitimate, because when we were done, we looked, and I had no idea who wrote any of these songs.”

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Stapleton and Lee Ann Womack will honor rock-and-roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis August 24 as they record a new edition of the online series Skyville Live in Nashville. Lewis himself is expected to attend that night. The show will premiere online at a later date.

Radney Foster will release his CD/book collection, For You to See the Stars, on September 15. The collection of short stories is the revered singer/songwriter’s first book, while the album is his eleventh. It’ll feature a new version of the hit he wrote for Keith Urban, “Raining on Sunday.”

Eighties sensation Sylvia returns to …read more

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This weekend, Brantley Gilbert’s NASCAR dreams come true

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Valory Music Co. Brantley Gilbert kicks off this weekend Friday night by playing the iconic Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming — and things only get bigger from there.

Sunday, he’ll get to do a song at the NASCAR race that just happens to be named after him: the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400. The Georgia native admits it’s all beyond his wildest dreams.

“You don’t ever think about things like your name on a race like this,” he says. “But it’s pretty cool. You know, to be a part of something that means so much to a lot of …read more

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Kelsea Ballerini dodged horse poop, channeled “The Little Mermaid” for “Legends” video

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Black River EntertainmentYou can go behind-the-scenes of Kelsea Ballerini‘s new video for “Legends,” thanks to E! News.

E! tagged along as Kelsea shot the performance parts of her video in a field by the ocean in Carmel, California. Even though the view was breathtaking, it did have its pitfalls.

“There’s also horse poop everywhere and I’m barefoot, so pray for me,” Kelsea quipped.

Aside from her walking shots, a freezing Kelsea also borrowed some inspiration from a Disney heroine.

“It’s California in June. We thought it’d be hot, but we were very wrong,” Kelsea said as she shivered. “But we …read more

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Shania Twain teases more new music from “NOW”

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Mercury NashvilleIts sounds like Shania Twain is getting ready to release new music from her first studio album in 15 years.

“Who wants another song from #ShaniaNow?” the country/pop superstar shared on her socials Thursday morning, along with a ten-second video clip that marries an instrumental track with an animation that declares “Poor Me.”

The tune is listed as the fourth cut on Shania’s NOW album, which comes out September 29. So far, we’ve only heard the opening track, “Swingin’ with My Eyes Closed,” which she performed on the Today show, and the project’s first single, “Life’s About …read more

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