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Little Big Town’s collaboration with Taylor Swift: Does the foursome know who inspired “Better Man?”

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ABC/Image Group LAGiven Taylor Swift‘s reputation for writing songs about her exes, it seems reasonable to wonder exactly which of her boyfriends might have inspired Little Big Town‘s hit “Better Man.” But if you’re thinking the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year might know the answer to that question — well, they say you’re dead wrong.

“The great thing is we don’t know who she wrote it about and I never want to know!” Karen Fairchild quips.

“Yeah, I don’t know,” Phillip Sweet agrees.

“We specifically didn’t ask!” Jimi Westbrook laughs.

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“Nashville” Recap: “Stand Beside Me”

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CMTIf you missed Thursday night’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, you missed the most shocking 60 minutes in the show’s five-season history.

Even with a restraining order, Rayna Jaymes’ stalker made bail and returned to haunt her family. In the midst of the increased stress, the country music icon still managed to be there for her daughter Daphne as she got her first period, rescuing her at school and comforting her at home later.

The tension eased between Rayna and Maddie, as the apprehensive mother warmed toward her older daughter’s talented boyfriend Clay. While she stopped short of offering him a …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kenny Chesney‘s The Big Revival and Life on a Rock have both been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, while Lucky Old Sun and Welcome to the Fishbowl are now officially Platinum.

Dolly Parton‘s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love was awarded the Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program at the 25th Annual Movieguide Awards in Hollywood. Its predecessor, 2015’s Coat of Many Colors, picked up the same honor last year.

Sony Nashville has signed country trio Levon to a long-term recording contract.

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Pardi in Vegas: Why Jon’s 5th ACM Awards will be the best ever

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ABC/Image Group LAJon Pardi has the third top-ten hit of his career with “Dirt on My Boots” right now, on the heels of his first #1, “Head Over Boots.” The California Sunrise singer is also relishing his very first Academy of Country Music Awards nod, though he admits his boots were in the bed when his name was called in the New Male Vocalist category Thursday.

“When I found out I was nominated, I was sleeping, and I woke up to about 30 texts. So you could say it was a good morning,” he …read more

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Chris Stapleton 2.0 coming May 5

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ABC/Image Group LAThere’s a new record and tour on the way from country’s break-out star from the 2015 CMAs, Chris Stapleton.

The artist whose Traveller album and history-making CMA performance with Justin Timberlake made him a superstar will release his as-yet-untitled sophomore effort on May 5, exactly two years since his breakthrough project came out.

He’ll kick off his All-American Road Show trek the same day in Alpharetta, Georgia, with pre-sales starting next Tuesday, February 21. Brothers Osborne, Anderson East, Margo Price, Brent Cobb and Lucie Silvas will all take turns opening.

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New Male Vocalist nominee Chris Lane is ready to get the party started in Vegas

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ABC/Image Group LAWhether Chris Lane is able to take home the New Male Vocalist trophy at April’s ACMs or not, it sounds like the Girl Problems singer is ready to get the party started in Sin City!

“I’m super excited and in shock over my first ACM nomination,” the North Caroline native says. “It is such an honor to be nominated by my peers and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone in Vegas!”

Chris notched his first #1 with “Fix” in 2016, and his follow-up single is on the verge of cracking the top-40 now. These …read more

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Chris Janson sees his New Male Vocalist nom as an “unexpected blessing”

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ABC/Image Group LAIt’s been nearly eighteen months since Chris Janson‘s breakthrough single, “Buy Me a Boat,” topped the charts, and his most significant hit since, “Holdin’ Her,” is close to breaking into the top 20 right now.

So the Missouri-born singer/songwriter admits it was a bit of a surprise to find himself in the running for the New Male Vocalist trophy at the upcoming ACM Awards.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled,” Chris says. “I love my life, love my job and love being recognized. I am so grateful,” he adds. “Unexpected blessings are the …read more

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LOCASH sets their sights on their first major country music award

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Reviver RecordsNow that the nominees for the 52nd ACM Awards are out, LOCASH is officially in the running for their first major country music award. The duo is up for the New Vocal Duo or Group trophy at the April 2 ceremony in Las Vegas.

“This is incredible!” Preston Brust said as he reacted to the news. “Thank you country radio, ACMs and every voter for your heart in this journey. We have dreamt of this day for so many minutes and so many miles.”

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Dustin Lynch teases new single at midnight

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ABC/Image Group LA If you’re a fan of Dustin Lynch, you may want to plan to stay up past your bedtime Thursday night.

Not only is the Tennessee native enjoying his fourth #1 in a row this week with “Seein’ Red,” he’s wasting no time releasing his follow-up single.

Early Thursday morning, Dustin shared a tease on social media that shows the boots-and-jeans-wearing singer walking to a classic truck, getting in and driving away, just before turning on the radio as a short instrumental clip begins to play. The video ends with the initials “S T B” and the words …read more

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Kacey Musgraves wants you to share a #LoveSong

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ABC/Paula LoboValentine’s Day may’ve passed, but Kacey Musgraves is still hoping you’ll share the love.

She’s encouraging fans to post a photo via the Cheerity app, along with the #LoveSong. For every picture shared, a download will be donated to the non-profit Music & Memory.

A #LoveSong that I love is my song ‘Late to the Party,'” the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter shared, along with a snapshot with her grandfather. “[It] kind of reminds me of this moment with my grandpa when we were rushing to the red carpet. I dedicate this song to him, Darrell Musgraves,” she added.

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