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Warner Bros.We’ll get our first listen to music from Cole Swindell‘s third album on Friday, as the Georgia native releases his new song, “Break Up in the End.”

“This is one of those songs from the first time I heard it I knew it was special,” Cole said on social media, as he revealed the single’s cover. “So many people can relate to the lyrics. Even though I didn’t write it, I’m amazed the best writers in town are bringing me songs like this. Excited it’s the first single from my new album.”

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Photo by Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole OpryChris Janson will officially become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry during a ceremony set to take place March 20.

The “Fix a Drink” hitmaker found out when he’ll be inducted on Tuesday night, during his first performance on the Opry since he was first invited to become a member.

As previously reported, on February 5, Keith Urban surprised Chris with the good news during the Missouri native’s sold-out show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock In addition to being the fiance of Maren Morris, newcomer Ryan Hurd also wrote this #1 hit for Blake Shelton. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Lonely Tonight.”

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ABC/Image Group LA If you follow Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans on social media, you’ve had a front-row seat for the newlyweds’ romance.

The Australian singer admits he wasn’t always so comfortable opening up about his personal life — but once he met Kelsea, she left him little choice.

“I used to be so private and closed off,” Morgan tells ABC Radio. “I’d just talk about music. But then when we got together, she just started posting things, and she just started talking about it. So I had no choice but to be honest. And since I’ve started just talking honestly and …read more

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ABC/Mark LevineSam Hunt is taking “Body Like a Back Road” to the racetrack.

The Georgia native will headline this year’s Legends Day Concert at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 26. The 102nd Indianapolis 500 follows on Sunday.

“Love You Like That” hitmaker Canaan Smith will open, along with newcomer Filmore. Tickets for the show are on sale now.

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ABC/Image Group LA With a collection of critically acclaimed gold and platinum albums to his credit, as well as CMA Awards and Grammys, Chris Stapleton says his philosophy of making records is actually pretty simple.

“I heard Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top, I read an interview with him one time,” Chris explains, “where he said he always just tried to make music that he would want to listen to. And I think that is the best litmus test for what you want to record or make. And I’m a fan of albums too, so I always like things that kind of …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Devin Dawson will do his breakthrough hit, “All on Me,” Wednesday, February 28 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can watch for his performance starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

There’s new music from Ashley Monroe on the way Friday. “Hands on You” is the first taste of her forthcoming album for Warner Nashville, set to be released later this year.

Michael Ray, Devin Dawson, Morgan Wallen and Russell Dickerson all join the lineup for the Carolina Country Music Fest June 7-10 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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ABC/Image Group LA Carrie Underwood is pitching in to help an injured police officer from her Oklahoma hometown.

Checotah Assistant Police Chief Justin Durrett suffered multiple neck injuries on February 11, after his truck ran off the road, flipped, and pinned him underneath, according to the Tulsa World.

Carrie donated $10,000 to the GoFundMe account created to help the 35-year-old father of three, under her married name, Carrie Fisher.

Durrett is a 13-year veteran of the Checotah Police Department. Carrie was born in nearby Muskogee, Oklahoma, and grew up in the rural town of …read more

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ABC/Image Group LA Kelsea Ballerini claims the fourth #1 song of her career this week, as “Legends” tops the country chart.

“I can’t believe ‘Legends’ is my fourth #1!”… All I can say is THANK YOU,” she says. “As one of the first songs I wrote for Unapologetically, the song really captures my journey of loss, life, love, and truly is the heartbeat of this record. Seeing radio embrace this story has meant the world to me.”

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Triple TigersScotty McCreery is teaming up with Cracker Barrel to create a new video for his top three hit “Five More Minutes” — and he needs your help.

The American Idol winner is asking fans to submit videos with loved ones they’d like to spend “Five More Minutes” with, for a chance to be included in the clip. It’ll premiere on Cracker Barrel’s YouTube channel on March 15, one day before Scotty’s new album, Seasons Change, is released.

For every album sold, Cracker Barrel will also give one dollar to Operation Homefront, a non-profit that supports military families.

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