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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Kelsea Ballerini‘s new puppy? ANSWER: Dibs.

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Dot RecordsMaddie & Tae were so set on keeping their debut album, Start Here, squarely in the country format, they taught veteran producer Dann Huff a thing or two about making a country album. Dann started out playing guitar on classic albums from the likes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Madonna before coming to Nashville to produce hits for Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Faith Hill and many others.

Maddie & Tae’s Maddie Marlow tells ABC Radio, “With Dann Huff, you know, he’s, like a rocker at heart, but he loved it, because it was such a challenge. …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJana Kramer‘s new album, titled thirty one, will be out October 9. The project features Jana’s latest single, “I Got the Boy.”

George Strait‘s final show on The Cowboy Rides Away tour is out now on digital and DVD platforms. The star-studded concert features collaborations with Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson and more.

Newcomer Clare Dunn is showing off her impressive guitar skills in her debut video, “Move On.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJana Kramer‘s new album, titled thirty one, will be out October 9. The project features Jana’s latest single, “I Got the Boy.”

George Strait‘s final show on The Cowboy Rides Away tour is out now on digital and DVD platforms. The star-studded concert features collaborations with Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Alan Jackson and more.

Newcomer Clare Dunn is showing off her impressive guitar skills in her debut video, “Move On.”

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Richard Gabriel Ford/FilmMagicCarrie Underwood has scored a new TV gig. She’ll serve as a guest judge on the 14th-season finale of Project Runway next month, joining Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen at New York Fashion Week, People magazine reports.

Season 14 began on Lifetime earlier this month.

Underwood has another TV role lined up for later in the year, when she and Brad Paisley co-host the 49th Annual CMA Awards November 4.

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Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley and his wife, Cassie, are expecting their first child in the spring. The little one will join Dave Haywood‘s son, Cash, and Hillary Scott‘s daughter, Eisele, in the Lady A daycare backstage at the band’s shows.

Hillary tells E! News Charles and Cassie know the sex of their baby, but they aren’t announcing it just yet.

“They’re going to be the most amazing parents,” Hillary says. “It’s just so funny to see how Charles is starting to look at the world differently and through a different lens, and as Cassie continues to …read more

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CMALuke Bryan‘s oldest son, Bo, went from being the “alpha male” in the house to being the middle child when Luke’s 13-year-old nephew, Til, moved in with them last year. The adjustment hasn’t fazed Bo or his younger brother, Tate, though.

“It’s been amazing watching them do so well with it,” Luke tells People. “They treat Til like their brother, and Til does the same.”

Til has even helped Bo and Tate improve as athletes.

Says Luke, “When I come home, they’re throwing the baseball a little farther and hitting the ball a little harder. I know that’s ’cause …read more

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Sandbox EntertainmentShania Twain is raking in the cash on her Rock This Country farewell tour. According to Billboard, the trek has grossed $40 million so far. More than 407,000 tickets have been sold since Shania launched the tour in June.

Shania will continue the Rock This Country tour this fall with a six-week run of shows starting September 12 in Spokane, Washington.

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James Minchin IIIJennifer Nettles has signed a new contract with Big Machine Records and will release a new single this October. A new album will follow in early 2016.

In celebration of the new music, Jennifer is headed out on the Playing with Fire tour in October with special guests Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder. She’s currently filming her part as Dolly Parton’s mother in the new NBC TV movie, Coat of Many Colors, airing December 10.

Here are Jennifer’s new tour dates:

10/23 — Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
10/24 — Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall
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Sony Music NashvilleCarrie Underwood‘s latest single, “Smoke Break,” is all about stepping back from the worries of your life and giving yourself some time to breathe. While Carrie doesn’t have a cigarette in her hand while she’s taking a break, she finds it incredibly useful to just sit and think when she’s facing a problem.

Carrie says, “It puts things in perspective, and you can come back and actually solve the problem. I just go somewhere where it’s quiet. You know, that’s kind of my way of handling things. Go sit out on the …read more

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