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“You Should Be Dancing”: Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood share the spotlight in “The Fighter” video

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Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban and Carrie Underwood team up for their new video for “The Fighter,” but they also have a pretty spectacular co-star, thanks to director John Urbano.

“John said, ‘I know this girl who dances,’” Keith recalls, “’sort of street dancing, I don’t even know what it is,’ but it was so good and John said ‘listen to the song and watch her dance at the same time’ and they just went together so incredibly well…” the 7-time ACM nominee observes.

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Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear: Dustin Lynch offers interesting perspective on new single

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Courtesy of Broken Bow RecordsSure, there are lyric videos and music videos, but Dustin Lynch has found a new way to showcase his latest single, “Small Town Boy.” You can check out the “driver’s-side mirror version” of the second release from his forthcoming new album on YouTube.

On Thursday, Dustin teased the arrival of the new song with a video of him getting into a classic pickup truck and turning on the radio. On Friday, he followed with a new clip of him singing the tune solely in the mirror as he cruises down the road.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty years ago, this George Strait record became the first one ever to debut at #1 on Billboard‘s Top Country Albums chart. Can you name it? ANSWER: Ocean Front Property.

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An unusual cover and a new release date: The details on Brad Paisley’s “Love & War”

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Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley‘s eleventh studio album now has a new release date. Originally set for March 3, Love & War will now be available on April 21.

Arista Nashville also unveiled the project’s cover, featuring a predominantly blue backdrop with Brad playing his electric guitar next to a red amp. In an atypical move, the West Virginia native is not wearing his hat on the cover — but it’s hovering near his head.

Love and War‘s current release, “Today,” is a top-five hit. It’s not clear if Brad’s previous single with Demi Lovato, “Without a Fight,” will appear …read more

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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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