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ABC/Image Group LAIf imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Nelly is giving Thomas Rhett a giant pat on the back. The new single from the St. Louis rapper is a cover of Thomas’s six-week number one, “Die a Happy Man.”

Nelly is certainly no stranger to country music, having first collaborated with Tim McGraw on his hit “Over and Over,” which made it to number 3 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 in 2004. More recently, he was featured on the remix of Florida Georgia Line‘s 2013 smash, “Cruise.” Last October, he told Entertainment Weekly even more country …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockIn 1994, these four country acts played the Super Bowl halftime show. Can you name them? ANSWER: Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Travis Tritt, and The Judds: Wynonna and Naomi.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMartina McBride is set to make “a very special announcement” Monday morning at 11 a.m. CT inside the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Ford Theater, according to a release from her label, Big Machine. It involves the Cancer Institute of Hospital Corporation of America, named for Sarah Cannon, the legendary comedienne who brought Minnie Pearl to life.

Former longtime Alabama drummer Mark Herndon has written his autobiography. The High Road: Memories from a Long Trip is set to come out April 1.

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Eric AdkinsScotty McCreery and five other American Idol winners return to the show that made them famous this Thursday, to mentor contestants during the farewell season. Though the identity of the two singers he worked with is top secret, the season-10 winner says he knows how valuable the three days he spent with them is.

“I remember how important it was to me during my time on Idol to meet and learn from all the great artists who visited the set and offered their advice. I was proud to be able to come back and offer …read more

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ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley will soon have his own place in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The new exhibit, Every Mile a Memory, opens March 4 and will showcase the singer’s stage clothes, guitars, song manuscripts and more.

The always-reverent country fan says he can hardly believe it.

“It’s crazy to be considered for something like this. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is home to the most revered and influential country artists of all time. Just being in the building as a visitor is humbling, but to actually be …read more

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Columbia Nashville/Dack Janiels RecordsChase Rice is re-teaming with the writers behind his hits “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight” for “Whisper,” the lead single from his forthcoming album.

“Personally, I believe my writing has evolved since we put out the last album and it’s been a hell of a ride so far, so this one will have a more mature sound to it,” the North Carolina native reveals. “‘Whisper’ is an example of that, having some of those different production elements that push the music beyond where we’ve been before.”

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Warner NashvilleDan + Shay are back with their follow-up to their first number one. Just two months after “Nothin’ Like You” topped the charts, they’re releasing the lead single from their sophomore album, as well as its accompanying video.

“‘From the Ground Up’ is a song that started with a conversation about our grandparents and the love that they shared for the 65-plus years that they were married,” Dan Smyers shares. “It tells the story of the life that they built through their power and dedication to each other, and the perseverance to endure …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAFour-time nominee Chris Stapleton is the latest country artist now set to perform on the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. He’ll team up with Bonnie Raitt and Gary Clark Jr. to pay tribute to blues legend B.B. King, who passed away last May.

Chris’s debut solo effort Traveller is up for both the all-genre Album of the Year as well as Country Album, while its title track competes for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song.

He joins fellow nominees Little Big Town, Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt, who are already set to represent the country genre …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis Pennsylvania native spent five seasons playing for the Cincinnati Bengals before hitting number one on the Billboard Country Singles chart in 1990 with “Walk on Faith.” Can you name him? ANSWER: Mike Reid.

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Columbia Nashville/Dack JanielsThese days, there’s more than one current country singer who once had a promising career in college football. Sam Hunt was the quarterback for the University of Alabama at Birmingham, while Chase Rice was a linebacker at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Even though he’s a native Tar Heel, Chase says it’s still not easy picking a side when it comes to Super Bowl 50.

“Yeah, the Super Bowl’s tough for me this year,” he admits. “I’m a huge Peyton Manning fan. Love who he is as a person, love his character, and love …read more

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