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Chris HolloCarrie Underwood covered one of R.E.M.‘s signature songs Saturday night at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

The pregnant artist delivered a sweet rendition of “Everybody Hurts.” The rest of her set in Central Park was packed with hits such as “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Blown Away” and “Before He Cheats.”

At one point, Carrie told the audience that her appearance at the event represented one of the top highlights of her career.

The festival included a couple of special guests: Beyoncé joined her husband, headliner Jay Z, for two songs, and Sting paired up with …read more

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Image Courtesy Greenroom PRDierks Bentley hosted his annual Miles & Music for Kids bike ride and concert Sunday in Nashville with proceeds going to the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Since he launched the event nearly a decade ago, Dierks and his pals have raised more than $2.6 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. While that’s an impressive number, it doesn’t quite live up to the amount Dierks’ seven-year-old daughter, Evie, thought he donated to the cause when she was a little bit younger.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe 2014 CMT Artists of the Year special will broadcast live from Nashville on Tuesday, December 2 at 8 p.m. ET. This year’s five honorees will be announced soon.

The Band Perry will perform at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 39th New York Honors Gala in Manhattan on October 21.

The Swon Brothers deliver an acoustic performance of their song, “Pray for You,” in a new feature now posted at TooFab.com. The song appears on the duo’s upcoming debut album, due out October 14.

Jason Aldean and his tour mates, Florida Georgia Line, had a hardcore female fan …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum is taking their 747 album launch to your TV. They’ll perform three songs on NBC’s Today on Tuesday when 747 lands in stores and online. Look for them to stop by NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday.

Lady A is taking their 747 celebration online, too. They’ll give an intimate performance at the Gramercy Theater in New York City Tuesday night that will stream live on Yahoo!.

747 features Lady Antebellum’s latest hit, “Bartender.”

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Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean went all out buying Brittany Kerr‘s engagement ring. She debuted the massive diamond ring in an Instagram posting showing her and Jason sharing a kiss. The caption reads, “We’ve been on cloud nine the past few days. My heart has never been more full of happiness and love … Can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with this man.”

The marriage will be the first for Brittany and the second for Jason.

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Image Courtesy CMACongratulations to Eric Church and his wife, Katherine, who are expecting their second child. Eric slyly announced the pregnancy by changing the lyrics to his song, “Sinners Like Me,” during his Thursday night show in Louisville. Instead of singing “Give my dad a grandson,” he sang “Give my dad another grandson.” The baby’s gender hasn’t been confirmed, though.

Eric and Katherine’s son, Boone McCoy, was born in 2011.

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Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleKenny Chesney‘s recent show at the Flora-Bama on the Gulf Coast is coming to CMT as a brand-new concert special.

Kenny Chesney Live from the Flora-Bama premieres Friday, November 14 at 10 p.m. ET featuring highlights from Kenny’s only concert of 2014. The show took place on the beach where Florida and Alabama meet and will feature songs from his brand-new album, The Big Revival, as well as a sampling of Kenny’s greatest hits.

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Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton‘s new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, is due out Tuesday, but you can hear the entire project streaming now at BlakeShelton.CMT.com. Bringing Back the Sunshine is Blake’s ninth studio album and features his latest hit, “Neon Light.” Ashley Monroe joins Blake on the song “Lonely Tonight,” and RaeLynn is featured on the track “Buzzin’.”

Blake says Bringing Back the Sunshine is a return of sorts to the beginning of his country music career.

He explains, “Country music is defined by each individual, and this is my definition of stepping back a little …read more

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Image Courtesy Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is firing his Off the Beaten Path tour back up starting October 23 in Columbia, Missouri. Thomas Rhett and Colt Ford are joining him for select dates of the 11-city trek. Justin’s tour will wrap up November 23 in Missoula, Montana.

Justin and Thomas have spent most of the last two months on the road with Miranda Lambert‘s Platinum tour.

Here are Justin’s new tour dates:

10/23 — Columbia, MO, Mizzou Arena
10/24 — Norman, OK, Lloyd Noble Center
10/25 — Kearney, NE, Viaero Event Center
10/26 — Sioux City, IA, Tyson Events Center
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Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood is releasing her first best-of compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, December 9 featuring a brand-new single, “Something in the Water.” The song will be released to country radio and all digital outlets on Monday. The new album release celebrates the 10 years that have passed since Carrie auditioned for American Idol. She of course won the Idol crown in 2005.

Carrie says, “I can’t believe it’s been a decade since I auditioned for American Idol. Looking back at the songs I’ve released over the years lets me relive …read more

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