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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockIt looks like Brett Eldredge has found love with his “Lose My Mind” video co-star Rachel Hilbert. The Victoria’s Secret model has posted several pictures with Brett on her Instagram account, including one calling him a “babe.” They’ve also posed together while rafting and holding goats at a fair in the past month.

What a babe holdin muh hand 😝 @bretteldredge 😚 😇🌹

A photo posted by Rachel Hilbert (@rachelhilbert) on Aug 22, 2015 at 4:37am PDT

I want one!!!! 🐐🐐🐐🐐 @bretteldredge

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Warner Music NashvilleAs one of country’s hottest new acts, Frankie Ballard could probably pull strings to get special backstage access to any concert he wanted to see. That’s not Frankie’s style, though. Instead, he likes to buy his own tickets and sit in the audience with everyone else. That approach helps him make his own concerts better for his fans.

He tells ABC Radio, “I learn a lot about what I don’t like about going to shows so that when, someday, I’m putting on shows I can try to eliminate some of that stuff.”

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Webster PRKenny Rogers heads out on his 34th Annual Christmas tour in November in support of his forthcoming new holiday album, Once Again It’s Christmas. The new project features a duet with Jennifer Nettles on “Here It Is Christmas/Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and Alison Krauss is featured on “Some Children See Him.” The album’s due out September 25.

Kenny says, “I can’t tell you how much fun it’s been doing another Christmas album — it’s my favorite time of year. Recording a project like this means I was able to re-live some old memories singing some …read more

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Mercury NashvilleKacey Musgraves, Josh Turner, Holly Williams and Chris Isaak have been added to the performers lineup for the 9th Annual ACM Honors, coming up September 1. They join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Randy Houser, and Miranda Lambert, as well as Jake Owen, who’s also hosting the event. Kelsea Ballerini and The Swon Brothers will serve as presenters.

The ACM Honors will be held at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to recognize the ACM Award winners not recognized on-camera during the ACM Awards broadcast earlier this year. Tickets are on sale to the public through Ticketmaster.

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Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell will launch his 2nd annual Down Home tour November 11 at New York City’s Best Buy Theater. A second installment of his Down Home Sessions EP series will be released around the same time.

“Last year we did an EP and did a club tour and we just had such a blast, I said we had to do it again,” Cole says. “We just recorded [the new EP]. I’m excited about it.”

Country newcomer Adam Sanders joins Cole in the Down Home tour. Adam is a co-writer on Cole’s recent #1 hit, …read more

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Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has revealed the cover for her new album, Storyteller. The image shows Carrie sitting on the floor wearing an oversized silk top with red beading and red boots.

Carrie thinks both the album cover and just-released video for the lead single, “Smoke Break,” will give you a good indication of what to expect from the new project. She tells Entertainment Weekly, “Each album so far has had its own look, its own feel, its own sound, and this upcoming album is definitely no exception.”

Storyteller is due out October 23 featuring 13 new tracks.

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Comstock/ThinkstockKeith Urban‘s hit single, “For You,” was featured on which movie soundtrack? ANSWER: Act of Valor.

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Chili’s Bar & GrillLady Antebellum has teamed up with Chili’s to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The restaurant chain’s annual Create-a-Pepper for St. Jude campaign is underway to help fund St. Jude’s fight against childhood cancer, and Lady A is proud to be the face of this year’s effort.

Band member Hillary Scott says of St. Jude, “As a band and as parents, we love the work they do for kids fighting really tough stuff like cancer. It’s something really close to our hearts and we’re excited to be part of …read more

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EB Media PRDarius Rucker is always happy to celebrate a #1 hit he wrote, but the party is even sweeter when he’s sharing the honor with a friend. Darius and pal Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum were on hand for an event in Nashville Monday afternoon celebrating the hit they co-wrote, “Homegrown Honey.”

Darius says of the achievement, “It’s awesome. One of the reasons is because it’s Charles. You know, we go back, and I’ve loved Charles for a long time.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan spends a second consecutive week at #1 on the overall Billboard 200 Albums chart with his latest release, Kill the Lights.

Miranda Lambert will perform on the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, October 6.

Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Brett Eldredge and The Band Perry are taking part in a taping for a Grand Ole Opry film production on Monday, August 31 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. The performances will be used in a theatrical production to be released in theaters nationwide.

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