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ABC/Image Group LA Dustin Lynch has long proclaimed his love and admiration for Reba McEntire, so it was only fitting that the Country Music Hall of Famer should be the one to officially induct him into the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday night.

“I know how you feel,” Reba said, as she stepped into the legendary circle of wood transported from the Opry’s former home at the Ryman Auditorium.

“Do you know that 41 years ago yesterday was the first time I got to sing on this stage?” she revealed, as the audience cheered.

“September 17, 1977, and here you are 41 years …read more

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ABC/Image Group LA Wednesday night, Lady Antebellum will perform their Heart Break ballad, “Hurt,” for the first time on TV.

The Late Night with Seth Meyers guest spot will also be the group’s first major TV appearance since leaving their longtime label, Capitol Nashville, for its rival, Big Machine.

“Hurt” happens to be from their final Capitol album, Heart Break. The trio is already busy writing and recording their follow-up. Tune in Wednesday at 12:35 p.m. ET on NBC to see their visit with Seth Meyers.

Next month, Hillary Scott will step into the spotlight on October 17 as one of CMT’s all-female …read more

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Sony Music NashvilleThere’s no two ways about it: Luke Combs‘ upcoming Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour is a hot ticket.

The North Carolina native sold out 23 of the 28 venues on the trek during the first weekend tickets went on sale, including the May closing date at Colorado’s iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

LANCO and newcomer Jameson Rodgers join Luke on the dates, which kick off January 31 in Birmingham, Alabama.

This week, Luke’s fourth hit, “She Got the Best of Me,” broke into country’s top ten, as his debut album, This One’s for You, spends its 14th week atop the country …read more

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Disruptor Records/ColumbiaKelsea Ballerini and electronic duo The Chainsmokers just have “This Feeling” about their new collaboration.

With Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha having a huge hit with “Meant to Be” and Maren Morris following suit with Zedd on “The Middle,” it’s no secret pop/country collaborations are hot these days. And on Tuesday, Kelsea and The Chainsmokers released theirs.

“THIS SONG IS SO SPECIAL TO US!” the duo tweeted. “THIS FEELING WITH OUR GIRL KELS IS OUT NOW EVERYWHERE.” They followed up later with “Loving all these super positive tweets about…our new song…”

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ABC/Mark LevineBlake Shelton is planning a free pop-up show this week at the world’s largest honky tonk.

The “Turnin’ Me On” hitmaker will take the stage Thursday night at Billy Bob’s Texas, which is located at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Fans can line up for wristbands starting at 10 a.m. local time Thursday morning.

Once you have your wristband, the line to get in starts forming at 4 p.m. before doors open at 5:30. Blake is set to play around 8:30.

Entrance is limited to the first 5,000 fans who show up. You must be at least 21 and have a valid …read more

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ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert‘s been enjoying a little leisure time lately, after wrapping her Bandwagon Tour with Little Big Town late last month.

This weekend, Miranda showed her beloved Gypsy Vanner horses at the Oklahoma State Fair, and even took in an Italian family circus.

“Thank you Oklahoma State Fair for the memories!” the CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year shared on her socials, along with a collection of pictures.

“The Gypsy Vanner show, the Ferris Wheel, friends, family and my first time to see a real circus!” she added. “The Zoppe Circus was amazing! The …read more

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Capitol NashvilleNot only is Carrie Underwood‘s Cry Pretty on track to debut at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 this week, it’s also expected to have the best sales week of any country album so far this year.

Experts predict Carrie’s first album for Capitol Nashville will sell 210,000 equivalent album units in its first week, besting Jason Aldean, whose Rearview Town moved 183,000 units back in April. We’ll find out the official numbers when the new chart comes out Sunday.

Carrie’s topped the Billboard 200 three times before, with 2012’s Blown Away, 2009’s Play On, and …read more

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ABC/Mark LevineLee Ann Womack will be honored with the Golden Note Award this fall at the ASCAP Country Music Awards, handed out annually by the performing rights organization ASCAP.

Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and Alan Jackson are just some of the artists who’ve gotten the honor in the past. This year’s 56th annual gala will take place on Monday, November 12 in downtown Nashville, in the days leading up to the 2018 CMA Awards.

Lee Ann’s most recent album is last year’s critically-acclaimed The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone. The 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis singer’s musical collaborations span genres — she’s teamed up with everyone from Kenny Rogers and Brad Paisley, to Queen Latifah and Norah Jones. More recently, she’s shared the microphone with Pentatonix, Sia and even actress Jennifer Aniston. Can you name this legend? ANSWER: Dolly Parton.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJason Aldean will host his annual “Concert for the Cure” on October 3 at Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar in Nashville. The evening will include an intimate performance by the singer. All proceeds will benefit the breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen Central Tennessee. Tickets are on sale now for $100 via Eventbrite.

After Rascal Flatts were forced to cancel a concert when Gary LeVox fell sick, Dan + Shay refused to let down their fans. The duo acted quickly to put together a last minute pop-up show at the House of Blues in San …read more

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