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ABC/Image Group LA Before Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley begin their main gig as co-hosts of Sunday night’s ACM Awards, they have some serious talking to do, with guest spots on multiple talk shows before the end of the week. Both guys stop by to visit with the ladies of The Talk Thursday afternoon, with Luke staying up into the night to check in on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

The Talk airs at 2 p.m. ET, with The Late Late Show starting at 12:37 a.m. ET. You can check out Luke and Dierks’ antics Sunday night at 8 …read more

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Jessie Schmidt/Schmidt RelationsGiven the success of the outing so far, it’s no surprise Carrie Underwood‘s extending her smash-hit Storyteller tour through the fall.

The tour, which began in January and previously was scheduled to wrap up May 30 in London, Ontario, will now only pause after that date. September 4, it’ll resume again in Spokane, WA, the first of 34 additional dates over the next 11 weeks before ending November 28 in West Valley City, UT.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 8 via AEG Live, with American Express Card members able to buy them …read more

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ABC/Randy HolmesWith six nods heading into the show, Cam is the most-nominated female artist at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, all on the strength of her breakthrough hit, “Burning House.” The California native with the affinity for yellow says the impact of the song really started to hit her as she was out on tour with Brad Paisley earlier this year.

“Every night there’s a stadium full of people with their lights on their phones holding [them] up. There’s like a sea of stars and they’re all screaming every single word to this song, and it’s just surreal,” she …read more

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ABC/Richard HarbaughIf you’ve ever dreamed of waking up with Kelsea Ballerini, Thursday morning is your chance. The ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year will be featured on CBS This Morning, in a segment shot as she recently visited with and performed for patients at Tuft Medical Center’s Floating Hospital for Children in Boston. The show airs at 7 a.m. all across the country.

Then later in the day, you can actually talk to the “Dibs” hitmaker. Kelsea will do a live question-and-answer session on the CBS This Morning Facebook page starting at 1:00 p.m. PT. You can also …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Country legend Merle Haggard has cancelled his April dates, as he continues to battle pneumonia.

Dolly Parton‘s hit TV movie from December will get yet another award May 19 in New York City. Coat of Many Colors will be one of the honorees at the 67th annual Christopher Awards, a ceremony that celebrates creative works that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.” Dolly’s Rhinestone co-star Sylvester Stallone is also being honored.

You can see Chris Janson performing his smash “Buy Me a Boat” Tuesday on Conan online now.

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ABC/Image Group LADarius Rucker is one of the big names who’ll help legendary crooner Tony Bennett celebrate his 90th birthday this spring in Sin City. The “Southern Style” hitmaker will perform as part of the 20th annual Power of Love gala May 21 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Steven Tyler, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Diana Krall, R&B sensation Andra Day and The Late Late Show’s James Cordan are also on the bill. The benefit for Keep Memory Alive helps raise money to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

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ABC/Kelsey McNealJust like she said in her hit 1995 cover of the Patti LaBelle song, Reba is striking out on her own. The Country Music Hall of Famer is starting her own management firm, called Reba’s Business Inc. or RBI. She’ll chart the direction of her career herself, as president of the company.

For close to thirty years, Reba has been managed by her former husband, Narvel Blackstock, through the company they created together, Starstruck Entertainment. Initially, the two announced they would continue their professional relationship after their divorce last year. Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and …read more

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Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood will give TV viewers their first taste of her new single “Church Bells” Sunday on the Academy of Country Music Awards.

“I love songs about strong women,” she says of the track from her Storyteller album. “I love being sucked into that story: rooting for the woman and seeing that she does something powerful that she never thought she could do. People are strongest when they’re pushed to their limits,” she asserts.

The two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year shot the music video for the “Church Bells” during her tour stop in Lincoln, Nebraska. …read more

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Capitol NashvilleA little more than a month before the release of Keith Urban‘s eighth studio album, both the cover and the track listing are out– and even though it’s been a long time coming, it looks to be worth the wait.

“This album’s journey began back in January 2015 and took me to a lot of unexplored people and places,” Keith says. “The end result was the recording and exploring of more songs than I’ve ever done before and carving that down to what I felt constituted Ripcord.”

The striking cover features a black-and-white photo …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAEntertainer of the Year Luke Bryan will close out this year’s CMA Music Festival, wrapping up four nights of concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium and endless events on the Riverfront and at Music City Center. Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge, and Keith Urban round out the Sunday-night lineup on the main stage.

The all-star lineup starts Thursday night with Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert. On Friday, Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, Eric Church, Hank Williams Jr. and Carrie Underwood entertain the sold-out crowd. Chris Young kicks things off on Saturday …read more

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