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Big MachineJennifer Nettles has a surprise duet partner on her new album Playing with Fire. And it’s none other than that other Jennifer– Jennifer Lopez. The female half of Sugarland first revealed the collaboration on social media, saying “AND me & my lady love @Jlo put a little song on it too. #ilovesurprises! #andthissong #andher.”

If you wonder how the two got together, it turns out the head of Nettles’ record label, Scott Borchetta, was the facilitator, since he just wrapped the final season of American Idol with J-Lo. You can check out Lopez and Nettles on the …read more

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NBC/David LaChapelleJust days before the official start of CMA Music Festival 2016, Blake Shelton will help the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum kickstart a special week of events. The star of The Voice will do a question-and-answer session onstage at the Hall’s CMA Theater Monday, June 6 at 3 p.m. CT. The “Just Came Here to Forget” hitmaker will also play a short acoustic set during his appearance.

Presale tickets for the show will be available to museum members and Blake’s fan club via TicketFly.com starting May 11, before they open up to the general …read more

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ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley is hoping you’ll spend Memorial Day with him in Panama City Beach, Florida. He’ll host the Somewhere on a Beach Bash May 30 at perpetual spring-break-destination Spinnaker Beach Bar on the Gulf of Mexico.

“Memorial Day is the official kick off to summer, and this will be a great way to celebrate the current single and the new album. We’ll pack as many people on the beach as we can… probably need to start icing the beer down now!” he jokes.

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ABC/Image Group LAThomas Rhett has a date with Blake Shelton on Tuesday night. The “Die a Happy Man” hitmaker is set to perform his latest single “T-Shirt” on Blake’s show, The Voice.

You can catch the TV debut of the song from Thomas’s album Tangled Up at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. He heads back out on tour with Jason Aldean on May 5, on the ACM Entertainer of the Year’s Six String Circus trek.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Trisha Yearwood has two Female Vocalist trophies from the Country Music Association. Can you recall the years the Georgia native took home the award? ANSWER: 1997 and 1998.

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Randee St. NicholasTrisha Yearwood covered everyone from Whitney Houston to Jewel to Lifehouse on her most recent recordings for The Passion soundtrack, and last weekend in Ohio, she was at it again. This time, however, it was to remember the icon Prince, who passed away last week at the age of 57.

The two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year called her three background vocalists to the stage, as it was tinted the late singer’s signature color, before delivering a reverent version of his hit “Purple Rain.” The tribute turned into a huge singalong, as Trisha waved her arms and swayed …read more

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ABC/Image Group LANow that their final single from their album Anything Goes is sitting at the top of the charts this week, the guys in Florida Georgia Line can now shift their attention to the new music they’ve been making. The lead single from their forthcoming album Dig Your Roots will be titled “H.O.L.Y.” Interestingly enough, Tyler Hubbard admits that he and musical partner Brian Kelley both passed on the song the first time they heard it.

“Man, this song– it’s a song that came in, kinda last minute I would say. We were already halfway into recording the album,” Tyler …read more

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Comstock/Thinkstock This first single from Hillary Scott‘s faith-based album with her family is called “Thy Will.”

Clay Walker‘s seventh annual Chords of Hope Benefit Concert will be June 8 at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville. Money raised helps the Vanderbilt Multiple Sclerosis Center, through Clay’s nonprofit, Band Against MS.

You can check out Maren Morris‘s TV debut on Good Morning America online now. The Texas native performed her breakout hit, “My Church.”

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ABC/Randy HolmesThere were no seats required for Thomas Rhett‘s recent CMT Crossroads taping with Nick Jonas. The crowd was on its feet the entire time as the second-generation country star and the former Jonas Brother traded lines on each other’s tunes Friday night in Nashville. Thomas Rhett got the party started with his hit, “Make Me Wanna,” with female screams nearly drowning out Jonas’s vocal the first time he hit a falsetto note.

“The more you sing your faces off, the more we don’t have to sing!” Thomas goaded the crowd, as Nick launched into the first lines of …read more

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Warner NashvilleGwen Stefani announced earlier this week that she and boyfriend Blake Shelton have recorded a duet on Blake’s new album. Now, Blake is speaking out about their “personal” collaboration on the tune “Go Ahead and Break My Heart.”

The country singer tells Entertainment Tonight it’s one of the best songs he’s ever written. “I hesitate to brag on it too much but I really think that it’s as good of a song as I’ve ever written in my life,” he says.

He adds that writing and recording it with Gwen made it …read more

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