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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock You can preview the title track of Mary Chapin Carpenter‘s new album on SoundCloud now. The two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year will release Sometimes Just the Sky on March 30.

The debut album from Ashley Campbell, titled The Lonely One, is set to come out May 11. Ashley is the daughter — and former band mate — of the late Glen Campbell.

A live version of Zac Brown Band‘s number-one from 2013, “Sweet Annie,” will be included in the new album Live from the Artists Den. The compilation of performances from the popular PBS …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAA scary moment occurred Sunday night when Tim McGraw collapsed onstage in the middle of his performance at the C2C: Country to Country Festival in Dublin, Ireland.

According to Rolling Stone, the country music superstar just got done performing his hit song “Humble & Kind” when he dropped to his knees and took a seat on the stage.

Medical staff treated McGraw backstage, and his wife, Faith Hill, came out to address the crowd, saying, “He’s been super dehydrated. I apologize, but I made the decision that he cannot come back out onstage.”

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ABC/Eric LiebowitzIf you need a reminder that the American dream is still alive and well, Luke Bryan says all you need to do is watch the new season of American Idol.

“It’s so inspiring to watch [it] unfold,” he tells ABC Radio, “and the emotions that go around, the struggle to get here.”

The “Most People are Good” singer also believes the new incarnation of Idol represents a good cross-section of the American people.

“Some of these contestants have been homeless before,” he explains. “You know, they’ve dealt with loss and tragedy, and some of them are young. And they’re too young to …read more

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ABC/Image Group LA When the new season of American Idol premieres Sunday on ABC, Luke Bryan won’t be watching — not because he doesn’t want to, but because he won’t be able to.

Sunday night, instead of sitting in front of his TV, Luke will be 30,000 feet above the Earth, in a plane headed Down Under.

“I’m doing my first Australian tour,” he explains, “and I will be doing a 19-hour flight. But when I get to Australia, we’re gonna try to figure out a way [to watch] if we can’t have it saved at our hotel room.”

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ABC/Image Group LA What’s better than your first number one hit and a platinum single? For “Yours” hitmaker Russell Dickerson, the answer is an ACM nomination.

“Honestly, this is one of the coolest feelings of my entire career,” he tells People, “I woke up to like 20 text messages saying, ‘Congrats!’ And I was like ‘For what?’”

Once he figured out he was up for New Male Vocalist of the Year, Russell couldn’t contain his excitement. “I woke up my wife [Kailey] screaming, ‘We’re nominated for an ACM!’” he recalls.

The 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards will be …read more

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ABC/Image Group LA At this point in their career, it’s not uncommon for Rascal Flatts to be picking up awards. But now they’ve reached the place where they’re being honored for their charity work, as well as for their music.

Thursday night in Nashville, Vanderbilt’s Cumberland Pediatric Foundation presented Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox, and Joe Don Rooney with the 2018 Excellence in Children’s Health Award. Rascal Flatts has raised so much money for Nashville’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital that the Pediatric Surgery Center is named for them.

The band’s philanthropy also includes work with Make-A-Wish, Little Kids Rock, and Tim Tebow …read more

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ABC/Image Group LA If you’re wondering how Keith Urban‘s new album, Graffiti U, is coming along, your best chance to find out may be next Friday at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

The Australian superstar is set to speak at 12:30 at the Austin Convention Center, during an event titled “Creation and Connection: A Conversation with Keith Urban.” Later that evening, he’ll play the famed Stubb’s Bar-B-Q outdoor stage at nearby Waller Creek Amphitheater.

While we know Keith’s next effort is due sometime this year, it’s not clear if he’s finished the record, or when exactly it …read more

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BMLGBrett Young shot his new music video for “Mercy” over two days in Encino, California, and at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. The clip findd the California native behind the keys of an upright piano in the desert, reckoning with a raven-haired beauty in a red dress.

“‘Mercy’ is one of my favorite songs on the record, so it’s been really cool to see it come to life,” Brett says of the experience. “My buddy, [director] Seth [Kupersmith], has always had such a creative and artistic brain. I got chills when I read his idea for this video for …read more

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Warner Music NashvilleIf you’re “Paying Attention,” you can get a glimpse of the making of Ashley Monroe‘s next record, Sparrow.

The new track, “Paying Attention,” is available to stream or download now, and there’s also a music video that takes you inside historic RCA Studio A, as the Pistol Annies singer works alongside co-writer Waylon Payne and producer Dave Cobb.

The full Sparrow album follows on April 20, with Ashley set to do a special record release show at Brooklyn’s Rough Trade NYC on April 24.

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Comstock/Thinkstock In 2003, Josh Gracin finished fourth on the second season of American Idol, before going on to score a #1 on the country chart the next year. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Nothin’ to Lose.”

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