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BMLGThe country/pop smash “Meant to Be” not only became the biggest hit ever on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart — spending 50 weeks at the top — it also managed to grab the first Grammy nominations ever for both Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha.

“That song’s just been… life-changing… another career song, as we call it,” Tyler Hubbard tells ABC Radio. “It’s broke so many records and made so much history.”

“It was all so unexpected and kind of out-of-the-box and un-traditional,” he adds. “So it really just made it that much more special, getting to write it in L.A. with …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Kip Moore, Kacey Musgraves, and The Cadillac Three are up for the International Artist Achievement honor at the 2019 CMA International Awards. We’ll find out who wins sometime in March.

Hunter Hayes kicks off his 20-city Closer to You Tour April 18 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The new single from David Lee Murphy is “No Zip Code,” from the album of the same name. It follows his CMA-award-winning #1 hit with Kenny Chesney, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.”

If you missed Little Big Town performing “Lost in the Fifties Tonight” with Ronnie Milsap on The Tonight Show Starring …read more

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ABC/Image Group LAAfter giving birth to the couple’s second child, Navy Rome, on Monday, Jason Aldean‘s wife Brittany is having to stay in the hospital a little longer than she’d hoped.

Even so, she seems to be in good spirits, giggling and wiggling her toes as she posted a few Instagram Stories late Wednesday.

“When your labor goes amazing… but then things go south,” she captioned a photo of herself moving her swollen feet. “Still hospital living with my trooper of a hubs and a precious little girl. One transfusion … and swollen everything.”

Her next post was another …read more

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Columbia It’s official: Maren Morris‘ second album will be titled GIRL, the same as the project’s first single.

The multiple-Grammy nominee revealed the news on her socials Thursday, unveiling the album cover as well.

On the front of the record, Maren lies on a blanket of leaves, wearing a pink bikini top, yellow shorts, and a fuzzy yellow sweater.

While she hasn’t yet revealed the project’s track listing, you’ll be able to pre-order it at 11 p.m. CT on Thursday.

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Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini‘s latest country single, “Miss Me More,” may very well turn out to be the biggest hit of her career so far: It’s hit the top twenty in only twelve weeks.

The track from her Unapologetically album also happens to be the most-Shazamed country song by a female artist right now.

Kelsea’s hot streak doesn’t end there, either: Her sophomore record is up for Best Country Album at Sunday’s Grammys in L.A., where she’s also set to present.

Meanwhile, the “Legends” hitmaker is enjoying her first taste of success in the pop world. Her collaboration with The Chainsmokers, “This …read more

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2018 NBCUniversal Media, LLCBlake Shelton seems to be the latest missing piece in the #Reboot mystery surrounding Brooks & Dunn.

On Thursday, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn confirmed they’ll be joining Blake in the Battle Rounds of Season 16 of The Voice.

“This just in…we’re joining #Team Blake as Battles Advisors this season on The Voice!” B&D tweeted.

“We’re coming for you Blake Shelton!” they added.

In recent days, the award-winning duo’s been teasing a Brooks & Dunn #Reboot on social media, with labelmate Luke Combs even confirming it’s happening — though it’s not clear exactly …read more

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Warner NashvilleApparently, there are a lot of people in Australia who’d love to get “Day Drunk” with Morgan Evans.

The Aussie hitmaker is currently spending his 25th week at #1 on the country charts in his home country with his latest single.

That’s not all, either: “Day Drunk” has also notched two weeks at #1 on the pop charts Down Under. It’s the first time a country artist has accomplished that feat since Taylor Swift did in 2009 with “Love Story.”

“Day Drunk” recently picked up the Golden Guitar Award for Single of the Year as well, an honor given out by the …read more

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-four years ago this month, the breakthrough second album from Shania Twain was released. Can you name this record, which has sold more than 12 million copies? ANSWER: The Woman in Me.

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Courtesy of The Recording AcademyCountry fans can rest assured that their favorite genre will get plenty of time in the spotlight at Sunday’s 61st Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

Nominees Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs will help hand out trophies, along with Kane Brown, plus previous Grammy-winners from other formats, including Meghan Trainor, John Mayer, and Motown legend Smokey Robinson.

“Tequila” nominees Dan + Shay have locked in their own performance slot, along with Grammy favorite Kacey Musgraves, who’s up for four awards.

Kacey will also be part of a tribute to Dolly Parton, along with Little Big Town, Maren Morris, and …read more

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Cole Swindell marked his latest #1, “Break Up in the End,” with a party Wednesday evening at Topgolf in Nashville.

It was also a bit of a pre-Grammy celebration, since the tune — one of the rare chart-toppers Cole didn’t write himself — is up for Best Country Song, an award that goes to the writers.

“I wanted to get it to the top, but not just that — a Grammy nomination!” Cole observes. “Nobody can ever take that away…”

“This song, it hit me hard enough to make me want to record it, make me wish I …read more

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