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“In Case You Didn’t Know,” Brett Young’s the only country artist with a gold single in 2017

BMLGBrett Young may be a relative newcomer on the country scene, but he’s making some impressive strides.

The California native is the first country artist to have a single go Gold in 2017. The song that did it for Brett is “In Case You Didn’t Know,” which is currently at #7 on the chart. That puts Brett on par with major pop hitmakers like Ed Sheeran and The Chainsmokers, who’ve also had a song sell more than 500,000 copies this year.

“My fans are amazing,” Brett says. “To have this success with my debut project is just unreal. Writing these songs …read more

Chris Young teases his video vision for Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know Tour

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ABC/Image Group LAThursday night, Chris Young kicks off his summer-long trek with ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean, as the They Don’t Know Tour makes its first stop at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

As you might expect, in the days leading up to the kick-off, the guys have been rehearsing. Chris even gave his fans a little preview earlier this week.

“Making good use of the video screens at rehearsal today…” he shared on social media, along with a short clip of his band playing in front of the video wall. “Ready to start this tour …read more

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ON TODAY’S SHOW: Steelhead and Smallmouth Bass with Caddis Shack Guide Service, plus the Copper Country Duck Unlimited Banquet

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Marquette, MI  –  April 26, 2017  –  We finally hooked back up with our old friend Chris Gestwicki from Caddis Shack Guide Service. We chatted about the current steelhead fishing with flies and also discussed the upcoming peak of smallmouth bass fishing. Click here to listen to Part 1 of my interview with Chris Gestwicki […]

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Late Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme was a music documentary visionary

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L-R: Jonathan Demme and David Byrne; Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesNot only did the late Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme helm such acclaimed dramas as Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, he was also a concert film visionary.

Demme, who died Wednesday at age 73, directed Stop Making Sense, the groundbreaking 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary. The film gained accolades for its imaginative construction and editing, and was the first to be shot entirely using digital audio.

Demme also directed a trilogy of concert film/documentaries featuring Neil Young: 2006’s Heart of Gold, 2009’s Neil Young Trunk Show, and 2012’s Neil Young Journeys.

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Tyler Perry keeps Tim McGraw and Faith Hill laughing

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ABC/Image Group LA The mutual admiration society between Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and entertainment mogul Tyler Perry just keeps on going.

It all started last weekend when the writer, director, producer and actor checked out the Soul2Soul tour stop in his hometown of Atlanta. The man who created the Madea blockbusters followed up with a tweet saying how much he loved the show, and how he’s planning to come again. Tim replied with an invitation to return whenever he can.

On Wednesday, Faith shared a black-and-white photo showing exactly how …read more

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Too many awards, too little time: Carrie Underwood catches up with BMI in Sin City

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ABC/Image Group LA Carrie Underwood stopped by this week’s National Association of Broadcasters gathering in Las Vegas to pick up the BMI Board of Directors Award.

The performing rights organization also played catch-up with the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, giving Carrie her three latest BMI songwriting awards. The Oklahoma native would’ve typically picked up the prizes for “Heartbeat,” “Little Toy Guns,” and “Smoke Break” at the BMI Country Awards in November, but she wasn’t able to attend, since she was getting ready to host the next night’s CMA Awards.

Carrie wrapped up the 69th Annual BMI/NAB Dinner at the …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/ThinkstockSara Evans scored her most recent #1 with this hit from 2010 that was co-written by Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott. Can you name it? ANSWER: “A Little Bit Stronger.”

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Jake Owen maps out a search for “Good Company” that will take him across the globe

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RCA NashvilleJake Owen will set out on his Good Company World Tour this fall, playing arenas and amphitheaters across the U.S. on a trek named after his latest single. The dates also will extend into Canada and Europe in 2018.

In the meantime, Jake has a full slate of performances set for spring and summer, including his first-ever headlining show at Music City’s Ascend Amphitheater on Thursday. Just last week, the Florida native helped raise more than $100,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a show in Sayreville, New Jersey.

Jake’s new single, “Good …read more

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Brad Paisley dropping visual album to accompany “Love and War”

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Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley has revealed that he’ll be releasing a “visual album” style video companion to his new album, Love and War, with concept videos for all of the album’s 16 songs coming initially as an Apple Music exclusive on Friday, April 28.

Brad tells Variety he didn’t come up with the idea to do a complete visual companion until he had finished the video for “Today.”

“I saw the way that just blew up and was really connecting. So I went to the label and half-jokingly said, “I can do this with every song on …read more

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Teach Your Children Well: Little Big Town leads the way, as country music honors music educators

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ABC/Image Group LATonight at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Little Big Town honors music educators from all across the country, as they host the 2nd Annual CMA Music Teachers of Excellence dinner.

If you’ve ever wondered where the money goes from your ticket to CMA Music Festival, Karen Fairchild wants you to know, it’s your dollars they’ll be passing out tonight.

“Every year when the artists play at CMA Fest, they’re playing for free, and then [the] CMA Foundation donates money to music education,” Karen says.

“It’s become such a big thing now,” she goes on, “that we literally are …read more

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