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Why Little Big Town’s “Happy People” may be “The Best (Country) Song of 2017 (So Far)”

ABC RadioEntertainment Weekly ranks Little Big Town‘s “Happy People” #2 on its list of “The Best Songs of 2017 (So Far).” The magazine praises the tune for its “heartwarming message of inclusivity that transcends party lines.” It happens to be the only country entry on the publication’s 10-song tally.

When it comes to albums, Chris Stapleton‘s From A Room: Volume 1 is the top country entry on EW‘s rundown, coming in at #3 alongside the latest efforts from rapper Kendrick Lamar and Canadian singer/songwriter Feist. Willie Nelson‘s God’s Problem Child makes the expanded online edition …read more

Lauren Alaina takes the “Road Less Traveled” into the movies

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MarVistaNext Tuesday, you’ll be able to check out Lauren Alaina‘s starring role in a movie that shares its title with her first #1 song, “Road Less Traveled.”

In the loosely-autobiographical tale, Lauren plays a country singer who returns to her Tennessee hometown a week before her wedding, and jeopardizes the whole affair after she’s thrust together with her high school sweetheart. Dallas‘s Charlene Tilton is one of her co-stars.

In addition to her chart-topping hit, the movie Road Less Traveled also includes Lauren’s latest single, “Doin’ Fine,” as well as other songs from her current album.

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Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Charles Kelley to remember Gregg Allman at CMT Awards

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CMTJason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley will mark the passing of Gregg Allman with a special performance at next week’s CMT Music Awards. The Southern rock pioneer died last Saturday of complications from liver cancer.

Kelsea Ballerini, who’s tied for the most nominations with Thomas Rhett and Keith Urban, will take the stage too, as will Little Big Town.

They join previously-announced performers TR, Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert. Florida Georgia Line will team up with pop duo The Chainsmokers, while Lady A will sing with R&B legends Earth, Wind & Fire, and Keith will …read more

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Chris Stapleton postpones tour for three weeks, cancels CMA Music Festival appearance

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Mercury NashvilleChris Stapleton is postponing the next three weeks of concerts on his All-American Road Show tour, and cancelling his June 11 appearance at CMA Music Festival, according to a statement on his website.

While the announcement doesn’t explain the reason for the decision, it goes on to advise fans to “hold on to your tickets for now,” as Chris’s team is “working to reschedule” the dates.

Here are the shows affected:

6/1 — Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
6/2 — Mt. View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
6/3 — Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
6/9 — Southhaven, MS, Bankplus Amphitheater at Snowden Grove
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Brett Young makes it two in a row with “In Case You Didn’t Know”

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BMLGBrett Young lands his second #1 in a row this week, as “In Case You Didn’t Know” rises to the top of Billboard‘s Country Airplay ranking.

“As a songwriter, the ultimate reward when you write a song is that it impacts someone’s life,” Brett says of the popular wedding song he co-wrote.

“Maybe one of our biggest inspirations and challenges,” he muses, “but when it happens, it is simply the most fantastic feeling.”

The California native’s million-selling “In Case You Didn’t Know” follows his debut single, “Sleep Without You,” which also went to #1 and was certified Gold.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock David Houston‘s “Almost Persuaded” spent nine weeks at #1 on the Billboard country chart in 1966. Taylor Swift broke his record in 2012, spending ten weeks at the top with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER: “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

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How Keith Urban’s relationship with Nicole Kidman fueled “The Fighter”

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ABC/Image Group LAWhen Keith Urban started writing “The Fighter,” his top-15 hit came together very quickly. The Australian superstar gives at least half of the credit to his Academy-Award-winning wife, Nicole Kidman.

“I literally just thought about Nic and I, and our relationship at the beginning and some of the things that we had said,” he remembers, “and it all went into that song.”

At the time, Keith was in London working on the album that would become Ripcord with producer busbee.

“It just came out incredibly quick, probably the fastest song that I’ve written in a long, long time…” Keith recalls. “I …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Wade Hayes will release his new album, Old Country Song, on June 9. The 11-track collection includes both covers of classic hits like Merle Haggard‘s “Going Where the Lonely Go” and Conway Twitty‘s “Julia,” as well as new songs.

Big Machine is launching its own brand of artisanal vodka. Big Machine Platinum Filtered Premium Vodka will be available exclusively in Middle Tennessee during its initial launch.

Wynonna Judd & the Big Noise have joined the lineup for Marty Stuart‘s Late Night Jam June 7 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith and Rhiannon Giddens are just …read more

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Smith & Wesley – “The Little Things” 103-FXD Song of the Day

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Marquette, Michigan – May 31st, 2017 – Smith & Wesley – “The Little Things” is your new music add and song of the day for this Monday on 103-FXD! Smith & Wesley – “The Little Things” is a powerful new song from Smith & Wesley and can be heard today on 103-FXD. #1 in NEW […]

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Dan + Shay head back to the UK for winter tour

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Warner Music NashvilleDan + Shay will head back to the United Kingdom for five shows this winter, starting with a concert in London on November 28.

The duo, whose hit “How Not To” is currently in the top five, did their first shows in the UK in September of last year.

Here are the dates for Dan + Shay’s upcoming European trek, with tickets going on sale this Friday at 9 a.m.:

11/28 — London, England, KOKO
11/29 — Bristol, England, Trinity
12/1 — Birmingham, England, O2 Academy 2
12/3 — Manchester, England, Academy 2
12/4 — Glasgow, Scotland, St. Lukes

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