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Vote Blake Shelton for Choice Twit: Teens love country too

David Becker/Getty Images via ABCIf Blake Shelton is your pick for Choice Twit, this year’s Teen Choice Awards are for you! The Voice host will vie for the Twitter honor on the fan-voted show next month, against the likes of Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Timberlake.

When it comes to Snapchat, Brett Eldredge will have to take down Kylie Jenner and Selena Gomez to walk away with the Choice Snapchatter title.

Both Sam Hunt and Florida Georgia Line also make impressive showings among the Teen Choice nominees. Sam is up for Choice Summer Tour for his 15 in a 30 trek, competing against …read more

Brett Young books late-night date with Jimmy Kimmel, as he vies for a Teen Choice Award

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BMLGBrett Young is set to make his late-night TV debut next Tuesday, doing his new single, “Like I Loved You,” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! You can watch for the California native’s performance starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

The two-time chart-topper also happens to be up for a Teen Choice Award this year. He’s nominated for Choice Country Song for his #1, “In Case You Didn’t Know.” You can vote for Brett’s song online, in advance of the Sunday, August 13 show on Fox.

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“Hurricane” in the forecast: Jason Aldean invites Luke Combs to his hometown

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ABC/Image Group LA “Hurricane” hitmaker Luke Combs is set to join Jason Aldean for his hometown Concert for the Kids next month in Macon, Georgia.

This is the second year that the ACM Entertainer of the Year has put on the benefit for the local Children’s Hospital. In 2016, Jason was able to raise more than half a million dollars for the cause.

Tickets for the Friday, August 11 show at Macon Coliseum are on sale now.

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Thomas Rhett says wife Lauren is still “100% smoke show” even at 9 months pregnant

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Valory Music Co. While “Craving You” sits at the top of the country chart, Thomas Rhett is kicking back and enjoying a little time at the beach with his wife Lauren. The two are also counting down to the birth of their first biological child, which is due August 8, after adopting nearly two-year-old Willa Gray from a Ugandan orphanage earlier this year.

“Can’t believe we will have a new born not too long from now,” Thomas shared on his socials, along with a shirtless photo by the ocean with a bikini-clad Lauren. “36 weeks pregnant …read more

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Calvin Johnson Cites Losing Lions as Reason for Retirement

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Marquette, MI – July 12, 2017 – Calvin Johnson, arguably the 2nd greatest player in Detroit Lions history (behind Barry Sanders) retired at the end of the 2015-2016 season.  While at the time Johnson cited injuries as his cause for retirement, many thought something else played a key role. Those people were correct. According to […]

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Loretta Lynn will spend the rest of 2017 recuperating from stroke, with plans to be back in 2018

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Sony LegacyLoretta Lynn is cancelling the remainder of her 2017 dates and pushing back the release of her new album, as she continues to recover from a stroke she suffered this past May.

Wouldn’t It Be Great, which was set to come out next month, will now be held until sometime in 2018, when Loretta is up to promoting the project.

“I’m happy to say that I’m at home with my family and getting better by the day!” the Coal Miner’s Daughter said in a statement. “My main focus now is making a full recovery so that I can get back to …read more

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Weeks after Sam Hunt topped the country chart, “Body Like a Back Road” is still hot on pop radio

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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCSam Hunt first flirted with pop success in 2015 when his #1 smash “Take Your Time” hit the pop charts, but his latest hit, “Body Like a Back Road,” is now a bona fide pop hit, currently sitting in the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Sam thinks the reason this song has been such a big success is because fans were dying for some new music, so he gave it to them… a bit prematurely.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though she’s perhaps best known for soundtrack duets like “Up Where We Belong” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” Jennifer Warnes earlier scored a top-ten country hit with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER: 1979’s “I Know a Heartache When I See One.”

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No laundry, and you get to thank your parents: Luke Combs reflects on the effects of a “Hurricane”

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River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleThe good news is, if you have a #1 country hit, laundry is no longer a concern.

That’s one of the things Luke Combs revealed Tuesday night in Nashville, at his party for his two-week #1, “Hurricane.”

“It’s changed a lot of things, man,” the North Carolina native said. “You know, I’m a lot busier than I used to be. I’m about to move here pretty soon to a different part of town. So there’s a lot of things that come with it, man… like somebody does my laundry now, which is weird, you know — which I’m fine …read more

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Luke Combs donated more than $22,000 to Camp Sunshine last Saturday night during his show in Atlanta. The Georgia-based retreat helps children with life-threatening illnesses.

You’ll be able to buy a physical copy of Lauren Alaina‘s feature film debut on September 19, when it’s released by Shout! Factory on DVD. The movie Road Less Traveled — which takes its name from her #1 hit — is available digitally now.

Nineties hitmaker Lee Roy Parnell returns with his first studio album in eleven years on August 11. It’s titled Midnight Believer.

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