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How Midland scored their first #1 and an MTV VMA nomination

BMLGMidland may be enjoying their first top-ten in the U.S. with their debut single, but to the north, the new trio has already hit #1.

This week, “Drinkin’ Problem” climbs to the top of the Canadian country charts. It’s the lead single from the band’s debut album, which comes out September 22.

Band member Cameron Duddy — who’s previously made a name for himself directing music videos — also found out this week he’s up for a 2017 MTV Video Music Awards for his work with Bruno Mars on the “24K Magic” clip. He’s won previously for the pop star’s “Locked Out …read more

CurbDylan Scott‘s first #1 may be called “My Girl,” but his firstborn will be a little boy.

The Louisiana native and his wife shared their gender reveal on social media Wednesday.

Blair and I are over the moon excited about our little BOY!!” Dylan added, along with a video of the couple launching a confetti cannon that showered them in blue.

As he awaits the arrival of his son, the newcomer is busier than ever. Dylan Scott Deluxe, the re-issue of his debut album, comes out August 4, and features his new single, “Hooked.”

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Atlantic/Warner Music NashvilleLast week, Brett Eldredge shared a photo of him eating ice cream with his brother Brice, wishing him a happy birthday. Now, it seems Brett has another present for his older sibling: he’s written a song for him on his new album.

Brett recalls how “Brother” came to be.

“A couple of years ago, my brother was going through a tough time,” he remembers. “He was kind of heartbroken, but I think, as brothers, you don’t always talk about a lot of things. You try to play it tough.”

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Mercury NashvilleShania Twain‘s first music video in more than five years is coming on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the country/pop superstar shared a short, music-less clip of her walking along the beach in a brightly-colored dress, adding simply “Tomorrow #LifesAboutToGetGood,” along with a camera emoji.

Shania’s most recent music video came early in 2012, when she re-recorded “Endless Love” with Lionel Richie for his Tuskegee album.

“Life’s About to Get Good” is the lead single from Shania’s NOW album, which comes out September 29.

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Milestone Birthdays Call for the Good Stuff

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Marquette, MI – July 26, 2017 – 7 decades is a long time.  Think about what the world was like 70 years ago. The Cold War was in its first year. The first ever Tony Awards were held. Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play Major League Baseball. The Roswell UFO incident occurred. All […]

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John Peets PhotographyIf you haven’t heard of Ashley McBryde yet, chances are, you’re going to.

The Arkansas native caught the attention of Eric Church, so much so that he invited her onstage during his Chicago stop on the Holdin’ My Own Tour to perform her song, “Bible and a .44.” He also added her to his September dates in Tuscaloosa and Orange Beach, Alabama with Brothers Osborne.

McBryde is currently working on her next album with Eric’s longtime producer, Jay Joyce.

This week, CMT added the video for Ashley’s latest single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” which was shot just outside of …read more

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Comstock/Thinkstock Last October at the Nashville concert celebrating Garth Brooks‘ seven diamond certifications from the RIAA, Kelly Clarkson broke format by demanding that Steve Wariner sing this song. Can you name the tune that topped the Billboard chart thirty years ago this week, to become Wariner’s sixth #1? ANSWER: “The Weekend.”

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Rounder RecordsIt’s been two months since Gregg Allman died, with his album Southern Blood still in production. Now we’ve got a release date for the rock legend’s final studio project.

Southern Blood will be released September 8, and is available to order today via GreggAllman.com. It’ll come in at least a half-dozen configurations, including a standard CD, a deluxe CD with two extra tracks and a bonus DVD, a limited edition first-run LP on colored vinyl with an exclusive lithograph, and various other packages that include tee-shirts …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Lorrie Morgan will play Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café on August 2, along with her brother, songwriter Marty Morgan. Tickets go on sale Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. CT.

Response to the Grand Ole Opry’s special Sunday show to commemorate next month’s total eclipse has been so swift, they’ve added a second performance. A 9:30 p.m. set will follow the earlier, sold-out show on August 20. Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Wynonna and Nashville‘s Charles Esten are all on the bill. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 12 p.m. CT.

Kellie Pickler and Phil Vassar are teaming up for a …read more

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ABC/Paula LoboKelsea Ballerini‘s second album will arrive November 3, and will be titled Unapologetically.

She tells ABC Radio it’s a title she’s given a lot of thought.

“I really feel like album titles, it’s more than just naming the body of twelve songs,” Kelsea explains. “It’s really kind of naming that chapter of life.”

She goes on: “[M]y first one was called The First Time, and it really was like the first time I put out an album, the first time I heard my song on the radio, the first time I played the Opry, all of these firsts that it really encompassed.”

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