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ABC/Mark LevineMaren Morris wrote the song “Dear Hate” three years ago, and recorded it last year with Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Vince Gill. Though her fans have often requested it, she’s never been quite sure when she would put it out — until now.

The Texas native has decided to release the song in response to the tragedy that happened Sunday night in Las Vegas, leaving at least 59 people dead and more than 500 injured. Maren herself played the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Saturday.

“I never knew when would be the right time, but I realized today that there’s never a right time,” …read more

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Country superstar Jason Aldean posted a more lengthy response following the worst mass shooting in American history, which took place as he was closing out the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Aldean was still playing even as automatic gunfire began spraying the crowd, oblivious to the fact that suspected gunman, Stephen Paddock, had opened fire on music fans from the Mandalay Bay Hotel above them. In the end, 59 people were killed, and more than 500 injured.

“Something has changed,” Aldean posted to Instagram, along with a black and white picture …read more

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Shania Twain is set to sing Tuesday night on The Late Late Show with James Corden. You can watch for her performance starting at 12:37 p.m. ET on CBS.

“I’ve Done Love” is Jana Kramer‘s first independent single since parting ways with Warner Music Nashville in February.

Sam Hunt‘s “Body Like a Back Road” continues its incredible streak at the top of Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart. This is the tune’s 34th week at #1.

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Valory Music Co. Brantley Gilbert wasn’t at this year’s Route 91 Harvest Festival, where at least 59 people lost their lives, and more than 500 were injured in one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history. But the Georgia native was quick to check on his booking agent, his business manager, and recent tourmate Luke Combs, who were all there when the tragedy happened in Las Vegas.

“What they described to me was absolutely unspeakable,” Brantley says, “and not being there, you can’t pretend to relate. All I really know to say is that what’s happened is unimaginable. It’s tragic, …read more

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