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Cole Swindell throws a honky tonk birthday bash for Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

ABC/Randy HolmesNext week in downtown Nashville, Cole Swindell will help Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge mark its 57th year in business. In fact, the world-famous honky tonk is even renaming its annual celebration concert after the Georgia native’s new single, “Stay Downtown.”

Cole will headline the Stay Downtown at Tootsie’s 57th Birthday Bash the evening of Tuesday, October 10, outside Tootsie’s, on the stretch of Music City known as Lower Broadway. The show is free and open to public.

Prior to the big concert, Cole will celebrate his seventh straight #1, “Flatliner,” with a private party at Tootsie’s.

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“American Idol” judges Katy, Luke & Lionel say their chemistry is “magical”

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ABC/Eric LiebowitzFans tuning into ABC’s reboot of American Idol next year won’t have to worry about the show getting bogged down with drama between the judges. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie say they all get along so well, they make have to start faking fights for ratings.

The judges recorded their first auditions on Tuesday, and backstage on ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday, Lionel called the chemistry between the three of them “so magical.” Katy added, “I mean, it just started yesterday, and…we feel already very comfortable with each other — we’re already making fun of …read more

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“Dear Hate,” Maren Morris’s response to the Las Vegas shooting, hits #1 on iTunes

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ABC/Mark LevineBarely a day after Maren Morris released “Dear Hate” in response to the mass shootings in Las Vegas on Sunday, the new track was sitting at #1 on the iTunes Top Songs chart.

“Dear Hate” even outsold multiple cuts by rocker Tom Petty, who died suddenly on Monday — including classics like “Free Fallin’,” “I Won’t Back Down,” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.”

It also bested Taylor Swift‘s latest smash, “Look What You Made Me Do,” but that’s likely O.K. with Taylor, since she included songs by both Maren and her fiancé Ryan Hurd on a recent “Songs Taylor Loves” Spotify …read more

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What Makes You Country: Will Luke Bryan reveal new album details on Friday’s “GMA”?

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ABC/Image Group LA Luke Bryan made his first appearance with his fellow American Idol judges Wednesday morning on ABC, and shortly afterward, he tweeted that he’ll be back on Good Morning America on Friday.

So what exactly could the four-time Entertainer of the Year be up to?

The lead single from Luke’s upcoming sixth studio album, “Light It Up,” is already in the top 15, but so far, we don’t know the project’s title or when it will be out.

The short video included with his tweet may hold a clue. We see Luke in concert, and fishing, and …read more

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill ready the duet album that’s been 21 years in the making

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ABC/Image Group LA Tim McGraw and Faith Hill‘s first-ever album of duets will be out next month, according to Entertainment Tonight.

While the project’s title and release date haven’t been officially announced yet, the country power couple is rolling out the record’s track listing at TimAndFaith.com. Here are the titles they’ve revealed so far: “Telluride,” “Cowboy Lullaby,” “Break First,” “Sleeping in the Stars,” “Damn Good at Holdin’ On,” “Roll the Dice,” and the album’s lead single, “Speak to a Girl.”

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Michael Ray wants to “Get to You” with his new AUDIENCE concert special

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ABC/Image Group LA Michael Ray remembers his humble beginnings in Music City in his own AUDIENCE Network special, airing this Friday night.

“We were all living in Nashville in this little two-bedroom apartment, and I slept on the floor,” he recalls in the promo for the show. “I kinda had this pride thing, like, ‘I want to put every ounce of everything I have into this.’”

The Florida native’s hard work paid off, as evidenced by the two number one hits he performs on the show: “Kiss You in the Morning” and “Think a Little Less.” …read more

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock A dozen years ago this week, Montgomery Gentry scored their second career #1 with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER: “Something to Be Proud Of.”

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New “American Idol” judges Luke, Katy & Lionel talk Vegas concert massacre: “Prayer without action is powerless”

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ABCAmerican Idol‘s new judges — Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan — made their first appearance together on ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday. In addition to talking about the forthcoming ABC reboot of the music competition series, they weighed in on Sunday’s mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas that killed 58 people and injured over 500.

“You always have it in the back of your mind, ‘Naw, that would never happen.’ And then when it finally happens, it’s terrifying,” said Lionel, who has a Las Vegas residency.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Carly Pearce is set to sing the national anthem this Sunday at the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

William Michael Morgan‘s debut #1 single, “I Met a Girl,” which was written by Sam Hunt, has now been certified gold by the RIAA.

You can check out newcomer Mickey Guyton‘s live performance video of her single “Nice Things” on YouTube.

If you missed Luke Combs performing “Used to You” in honor of the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, you can watch the clip from ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! online.

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How High Valley’s Brad Rempel managed to keep up with Tim McGraw on one of his legendary on-the-road workouts

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Warner Music NashvilleNext month, High Valley marks the one-year anniversary of their debut album in the U.S., Dear Life, which spawned the brothers’ first top-20 hit, “Make You Mine.”

In twelve months of highlights, Brad and Curtis Rempel agree there’s one that stands out.

Tim [McGraw] and Faith [Hill], I mean I don’t know how you top that,” Brad says, recalling High Valley’s opening spot on the Soul2Soul Tour.

“They were super, super nice to us…” Curtis says of the power couple. “We got to hang out with them for a long time. Brad worked out with Tim quite a bit.”

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