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  • Charley Pride: “I’m in the Business of Selling Lyrics, Feelings and Emotions”Charley Pride has one of the best and most distinctive voices in the history of country music — or even pop music, for that matter — but the 83-year-old gets right to the point when it comes to talking business. “I’m in the business of selling lyrics, feelings and emotions. …That’s what’s keeping me so... Read more »
  • Aubrie Sellers’ Intergalactic, Sci-Fi Glam “Paper Doll” Takes on the CopycatsOne week ago, CMT premiered Aubrie Sellers’ stellar and perfectly timed video for “Magazines” as part of her campaign to empower girls everywhere by tackling the stereotypes surrounding today’s woman. Now, she’s back with “Paper Doll,” an intergalactic-glam ode to the importance of standing out in the crowd. Inspired to take a stand and make... Read more »
  • Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott Expecting TwinsLady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and husband Chris Tyrrell found the most adorable way to tell the world that they’re expecting twins. Via social media, the couple posted a video of them warmly sharing the news with their first child, daughter Eisele Kaye. Eisle, who turned 4 last month, appears to be as elated as her... Read more »
  • Life Imitates Art on Josh Abbott Band’s New AlbumJosh Abbott agrees with the famous Oscar Wilde saying, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” The Texas musician just didn’t know how much that saying would apply to the band’s the Josh Abbott Band latest album Until My Voice Goes Out while it was being made. On Feb. 3, the band was... Read more »
  • Jana Kramer: In Nashville to StayIf you want to be a country singer, Jana Kramer says, you have to hang your hat in Tennessee. “I tell people all the time that if they want to sing country music, they need to move to Nashville. You need to dive in. Go to open mic nights. Talk with people. All of that,”... Read more »
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard, Brandy Clark Deliver New AlbumsSinger-songwriters Ray Wylie Hubbard and Brandy Clark and bluegrass greats Jerry Douglas and Dale Ann Bradley are among the artists delivering new albums Friday (Aug. 18). At age 70, Hubbard isn’t slowing down or losing his sense of humor with the release of Tell the Devil I’m Getting There as Fast as I Can. Lucinda... Read more »
  • Elvis Week Winds Down in MemphisElvis Week is winding down in Memphis, Tennessee. And fans who made the pilgrimage to Graceland to pay their respects to the King of rock ‘n’ roll on the 40th anniversary of his death were met with some changes. At Tuesday’s (April 15) candlelight vigil, Elvis Presley Enterprises implemented a $28.75 admission to view his... Read more »
  • Alan Jackson, Chris Stapleton Will Perform at ACM Honors CeremonyAlan Jackson and Chris Stapleton have been added to the list of performers at the 11th annual ACM Honors ceremony taking place Wednesday (Aug. 23) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. They join several other performers previously announced by the Academy of Country Music, including Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad... Read more »
  • Lady Antebellum Families Are ExpectingBy next February, Lady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott will be out numbered by children. The group made a big pregnancy announcement on social media Thursday (Aug. 17), revealing that Dave Haywood and his wife Kelli Cashiola-Haywood will welcome a girl in December, and Hillary Scott and her husband Chris Tyrrell are... Read more »
  • Keith Urban’s New Video: An Attitude of GratitudeThis is how I know Keith Urban really means it when he says thank you: He doesn’t just throw a half-hearted tweet out there thanking everyone for making his latest song reach the top of the charts. He actually took the time — nearly two minutes — to make a video, and to make sure... Read more »
  • Shania Twain’s NOW Tour Will Happen LaterShania Twain fans will have to wait until May 3, 2018 to see her in concert. But once she starts, she’s not stopping until Aug. 4. Twain’s NOW Tour will make 32 stops in the U.S. and 14 stops in Canada. This tour will be the first time she’s gone out on the road since... Read more »
  • Jo-Walker Meador, Longtime CMA Chief, Dead at 93Jo Walker-Meador, who built the Country Music Association from a tiny, ragged startup into one of the nation’s most visible and successful trade organizations, died Wednesday (Aug. 16) in Nashville at the age of 93. Under her leadership, which extended from 1959 until her retirement in 1991, the CMA established the Country Music Hall of... Read more »
  • How CMT Crossroads Enlivens Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys HitsThe all-new CMT Crossroads premiering Aug. 30 will be the only place fans will get to see Florida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys performing new arrangements of their biggest hits as one big super group. The hour-long special will feature new collaborations of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” “As Long As... Read more »
  • Brett Eldredge Debuts Atop Country Albums ChartBrett’s the name and Brett’s the game this week, as Brett Eldredge’s self-titled collection bows at No. 1 on Billboard‘s country albums chart. To add to the dazzle, it also comes in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 all-genres list. Meanwhile, Billy Currington’s “Do I Make You Wanna” settles in for its third week... Read more »
  • Ryan Follesé Makes Country Debut a Family AffairCurrently on the road with Sam Hunt’s 15 in a 30 Tour, former Hot Chelle Rae front man Ryan Follesé surprised fans with an announcement on Wednesday (Aug. 16) that his self-titled debut country album lands Friday (Aug. 18). Most of the music was written or co-written by Follesé and his hit-making family. His father... Read more »
  • Kelsea Ballerini Let Herself Be 23When Kelsea Ballerini started writing and recording songs for Unapologetically, her second album, she said she had to act her age. “I had to let myself be 23,” Ballerini told Vulture. “I think for a while I tried to get back into the headspace that I made my first album in. But not only was... Read more »
  • Miranda Lambert’s Shout-Out to a HeroYou may not know who Allison Moorer is. But Miranda Lambert does, and she recently told the alt-country singer-songwriter that she is her hero. Moorer had tweeted out a long-read post about how she was about to release a new album — a her first collaborative album with her sister Shelby Lynne — and that... Read more »
  • Shania Twain Lands Film Role in Trading PaintShania Twain has joined the cast of John Travolta’s new racing movie Trading Paint. The 2016 CMT Artist of a Lifetime has been tapped for the role of “Becca.” Variety reports pre-production is underway in Alabama and shooting is scheduled through mid-September. Actors Michael Madsen (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), Kevin Dunn (Veep)... Read more »
  • Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team: Biggest Semifinals MomentsThe judges have narrowed it down to 119 women. Now, the hopefulls must quickly learn a power pom routine and the famous kick-line in order to perform it an hour later before the judges.
  • Dolly Parton’s First Children’s Album Arrives This FallDolly Parton‘s music and literature are for children of all ages. But on Sept. 29, a digital version of the country icon’s first children’s album, I Believe In You, arrives. All of the music was written and performed by Parton. The 14-song collection includes a new recording of “Coat of Many Colors” and closes with... Read more »
  • Thomas Rhett: Less Twang, More MemoriesThomas Rhett says he’s been on a musical journey ever since he was country music’s new guy. “If you listen to songs on my first record and then compare them to (Life Changes), it changed a lot. My voice has matured, and I don’t sing as twangy as I did on my first record,” Thomas... Read more »
  • Kip Moore and Tony Hawk Confirm Skate BenefitKip Moore and Tony Hawk have partnered to host the Music City Skate Jam Presented by Harley-Davidson on Sept. 10 at Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame Park. The family-friendly, day-long event will feature a skate demo by Hawk, as well as live music by Moore, rising artist Jordan Davis and DJ sets by Dee... Read more »
  • Lee Ann Womack’s New Album Revisits Her East Texas RootsWhen Lee Ann Womack releases her ninth studio album The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone on Oct. 27, the new music will come with a touch of history. Most of the material was tracked at one of the country’s oldest recording facilities, Houston’s famed SugarHill Studios, where Womack’s key influencers George Jones, Willie Nelson... Read more »
  • Kenny Chesney Reveals 30 Tracks for Live in No Shoes NationKenny Chesney’s upcoming concert album will feature guest performances by Dave Matthews, Eric Church, Mac McAnally, David Lee Murphy, Old Dominion, Grace Potter, Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band. Chesney announced the 30 tracks for Live in No Shoes Nation on Tuesday (Aug. 15). The album will be released on Oct. 27. In addition... Read more »