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ABC/ Image Group LAJustin Moore has scored six number-one songs on the country airplay charts. He’s had Gold-level album sales. Three of those discs have debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Album Chart. Yet, Justin won’t make his official late-night TV debut until March 7 when he is scheduled to be a guest performer on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on ABC.

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BMLG RecordsFebruary has brought a bunch of firsts for rising artist Brett Young.

On February 10, Brett released his self-titled debut album, and tonight, he joins his first major tour as he heads out on superstar Luke Bryan’s Kill The Lights trek. Brett will be showcased on eight of the tour dates, including a stop in New York City next week for a sold-out show in Madison Square Garden.

Not only is Brett stoked about the big crowds, he’s also hoping Luke will show him the ropes out on the road.

“He called me a few months ago when we found out I would be joining him on the road. He was so nice and offered some advice, which meant a whole lot to me.” Brett said.

Meanwhile, Brett’s latest single “In Case You Didn’t Know” is No. 1 for the second week in a row on Vevo’s Top Country Chart.

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Kristin BurnsThree of Glen Campbell's early albums that helped establish the Country Music Hall of Fame member as a musical icon -- 1967's Gentle on My Mind, 1968's Wichita Lineman and 1969's Galveston -- will be made available on vinyl for the first time in decades on March 24.

The albums will be issued on black vinyl with sleeves replicating the original artwork.  Colored-vinyl versions of the records will be released at a later date via GlenCampbell.com.  All three albums topped the Billboard Country Albums chart, while landing at #5, #1 and #2, respectively, on the Billboard 200.

Gentle on My Mind was highlighted by the John Hartford-penned title track, which broke into the top 40 of both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Singles charts. The song also served as the theme song to Campbell's popular variety TV show. The album went on to receive a platinum certification for one million copies sold in the U.S.

Wichita Lineman included the classic title song, written by acclaimed songwriter and frequent Campbell collaborator Jimmy Webb. The tune was a #1 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Singles tally and reached #3 on the Hot 100. Wichita Lineman became Glen's most successful album of all-time, selling two million copies.

Galveston also featured a hit Webb-penned title song, which, like "Wichita Lineman," topped Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart and peaked at #3 on the Hot 100. The album, which was another platinum seller, also included another Webb composition, "Where's the Playground Susie," which reached #26 on the Hot 100.

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ABC/Image Group LAThe 2017 Home Team Tour featuring headliner Thomas Rhett has at least one female player. Kelsea Ballerini says she's really looking forward to being his opening act.

"He's on fire. He's the hottest male in country music right now. More than that he's a properly good human being," Kelsea says.

Kelsea's also on the fence about the fact that Thomas brings his personal trainer on tour. "That'll be fun and also NOT fun!" she laughed.

The 2017 Home Team Tour officially kicks off tonight in Saginaw, Michigan. Multiple sellouts and fan demand have already prompted more shows to be added. The tour will also feature up-and-comers Russell Dickerson and Ryan Hurd.

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date five years ago, Carrie Underwood released what would become her 12th #1 single. Co-written by Carrie, the tune became an anthem for girls who had a penchant for dating bad boys. Can you name the song? ANSWER: “Good Girl.”

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ABC/Image Group LAToday marks a major milestone in Thomas Rhett's career, as he launches his very first headlining tour.

Touted as one of Rolling Stone's most anticipated tours of the year, the 2017 Home Team Tour has sold out multiple cities prior to its official kick-off tonight.  But the real highlight for Rhett will be on April 21 as he plays the first of two shows in Nashville.

"Anytime I get to show off in front of my friends and family in my hometown and my record label and all that kind of stuff, man, I'm just so excited to play my first big show in Nashville," Rhett says.  He's also blown away by the fact that the tour has been selling so well, they've already added dates. "For the tour to be extended is just a big plus," he says.

Thomas also can't gush enough about his opening act and MVP on the Home Team Tour, Kelsea Ballerini: "I'm thanking my lucky stars, we got lucky with a good package bringing Kelsea Ballerini out on the road."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockNeal McCoy will kick off this summer’s 41st annual Jamboree in the Hills music festival in Belmont County, Ohio July 12 with a free concert. Other headliners for the four days of concerts include Thomas Rhett, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Young.

Gentle on My Mind, Wichita Lineman and Galveston, the albums that helped make Country Music Hall of Fame member Glen Campbell a household name, will be reissued on vinyl March 24. The three titles, which were released in '67, ’68 and ’69, respectively, will also be housed in replicas of the original sleeve art.

Nashville’s country music community had another reason to raise a glass as Justin Moore celebrated his 6th #1 single Tuesday. A collective toast was made to Justin’s “You Look Like I Need a Drink.”

Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town co-hosted a portion of Today Wednesday morning. She discussed cool mom fashion with host Sheinelle Jones.

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Jason Merritt/LP5/Getty Images for TASTaylor Swift's been out of the country music game for a while, but she's still got the magic touch when it comes to penning country hits.

"Better Man," a song written by Taylor and recorded by Little Big Town, has just reached #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. "Thanks to Taylor Swift for sending us this beautiful song," the group's Karen Fairchild tells Billboard.

The last 12 months have seen many pop stars crossing over to the country charts, either as performers or writers.  Meghan Trainor co-wrote the hit "Rewind" for Rascal Flatts, for example, and scored another hit with Brett Eldredge with the Christmas duet "Baby It's Cold Outside." 

Meanwhile, Pink joined Kenny Chesney and hit #1 with "Setting the World On Fire," and Elle King declared it was "Different For Girls" in a duet with Dierks Bentley

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Warner Music NashvilleThe pews of the Mother Church weren’t used much on Tuesday night as Dan Shay kept the crowd on their feet during the duo’s sold-out show at Nashville’s most iconic music venue, the Ryman Auditorium.

“This is just the best night of my entire life,” Shay Mooney told screaming fans.

The concert, a stop on their spring Obsessed Tour, was the ultimate pinch-me moment for the pair who moved to Nashville five years ago to chase their musical obsession. Dan Shay’s current single “How Not To” has just entered the top 30.

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ABC/Image Group LAPlatinum-selling Cole Swindell is bringing a bit of that bling to Diamond Resorts International: he's the latest artist to sign on as a Brand Ambassador for the hospitality and vacation ownership company.

The celebrity Brand Ambassadors are meant to provide guests of the resorts with unique and memorable vacation experiences.

As part of the deal, Cole will be a featured artist during the 2017 Diamond Resorts Concert Series, and his concerts across North America in 2017 will  include opportunities for members to secure premium seating and private meet-and-greet experiences.

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ABC/Image Group LAYou can now apply for Miranda Lambert's 2017-2018 Women Creators Scholarship at Nashville's Belmont University. Miranda created the program last year to help a female student majoring in music business, songwriting or entertainment industry at Belmont's Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

Miranda raised the money for this year's scholarship by turning the rehearsal for her Highway Vagabond Tour at Joe’s Bar in Chicago into a fundraiser.

If you're interested, you'll need to  complete an online application and submit an original song. Miranda herself will choose the winner.

You can find out more at Miranda's official website.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was Tanya Tucker's first #1 on the country chart? ANSWER:  1973's "What's Your Mama's Name."

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Courtesy of BMLG RecordsRemember when Florida Georgia Line did that remix of "Cruise" with rapper Nelly and it was a massive hit?  Now the two musical acts are teaming up for a big summer tour...and bringing Chris Lane along for good measure.

Florida Georgia Line and Nelly have already performed together at a variety of concerts and award shows, but this trek, dubbed The Smooth Tour, will truly be a "genre-busting" experience, according to the announcement.

“It's good to be back out on tour with some of our best friends, Nelly and Chris Lane,” Brian Kelley says in a statement.  “If it's any indication of our ballpark tour a couple years ago, this should be the party of the year! We are excited to see and connect with all of our fans, and make as many memories as we can.”  Chris is currently part of FLG's Dig Your Roots tour.

The Smooth Tour kicks off June 2 in Austin, Texas and wraps up October 21 in Alpharetta, Georgia.  Tickets to 39 shows are on sale now via Live Nation's Megaticket program, at Megaticket.com.  The rest of the dates go on sale February 24.

Here are the dates for the Smooth Tour:

6/2 –- Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater
6/3 –- Dallas, TX, Starplex Pavilion
6/15 –- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
6/16 –- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
6/17 –- Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
6/24 –- Indianapolis, IN, Klipsch Music Center
6/25 –- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
7/21 –- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
7/22 –- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Stadium
7/23 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/27 –- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
8/3 –- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
8/4 –- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
8/5 –- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/10 –- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
8/11 –- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/17 –- Holmdel, NJ, P.N.C. Bank Arts Center
8/18 –- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theater
8/19 –- Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
9/7 –- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
9/8 –- San Bernardino, CA, Glen Helen Amphitheater (formerly San Manuel Amphitheater)
9/9 –- San Diego, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
9/10 –- Phoenix, AZ, Ak--Chin Pavilion
9/14 –- Wheatland, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
9/15 –- Concord, CA, Concord Pavilion
9/16 –- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/21 –- Kennewick, WA, Toyota Center
9/22 –- Missoula, MT, Adams Center
9/23 –- Bozeman, MT, Brick Breeden Fieldhouse
9/29 –- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
9/30 –- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
10/1 –- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater
10/6 –- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
10/7 –- Portland, OR, Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
10/12 –- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
10/13 –- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
10/14 –- West Palm Beach, FL, Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
10/19 –- Birmingham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/20 –- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheater
10/21 –- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheater

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David LaChapelle/NBCAs the platinum-selling, award-winning star of The Voice, Blake Shelton is in a prominent spot to influence scores of up-and-coming musicians. But when the Oklahoma hitmaker was growing up, he recalls he found his greatest mentor at home.

“My biggest musical influence I guess was probably my brother growing up,” Blake reminisces about his older brother, Richie. “He wasn't a singer or a musician or anything. He was just a guy that just loved music and from the time I can remember, he was in his bedroom listening to whatever record he was into at the time, as loud as he possibly could.”

“It was shaking the house,” he recalls. “My dad would come beat on his door, and you know, 'Turn that down!'”

When Blake was just 14, however, Richie was killed in a car accident. Still, close to thirty years later, his impact remains.

“That was probably the guy that introduced me to… the most important music of my life,” Blake reflects, “because he was listening to a lot of country, a lot of Southern rock… I guess that's probably what planted the seed early on for me."

Blake takes another chance to pay it forward as he kicks off season 12 of The Voice Monday on NBC, alongside his girlfriend, Gwen Stefani.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJason Aldean, Eric Church and Sam Hunt will headline the 4th Annual Route 91 Harvest Festival September 29-October 1 at Nevada’s Las Vegas Village. Tickets go on sale March 3.

Best-known for the original version of “Wagon Wheel,” Old Crow Medicine Show is the newest artist signed to Columbia Records Nashville. The band crafted the eventual Darius Rucker hit out of an unfinished Bob Dylan tune. Their first Columbia release will be the live 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde, which celebrates Dylan’s iconic album record partially in Music City. It’ll be out April 28.

Darius Rucker sang “Love Do What It Do” with Robert Randolph and the Family Band Tuesday on the Today show. If you missed it, you can watch it online.  

Alison Krauss did the Willie Nelson-penned “I Never Cared for You” Monday night on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. You can check out her performance with members of The Cox Family on YouTube. The song is one of the covers on her new Windy City album, which came out Friday.

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BMLGThe Backstreet Boys are one of the unexpected guests on Florida Georgia Line's Dig Your Roots: they duet with the "Cruise" duo on a track called "God, Your Mama and Me."  Now, both acts have teamed up for the song's video, which was just released Tuesday.

The clip features the groups singing on Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, intercut with of each of the guys doing something romantic for their real-life loves. There's champagne, cocktails, an actual gift horse, a candlelit dinner, a rose petal-strewn bathtub and bed, a hot tub dip and more. As the song lyrics say, "No one's ever gonna love you more/than God, your mama and me." You can watch the clip now on BigMachineTV.com.

As for why Florida Georgia Line asked the Backstreet Boys to sing with them in the first place, it turns out that the duo's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley were both huge fans of the group when they were younger.

"We've become friends with them at this point," Tyler told Entertainment Weekly. "And it's become more and more exciting with everything that we do together."

Backstreet's Kevin Richardson added, "We're buds now. It's just a real positive vibe. It's been a pleasure and an honor to do this song with them."

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ABC/Image Group LAThe first time many country fans heard of roots musician Anderson East was when they found out that he’s dating Miranda Lambert. But lately, Anderson’s been making some impressive strides in his own right.

His song “What Would It Take” appears alongside the likes of Taylor Swift, John Legend and Nick Jonas on the soundtrack for the provocative flick Fifty Shades Darker. Even more impressive, the collection just debuted at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

Anderson also re-teams with his previous tour partner Chris Stapleton on his All American Road Show dates starting June 9 in Southaven, Mississippi.

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Capitol NashvilleAs they celebrate the chart-topping success of “Better Man” this week, Little Big Town will also be busy promoting their new album, The Breaker.

The foursome is set to return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, on the heels of their memorable November appearance, which featured them playing the show’s Silly String game, “Stranger Strings.”

Tune in to see if the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year reprise their Taylor-Swift-penned #1, which they’ve already sung on the show, or debut another tune from their seventh album, which comes out Friday.

The record’s release date will find LBT on NBC’s Today show Friday morning, before they head back to Nashville to kick off their Little Big Town at the Mother Church residency at the historic Ryman Auditorium that night.

From there, the media appearances continue. Little Big Town stops by the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show on February 28, before guesting on CBS’s The Talk on March 14.

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BMLGFor the second week in a row, Reba McEntire is hanging on to #1.

Her gospel double album set Sing It Now:  Songs of Faith & Hope remains at the top of both Billboard’s Country and Christian/Gospel album charts in its second week of release. So far, the video for its lead single, "Back to God," has also been viewed close to 5 million times on YouTube.

After two shows last week at Nashville’s historic Ryman auditorium, Reba’s headed back to work in Sin City. She and Brooks & Dunn continue their Together in Vegas residency Wednesday, holding on to their title as the longest-running country show in the history of The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace.

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BMLGOn Tuesday, Florida Georgia Line will roll out their new video with the Backstreet Boys at BigMachineTV.com.

In the meantime, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have been sharing snippets of “God, Your Mama and Me” on social media. Look for plenty of footage of the guys’ significant others and kids, as well as a performance clip set on the beach.

“God, Your Mama and Me” is the third single from the duo’s Dig Your Roots album. Both “H.O.L.Y” and “May We All” with Tim McGraw have gone to #1.

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Here’s a sneak peek of our new video for “God, Your Mama, and Me” feat. @BackstreetBoys — premiering 2/21 on https://t.co/K2mVchAgdM pic.twitter.com/JATvm86lZl

— Florida Georgia Line (@FLAGALine) February 19, 2017

 

Two days until the world premiere of our new video for “God, Your Mama, and Me” feat. @BackstreetBoys on https://t.co/K2mVchRR5k pic.twitter.com/kJtr8MY3fe

— Florida Georgia Line (@FLAGALine) February 20, 2017



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