As she heads to the BBMAs, fan girl Kelsea Ballerini admits, “I’m not good around famous people”

Kelsea Ballerini competes for Top Country Female Artist at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Even though she’s not set to perform on the show, the “I Hate Love Songs” singer says she wouldn’t miss it. “I am gonna go! I love it!” she tells ABC Radio. “I mean, I love seeing other country artists there and, I dunno, I feel like country’s cool, and so I want to make sure that everyone knows it!” Part of […]

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As he heads out on tour, Dierks Bentley remembers the climb that took his career Mountain High

Dierks Bentley kicks off his Mountain High tour tonight in Columbia, Maryland, and the “Woman, Amen” hitmaker can’t help but remember some of the difficult times before he became one of country’s biggest acts. “I’ve been doing this for a long time,” the Arizona native recalls “I had, like, three years of trying to headline tours, playing these big arenas that hold 25,000 people and only 2,500 showed up…Every review was like, ‘Bless his heart. He […]

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Midland re-visits Urban Cowboy in new “Burn Out” video

Midland is heading back to the Urban Cowboy era in their new video for “Burn Out.” “In 1980 one of our favorite movies, Urban Cowboy was released,” the trio tweeted. “On this coming Friday we’re releasing our tribute to that cinematic masterpiece with our music video for ‘Burn Out.'” “Here’s a [behind-the-scenes] look at the shoot. We hope that we make Bud and Sissy proud,” they added, referencing the characters played by John Travolta and Debra Winger. In the new video, Billy Bob’s […]

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American Idol two-night finale to feature star-studded performers’ lineup

The finale of American Idol gets underway Sunday night and the winner will be crowned on Monday.  But as always, the two nights will feature performances by big-name music stars. First of all, all three judges — Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan — will be performing, and Lionel and Luke have both teased one or more “special guests.”  Also on the bill: Darius Rucker, Nick Jonas and Mustard, performing their new single, “Anywhere”; Bebe Rexha, Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams, singer and guitarist Gary Clark Jr., and Kermit the Frog. If Kermit seems […]

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Sam Hunt’s back with “Downtown’s Dead”

More than a year after his quintuple-platinum crossover smash, “Body Like a Back Road,” Sam Hunt has finally released his follow-up single. “Downtown’s Dead” is available to stream or download now. The single is potentially the second release from Sam’s highly-anticipated sophomore album, though the Georgia-born hitmaker has been candid about the fact he hasn’t made much progress on his second record. “Body Like a Back Road” spent 34 weeks atop Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart — an […]

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Tyler Farr is Livin’ Hard with new EP, available now

A new five-song EP from Tyler Farr is now available in stores that sell Durango boots. Livin’ Hard features Tyler’s three number-ones — “Redneck Crazy,” “Whiskey in My Water,” and “A Guy Walks into a Bar” — as well as the unreleased title track and the new song, “I Hope I Don’t Live to See That Day.” Tyler’s latest single, “Love By the Moon,” is available to stream or download now.

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“Don’t Get Better Than That”: Why you’ll be hearing LOCASH’s latest hit at lots of baseball games this year

For fans of America’s favorite pastime, it “Don’t Get Better Than That”: LOCASH‘s latest hit will be the theme for ESPN’s coverage of NCAA Men’s College Baseball this year. As part of the tie-in, Preston Brust and Chris Lucas will also play the Opening Ceremony for the NCAA Men’s College World Series on June 15. The duo will perform their set at home plate at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska, as part of a full day of free festivities. “Don’t […]

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It’s “Meant to Be”: FGL ties the record they set with their debut single, “Cruise”

Any way you look at it, Florida Georgia Line is the most successful duo or group in the history of Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs tally. Their collaboration with Bebe Rexha, “Meant to Be,” is currently spending its 24th week atop the 59-year-old chart. That ties the record FGL set with their debut single, “Cruise,” back in 2012-2013. “[It’s] crazy to see how this song has taken on a life of its own and hear that it’s making chart history,” Brian […]

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Dierks Bentley packs a lunch for a good cause before hitting the road on the Mountain High Tour

Dierks Bentley sets his Mountain High Tour in motion Friday but before he hits the road, the Arizona native wanted to do a good deed at home in Middle Tennessee. Dierks, his band, crew and openers LANCO spent Monday packing more than 10,000 pounds of food at Second Harvest Food Bank, as part of the non-profit’s Hunger Free Summer campaign. That adds up to more than 8,600 meals that will help feed families in need when school’s not […]

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“I want you to be fearless dream warriors”: Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles delivers the commencement address at her alma mater, Agnes Scott College

This summer, Jennifer Nettles will be spending her weekends performing with bandmate Kristian Bush on Sugarland‘s Still the Same reunion tour. But this past Saturday, the singer, songwriter and actress followed in the footsteps of Oprah Winfrey and The Color Purple author Alice Walker, as she delivered the 129th commencement address at Agnes Scott College. Jennifer is a 1997 alumnae of the women’s liberal arts college in Decatur, Georgia. As you might expect, her speech was both nostalgic — remembering her time at the institution — […]

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