Shania Twain’s “on a mission” to find the next country star; wants to do more acting

Shania Twain is an executive producer on USA Network’s Real Country reality competition series. The country star also serves as a co-panelist alongside Jake Owen and Travis Tritt. In a recent interview, Shania tells Billboard that she is certain the show will find the next country superstar. “What I love about the fans judging is only they know whether they’re being reached and whether it’s resonating with them or not,” she tells Billboard. “So I do believe that it will play out that way, […]

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Reba McEntire recognized at Kennedy Center Honors

Reba McEntire was one of several artists celebrated at the 41st Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night. The country legend was honored alongside singer and entertainer Cher, composer and pianist Philip Glass, and saxophone player Wayne Shorter. Each honoree was celebrated with performances by artists including Lady Antebellum, Brooks & Dunn, and pop stars Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert and Cyndi Lauper, as well as vocalists St. Vincent, Paul Simon and Kristin Chenoweth. Billboard reports that when Kelly honored Reba, the pop singer — who’s married to Reba’s stepson, Brandon Blackstock — thanked Reba […]

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On Friday, Blake Shelton goes “Every Which Way But Loose,” before his Monday performance on The Voice

Blake Shelton will be doing more than just coaching on Monday night’s episode of The Voice: He’ll also perform his latest hit, the top-ten “Turnin’ Me On.” You can tune in to watch Monday at 8 p.m. ET. Friday will also bring the final installment of Blake’s Friends and Heroes Sessions, as he releases his cover of Eddie Rabbit’s 1978 #1, “Every Which Way But Loose.” The tune was the theme song of the Clint Eastwood movie of the same name. Previously, […]

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Keith Urban’s Music City Midnight to be part of NBC’s New Year’s Eve

This year, you can watch Keith Urban ring in the New Year live from Nashville on NBC. While this is the third year in a row that the CMA Entertainer of the Year has headlined the gathering known as Music City Midnight, it’s the first time it’s gotten such extensive national coverage. It’ll be part of NBC’s New Year’s Eve, hosted by Carson Daly and Chrissy Teigen live from New York City’s Times Square with comedian Leslie Jones. The show goes from 10-11 […]

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Dolly Dolly Dolly: The superstar takes to TV to promote Dumplin’ as her MusiCares tribute grows

The list of superstars who’ll honor Dolly Parton as 2019’s MusiCares Person of the Year is growing: Vince Gill, Don Henley, Kacey Musgraves, and Willie Nelson are now set to take the stage February 8 in Los Angeles. Mavis Staples and Linda Perry, who both worked with Dolly on the Dumplin’ soundtrack, are set to sing as well.  They join previously-announced performers Chris Stapleton, Pink, Shawn Mendes, Norah Jones, Leon Bridges, Lauren Daigle, and Mark Ronson. A performance from Dolly herself will close out the evening. Proceeds from the 29th year of the […]

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“This Is It”: Scotty McCreery and his wife love watching their song help other couples get engaged

“This Is It,” the song Scotty McCreery wrote about proposing to his wife Gabi, is now nearing country’s top ten. The American Idol winner admits he and his bride are getting a kick out of seeing their song become a hit. “It is so cool,” he tells ABC Radio. “I mean, me and my wife are watching the charts and, some folks are like, ‘Don’t watch the charts,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, but it’s fun right now!’ It’s our story. I’m glad […]

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Will Maren Morris’s second record be more pop? She says it’s a “me album” rooted in country

Just a couple days ago, a group of twenty-five lucky British fans were the very first people to hear Maren Morris‘s sophomore album, as she hosted an invitation-only listening session in London. While some have speculated that Maren’s record might veer in a more pop direction, thanks to her success with her Zedd collaboration “The Middle,” she insists that’s not the case. Instead, just like her debut Hero, the Texas native says the album being informally called MM2 will include lots […]

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Luke Combs is back in the studio in January, with sophomore album due “later on next year”

Luke Combs initially considered releasing the first single from his highly anticipated sophomore album as the follow-up to his four-week #1, “She Got the Best of Me” — but realized it wasn’t the right move for him. “‘Do we do one more from the Deluxe or do we move on and start the process of record two?'” he says he asked himself. “I think putting out a new song from a new project would be a little early […]

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Luke Bryan says his wife supported him while he struggled as a songwriter

Luke Bryan may be a superstar now, but nearly 12 years ago he was a young newlywed trying to make things work financially. During an appearance on Pickler & Ben on Monday, the “What Makes You Country” singer admitted that his wife, Caroline, was the breadwinner early on in their relationship. “When we got married, her career supported me when I was making about $10,000 a year,” he revealed. “She was the one bringing in the dough.” The couple […]

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Dolly Parton shares the secret to her long-lasting marriage

Dolly Parton has been happily married to Carl Thomas Dean for 52 years now, and she shares her advice for a lasting marriage in a cover story in the latest issue of People. Dolly says time away has made their relationship stronger. “I always joke and laugh when people ask me what’s the key to my long marriage and lasting love,” Dolly says. “I always say ‘Stay gone!’ and there’s a lot of truth to that. I travel a […]

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