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Jul 21

Lady Antebellum to Release 747 on September 30

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Lady Antebellum will release their fifth studio album, 747, on September 30. The album’s lead single, “Bartender,” is soaring up the country chart as one of Lady Antebellum’s fastest rising singles to date. Deciding on a title for the project was a simple group decision.

“We unanimously knew that our album title had to be 747,” Hillary Scott said. “The track itself has this pushing, driving spirit about it that sums up our attitude right now. We are pushing ourselves as a band and as songwriters, taking ourselves out of our comfort zone and not taking ourselves too seriously. There’s an urgency and an energy to it that we’ve never released before.” Continue Reading

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Jul 20

Kellie Pickler to Voice ‘VeggieTales’ Character

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Kellie Pickler photo courtesy of the Academy of Country Music/Getty images.

Kellie Pickler is headed to the big screen – or at least her voice is. Pickler will make her film debut as the voice of a sweet potato in the upcoming VeggieTales movie, Beauty and the Beet. She will play Mirabelle, a yam who is in a family band. She joins recurring cast members Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber.

Additionally, Pickler will sing seven original songs for the movie’s holiday-themed soundtrack. Both the soundtrack and the DVD will be released October 14 and will include Pickler singing her own version of “Deck The Halls.” Continue Reading

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Jul 19

Krystal Keith Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut

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Krystal Keith made her Grand Ole Opry debut on July 9. For the first time, Keith felt nerves before stepping into the spotlight.

“I have never been nervous on a stage in my life, until that night at the Grand Ole Opry,” she said. “There is something so special and sacred about that stage and being in the circle knowing all of my musical heroes have performed there so many times before me. I was so humbled and honored to have joined that long line of legends who’ve shared that moment.” Continue Reading

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Jul 18

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood Stay at No.1 on Top 20

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Photo courtesy 2014 ACM Awards.

Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood made a big debut last week, entering the Top 20 Country Countdown at No. 1 with “Somethin’ Bad.” The pair made it two weeks in a row in the top spot with Neal McCoy and Danielle Bradbery rounding out the Top 3. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill jump 10 spots from No. 14 to No. 4 with “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” and Haley & Michaels continue their slow rise up the charts, up to No. 5 with “Just Another Love Song.”

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Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:

  1. Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
  2. Neal McCoy – “Can You Do This”
  3. Danielle Bradbery – “Young in America”
  4. Tim McGraw w/Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s”
  5. Haley & Michaels – “Just Another Love Song”
  6. Lady Antebellum – “Bartender”
  7. Little Big Town – “Day Drinking”
  8. Brad Paisley – “River Bank”
  9. The Band Perry – “Chainsaw”
  10. The Swon Brothers – “Later On” Continue Reading

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Jul 18

Jana Kramer Brings “Love” To Top 20

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Jana Kramer photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

There is a whole lot of “love” on this week’s Top 20 Country Countdown. Jana Kramer stops by to discuss her new video, “Love,” which she shot south of the border, with host Nan Kelley. Kramer will also find out where “Love” landed on the countdown this week!

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Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood made a big debut with “Somethin’ Bad” last week, entering the chart at No. 1. Can they make it two weeks in a row in the top spot? Tune in tonight at 6/5c to find out who tops the chart this week.

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Jul 18

Allison Veltz’s ‘Bright Side’ Video Supports Nashville Humane Society

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Allison Veltz and Penny, photo courtesy of Facebook.com/allisonveltz.

Country newcomer Allison Veltz has released a clever, heartfelt lyric video for her debut single, “Bright Side.” Her video features Penny, an adopted dog from the Nashville Humane Society. Found wandering the streets of Nashville, Penny’s days are now spent sunbathing and napping at her forever home. Veltz adopted her own rescue pup, Bruno, after spending time with Penny.

To show her appreciation for Penny’s hard work on the video, Veltz launched the “Pennies For Penny” campaign. For every view between now and July 20, a penny will be donated to the Nashville Humane Association in Penny’s honor.

Watch the lyric video below: Continue Reading

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Jul 18

Maddie & Tae Discuss Writing “Girl in a Country Song”

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Maddie & Tae photo courtesy facebook.com/maddieandtae.

New country duo Maddie & Taeare set to shake things up with their debut single, “Girl in a Country Song.” The song, which strikes back at recent mainstream “bro country” songs, has been called “fantastically unapologetic” and “gutsy” by critics.

With sassy lyrics like “shaking my moneymaker ain’t never made me a dime, and there ain’t no sugar for you in this shaker of mine,” the pair aren’t aiming to take down any of their fellow artists. Instead, they want to give females a voice. “We don’t want to bring the guys down,” Tae Dye said. “We just want to lift the ladies up.” Continue Reading

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Jul 17

Kenny Chesney Announces His Only Show of 2014

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Kenny Chesney photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Kenny Chesney is giving fans one chance to see him play live in 2014. He took the year off from touring in order to focus on his new album, The Big Revival, but he has announced a one-off beach concert, the Flora-Bama Jama, set for August 15 at the Flora-Bama Lounge and Package on the Alabama/Florida border.

“I’ve been holed up making a record for the last year, and anyone who knows me knows how much I miss playing, miss the fans, but especially miss the culture the people who love this music bring with them,” Chesney said. “Obviously, this isn’t going to be one of those huge shows we do, but it’s gonna be a long day, a whole lot of music and even more fun.

“To me, a place like the Flora-Bama is all about kicking back, being with your friends and not worrying about a thing,” he continued. “Just hang out and be easy. I love that it’s on a border, that it’s on a beach, that it’s like the best bar anywhere [for] people [to] get together and just be! It’s everything the notion of The Big Revival is built on: taking that time to regroup, replenish, then re-engage with the passion of being truly, absolutely alive.”

Details about the show, including how to get a wristband for access to the enclosed beach area, are available at www.KennyChesney.com. The Big Revival features Chesney’s latest single, “American Kids.”

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Jul 17

Florida Georgia Line Breaks Taylor Swift’s Record With “Dirt”

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Florida Georgia Line photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of BMLG.

Florida Georgia Line has broken a record previously held by Taylor Swift. The duo’s new single, “Dirt,” earned 127 Mediabase radio adds last week, making it the most-added song on country radio in one week since adds have been recorded. Swift previously held the record for 116 adds of her 2012 single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together. “Dirt” is the lead single from the duo’s upcoming album and a bit of a departure from what fans expect from the pair.

“We’re trying to step our game up,” Brian Kelley said. “We’ve got a couple of awesome songs that we’re pumped about everybody hearing. [We] can’t wait to get the new stuff out. It’s definitely [going to] have evolved from record one, but it’s still going to have that FGL feel, but we’re going to take some chances here and there.” Continue Reading

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Jul 16

Little Big Town to Release Pain Killer on October 21

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Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Little Big Town will release their new album, Pain Killer, on October 21. The project will include 13 new tracks, eight of which were co-written by the four members of the band.

“We knew the record was going to be called Pain Killer way on into the process because we love that song,” Karen Fairchild told Rolling Stone Country. “That song is really kind of tongue-in-cheek — ‘be the person that numbs my pain.’ We started talking about tying that thread through the whole record, to ease your pain. Don’t we want the whole record to do that for people, anyway? Whether it’s a sad moment, or a song that’s more thoughtful and has a lot more substance in the lyric, we want music to take us away. Pain Killer fits, that’s the common thread through all the songs.” Continue Reading

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