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Sep 6

10 New Country Albums You Need to Hear

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Taylor Swift’s 2014 album, 1989.

Summer is over, but the country music scene is heating up! Several of country’s biggest stars are releasing new music as summer draws to a close. Here are 10 albums you need to hear:

Kenny Chesney – The Big Revival Kenny Chesney took 2014 off from touring to focus on his latest project, The Big Revival, out September 23. The album’s catchy lead single, “American Kids,” is flying up the charts.

Florida Georgia Line – Anything Goes Florida Georgia Line’s sophomore album, Anything Goes, which includes their new single, “Dirt,” is one of the most anticipated releases this year. Anything Goes will be on store shelves October 14.

Taylor Swift – 1989 While technically a pop album, Taylor Swift’s 1989 is sure to be a hot seller. The lead single, “Shake It Off,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Continue Reading

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Sep 4

Country Stars React to CMA Awards Nominations

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Little Big Town and Darius Rucker announced this year’s CMA Awards nominees on Wednesday’s Good Morning America. (Photo courtesy of CMA World, Heidi Gutman / ABC)

The nominees for the 48th Annual CMA Awards have been announced! Miranda Lambert leads the nominations with nine nods, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year title, which pits her against husband Blake Shelton, along with George Strait, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban. Country stars are reacting to the good news.

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Reigning Entertainer of the Year George Strait received another nomination in the category this year. “It’s a great honor to be nominated for CMA Entertainer of the Year,” he said.“It’s been an incredible year, and this just puts the icing on the cake!”

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Dierks Bentley is up for five CMA Awards, including Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. He took to social media to celebrate the good news. “Wow y’all. 5 #cmaaward?! much gratitude for our fans and friends in the biz. I never take time to celebrate these things. going to tonight!” he posted on Facebook.

Keith Urban picked up four award nominations, including Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Urban has won Male Vocalist three times, from 2004-2006, but wasn’t able to accept his last win in person.

“This morning, I was just thinking the last time I won that was 2006, and I was in rehab and I couldn’t be present to receive it, which I don’t really have any adjectives for how that felt not being able to be here to receive that award,” he said. “Now, fast-forward eight years and be at this place in my life and get that nomination this morning, I was right back there in that moment with deep, mixed feelings, mixed feelings of how devastating and emotional and chaotic everything was then and how living life a different way the last eight years to land at a different place is extraordinary.” Continue Reading

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Sep 3

Blake Shelton Shares Details About His New Album

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Blake Shelton’s newest album title, Bringing Back the Sunshine, sounds like a compilation of happy songs. However, the singer says that isn’t the case, which explains the album’s cover art featuring a stormy black-and-white scene.

“My last couple of albums have been so positive, because when I made them I was just getting married,” he told Rolling Stone Country. “It’s been in this awesome place. But after a while, as a country singer, I gotta get back to singing about getting drunk because there’s people out there — and I’ve been one of them — that have had their heart broken, or they’ve had a tough day at work, or they get stabbed in the back.”

Look Back: Blake and Miranda’s Gypsified Wedding >>

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Aug 20

Blake Shelton Releases “Neon Light”

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Blake Shelton is one of country music’s most lovable acts, well-known for his sense of humor, especially on Twitter. But in his new single, “Neon Light,” he is revealing his mean side. The tune is a revenge song about forgetting an ex over a few drinks and a potential rebound.

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Aug 18

Blake Shelton and Elvis Featured on New Barbra Streisand Album

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Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Barbra Streisand’s upcoming album, Partners, will feature collaborations with several top artists, including Blake Shelton, and a virtual duet with the late Elvis Presley.

Set for release on September 16, the album will feature collaborations with artists across multiple genres. Streisand announced the project via Facebook on August 11.

“You heard it here first… My new album ‘Partners’ is coming September 16th,” she wrote. “What an extraordinary collection of talent!”

Partners will also feature collaborations with Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Babyface, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie and Stevie Wonder. The album is available for pre-order now. Continue Reading

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Aug 4

Blake Shelton Announces Bringing Back the Sunshine Album

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Blake Shelton had a big surprise for fans on Friday. He appeared on NBC’s TODAY Show ato announce he will release his new album, Bringing Back the Sunshine, on September 30.

Shelton is taking a unique approach to his Bringing Back the Sunshine release. Typically, artists release a single before announcing a new album. As of now, Shelton has not released a single from the new project, nor has he revealed the track listing. He has, however, released the cover art, which features a water tower with “Ada,” his hometown in Oklahoma, written across it, set against a threatening sky with sun beginning to break through. Continue Reading

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Jul 30

Doobie Brothers Reveal Tribute Album Lineup

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Pictured (l-r): Patrick Simmons, Brad Paisley, Tom Johnston, Josh Leo, John McFee, and Sara Evans. Photo by Alan Poizner, courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

New details have been released about the Doobie Brothers tribute album, Southbound, set for release on November 4. While the group remains tight-lipped on which of their dozens of hit songs will make the record, they have revealed which artists will appear on the record.

Acts confirmed for the project include Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band, Toby Keith, Chris Young, Charlie Worsham, Sara Evans, Jerrod Niemann, Amanda Rivera and Love and Theft. Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes and Dann Huff will each play guitar on project. The idea for the tribute album came from producer and songwriter David Huff.

“We were on the road, and he came and visited us,” band member Tom Johnston told Lagniappe Mobile. “He came to us with the idea, and everybody thought it would be a cool thing to do. We had never thought of that ourselves. At the same time, we didn’t know there were people in the country genre that were fans of the band. He thought it would be a really great idea for us to pair together with a bunch of big names in country music.” Continue Reading

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Jul 22

Little Big Town Joins Team Blake Shelton on The Voice

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Little Big Town photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Little Big Town has joined team Blake. The band will join Blake Shelton’s team as advisers on the upcoming seventh season of The Voice. The group isn’t shy about admitting they begged Shelton to pick them.

“We begged and begged and cornered him!” Karen Fairchild told Access Hollywood. “It’s a huge honor,” Kimberly Schlapman added. “We love the show. We have always watched it.” Continue Reading

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Jul 22

Inaugural Route 91 Harvest Festival Set for Las Vegas

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Jason Aldean at the 2014 CMA Music Festival; photo courtesy of the CMA.

Las Vegas is gearing up for its first ever country music festival. The inaugural Route 91 Harvest Festival is set for October 3-5 at The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino. Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton have been announced as headliners.

“It’s exciting to see the Route 91 Harvest Festival come to fruition,” Chris Baldizan, Senior Vice President of Entertainment for MGM Resorts International, said. “With an amazing lineup of talent over three days, our guests will experience country music at a unique, one-of-a-kind venue right on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. It’s great to have a partner like Live Nation who shares our passion and vision for entertainment.” Continue Reading

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Jul 5

Blake Shelton Partners With JCPenney to Support the USO

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Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

JCPenney and Blake Shelton have expanded their partnership in support of our troops and their families through the USO. JCPenney will sponsor Blake’s Ten Times Crazier Tour where they will raise awareness and funds for the USO through a tweet-to-donate social media campaign inviting shoppers and fans to use #JCPandBlake4USO and tag @JCPenney in their social media posts. Blake has been a JCPenney Cares Ambassador since 2012.

“Our troops are out there every single day protecting our country and I’m proud to do my part with JCPenney to support and salute them for everything they do,” Blake said. “I’m just blown away by their spirit, determination and loyalty to our country, and this is just one way to say thank you to them.” Continue Reading

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