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ABC/Image Group LA If you’d like to see George Strait sing all sixty of his number-ones over two nights in Vegas, your window is closing.

The Country Music Hall of Famer did it once before in April, and he’ll do “Two Nights of Number Ones” again on July 28 and 29. But after that, he’s putting the concept to bed.

“After that, I’m going to change things up for the last four of the year,” George says of his remaining shows. “Not sure what’s in store, but I’m thinking about it,” he teases.

After his dates at the end of July, King George returns to T-Mobile Arena in Sin City on September 1-2 and December 8-9. You can find more info at StraitToVegas.com.

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ABC/Image Group LA Carrie Underwood’s long locks are back -- just in time for football season.

The American Idol winner cut her signature blonde tresses into a bob sometime after the release of her Storyteller album in the fall of 2015. This week, she showed off her new, flowing ‘do in a photo from the set of her new Sunday Night Football on NBC intro.

“Shooting the new… open!” Carrie shared on Instagram. “Lots of fun today! This will be our best one yet! Can’t wait for you all to see it!”

Later, the show echoed its own excitement about the segment on social media, along with another photo from the set, saying “Our… shoot has wrapped! We had a blast working with the talented [Carrie Underwood] today and can’t wait for you all to see the new open…”

“The Fighter” hitmaker has sung the opening theme for the games for four seasons, since taking over from Faith Hill in 2013.

We'll get our first chance to see Carrie's new theme Sunday, September 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET, when the Giants take on the Cowboys on NBC.

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Shooting the new @snfonnbc open! Lots of fun today! This will be our best one yet! Can't wait for you all to see it! pic.twitter.com/FaPUhYAlio

— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) June 28, 2017

Our #SNF shoot has wrapped! We had a blast shooting with the talented @carrieunderwood today. Who's excited for football season?! pic.twitter.com/0Xb0rs0bhN

— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) June 28, 2017



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ABC/Image Group LA It turns out the newest member of Michael Ray’s team is a real dog.

After teasing his followers on social media he’d be introducing the newest member of his band, the “Think a Little Less” hitmaker revealed his newest addition is in fact, a canine.

Michael fell in love with a white Husky/Shepherd mix he named Wrigley this weekend while playing Chicago’s LakeShake festival and decided to take her home. Wrigley was rescued by the no-kill shelter PAWS Chicago, which was there doing an adoption drive.

Of course, Wrigley's name comes from the home of World Series champions, the Chicago Cubs.

Wrigley will be hanging out at Michael’s house with his other pup, Lou.

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Fam meet the newest member of the band.. WRIGLEY!!! Thank you @PAWSChicago for making this happen! pic.twitter.com/vDdlIO2Rln

— Michael Ray (@Michaelraymusic) June 27, 2017



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Atlantic/Warner Music NashvilleLots of us will be firing up the barbecue for the Fourth of July next Tuesday, but Brett EldredgeMichael RayChris Janson and newcomer Devin Dawson are getting ready for a Guitar-B-Que.

The foursome will headline this year’s annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital -- known as Guitar-B-Que -- August 23 at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater.

The concert raises money for the Memphis hospital that works to cure childhood cancer. Tickets go on sale Thursday at 10 a.m. CT.

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Comstock/Thinkstock This Arkansas native sang at the 2007 funeral for Anna Nicole Smith in the Bahamas. Can you name him? ANSWER:  Joe Nichols.

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BBR Music GroupIf you’ve never heard Joe Nichols do his version of “Baby Got Back,” you’ll get your chance on July 28.

The concert-favorite is one of twelve tracks on his ninth studio album, Never Gets Old. While Joe’s been delivering his live take on Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s bootylicious 1992 rap hit on stage, this is the first time he’s recorded it, with an assist from comedian Darren Knight.

Fans who pre-order the album now will instantly get both the title track -- which is Joe’s new single -- and the song “Billy Graham’s Bible.” 

Here’s the complete track listing for Joe Nichols’ Never Gets Old:

“Diamonds Make Babies”
“Girl in the Song”
“We All Carry Something”
“I’d Sing About You”
“Breathless”
“Tall Boys”
“Hostage”
“Never Gets Old”
“Billy Graham’s Bible”
“So You’re Saying”
“This Side of the River”
“Baby Got Back” (featuring Darren Knight)

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ABC/Rick RowellIf you haven’t heard Lee Brice’s new single, “Boy,” you’ll have plenty of chances in the coming days.

The “I Don’t Dance” hitmaker will begin the day Wednesday with an appearance on the Today show. You can watch for him starting at 7 a.m. on NBC.

Then Friday, Lee gets up early to play Fox & Friends’ All-American Summer Concert Series.  You can catch the show starting at 6 a.m. ET on Fox News.

“Boy” is the lead single from Lee’s self-titled fourth album, which comes out November 3.  

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Mark Chesnutt is introducing his own hot sauce, to coincide with his latest single, “Hot.” You can pick up your own bottle on his website.

The Academy of Country Music has named Nashville's Ryman Auditorium its Small Capacity Venue of the Year, and Music City’s Bridgestone Arena its Large Capacity Venue of the Year. Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre takes home the Medium Venue prize. The awards will officially be passed out this August at the Ryman during the 11th Annual ACM Honors.

Newcomer Jacob Davis made his Grand Ole Opry debut this past Friday. You can check out the video for his debut single, “What I Wanna Be” -- which was shot in his native Louisiana -- on YouTube.

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumDressed in a head-to-toe, gold, bell-bottomed pantsuit, Shania Twain was especially contemplative as she spoke about her new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday evening.

Nervous and excited, Shania remembered the late Norro Wilson -- the producer who recently passed away who helped create her first album -- and pondered how far she’d come, and what she’d missed in her absence.

“What I longed for a lot was just getting reacquainted -- reunited, I guess is a better word -- with my largest group of supporters, the fans. And I realized how much I missed them,” Shania told a crowd of Music City insiders in the Hall of Fame’s legendary rotunda.

“In speeding past the nineties, and all of the craziness of that -- which was beautifully crazy -- but I never got to enjoy the moment, and I was just racing onto the next thing, racing onto the future,” she added.

Kelsea Ballerini was among those who watched as Shania described the path from where she’s been to where she is NOW -- which happens to be the title of her forthcoming record.

“On this new album NOW, I'm not rushing onto the future, I'm not running away from the past. I'm not apologizing for the past -- I'm acknowledging the crappy times and saying 'You know, I wouldn't be here without them,'” she said, referencing her 2010 divorce from her husband, legendary producer Mutt Lange.

“I don't want to relive them, but I'm not running away from them, and I'm not in a rush anymore," Shania said.  "I'm just here, I'm just now, I'm just who I am. And I'm grateful to be standing here. It's a miracle.”

“Shania Twain: Rock This Country” officially opens at the CMHoF this week and runs through the middle of next year.

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Atlantic Michael Ray’s new single officially has the Charles Kelley seal of approval.

“Digging [Michael Ray’s] new single #GetToYou!” the Lady Antebellum hitmaker tweeted. “Well done buddy. I remember hearing the demo [songwriter Abe Stoklasa] played me and you did it justice.”

You can check out the video for the lead single from Michael’s forthcoming sophomore album on YouTube. In the clip, the Florida native drives by a lake in the countryside as he sings the song. Since the video is titled “Get to You” (Chapter 1), it seems to indicate there may be more to come.

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Bryan Kasm/HSNThe latest additions to Hillary Scott’s HSN fashion line aren’t supposed to come out until July, but the Lady Antebellum hitmaker is rolling them out ahead of time.

“Y’all, I just got the early shipment of the next collection of LaBellum…” Hillary shared on social media, along with a link to check out her new garments.

Hillary’s collection made its debut in April, with many of her designs instantly selling out.

HSN is also offering a special edition of Lady A’s #1 album Heart Break, which includes five bonus tracks.

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Y'all, I just got the early shipment of the next collection of @LaBellumHS and I'm all 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 https://t.co/k5P7hYsAlJ pic.twitter.com/qBfijSvnlo

— Hillary Scott (@HillaryScottLA) June 27, 2017



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Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCThere’s no stopping Sam Hunt’s hit “Body Like a Back Road.” This week, the tune marks its twentieth week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart... and that makes history.

Sam is now the country solo artist with the longest streak at #1.  He was previously tied with Leroy Van Dyke, who spent 19 weeks at #1 with “Walk on By” from 1961-62.

Sam will have to make it to 25 weeks to break the overall record, though. Florida Georgia Line set that one in 2012-13, when “Cruise” spent 24 weeks in the top spot.

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Bob D'Amico/ABCCMA Music Festival 2017 is barely in the rearview mirror, but it’s already time to get ready for CMA Fest 2018.

Four-day passes for next year’s nightly concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium officially went on sale to the public Tuesday morning. The 2018 edition of country music’s biggest event will take place June 7-10.

If you didn't make it out to the event earlier this month, you can see what you missed on Wednesday, August 16, as Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini host ABC's annual three-hour wrap-up special, CMA Fest:  The Music Event of Summer.  

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Comstock/Thinkstock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band landed at #1 in 1987 with this song that extols the virtues of casting a line after sunset. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Fishin' in the Dark."

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Courtesy of EdelmanThis weekend at Chicago's Solider Field, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton will perform at the opening ceremony of the Department of Defense Warrior Games. While they're longtime friends, the two will become colleagues next year on The Voice -- and that's when Kelly says the gloves will come off.

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune about the Soldier Field show, Kelly says, "I'm a big fan of [Blake's], always have been for, I don't know, for, like a decade now, we've been friends. So yeah, it should be fun."

"But yeah, I guess it will be a precursor for The Voice," she adds. "A precursor to when I annihilate him."

Kelly will join The Voice as a coach for season 14, which airs in the spring of 2018.  Season 13 debuts September 25, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson.  Between now and then, Kelly will release a new album.

While Kelly will be in Chicago for the performance, she tells the paper she won't be hanging out in the Windy City for too long -- she has to get back to Nashville to join her husband, Brandon Blackstock, for a huge Fourth of July bash.

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BMLGNineties boy band Backstreet Boys top the country chart for the very first time this week, with a little help from Florida Georgia Line.

“Finding out that ‘God, Your Mama, and Me’ went #1 is surreal,” FGL’s Tyler Hubbard says. “[It’s] really cool to be a part of Backstreet Boys’ first country #1!”

“If you told me growing up that I would share a #1 song with BSB, I would have told you to get outta here!” his musical partner Brian Kelley adds. “Dream big, work hard, surround yourself with an amazing team and anything is possible.”

BSB is understandably thrilled with their new accomplishment as well.

“We’re fans of each other and that’s one of the reasons why the song works so well,” the band’s Nick Carter says. “I’m glad it’s with these boys that we just reached #1 at country radio for the first time.”

Backstreet will join FGL, Chris Lane and hip-hop icon Nelly for three stadium dates on The Smooth Tour starting July 7 in Boston.  

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock “You Broke Up with Me” is the debut single from newcomer Walker Hayes.

Chase Rice will kick off his Lambs & Lions Tour September 14 at Boone, North Carolina’s Appalachian State University. Newcomers Jacob Davis and Brooke Eden are just two of the artists who’ll take turns filling the opening slot on the trek.

Brett Young’s third single from his self-titled debut album will be the track “Like I Loved You.”

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ABC/Todd WawrychukDierks Bentley is bringing a piece of his summer tour to the airwaves, as he releases “What the Hell Did I Say” as the fourth single from his Black album.

“We named the tour after this song hoping that it would be a single this summer because it perfectly captures the anything-goes spirit out there this year,” Dierks says of his What the Hell trek with Cole Swindell and Jon Pardi.

“It’s crazy right now with Cole and Pardi,” Dierks continues. “Every night is better than the one before... just when you think it can’t get any more fun, it does. I’ve worked my whole career to have a tour like this one.”

Dierks, Cole and Jon meet up again on July 7, as they play Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCSeems Sam Hunt’s “Back Roads” are likely paved with platinum.

The Georgia native’s chart-topping single, “Body Like a Back Road,” has just passed the double platinum mark. Released on February 1, the song took only three months to make it to number one, where it spent three weeks. The tune is now making its way up the pop chart, where it’s currently in the top 15.

The lead single from Sam’s sophomore album is also the most-downloaded country song of 2017 so far. Even more impressive, it’s the third most-downloaded tune in any genre this year.

As we wait for new music from Sam’s forthcoming record, fans are still snapping up his 2014 debut. Montevallo has just been certified triple platinum.

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BMLGRascal Flatts not only played the Country USA festival in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Saturday, they also did a little moonlighting as wedding singers.

Gary LeVoxJoe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus surprised one lucky couple this weekend by showing up to sing “Bless the Broken Road” at their wedding at Sugar Island Barn in Watertown, Wisconsin.

A family member reached out to the “Yours If You Want It” hitmakers last fall, according to local ABC affiliate WISN, and the guys agreed to stop by if they could fit it into their schedule.

You can check out their performance on the venue’s Facebook page.  

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