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BMLG RecordsIf you Shazam Drake White’s new song, “Makin’ Me Look Good Again,” you can instantly unlock exclusive behind-the-scenes content from the song's video shoot.

The Alabama native and the music recognition app are also partnering to give away a pair of concert tickets, a backstage meet-and-greet, and the journal that Drake uses in the clip.

And since she inspired the song, it’s only fitting that Drake's wife Alex stars in the video as well.

“’Makin’ Me Look Good Again’ is such a personal song to me…” Drake says. “I am excited for fans to see even more of the magic from the set and can’t wait to see everyone out on the road this summer,” he adds.

The latest single from Drake’s Spark album is the follow-up to his top-15 hit, “Livin’ the Dream.”

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Columbia NashvilleOn the heels of his three #1’s -- “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” “Redneck Crazy,” and “Whiskey in my Water” -- Tyler Farr is singing a decidedly different tune with his new single, “I Should Go to Church Sometime.”

“I’m not exactly known for walking the straight and narrow,” he admits, “but I have a strong conscience and I was taught right from wrong."

“It’s something that we all face at some point,” Tyler says of the subject of his latest release. “What am I going to do? How am I going to act? What am I going to do today that’s different from yesterday? That decision is what this song is all about.”

You can download or stream “I Should Go to Church Sometime” now. This summer, Tyler heads out on The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour with Brantley Gilbert and his labelmate Luke Combs.

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Virgin/Deepwell RecordsLady Antebellum’s new HEART BREAK album won’t be out until June 9, but fans are in for a surprise several weeks before, thanks to the soundtrack for ABC’s new Dirty Dancing remake.

For the new TV version, Hillary ScottCharles Kelley and Dave Haywood cover “Hey Baby,” Bruce Channel’s #1 hit from 1962. It was one of only 12 tracks included on the original soundtrack for the 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

In the new incarnation of the coming-of-age tale, Abigail Breslin stars as Baby, with newcomer Colt Prattes taking over the Swayze role. The soundtrack comes out May 19, ahead of the three-hour premiere Wednesday, May 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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ABC/Image Group LARaeLynn says Blake Shelton is good for a shot -- and bad for her diet.

After first meeting Blake on The Voice in 2012, RaeLynn quickly became one of the Oklahoma singer’s nearest and dearest, and most recently opened for him on his Doing It to Country Songs Tour.

By now, RaeLynn has a black belt in Blake’s concert rituals.

“He always does an after-the-show shot at the bottom of the stage,” she tells Page Six. “Everybody will go back there and he’ll do a shot and then go up and finish and do two more songs for his encore.”

As for what Blake likes to drink, RaeLynn says it’s different every time. On the other hand, she says the “Every Time I Hear That Song” hitmaker consistently likes to tempt her with Mexican food when she’s trying to be healthy.

“Any time I’m on a diet, he’s always like ‘Come on! Eat some cheese with me! Eat some queso!’” she laughs.

Right now, RaeLynn has a top-30 hit with her single, “Love Triangle,” from her #1 album, WildHorse.

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ABC/Image Group LA One week from today, Luke Bryan launches his Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day Tour at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

While Luke’s fans have embraced all those passions mentioned in his #1 song, the four-time Entertainer of the Year is apparently ready for everyone to declare an allegiance. As he sets out on his new tour, he’s offering them a choice of t-shirts corresponding with each pastime.  

The #TeamHuntin’ shirt is green with a pair of antlers, while #TeamFishin’ is blue with an angling logo. #TeamLovin’ is red with a heart. You can order the team shirts from Luke’s website. They’ll set you back $25 apiece or $65 for a set of all three.

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#HFETour’s comin up fast. What team are you on? https://t.co/XpywAe81pn#TeamHuntin #TeamFishin #TeamLovin #HFE pic.twitter.com/hmwwSE3dSE

— Luke Bryan (@LukeBryanOnline) April 26, 2017

 



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Comstock/Thinkstock Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Charley Pride scored his first #1 in 1969 with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks returns to Billings, Montana for the first time in 19 years with a show on Saturday, June 10. Tickets for the concert at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark with Trisha Yearwood go on sale Friday, May 5.

Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride will release his first new studio album in more than six years, Music in My Heart, on July 7.

Pennsylvania native Jeannie Seely is being recognized by the House of Representatives in her home state. The lawmakers have issued a resolution honoring the Grammy-winner on the 50th anniversary of her Opry membership. Seely joined the Grand Ole Opry on September 16, 1967.

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BC/Todd WawrychukSince Carrie Underwood’s husband, Mike Fisher, is a captain for the Nashville Predators, you’d think it would be hard to find another country star who’s as pumped about Music City’s progress in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Dierks Bentley, however, just might be able to give her a run for her money.

“Nashville is just on fire right now, and I think what's so cool about the Predators is it's a young team,” he says. “The energy in [Bridgestone Arena] is just youthful exuberance, excitement.”

“You know, we're an expansion team,” he adds, “and it wasn't that long ago when even the players were donating salary and money to buy tickets to keep the team here.”

Right now, the Preds are just coming off a Wednesday night victory over the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the playoffs.

“Every game they win, hockey just grows more and more exciting in this town,” Dierks says. “More people come check it out.”

“We've got the greatest location for an arena, right there downtown,” he says of the venue he himself recently headlined.

“It's just so fun to be part of that energy and that moment for the Preds. So hopefully, they can keep it going on. It feels like they've really got a good thing going.”

The Music City team will work to hang onto their lead Friday night in Game 2 of the series in St. Louis. After that, they head back to Nashville for Game 3 on Sunday.

Unfortunately, Dierks will be playing Reno, Nevada with Jon Pardi and Cole Swindell on his What the Hell Tour, so he’ll likely have to miss that game.

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Randee St. NicholasTrisha Yearwood is adding a new venture to her lifestyle empire. In addition to her Emmy-winning cooking show, best-selling cookbooks, cookware, and furniture, Trisha’s embarking on a new partnership with the high-end culinary chain Williams-Sonoma.

Starting today, you can order Trisha’s Biscuit Mix, BBQ Sauce, Applewood Molasses Rub, an Unfried Chicken Kit and a Summer in a Cup Cocktail Mix from the company's website.

“Summer in a Cup is a true story from living in Oklahoma…” Trisha tells People. “My friend Mandy made up this drink with fruit juice and coconut rum and we tasted it and she said, ‘That’s summer in a cup.’”

The products will be available at retail locations the middle of next month. They’ll set you back anywhere from $10 to $17 each.

You can check out a behind-the-scenes clip of Trisha shooting photos and video for the products on her Facebook page.

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Capitol NashvilleNearly a year after its release, Keith Urban’s Ripcord is still going strong.

For the past two weeks, it’s been #1 on the Billboard country albums chart, and now it’s also been certified Platinum by the RIAA. That makes Keith one of only two country artists to sell more than a million copies of an album released in 2016. Garth Brooks is the other. 

The fifth single from Ripcord,  Keith’s collaboration with Carrie Underwood on “The Fighter,” is currently making its way toward country’s top ten.

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ABC/Image Group LA Reba McEntire is set to sing the national anthem to kick off this year’s 27th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game in Nashville.

The 2017 edition of the CMA Music Festival tradition will take place Saturday, June 10 at First Tennessee Park, the home of the Nashville Sounds.  Lauren AlainaKellie Pickler, and Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth from ABC’s The Bachelorette are among the first stars who’ve signed up to play in the typically less-than-serious charity game.

Tickets are on sale now, will all the proceeds going to City of Hope, an organization that works to fight cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases.  

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ABC/Image Group LAPop duo The Chainsmokers teased they had a big surprise for fans on social media ahead of their Wednesday night show in Cincinnati, Ohio -- and boy, did they deliver.

For the encore, the duo brought out Florida Georgia Line to perform their collaboration, “Last Day Alive.” The song's the closing track on The Chainsmokers’ chart-topping album, Memories… Do Not Open.

Thursday morning, Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelley gave their fellow duo a shout-out on Twitter and Instagram.

“Thanks to the Chainsmokers for having us last night in Cincinnati!!!” they shared, along with a photo, adding “#epic #thechainsmokers.”

This week,  FGL  continues on their Dig Your Roots Tour with Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane, playing Charleston, South Carolina; Charleston, West Virginia; and Knoxville, Tennessee.

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Thanks to @TheChainsmokers for having us last night in Cincinnati!!! #epic #thechainsmokers pic.twitter.com/OSDfUn8n4P

— Florida Georgia Line (@FLAGALine) April 27, 2017

 



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ABC/Image Group LA Tonight in Toledo, Ohio, two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean kicks off his They Don’t Know Tour at Huntington Center.

While he’s been rehearsing, Jason’s been vocal about how excited he is to perform the tour’s namesake tune, promising the song that also happens to be his new single definitely will be a high point in his set.

The Georgia native believes “They Don’t Know” is simply one of the rarest kinds of songs to have in your arsenal.

“A lot of times, the hardest songs to find are the songs like 'She's Country' and some of those hits that we've had, those big uptempo things we've had in the past,” Jason tells ABC Radio.

“It's easy to find uptempos. It's hard to find really good ones… “ he quips. “'They Don't Know,' that kinda has a little bit of a 'My Kinda Party' vibe,” he says, referencing his #2 hit from 2010.

With a song like “They Don't Know,” Jason says the secret can often be that it seems both new and familiar at the same time.

“I think you look for things across the board that are kinda different… It's just that combination of the two is making people feel like they've kinda heard it before, but it's also different enough where it's something fresh and new,” he adds.  

Both Chris Young and newcomer Kane Brown join Jason for his summer 2017 trek. This weekend, the They Don’t Know Tour also stops in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Five years ago this week, Brad Paisley performed the national anthem for the fictional Denver Nuggets basketball team on this Comedy Central show. Can you name it? ANSWER: South Park.

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Arista NashvilleWith his baseball cap on backwards, Brad Paisley took to stage of the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame to preview the visual version of his new Love and War album Wednesday evening.  

The first of its kind in country music, the roughly 60-minute music film manages to squeeze in all of the considerable special guests on Brad’s eleventh album. Mick Jagger appears mainly in clips from Brad’s home studio in "Drive of Shame,” while the title track with John Fogerty gets a more elaborate treatment on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

Super-producer Timbaland dangles bottles of alcohol in front of Brad and his band on “Grey Goose Chase,” and shows up for a rap cameo on the animated “Solar Power Girl.” Brad manages to squeeze in both his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley and actor David Hasselhoff in the clip for his new single, “Last Time for Everything.”

The Grand Ole Opry performance of “Dying to See Her” with Bill Anderson is just one of several sentimental moments along the way. Brad stages “The Devil Is Alive and Well” on the steps of a burned out East Nashville church, while his #1 hit “Today” is a crowd-sourced collection of once-in-a-lifetime moments.

For his posthumous composition with the Man in Black, Brad travels to Cash Cabin where Johnny crafted his last recordings. “Gold All Over the Ground” is transformed into a tribute to June and Johnny Cash, with their home movies illustrating much of the clip.  

Never fear, Brad’s well-known sense of humor is on full display as well. The perennial jokester takes over the Sleep Number store in a local mall for “Go to Bed Early,” and lip-syncs “Contact High” while indoor sky-diving. Fan-submitted photos populate the hilarious “selfie#theinternetisforever,” while “One Beer Can” plays out the saga of a high school party gone wrong.  

As the collection begins to wind down, we see outtakes and flashbacks to the previous clips as Brad performs “Meaning Again.” Country’s first full-length video album starts as it begins, with the West Virginia native doing “Heaven South” on the square of his Franklin, Tennessee hometown.

You’ll be able to check out the visual version of Brad Paisley’s Love and War yourself this Friday, when it's available exclusively on Apple Music.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock On the heels of her #1 album, WildHorse, and her top-30 single, “Love Triangle,” Raelynn guests on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday. You can watch for her performance starting at 12:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Newcomer Ryan Hurd will join Florida Georgia Line for 14 dates on the Smooth Tour, starting June 15 in Wantagh, New York.

Monday night’s 18th annual Nashville Best Cellars dinner raised more than $225,000 for the T.J. Martell Foundation. Eric ChurchLittle Big Town’s Karen FairchildPhillip Sweet and Jimi WestbrookReba McEntireDustin LynchMartina McBride and Cole Swindell were just some of the stars who turned out to help raise money in the fight against leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

Keith Urban’s Ripcord album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in April.

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ABC/Image Group LA Without the investment of their music teachers, country music likely wouldn’t have superstars like Little Big Town and Kelsea Ballerini. That was the overwhelming sentiment Wednesday night, as the CMA Foundation hosted its second annual CMA Music Teachers of Excellence dinner at the Stadium Club at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.

While Karen FairchildKimberly SchlapmanPhillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook were prepared to host the evening, the CMA Vocal Group of the Year didn’t know they were also in for a surprise. They were reunited with the four music teachers who nurtured their talents long before they formed Little Big Town.

In a pre-recorded segment, Kelsea Ballerini paid a return visit to Central High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, visiting with a pivotal figure in her life, teacher Beckye Thomas.

Brad PaisleyDarius RuckerCamCassadee Pope and Zac Brown Band all reflected on how music education had affected them in another video that wrapped up the night.

Funded by the money raised during CMA Music Festival, the CMA Foundation has given more than $17.5 million to music education in the past 17 years. It all started in 2000, when Kix Brooks spearheaded the effort to give $1 million worth of instruments to Metro Nashville Public Schools.

In all, 31 music educators were honored Wednesday night: 25 from Music City, and six more from across the U.S.

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BMLGBrett Young may be a relative newcomer on the country scene, but he’s making some impressive strides.

The California native is the first country artist to have a single go Gold in 2017.  The song that did it for Brett is “In Case You Didn’t Know,” which is currently at #7 on the chart. That puts Brett on par with major pop hitmakers like Ed Sheeran and The Chainsmokers, who’ve also had a song sell more than 500,000 copies this year.

“My fans are amazing,” Brett says. “To have this success with my debut project is just unreal. Writing these songs was very therapeutic for me and to have them connect the way they do is humbling.”

Brett’s chart-topping first single, “Sleep Without You,” has been certified Gold as well. Both songs are on his self-titled debut album.

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ABC/Image Group LAThursday night, Chris Young kicks off his summer-long trek with ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean, as the They Don’t Know Tour makes its first stop at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

As you might expect, in the days leading up to the kick-off, the guys have been rehearsing. Chris even gave his fans a little preview earlier this week.

“Making good use of the video screens at rehearsal today…” he shared on social media, along with a short clip of his band playing in front of the video wall. “Ready to start this tour with Jason Aldean #herewego” he added.

Chris also gave a shout-out to the tour opener. “Really pumped that Kane Brown is on this tour as well… Dude is a talent!” he said of the newcomer.

On the heels of his recent #1, “Sober Saturday Night,” Chris has been busy working on new music. So far, we don’t know how the Murfreesboro, Tennessee native will follow his hit collaboration with Vince Gill.

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Making good use of the video screens at rehearsal today😎😎😎 ready to start this tour with @Jason_Aldean #herewego pic.twitter.com/33K9VR7bfe

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L-R: Jonathan Demme and David Byrne; Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesNot only did the late Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme helm such acclaimed dramas as Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, he was also a concert film visionary.

Demme, who died Wednesday at age 73, directed Stop Making Sense, the groundbreaking 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary. The film gained accolades for its imaginative construction and editing, and was the first to be shot entirely using digital audio.

Demme also directed a trilogy of concert film/documentaries featuring Neil Young: 2006’s Heart of Gold, 2009’s Neil Young Trunk Show, and 2012’s Neil Young Journeys.

Demme’s music video work included the video for Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia," and Bruce's 1995 clip for "Murder Incorporated."

In addition, Demme directed 1985’s “Sun City” video for Artists United Against Apartheid, the activist group founded by Little Steven Van Zandt. The project featured Springsteen, Bono, Ringo Starr, Jackson Browne, Keith Richards and many others.

One of Demme's final projects was a multimedia film for a new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibit called the Power of Rock Experience that'll premiere at the Hall July 1. Earlier this month, Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris told ABC Radio that the 12-minute film compresses 31 years of footage from Hall induction ceremonies into "an immersive experience based on the emotions of rock 'n roll."

In a statement to ABC Radio today, Harris said, “Jonathan had a keen ability to meld his passion for music and storytelling in works that showed us the world in a new light. It was an honor to have worked with him on one of his last projects.”

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