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ABC/Randy HolmesGarth Brooks wore a custom-made Arizona Cardinals jersey Saturday night as he played State Farm Stadium near Phoenix.

During the show, the man whose number he’d been wearing -- #11 wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald -- came onstage to present him with a shirt of his own, according to the Arizona Republic.

This time, the number on the back was 1, signifying that Garth had not only broken the record for attendance at the venue, but for any concert ever in the state of Arizona, selling nearly 78,000 tickets for the night.

As for the show itself, the weather was pleasant enough they were able to open the stadium’s roof, as Garth delivered the set fans demand: his much-loved classics, covers, and a preview of his new album, which will be called Fun.

In addition to his new opener “The Road I’m On” and his top ten hit, “All Day Long,” fans can access two more new tracks via Amazon: his current single, “Stronger Than Me” and a rough mix of the new track “Courage of Love.”

According to the Republic, we can expect Fun to be released in full sometime in June.

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ABC/Image Group LAJohn and TJ Osborne must be creatures of the night.

Believe it or not, Brothers Osborne has never performed on national TV during the day, but that’ll soon change on April 2. That’s the day the CMA and ACM Vocal Duo of the Year will make their debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

They’ll sing their current hit, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You),” which is the second single from their sophomore album, Port Saint Joe.

Check your local listings to see when the syndicated show airs in your area.  

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you want to hear a preview of Midland’s new single, all you need to do is call Mr. Lonely.

The lead single from the trio’s forthcoming sophomore album is, in fact, called “Mr. Lonely,” and you can -- quite truthfully -- text or call to get a sneak peak.

The number you need is 512-648-6364, as Midland shared on their socials. If you’d like to just click your mouse instead, you can check out CallMrLonely.com.

“Mr. Lonely” is the follow-up to Midlands’s #2 hit, “Burn Out,” which followed the trio’s #1 debut, “Drinkin’ Problem,” from their first album, On the Rocks.

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Academy of Country MusicThe party leading up to the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas is getting bigger.

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary ScottOld DominionCole SwindellMidlandLOCASHDeana Carter, Lindsay Ell, and Tenille Townes are joining the lineup for the 7th ACM Party for a Cause. The weekend’s worth of events kicks off Friday, April 5 with ACM Stories, Songs & Stars, and wraps up on Sunday with the Official After Party.

You can find out more at PartyForACause.com. All proceeds go to ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy.

Tune in to watch the 2019 ACM Awards Sunday, April 7 at 8 p.m. ET, live from MGM Grand Garden Arena on CBS.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty-eight years ago this week, Willie Nelson topped the country chart with this heavenly tune. Can you name his hit from the Honeysuckle Rose soundtrack? ANSWER: "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground."

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Jimmie Allen and Scotty McCreery toured together earlier this year on Scotty's Seasons Change trek, but that's far from the only thing the two chart toppers have in common.

Their relationship actually goes all the way back to 2011, the year Scotty won American Idol. It turns out Jimmie was on that season, too.

"I actually haven't watched it probably since the season after I did it," Jimmie confesses. "I did it season ten, I watched season eleven, because everyone that made [the] top forty my year that got sent home with me went back and made top twenty-four."

"Because I remember I got a few calls from people," the "Best Shot" hitmaker continues. "They were like, 'Hey, you know, if you come back this year, you'll probably make top twenty-four.' And I was like, 'Yeah, I'm good.'"

Jimmie admits his interest is heightened now that American Idol has new judges, and a new home on ABC.

"I think I'm gonna check out some of this season," he tells ABC Radio, "just to see the difference and stuff like that. I'm a huge Katy Perry fan. Yeah, and Lionel [Richie] and Luke [Bryan]. I like all of 'em!"

Since Lionel presented the Entertainer of the Year trophy at last year's CMA Awards, he and Jimmie have already come face to face.

I got to meet Lionel, too, at CMAs. I about passed out," he confesses. "I about fainted."

"Like, 'That's Lionel Richie. Like, THE guy! Mr. Commodores himself..." Jimmie laughs.

The Hollywood Rounds begin Sunday night on American Idol , from the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. You can tune in to watch at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Meanwhile, Jimmie's second single, "Make Me Want To," is currently making its way up the chart.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock  Kellie Pickler is nominated for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host at this year's Daytime Emmys, alongside her Pickler & Ben partner, Ben Aaron.

Dustin Lynch will celebrate the chart-topping success of "Good Girl" Monday at an invitation-only party in downtown Nashville.

 "Good Lord," the new single from newcomer Abby Anderson, is set to be released on Friday. Abby hits the road on tour with Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas in May.

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ABC/Randy HolmesJennifer Nettles is using her new song, “I Can Do Hard Things,” to encourage women to tell their stories -- and develop communities where they can do just that.

“This song took on a life quickly and unexpectedly,” Jennifer explains. “For me, in writing it, I was just writing my own Truth and story. But what I have come to see is that so many women share this Truth, and that inspired me to make an invitation.”

That invitation comes in the form of a black-and-white video for the song, filmed in Nashville and Brooklyn. It features eight women who all give a glimpse into their lives.

You’ll be able to get your first look at the clip Friday during the 10 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. The full video will follow Friday on YouTube, but you can watch a short public service announcement about Jennifer’s project now.

“When you share your own story, you own your power,” she says of the undertaking. “And when you own your power, it is harder for someone to take it from you.”

“When you share in community,” Jennifer continues, “you protect each other’s power and that makes it even harder for someone to take it from you.”  

The song that inspired the new movement, “I Can Do Hard Things,” is available to stream or download now.

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ABC/Image Group LAThere’s a new member of Carrie Underwood’s family -- no, not her new baby Jacob.  This time, it’s a horse named Bojangles.

“Every cowboy needs a horse… and a hat,” the “Love Wins” hitmaker shared on Instagram, along with photos of her husband Mike Fisher enjoying both.

“I’m still working with him on the Southern accent,” she said of her Canadian-born, ex-hockey-player spouse, adding, “Meet Bojangles… newest addition to the Fisher family!”

Mike posted a photo of himself posting with his new acquisition -- wearing a baseball cap instead of the cowboy gear -- on his own Insta.

“Ever since I was a kid I’ve always wanted horses,” he explained. “Today I got my first! Bojangles is finally home!”

It sounds like at least one more equine member of the Fisher clan is on the way, too: Mike added “He’ll have a dancing partner in a couple days.”

Carrie and Mike now have more room for livestock, since moving to one-thousand acres in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville.  Jacob joined the family in January; the couple also have four-year-old Isaiah.

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James Devaney/Getty ImagesChris Lane and his girlfriend have taken things to the next level.

Former Bachelor bride-to-be Lauren Bushnell has relocated from Los Angeles to Nashville and moved into a downtown condo with the “I Don’t Know About You” hitmaker.

Coincidentally, Chris has long been an avid fan of the ABC reality series. Lauren finished season twenty in 2016 by accepting Ben Higgins’ proposal, though they later broke up.

“Lauren moving to Nashville has been the best thing for our relationship,” Chris tells People. “It’s been such an easy transition and she makes each day even better.”

“There is nothing like waking up next to the person I love,” he adds, “going about my day -- working out and working on music -- and then coming back home to her! I’m a lucky guy.”

The pair first stepped out in public as a couple in November at the BMI Awards in Music City, but it turns out they’d actually been friends for years. According to Chris, their romance developed on a “random trip" to the Bahamas.

He took her home to meet his parents in Kernersville, North Carolina in December.

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you watched Dan Shay’s February performance at the Grammys closely, you might’ve noticed that Shay Mooney had a minor wardrobe malfunction: He left the barn door open, as they say in the South. In other words, his fly was open.

Of course, any embarrassment Shay might’ve felt was no doubt smoothed over by the fact the duo took home a Grammy for the song they were singing, “Tequila" -- but fans have their backs when it comes to their upcoming award show appearance.

As Dan Shay prepare to take the stage at the April 7 ACM Awards in Las Vegas, one follower joked on Twitter, “Make sure your pants are zipped for this performance,” and added the laugh-until-you-cry emoji.

Shay took it in stride, though, retweeting the post and adding, “I’ve decided to go sans pants.”

In case you don't speak French, "sans" means "without."

Shay and Dan Smyers are in a pretty good spot going into the ACMs: They tie Chris Stapleton as this year’s most-nominated act, with six nods. Dan could even pick up several extra trophies as a writer and producer.

You can tune in to see who wins -- and what Shay wears -- Sunday, April 7 as the 54th ACMs air live from MGM Grand Garden Arena starting at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Atlantic/Warner NashvilleAshley McBryde’s been nominated for a Grammy and two Academy of Country Music Awards -- but now, she has a shot at a Daytime Emmy.

The “Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” hitmaker is up for Outstanding Musical Performance in a Daytime Program for singing her current single, “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” plus her song “American Scandal,” on CBS This Morning Saturday.

“Holy crap! What is life right now!?!” the critical favorite reacted on social media. “Thank you so much.”

Both tunes are from her Grammy-nominated major label debut, Girl Going Nowhere. If you missed Ashley’s award-worthy performances from late December, you can watch them via Facebook and YouTube.

In the past, both Trisha Yearwood and Little Big Town have taken home the coveted trophies.

The 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will be handed out Sunday, May 5 at California's Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Next month, the Arkansas native is up for both New Female Artist and Female Artist of the Year at the ACMs in Las Vegas.

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ABC/Image Group LA If there's ever been a country equivalent of Survivor's Rocky smash, "Eye of the Tiger," it just may be LANCO's driving new single, "Rival."

Lead singer Brandon Lancaster and drummer Tripp Howell wrote the song one night after hitting on a universal theme.

"It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or what you're doing in life," Brandon explains, "everyone has a moment where they feel like their back is against the wall where maybe people aren't rooting for 'em."

Brandon and Tripp conceived "Rival" as an anthem to encourage you when you're in that situation.

"It's important to tell people that you matter and you're important and be proud of who you are, be proud of where you come from," Brandon goes on. "And go do what you want in life, and if there is anyone that wants to stand in your way, that's all right, that's just reality. Chock 'em up as a rival and use 'em as motivation."

Though LANCO's follow-up to their debut album, Hallelujah Nights, isn't finished yet, they agree "Rival" is a good preview of their sophomore record.

"I think with any song you want to think of an idea a lot of people can relate to," Brandon continues, "that you can also relate to strongly, and it kinda met those two qualifications... But it also just was a good introduction to the next chapter of what we want to do.  

LANCO's nominated for both Group of the Year and New Duo or Group of the Year at next month's Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas.  They're currently on the Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour with label mate Luke Combs.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Seventeen years ago this week, Faith Hill performed this song from the movie Pearl Harbor at the Academy Awards. Can you name it? ANSWER: "There You'll Be."

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Scotty McCreery celebrated his second consecutive number one, "This Is It," at a party Wednesday afternoon at ASCAP in Nashville.

The American Idol winner admits it's particularly sweet, because it wasn't that long ago he faced an uncertain future, after parting ways with his first record label.

"One of the things I've learned through my whole life is that things are never on a straight line," the North Carolina native reflects. "It's never always gonna be up, it's never always gonna be down. You've just gotta keep rolling.  And I can think back to plenty of times in my life where I got knocked down and had to get back up again. 2016 was that year for me, musically..."

Scotty goes on: "I could go [back] to middle school in my seventh grade year, getting cut from my baseball team," he continues, "And I was just like, 'Are you kidding me?'"

But Scotty faced his challenges in the music industry much like he dealt with his teenage disappointment.

"I worked my tail off for an entire year," he recalls, "tried out again in eighth grade, and I was the number-one pitcher and our clean-up batter that whole year..."

"So there's a lot of moments in life where you get knocked down," Scotty explains, "but you can have one of two reactions: you can just say, 'Oh, that stinks and I'll never do that again.' Or you can pick yourself up, work harder, and go at it again. And that's kinda what I did back then, and what I did these last couple years."

Scotty's third single from his Seasons Change album -- and perhaps his third #1 -- is the track "In Between."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock  Kacey Musgraves and her husband, Ruston Kelly, are both set to play Lollapalooza August 1-4 in Grant Park in Chicago.

Tanya Tucker is launching her own of tequila called Cosa Salvaje, which means "wild thing" in Spanish. You can find out more at CosaSalvajeTequila.com.

1959's "Long Black Veil" by Country Music Hall of Famer Lefty Frizzell is one of songs being included in the latest class of the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. 

If you missed Jordan Davis doing his #1 hit, "Take It from Me," on ABC's Good Morning America, you can check out his performance online.

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Nordstrom, Inc.A major figure in the fashion industry been spending some time in Music City, and who better to entertain him than Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Dolly Parton?

Christian Louboutin -- famed for his expensive, highly coveted, red-bottomed women’s shoes -- came to Nashville this week to promote his Optical Illusions Spring/Summer collection at Nordstrom.

On Tuesday night, Karen and her husband Jimi Westbrook hosted a cocktail party for the famed high-heel designer at their private home. Martina McBrideOld Dominion’s Brad TursiBrothers Osborne’s John Osborne and more big names were there.

“Last night was one for the books,” Karen posted on Instagram. “Thank you Mr. Louboutin for coming to Nashville and thank you for the most insane boots. You know my love language.”

You can check out Karen’s new dazzling gold ankle boots in the photo accompanying the post.

Earlier in the week, Dolly Parton threw a dinner party for Mr. Louboutin with her fashion guru, Steve Summers.

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Bob D'Amico/ABCReba McEntire’s been under the weather lately, after what she originally thought was laryngitis turned out to be a strep infection.

But even though she was forced to postpone a concert and miss Monday’s announcement of the 2019 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame, you can bet she’ll be back in time to host the ACMs on Sunday, April 7 in Las Vegas.

In fact, if you’re willing to make a donation to charity, you can join her. Reba’s partnering with Omaze to give away a VIP trip to the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards, all to benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the organization’s charitable arm.

If you win, you’ll get airfare to Sin City, four-star accommodations, and a chance to meet Reba and hang out with her entourage. You’ll also get to see her rehearse her new single from Stronger Than the Truth, which comes out April 5.

You’d better hurry though, because you only have a handful of days to enter. The contest ends March 24 at 11:59 p.m. PT. You can find out more at Omaze.com/Reba.

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ABC/Randy HolmesMichael Ray’s “One that Got Away” is nearing the top of the country chart in the U.S., but it’s clearly a huge hit in Australia as well.

The Florida native posted the proof on social media on Wednesday, showing the crowd Down Under drowning him out as he sang his hit at the CMC Rocks festival.

“I can’t believe how incredible this year has been and the life you all have given “One that Got Away” all around the world,” Michael captioned the clip.

“The crew and I celebrated it going Top 5 in the states, while in Australia,” he explained. “For me, this year is about moments, slowing down and living in them, so if you need me, I will be living in this moment over and over for a while!”

“Thank y’all for showing up, stealing the show and making my dreams come true,” he closed.

Michael also posted some pretty cute photos with his fiancée Carly Pearce and a koala. Eventually, Carly took the koala's place, putting a leaf in her mouth, and jumping into the arms of her husband-to-be.

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ABC/Image Group LADierks Bentley’s the latest country star to be drafted by the NFL.

While he won’t be hitting the football field anytime soon, he'll be doing a free concert next month when the NFL Draft comes to Nashville, just like Tim McGraw.

Both shows will take place on the Draft Main Stage at First and Broadway in downtown Nashville. Tim will play Friday, April 26; while Dierks will fire up the amps on Saturday, April 27.

That Saturday will be a particularly busy day in Music City: It’s also when the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon takes place.

Former Nashville star Charles Esten and Charlie Worsham will play sets during the NFL Draft, the first one ever to include a free music series.

You can find out more at NFL.com/DraftExperience.

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