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Mercury NashvilleShania Twain released her first full-fledged solo music video since 2005’s “I Ain’t No Quitter” on Thursday, and the music video icon didn’t disappoint.

The new clip for “Life’s About to Get Good” finds the Canadian superstar at home in bed -- depressed, hair in a towel, wearing her pajamas, mirroring the lyrics of the song. When the mail arrives, a brochure sets her dreaming about a tropical vacation, and a singing/dancing array of maids and bellmen arrives to instantly transform her life.

Along the way, Shania’s vacation genies spruce up her living space and clean out her closet, which leads to a quick trip down memory lane. The country/pop legend refuses to part with a fringed western number from earlier in her career, and with a wink quickly tries on an outfit reminiscent of the “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” video.

You can check out all the fun of the “Life’s About to Get Good” video on YouTube. Shania’s first album in 15 years, NOW, comes out September 29.

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The Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett’s third album is set to come out September 8, and it’ll be called Life Changes. It’s an appropriate title, since TR and wife Lauren just adopted their first daughter, from Uganda, and their first biological child is due any day now.  

The ACM Male Vocalist of the Year co-produced the record and had a hand in writing ten of its fourteen tracks. It also includes a duet with his dad, nineties hitmaker and successful songwriter Rhett Akins, on a tune called “Drink a Little Beer.”

Along the way, TR flirts with everything from rap to rock to smooth jazz to Motown.

“I am and will always be a country artist,” Thomas says of the variety of styles on the album. “It’s who I am, it’s in my blood.”

He goes on: “I will always try to push boundaries because that rebellious side has been in me since I was a kid.  My voice and my journey that inspired these songs is the glue that makes this album cohesive. This is where I’m at musically, and these are my stories.”

TR is following up his #1 single “Craving You” by releasing the new tune, “Unforgettable.”

Here’s the complete track list for Life Changes, which is available for pre-order now:

“Craving You” (featuring Maren Morris)
“Unforgettable”
“Sixteen”
“Drink a Little Beer” (featuring Rhett Akins)
“Marry Me”
“Leave Right Now”
“Smooth Like the Summer”
“Life Changes”
“When You Look Like That”
“Sweetheart”
“Kiss Me Like a Stranger”
“Renegades”
“Gateway Love”
“Grave”

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ABC/Randy HolmesThis past weekend, Hillary Scott’s daughter Eisele celebrated her fourth birthday on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour.

“The theme of Eisele’s party was Flamingos with a dash of Princess. A weekend she’ll never forget!” Hillary shared on Twitter, along with a video wrap-up of the festivities.

Sure enough, the four-year-old’s celebration included two princesses -- who even ventured into the bouncy house with her -- and a cake shaped like a castle. Eisele also decorated cupcakes while visiting with opener Kelsea Ballerini and inquiring as to the whereabouts of her dog, Dibs.  

Meanwhile, a shirtless Charles Kelley played volleyball with the locals in Gilford, New Hamphire, while Dave Haywood road his bike and took to the water on a jet ski.

You can check out Lady A’s latest adventures on their socials. This week, the band, Kelsea and Brett Young swing through the Sunshine State.

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Party coves and princesses... just another week out on the #YouLookGoodWorldTour! pic.twitter.com/t80TVx0caF

— Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum) July 26, 2017

 

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Comstock/Thinkstock In 1991, Earl Thomas Conley scored a #2 hit with this duet with Keith Whitley. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Brotherly Love."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock You can start the day August 7 with Brett Eldredge, as he promotes his self-titled new album on NBC’s Today show. Brett will sing, interview and co-host parts of the show, starting at 8 a.m. local time.

Ricky Skaggs will do his first full-blown country concert in twenty years on Saturday, September 2 at the Nashville Palace.

Newcomers Ryan HurdSeth Ennis and The Sisterhood will play a pre-game party Saturday, July 29 at Nashville’s George Jones Museum, ahead of the English Premier League soccer match-up between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur that night at Nissan Stadium.

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ABC/Image Group LAThis Saturday night, Backstreet Boys join Florida Georgia LineNelly and Chris Lane on the Smooth Tour. After his set at Target Field in Minneapolis, Chris is looking forward to venturing into the crowd and enjoying the show.

“I'm a huge Backstreet Boys fan,” he says. “I mean, I always have been. They know that at this point!” Chris laughs. “I've told them plenty of times.”

“But my goal for the big stadium shows,” he continues, “I'm gonna do my set, I'm gonna give it everything I've got, I'm gonna kick it off in the right way every single night. And then I'm gonna put on a different outfit, whatever I need to do, I'm gonna go into the pit and I'm gonna have the time of my life for the rest of the evening.”

Chris is actually such a BSB superfan that he’s going to have to alter his set for the stadium shows with the band.

“I actually do a Backstreet Boys' song,” the “Fix” hitmaker says. “It's the start of a medley. I do 'I Want It That Way' and people always say something about that part of the set. They love it. I mean, everybody loves a good throwback, right?... But I'm actually gonna have to change it up at that point, because I can't do one of their songs!” he laughs.  

Thursday night, FGL, Nelly and Chris play BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chris’s latest single, “For Her,” is just one step away from country’s top 15.

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BMLGMidland may be enjoying their first top-ten in the U.S. with their debut single, but to the north, the new trio has already hit #1.

This week, “Drinkin’ Problem” climbs to the top of the Canadian country charts. It’s the lead single from the band’s debut album, which comes out September 22.

Band member Cameron Duddy -- who’s previously made a name for himself directing music videos -- also found out this week he’s up for a 2017 MTV Video Music Awards for his work with Bruno Mars on the “24K Magic” clip. He’s won previously for the pop star’s “Locked Out of Heaven” video.

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CurbDylan Scott’s first #1 may be called “My Girl,” but his firstborn will be a little boy.

The Louisiana native and his wife shared their gender reveal on social media Wednesday.

Blair and I are over the moon excited about our little BOY!!” Dylan added, along with a video of the couple launching a confetti cannon that showered them in blue.

As he awaits the arrival of his son, the newcomer is busier than ever. Dylan Scott Deluxe, the re-issue of his debut album, comes out August 4, and features his new single, “Hooked.”

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Blair and I are over the moon excited about our little BOY!! pic.twitter.com/iRoWhZ0gSF

— Dylan Scott (@DylanScottCntry) July 26, 2017

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Atlantic/Warner Music NashvilleLast week, Brett Eldredge shared a photo of him eating ice cream with his brother Brice, wishing him a happy birthday. Now, it seems Brett has another present for his older sibling: he’s written a song for him on his new album.

Brett recalls how “Brother” came to be.

“A couple of years ago, my brother was going through a tough time,” he remembers. “He was kind of heartbroken, but I think, as brothers, you don’t always talk about a lot of things. You try to play it tough.”

“So instead of having a talk, I wrote the song,” Brett explains. “We’re all way too sensitive in life to not be able to tell somebody our feelings and say we care about them and that we love them.”

“Brother” is one of twelve tracks on Brett’s self-titled third album, which comes out August 4.

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I look up this old man @BriceEldredge so much...today is his birthday...happy birthday brother Brice pic.twitter.com/6MBPPPiXkC

— Brett Eldredge (@bretteldredge) July 20, 2017

 


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Mercury NashvilleShania Twain’s first music video in more than five years is coming on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the country/pop superstar shared a short, music-less clip of her walking along the beach in a brightly-colored dress, adding simply “Tomorrow #LifesAboutToGetGood,” along with a camera emoji.

Shania’s most recent music video came early in 2012, when she re-recorded “Endless Love” with Lionel Richie for his Tuskegee album.

“Life’s About to Get Good” is the lead single from Shania’s NOW album, which comes out September 29.

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🎥 Tomorrow#LifesAboutToGetGood pic.twitter.com/Kjo7FaJqyM

— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) July 26, 2017

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Comstock/Thinkstock Last October at the Nashville concert celebrating Garth Brooks' seven diamond certifications from the RIAA, Kelly Clarkson broke format by demanding that Steve Wariner sing this song. Can you name the tune that topped the Billboard chart thirty years ago this week, to become Wariner's sixth #1? ANSWER:  "The Weekend."

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John Peets PhotographyIf you haven’t heard of Ashley McBryde yet, chances are, you’re going to.

The Arkansas native caught the attention of Eric Church, so much so that he invited her onstage during his Chicago stop on the Holdin’ My Own Tour to perform her song, “Bible and a .44.” He also added her to his September dates in Tuscaloosa and Orange Beach, Alabama with Brothers Osborne.

McBryde is currently working on her next album with Eric’s longtime producer, Jay Joyce.

This week, CMT added the video for Ashley's latest single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” which was shot just outside of Nashville in Watertown, Tennessee, where Ashley now lives. You can check it out on YouTube.

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Rounder RecordsIt’s been two months since Gregg Allman died, with his album Southern Blood still in production.  Now we’ve got a release date for the rock legend’s final studio project.

Southern Blood will be released September 8, and is available to order today via GreggAllman.com.  It’ll come in at least a half-dozen configurations, including a standard CD, a deluxe CD with two extra tracks and a bonus DVD, a limited edition first-run LP on colored vinyl with an exclusive lithograph, and various other packages that include T-shirts and other merch.

If you’re a completist, you’re also going to want a copy of a limited-edition, numbered and double-sided picture disc.  It’ll only be offered through select local record stores, or if you pre-order Southern Blood on Allman’s website.

Southern Blood, produced by studio great Don Was, features Allman performing songs from familiar friends, past collaborators and music legends, including Lowell George, Bob Dylan, Willie Dixon, Tim Buckley, Jerry Garcia, and Jackson Browne, the latter of whom’s featured on the album’s closing track, “Song for Adam,” which Browne also wrote.  Allman himself co-wrote the album’s opener, “My Only True Friend,” with Scott Sharrard, lead guitarist and musical director for the Gregg Allman Band for the last nine years.

You can order Southern Blood now, and check out all of the different offerings, on GreggAllman.com.

Gregg Allman died in Savannah, Georgia, on May 27 of liver cancer at age 69 following years of failing health.

Here’s the Southern Blood track list, with songwriter credits:

“My Only True Friend“ (Gregg Allman-Scott Sharrard)
“Once I Was“ (Tim Buckley-Larry Beckett)
“Going Gone“ (Bob Dylan)
“Black Muddy River“ (Jerome J. Garcia-Robert C. Hunter)
“I Love the Life I Live“ (Willie Dixon)
“Willin’“ (Lowell George)
“Blind Bats and Swamp Rats“ (Jack Avery)
“Out of Left Field“ (Dewey Lindon Oldham Jr.-Dan Penn)
“Love Like Kerosene“ (Scott Sharrard)
“Song for Adam” (featuring Jackson Browne) (Jackson Browne)

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Lorrie Morgan will play Nashville’s famed Bluebird Café on August 2, along with her brother, songwriter Marty Morgan. Tickets go on sale Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. CT.

Response to the Grand Ole Opry’s special Sunday show to commemorate next month’s total eclipse has been so swift, they’ve added a second performance. A 9:30 p.m. set will follow the earlier, sold-out show on August 20. Little Big TownDarius RuckerWynonna and Nashville’s Charles Esten are all on the bill.  Tickets go on sale Thursday at 12 p.m. CT.

Kellie Pickler and Phil Vassar are teaming up for a new Christmas single and a yuletide tour. Their duet is called “The Naughty List.” They’ll launch A Christmas Tour Friday, November 24 in Wheeling, West Virginia.

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ABC/Paula LoboKelsea Ballerini’s second album will arrive November 3, and will be titled Unapologetically.

She tells ABC Radio it’s a title she’s given a lot of thought.

“I really feel like album titles, it's more than just naming the body of twelve songs,” Kelsea explains. “It's really kind of naming that chapter of life.”

She goes on: “[M]y first one was called The First Time, and it really was like the first time I put out an album, the first time I heard my song on the radio, the first time I played the Opry, all of these firsts that it really encompassed."

Kelsea believes the word Unapologetically perfectly captures how she’s trying to live her life these days.

“I think with this next chapter… I've just really, in writing for it, and now in releasing it, I really just want to be unapologetic with how I feel and who I am, and what I do,” she admits. “I just think that it's a beautiful, really free thing to be.” 

Kelsea’s current hit, “Legends,” is the lead single from Unapologetically. Look for the album’s track listing and  cover to be revealed soon.

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ABC/Randy HolmesAll the kids on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour seem to be in love with Kelsea Ballerini.

Earlier, Hillary Scott told ABC Radio she thinks her daughter Eisele really believes Kelsea is a Disney princess. Tuesday morning, Charles Kelley shared an adorable video of his son Ward, transfixed as he watched his dad’s opening act sing her latest hit, “Legends,” on ABC's Good Morning America.

“Cheering on his first crush @Kelsea Ballerini on @GMA this morning!” Charles added. In the clip, the Lady A singer repeatedly tries to get his son’s attention, but the toddler refuses to look away from the TV screen. He eventually acquiesces and says, “Kelsea!”

“He’s getting all the cheek kisses when he’s back on the road,” Kelsea replied.

Kelsea, Lady A and Brett Young will be back together again Thursday as they trek through Jacksonville, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida this week.

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Cheering on his first crush @KelseaBallerini on @GMA this morning! pic.twitter.com/mYcIYZ8Dbj

— Charles Kelley (@charleskelleyla) July 25, 2017

 

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Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker will release his fifth studio album for Capitol Nashville on October 20. Titled When Was the Last Time, the record takes its name from its current single, “For the First Time.”

The album’s first release, “If I Told You,” became Darius’s eighth country #1 back in June.

The South Carolina native’s most recent project, Southern Style, came out more than two years ago, in March of 2015.

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CMTIt’s already been a big summer for Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys. They’re playing stadiums together, and FGL helped BSB score their first #1 country hit with “God, Your Mama and Me.”

Now they’re adding another major event to their calendars. Early next month, they’ll trade lines on each other’s hits as they ready a new edition of CMT Crossroads.

“It’s been really cool to collaborate with BSB in so many different ways this year,” FGL’s Brian Kelley says. “And to be able to take our friendship -- and smooth new dance moves -- up a notch with this full-blown concert together is going to be epic!”

BSB’s Brian Littrell apparently even gives his seal of approval to FGL’s newfound choreography.

“Being such fans of each other, this is a really fun way for us to put our mark on our songs,” Brian says of the Crossroads special. “It’s going to be a fun night with seven guys who really admire one another. I’m looking forward to what comes of it!”

“Getting us all under one roof in Nashville will be fire,” FGL’s Tyler Hubbard agrees. “We can’t wait to jump in on each other’s songs and add our flavor to ones we grew up listening to!”

You’ll be able to check out Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet’s latest endeavor when their episode of CMT Crossroads premieres Wednesday, August 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

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ABC/Paula LoboKelsea Ballerini’s sophomore album, Unapologetically, is set to be released November 3.

The “Peter Pan” hitmaker spilled the details to ABC’s Robin Roberts Tuesday on Good Morning America.

“It’s been such a secret. I’m so excited!” Kelsea said, as she jumped up and down and the audience cheered. She went on to reveal her follow-up to The First Time will focus on the themes of loss and love and life.

Kelsea closed her appearance by performing the album’s lead single, “Legends.” If you missed it, you can check out her GMA segment online.

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Comstock/Thinkstock The late songwriter Andrew Dorff wrote Rascal Flatts' current #1, "Yours If You Want It," and his father, Steve Dorff, also composed this chart-topping tune from George Strait's Pure Country movie. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "I Cross My Heart."

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