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BMLGFlorida Georgia Line will follow up their #1, “Simple,” with the track “Talk You Out of It.”

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley originally released the song back in July, as a preview of their forthcoming fourth album.

“‘Talk You Out of It’ has a very different feel for us… It’s the baby-making song on the album,” Tyler laughs. “But really, BK and I are always challenging ourselves creatively and knew that we had to record it when we first heard it."
 
“The vibe was just so money,” Brian agrees. “Nothing like a good date night in!”

“Talk You Out of It” is available to stream or download now, and you can check out its lyric video on YouTube as well.

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BMLGFlorida Georgia Line will follow up their #1, “Simple,” with the track “Talk You Out of It.”

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley originally released the song back in July, as a preview of their forthcoming fourth album.

“‘Talk You Out of It’ has a very different feel for us… It’s the baby-making song on the album,” Tyler laughs. “But really, BK and I are always challenging ourselves creatively and knew that we had to record it when we first heard it."
 
“The vibe was just so money,” Brian agrees. “Nothing like a good date night in!”

“Talk You Out of It” is available to stream or download now, and you can check out its lyric video on YouTube as well.

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ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley will executive-produce a new single-camera comedy set in a Nashville bar, according to Variety.

It’s a topic the Arizona native knows a thing or two about, since he regularly played the honky tonks on the Music City stretch known as Lower Broadway before being discovered.  On top of that, Dierks now runs one of his own establishments in that area: Whiskey Row.

The show will be written and executive produced by Last Man Standing creator Jack Burditt. Dierks’ manager, Mary Hilliard Harrington, will be an EP on the show as well.  

Right now, the show has a pilot commitment from Fox.

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Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert duets with Dolly Parton on the new version of her first hit, 1966’s “Dumb Blonde,” for the soundtrack of the new Netflix film Dumplin’.

Bluegrass powerhouse Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, rocker Elle King, pop star Sia, and R&B’s Mavis Staples and Macy Gray join Dolly on the album too, as do the film’s stars, Jennifer Aniston and Danielle MacDonald.

In the movie, MacDonald plays a teen who finds inspiration in Dolly’s music, as she rebels against the beauty pageant culture embraced by her mother, who’s portrayed by Aniston.

The 12-track album includes re-recordings of six Parton classics, as well as six new songs she crafted with writer/producer Linda Perry. The streaming version of the project will include both the original versions and remixes of Dolly’s songs from the movie.

The new song, “Girl in the Movies,” has already been nominated for Best Original Song from a Feature Film at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. It’ll be available to stream or download on November 2.

So far, we don’t know when Dumplin’ will premiere on Netflix. Here’s the complete track listing for the soundtrack, which comes out November 30:

“Girl in the Movies”
“Push & Pull” (with Jennifer Aniston & Danielle MacDonald)
“Here I Am” (with Sia)
“Dumb Blonde” (with Miranda Lambert)
“Why” (with Mavis Staples)
“If We Don’t” (with Rhonda Vincent and Alison Krauss)
“Red Shoes”
“Holdin’ On to You” (with Elle King)
“Here You Come Again” (with Willa Amal)
“Who”
“Jolene” (New String Mix)
“Two Doors Down” (with Macy Gray featuring Dorothy)

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ABC/Randy HolmesFirst came Dan Shay the album, and next year, Dan Shay The Tour will follow.

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are set to launch their new headlining trek February 28 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Label mate Morgan Evans will join the “Tequila” hitmakers for the first leg of the tour, with Chris Lane taking his place at the end of March.

Later this month, Dan Shay join the fall leg of Chris Young’s Losing Sleep World Tour.

Pre-sales for Dan Shay The Tour are underway now, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday. Here’s the complete itinerary:

2/28 -- New Orleans, LA, Harrah’s New Orleans
3/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Coca-Cola Roxy
3/8 -- Hartford, CT, Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
3/9 -- Philadelphia, PA, Fillmore Philadelphia
3/14 -- Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre
3/15 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
3/16 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
3/21 -- Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre
3/22 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Armory
3/29 -- Madison, WI, The Sylvee
3/30 -- Chicago, IL, Rosemont Theatre
3/31 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
4/11 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
4/13 -- Boise, ID, Revolution Concert House Event Center
4/15 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
4/16 -- Spokane, WA, Fox Theatre
4/17 -- Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
4/19 -- Edmonton, AB, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
4/20 -- Calgary, AB, Macewan Hall, University of Calgary

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Columbia NashvilleTim McGraw has teamed up with world-renowned “light painter” Patrick Rochon to create a unique lyric video for his latest hit, “Neon Church.”

“We wanted to give the fans something really special with this lyric video,” Tim says, “and we were blown away with Patrick's work. He’s an artist who uses light as paint and darkness as a canvas. That couldn’t be more perfect for ‘Neon Church.’”

You can check out the first-of-its-kind lyric video on YouTube now.

Both “Neon Church” and the new track “Thought About You” are from Tim’s new album, which is expected sometime in 2019.

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Mickey Bernal/Getty ImagesLauren Alaina’s stepfather passed away this weekend after battling cancer.

“My stepdad, Sam, went to heaven at one o’clock this morning,” she shared on Instagram on Sunday, along with a photo with her family after she won the ACM New Female Vocalist trophy this year.

“He was the purest example of how to love and live life fully…” she added. “We are only here for a short amount of time, and we have to live like there is no tomorrow.”

“I want us to all be a little more like Sam,” Lauren went on. “He was strong. He was the most compassionate person in the world. He would go without to help a stranger. He was a great dad.”

Lauren took the weekend off from the Reason to Drink… Another Tour with Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch to be with her family. She closed her note by thanking her fans for their support.

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Trae Patton/NBCTonight on The VoiceKeith Urban continues supporting Blake Shelton in Part 3 of the Battle Rounds.

The Aussie superstar -- and former American Idol judge -- was all too happy to help out on the show that was once his TV rival.

"I had a blast doing it," Keith says. "I love that side of it. You know, I love being able to try and offer any advice, feedback, insight, guidance -- anything -- to a lot of these guys and girls who haven't had that opportunity, haven't been around people who can give them specific help, you know."

"But I loved it," he adds. "Blake was fun to work with."

After being in the trenches with Team Blake, Keith says his relationship with the Oklahoma native is even deeper.

"I like Blake a lot. I liked him even more after spending that whole day with him and getting to know him a little bit more," he admits.

"I realized I didn't know him that well. You know, I've never really spent any time with him. So I really enjoyed it."

Thomas Rhett's helping Blake's rival Kelly Clarkson during the Battles. You can watch for TR and Keith both Monday and Tuesday night starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The Knockout Rounds start on Monday, October 29. 

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifty years ago this month, this late, great Country Music Hall of Famer won both Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist at the very first televised CMA Awards. Can you name him? ANSWER: Glen Campbell.

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ABC RadioGarth BrooksDierks Bentley, and Chris Stapleton turned out to induct Ricky Skaggs into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday in Nashville.

The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year started the tribute to Skaggs in the Hall’s CMA Theater, singing Ricky’s #1 from 1983, “Highway 40 Blues.” Dierks performed the honoree’s subsequent single, the #2 hit, “You’ve Got a Lover.”

Ricky mouthed the words “Oh my god,” as fellow Kentuckian -- and three-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year -- Chris Stapleton surprised him to sing the bluegrass classic, “The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn,” a song he recorded will Emmylou Harris.

It was Garth himself who inducted Ricky into the Hall, recalling how a friend questioned whether Skaggs was more “country” or “bluegrass.”

"I said, 'Are you kidding me?... Any man who'll step up the mic and say "If you're gonna cheat on me, don't cheat in our hometown" -- People, that's countrier than a biscuit right there!'" Garth recalled, as the crowd roared with laughter.

It was one of the museum’s priceless treasures that stole the show, however, as the Hall brought out Bill Monroe’s irreplaceable mandolin for Ricky to play the traditional closing number, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

Ricky first played the Father of Bluegrass’s instrument when he was a six-year-old musical prodigy, and years later promised Monroe he’d keep the art form he’d created alive. As Ricky closed the ceremony playing his famed mandolin, there was no doubt he’d made good on his vow.

Larry GatlinSteve WarinerJeannie Seely and Brenda Lee helped usher the late Dottie West into the Hall’s hallowed ranks, with her daughter -- and fellow country star -- Shelly West accepting the honor with her siblings.

Famed fiddle player Johnny Gimble was inducted into the Hall as well.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Maddie & Tae are set to sing their latest single, "Friends Don't," Monday on the Today show. You can watch for them starting at 7 a.m. on NBC. 

Trace Adkins is this year's big name at Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas in Nashville. He'll headline A Trace Adkins Christmas featuring songs from his 2013 holiday album The King's Giftstarting November 16 and running through December 25.

"Burning House" hitmaker Cam duets with the late Roy Orbison on Unchained Melodies: Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  The two are heard together on the track "Heartbreak Radio." The new project, which comes out November 16, matches the legendary singer's original vocals with new orchestrations from the London-based musicians.

"Drunk Me" hitmaker Mitchell Tenpenny has recorded "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for the 2018 season. It's available to stream or download now.

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RCA Nashville What happens when Old Dominion heads into the studio without a plan? Well, the answer is their new single, “Make It Sweet.”

Lead singer Matthew Ramsey says the band’s only agenda that particular day was to start work on their follow-up to Happy Endings.

“We went into the recording studio back in January, and we didn't talk about what songs we were going to record or anything," he tells Billboard. "We just wanted to start making the next album and we had some dates -- the dates snuck up on us.”

He continues, “We hadn't talked about what songs to record so, we said, "We have this time, why don't we just see what we can write that day and see what happens?”

Of course, it helps when you have five talented songwriters in your band who’ve written number ones for everybody from Kenny Chesney to Luke Bryan.

“That [final] recording is probably the second time we've ever played that song,” Matthew confesses. “You can kind of hear the excitement and the energy we have for it right there, because we had just created it and said, ‘Okay, let’s record it.'"

Old Dominion clinched the ACM Vocal Group of the Year title back in April in Las Vegas. We’ll see if they can lock in the comparable CMA trophy on November 14, when the 52nd annual awards air live on ABC.

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ABC/Image Group LAKane Brown and Katelyn Jae are still on their honeymoon in Gatlinburg, TN but the “Lose It” hitmaker’s wasting no time sharing his wedding footage with his fans.

Roughly a week after the couple was married at Mint Springs Farm in Franklin, Tennessee, they’re showing off their special day in the new video for Kane’s song “Good as You.”

“I just want to wake up every day here in this bed/Never leave 'I love you' left unsaid/It might take a hundred lifetimes to do/But baby, I just want to be good as you,” Kane sings in the romantic song.

From Kane having Katelyn’s name tattooed on his hand to the bride and groom getting ready for the ceremony, no part of the day is left out. You can check out everything from the ceremony to the after-party to the fireworks in the clip, which is posted on YouTube now.

Before the wedding, Kane told ABC Radio he’d still be on his post-wedding trip when he celebrates his 25th birthday on Saturday. He’ll be back to work by November 9, when his sophomore album, Experiment, comes out. “Good as You” is the latest track that’s available to stream or download now.

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Mercury NashvilleOver the next year, Travis DenningKassi Ashton, and Jameson Rodgers will be getting a helping hand from the Country Music Association. 

The three newcomers were chosen from a field of 100 applicants as the first participants in the CMA’s new mentorship program. Known as the KixStart Artist Scholarship, it’s named for Brooks & Dunn’s Kix Brooks, a longtime member of the CMA Board.

The CMA will align Travis, Kassi and Jameson with special opportunities at CMA Fest, the CMA Awards, and the UK’s Country 2 Country festival, among other services they’ll provide.

Travis is currently enjoying his first hit with “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs,” while Kassi duets with Keith Urban on the track “Drop Top” from his Graffiti U album. Jameson heads out on tour with Luke Combs next year.

You can find out more about these three rising stars at CMAworld.com/KixStart.

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Mercury NashvilleOn Maddie & Tae's current single, "Friends Don't," they tackle the possibility of a friendship that seems likely to turn into something more. In their new release, however, they're fast-forwarding to full-blown heartbreak.

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye chose "Die from a Broken Heart" as the second preview track from their forthcoming sophomore effort to show off the record's different perspectives: It's actually a concept album that follows the different phases of a relationship.

"How does he sleep at night?/Momma the nerve of this guy/To leave me so easy/Am I gonna be alright?" the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominees sing. "I wanna kick myself for falling so hard/Momma, can you die from a broken heart?"

Earlier this week, Maddie & Tae performed with their 2019 tour partners, Carrie Underwood and Runaway June, on CMT's 2018 Artists of the Year special. Carrie chose the duo for the trek after hearing the new record.

"Die from a Broken Heart" is available to stream or download now, and you can also check out its new lyric video on YouTube.

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CMA/ABCThe 52nd Annual CMA Awards are less than a month away, and we now know the first group of performers who’ll be taking the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Nominees Kelsea BalleriniLuke BryanKenny ChesneyDan ShayOld DominionCarrie Underwood and Keith Urban are set to sing, with more performers and presenters to be announced in the coming weeks.

Carrie and Brad Paisley will team up to host the show for the eleventh time. You can tune in to catch all the action live from Nashville Wednesday, November 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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ABC/Image Group LA Hank Williams Jr. famously scored a major country hit with “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” and judging from Brothers Osborne’s socials, those were the same folks who turned out for the duo’s concert Thursday night in Canada.

First, a fan tweeted a quote from TJ and John from the stage: “Who fights during ’21 Summer?’”

“21 Summer,” you might recall, is one of the singles from the CMA and ACM winners’ debut album, Pawn Shop.

Later, Brothers replied to another spectator who revealed the pair had stopped their set so a fan who’d been punched could get medical treatment during the show at Abbotsford Centre in British Columbia.

“Glad that guy is safe,” Brothers tweeted. “And, yes, tonight was so rowdy. Thanks for the hang!”

The Port Saint Joe music makers continue their swing through Canada into November, when they’ll also head to the United Kingdom -- hopefully with less rambunctious crowds.

The Brothers currently have a top twenty hit with Dierks Bentley with “Burning Man,” and they’ve just released their own new single, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You).”

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Comstock/ThinkstockA dozen years ago this week, this Louisiana native got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Can you name the artist whose debut single was titled "What Room Was the Holiday In?" ANSWER: Tim McGraw.

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BBR Music Group/BMGIt's been twenty years since Martina McBride's platinum-selling yuletide collection, White Christmas, was released. Today, the companion album, It's the Holiday Season, comes out.

"I'm super-excited about it," the four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year says. "It's a big band Christmas record, kind of in the Frank Sinatra kind of style. We cut it in L.A. with a big band... at Capitol Records."

For Martina, soaking up the feel of the legendary studio enhanced the experience.

"Just being in that studio where all those great Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra albums were cut, there was a really cool vibe... and spirit there..." she explains. "Some of the same musicians that played on my record played on their records."

"And Patrick Williams wrote all the arrangements and directed the orchestra," Martina continues, "so it was really special. It was just something that I don't get to do very often."

In fact, the album is dedicated to the legendary TV and film composer, who passed away last summer.

The release of It's the Holiday Season kicks off a busy time for Martina. On October 30, her second cookbook, Martina's Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life comes out, ahead of the launch of her new Food Network series, Martina's Table, on November 18.

She'll host ABC Radio's Holiday Season Serenade, which will premiere Thanksgiving weekend, before appearing on this year's CMA Country Christmas special on ABC-TV.

On November 23, she kicks off her The Joy of Christmas Tour in Biloxi, Mississippi as well.

"We're doing dates with symphonies," she points out. "We're actually doing three dates in Nashville, my hometown. I've really never done a Christmas tour with a symphony before, so this will be all new."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock You can tune in to watch for Rascal Flatts' performance on the 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on TBN.

Billy Ray Cyrus is set to play Saturday's Party at the Polls concert at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville. Sheryl Crow headlines the show, which starts at 10 a.m. CT, and will be followed by a march to one of Music City's early voting locations.

If you missed Morgan Evans singing his breakthrough hit, "Kiss Somebody," on the Today show, you can check out his performance online.

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