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THE ROLLING STONES released a live version of their song “Dead Flowers” that features guest vocals from BRAD PAISLEY.  It was recorded in 2013 during their “50 & Counting” tour.  It’s one of the tracks on the Stones’ new album “Honk”, which is out now.

BRANTLEY GILBERT’s song Not Like Us will be used to help tell the story of NASCAR driver Chase Elliott. The tune, to be included on Brantley’s upcoming album, will be played at races this season where Elliott is a participant.

BRETT YOUNG and wife Taylor are having a baby girl later this year. In a one minute video Taylor pitches a ball to Brett, a former baseball player, and when he hits the ball it explodes into a pink cloud.

BRETT YOUNG and wife Taylor are expecting their first baby sometime this fall. Brett and Taylor were married November 3 of last year.

BRETT ELDREDGE will headline this year’s Fourth of July celebration in downtown Nashville. DYLAN SCOTT and singer/songwriter MAC McANALLY will also be among the performers. Country Music Television will air a 90 minute special to include performances from Brett and the annual fireworks display.

BRANTLEY GILBERT, TRACE ADKINS, MARK WILLS and CRAIG MORGAN will be among the artists playing the Grand Ole Opry’s Salute To The Troops concert on May 21.

BRANTLEY GILBERT and his wife Amber are expecting their second child. This time around, it’ll be a baby girl to join big brother, Barrett Hardy-Clay, who is 16 months.

BRANTLEY GILBERT will be hosting his second annual “Kick It in the Ship Cruise” on November 4th through the 8th.  It’ll feature two “unique concerts” from Brantley, plus a few other artists.

BLAKE SHELTON is a self-described jungle gym. A co-star on The Voice, Adam Levine, usually gives Blake a hard time on just about everything, but the Maroon 5 frontman completely trusts him with his kids. Adam says, “I

BLAKE SHELTON has established the Blake Shelton Cancer Research Center at Oklahoma University Hospital in Oklahoma City. He created the program in honor of his young cousin, Aspen, who underwent treatment for cancer at age five months and is now getting ready to turn three.

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KELLY CLARKSON says “Star” magazine is “lying” about a supposed feud between her and CARRIE UNDERWOOD.  But she DOES have a feud with the magazine for using a photo of the “worst expression” she’s ever made.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD thinks some celebrity parents have too high an expectation placed on them by fans to always live a glamorous life, when in fact they’re just normal parents whose job makes them famous.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD is so busy these days she jokes that being at the dentist is considered her “me time.” Carrie is rehearsing for her Cry Pretty 360 Tour, kicking off May 1, while juggling being a wife and a mom to two little ones.

E! has confirmed that COLE SWINDELL and his ACM date, model Barbie Blank, are a couple.  You know her by her wrestling name, Kelly Kelly.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD admits she questioned her ability to sing after giving birth to her second son Jacob in January. But now that Carrie’s getting back in the swing of performing and rehearsing she’s feeling more confident.

CHASE RICE is giving fans the chance to hang with him on a yacht in Florida and attend a poolside concert. The contest, sponsored by Jack Daniels Fire Whiskey, is to celebrate his latest hit, Eyes On You. For more details visit FireUpYourSummer.com.

CHRIS JANSON has been recognized by his hometown of Perryville, Missouri with a sign that reads: “Welcome To Perryville, Home of Grand Ole Opry Member Chris Janson.”

CHRIS STAPLETON has collaborated with Pink on a song called Love Me Anyway that’ll be on her forthcoming album, Hurts 2B Human, due out April 26.

CHRIS JANSON and BILLY CURRINGTON will play the Derby Concert Series May 2 and 3 in Louisville leading up the May 4 running of the Kentucky Derby.

CARLY PEARCE will be keeping her stage name after she marries MICHAEL RAY.  That’s a good move because her name is her brand, and she’s spent a lot of time working on it.  But she IS going to take his name legally.  It’ll be on her driver’s license and other official documents.  She’ll be signing stuff as Mrs. Carly Roach.  That’s because his full name is Michael Ray Roach.

CHRIS LANE, whose third album will be out this year, says girlfriend and former Bachelor alum Lauren Bushnell played a direct influence on his new music and the types of songs he wrote and recorded.

CHRIS JANSON has been dubbed the Hardest Working Man in Music. The title is one he takes seriously, having played 149 shows last year and traveling 223,000 miles

CARRIE UNDERWOOD says it’s a privilege to juggle motherhood with her careers in music and the clothing industry (Calia By Carrie). Carrie says she’s just like other moms who wear several hats at the same time and she cherishes every minute.

Chris Stapleton is going to be a Daddy again.  He announced that he and his wife are expecting child number FIVE!

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DYLAN SCOTT and wife Blair will welcome a baby girl in September.

DAN + SHAY have joined the performance lineup for the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, airing May 1 on NBC.

DEVIN DAWSON and fiancée Leah Sykes have set October 27 as the date for their wedding.

DEVIN DAWSON is engaged to his girlfriend of two years, Leah Sykes.

DAN + SHAY’s favorite musical duo is Hall & Oates.  DAN SMYERS admires their “brilliant songwriting chemistry” . . . and SHAY MOONEY thinks their melodies were “far ahead of their time.”

DARIUS RUCKER will be given the Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award at the Music Biz Awards on May 7th, in Nashville.  He’s being honored for his charity work on behalf of children.

When it comes to sleeping, there’s no place like the road for DUSTIN LYNCH. The Good Girl singer says he’s so used to being on a bus that when he’s at home in his non-moving bed he doesn’t sleep all that well.

DUSTIN LYNCH doesn’t know how to ask a woman out because he’s always been the guy on stage performing and never had the chance.

DIERKS BENTLEY has been developing two different TV shows.  One is a reality-type show that would feature his ’90s cover band Hot Country Knights.  The other is a comedy like “Cheers” that’s set in a fictional Nashville bar.

DYLAN SCOTT will release a six song EP, Nothing To Do Town, April 26. Dylan co-wrote five of the six songs on the project.

DIERKS BENTLEY loves Nashville, but reveals his heart is still in his home state of Arizona. In fact, Dierks, who has lived in Music City for 25 years, says one day when his career winds down, he’ll return home to Arizona.

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ERIC CHURCH’s first three albums are being re-issued on colored vinyl.

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It’s a boy this time around for FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Tyler Hubard and wife Hayley. Tyler and Hayley have a daughter, Olivia.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour kicks off June 13. The duo will play 36 dates this summer with special guests DAN + SHAY and MORGAN WALLEN.

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GARTH BROOKS’ next album, Fun, will be released sometime in June.

GARTH BROOKS will be the focus of a four-part special called Garth: The Road I’m On. The program will feature interviews with Garth and TRISHA YEARWOOD, as well other important people in their lives and the music industry. The special will air some time in the fall.

GEORGE STRAIT will play an August 17 in Boston. BLAKE SHELTON, CODY JOHNSON, and CAITLYN SMITH will join him

GARTH BROOKS is set to release The Legacy Collection this fall. The vinyl albums included in the set will be No Fences; The Chase; In Pieces; Fresh Horses; and Triple Live.

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JUSTIN MOORE’s kids are into his music, but he’s not happy about it.  Mostly because they play it around the house . . . and he’d rather be listening to “somebody else” when he’s home.

There’s a lot of JASON ALDEAN’s life in his “Rearview Town” video.  You’ll see pics of him as a kid, and on stage early in his career.  It has clips of him entertaining thousands, plus a photo of him accepting an ACM trophy.  Toward the end you’ll see him meeting with Route 91 survivors.

For JAKE OWEN, acting is a challenge, but he’s enjoying filming his role in the movie The Friend. It was advice from his dad that prompted Jake to take on the challenge: If you want to be good at something, surround yourself with people who are better than you. Jake is grateful for the support and insight his co-stars have offered in the filming process.

JUSTIN MOORE will perform his patriotic single The Ones That Didn’t Make It Back Home at the National Memorial Day Parade May 27 in Washington, D.C. More than 15,000 attended the event last year, which will also be broadcast on TV and streamed online.

JAKE OWEN’s next album has a song with Kid Rock called “The Grass Is Always Greener” . . . and yes, “grass” has a double meaning

JAKE OWEN will be singing MICHAEL RAY and CARLY PEARCE’s wedding song. Jake will sing his new tune Made for You.

JASON ALDEAN has been in the studio working on a new album.

JAKE OWEN will make his acting debut in the upcoming film The Friend, currently filming in Fairhope, Alabama. Jake joins Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Casey Affleck (Manchester by the Sea), and Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones).

JON PARDI’s album California Sunrise, released in 2016, has been certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies. The album has produced five singles, including three number ones: Dirt On My Boots, Head Over Boots and Heartache On The Dance Floor, and includes his latest, Night Shift.

JUSTIN MOORE is not interested in chasing different trends in country music.  He says he decided early on that he’s going to do what he does best . . . and he’ll never compromise or fake it.

It’s been a few weeks since JUSTIN MOORE graced us with that photo of his bruised leg from his encounter with a horse.  The update is that it’s still pretty sore, but is “definitely on the mend.”  He’s mostly frustrated that it even happened because he’s ridden horses his whole life and “always understood the risk.”

JON PARDI will be out with a new album this summer.

When it came time for JUSTIN MOORE to start writing for his upcoming album, Late Nights And Longnecks, he went back to basics and used the approach he took on his self-titled debut. He and a group of his songwriting buddies rented a house on the beach, drank beer and wrote songs. As a result, Justin co-wrote every track on the album, which will be out April 26

JASON ALDEAN will headline the Ride All Night Tour, starting May 3.  KANE BROWN and CARLY PEARCE will serve as openers for the more than two dozen dates.

JAKE OWEN revealed the baby he and girlfriend Erica Hartlein are expecting will be a girl.

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NICOLE KIDMAN makes sure that KEITH URBAN and their two daughters attend church every week.  Her friends tease her about it, but she doesn’t care.  Quote, “That’s how we’re raising our children.”

Nicole Kidman talks about her life with KEITH URBAN in the May issue of Vanity Fair, which she covers. She talks about enjoying her role as a tour wife and Keith’s passion for writing and playing guitar even when he’s home.

KELSEA BALLERINI isn’t comfortable with being called “famous” . . . and may never be.  She believes that would take the edge off and she’d lose the drive to keep creating at a high level.

KANE BROWN announced that he and wife Katelyn are expecting their first child. The couple, who married in October, were talking about babies less than a month after they exchanged vows.

KELSEA BALLERINI has her eighth gold certified single with her latest, Miss Me More.

KACEY MUSGRAVES has a new, custom designed tour bus and is spending some of her downtime decorating it. In addition, Kacey is working on designing new merchandise and a coloring book project with her mother.

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LEE BRICE is thankful that he wrote his song “Rumor” before he had vocal surgery.  His voice was so raspy back then that he had to create “soulful songs” that he could actually sing.

LUKE BRYAN will appear April 25 on ABC’s coverage of the NFL draft, which takes place in Nashville from April 25-27.

New music is coming from LADY ANTEBELLUM next month. The trio’s first new single on their new label (Big Machine) will be called What If I Never Get Over You. HILLARY SCOTT describes the song as having a fresh but familiar feel.

LUKE COMBS may be dominating the charts, but it hasn’t gone to his head.  He’s still willing to scoop the cat litter . . . because it needs to be done.  Even when showbiz is calling.

LUKE COMBS’ debut album continues selling like hot cakes as it surpasses double platinum status. In addition, every show on Luke’s Beer Never Broke My Hart Tour has sold out.

LUKE BRYAN has been in the studio recording his next album, which he says will include more self-penned material than his latest project, What Makes You Country, which was released in December of 2017 and has produced four consecutive number ones.

LINDSAY ELL is at work on her sophomore album and hopes to show a more vulnerable side in the music, while also showing she can be fearless when tackling more mature lyrics.

LUKE COMBS and his girlfriend of more than two years, Nicole Hocking, are engaged.

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MAREN MORRIS has a new song called “Kingdom of One” that’s on an album of music inspired by “Game of Thrones”, which is titled “For the Throne”.  The album will be out April 26th.  It also features music from The Lumineers, Sza, The Weeknd, and Travis Scott.

MAREN MORRIS will have a song on the upcoming Game of Thrones soundtrack, to be released on April 26.

Not only is MAREN MORRIS excited about joining MIRANDA LAMBERT for the Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour this fall, but she’s also very open to the idea of collaborating on songwriting.

MIRANDA LAMBERT is ready to kick some tail again. In an interview with Nashville newspaper The Tennessean, Miranda says she’s happy and healthy and “going into fearless mode musically and heart wise.” Miranda says that fans should start hearing new tunes this coming June.

MADDIE & TAE will release a five song EP, One Heart To Another, April 26. The project, which will include their single Friends Don’t, is nearly two years in the making and a preview of more music to come later in 2019.

MIRANDA LAMBERT’s Mutt Nation Foundation will celebrate its tenth anniversary this year by giving $150,000 in surprise grants to 50 shelters across the United States.

MICHAEL RAY and CARLY PEARCE have decided on a date to tie the knot. They shared a photo of their invitations on social media earlier this week. We don’t get to see the date in the invitations.

MAREN MORRIS says there are three woman she looks up to: DOLLY PARTON, MIRANDA LAMBERT and her mom, Kellie Morris. Maren says she looks up to Dolly and Miranda because they’re strong, unapologetic, and not afraid to show vulnerability in their music. She says her mom taught her the value of believing in herself and becoming self-sufficient and independent.

We know Midland singer MARK WYSTRACH used to be a Calvin Klein underwear model . . . but he has another “used to be” that’s just as interesting.  Before he was in Midland he was a bouncer in a honky-tonk.

MAREN MORRIS says the best advice she was ever given was to wear underwear at all times.

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Is RUSSELL DICKERSON good friends with “Today” host HODA KOTB?  He must be because he’s very excited about her newly adopted daughter.  He reTweeted Hoda’s announcement and added, “Yassss.  Congrats to my girl.  Hit me up if you need a babysitter in Nashville.”

RILEY GREEN has found out that fans can be a bit obsessive.  Someone once showed him a post on social media.  It was a woman’s 40th birthday cake, and it had a picture of his face on top.  Quote, “That’s when I kind of knew I made it.”

Some guy in Wisconsin reached out to RILEY GREEN on social media and invited him to go deer hunting.  Riley took him up on it and said they had a great time.

RODNEY ATKINS’ wife will be giving birth to a baby boy.

RUSSELL DICKERSON was asked how his faith impacted his life in 2018, which was his breakout year.  He credits God for giving him the dream to write music, be on stage . . . and get him his first tour bus.

RANDY HOUSER and his wife Tatiana are expecting their first child together. Randy has a 6-year-old son named West with his first wife. The new baby is due in June.

RUSSELL DICKERSON says the secret to his successful marriage is that he and his wife don’t worry about who’s right or who’s wrong in an argument.  It’s about “laying down your pride and apologizing.”

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TIM MCGRAW and Jon Meacham, his co-writer for the book Songs Of America, will do a seven city book tour. During the stops Tim and Jon will discuss the book and Tim will perform select songs from its pages.

TIM MCGRAW’s collaborative book with political historian John Meacham will be out June 11. The book is titled Songs Of America: Patriotism, Protest and the Songs That Shaped Our Country and it looks at certain periods in American history and the songs that served as soundtracks in those times.

THOMAS RHETT’s fourth album, Center Point Road, will have sixteen tracks, all written by TR. Special guests on the album will be KELSEA BALLERINI, LITTLE BIG TOWN, and JON PARDI. Center Point Road will be available May 31.

Whose opinion does THOMAS RHETT always follow when he’s trying to decide whether or not to record a song?  His wife, Lauren.  Quote, “She’s the ultimate gauge.

TIM MCGRAW will play a free outdoor concert April 26 on Lower Broadway in Nashville as part of the festivities surrounding the 2019 NFL Draft.

TYLER RICH and his fiancée Sabina are getting married in the fall, and he’s more involved than he thought he’d be.  At first he said SHE could do all the wedding planning . . . and then his OCD kicked in and now he’s “heavily involved” and full of opinions.

TIM MCGRAW will headline two shows in Havana, Cuba, May 23-27. Tim McGraw: One Of Those Havana Nights will have Time performing along with several Cuban acts. One show during the festival will be private, with the other open to the public.

THOMAS RHETT has announced his Very Hot Summer Tour.  Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson, and Thomas’ dad Rhett Akins.

TIM MCGRAW is currently focused on Tim McGraw the country singer, but that doesn’t mean he’s done being Tim McGraw the movie actor. Tim says, “There are some things kicking around. It’s just finding time … more after the first of the year, some stuff coming up.”

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ZAC BROWN BAND will headline the Legends concert May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one day prior to the Indy 500 race.