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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.

You may have heard BRETT ELDREDGE covering Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” on a Peloton commercial.  Well, you’re going to hear more of it because he released it as a single.

BLAKE SHELTON answered a bunch of personal questions for “People”.  Well, not too personal.  He said his first job was roofing houses, his first concert was SAWYER BROWN, and his favorite thing to “cook” is nachos.

BLAKE SHELTON will help mark the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special when he hosts the Elvis All-Star Tribute Special this February.

BLAKE SHELTON credits being a coach on The Voice for 15 seasons for helping keep him excited about making music. Blake says helping guide aspiring artists helps him stay energized about making new music himself.

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CARLY PEARCE says she and her fiancé MICHAEL RAY are both very old souls whose lives have been heavily influenced by their grandfathers.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD’s Cry Pretty 360 Tour is second only to Ariana Grande on Entertainment Weekly’s Top Must-See Tours of 2019. The only country tour to make the list, Carrie’s headlining trek with MADDIE & TAE and RUNAWAY JUNE begins May 1.

CHRIS JANSON is hoping to retrieve a guitar stolen from his car over the holidays after a show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Chris posted on Facebook that he’s willing to forgive and accept the instrument back with just an apology.

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.

CASSADEE POPE will release her new album, Stages, on February 1. It’s the follow-up to 2013’s Frame By Frame. The Season 3 winner of NBC’s The Voice also plans to tour this spring as part of CMT’s Next Women of Country tour.

CARLY PEARCE is engaged to MICHAEL RAY.

CHRIS JANSON is the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry at 31.

Here’s a great gift for the CHRIS STAPLETON fan in your life.  It’s a candle named Stapleton X Apothia, and it’s designed by his wife Morgane.  There are notes of African ginger, rich mahogany, deep Taboti wood, and grains of paradise.  (???)  It’ll run you $58, but they’re promising 60 hours of burn time.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD says she’s so pregnant she now must wear husband Mike Fisher’s clothes in public because her own no longer fit.

CHRIS LANE is dating Lauren Bushnell from The Bachelor. Chris’ representative has confirmed the relationship to People. Lauren appears in the music video for Chris’ new song, I Don’t Know About You.

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

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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.

DUSTIN LYNCH scores his sixth career number one this week with Good Girl. The song is expected to be included on Dustin’s next studio album.

DAN + SHAY have sold out all 21 dates on their Dan + Shay: The Tour for 2019 so far.

DUSTIN LYNCH is the latest country music singer to become a member of The Grand Ole Opry.

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FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s Brian Kelly renewed his wedding vows recently with his wife of five years at Big Sur, the rugged stretch of California’s central coast between Carmel and San Simeon

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.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE’s new album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, will include 19 songs, including their most recent number one, Simple, as well as a collaboration with JASON ALDEAN. The album comes out February 15th.

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GARTH BROOKS plans to release more of his musical catalog on vinyl in 2019.

GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD have a new member of the family.  It’s a rescue dog they named Millie.  They also have a dog named Emmy.

GEORGE STRAIT’s definition of the word retirement must be different than ours.  For 2019, He has announced stadium shows in Dallas, Atlanta and Columbus, OH.

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Does HUNTER HAYES have a new lady? An Instagram post suggests he could be dating Alyssa Bonagura, daughter of BAILLIE & THE BOYS founders Kathie Bailey and Michael Bonagura (husband and wife).

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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 that include stops in Boston, Denver and Chicago.

JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY is on vocal rest for the next three months after successful surgery to remove a polyp from one of his vocal cords. He’s looking forward to getting back out on the road in April.

JASON ALDEAN sold his Nashville area home Sunday and is quickly trying to find a place for his family to stay until the new home they’re building is ready. The contract on the sale of Jason’s current home states they have to be out of the house by January 18.

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

JASON ALDEAN’s wife Brittany is launching a clothing line. The initial products will be winter related, but a full line of The Brittany Aldean collection is expected sometime in 2019.

JASON ALDEAN’s unborn daughter will be named Navy. She’s due in February.

JUSTIN MOORE says in 2019, he resolves not to curse so much.  -good luck.

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KEITH URBAN has agreed in principal to jump out of a birthday cake at LORETTA LYNN’s April 1 celebration concert marking her 87th birthday. Loretta tweeted out her excitement for the star-studded concert and said the only thing that would make it better was if Keith would jump out of her birthday cake, to which he said her wish is his command.

KELSEA BALLERINI will set out on a 14-city headlining tour next April. The Miss Me More Tour will include special guest BRETT YOUNG and takes its name from Kelsea’s latest single.

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LUKE BRYAN, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry return to American Idol for a second season starting March 3 on ABC.

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

LUKE COMBS has one of the hottest tickets in country music. His Beer Never Broke My Heart has sold out 27 of its 28 stadium dates for 2019

LUKE COMBS has quit dipping <tobacco>.  Two reasons why.  His girlfriend hated it, and it was bound to harm his singing voice.

LAUREN ALAINA is engaged to longtime boyfriend Alex Hopkins. The couple have been dating since 2012.

LUKE COMBS has teamed with iconic outdoor apparel company Columbia Sportswear, spotlighting Luke’s passion for fishing and the outdoors.

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MIRANDA LAMBERT has added two four-legged friends to her family. The two cats named Mac and Cheese bring her total number of animals to 19.

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

(R) RASCAL FLATTS has cut ties with RF Restaurants LLC, a development company they partnered with in 2017 to license the development of a restaurant chain in their name. Gary, Jay and Joe Don say they wanted to be transparent with fans in case the developer tries to use their name in the future

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OLD DOMINION is postponing three tour dates in February because singer MATTHEW RAMSEY is having surgery.  Nothing serious, it’s an old leg injury.

(R) 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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SCOTTY McCREERY and his wife, Gabi, only tied the knot in June and already they have a new addition to the family. Both Scotty and Gabi posted cute photos of their adorable new puppy, with Scotty calling him “my whole world.” Meanwhile, Gabi joked, “2019 is off to a ruff start.”

JENNIFER NETTLES has written a cookbook with her mom. Titled Sweet, Savory and Simple, the book includes recipes Jennifer grew up eating in Douglas, Georgia, many of them made by folks at her Southern Baptist church. The book can be purchased at SUGARLAND’s website.

SCOTTY MCCREERY and his wife Gabi will grace the cover of the winter/spring issue of Southern Bride magazine, on stands in January.

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TIM MCGRAW will be on hand Friday (January 18) in Nashville for the opening of Trumav Fitness, his partnership workout facility and club with Snap Fitness. The Nashville location is the flagship for the Trumav franchise.

TRACY BYRD will mark 25 years in music with his first tour outside of Texas in several years. Kicking off in early February and running through mid-December, Tracy will team with MARK CHESNUTT for 34 of the dates.

TRAVIS DENNING will embark on his first headlining tour on February 1st.

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.

Tim McGraw has partnered with SnapGym to open a new chain of workout locations across the USA.

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.