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EMI Records NashvilleAlan Jackson is releasing new music, just as he becomes one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“The Older I Get” is the lead single from the Georgia native’s forthcoming album, which will be his first new studio effort since 2015.

“This song reflects a lot of how I feel these days,” he reveals. “It’s a good song. I really liked it, but the message was a little different when I first heard it. I thought maybe it could be a little more positive about being older and wiser and more content, so they rewrote a few things and this is how it ended up.”

Alan officially joins the Hall of Fame at the Medallion Ceremony Sunday night in Nashville.

He's set to sing on the 51st CMA Awards, which will air live from Nashville November 8 starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Look for Alan’s new album sometime in 2018.

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Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is making his performance of “I Won’t Back Down” available to stream or download now, with proceeds going to the Direct Impact Fund, to help victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas.

The two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year performed the Tom Petty classic to open Saturday Night Live on October 7. It was his first appearance since his set at the Route 91 Harvest Festival was interrupted by gunfire that would take the lives of 58 innocent people and injure close to 500 more. Petty had unexpectedly passed away in the days prior.  

Jason has produced a special “We Won’t Back Down” t-shirt to help in the aftermath as well. You can order the $35 black tee that mimics the iconic Las Vegas sign on his website.  

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ABC/Image Group LA If you get the chance to check out the left hand of Luke Bryan’s wife, Caroline, you’ll notice she’s sporting a pretty impressive rock.  That's a present from Luke, to thank her for sticking by him for 10 years.

The couple met during their college days at Georgia Southern, and married in December of 2006. To celebrate a decade of being together, the four-time Entertainer of the Year exchanged Caroline’s original ring for a larger one at the end of last year.

“It was a little 10-year anniversary gift,” Luke tells People. “Ten years with me feels like a thousand. It was certainly the least I could do!”

You can catch a glimpse of Caroline’s new ring on Luke’s Instagram, in a photo taken at the recent CMT Artists of the Year gathering.

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ATO RecordsNext Friday, Lee Ann Womack’s eighth studio album, The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone, hits store shelves.  But as the 2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year counts down to the release of her latest record, she’s taking time to celebrate with a good friend.

Lee Ann's current Honky Tonk Highway tour mate, Alan Jackson, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, and she couldn't be happier.

“It's wonderful!” Lee Ann tells ABC Radio. “I mean, I'm having more fun out on the road with him and his band. I love those guys.”

“He's very excited,” the “I Hope You Dance” hitmaker says of Alan’s entrance into country music’s most hallowed ranks. “He tells the crowd every night that he's going into the Hall of Fame and tells a little story about it, and it's really cool.”

While the lineup for Sunday evening’s Medallion Ceremony is top-secret, Lee Ann may’ve let at least one detail slip:  “I can't wait to sing for him that night,” she added.  

This year, the late Jerry Reed and “The Gambler” songwriter Don Schlitz will be inducted into the Hall as well.

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Mercury NashvilleYou can sample the first taste of Chris Stapleton’s second album From A Room now, ahead of the record’s December 1 release.

“Millionaire” was originally recorded by singer/songwriter Kevin Welch. Stapleton’s cover is available to stream or download now, or you can check out an audio-only version on YouTube.

On Monday, the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year makes his first appearance on Austin City Limits. You’ll be able to watch his performance live on ACL’s YouTube channel starting at 9 p.m. ET, ahead of its airing on PBS in early 2018.  

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Alex AlvgaIt’s a week to celebrate for Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina, as their duet “What Ifs” stakes its claim at the top of the chart. But so far, any high-fiving the former schoolmates have been able to do has been solely over the phone.

“We just called each other,” Kane tells ABC Radio. “We hadn't really been in town at the same time, so it's something we're gonna have to work on. But, yeah, we're just super-excited. It's her second #1 and my first, and we're just glad we get to share it together.”

Kane is quick to give the American Idol alum much of the credit for his first chart-topper.

“I think she was huge,” Kane says, weighing her contribution to their success. “You know, she's got a huge fan base. Her voice is incredible, and a lot of people said that our voices just [complimented] each other, so she was a huge part of it.”

When asked if a gift might be appropriate for his duet partner, Kane didn’t go quite that far.

“I don't know. If she buys me something, I'll buy her something. I ain't gonna go first, though!”

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Comstock/Thinkstock On Sunday night in Nashville, Alan Jackson will officially become a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Though the Georgia native had previously charted three top-five songs, he didn't hit #1 until he released this song in 1991. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "I'd Love You All Over Again."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Wednesday night’s 2017 CMT Artists of the Year special ranks as the most-watched in the event’s 8-year history. In addition to honoring Chris StapletonFlorida Georgia LineJason AldeanKeith Urban and Luke Bryan, the 2017 gathering paid tribute to America’s resilience after multiple hurricanes and the tragedy in Las Vegas.

Garth Brooks will play three shows December 1-3 at Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center. Tickets still remain for the World Tour stop with wife Trisha Yearwood.

The charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music has donated a quarter-million dollars to help in the aftermath of the Las Vegas Shooting. ACM Lifting Lives gave $200K to MGM’s Victim Relief & First Responders’ Fund, $25K to the National Compassion Fund, and $25K to the Friends of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Foundation. The Academy holds its annual awards show in Vegas each spring.

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Capitol NashvilleIf you pay attention, Darius Rucker reveals that you can discover a little bit of philosophy woven into his fifth country album, When Was the Last Time.

“You know, I don't ever make themes to my records or anything like that,” the Hootie and the Blowfish front man tells ABC Radio. “But I think that ended up being the theme around this record… life and trying to live it.”

“You know, a song like ‘The First Time’,” he explains, “it comes across as a song that's about a guy trying to pick a girl up in a bar. But it's really for me, more about taking a chance. That's what I want people to think when they hear that chorus:  'When was the last time I did do something for the first time?'”

“The First Time” -- the album's second single --  even inspired Darius to take action himself.

“We all get caught in our lives and our routines and don't sway from 'em very much. For me, it made me think about that,” he confesses. “It made me go and write a bucket list of concerts I want to see, and things I want to do, just because. I was like, 'Wow, that's true. When was the last time I did something for the first time?'”  

Darius says seeing Paul McCartney was at the top of the list, and he’s already accomplished that. Up next, he’s looking to take in U2’s The Joshua Tree tour.

When Was the Last Time is new in stores and online today.

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Reviver RecordsThings come full circle for Preston Brust and Chris Lucas this week, as LOCASH opens Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul run through the Sunshine State.

The duo scored one of their first big hits as writers in 2012, with Tim’s top-10, platinum-selling smash, “Truck Yeah.”  

“Tim has always been an iconic entertainer,” Chris says, “and after working with him off the stage, performing on the same stage will be the experience of a lifetime.”

“Faith was one of my first country concerts as a fan,” Chris recalls. “We are blessed to have this opportunity, and it happens to be with two great human beings who are also iconic superstars. We are pumped!”

After their Thursday night date in Sunrise, Florida, the tour continues on to Tampa and Orlando on Friday and Saturday.

LOCASH’s latest single, “Ring on Every Finger,” is currently in the top-15. It’s their third major hit from their album, The Fighters. Next month, they vie for the Vocal Duo of the Year trophy at the CMA Awards.  

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Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton’s girlfriend Gwen Stefani played a big part in inspiring his new album, Texoma Shore.

“I was spending a lot of time this past summer out on Lake Texoma,” Blake says. “There was one week in particular where it was just Gwen and I out there just basically hanging out. We finally had some time off, so we went out on the water every day, went back up to the house every night and just had one of the greatest times of my life.”

At the same time, Blake had discovered the track, “At the House,” which influenced his decision to name the project Texoma Shore.

“We were listening to this song and relating to it and realizing, ‘Man, this is one of those summers that we’re always going to remember,’” he reveals.

The star of The Voice will perform “At the House” October 30 on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, ahead of the record’s November 3 release. The project’s lead single, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” is already nearing the top ten.

Here’s the complete track listing for Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore:

“I’ll Name the Dogs”
“At the House”
“Beside You Babe”
“Why Me”
“Money”
“Turnin’ Me On”
“The Wave”
“Got the T-Shirt”
“Hangover Due”
“When the Wine Wears Off”
“I Lived It”

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ABC/Randy HolmesGarth Brooks is about to make his debut as an author: his first written work -- the initial volume of his autobiography, no less -- comes out November 14.  But in typical Garth fashion, it won’t be just an ordinary book:  it’ll come with five CDs featuring audio-visual content that’s never been seen or heard by the public before.

“What is The Anthology?” Garth asks in a new video previewing the project. “It's the whole enchilada, man. The First Five Years, probably the craziest five years of my life, told by everybody that was there every day. Stories you have heard, stories you haven't heard, but stories told from different angles.”

As for what to call the package, Garth admits he’s at a loss.

“You can't call it a book because it's music with packaging,” he says. “Or is it a book with music? Music that built the Garth Brooks sound, but yet has never been released. Pictures that even I have never seen.”

The Anthology|Part I:  The First Five Years covers the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year’s first five albums. You can pre-order it now, and get a glimpse at what to expect at Anthology.GarthBrooks.com.

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Chris HolloShania Twain celebrated the #1 global debut of her new album NOW earlier this week with a champagne toast at an intimate gathering at her record label in Nashville.

The CEO of her record label, Mike Dungan, surprised the country/pop superstar with a plaque commemorating the fact that her first album in 15 years arrived at the top of the charts in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

The crossover sensation doesn’t plan to cease her world domination anytime soon:  Shania will release “We Got Something They Don’t” as her new single on October 30.

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Dolly Records/RCA NashvilleNearly a year ago, Dolly Parton’s beloved East Tennessee birthplace was ravaged by wildfires. So it’s only natural the benevolent superstar is eager to do something to help the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

“After the tremendous outpouring of support my hometown received last winter after the wildfires raged through the area, I want to do my part to help other areas affected by natural disasters,” Dolly said, as she announced she’ll be making a donation to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief. The effort was created by the five living former U.S. Presidents.

The entertainment icon is also living up to her reputation as “the book lady,” as her Imagination Library spearheads an effort to send half-a-million books to affected areas. The non-profit will spend more than $90,000 to place the books in the hands of those that need them.

“Books are not the first thing people need or miss,” Dolly explains. “But I also know from our past experience that after some time has passed, families, schools and libraries are eager to replenish their shelves, and their hearts, with books.”

Dolly released her first children’s album, I Believe in You, earlier this month. She’s donating all her profits to the Imagination Library, which ships a free book a month to children all over the world, from birth until they turn five.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Dottie West -- who's often mentioned as a front-runner for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame -- scored three #1 duets with Kenny Rogers. Can you name them? ANSWER:  "Every Time Two Fools Collide," "All I Ever Need Is You," and "What Are We Doin' in Love."

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Warner Music NashvilleThe video for Brett Eldredge’s new single “The Long Way” racked up more than a million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours it was available.

That’s particularly gratifying for the Illinois native, who played a large role in guiding the vision for this clip.

“My fans have never reacted to a video quite like this!” Brett said excitedly. “This is incredible! I think we all can relate to the feeling you get when showing off your hometown to someone you really care about, and this video captures that magic.”

Shot on the outskirts of Nashville, “The Long Way” stars Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson as Brett’s love interest.

“[She] is such an amazing person and actress,” Brett adds. “She made this video extra special.”

You can check out Brett’s “The Long Way” video on YouTube now.

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CMTChris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan were the honorees at this year's CMT Artists of the Year special, which aired live from Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday.

However, the focus of the show was less awards and more "hope and healing," following the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the recent natural disasters in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and California.

R&B singer Andra Day, joined by Little Big Town, opened the program with a powerful performance of Day’s hit "Rise Up," after which the five honorees took the stage to explain that the show was tribute to the victims and expression of gratitude to the first responders.  

“Music can be so powerful, and we have never needed it more than we do right now," said six-time honoree Bryan. "We hope music can be a part of the healing."

"The entire nation is trying to process these devastating events," Stapleton continued. "On this night, one that we usually celebrate a year of music, we also want to celebrate a year of incredible human spirit."

"During tragedies like Las Vegas, so many people -- from concertgoers to first responders who risked their own lives for total strangers -- it's in those moments, those acts of courage and heroism, that bring light to even the darkest times," noted FGL’s Tyler Hubbard.

"In some small way tonight, we want to thank you for your resolve and perhaps lift your spirits," Urban added. "We hope to remind you that everything we go though, we can get through when we stick together."

Aldean, who was onstage when the gunman opened fire noted, "We have proven time and again in this country that we have the power to overcome anything that threatens our way of life, or our freedom...We dedicate this night to you and to everyone who's experienced loss or tragedy in the past few months… we will get through this together."

Little Big Town, Danielle Bradbery and Lee Ann Womack then joined Day and rapper Common for a moving rendition of Day and Common’s "Stand Up for Something."

Six-time CMT Artist of the Year recipient Luke Bryan’s performance of “Fast” was introduced by Lionel Richie – who will join Bryan as a judge on ABC's American Idol revival. He lightened things up with a story about Luke trying convince Richie to go fishing with him, joking joked, “Hunting to me is going to look for a jacket at the store; and fishing is, ‘I’m going to the grocery store to pick up some fish.’”

Sam Hunt, whose "Body Like a Back Road" was named song of the year by CMT, was performing in Hawaii and unable to attend the event. American Idol alum and fellow Georgian Phillip Phillips performed the song.

Stapleton, introduced by the Osborne Brothers, was joined by his wife Morgane for "Broken Halos," dedicated to victims of the Las Vegas shootings and all Americans suffering in the wake of the country’s recent natural disasters.

In keeping with the evening’s theme of “hope and healing,” the “In Memoriam" segment included the names of all the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.

Vince Gill, introducing Keith Urban, likened him to “a little brother,” adding “and who wouldn’t want Keith Urban as your little brother.” Urban then performed "Blue Ain't Your Color," for his wife, Nicole Kidman, ending by saying, "I love you baby."

Backstreet Boys introduced their friends and touring buddies Florida Georgia Line,  before performing FGL’s big hit, “HOLY.”

Aldean, accepting his sixth CMT Artist of the Year title, was the final honoree of the night. He was introduced by Bryan, who noted, “It could have been any one of us on that stage in Las Vegas," adding, "Jason Aldean has responded with dignity, care, respect and, in some ways, defiance." Aldean, joined by Urban, Stapleton and Little Big Town, delivered the show's finale, a cover of Tom Petty’s "I Won't Back Down."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Rascal FlattsJay DeMarcus produced the new track, "Noise," by iconic country group Shenandoah. The song is the band's first new country single in two decades, and will be featured on their new BMG album, which is due next year.

CMA Album of the Year nominee Jason Isbell is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's new Artist in Residence. Tickets for The Nashville Sound music maker's concerts on December 5, 12, and 19, go on sale Friday, October 27.

You can check out the new video by Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives on YouTube now. "Time Don't Wait" was shot in the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

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CMTAs the stars walked the red carpet before CMT’s 2017 Artists of the Year special Wednesday night, the excitement was already building toward the show’s multi-artist, cross-genre opening number.   

“It went really well in rehearsal,” Lee Ann Womack told ABC Radio. “I knew it was going to. It's very inspirational…”

The show started with R&B phenomenon Andra Day teaming up with Little Big Town on her hit, “Rise Up,” a duet they’d previously done during the opening weekend of LBT's yearlong residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

The Artists of the Year themselves -- Luke BryanKeith UrbanFlorida Georgia LineKeith Stapleton and Jason Aldean -- then delivered an inspirational message for victims of both the Vegas shooting and multiple recent hurricanes.

Lee Ann, Danielle Bradbery and rapper Common then joined Andra and LBT to sing, “Stand Up for Something,” a song Diane Warren originally wrote for the new movie Marshall.

“I wanted to write a song like 'A Change Is Gonna Come’…” the Oscar-nominated writer said. “You know, like a really uplifting song… So I wrote it for the movie, but who knew how timely it would be to these times, when we really do need to stand up?”

“I was crying in there when I heard the rehearsal,” Warren continued. “My eyes were filling up with tears, it's so beautiful… A great song has no borders, and here we're seeing it.”  

Lee Ann agreed there was something special about coming together with non-Nashville artists like Andra and Common, on a show devoted to bringing comfort and healing during a troubled time.

“We try to be as positive as we can," Danielle added, "for those that are going through so much. “It's basically just to tell the fans -- our family -- that you're not alone. We're all in this together. We want to give you as much love as possible and just show you that we support you no matter what.” 

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Redbook/Ben WattsEven though both her single, “Vice,” and her album, The Weight of These Wings, have each sold a million copies and been certified platinum, Miranda Lambert has struggled to land a major radio hit since releasing the double-set last year.

“It’s B.S., straight up!” Miranda tells Redbook, commenting specifically on how hard it is for females to get played on country radio these days.

Carrie Underwood still struggles,” she continues, “and that just blows my mind because she’s got a million hits and she’s Carrie Freakin’ Underwood. I tell them at radio stations, ‘Just play one of us; it doesn’t have to be me. Then we all win.’ I’ll fight for it until I can’t no more,” she vows.

Miranda’s current single, “Tin Man,” is currently one spot away from the top-25, while “Vice” made it into the top-15 last November.

The Texas native shares more of her opinions in her new cover story in the November issue of Redbook, which hits newsstands next Tuesday.

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