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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock On the heels of her #1 album, WildHorse, and her top-30 single, “Love Triangle,” Raelynn guests on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Thursday. You can watch for her performance starting at 12:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Newcomer Ryan Hurd will join Florida Georgia Line for 14 dates on the Smooth Tour, starting June 15 in Wantagh, New York.

Monday night’s 18th annual Nashville Best Cellars dinner raised more than $225,000 for the T.J. Martell Foundation. Eric ChurchLittle Big Town’s Karen FairchildPhillip Sweet and Jimi WestbrookReba McEntireDustin LynchMartina McBride and Cole Swindell were just some of the stars who turned out to help raise money in the fight against leukemia, cancer and AIDS.

Keith Urban’s Ripcord album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in April.

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Arista NashvilleWith his baseball cap on backwards, Brad Paisley took to stage of the CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame to preview the visual version of his new Love and War album Wednesday evening.  

The first of its kind in country music, the roughly 60-minute music film manages to squeeze in all of the considerable special guests on Brad’s eleventh album. Mick Jagger appears mainly in clips from Brad’s home studio in "Drive of Shame,” while the title track with John Fogerty gets a more elaborate treatment on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

Super-producer Timbaland dangles bottles of alcohol in front of Brad and his band on “Grey Goose Chase,” and shows up for a rap cameo on the animated “Solar Power Girl.” Brad manages to squeeze in both his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley and actor David Hasselhoff in the clip for his new single, “Last Time for Everything.”

The Grand Ole Opry performance of “Dying to See Her” with Bill Anderson is just one of several sentimental moments along the way. Brad stages “The Devil Is Alive and Well” on the steps of a burned out East Nashville church, while his #1 hit “Today” is a crowd-sourced collection of once-in-a-lifetime moments.

For his posthumous composition with the Man in Black, Brad travels to Cash Cabin where Johnny crafted his last recordings. “Gold All Over the Ground” is transformed into a tribute to June and Johnny Cash, with their home movies illustrating much of the clip.  

Never fear, Brad’s well-known sense of humor is on full display as well. The perennial jokester takes over the Sleep Number store in a local mall for “Go to Bed Early,” and lip-syncs “Contact High” while indoor sky-diving. Fan-submitted photos populate the hilarious “selfie#theinternetisforever,” while “One Beer Can” plays out the saga of a high school party gone wrong.  

As the collection begins to wind down, we see outtakes and flashbacks to the previous clips as Brad performs “Meaning Again.” Country’s first full-length video album starts as it begins, with the West Virginia native doing “Heaven South” on the square of his Franklin, Tennessee hometown.

You’ll be able to check out the visual version of Brad Paisley’s Love and War yourself this Friday, when it's available exclusively on Apple Music.

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ABC/Image Group LA Without the investment of their music teachers, country music likely wouldn’t have superstars like Little Big Town and Kelsea Ballerini. That was the overwhelming sentiment Wednesday night, as the CMA Foundation hosted its second annual CMA Music Teachers of Excellence dinner at the Stadium Club at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.

While Karen FairchildKimberly SchlapmanPhillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook were prepared to host the evening, the CMA Vocal Group of the Year didn’t know they were also in for a surprise. They were reunited with the four music teachers who nurtured their talents long before they formed Little Big Town.

In a pre-recorded segment, Kelsea Ballerini paid a return visit to Central High School in Knoxville, Tennessee, visiting with a pivotal figure in her life, teacher Beckye Thomas.

Brad PaisleyDarius RuckerCamCassadee Pope and Zac Brown Band all reflected on how music education had affected them in another video that wrapped up the night.

Funded by the money raised during CMA Music Festival, the CMA Foundation has given more than $17.5 million to music education in the past 17 years. It all started in 2000, when Kix Brooks spearheaded the effort to give $1 million worth of instruments to Metro Nashville Public Schools.

In all, 31 music educators were honored Wednesday night: 25 from Music City, and six more from across the U.S.

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BMLGBrett Young may be a relative newcomer on the country scene, but he’s making some impressive strides.

The California native is the first country artist to have a single go Gold in 2017.  The song that did it for Brett is “In Case You Didn’t Know,” which is currently at #7 on the chart. That puts Brett on par with major pop hitmakers like Ed Sheeran and The Chainsmokers, who’ve also had a song sell more than 500,000 copies this year.

“My fans are amazing,” Brett says. “To have this success with my debut project is just unreal. Writing these songs was very therapeutic for me and to have them connect the way they do is humbling.”

Brett’s chart-topping first single, “Sleep Without You,” has been certified Gold as well. Both songs are on his self-titled debut album.

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ABC/Image Group LAThursday night, Chris Young kicks off his summer-long trek with ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean, as the They Don’t Know Tour makes its first stop at Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

As you might expect, in the days leading up to the kick-off, the guys have been rehearsing. Chris even gave his fans a little preview earlier this week.

“Making good use of the video screens at rehearsal today…” he shared on social media, along with a short clip of his band playing in front of the video wall. “Ready to start this tour with Jason Aldean #herewego” he added.

Chris also gave a shout-out to the tour opener. “Really pumped that Kane Brown is on this tour as well… Dude is a talent!” he said of the newcomer.

On the heels of his recent #1, “Sober Saturday Night,” Chris has been busy working on new music. So far, we don’t know how the Murfreesboro, Tennessee native will follow his hit collaboration with Vince Gill.

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Making good use of the video screens at rehearsal today😎😎😎 ready to start this tour with @Jason_Aldean #herewego pic.twitter.com/33K9VR7bfe

— ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic) April 25, 2017


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ABC/Image Group LA Carrie Underwood stopped by this week’s National Association of Broadcasters gathering in Las Vegas to pick up the BMI Board of Directors Award.

The performing rights organization also played catch-up with the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, giving Carrie her three latest BMI songwriting awards. The Oklahoma native would’ve typically picked up the prizes for “Heartbeat,” “Little Toy Guns,” and “Smoke Break” at the BMI Country Awards in November, but she wasn’t able to attend, since she was getting ready to host the next night’s CMA Awards.

Carrie wrapped up the 69th Annual BMI/NAB Dinner at the Wynn Encore by offering an intimate performance of hits like “Two Black Cadillacs,” “So Small,” “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” and “Smoke Break.”

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ABC/Image Group LA The mutual admiration society between Tim McGrawFaith Hill and entertainment mogul Tyler Perry just keeps on going.

It all started last weekend when the writer, director, producer and actor checked out the Soul2Soul tour stop in his hometown of Atlanta. The man who created the Madea blockbusters followed up with a tweet saying how much he loved the show, and how he’s planning to come again. Tim replied with an invitation to return whenever he can.

On Wednesday, Faith shared a black-and-white photo showing exactly how much fun the three seemed to be having backstage. In the picture, Tim and Faith are both obviously laughing, while Tyler appears so carried away he’s doubled over.

“Always brightens my day and keeps me laughing,” the “Speak to a Girl” hitmaker added.

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Great catching up with @tylerperry!

Always brightens my day and keeps me laughing. #Soul2Soul pic.twitter.com/byLAGcXcDE

— Faith Hill (@FaithHill) April 26, 2017

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Comstock/ThinkstockSara Evans scored her most recent #1 with this hit from 2010 that was co-written by Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "A Little Bit Stronger."

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RCA NashvilleJake Owen will set out on his Good Company World Tour this fall, playing arenas and amphitheaters across the U.S. on a trek named after his latest single. The dates also will extend into Canada and Europe in 2018.

In the meantime, Jake has a full slate of performances set for spring and summer, including his first-ever headlining show at Music City’s Ascend Amphitheater on Thursday. Just last week, the Florida native helped raise more than $100,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a show in Sayreville, New Jersey.

Jake’s new single, “Good Company,” is the third release from his American Love album, which also boasts his recent #1, “American Country Love Song.”

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Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley has revealed that he'll be releasing a "visual album" style video companion to his new album, Love and War, with concept videos for all of the album's 16 songs coming initially as an Apple Music exclusive on Friday, April 28.

Brad tells Variety he didn't come up with the idea to do a complete visual companion until he had finished the video for "Today."

"I saw the way that just blew up and was really connecting. So I went to the label and half-jokingly said, "I can do this with every song on this record. They’re all very visual,'” he says.  "And we went guerilla-style, everywhere we could do this."

Although his "visual album" is not intended to be the kind of coherent single story like Beyonce's Lemonade, there is emotional flow. "I hope that 'One Beer Can' cracks you up, and I hope to tug on the emotions with the one-two punch of 'Love and War,' with me and John Fogerty on the deck of an aircraft carrier, which fades into 'Today,' as the soldiers come home. I hope that there’s not a dry eye watching that," he explains.

He also shot videos anywhere and everywhere including a Sleep Number mattress store in a mall, and, yes, his parents' house.  "In “One Beer Can,” that’s my parents’ house. We cast 30 Belmont students [for a raucous high school party scene]. I never did that to my mother — I never threw that party — so it serves her right that finally at my age I’m trashing her house. With a donkey," he said.

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ABC/Image Group LATonight at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Little Big Town honors music educators from all across the country, as they host the 2nd Annual CMA Music Teachers of Excellence dinner.

If you’ve ever wondered where the money goes from your ticket to CMA Music Festival, Karen Fairchild wants you to know, it’s your dollars they’ll be passing out tonight.

“Every year when the artists play at CMA Fest, they're playing for free, and then [the] CMA Foundation donates money to music education,” Karen says. 

“It's become such a big thing now,” she goes on, “that we literally are supporting complete music programs in some schools. Not just providing instruments, but taking care of the educators and on and on and on this list goes.”

This evening, thirty-one music teachers from all across the country will all get a financial gift to honor their accomplishments.

“They're gonna give teachers not just like a little financial gift, but also something for their classroom,” Karen says.

“It's really about celebrating those music teachers who often don't get much of anything…. They're the leftover budget in the school,” she adds. “They end up spending their own money on their classroom.”

Brett Eldredge hosted 2016’s inaugural ceremony. This year, Dustin Lynch, William Michael Morgan, Kristian Bush, Jerrod Niemann, Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery and more will all turn out to pay tribute to the educators as well.

Multiple landmarks across the Nashville skyline will also be lit in blue Wednesday night in honor of the teachers.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockTyler Farr's new single will be titled "I Should Go to Church Sometime."

Newcomer Kane Brown is engaged to Philadelphia singer/songwriter Katelyn Jae. He revealed the news to a hometown crowd in the City of Brotherly Love last week.

Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith will join her husband Marty Stuart for his 16th annual Late Night Jam during this year's CMA Music Festival. Rhiannon Giddens and many more are on the bill for the Wednesday, June 7 show at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

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ABC/Image Group LACBS is putting a celebrity spin on its reality hit Undercover Boss, and Darius Rucker will be the first star to try out the new take on the show.

Using state-of-the-art prosthetic makeup, the series will disguise the Hootie & the Blowfish front man as he heads to Austin, Texas to look for new talent. Along the way, he’ll work as a roadie, host an open mic night, and scour Austin’s famed Sixth Street for stand-out street performers.

You can check out Darius’s episode of Celebrity Undercover Boss when it premieres May 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Brian Bowen Smith/NBCShania Twain’s new single “Life’s About to Get Good” is on the way in June, followed by her first album in 15 years in September.  

Fans will have the chance to hear the new song this Saturday night, as the Canadian superstar performs  it for the first time at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California.  

“I was at home looking out at the ocean,” Shania recalls of writing the tune, “and I said to myself, ‘Here I am stuck in this past of negativity, but it’s so beautiful out. I’m not in the mood to write a feeling-sorry-for-myself song.”

So the country/pop icon decided to channel that into her music.

“You can’t have the good without the bad,” she reflects. “And that’s what the song ended up being about.”

Shania has previously said she worked out many of her emotions surrounding her divorce from her husband and longtime collaborator, Mutt Lange, on the new record. So far, we don't know what the album will be called.

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Paul Morigi/Getty ImagesKellie Pickler will star in a new daytime talk show, executive-produced by Faith Hill, that’s set to debut this fall.

The as-yet-untitled lifestyle program will originate from Nashville, and be co-hosted by New York City-based journalist Ben Aaron, who's married to Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee.

“We will bring a little bit of southern charm and inspiration to our viewers, alongside insights from top tastemakers and experts in many areas,” Faith says.

“Kellie is very much southern while Ben is everything New York,” Faith adds. “Complete opposites, but together their chemistry is magic and our viewers are going to love them.”

The syndicated show will premiere on Monday, September 18.

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Bryan Kasm/HSNDuring the recent two-day launch of her new LaBellum line of fashions on HSN, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott sure left ‘em wanting more.

Eight of the items in Hillary’s collection instantly sold out, including a lace-up blouse and a faux-suede vest.

Though she’s surely used to success in the musical arena by now, the “You Look Good” hitmaker says her good fortune in fashion has left her stunned.

“I could not have asked for a warmer welcome to the whole experience…” Hillary says. “I was so excited that we sold out one piece, but to keep hearing that piece after piece was sold out just completely blew me away!”

You can peruse what’s left of the initial run of LaBellum at HSN.com now, but there’s also more on the way. Hillary will debut a new collection in July.

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ABC/Image Group LAIt looks like the man behind Madea is a big fan of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

“I saw one of the best concerts I’ve seen in years! Tim & Faith #Soul2Soul tour,” entertainment mogul Tyler Perry tweeted, after taking in this weekend’s Atlanta-area show.

“Trying to find another city to go again,” he added, along with a photo of both Tim and Faith onstage. “I love these two!”

“Great to see ya man,” Tim answered. “Come on out whenever you want!”

In addition to starring in the hit Madea movie franchise, Perry also writes, produces and directs multiple series for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel, including The Haves and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor.

Tyler’s next chances to see Tim and Faith are this week in St. Louis, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; and Indianapolis, Indiana.

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I saw one of the best concerts I've seen in years! Tim & Faith #Soul2Soul tour. Trying to find another city to go again. I love these two! pic.twitter.com/iyyYIGv2ed

— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) April 24, 2017


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Photo Courtesy Sony REDSara Evans is starting her own record label, and she expects to be back with a new album sometime this summer.

The new partnership with Sony is called Born to Fly Records, and it takes its name from Sara’s 2000 #1 hit.

“I love that the label is [called] ‘Born to Fly,’” she says. “I wrote that song about my own life, coming to Nashville and following my dreams.”

“It’s a dream come true to surround myself with my own team and truly embrace my entrepreneurial spirit…” she adds. “I can’t wait to share this new project with everyone!”

Sara scored her most recent hit when the title track from 2014’s Slow Me Down made it into the top-20. We should learn more about her upcoming eighth studio album in the next few weeks.

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you happen to be in New York City on May 1, you can check out Jason Aldean’s performance at Irving Plaza during National Concert Day. And if you’re really lucky, you may be able to land a $20 ticket to his They Don’t Know Tour this summer.

The ACM Entertainer of the Year is just one of the artists taking part in the kickoff to the summer concert season. Rock bands Foreigner, Nickelback and Daughtry are also set to take the stage, as well as hip-hop group The Roots and singer/songwriter Prince Royce.

National Concert Day also marks Live Nation’s commitment to make 1 million tickets available to some of its biggest tours for only $20. Brad Paisley, Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Williams Jr., Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, and Zac Brown Band are all part of the promotion.

Pre-sales start May 1, with the remainder of the affordable seats up for grabs between May 2-9. You can find out more at LiveNation.com/20Ticket.

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BMLGThis week, Brett Young lands the second top-10 of his career with “In Case You Didn’t Know.”  And in case you didn't know, the inspiration for the popular wedding song originally came from co-writer Trent Tomlinson’s mother.

“He said his mom always used to stop him on his way out the door and say, 'Hey Trent! In case you didn't know, I love you,’” Brett recalls.

“I thought, 'That's so how men are,’” he goes on. “We assume that people know all the time. We forget that it's as easy as saying, 'Hey, I love you!' So… we kept it really simple and we just wrote a love song.”

The California native says that by the time his debut single “Sleep Without You” hit #1, the right choice for his next release was obvious.

 “When I moved to Nashville, somebody said to me that the right song would raise its hand,” Brett remembers. “The EP was brand new, and people were already putting [‘In Case You Didn’t Know’] in their weddings."

“We hadn't even started talking about the next single before 'In Case You Didn't Know' was like, 'Hey! Pick me!'” he laughs. “So it was pretty nice to have that responsibility of picking taken out of our hands.” 

This summer, Brett heads out on the You Look Good World Tour with Lady Antebellum and Kelsea Ballerini.

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