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ABC/Randy HolmesAll the kids on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour seem to be in love with Kelsea Ballerini.

Earlier, Hillary Scott told ABC Radio she thinks her daughter Eisele really believes Kelsea is a Disney princess. Tuesday morning, Charles Kelley shared an adorable video of his son Ward, transfixed as he watched his dad’s opening act sing her latest hit, “Legends,” on ABC's Good Morning America.

“Cheering on his first crush @Kelsea Ballerini on @GMA this morning!” Charles added. In the clip, the Lady A singer repeatedly tries to get his son’s attention, but the toddler refuses to look away from the TV screen. He eventually acquiesces and says, “Kelsea!”

“He’s getting all the cheek kisses when he’s back on the road,” Kelsea replied.

Kelsea, Lady A and Brett Young will be back together again Thursday as they trek through Jacksonville, Tampa and West Palm Beach, Florida this week.

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Cheering on his first crush @KelseaBallerini on @GMA this morning! pic.twitter.com/mYcIYZ8Dbj

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Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker will release his fifth studio album for Capitol Nashville on October 20. Titled When Was the Last Time, the record takes its name from its current single, “For the First Time.”

The album’s first release, “If I Told You,” became Darius’s eighth country #1 back in June.

The South Carolina native’s most recent project, Southern Style, came out more than two years ago, in March of 2015.

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CMTIt’s already been a big summer for Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys. They’re playing stadiums together, and FGL helped BSB score their first #1 country hit with “God, Your Mama and Me.”

Now they’re adding another major event to their calendars. Early next month, they’ll trade lines on each other’s hits as they ready a new edition of CMT Crossroads.

“It’s been really cool to collaborate with BSB in so many different ways this year,” FGL’s Brian Kelley says. “And to be able to take our friendship -- and smooth new dance moves -- up a notch with this full-blown concert together is going to be epic!”

BSB’s Brian Littrell apparently even gives his seal of approval to FGL’s newfound choreography.

“Being such fans of each other, this is a really fun way for us to put our mark on our songs,” Brian says of the Crossroads special. “It’s going to be a fun night with seven guys who really admire one another. I’m looking forward to what comes of it!”

“Getting us all under one roof in Nashville will be fire,” FGL’s Tyler Hubbard agrees. “We can’t wait to jump in on each other’s songs and add our flavor to ones we grew up listening to!”

You’ll be able to check out Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet’s latest endeavor when their episode of CMT Crossroads premieres Wednesday, August 30 at 10 p.m. ET.

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ABC/Paula LoboKelsea Ballerini’s sophomore album, Unapologetically, is set to be released November 3.

The “Peter Pan” hitmaker spilled the details to ABC’s Robin Roberts Tuesday on Good Morning America.

“It’s been such a secret. I’m so excited!” Kelsea said, as she jumped up and down and the audience cheered. She went on to reveal her follow-up to The First Time will focus on the themes of loss and love and life.

Kelsea closed her appearance by performing the album’s lead single, “Legends.” If you missed it, you can check out her GMA segment online.

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Comstock/Thinkstock The late songwriter Andrew Dorff wrote Rascal Flatts' current #1, "Yours If You Want It," and his father, Steve Dorff, also composed this chart-topping tune from George Strait's Pure Country movie. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "I Cross My Heart."

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BMLGChristmas is still five months away, but Reba McEntire is already busy getting ready.

This season, she’ll release a new version of her third yuletide album, My Kind of Christmas. Last year, the piano-based collection was only available at Cracker Barrel stores.

The new edition not only boasts a new cover, but also has three unreleased songs that include collaborations with Vince GillAmy GrantDarius Rucker, and Christian artist Lauren Daigle. Earlier this year, Daigle duetted with Reba on her single, “Back to God,” at the ACM Awards.

Reba’s new version of My Kind of Christmas comes out October 13.

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ABC/Image Group LA Justin Moore may have his latest top-ten hit with “Somebody Else Will,” but he confesses it’s not his daughters’ favorite song.

For 7-year-old Ella, 5-year-old Kennedy and 3-year-old Klein, that honor goes to another tune on his latest album, Kinda Don’t Care.  

"I don't like listening to me," Justin explains. "I don't think any artist likes riding around listening to themselves, unless you've got to check mixes or something. But last year... we had like a 30-minute drive to school and back."

"I was wanting to listen to sports talk radio or whatever, the news or something," he continues. "And they go, 'Dad, can we play your new music?' And their favorite song on the album is 'Put Me in a Box,' which is somewhat morbid. The idea of it, it kinda weirds me out a little bit. But they love it."

The Arkansas native admits Ella isn’t shy at all about expressing her preferences.

"My oldest daughter, she'll flat out, she'll go, 'Yeah, it's not my favorite. Will you play "Put Me in a Box"? Play "You Look Like I Need a Drink."' It's kinda funny," Justin laughs.  

It likely won’t be long until the Moore girls have to share control of the radio with their little brother. Thomas South joined the family this past June.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteCMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks specializes in creating moments his crowds will never forget, and this weekend in Los Angeles, he delivered another one.

The “Ask Me How I Know” hitmaker invited parents-to-be Katie and Wes to the front of the stage at The Forum to reveal the gender of their baby, which they’d planned to name Brooks, whether it’s a boy or a girl.

After Garth advised the first-time mom and dad to have as many as they can afford, he opened the envelope that showed they’re having a girl.   

“I’m extremely happy for you, because I have three of these,” the proud father added, as the audience cheered.

But in typical Garth fashion, he took things one step further.

“We’ll make a deal,” Garth said. “If I am still alive when Brooks goes to college, we’ll pay for her college.” You can check out the gender reveal for yourself, thanks to a fan video on YouTube.

This weekend, Garth and wife Trisha Yearwood return for two more shows in L.A.  

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Watch for Kelsea Ballerini on both Good Morning America and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. GMA starts at 7 a.m. all across the country on ABC, while Fallon kicks off at 11:35 p.m. ET on NBC.

Sara Evans and her daughter Olivia will be on Live with Kelly and Ryan Tuesday. Olivia sings background vocals on her mom’s latest single, “Marquee Sign.” Live typically follows GMA on most ABC stations.

You can catch new band Delta Rae in a cameo appearance on this week’s episode of Nashville. The show airs at 9 p.m. ET Thursday on CMT.

Hit songwriter Jeffrey Steele and his band Sons of the Palomino will make their Grand Ole Opry debut this Saturday night.

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BBR Music Group “Three Chords & the Truth” is Chase Rice’s lead release from his forthcoming Lambs & Lions album, which comes out September 29.

The “Cruise” songwriter says the tune was inspired by the disappointment he felt after both “Whisper” and “Everybody We Know Does” failed to catch on at country radio. Previously, he had two top-five hits with “Ready Set Roll” and “Gonna Wanna Tonight.” Chase has since left Columbia Nashville for a deal with BBR Music Group.

“When you go through tough times the truth always has a way of finding its way to you,” he says. “This song was my truth. It’s the soul of my childhood, the songs that went along with it and the memories associated with those songs. It’s my heart waiting to be heard, and the songs that shaped it…”

Here’s the complete track listing for the 10-song Lambs & Lions:

“Lions”
“On Tonight”
“Unforgettable”
“Eyes on You”
“Saved Me”
“One Love, One Kiss, One Drink, One Song”
“Jack Daniels Showed Up”
“Three Chords & the Truth”
“Amen” 
“This Cowboy’s Hat” (featuring Ned LeDoux)

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BMLGThis week, “Yours If You Want It” becomes the seventeenth #1 of Rascal Flatts’ career.

“It’s so humbling for us that the milestones keep coming,” Joe Don Rooney says, “and it’s definitely not something that we take for granted.”

“Yours If You Want It” was co-written by Jonathan Singleton and Andrew Dorff, the latter of whom died unexpectedly last December.

“I truly believe that this song found us,” Joe Don continues, “and to know that Andrew Dorff, with his passing, loved what we did with the song and that his legacy continues to live on is a blessing. We’re honored to have put our voices on it.”

Andrew was the brother of actor Stephen Dorff, and also wrote the number ones “Save It For a Rainy Day” and “My Eyes” for Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton, respectively.

“Yours If You Want It” is the lead single from Rascal Flatts’ tenth studio album, Back to Us.

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MCA NashvilleKip Moore has the fastest-rising single of his career so far, with his top-15 hit, “More Girls Like You.” It’s the lead release from his forthcoming album, SLOWHEART.

“My former guitar player called me a ‘slowheart’ many years ago, claiming I don’t just jump the gun and show all my cards or my emotions on what I truly feel,” Kip says, explaining the name. “He always said, ‘You’re a slowheart, man. You observe before you act.’”

“I eventually named the band the Slowhearts,” he goes on, “and my fans are the Slowhearts too. And so, it’s only fitting that the record I’ve been waiting to make was named SLOWHEART.”

The cover for Kip’s third album was shot at a bar in Costa Rica, where the Georgia native recently took an extended break.

SLOWHEART will be out September 8.

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ABC/Image Group LAReba McEntire made her Grand Ole Opry debut on September 17, 1977. Nearly 40 years later, she’s returning to the world-famous stage to mark that anniversary.

In a new video, Reba recalls her first night on the Opry, and how she learned her scheduled two-song set was to be cut in half, thanks to the sudden arrival of Dolly Parton.

“I said, ‘OK, she can take both of ‘em,’” she remembers with a smile, “’Can I meet her?’”

The Country Music Hall of Famer will do a combination of hits and selections from her latest album, Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, during the Opry’s two shows on Friday, September 22.

Reba became a member of the Opry in 1986.

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So excited be back in #TheCircle at the @opry on Sept. 22! Tickets on sale now at https://t.co/JNWA2vEgre #SingItNow pic.twitter.com/aaDA06Djgw

— Reba (@reba) July 20, 2017

 

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Comstock/Thinkstock Eleven years ago this month, Eric Church's debut album was released. Can you recall its title? ANSWER:  Sinners Like Me.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteGarth Brooks has a top-25 hit with “Ask Me How I Know,” and the CMA Entertainer of the Year has to admit he’s not terribly surprised.

“I think this is the best song off Gunslinger,” he says. “I think we needed to start with something that was uptempo and fun, something we could also start the tour with,” he says of his current album’s lead single, “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance.”

“So you get your new stuff early usually to start the show, get a new song in. And then trying to find that slot where something new works after that, especially a ballad, is impossible.”

But Garth says “Ask Me How I Know” has staked out its own territory on his world tour.

“This song has kinda wedged its way in, found its sweet spot in the show, and I'm amazed. Starting with Champaign [Illinois], was the first time I really heard them singing it back to me. And then Kansas City [Missouri] just took it away from me, like they do anything. Like they do 'Papa [Loved Mama]' or like they do 'Friends [in Low Places].'  It was really sweet."

Garth and wife Trisha Yearwood continue their run at The Forum in Los Angeles, California this weekend.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The song “Shoe Shopping” is now available as an instant grat track from Old Dominion’s Happy Endings album. The band’s sophomore effort arrives in full on August 25.  

In addition to his current single, “What I Wanna Be,” newcomer Jacob Davis has digitally released three new tracks:  “James Brown,” “Real Love,” and “Got Me Like.” He’s currently working on his debut album for Kelsea Ballerini’s label, Black River Entertainment.

Montgomery Gentry will headline the 9th Annual Country on the Beach event October 1-4 in Key West, Florida. It’s a benefit for the T.J. Martell Foundation.

Entertainment Tonight launched its new Certified Country series Friday on YouTube.

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Triple 8 ManagementThough it appeared Scotty McCreery was trying to take a loaded gun on board a plane last week, it seems it was actually an honest mistake.

The season 10 American Idol winner received a misdemeanor citation after the incident at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Thursday, July 13. The North Carolina native clarified exactly what happened in a statement to ABC Radio on Friday evening.

“I have been a concealed carry permit holder for a while now after being robbed at gunpoint in 2014, and I take gun safety very seriously,” McCreery says. “While in between tour dates last week, I went to go target shooting with a friend a few days before an early flight out of my hometown Raleigh-Durham airport.”

“Unfortunately, I did not realize that I left my pistol in my backpack until the TSA found it during the security X-ray screening and rightly confiscated it,” he explains. “I had my concealed carry permit on me so once they had checked everything out, they released me to catch the next available flight.”

“Great to know our airport security force is on the job,” he concludes. “I have learned a lesson that I won’t forget.”

The 23-year-old is currently promoting his new single, “Five More Minutes.”

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ABC/Image Group LA With his top-ten hit, “Somebody Else Will,” on its way to number one, Justin Moore is planning a return visit to see his pal Jimmy Kimmel.

Justin will perform the tune that’s likely to become his seventh chart-topper on Tuesday, August 1. You can catch Jimmy Kimmel Live! starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

It’s been a busy summer for the Arkansas native. He and his wife Kate welcomed their fourth child -- their first son, Thomas South -- in June.

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The Valory Music Co.Look for a new song from Thomas Rhett next Friday. TR has shared a sneak of his new single, “Unforgettable,” on his socials, a week ahead of its debut.

“I just think it’s a very, very sweet way to tell the person that you love, like ‘Hey, I remember when I fell in love with you,’” he says of the song. “And the hook is, ‘That night was just like you -- unforgettable.’”

“Unforgettable” -- which TR describes as having a “Coldplay feel to it” -- is the second single from his forthcoming third album, which is due later this year. It’s the follow-up to his #1 with Maren Morris, “Craving You.”

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"Unforgettable" single ✌🏼7.28.17 pic.twitter.com/aFjuHlrQw0

— Thomas Rhett (@ThomasRhett) July 21, 2017

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Warner Nashville/Robby KleinAustralian singer/songwriter Morgan Evans is now officially on his way to being a star in the U.S., with the release Friday of his debut single, “Kiss Somebody.".

“I’m equal parts excited, nervous and proud to have this one out in the world…” says the man who’s also Kelsea Ballerini’s fiancé. “Feels like the start of a new chapter for me and one I’m stoked to be entering. Hopefully people will turn it up, love it and maybe even kiss somebody too!”

Morgan’s currently working on his debut album for Warner Music Nashville. He and Kelsea plan to tie the knot sometime near the end of the year.

“Kiss Somebody” is available to stream or download now. You can also check out the audio-only version of the song on YouTube.

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