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RCA NashvilleThis week marks a milestone for Cassadee Pope, as the season-three winner of The Voice celebrates her first #1 on the country charts. It all started when she was booked on a gig with Chris Young in her hometown.“I was just playing a radio show in West Palm Beach, Florida, and it was fun, I was on the road doing my thing,” she recalls. “And little did I know, Chris Young was looking for a female to do a duet with. So, I just do what I always
Big Machine RecordsAs the cast of Nashville wraps up their U.S. concert tour this week with stops in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Boston; and Uncasville, Connecticut, a new collection of tunes from the hit ABC show is on the way. The seventeen-cut The Music of Nashville, Season 4, Volume 2 comes out May 13, building on the five million tracks fans have already bought, across seven soundtracks and one Christmas album.In June, the cast picks up their musical tour overseas, as Clare Bowen,
ABC/Eric GebhartCountry music will be well-represented when the new season of Celebrity Family Feud premieres on ABC this summer. Comedian Steve Harvey, who also hosts the syndicated version of the show, will helm the star-studded ten-episode season of the game that was ABC’s highest-rated summer show last year.All the contestants play for charity, with The Band Perry taking on E’s Giuliana Rancic and her husband Bill to raise money for Teen Cancer America. Sara Evans squares off
Reviver RecordsBuilding on the success of their breakthrough hit, “I Love This Life,” LOCASH is set to release their full-length album The Fighters on June 17.“The past year has been filled with so many highlights, and Chris [Lucas] and I have been so honored and humbled with the attention our music has gotten from radio and the fans,” Preston Brust says. “Since we released the I Love This Life EP back in October, our fans have consistently been asking for new musi
ABC/Image Group LAKacey Musgraves is set to perform at this year’s first-ever G Fest June 16-18 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The festival, put on by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, will pay tribute to the late, great Merle Haggard.“Artists like Merle Haggard are important because they became legends and set trends not by worrying about money and fame but just by being themselves,” the Pageant Material singer says. “So it just inspires me even more to uphold
Warner Bros. Home EntertainmentOn Tuesday, Dolly Parton’s most recent triumph makes its way to DVD. When Coat of Many Colors premiered on NBC last December, close to 16 million people watched it, making it the most successful movie made for broadcast TV in more than six years.  “It's always been a favorite song of mine, and a true story, and people had always said to me, 'Why don't you do that as a movie?' So one day I thought, 'Well, I ain't gettin' no younger. I
ZondervanIt’s a busy day for Scotty McCreery, as the American Idol winner both performs on NBC’s Today show and kicks off his 14-city tour to support his memoir, Go Big or Go Home:  The Journey Toward the Dream.“The publisher actually came to me about two or three years ago and mentioned writing a book, and I said, 'You know, I'm still kinda green and still learning and figuring this stuff out. I don't know if I'm ready for a book yet,'”
Capitol NashvilleAs Keith Urban gears up for the release of his long-anticipated Ripcord album this Friday, he becomes the latest artist to partner with rapper Jay Z’s streaming service, Tidal.The Australian superstar will do three different shows in the coming days to showcase music from the new project, with the first taking place Wednesday night at New York City’s Stage 48. If you can’t make it to the Big Apple, you’ll be able to stream Keith’s 8 p.m. set via
RCA NashvilleJust as “Think of You” claims the top spot on the country chart this week, Chris Young is extending his tour with duet partner Cassadee Pope into the fall. Dan+Shay will join the I’m Comin’ Over trek in September and October, with Dustin Lynch taking over in November and December.“I’ve been friends with Dan+Shay and Dustin Lynch for a while now, so to have them join me on tour and to have Cassadee back out with us again -- it’s going to b

Dan+Shay Are \"Already Ready\" to Release Their New Album \"Obsessed\"

Warner Music NashvilleIf you’re Obsessed with Dan+Shay, there’s good news-- you won’t have to wait too much longer for their sophomore album. It’s set to be released in a little more than a month, on June 3.Fans who pre-order the project now will instantly get two tracks, the top-25 lead single, “From the Ground Up,” as well as the new song, “Already Ready.” You can also check out the new music video for the song, which was film

Keith Urban Organizes \"Off the Hook Giant Parties\" in the Great White North

Capitol NashvilleThe superstar from Down Under is expanding his tour in the Great White North. Keith Urban is adding five new Canadian concerts to his ripCORD World Tour, with Maren Morris and native son Dallas Smith joining him on the new dates.“Our Canadian shows have always been off the hook giant parties,” Keith recalls. “From the very first shows I ever did, there was a synergy with the audience that’s only grown stronger over the years.

Garth Brooks Plans to Spend America's Birthday in Sin City

Mark TuckerGarth Brooks’ Sin City shows are selling so well, he’s sticking around for Independence Day.The G-man is already set to play the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada the previous weekend and in the days leading up to July 4. Now, he and wife Trisha Yearwood will also do a 7 p.m. show on Sunday, July 3, as well as a 5 p.m. concert on America’s birthday.Tickets for the new shows go on sale next Friday at 10 a.m. PT, through GarthVegas.com or 1-84

Brett Eldredge Drops $100K in CMA-Fueled Spending Spree

ABC/Image Group LABrett Eldredge gave fifty music teachers from Music City a night they won’t soon forget this week at Nashville’s City Winery, passing out $100,000 worth of grants on behalf of the Country Music Association.It’s a cause close to the “Drunk on Your Love” hitmaker’s heart, a fact that was illustrated by the presence of his own musical mentor, a veteran 27-year teacher from his hometown of Paris, Illinois.“Everyone needs somebody to gu

Mystery & Surprises: The Buzz About Sam Hunt's Stagecoach Set

ABC/Image Group LASam Hunt will apparently be full of surprises when he walks on the platform for his appearance Friday night at the Stagecoach Festival. The “Take Your Time” hitmaker will turn his fifty-minute set into a jam session, according to Billboard, continuing his tradition of blurring the lines between country, hip-hop and pop by potentially inviting artists from multiple genres to join him.Since the Montevallo singer often works Drake’s “Marvin&r

\"Nashville\" Recap: \"Baby Come Home\"

ABCOn Wednesday night’s Nashville, Rayna Jaymes was prepared to move heaven and earth to get her daughter Maddie to drop her fight to become an emancipated minor. When her attempts to get through to the teen’s friend Cash failed, she managed to sneak up on Maddie and have a heart-to-heart talk -- but her eldest daughter remained unconvinced. Meanwhile, younger sister Daphne worried her big sister wouldn’t make it for a planned perfor