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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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— 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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Giampaolo SguraJust as she teased on social media Thursday, Shania Twain released a new track from her NOW album on Friday.

“Poor Me” is one of twelve tracks on the standard version of the record. It’s also on the 16-track deluxe version, which the country-pop superstar wrote entirely by herself.

“I’m a songwriter first,” Shania says. “That absolutely drives everything. It was a big step toward independence. I pushed myself, knowing it was going to scare me and knowing that I, alone, was responsible for however it turned out.”

“I love collaborating,” she explains, “but I didn’t want any emotional, psychological, or musical influence. The minute you invite somebody into that space, you’re influenced. And then it wouldn’t be me. It wouldn’t be pure. This may be the purest work I ever do.”

“Poor Me” is available to stream or download now, ahead of the September 29 release of NOW. You can also check out the lyric video for the song on YouTube.

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Comstock/Thinkstock This two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year scored her first #1 with 1987's "Goin' Gone." Can you name the West Virginia native? ANSWER:  Kathy Mattea.

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BBR Music Group The town of Parmale, North Carolina -- population 278 -- may soon have one of the most famous zip codes in the entire country, thanks to four of its favorite sons.

Brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox, and lifelong friend Josh McSwain named their band after their hometown, adding an “e” to make Parmalee easier to pronounce. Now the foursome is borrowing the town's zip code, 27861, for the title of their sophomore album.

“We've been wanting to use this for years,” Josh tells ABC Radio. “Ever since we named the band Parmelee, we just always thought it'd be cool to use the zip code.”

“We got it tattooed on us back in the day,” Matt reveals, “kind of as a commitment to each other to say, 'We in this for real. Let's do it!'…but it was always, like, our stamp, I guess, if you would.”

“Until now, though, it was always like a code,” Josh interjects. “Like, we knew what 27861 was, but unless somebody asked, they wouldn't know. But now, it's gonna be out there!”  

27861, which features the single “Sunday Morning,” is new in stores and online today.

It’s been close to four years since the band’s debut, Feels Like Carolina, came out, featuring the #1 hit “Carolina,” and the top-ten hits “Close Your Eyes” and “Already Callin’ You Mine.”

Watch for Parmalee next Friday, as they play the All-American Summer Concert Series on Fox & Friends.  

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CMTOn Thursday’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, Juliette Barnes worked furiously to try to keep her friend Maddie Jaymes from finding out Juliette's hit, “Water Rising,” had originally been intended for the up-and-coming singer.

When the song's writer accidentally revealed the secret to Maddie, things exploded, and the teen threw a drink in Juliette’s face. Though Juliette tried multiple times to apologize, Rayna Jaymes’ daughter was having none of it.

Gunnar Scott worried about Scarlett O’Connor and her baby, in the wake of the armed robbery that resulted in his pregnant girlfriend being pushed to the ground. Though he eventually tracked down and confronted the culprit, it did little good. In the meantime, Scarlett lost the baby, though the doctor assured her it had nothing to do with the altercation.

Reeling from her grief, Scarlett once again decided her on-again, off-again relationship with Gunnar should be off again. A devastated Gunnar traveled to Texas to join Avery Barkley’s tour as a diversion.

Meanwhile, Scarlett bonded with singer/songwriter Jessie Caine, who revealed she’d also suffered a miscarriage in the past. In the end, Scarlett determined she’d channel her grief into performing at a benefit for a women’s center, which she’d planned before the loss of her baby.

Though Deacon Claybourne was initially furious at Jessie for letting Scarlett know he’d inadvertently told an almost-total stranger about something so personal, the two made peace at the fundraiser, where they seemed to be fighting a mutual attraction and a growing closeness. Jessie told Deacon she wouldn’t sign with Highway 65 even if he wanted her to, in an effort to not mix personal issues with her career.

Find out what happens next on Nashville, Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.  

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Born to Fly RecordsGiven today’s political climate -- and the fact that female artists struggle more than ever to be played on country radio -- it seems like a brilliant move for a female singer to cut an album crafted solely by female writers. But Sara Evans wants you to know that’s not how her new project, Words, came to be.

“I'm always like, 'May the best song win!'” she tells ABC Radio. “And I think this makes it even more legitimate, because when we were done, we looked, and I had no idea who wrote any of these songs.”

“Some of them, you can kinda tell...” Sara goes on. “I knew Ashley Monroe wrote 'Make Room at the Bottom,' 'cause I can just tell her voice. But it was fourteen female songwriters, including myself. So I didn't just pick women songwriters -- they really made the list. And it just goes to show you that there are incredible female writers.”

The 2006 ACM Top Female Vocalist points out that she doesn’t see her record as part of the renewed wave of feminism the U.S. has seen following the election.

“In the world today, there's just all this stuff... about equal rights for women,” she explains.  “And you know, a lot of women are mad and there's the whole 'nasty woman' thing. And so I think that a lot of people are trying to attach me and these female songwriters to the fact that I'm on board with that.”

But Sara clarifies that’s not the case.

“I have a son who is a singer/songwriter, guitar player. So I would never want anyone to discriminate against him,” she says.  

All of Sara’s kids are on Words, in fact. Her daughter Olivia provides background vocals for the first single, “Marquee Sign.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Chris Stapleton and Lee Ann Womack will honor rock-and-roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis August 24 as they record a new edition of the online series Skyville Live in Nashville. Lewis himself is expected to attend that night. The show will premiere online at a later date.

Radney Foster will release his CD/book collection, For You to See the Stars, on September 15. The collection of short stories is the revered singer/songwriter’s first book, while the album is his eleventh. It’ll feature a new version of the hit he wrote for Keith Urban, “Raining on Sunday.”

Eighties sensation Sylvia returns to the Grand Ole Opry this Saturday, as she celebrates the 35th anniversary of her signature hit from 1982, “Nobody.”

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Valory Music Co. Brantley Gilbert kicks off this weekend Friday night by playing the iconic Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming -- and things only get bigger from there.

Sunday, he’ll get to do a song at the NASCAR race that just happens to be named after him: the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400. The Georgia native admits it’s all beyond his wildest dreams.

“You don’t ever think about things like your name on a race like this,”  he says. “But it’s pretty cool. You know, to be a part of something that means so much to a lot of people is powerful. It’s an honor.”

You can check out all the action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday starting at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Brantley's label mate, newcomer Carly Pearce, will perform the national anthem.

Brantley will return to Indianapolis next month, for his August 5 date at Klipsch Music Center.

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Mercury NashvilleIts sounds like Shania Twain is getting ready to release new music from her first studio album in 15 years.

“Who wants another song from #ShaniaNow?” the country/pop superstar shared on her socials Thursday morning, along with a ten-second video clip that marries an instrumental track with an animation that declares “Poor Me.”

The tune is listed as the fourth cut on Shania’s NOW album, which comes out September 29. So far, we’ve only heard the opening track, “Swingin’ with My Eyes Closed,” which she performed on the Today show, and the project’s first single, “Life’s About to Get Good.”  

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— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) July 20, 2017

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Black River EntertainmentYou can go behind-the-scenes of Kelsea Ballerini’s new video for “Legends,” thanks to E! News.

E! tagged along as Kelsea shot the performance parts of her video in a field by the ocean in Carmel, California. Even though the view was breathtaking, it did have its pitfalls.

“There’s also horse poop everywhere and I’m barefoot, so pray for me,” Kelsea quipped.

Aside from her walking shots, a freezing Kelsea also borrowed some inspiration from a Disney heroine.

“It’s California in June. We thought it’d be hot, but we were very wrong,” Kelsea said as she shivered. “But we just shot over this way with the rock. I kinda felt like The Little Mermaid.”

“Legends” is the lead single from the “Peter Pan” hitmaker’s forthcoming sophomore album.

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Warner Nashville/Robby KleinSo far, we’ve gotten to know Australian Morgan Evans mainly as Kelsea Ballerini’s fiancé, and through his mega-mashup covers of established hitmakers. But Friday, we’ll get our first taste of his own music, as Morgan releases his first single for Warner Nashville, titled “Kiss Somebody.”

On his socials, Morgan teases a special “prelude” video that’s coming as well. Inspired by the song’s lyric “sometimes you’ve got to kiss somebody in the back of a cab,” the new clip finds Morgan performing the tune in a vintage taxi, as he rides around Music City on a hot summer night.

As for the person Morgan happens to be kissing in real life, Kelsea has teased that the two definitely plan to make their union official before 2017 comes to a close.

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2 SLEEPS. #KissSomebody💋 pic.twitter.com/dJ8X1SGXtB

— Morgan Evans (@Morgan_Evans) July 19, 2017

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though she wrote the number-ones "You Take Me for Granted" and "Someday When Things Are Good" for then-husband Merle HaggardLeona Williams scored her only top-10 hit with this duet with the Country Music Hall-of-Famer. Can you name the trucking song from 1978? ANSWER:  "The Bull and the Beaver."

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Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV DistributionSeacrest...in!  Kelly Ripa made the news official Thursday morning on Live with Kelly and Ryan: Ryan Seacrest is the new host of ABC's reboot of American Idol.

"I'm happy to confirm, I can confirm with absolute confirmation, that Ryan Seacrest is returning for the host of American Idol!" said Kelly.  Then, realizing her error, she said, "Let me try that one more time.  Ryan Seacrest is returning as the host of American Idol!

"Absolutely, without a doubt," Ryan agreed. "I'm so excited. It's gonna be the best time!"

Ryan hosted American Idol on Fox for all 15 seasons.  When he signed off last year, he said, "Seacrest out...for now."

In a prepared statement, Seacrest said, "It’s genuinely hard to put into words what American Idol means to me. I’m so grateful for the show and all the career and life opportunities it’s allowed me to experience. It’s been an incredible journey from day one. To be asked to return this year, at my new home at Disney|ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal."

He added, "I believe ABC is the perfect home for Idol, and I’ve every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it – especially Idol’s best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock What’s your favorite male/female country duet of all time? Billboard wants to know. You can vote in their online poll now, and pick from a list of fifteen choices that includes everything from Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ “Islands in the Stream” to Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett’s “Craving You.” If you have other ideas, you can even write in a pick of your own.

If you missed Brett Young performing his #1 “In Case You Didn’t Know” and his new single, “Like I Loved You,” Tuesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, you can check out his late-night-TV debut online.

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ABC/Randy HolmesIt's no secret Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and Kelsea Ballerini are good friends. But if there's one person who loves having the "Legends" hitmaker on the You Look Good World Tour more than Hillary, it's definitely her soon-to-be four-year-old daughter.

"My little girl, Eisele [EYES-lee], is obsessed with Kelsea," Hillary tells ABC Radio. "I think she literally thinks she's a Disney princess. She'll always, you know, seek her out in catering and we've had a couple nights of just hanging out, having some girl time."

Overall, Hillary admits it's just great to have a kindred soul on the trek.

"It's so nice to be able to have another female artist out on the road," Hillary says, "to be able to just enjoy this experience with, but also commiserate with on, you know, the days you just aren't having a good hair day."

But all the female bonding does seem to be making the guys a little nervous.

"Commiserate?" Charles Kelley asks.

"Yeah, it's nice to [be] like 'Oh, man we're just the only two girls on this tour,'" Hillary explains.

"I get it now," Dave Haywood chimes in, growing suspicious. "They're commiserating about us!"

"It's normally just when we have a bad hair day, guys," Hillary says, reassuring her bandmates. "Don't worry!" 

If the guys need to form a quorum, they shouldn't have much trouble. Hillary's husband, drummer Chris Tyrrell, and opener Brett Young are both along as well.

This weekend, the troupe passes through Cleveland, Ohio; Hartford, Connecticut; and Gilford, New Hampshire.

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BMLG/Carly PearceNewcomer Carly Pearce has the first-top twenty hit of her career with her debut single, “Every Little Thing,” and on Thursday, she’s unveiling the accompanying music video.

The Kentucky native shared a sneak of the romantic, playful clip for the heartbreaking love-gone-wrong ballad on her socials. You’ll be able to watch it for the first time Thursday at People.com.

Meanwhile, Carly has released another preview of her debut album, which she’s currently working on with producer busbee. You can download or stream the new track, called “If My Name Was Whiskey,” now.  

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— Carly Pearce (@carlypearce) July 19, 2017

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Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImageKelsea Ballerini and Australian singer Morgan Evans got engaged over the Christmas holidays last year, and since then, the two haven’t revealed much about their wedding plans -- except that a trip down the aisle is definitely on the books for 2017.

This week in Nashville, Kelsea opened up a little more.

“We are so focused on music, and I think meeting each other and falling super in love with each other was a big surprise for both of us,” she revealed. “And I think we're kinda like...we're so stoked to get married, but the actual wedding part isn't really what we care about.”

But rest assured, there’s still a major bash in the works.

“We have a wedding planner,” Kelsea says. “She did Carrie [Underwood]'s wedding. Her name's Jane, she's amazing… I was like, 'I want this amount of people and I don't want it to be in Nashville or Australia. I want it to be neutral.’"

“It's at the end of the year,” she goes on, ‘and we're both gonna keep, you know, sprinting until then and then get married and take December off. I don't have my dress or anything!”

Morgan’s debut single on Warner Nashville, “Kiss Somebody,” comes out this Friday, while Kelsea has just released “Legends,” the lead track from her sophomore album. Expect details on her follow-up to The First Time any day now.

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