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ABC/Image Group LAWhile we don’t know exactly when new music will be coming from Carrie Underwood, we do know there’s a major change on the way for her next album. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year is leaving her longtime label home, Arista Nashville, for Capitol Records Nashville.

“It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future….” Carrie said in a statement. “UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the possibilities are endless.”

Carrie’s been signed to Arista since winning American Idol in 2005. Cindy Mabe, the President of UMG Nashville -- Capitol’s parent company -- was part of the team that launched her debut album, Some Hearts.

The Oklahoma native’s current single, “The Fighter,” happens to be a duet with her new label mate, Keith Urban. While Carrie hasn’t revealed the timeline for a new recording, she has said she’s turning her attention in that direction.

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River House Artists/Columbia NashvilleWith his very first single, “Hurricane,” already in the top-15, the debut album from newcomer Luke Combs is officially on the way. This One’s for You will be released June 2.

The 27-year-old from the Tar Heel State had a hand in co-writing all of the record’s dozen tunes.

“These songs mean so much to me and all my friends who I wrote them with,” Luke says. “From North Carolina to Nashville, this project has been such a long time in the making and I can’t wait for the fans to hear it,” he adds.

Currently on tour with Brantley Gilbert, Luke will continue on The Devil Don’t Sleep trek through September.

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Comstock/ThinkstockThese two Kentucky-born siblings are the only sisters to both win the ACM's Top Female Vocalist trophy. Can you name them? ANSWER:  Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle.

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Capitol NashvilleIf you’re a horn player and a Lady Antebellum fan, this could be the gig for you! Lady A is looking for a brass section to join them on stage during their September 9 show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

To audition, you just need to post a video on social media of you playing their horn-fueled hit “You Look Good,” using the hashtag #YOULOOKGOODonstage.

Hillary Scott says even as a little girl, she was always attracted to a horn section.

“One of my favorite songs that… would get me just dancing in the living room was 'Sir Duke' by Stevie Wonder…” she recalls. “And there's just something so cool about horns and how they transport you to this other place.”

Dave Haywood agrees the horns are the magic ingredient on Lady A’s lead single from their sixth album, HEART BREAK, which comes out June 9.

“It just takes the whole thing up a notch. They're just loud and in your face,” he says. “And it's just such a fun musical experiment and experience for us.”

Charles Kelley admits it has him wondering if there shouldn’t be more horns on more country songs.

“It's got kind of a seventies funk thing to it, you know, it needed horns…" he says of the band's hit. "We were laughing. You know, it was like, 'Man, can you put horns on a country song?' There used to be horns all over country,” he reminisces. “Johnny Cash, and you know, Ronnie Milsap. Even Brooks & DunnKenny Chesney, had some horns on some of their earlier records.”

You can find out more about Lady A’s contest on YouTube. Tickets for the Music City stop on their You Look Good World Tour go on sale this Friday.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJake Owen’s new single is “Good Company,” from his American Love album.

The father of 90’s hitmaker Neal McCoy, “PeteMcGaughey, passed away on Saturday. He was 86.

You can check out Clint Black’s new episode of The Big Interview with Dan Rather on Tuesday: it premieres at 8 p.m. ET on AXS-TV.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will mark its 50th anniversary on April 1 by rolling back ticket prices to $1.50. That’s what it cost to get into the Hall when it opened in 1967. The first 5000 patrons will also get a commemorative Hatch Show Print.

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ABC/Image Group LAEver since Jason Aldean lost a close friend to breast cancer just as he was enjoying his first taste of success, he’s been an avid supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation charity. So it’s no surprise the ACM Entertainer of the Year will continue that tradition when he launches the They Don’t Know Tour next month in Toledo, Ohio.

“As long as I’m doing what I’m doing, I will do what I can to fight breast cancer and celebrate its survivors,” he says. “We all know someone whose life has been changed by this terrible disease, so we’re going to treat as many survivors as we can this year with a night out to take their minds off everything else.”

The survivors will be Jason's "honorary roadies," and will receive concert tickets, VIP backstage access, and private meet-and-greets at many of his shows. You can nominate someone you know for the gig at Komen.org/JasonAldean.  

Jason will also continue to give a portion of each ticket sold to Susan G. Komen. So far, he’s raised more than $3 million for the cause. 

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ABC/Image Group LA If you don’t want to miss a second of the action at this Sunday’s Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, you’ll want to be sure to tune in for the pre-show.

ACM Red Carpet Live will stream exclusively on Twitter starting at 6 p.m. ET, lasting until the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards starts at 8 p.m. on CBS.

Chase Bryant and newcomer Lindsay Ell will host from the Xfinity stage, with singer Jessie James Decker and actor AJ Gibson at the T-Mobile Stage. You can watch at ACMAwards.Twitter.com.

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Photo Courtesy of Houston Livestock Show and RodeoNot only did Zac Brown Band play the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo this weekend, but Zac also bought himself a pretty impressive souvenir.

Zac and his wife Shelly were one of three couples who chipped in to buy the Junior Market Reserve Grand Champion Steer. Raised by 16-year-old Stock Martin of Hereford, Texas, the prize steer went for a cool $330,000.

ZBB’s new single, “My Old Man,” is currently in the top-25. The Houston Rodeo cranks up again next year from February 27 - March 18.

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Valory Music Co.In the middle of three sold-out shows on his Home Team Tour, Thomas Rhett still found time to stop by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital this weekend.

In fact, TR brought the whole gang along, with openers Kelsea BalleriniRyan Hurd, and Russell Dickerson all taking a moment to visit with the young patients at the Memphis cancer treatment facility. The Home Team tour mates decorated baseball caps and showed off their coloring skills while getting to know the kids at St. Jude.

This Friday, TR unveils his new single, “Craving You,” which features Maren Morris. The next Home Team Tour stop is April 20 in Nashville.

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ABC/Image Group LACole Swindell’s new video not only showcases his latest single, “Flatliner” -- it’s also a behind-the-scenes look at the What the Hell Tour with Dierks Bentley.

Shot during their date in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the in-concert clip captures the moment when Cole returns toward the end of the headliner’s set to sing the pair’s duet.

Originally, Cole wrote the song hoping Dierks would cut it.  “I have said since the day this song was released that I wrote ‘Flatliner’ about four years ago with him in mind to record it,” Cole recalls. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think he would record it with me for my own album one day.”

You can check out Cole and Dierks’ new “Flatliner” video at USAToday.com.

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Chris Hollo for Grand Ole OpryIt’s 100 Grand Ole Opry performances and counting for Carrie Underwood, after four sold-out shows at the legendary venue this past weekend.

Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith welcomed the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year to the iconic stage Saturday, thanking her for her dedication to the country music institution.  

“Even when you’ve been on the road more than 200 days a year, you’ve always come back to the Opry,” Connie said. “That tells me you love us, and we love you right back.”

“I grew up dreaming of one day performing here and maybe even becoming a member,” Carrie responded. “That dream comes true over and over each time I take the Opry stage. Here’s to the next 100!”

The Opry also showed their gratitude by showering Carrie with 100 pink roses in her dressing room.

The American Idol champion made her first Opry appearance in June of 2005, less than two weeks after her win. She officially became a member in 2008.

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CurbJerrod Niemann’s new song “God Made a Woman,” is a reflection of where Jerrod is in his life today. The lyric, a mature declaration of love, makes a point of not addressing the object of his affection with the overused term “girl.”

“There’s that spectrum between a boy and a man and this song is the 2.0 of me evolving from a boy to a man,” Jerrod recently revealed to Rolling Stone.

Jerrod, who has topped the charts with “Lover, Lover” and “Drink to That All Night,” says that “God Made a Woman” also reiterates his role of husband. He married wife Morgan Patek in 2014.

“I was definitely one of those guys who swore off marriage and thought it was a trick, a trap, you’re going to get duped,” he said. “But I’m the first to say I’m wrong.”

“God Made a Woman” is the lead single from Jerrod’s upcoming album Drink to That All Night.

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe album Something In Red, released in 1991, included the top 5 hit “Except For Monday.” Can you name the second-generation female country star who sang it? ANSWER: Lorrie Morgan, daughter of the Grand Old Opry’s George Morgan.

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Sire/RhinoFormer Late Show with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer has just released a star-studded album that features Darius Rucker singing on the R&B classic "Why Can't We Live Together."  While that might seem an odd pairing to country fans, Darius and Paul have a special connection through Darius' pop/rock band, Hootie & the Blowfish

"I hope people remember how far back we go, because I remember so clearly the first time that Hootie and the Blowfish appeared on the Letterman show," Shaffer tells ABC Radio.

In fact, Darius has credited Letterman for launching his group to superstardom after he invited them to perform "Hold My Hand" on his original talk show, Late Night with David Letterman, more than two decades ago.  In fact, in 2015, Darius and Hootie appeared on one of Letterman's final shows before he retired.

So, when Paul Shaffer began putting the album -- titled Paul Shaffer & the World's Most Dangerous Band -- together, he knew it had to include Darius.

Paul tells ABC Radio, "You know, that low voice of his, that baritone is magical. And something about him singing the sentiment of [Why Can't We Live Together], it just strikes a chord in me."

The song is a pacifist anthem, with lyrics that go, "No more war, no more war/All we want is some peace in this world."

Paul Shaffer and the World's Most Dangerous Band is available now and includes other guest vocalists such as rock legend Dion, indie rocker Jenny Lewis, actor Bill Murray, reggae star Shaggy and Valerie Simpson of R&B duo Ashford and Simpson.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHoda Kotb, co-host of NBC’s Today Show’s fourth hour alongside Kathie Lee Gifford, is hoping her new baby, Haley Joy, is a country music fan like her mom. Hoda revealed via Instagram that Little Big Town sent her a gift for her little bundle of joy, and she's already playing their music for the baby.

Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will be guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday to preview the 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards which airs live Sunday night, April 2.  Also on Wednesday night, the Zac Brown Band will perform on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Today, March 27th, is International Whiskey Day. Here’s a list of songs to help you celebrate:

“Whiskey Lullaby” – Brad Paisley and Allison Krauss

“Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound” – Hank Williams, Jr.

“Tennessee Whiskey” – Chris Stapleton

“The Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” – Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart

“Whiskey River”—Willie Nelson

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ABC/Image Group LALittle Big Town has released a second single for their album The Breaker.

"Happy People" is the follow-up to their smash hit "Better Man," which was penned by Taylor Swift.

The rhythmic track was written by Hailey Winters and Lori McKenna.  McKenna co-wrote Tim McGraw's award-winning "Humble & Kind."

All the lyrics contain wise words, but the song's biggest piece of advice comes in the chorus, where the group explains the path to true happiness.

“If you wanna know the secret: Can’t buy it, gotta make it/ You ain’t ever gonna be it by taking someone else’s away," they sing. "Never take it for granted, you don’t have to understand it/ Here’s to whatever puts a smile on your face/ Whatever makes you happy, people.”

LBT is currently performing their first set of concerts in Australia.

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BMLGToday Florida Georgia Line joined an elite list of country music superstars who sell out stadiums across the country.  The duo pulled off the feat with their first-ever stadium headlining tour, The Smooth Tour 2017.

The in-demand dates include shows at Boston’s Fenway Park, Minneapolis' Target Field and Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

"It’s an unreal feeling knowing that our dreams of being in stadiums are coming true and that our fans sold these shows out so quickly,” said FGL's Tyler Hubbard. “Not to mention we get to share a stage with our boys Backstreet Boys, Nelly and Chris Lane. These shows will make history. We’re so blown away.”

The Smooth Tour kicks off June 2 in Austin.

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ValoryOne might think that growing up in Nashville as the son of a country singer would make Thomas Rhett a fan of cowboy boots, but it turns out, sneakers are more his style.  Lots and lots of sneakers.

The switch to wearing kicks onstage came several years ago when Thomas decided to include a few dance moves in his stage show, "I was going to break my ankles dancing in [boots]," he told Billboard.

Thomas is now a "sneakerhead" -- a collector -- and has a whopping 40 pairs with him on the road for his Home Team tour.  He's even outfitted his band members in matching sneakers. 

"We move as a unit and look like a unit as well,” he says, saying he's been inspired by Bruno Mars and James Brown and their respective bands.

Thomas prefers sneakers in "wild colors," telling Billboard that they "bring out my personality." 

He adds, "The fresher colors represent my fashion sense and my musical style, both of which are somewhat all over the place."

Today, TR also teased his new single "Craving You," the lead track from his upcoming album.  The song, featuring Maren Morris, will have its world premiere on March 31.

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CMTIf fans of Darius Rucker missed his cameo appearance last night on CMT's new series Sun Records, not to worry: he's basically taking over the network for awhile.

Next up, you'll see Darius rocking out with John Mellencamp on CMT Crossroads, a concert special airing tonight, March 24 at 10 p.m. Eastern.

Then, get even more of the Charleston native on March 31st during an episode of Hometown Heroes. On the special, Darius returns home to South Carolina to remodel and redecorate the teen room at the MUSC Children’s Hospital. The Grammy winner’s late mother was a nurse at the hospital, so he spent much of his childhood at the medical facility. 

Brett Eldredge and Chris Stapleton will also be featured on the hour-long episode, returning to their respective hometowns to give back in a big way. Hometown Heroes will air Friday, March 31 at 10 p.m. Eastern on CMT.

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Comstock/ThinkstockAs we round out the first full week of spring, do you remember the huge country hit “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden?” To this day, the song remains one of the most successful country crossover hits of all time. The tune stayed at the top of the Billboard country singles chart for five weeks in 1970. Can you name the artist who made it famous? ANSWER: Lynn Anderson, who passed away in 2015.

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