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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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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 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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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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Comstock/ThinkstockStarting in 1989, Clint Black managed to send five songs from his debut album, Killin' Time, all the way to #1. Can you name the Texas native's first chart-topper? ANSWER:  "A Better Man."

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ABC/Mark LevineWhile we may not know many details about Sam Hunt’s recent super-private wedding to Hannah Lee Fowler, there’s one thing we do know for sure: according to Billboard, the newlywed officially has the #1 country song in America with "Body Like a Back Road." But when he was initially crafting the song, Sam admits he did have some reservations.

“I wanted to write it because I thought it was a fun song, but I didn’t know for sure if I wanted to put it out,” he explains. “I didn’t want it to come across as objectifying women or to lack depth… I had some concerns, but I tried to make it fun to offset any risks of those things happening."

But once “Body Like a Back Road” was done, Sam started to realize it might be even better than he’d suspected.

“When we finally finished it, it finally hit me…” he recalls, saying that he told himself, "Okay, wait a minute, maybe I underestimated the potential of this song. I think this could be a fun song and it will connect with folks."

"At that point," Sam remembers, "I was excited to put it out."  It's the first single from his forthcoming sophomore album.

The Georgia native is getting ready for his 15 in a 30 Tour this summer with Maren Morris, Chris Janson and Ryan Follese.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson stars in the new film Pure Country:  Pure Heart, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 1.

Clint Black is extending his On Purpose tour this summer, adding more than a dozen dates that kick off August 13 in Newton, New Jersey.

John Berry begins taping a new half-hour TV show next month at Douglas Corner in Nashville. Billy Dean, Neal McCoy, Suzy Bogguss and Billy Ray Cyrus are just some of the stars set to guest on Songs and Stories with John Berry, which will debut in July on various cable outlets.

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ABC/Image Group LAGeorge Strait’s experiment of playing sixty #1 hits over two nights went so well that he plans to do it again.

King George first tried out the new strategy earlier this month at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Now he plans to do it again when he next plays Sin City on July 28 and 29.

“Back when we announced 2 Nights of Number 1’s, I said if the fans wanted to hear more, we would look at it,” the Country Music Hall of Famer says. “Well, we heard them loud and clear. This is something they want more of, so that’s what they will get.”

Tickets for the July dates are on sale now at StraitToVegas.com. Cam is set to open the shows.

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ABC/Image Group LAZac Brown Band is adding four new dates to their Welcome Home Tour.

The Georgia-based band announced the new shows on social media, with tickets for the August and September concerts in Canada, Arkansas, and Texas going on sale this Friday.

ZBB will kick off their Welcome Home trek May 12 near Atlanta, on the same day their album of the same name comes out. Its first single, “My Old Man,” has already hit the top-20.

Here are the new additions to Zac Brown Band’s summer tour:

8/18 -- Vancouver, BC
9/14 -- Rogers, AR
9/16 -- Houston, TX
9/17 -- Austin, TX

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