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Rick Diamond/Getty ImagesYou’ll have to wait until next Wednesday for the premiere of the new episode of CMT Crossroads that pairs Florida Georgia Line with their pals Backstreet Boys.  But just in case the anticipation is killing you, CMT is offering a little preview.

You can check out Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelley teaming up with AJ McLeanHowie Dorough.Nick CarterKevin Richardson and Brian Littrell on the 1997 smash “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” on ">YouTube now.  In the clip, Tyler and BK prove they’ve mastered the choreography while performing with BSB on the stadium dates on the Smooth Tour this summer.

Recorded in front of a standing-room-only crowd at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee, the special also features FGL’s “H.O.L.Y” and “Cruise,” as well as BSB’s “I Want It That Way” and “As Long As You Love Me," among several others. The two acts also sing their country chart-topper from earlier this year, “God, Your Mama and Me." 

You can watch the full episode of CMT Crossroads:  Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line starting at 10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, August 30.

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Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley helped Jon Pardi make quite a memory during the Sacramento stop on the What the Hell Tour this past weekend, delivering a gold plaque marking more than half-a-million in sales for the California Sunrise album.

“That was definitely a surprise,” Jon says of the moment, “and for it to be acknowledged in front of a hometown crowd of 18,000 in Northern California, amongst my friends and family and early supporters, made it an emotional moment. I will never forget it.”

California Sunrise debuted at #1 on the country chart the week it came out back in June of last year. So far, both of its singles -- “Head over Boots” and “Dirt on My Boots” -- have made it all the way to the top as well. Jon’s latest release, “Heartache on the Dance Floor,” is currently in the top ten.

You can watch Dierks surprise the ACM New Male Vocalist of the Year in a new video posted on Jon’s YouTube channel.

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Capitol NashvilleFour-time Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan is ready to “Light It Up” with his new single.

Written by Luke with Old Dominion’s Brad Tursi, “Light It Up” is the lead release from Luke’s sixth studio album, which is due later this year. It’s also the first single from the Georgia native since “Fast” topped the country chart back in April.

“Light It Up” is available to stream or download now.

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Opry EntertainmentThe spouses of the stars are stepping into the spotlight thanks to the Opry’s new web series, Better Half.

You can check out the first two episodes on YouTube now: they feature Shelly Brown, who’s married to Zac Brown. The new installments profile both Shelly’s line of jewelry, and the camp for kids she and Zac founded together, Camp Southern Ground.

Look for Jason Aldean’s wife Brittany in an upcoming episode, as well as a profile of Caroline Hobby, the significant other of A Thousand Horses’ Michael Hobby.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago this week, Brenda Gail Webb topped the Billboard country chart with the song that would become her signature. Can you name the classic crossover tune by the artist better known as Crystal Gayle? ANSWER:  "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue."

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ABC/Image Group LA Now that Cole Swindell has traveled to the top of the chart with “Flatliner,” the Georgia native isn’t too proud to admit he had butterflies in his stomach when he recorded the song with his hero, Dierks Bentley.

“I had met Dierks before and knew he was a great guy, but I'd never been in the studio with him, him singing on a song I wrote…” Cole explains. “I was nervous. I don't know...I didn't want him to think I was not deserving to be there, or whatever it is,” he laughs.

Since then, Dierks and Cole have not only had a #1 song together, they’ve also spent most of 2017 on the road together on the What the Hell Tour.

“He just makes you feel so comfortable, and he's just one of those guys,” Cole says of Dierks. “You know, you always do hear that sometimes you don't want to meet your heroes. But… I'm so glad I know him, I'm glad to call him a friend.”

As Cole, Dierks and Jon Pardi wrap up their last couple weeks on tour together, Cole is releasing the follow-up to “Flatliner” -- a track from You Should Be Here titled “Stay Downtown.”  

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock On Friday, two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean plays NBC's Today show's summer concert series. You can watch for the “They Don’t Know” hitmaker starting at 7 a.m. on NBC.  

RaeLynn’s latest single “Lonely Call” will be featured in CMT’s Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders:  Making the Team, as the squad hopefuls create a routine around the song. You can catch the episode Thursday, September 28 at 10 p.m. ET.

Joe Nichols will do songs from his new Never Gets Old album when he plays Fox & Friends’ All-American Summer Concert Series this Friday starting at 6 a.m. ET on Fox News.  

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Skyville LiveThis Thursday will officially be Jerry Lee Lewis Day in Nashville.

Music City will pay tribute to the piano-playing, rock-and-roll icon on the same day he’s honored by ongoing web series Skyville LiveGeorge StraitChris StapletonLee Ann WomackToby KeithKris Kristofferson and more will be on hand that night to sing the songs of The Killer.

You can watch online starting at 9 p.m. ET, with complete streaming details at SkyvilleLive.com.

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BBR Music Group If you’ve been waiting for the track listing for Dustin Lynch’s new album, it turns out that it's been hiding in plain sight.

Since the beginning of August, Dustin’s been sharing photos of himself on social media wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the disc's song titles.

He was even sporting one when he sat down with ABC Radio to talk about Current Mood.

“This is 'I'd Be Jealous Too,' which is the opening track to my album,” Dustin explained. “I had a friend of mine make up shirts for all the song titles, so I've been rockin' those around town a little bit.” 

So far, there’s no word on whether the designs might one day be part of Dustin’s Stay Country line of apparel.

Here’s the complete song list for Dustin’s third studio album, Current Mood, which comes out September 8:  

“I’d Be Jealous Too”
“Seein’ Red”
“Small Town Boy”
“Why We Call Each Other”
“Here We Come”
“Love Me or Leave Me Alone”
“Back on It”
“I Wish You Were Beer”
“State Lines”
“Party Song”
“New Girl”
“Why Not Tonight”
“Sun Don't Go Down on That”

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BMLGCarly Pearce may be a relative newcomer, but she can already make a pretty impressive claim: she’s the only solo female artist with a song in the top 15 this week.

On the strength of that breakout hit, "Every Little Thing," Carly’s debut album is now officially on the way. The album, also called Every Little Thing, is set to come out October 13.

“Music is all I’ve ever known, all I’ve dreamed of, and now more than I could have imagined growing up in Taylor Mill, Kentucky,” Carly reflects. “My journey has been long but so worth it each time I hear ‘Every Little Thing’ on the radio or sung back to me from a crowd."

She adds, "I’m so grateful and excited to share more of the songs I wrote…I hope this album will be worth the wait… I know it has been for me.”

Carly co-wrote eight of her debut album’s thirteen songs.

Here’s the complete track listing for Every Little Thing:

“Hide the Wine”
“Careless”
“Every Little Thing”
“Everybody Gonna Talk”
“Catch Fire”
“If My Name Was Whiskey”
“Color”
“I Need a Ride Home”
“Doin’ It Right”
“Feel Somethin’”
“You Know Where to Find Me”
“Honeysuckle”
“Dare Ya”

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ABC/Image Group LA Nicole Kidman’s had a pretty great summer on the road with husband Keith Urban.

“We get on that tour bus, we have fun, we go to the fairs, we do the rides,” the actress tells The Hollywood Reporter.

“The kids love it. We love cotton candy, and anything fried. But I do have to say I am a little partial to a funnel cake,” she confesses.

One thing she doesn't love? “The fried Snickers," she tells the magazine. "That’s just too much.”

The Emmy-nominated Big Little Lies actress is currently back at work shooting Aquaman in her native Australia. Meanwhile, Keith's tour continues as we wait to see how he’ll follow-up his recent #1 with Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter.”

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Curb RecordsJerrod Neimann’s debut album for Curb Records, This Ride, is set to be released October 6, and will feature guest vocals from his pal Lee Brice and nineties hitmakers Diamond Rio.

Lee duets with Jerrod on the album’s lead single, “A Little More Love,” while Diamond Rio harmonizes on the track “I Ain’t All There.” The set also includes Jerrod’s current single, “God Made a Woman.”  

“My new record… represents a journey of life and music, and where it’s led me today as a man and an artist,” Jerrod says. “These songs either dig up some old yesterdays or make me look forward to tomorrow. That’s why I’ve never been more excited to share This Ride.”

Here’s the complete track listing for the fourth major album of Jerrod's career:

“Zero to Crazy”
“But I Do”
“Leavin’ a Trail”
“I Got This”
“Out of My Heart”
“A Little More Love” (with Lee Brice)
“God Made a Woman”
“Whiskey Waitin’ on Ice”
“Feelin’”
“I Ain’t All There” (featuring Diamond Rio)
“Come Back”
“The Regulars”
“This Ride”

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Comstock/Thinkstock In 1991, Diamond Rio became the first country group in history to go all the way to #1 with their debut single. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Meet in the Middle."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Lindsey Ell’s first album, The Project, debuts at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart this week, and at #7 on the all-genre tally, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

New Warner Music Nashville artist Tegan Marie made her Grand Ole Opry debut last Friday night.

Eight-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally will be featured during a performance and interview session Saturday, September 9 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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ABC/Randy HolmesSince Lady Antebellum’s current top-five hit, “You Look Good,” has a distinctive hook that relies on a big horn section, it was a no-brainer for the band to load up the brass for their current world tour.

While it may be an atypical move for a country band, Charles Kelley says adding the horns has bumped up their game.

“I think they've taken the show to a whole new level,” he tells ABC Radio. “You know, we did that because of the single… but we have 'em play on all kinds of our older songs like 'Downtown,' and it really does take it to a new level for us.”

Though it can sometimes be tricky to play less familiar material in concert, Charles also is loving the way Lady A’s fans are embracing the songs from the group's new record, Heart Break.

“It's fun to see… with every week that goes by… as people become more familiar with the album… the more they sing along to all these new songs,” he says. “You know, we're doing 'Heart Break' and 'Good Time to Be Alive' out there, and of course the single… It's just fun to see these songs get such a big reaction…”  

This week, Lady A rolls through Dallas and Houston on the You Look Good World Tour.

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BBR Music Group Chase Bryant is a man of many talents. In addition to being a first-rate singer and guitar-slinger, the 24-year-old also managed to shoot most of his new lyric video himself.

The black-and-white clip for Chase’s new single, “Hell If I Know,” takes you behind-the-scenes on the Texas native’s tour, as he cuts up, plays with his puppies, and even indulges in a little face-painting.

You can check out the lyric video for “Hell If I Know” on YouTube. Meanwhile, Chase continues on the Weekend Warrior World Tour with Brad Paisley and Lindsay Ell through the fall.

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ABC/Image Group LA Four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Martina McBride has a busy holiday season in store this year, as she kicks off her 16-show The Joy of Christmas Tour November 24 in Biloxi, Mississippi.

“The Joy of Christmas is a magical show full of beautiful scenery and classic beloved Christmas music, as well as a few hits from my career,” Martina says. “It’s a show for the whole family. With this tour, we create a sort of Christmas winter wonderland.”

You’ll even be able to buy a front-row Christmas Carol Meet & Greet VIP Experience that includes a Classic Christmas VIP party before the show, complete with Christmas cookies and hot cocoa.

Here’s the complete itinerary for Martina McBride’s The Joy of Christmas Tour, with tickets going on sale to the public this Friday:

11/24 -- Biloxi, MS, Beau Rivage Theatre
11/25 -- Lake Charles, LA, L’Auberge Casino
11/26 -- Fort Smith, AR, First National Bank of Fort Smith Exhibit Hall
11/29 -- Troy, OH, Hobart Arena
11/30 -- Paducah, KY, Carson Center
12/1 -- Dubuque, IA, Five Flags Center
12/2 -- Manhattan, KS, McCain Auditorium
12/7 -- Wabash, IN, Honeywell Center
12/8 -- Charles Town, WV, Hollywood Casino
12/9 -- Charles Town, WV, Hollywood Casino
12/14 -- Champaign, IL, The Virginia Theatre
12/15 -- Harris, MI, Island Resort and Casino
12/16 -- Harris, MI, Island Resort and Casino
12/20 -- Norfolk, VA, Chrysler Hall Theatre
12/21 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
12/22 -- Roanoke, VA, Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

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ABC/Image Group LA Justin Moore claims the seventh chart-topper of his career this week, as “Somebody Else Will” climbs to #1 on the country tally. 

It’s the second #1 from his Kinda Don’t Care album, after “You Look Like I Need a Drink” made it to the top in 2016.

“The feeling you get when your song hits #1 is unbelievable,” the Arkansas native says. “Although this is my seventh time, it is still just as exciting as ever.”

Justin’s follow-up will be the title track from his album, “Kinda Don’t Care.”

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Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell may have seven number-ones under his belt, but he’s going for eight!

“What a week!” the Georgia native says. “Not only did I get the amazing news that ‘Flatliner’ went #1, but now I get to let my fans know that my new single, ‘Stay Downtown,’ will go to radio on Monday."

He adds, "Even though I am not a writer on this song, I knew the first time I heard it I had to have it. Can’t wait to start doing this every night in my set!”

“Stay Downtown” is the fourth single from Cole’s latest album, You Should Be Here. He continues on the What the Hell Tour with Dierks Bentley and Jon Pardi through the beginning of September.Copyright

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BMLGTwo-time chart topper Brett Young continues on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour through the first half of October, when he’ll launch his own headlining trek.

On the heels of his recent success, the California native is happy to now be traveling in style.

“I'm super-excited to get out there with my full band,” he tells ABC Radio. “And we're finally on a bus this year, and we get the consistency of the same production every night, and being around the same guys every night. I'm just excited!”

If you notice Brett looking a little more rested these days, he says the customized coach is to thank.

“You know, it's so funny,” he explains. “People that started with a bus think of a bus as like this small, confined space. But if you ever did radio tour in a van, then a bus absolutely feels like moving out of a one-bedroom apartment into a mansion.”

“There's so much more space,” Brett continues, “and you get so much more sleep, cause it's not a 5:30 a.m. flight to meet the bus to go straight to the venue. You go to sleep after a show, you wake up after eight hours sleep, and you're at the next venue already. So it feels like an absolute luxury.”  

Tickets go on sale this Friday for Brett’s Caliville Tour, which kicks off October 14 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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