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Walt Disney Television/Lorenzo BevilaquaKane Brown not only has a hit on the country chart right now with "Homesick," but you'll also hear him on pop radio with "One Thing Right," his track with producer/DJ Marshmello -- famous for concealing his face with a giant helmet that looks like, well, a marshmallow.

Kane is no stranger to pop collaborations, and he admits it would have been "dumb" for him to turn down the chance to work with the huge star from electronic music.

Prior to working with Marshmello, Kane joined Khalid on a remix of Khalid's song "Saturday Nights," and last year, he appeared on a remix of Camila Cabello's "Never Be the Same."  So what's his criteria for crossing genres to record with pop stars?

"It just depends, you know," he tells ABC Audio. "The last two collabs, with 'Mello and Khalid, they both asked me. And so if it makes sense, y'know, why not do it?" 

He adds, "And 'Mello's huge, so I would've been dumb not to jump on that!"

But the big question is whether, while working on the song, Kane actually got to see Marshmello without his signature helmet.

"Yeah, yeah," admits Kane. "But everybody's pretty secret with him.  They understand that he don't wanna be seen, so nobody tells!"

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ABC RadioYou won’t be having Fun with Garth Brooks this fall as planned. Instead, he’s leaving you with his Legacy for the time being.

Garth had planned to release his new record, Fun, this fall, as his current hit, “Dive Bar,” makes its way up the chart. Instead, the record’s been pushed back to early next year, so it won’t compete with his upcoming Legacy vinyl set.

The seven LP/seven CD box comes out November 1 and includes the new Triple Live -- recorded on tour -- plus the classic albums No FencesThe ChaseIn Pieces, and Fresh Horses.

“I see this as a gift,” Garth tells Billboard. “If I’m a parent and I want my kids to hear the music that I as a kid played, this is a great way to put it on vinyl and play around the house. I know that from my own childhood, the stuff that we listened to as a family probably created my best memories.” 

Since the set took eight months to manufacture, there are only about 500,000 copies available.

You’ll be able to buy Legacy via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bass Pro Shops, Best Buy, Bi-Lo, Cabela’s, Costco, Cracker Barrel, Dollar General, Fry’s Food, FYE, and Winn-Dixie, but not at Target or Walmart, partially because of the limited stock.

The price ranges from about $50 to $75, depending on which version you choose.

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ABC/Image Group LAThey don’t call him King George for nothin’.

This week, George Strait becomes the first artist in history to have placed one hundred songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart, as “The Weight of the Badge” debuts at #56.

That’s really only part of the story, though. That total only dates back to the beginning of the Country Airplay tally, which started in January of 1990. If you look at the more comprehensive Hot Country Songs ranking, Strait’s charted 124 tunes in all, dating back to 1981.

“The Weight of the Badge” is the second single from his Honky Tonk Time Machine album.

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Copyright 2018 8TEN, Inc.Garth Brooks' first home-state stop on his Stadium Tour is about to get even bigger. 

Next Friday, he'll release what his camp is calling a "very large number of incredible production seats" for his Saturday, November 16 show at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Tickets go for just under $95, including all fees. Garth's show will be the first concert in the venue in sixteen years.  

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ABC/Image Group LAAfter doing two sold-out shows at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace last month, Keith Urban is headed back to Sin City for a dozen more concerts in 2020.

Kicking off January 10, Keith Urban Live -- Las Vegas will be an all-new show, using the renovated venue's capacity for a general admission area on the main floor.

Pre-sales start on Sunday for fan club members, before tickets officially go on sale next Friday.  Buy them at at 

Here's the rundown of the CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year's Vegas dates for 2020:

January 10, 11, 17, 18
April 24, 25
July 10, 11
August 7, 8
November 20, 21

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Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/ViacomPerforming in honor of CMT Artist of the Decade Reba McEntire Wednesday night wasn't something Lady Antebellum took lightly, especially since Hillary Scott practically grew up on the road with the country legend.

Hillary's mom, Linda Davis, sang backup for Reba and won a Grammy for their #1 duet, "Does He Love You." So Lady A's been privileged to have a front row seat to learn from the legend.

"She's such a great entertainer. She's so authentic," Dave Haywood reflects. "She's always been so true to herself, where she came from, how she was raised in the Midwest, and who she is...that's always been such an inspiring thing for us."

"We've watched how she tours, how she puts on a show, how she paces a show," he explains. "We've gotten to know her over the years...that's another surreal moment, that we're able to kind of call her friends now. And she is one of the biggest icons in this format."

Hilary admits Reba's immense catalog made it difficult to pick a song to perform during the tribute.

"It's kind of like throwing a dart," Hillary admits. "But we chose 'Is There Life Out There' just because it's one of my personal favorites. I just love the lyric...the melody. It lends itself to three-part harmony beautifully."

Ultimately, Hillary's goal during the tribute was to mirror the love Reba's shown her through the years.

"I am so encouraged by her and her confidence, and have always felt so uplifted...myself by her over the years," Hillary says. "So I just want to make her proud and hope that she feels celebrated and loved."

"You can't find one person who could say 'Reba McEntire' and not say 'I love her' in the next breath. She's just the best."

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Comstock/ThinkstockFifteen years ago this week, Sara Evans "cleaned up" as this song hit number one on Billboard's country chart. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Suds in the Bucket."

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Big MachineFlorida Georgia Line's most recent hit was the double entendre, "Talk You Out of It." But now, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley are literally stripping it down -- their songs, that is -- for The Acoustic Sessions, which is out today.

They're also counting their "Blessings" -- the title of their new single -- on the set that takes pretty much every FGL hit there is, and pares it down to the bare bones.

"You know, the acoustic project is pretty cool to listen back and hear and kind of relive our songs in a different way," Brian says. "And we really think our fans are gonna enjoy it."

"Yeah, it's just another little cool look for us," he continues.  "And [we're] very thankful for all the hard work put into that and just excited to really to see about what the fans think about all these songs."

The duo's also thrilled to once again be exceeding fans' expectations.

"I think they thought they were just gonna get one or two," he explains.  "But to do a whole album -- I think 17 songs -- it's fresh for us and keeps the fans excited."

"And, yeah, I think Mom and Dad are gonna be proud, too." he adds. "So, heck yeah!"

Next month, Brian and Tyler return to Sin City for another round of Florida Georgia Line Live from Las Vegas at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood on November 6, 8, and 9.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockYou can start your Friday with some Heartache Medication from Jon Pardi, as he stops by Good Morning America. Watch for him starting at 7 a.m. on ABC. 

"Hold On" is the lead single from the new album by Hootie & the Blowfish, titled Imperfect Circle. The song was co-written by Chris Stapleton.

Opry Entertainment Group will launch its new country music network -- known as Circle -- in early 2020. It'll include a weekly Grand Ole Opry broadcast, and will also be launched as a premium entertainment service in late spring.

Garth Brooks performs a medley of "Hold On, I'm Comin'" and "Soul Man" with Sam Moore on Great Performances' Grammy Salute to Music Legends, which premieres Friday night at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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Catherine Powell"10,000 Hours," the new song from Justin Bieber and Dan Shay, had its live performance debut in an unusual setting: Dan Shay sang it at Justin Bieber's recent wedding celebration.  And as they tell Entertainment Tonight, they had no idea they were going to do it.

“We had never rehearsed it,” Dan Smyers tells ET. We obviously recorded it in the studio, but we never played it live in front of actual human beings. [But] Justin was like, ‘Sing ‘10,000 hours,’ we’re like, ‘OK, we’ll try.’ “

Shay Mooney jokes that he and Dan were just "making up the words," but Dan adds, "It was good though, it was really fun and people were out on the dance floor rocking.”

“It’s awesome to get to attend their wedding and it was a blast,” Dan notes. “It was a really good time.”

As for the collaboration, it came about because Justin and Dan Shay are both managed by Scooter Braun, who put the duo in touch with Justin.

"We’ve always wanted to do some collaboration with [Justin] and we wrote the song and thought it would be perfect and sent it over to him not knowing what would happen,” says Shay. "He loved the song; he’s in a similar place in his life, just got married, and so it was really cool to have that moment all together.”

“The timing of it worked out and we still can’t believe that it happened,” he adds. “I’m waiting to wake up tomorrow and [find out] like, ‘That actually never happened to you guys.’"

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Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/ViacomThomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins walked the red carpet arm-in-arm Wednesday night in Nashville, as TR was honored as one of CMT's Artists of the Year.

"In the beginning...anytime I ever got nominated for anything, me and Lauren were just like, 'How is this even happening?'" TR recalled. "And still to this's really mind-blowing..."

"Because we don't see that part," Rhett explained. "All I see is the songwriting, and being on the bus, and playing shows. And I don't think you understand what you're actually doing out there, and how many people you're playing for, and how [your] songs... resonate with people."

Lauren revealed it was "definitely out of [her] comfort zone" to step onstage to present the honor to her husband.

"I don't know that I was born to do what he was born to do," she reflected, "but I've got a good teacher. I've been able to watch for seven years, and he's the best support system I could ever ask for."

Back home, three-year-old daughter  Willa Gray was staying up past her bedtime.  "She knows we're coming on TV and she does not want to miss it," Lauren smiled.

Looking glamorous as she's expecting their third daughter, Lauren revealed she seems to be getting a break from the sickness that's plagued her during this pregnancy.  And while she and TR have yet to celebrate their recent anniversary since the end of his tour last weekend, Lauren doesn't mind. 

"We wanted to spend some time with our girls because it's been a lot of travel for everybody," she reasoned. "So I think we all just needed a good breath at home."

"Needed a good Halloween movie, Halloween cookies, the whole vibe," TR offered.

Their movie of choice? Hocus Pocus.

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Copyright 8 Ten, Inc.Garth Brooks packed a capacity crowd of more than seven hundred fans into The Barn in Sanford, Florida on Wednesday night, for the fourth stop on his Dive Bar Tour.

It’s the third time Garth has played the venue he clearly loves, the first dating back to May 27, 1989. He even name-checks The Barn in the track “The Old Stuff,” on his Fresh Horses album.

This is the fourth of seven stops Garth plans on his tour that takes its name from his current top-twenty hit, “Dive Bar,” with Blake Shelton. The next will be Monday, October 28 at The Dusty Armadillo in Rootstown, Ohio. The only way to get tickets is to win them from country radio stations in the area.

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Catherine Powell If you want to see Dan Shay on The (Arena) Tour, you’d better get your tickets now.

Even though the trek was only announced last week and tickets went on sale over the weekend, the ACM Vocal Duo of the Year has already sold more than 200,000 seats. They’ve also sold out New York City’s Madison Square Garden and Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

The trek kicks off March 6 with multiple nights at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Meanwhile, Dan Shay have the biggest hit of their career so far with “10,000 Hours,” with Justin Bieber. It’s already a top-five hit on Billboard’s Hot 100, making Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney the only country duo or group in history to debut in the top five of the all-genre ranking.

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Comstock/ThinkstockFive years ago today, this harmonious group whose hits include "Boondocks," "Pontoon" and "Girl Crush" were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. Can you guess who? ANSWER: Little Big Town

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Getty Images for CMT/ViacomCMT designed its Artists of the Year special to celebrate the biggest stars of the past twelve months. But for its tenth anniversary, it far exceeded anyone’s expectations. It reminded everyone -- whether you were in the ballroom at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville or watching at home -- what country music does best: come together as a family and help each other in desperate times.

Even though he was a 2019 honoree, Kane Brown was expected to be absent in the wake of the unexpected death of his longtime drummer Kenny Dixon in a car accident last weekend. Instead, he felt it important to show up and show his love for his longtime friend, supporter, and band mate.

"I want to dedicate this to my drummer Kenny," Kane told the crowd, choking back tears. "He started with me coming out of Chattanooga off Facebook. People didn't think we would make it. He was with me the whole time. He was so supportive of me. And I love you man, I miss you. The band misses you."

Chris Young, Kane’s label mate and longtime friend, gave him the award and sang in his stead. Young's current single, “Drowning” -- about dealing with the loss of a close friend -- couldn’t have been more appropriate.

Fellow Artist of the Year Thomas Rhett was featured in his own emotional segment: pregnant wife Lauren introduced him, and he sang “Dream You Never Had” in her honor.

TR said his polite thanks, but didn’t dwell on himself. Instead, he led a prayer of support in honor of his hurting friend.

"I just want to lift up Kane and his family, and I want to lift up his drummer and their family. I don't know if this is very conventional, but can I just pray really fast? Is that okay with everybody?," he asked.

"Father, God, we love you so much," Thomas Rhett continued. "Loss is something that we can't comprehend. And so right now, I pray that you would be with Kane and his family, and his drummer Kenny and his family."

"And bring them peace that only you know how to bring somebody," he added. "And thank you for this night."

"God bless country music. And in your name we pray. Amen," he closed.

Sitting in the audience, Artist of a Lifetime recipient Reba McEntire was moved to tears. During the commercial break, she stopped TR as he walked past her, voicing her respect for what he did.

When longtime friend Vince Gill presented her award, she took the chance to thank TR publicly.

"Thomas Rhett -- God bless you for praying in front..." Reba trailed off, interrupted by the cheers of the audience. "You're special! You're special. That took guts!" 

Dan ShayLuke Combs, and Carrie Underwood were honored as CMT's 2019 Artists of the Year as well. Ashley McBryde is this year's Breakout Artist of the Year.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockToby Keith is partnering with The Independence Fund to donate wheelchairs to wounded veterans. The singer will present the wheelchairs to veterans on stage during select dates of his 2019 That's Country Bro! Tour that continues through November.  

John RichThe Oak Ridge BoysEric Paslay and Ricky Skaggs are all featured on Dionne Warwick's upcoming Christmas album, Dionne Warwick & The Voices of Christmas, set for release Friday. 

Dillon Carmichael has released the Shayla, who appears in the video. 

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ABC/Mark LevineMike Fisher has nothing but admiration for wife Carrie Underwood

The former NHL player shared a thoughtful Instagram post with his half a million followers, offering them insight into how hard she works every day. 

"If I had a dollar every time someone on tour said 'I don’t know how she does it' I’d be rich :)" Mike begins, alongside a video of the superstar singer on stage, belting out the final notes of "Cry Pretty." 

He reveals that in the midst of traveling the country on her Cry Pretty Tour 360, Carrie wakes up multiple times a night to feed their 10-month old son, Jacob, and is still up early in the morning to make sure her husband and two sons have breakfast. Her morning routine continues with a 90-minute workout and soundcheck in preparation for the two-hour show, meeting with fans and press all the while -- a routine she repeats each day she's on the road. 

"It really is amazing how she does it all. Hard work is more important then talent in everything and she has loads of both but the short answer of how she does it is that God’s given her a crazy voice and determination (and energy) to be able to do what He’s called her to do!" Mike raves. "I love watching her do her thing and showing people the gift that God’s given her." 

Carrie continues on the Cry Pretty 360 Tour with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June through October 31, when it wraps in Detroit.

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If I had a dollar every time someone on tour said “I don’t know how she does it” I’d be rich:) I wish everyone could see how she does it! She still gets up a couple times a night with Jacob. Wakes up and makes sure everyone is fed, then works out for 90 minutes (a workout much harder then mine) Then gets ready for the show with soundcheck etc, then meets dozen of fans,then meets radio people and then goes out and sings her heart out for 2 hours, then gets on the bus and on to the next city for a repeat. It really is amazing how she does it all. Hard work is more important then talent in everything and she has loads of both but the short answer of how she does it is that God’s given her a crazy voice and determination (and energy) to be able to do what He’s called her to do! I love watching her do her thing and showing people the gift that God’s given her. He’s the only explanation to the question “I don’t know how she does it” Philippians 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

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Andrew EcclesBlake Shelton is once again bringing his friends and heroes together for a special tour launching in early 2020. 

Blake is reinstating his Friends and Heroes Tour that has Lauren AlainaTrace AdkinsThe Bellamy Brothers and John Anderson serving as opening acts. The superstar embarked on the tour of the same name and lineup in early 2019. 

The new trek takes the troupe to 16 cities across the U.S. with stops in Denver, Chicago, Salt Lake City and more throughout February and March. Shelton and crew also have a scheduled date at iconic venue The Forum in Los Angeles on March 7.

“The Friends and Heroes Tour was so exciting and successful last year that I couldn’t imagine not trying something like that again," Blake says. "Even though every night when the show wrapped, I would tell the audience that they might never see something like this again, with these legends, my plan all along was to at least try to make that happen.  I feel like it was the best concert experience that I’ve ever been involved in, and I’m ready to get fired up again.”

The tour begins on February 13 in Portland, Oregon and concludes on March 21 in Detroit, Michigan. Tickets go on sale on October 25 at 10 a.m., excluding LA, Wichita and Detroit, which become available on November 1.

Here are Blake's 2020 Friends and Heroes Tour dates:

2/13 -- Portland, OR, Moda Center
2/14 -- Tacoma, WA, Tacoma Dome
2/15 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
2/20 -- Bakersfield, CA, Mechanics Bank Arena
2/21 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
2/22 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
2/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena
3/5 -- Glendale, CA, Gila River Arena
3/6 -- San Diego, CA, Pechanga Arena
3/7 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Forum
3/11 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
3/12 -- Omaha, NE, CHI Health Center
3/14 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
3/19 -- Chicago, IL, Allstate Arena
3/20 -- Milwaukee, WI, Fiserv Forum
3/21 -- Detroit, MI, Little Caesars Arena  

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Columbia NashvilleA country superstar will be making her way down one of American's most revered streets. 

Maren Morris is one of many special celebrity guests set to participate in Sesame Street's upcoming 50th anniversary season.  Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl, pop singer-songwriter Charlie Puth, and Chrissy Teigen will also appear on the show. 

The theme for the milestone year is “Oops and Aha!: Embracing the Power of Possibilities,” centered around positive thinking, embracing mistakes and perseverance.  

"The Middle" hit maker and several others will also partake in a social media campaign titled #ThisIsMyStreet, sharing favorite memories of growing up with the beloved series. Artists participating include actresses Blake Lively and Mindy KalingHamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Peter Dinklage of Game of Thrones fame, Chance the Rapper, John Legend and many more. 

The new season of Sesame Street premieres on November 16, preceded by a special event, Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, airing on November 9 on HBO. PBS will re-air the broadcast on November 17.

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ABC/Image Group LAFlorida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley is stepping into the world of theatre. 

Variety reports that Kelley will serve as co-producer of a new musical, titled May We All, that tells the story of an aspiring country singer who returns home after trying to make it in Nashville, "ultimately to discover that her roots may take her a lot further than her dreams," as described in a statement. 

The musical will feature several hit songs by a range of country acts spanning generations, from Johnny CashLoretta Lynn and Dolly Parton, to Shania TwainKenny ChesneyMiranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton. Duos and groups such as FGL, Brooks & DunnLittle Big Town and Alison Krauss & Union Station will also have songs included in the production.

“I love building, love creating, love being surrounded by an amazing team, and have found endless inspiration in the fact that I can use my voice in any interest that I have," Brian says. "I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this musical feature the songs of so many of my buddies and artists who’ve inspired me. Can’t wait to bring this project to the stage and beyond.”  

May We All is written by Troy Britton Johnson and Todd Johnson. Troy is a former Broadway star who appeared in The Drowsy Chaperone, which won multiple Tony Awards in 2006, while Todd was one of the producers of the original production of The Color Purple on Broadway. 

May We All is set to go into production at Memphis’ Playhouse on the Square in fall 2020, with an anticipated premiere in Nashville in 2021. 

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