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Trisha Yearwood Releasing New Album, "PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit," on November 17


Image Courtesy Vector ManagementTrisha Yearwood's new album, PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit, is due out November 17 featuring six new songs, including the title track. The set will be rounded out with 10 of Trisha's greatest hits such as "She's in Love with the Boy," "XXX's and OOO's" and "Georgia Rain."

Says Trisha, "These are the classic songs people fell in love with and the new songs that show 'what’s next.' When you come to the shows, it’s a mix of favorites with a few new ones that people are coming to hear and sing along with.”

Fans who pre-order Trisha's new album now at GhostTunes -- the new digital music platform spearheaded by Garth Brooks --  will get instant downloads of the song "PrizeFighter" as well as "She's in Love with the Boy" and "How Do I Live."

Trisha is on the road with Garth's World Tour indefinitely. They'll return for another round of shows in Atlanta this weekend.

Here is the song list for PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit:

"PrizeFighter" (featuring Kelly Clarkson)
"Met Him in a Motel Room"
"End of the World"
"Your Husband's Cheating on Us"
"You Can't Trust the Weatherman"
"I Remember You"
"Wrong Side of Memphis"
"The Song Remembers When"
"XXX's and OOO's"
"Walkaway Joe"
"She's in Love with the Boy"
"How Do I Live"
"Perfect Love"
"In Another's Eyes"
"Georgia Rain"
"Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love"

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Scotty McCreery Performing at Pre-Concert Event This December to Benefit the 12.14 Foundation


Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleScotty McCreery is turning his December 4 concert in Wallingford, Connecticut, into a fundraiser for the 12.14 Foundation . Scotty is a National Goodwill Ambassador for the organization, which was founded in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting to promote the performing arts as a "healing mechanism" from tragic events. Scotty will meet with fans and play an acoustic set at a VIP pre-party prior to the December 4 show.

Scotty says, "I am looking forward to the event and hope we raise some awareness for this remarkable organization and have a great time in the process.” 

For more information on the pre-party, go to Oakdale.com.

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Little Big Town Online Unveils "Pain Killer" Game to Preview New Album


Image Courtesy Sandbox EntertainmentLittle Big Town is literally playing games with their fans this week. The band has launched the new Pain Killer game at LittleBigTown.com, and fans can unlock 90-second clips of songs from the group's new album, Pain Killer, as they complete each level. Players work to kill viruses using color-coded pills thrown by the animated members of Little Big Town.

Pain Killer is now available for pre-sale through all digital retailers. It comes out October 21 and features the lead single "Day Drinking."

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Eric Church Taking Part in Mavis Staples Tribute Concert November 19 in Chicago


Image Courtesy John PeetsEric Church will join an all-star lineup to pay tribute to music great Mavis Staples November 19 in Chicago.

I'll Take You There -- Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples pays tribute to the "I'll Take You There" singer as she celebrates her 75th birthday. Marty Stuart, Grace Potter, Gregg Allman and Michael McDonald are also performing at the tribute concert, which will be recorded for release on several platforms at a later date.

Tickets for the concert at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre go on sale Monday, September 29 via Ticketmaster.

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Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockJake Owen hails from which Florida town? ANSWER: Vero Beach.

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Eric Church and Grammy Charity Online Auctions Offering VIP Package for His Wisconsin Theater Show


CMATickets for Eric Church's upcoming benefit concert at the intimate Orpheum Theatre in Madison, WI are sold out, but the Grammy Charity Online Auctions is offering two VIP packages for the show. The concert is set for October 8, with proceeds going to the Grammy Foundation's GRAMMY in the Schools music education program.

Winners of the VIP packages will get two front-row balcony seats, as well as a meet-and-greet and photo with Eric. Go to CharityBuzz.com/EricChurch now through October 2 to place your bid.

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Kenny Chesney Says a Lot of Positive Energy Went into His New Album, "The Big Revival"


Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleThe title of Kenny Chesney's new album, The Big Revival, is an indication of the positive, creative energy listeners will hear on these 11 new songs. Since he took the past year off from launching a major tour, Kenny was able to give his full attention to making The Big Revival, which features his latest hit, "American Kids."

He says, "It was really important for me at this point in my life and in this point of my career and as a human being to make a record that sounded fresh -- that didn't sound like it was made as part of a conveyor belt, [which] I may have been guilty doing. I'm not sure."

By eliminating the demands of touring, Kenny had plenty of energy and focus to find the best songs around and co-write a few songs, too.

"I was able to really listen and not listen tired," Kenny says. "I was really listening with a clear head, and that was good for me -- really good for me."

While Kenny describes the process of making The Big Revival as "enjoyable," "frustrating" and "satisfying," he didn't spend that much time in the studio just to please himself. Kenny believes his long-term fans deserve new and exciting sounds from him.

Says Kenny, "It was just important for me and the connection that I feel like I have with the audience, that we've built over the years, that we protect the investment that both of us has made."

Listen for Kenny's new single from The Big Revival, "Til It's Gone," to hit the airwaves soon.

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Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard Engaged to Girlfriend, Hayley Stommel


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleCongratulations to Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard on his engagement to girlfriend, Hayley Stommel.

Tyler broke the news on Instagram Monday night posting a picture of Hayley and himself drinking champagne while riding in a helicopter. The caption reads, "This is what a lucky man looks like right here. Not sure why but I sure am blessed to call this angel my fiancé. #loveisintheair #literally"

Earlier this month, Tyler opened up about his relationship with Hayley in an interview with ABC News Radio. He says, "She is a keeper, man. I got lucky with that one somehow."

Tyler's FGL duo partner, Brian Kelley, married his wife, Brittney, late last year.

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Jake Owen Reveals How He Got the Coveted iPhone 6 Plus Without Hitting the Apple Store


Image Courtesy RCA NashvilleJake Owen is the proud owner of a brand-new, gold iPhone 6 Plus, but he didn't wait in a long line at the Apple store to get it when the phone came out Friday. Instead, Jake turned to Craigslist Friday while on the road in Kansas City. He found a guy who'd waited in line to get the iPhone so he could then turn around and sell it at a higher price.

Jake explains, "I gave him a few hundred extra bucks for it and got one brand-new out of the box the day it came out. We were on the road. I just was out on Kansas City Craigslist and met the guy at a Starbucks."

That iPhone investment is already paying off, though. Jake and Cadillac Three band member Jaren Johnston, who co-wrote Jake's hit "Beachin'," were already writing songs on the iPhone by Friday night.

Jake played a bit of the song during an interview prior to his #1 party in Nashville Monday to celebrate the success of "Beachin'." While the song played, Jake said with a smile, "So, all the guys that were giving me hell during the day about, 'Dude, you're an idiot. You would waste 300 extra dollars on an iPhone?' I’m like, 'Sorry!'"

It's no wonder Jake says he really identifies with his brand-new single about always wanting more, "What We Ain't Got." It's the latest release from Jake's current album, Days of Gold.

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Dierks Bentley Is All Alone in His New Video for "Say You Do"


Image Courtesy Nino MunozDierks Bentley is the only person seen in the video for his new single, "Say You Do," filmed last month in Canada.  The clip is now posted on Vevo and features Dierks piloting a seaplane to a remote lake and then taking a motorcycle to a cabin to drink and be alone with his memories.  "Say You Do" captures a "hardcore yearning" to rekindle an old flame even though the relationship is clearly over.

Dierks says, "This song is about wanting something so badly even if it's not good for you, just wanting that love back, which is something I think everyone can relate to at some point in their life."

"Say You Do" is included on Dierks' latest release, RISER, which is nominated for Album of the Year at the 48th Annual CMA Awards, airing November 5 on ABC.

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The Band Perry to Perform at Concert and Film Screening Celebrating New Glen Campbell Documentary


Image Courtesy Republic NashvilleThe Band Perry has signed on to perform at a Nashville concert and film screening of the new Glen Campbell documentary, Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me. The event takes place October 19 at the Music City Center in Nashville, with proceeds going to Alzheimer's disease awareness.

The film captures Glen as he embarks on the 151-show Goodbye Tour after going public with his Alzheimer's disease diagnosis. Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and The Band Perry are among the stars paying tribute to Glen in the documentary. The Band Perry also contributed a live recording of Glen's classic, "Gentle on My Mind," to the film's soundtrack.

Glen Campbell…I'll Be Me opens in theaters in New York and Nashville on October 24 before going national in 50 cities.

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Jason Aldean Is Bringing the Pyrotechnics for His "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Performance


Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean is pulling out all the stops for his first TV performance of his new single, "Burnin' It Down," on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, September 22.  Jason has a special reason for going on Jimmy's show.

He says, "That was the first late night show to ever invite me to perform back when nobody knew who I was, so tonight to celebrate the new album, we are going to bring the tour to them."

Jason adds that the performance will be "a fire marshal's worst nightmare!"

"Burnin' It Down" is the lead single from Jason's sixth studio album, Old Boots, New Dirt, due out October 7.

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Zac Brown Band to Release New Studio Album in Spring 2015


Image Courtesy Southern GroundZac Brown Band will release a new album next spring. The band has partnered with designer John Varvatos's record label and the Big Machine Label Group for the project, which explains why the guys have been sporting Varvatos's clothes on stage lately. Zac Brown tells Billboard it's a relief to have the designer dressing them.

“What I love is that I don’t have to think about it anymore,” Zac says of Varvatos. “It’s executed so well, you can put that energy into other things creative. He’s got that on lockdown like nobody else.”

ZBB's most recent single, "All Alright," is featured on their EP, The Grohl Sessions Vol. 1.

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Keith Urban Premiering "Somewhere in My Car" Video Thursday Morning


Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban's new video for "Somewhere in My Car" will premiere Thursday at 9 a.m. ET at People.com/KeithUrban. The clip centers on a guy going a little crazy as he thinks about the memories of his old love.

Keith says, "The story [of “Somewhere In My Car”] is what I would call melancholy. So for me, the video had to be centered around the present and the past, but focused on the intoxicating emotion of ‘those nights.'"

Look for a behind-the-scenes feature on the making of the "Somewhere in My Car" video, premiering Wednesday on Entertainment Tonight at ETOnline.com. Check local listings for air time. Keith has also posted a 15-second teaser of the clip on his Instagram account.

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Garth Brooks Breaks Another Personal Ticket Sales Record with Upcoming Jacksonville, FL Shows


Image Courtesy Pearl Records/SonyGarth Brooks has already broken his own personal record for tickets sold in Florida with his upcoming five shows in Jacksonville, FL. He last played the city in 1997 with more than 56,000 fans attending his run of five shows. With his new round of dates at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial , Garth has now surpassed that number, and tickets are still selling.

His Jacksonville shows start October 10 and run through October 18. Go to Ticketmaster.com for tickets.

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Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockBlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert primarily reside in which Oklahoma town? ANSWER: Tishomingo.  

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Rascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Danielle Bradbery Added to Tree Town Festival Lineup in Iowa


Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts, Eli Young Band and Danielle Bradbery have been added to the lineup for the Tree Town Music Festival May 21 through 24, 2015 in Forest City, IA. They join previously-announced performers Blake Shelton and Dierks Bentley on the bill.  You can look for even more acts to join the lineup in the coming months.

For ticket information, go to TreeTownFestival.com.

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Country Stars Mourn the Sudden Death of Former Tennessee Titans Kicker Rob Bironas


CMACountry stars took to Twitter over the weekend to express their grief over the sudden death of former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas. He was killed Saturday night after losing control of his SUV while driving less than a mile from his home in Nashville. The vehicle hit a line of trees before coming to rest upside down in a large culvert area. He was pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police say there was no evidence of drugs or alcohol playing a role in the crash. He got married to NFL legend Terry Bradshaw's daughter, Rachel Bradshaw, this past June.

Rob Bironas was a close friend with several country stars including Luke Bryan, who tweeted, "I'm heartbroken. One of most genuine and charitable persons I've ever met. Praying for everyone."

Here is a collection of other country stars' tweets mourning the loss of Rob Bironas:

Carrie Underwood -- "Shocked and saddened this morning at the passing of Rob Bironas. Such a nice guy. Sending prayers and love to his family... RB # 2"

Dierks Bentley -- "i don't know anyone that didn't like rob bironas. lot of heavy hearts in nashville today. prayers for his family."

Rascal Flatts' Joe Don Rooney -- "Saddened by the news of our @rascalflatts friend @RobBironas - Our thoughts, prayers & sympathy are with his family at this time."

Kix Brooks -- "So sad - lost good buddy@RobBironas last night - heartbroken for dear friend @RachelTBradshaw - he was a great guy - and an amazing talent:("

Jerrod Niemann -- "I'm so sad about the loss of our buddy @RobBironas please keep him & his wife @RachelTBradshaw in your thoughts & prayers. He will be missed."

Chase Rice -- "No words man. No words. @RobBironas u are my friend. Gone way too soon. @RachelTBradshaw praying hard for u and family. Unreal."

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Blake Shelton Reveals His Fellow Coaches' Tricks as "The Voice" Season Seven Starts Tonight


Image Courtesy Trae Patton/NBCBlake Shelton is back for the seventh season of NBC's The Voice along with returning coach Adam Levine and newcomers to the panel, Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani. Blake didn't know Pharrell and Gwen before they started filming the blind auditions a few weeks ago, and he's impressed with Pharrell's tactics to get the best contestants on his team.

"It's like reverse psychology," Blake explains. "He hits his button, and then almost begs the artist to go with another coach because he's just not worthy of their talent and Blake and Adam and Gwen are just so good at what they do and he loves 'em. And next thing you know, these artists are like -- they fall for it every time. It's so frustrating."

Blake admits he'd probably choose to be on Gwen Stefani's team if he was a contestant on The Voice.

He says, "Gwen Stefani is Gwen Stefani. Who's gonna look at her and not see that she's just such an accomplished artist and what she's done for women in music."

Of course, Blake and Adam have become close friends in the past few years, and Blake considers them all very lucky to have this gig helping up-and-comers realize their dreams.

Says Blake, "We get to come in and share some of the knowledge that we've gathered over the years of just banging our heads against the wall and being lucky enough to make our dreams come true. To be able to pass some of that knowledge on to some of these people, it's perfect."

The Voice's seventh season premieres Monday night at 8 ET on NBC.

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Maddie & Tae Reveal Their Hometown Connections to Blake Shelton and Sugarland


Image Courtesy Dot RecordsNew duo Maddie & Tae are taking the country world by storm with their debut single, "Girl in a Country Song," just a few years after the two 19-year-olds made the move to Nashville. While growing up in Ada, OK, the duo's Tae Dye heard all about the town's other famous native, Blake Shelton.

Tae tells ABC News Radio, "My best friend's grandma actually taught him in high school at Ada High. I was like, that's such a small world, but yeah. She said he was a great student, and he had really good hair."

Blake pays tribute to Ada with a picture of the town's water tower on the cover of his upcoming album, Bringing Back the Sunshine. Tae admits she got a little misty when she saw that image.

"I almost cried because I love Ada and I miss it so much," Tae says. "I saw the album cover, and I freaked out."

Tae's duo partner, Maddie Marlow, grew up in Sugar Land, TX, but she doesn't have a connection to the country duo that shares a name with the town.

Says Maddie,  "I love Sugarland. They make amazing music, but we were, like, 'I wonder if they came through Sugar Land? That's how they named their band?'"

The town of Sugar Land was named for a now-closed sugar mill, and Maddie often has a hard time convincing people it's a real place.

Maddie says, "They're like, 'Candy Land?' I'm like, 'No! Sugar Land!' And they're like, 'There's no way!'" 

Hopefully Maddie can help put the town of Sugar Land on the map. Maddie & Tae will release their self-titled debut EP on November 4.

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