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David Giesbrecht/NBC"Red Nose Day," a three-hour live event designed to raise money for charity organizations that focus on helping children and young people in the U.S. and around the world lift themselves out of poverty, aired Thursday night on NBC.

The star-studded event also included Blake Shelton and a performance from Keith Urban.

Urban launched into a version of John Mellencamp's "Pink Houses." He then introduced the rock legend, who took the stage to sing the rest of the song. Urban sang harmony on the choruses and played guitar.

Shelton joined his fellow Voice coaches Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and Pharrell -- along with host Carson Daly -- in a parody of the show in which Will Ferrell faced off against Parks and Recreation vet Nick Offerman to prove who is the best at convincing people to donate.

In addition to Ferrell, the telecast featured other celebrities from film and TV, including Jack Black, Anna Kendrick, and Gwyneth Paltrow,

"Red Nose Day," which began in the U.K. 30 years ago, is making its American debut this year. The event will benefit 12 charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the National Urban League, Save the Children, and United Way.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJerrod Niemann kicks off Fox & Friends' All-American Summer Concert Series Friday morning on Fox News.

Justin Moore is playing in the 2015 MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game July 12 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Snoop Dogg, The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson and Nick Lachey are also playing in the game, which will broadcast on ESPN following the Home Run Derby on Monday, July 13.

Cole Swindell has been added to the lineup for the 11th annual Stars for Second Harvest concert lineup at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium June 9. Dierks Bentley and Nashville cast members Charles Esten and Lennon & Maisy are also on the bill.

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Big Machine RecordsTim McGraw is back on the big screen with a role in the new George Clooney sci-fi film, Tomorrowland, in theaters now. He plays a NASA engineer who's out of work since the NASA program has been shut down.

Tim tells ABC Radio, "[In the movie], my daughter's a really curious young lady who gets into all sorts of things and ends up going into the future."

If you think that all sounds complicated, you're not alone. Tim says, "I mean, I don't even know how to explain the movie, and I read the script and was in the movie. It's just so much stuff going on."

Though the storyline of Tomorrowland is a little complex, Tim had no trouble stepping into the dad role. It's a part he's had a lot of real-life experience getting ready for as a father to his three daughters.

Says Tim, "I think as an actor, you bring all the life experience that you have into whatever you do, and it certainly has been a benefit to me."

So, can fans expect to see Tim riding a rocket or exploring outer space in Tomorrowland?

"Oddly enough, though, my character is never really involved in much of the -- one or two scenes -- but never much involved in the whole other world kinda thing," Tim explains. "So, I was pretty much rooted in reality in my part of the movie."

As for working with George Clooney, Tim says the screen heartthrob is a really good guy. Clooney's killer good looks didn't threaten Tim when they shared scenes together either.

Tim says with a smile, "The thing about me was not walking on the set and being the ugliest guy around. Since Clooney was there, I felt better about myself."

Actress Britt Robertson, who plays Tim's daughter in the movie, admits her family was much more excited about her working with McGraw over Clooney.

Britt tells ABC Radio, "We're huge country fans. Not that we don't love George. George is great. But small potatoes in comparison to the great Tim McGraw."

On the music front, Tim launches his Shotgun Rider tour June 5 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Ray Burmiston/Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes has dropped his brand-new single, "21," to country radio. The song captures Hunter's excitement and nostalgia about celebrating his 21st birthday.

Look for Hunter to perform "21" on ABC's The View on Monday. You'll be able to download the track the next day, May 26.

Hunter's currently headlining his sold-out Let's Be Crazy Tour UK in support of the UK release this week of his album, I Want Crazy. He'll continue as a special guest on Lady Antebellum's Wheels Up Tour with Sam Hunt May 29 in Wantagh, New York.

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Jill Trunnell/EB MediaEric Church continues to shatter North American ticket sales records with The Outsiders World Tour. His Wednesday night show at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska played to 15,823 fans, breaking the venue's previous attendance record of 14,368 fans, set at a 2014 Elton John concert.

Eric's already broken arena attendance records in Chicago, Nashville and North Dakota this year.

"I'm humbled by the success this tour has had," Eric says. "The records it has set, by some of my muses and heroes, it's [all] very surreal. As an avid music fan, I'm not sure it's deserving in comparison to those I adore musically.  I can only say this happened because, in my opinion, our fans are second to none."

On top of his arena gigs, Eric will open Nashville's new Ascend Amphitheater with two back-to-back solo shows July 30 and 31. Tickets for those dates are sold out, too.

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CMATickets for the nightly LP Field concerts at next month's CMA Music Festival have been sold out for months now, but many of country's biggest new artists are playing free shows throughout the week in Nashville. A Thousand Horses, Old Dominion, Parmalee, Canaan Smith and newcomers Clare Dunn and Haley Georgia are slated to perform at the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on Wednesday, June 10. The show starts about 10 a.m. CT and will continue throughout the day.

The LP Field concerts run June 11 through June 14 with tons of free shows and events throughout downtown Nashville each day. Go to CMAFest.com for details.

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Gulf Coast JamMiranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban are headlining the 2015 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida, over Labor Day weekend. The festival will run September 4 through 6 with Sam Hunt, Gary Allan, Tyler Farr, Kristian Bush, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Hunter Hayes and The Swon Brothers among the other stars on the bill.

For tickets, go to GulfCoastJam.com.

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Comstock/ThinkstockKeith Urban was the lead singer in a band before he launched his solo career with his 1999 self-titled album. What was the name of that band? ANSWER: The Ranch.

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Jason Davis/Getty Images for CMHOFLuke Bryan is the subject of a major new exhibit opening Friday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. It's called Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary, and fans will see the story of the country superstar's entire life starting with his childhood in Georgia. Luke's elementary school backpack and kindergarten graduation diploma are on display, along with the first guitar he ever got at age 14. Seeing all those items on display at the private exhibit preview Wednesday night was a big deal for Luke.

He says, "That's the thing. How did this guitar make it from leaned up against my bed when I was 14 and 15, how did it make it to the Hall of Fame? So, it's pretty crazy to think about."

Other items on display in Luke's exhibit include his ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year trophies, as well as the outfits he's worn at those awards shows over the years. Luke's love of hunting and fishing is represented by some of his fishing tackles and the trophies he's won for hunting deer over the years, too.

Luke brought his wife, Caroline, as well as his nephew, Til, and his mom and dad along to see the exhibit with him for the very first time Wednesday at the private preview event.. The experience reminded Luke of going to the Hall of Fame with his father when he first moved to Nashville in 2001.

"I think at one point Garth [Brooks] was in there doing a real neat audio/video piece where he described stuff -- me and my dad sitting there watching it," Luke recalls.

To this day, Luke thinks a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame is essential for any trip to Music City.

He adds, "You're showing friends around, you got to take 'em to the Opry and you gotta take 'em by the Hall of Fame. So yeah, I've come in here quite a bit."

Luke's Dirt Road Diary exhibit is on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville through November 8.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRandy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Justin Moore and Maddie & Tae have joined Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley on the bill for the Farmborough Music Festival in New York City June 26 through 28.

Keith Urban has released a new video for his song, "Come Back to Me," at KeithUrban.net. He shot the clip last December.

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RCA NashvilleChris Young opted not to play his brand-new single, "I'm Comin' Over," in concert until the track was available for download at iTunes. He knew as soon as he sang the song in public it would be all over YouTube, and Chris didn't want fans to hear the live version of "I'm Comin' Over" first.

He tells ABC Radio, "I really wanted people to hear it as we put it down as we did it in the studio. You spend all this time doing all that work [in the studio]. I wanted that to be their first listen."

Chris and his team teased the new single nonstop on his social media accounts before it went live at iTunes, and that promotion really paid off. "I'm Comin' Over" sold more than 70,000 downloads in its first week on iTunes, which beats his previous record-best debut week at iTunes by 40,000 downloads.

"['I'm Comin' Over']  was sitting at #1 country on iTunes for a lot of the week and #3 overall, which was something I've never done before," Chris says with a smile. "I've never had a single be at #1 on iTunes. So, it was pretty awesome. "

Chris has added "I'm Comin' Over" to his set lists now that it's a hit. It's the lead single from his as-yet-untitled studio album, due out later this year.

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Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush is headed overseas to entertain U.S. troops, though the journey starts closer to home with a Memorial Day Performance at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. The trek will continue with seven performances for service men and women throughout Japan through June 6.

Playing these shows is a true labor of love for Kristian, who comes from a family of U.S. veterans. He says “My father was an officer in the Army and my grandfather served in World War II, and I am so proud of their service. I’ll always do whatever I can to support our troops."

Following his shows in Japan, Kristian is making multiple appearances in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival, including a performance at the Bluebird Café on June 9 and another appearance at the Grand Ole Opry June 13.

Kristian's new single, "Light Me Up," is also coming to country radio June 1 as the follow-up to his top-20 hit, "Trailer Hitch." Both tracks are included on Kristian's debut solo project, Southern Gravity, available now.

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Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush is headed overseas to entertain U.S. troops, though the journey starts closer to home with a Memorial Day Performance at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. The trek will continue with seven performances for service men and women throughout Japan through June 6.

Playing these shows is a true labor of love for Kristian, who comes from a family of U.S. veterans. He says “My father was an officer in the Army and my grandfather served in World War II, and I am so proud of their service. I’ll always do whatever I can to support our troops."

Following his shows in Japan, Kristian is making multiple appearances in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival, including a performance at the Bluebird Café on June 9 and another appearance at the Grand Ole Opry June 13.

Kristian's new single, "Light Me Up," is also coming to country radio June 1 as the follow-up to his top-20 hit, "Trailer Hitch." Both tracks are included on Kristian's debut solo project, Southern Gravity, available now.

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Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert has written and recorded several hit songs about his on-again, off-again relationship with his fiancée, Amber. Now that they're settling down and getting married this year, Brantley's worried he won't be able to write more of his signature party songs like "Bottoms Up" and "Country Must Be Country Wide."

He tells the New Orleans Times-Picayune, "What am I going to do when I get to be a married guy? Nobody wants to hear that on every song on the record."

Brantley goes on to say he and Amber have a "really good little love story" going on, and they've had no problem making compromises for their upcoming wedding ceremony.  Says Brantley, "She gave us permission -- the guys to get wear boots."

The Platinum Edition of Brantley's latest album, Just As I Am, is now available in stores and online.

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Scott Stem/EB MediaScotty McCreery sang "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch at the New York Mets vs. St. Louis Cardinals game in New York City Tuesday night. He'll talk about that performance, and his love of baseball, on Sport Illustrated's SI Now Wednesday at 1 p.m. ET at SI.com.

Look for Scotty to also appear on the Road Trip with Anna Dooiman segment of FOX News's FOX and Friends, coming up May 28. The reporter visited Scotty at his show earlier this year in North Dakota to learn how to be his guitar tech.  You can see how well she did when the segment airs.

Next up, Scotty begins his gig as a special guest on Rascal Flatts' RIOT Tour 2015 starting May 30 in Noblesville, Indiana.

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Red Bow RecordsCraig Campbell is back with a brand-new, sexy single, "Tomorrow Tonight," now available on iTunes. Craig co-wrote the single and says it encompasses everything he loves about country music right now.

He explains, "It has a balance of what you think of as more traditional, and also more modern sounds. I really believe in finding a way to meet in the middle --  it lets me be proud of the music I make and am writing." 

Craig will debut the new single at the CMA Music Festival June 11 in Nashville.

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Comstock/ThinkstockA Thousand Horses is currently on the road with which country star's Southern Style tour? ANSWER: Darius Rucker.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRandy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Trace Adkins, Alabama and Charlie Daniels are featured on the new CD/DVD release, Lynyrd Skynyrd -- One More for the Fans!, due out July 24. The performances were recorded at last November's all-star Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute concert in Atlanta.

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley caught Britney Spears' show at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas Saturday night prior to their Sunday night appearance on the Billboard Music Awards. Brian tells Billboard, "The show was amazing."

Keith Urban and Stevie Wonder are featured guests on a new song from pop/R&B star Jason DeRulo's new album, Everything is 4, due out June 2. The song is called "Broke," and you can download the track now at iTunes.

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Joseph Llanes/Republic NashvilleA Thousand Horses is closing in on the #1 spot at country radio with their debut single, "Smoke." The track merges the band's Southern rock roots with today's country sound. A Thousand Horses lead singer Michael Hobby looks back to the '90s when country stars like Travis Tritt and Confederate Railroad mixed Southern rock into their hit songs.

"It's always kind of been in country music throughout the years," Michael explains, "and it's been a little bit since it's happened actually."

Band member Graham DeLoach adds, "I feel like both genres are very like-minded. So, it only makes sense."

With their debut album, Southernality, coming out very soon, A Thousand Horses hopes to make an even bigger impact on the country format.

Guitarist Zach Brown says, "I think it's cool to kind of contribute to the future of country music. We were just thinking about that. Even on our tour, we're like, 'Man, this could be people's first time, first concert, you know. We could be someone's first concert.' That's awesome."

A Thousand Horses release their new album, Southernality, on June 9.

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Rick Diamond/GettyThe 2nd Annual Georgia on My Mind benefit concert raised more than $100,000 for the Georgia Music Foundation last week. The show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium featured performances from Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr and Thomas Rhett, among others. The money raised will be distributed to music education programs throughout Georgia.

Georgia natives and hit songwriters Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip and Rhett Akins, collectively known as The Peach Pickers, spearheaded the concert.  Craig Campbell, Lauren Alaina and Maggie Rose rounded out the stars on the bill.

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