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Amazon Tracks the Most Popular Country Song in Every State

Amazon Tracks the Most Popular Country Song in Every State

Amazon Music tracked the top country songs in each state based on share of streams for one month this summer—and there are plenty of interesting takeaways. Some states have a lot of pride in their native sons: The top song in Illinois is “Illinois” by Illinois native Brett Eldredge. North Carolina’s top song is “Carolina…MORE

Dan + Shay Drop Vocal-Only Versions of “Tequila” and “Speechless” [Listen]

Dan + Shay Drop Vocal-Only Versions of “Tequila” and “Speechless” [Listen]

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay dropped vocal-only versions of their recent No. 1 single, “Tequila,” and current single, “Speechless.” “Tequila,” which was co-penned by Dan, Jordan Reynolds and Nicolle Galyon, became the duo’s first multi-week No. 1 single in July. The tune is the duo’s fourth No. 1, following previous chart-toppers…MORE

Maren Morris to Host Westwood One’s Labor Day Special

Maren Morris to Host Westwood One’s Labor Day Special

Maren Morris will help say goodbye to summer and hello to autumn as she hosts Westwood One’s Labor Day special: Workin’ Hard Country. During the four-hour radio special, Maren will share some of her pre-fame stories and help curate a playlist of work songs and summertime anthems that feature many of country music’s top artists,…MORE

Brett Eldredge & Meghan Trainor Cross Paths on Upcoming “CMT Crossroads”

Brett Eldredge & Meghan Trainor Cross Paths on Upcoming “CMT Crossroads”

Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor recorded an episode of CMT Crossroads at the Liberty Hall in Franklin, Tenn., on April 24. The hour-long episode will premiere on CMT on Sept. 3 at 10 p.m. CT. After meeting at the CMA Awards in 2014, Brett and Meghan collaborated on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which was featured…MORE

Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s “CMA Fest” Television Special

Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s “CMA Fest” Television Special

If you weren’t lucky enough to be one of the thousands of fans that descended on Nashville during the four days of CMA Fest in June, ABC’s three-hour television special, CMA Fest, has you covered. Date: Aug. 8 Time: 8 pm. ET/7p.m. CT Channel: ABC Co-hosts: Thomas Rhett & Kelsea Ballerini Performers and Songs (in…MORE

Carrie Underwood to Launch All-Female “Cry Pretty Tour 360” in May 2019

Carrie Underwood to Launch All-Female “Cry Pretty Tour 360” in May 2019

Carrie Underwood will launch an all-female Cry Pretty Tour 360 in May 2019. The new tour will kick off on May 1 in Greensboro, N.C., and will play 55 arenas across the U.S. and Canada, including stops in Las Vegas, Toronto, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Boston, Atlanta and more. Carrie will be…MORE

Carrie Underwood Announces She Is Expecting Her Second Child

Carrie Underwood Announces She Is Expecting Her Second Child

Carrie Underwood announced via a video on social media that she is expecting her second child. After Carrie announced that her new Cry Pretty Tour 360 will kick off in May, she revealed her baby news by saying: “You might be wondering and asking, ‘Carrie, why is your tour starting in May?’ Well, yay!” The…MORE

Listen to Kenny Chesney’s Hopeful New Single, “Better Boat,” Featuring Mindy Smith

Listen to Kenny Chesney’s Hopeful New Single, “Better Boat,” Featuring Mindy Smith

After topping the charts with lead single, “Get Along,” from his 17th studio album, Songs for the Saints, Kenny Chesney is ready to ship “Better Boat” to country radio. “Of all the songs on Songs for the Saints, ‘Better Boat’ really captures the emotion of that moment—and the months following Hurricanes Irma and Maria,” Kenny…MORE

2018 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Class Includes Ronnie Dunn, K.T. Oslin & More

2018 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Class Includes Ronnie Dunn, K.T. Oslin & More

The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame announced its class of 2018 on Aug. 7: Ronnie Dunn, K.T. Oslin, Byron Hill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Joe Melson. The fivesome will be inducted on Oct. 28 at the Music City Center, joining the more than 200 existing members of the organization, including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson,…MORE

Brett Young Finds the Top of the Country Charts for the 4th Time as “Mercy” Hits No. 1

Brett Young Finds the Top of the Country Charts for the 4th Time as “Mercy” Hits No. 1

Brett Young scored the fourth No. 1 single of his career as “Mercy” ascended to the top of both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart. The breakup ballad, which was co-penned by Brett and Sean McConnell, features simple piano accompaniment with Brett’s stripped-down vocals that beckon his love interest to end their relationship…MORE

Dolly Parton’s $37-Million Expansion at Dollywood Will Feature New Roller Coaster, Climbing Structure, Restaurant & More

Dolly Parton’s $37-Million Expansion at Dollywood Will Feature New Roller Coaster, Climbing Structure, Restaurant & More

At a media event on Aug. 3, Dolly Parton revealed plans for a $37-million expansion dubbed Wildwood Grove at her Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Wildwood Grove, which is slated to open in 2019, represents the largest capital investment in Dollywood’s 32-year history. Wildwood Grove will feature 11 new experiences for guests, including…MORE

Booyah! Watch Scotty McCreery & Wife Gabi Play “Fast Money” to Benefit St. Jude Hospital on “Celebrity Family Feud”

Booyah! Watch Scotty McCreery & Wife Gabi Play “Fast Money” to Benefit St. Jude Hospital on “Celebrity Family Feud”

Scotty McCreery took his “survey says” talents to Celebrity Family Feud on Aug. 5 in an effort to raise $25,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Scotty and his family—wife Gabi Dugal, father-in-law Merrick Dugal III, father Mike McCreery and grandmother Paquita McCreery—were pitted against the family of SNL alumni Chris Kattan. After winning the…MORE

Kenny Chesney’s “Songs for the Saints” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Country Chart: “It’s an Album About Hope”

Kenny Chesney’s “Songs for the Saints” Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Country Chart: “It’s an Album About Hope”

Kenny Chesney’s new album, Songs for the Saints, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, selling 77,300 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. The catalyst for the new 11-song offering was Hurricane Irma, which devastated a number of Caribbean islands in September 2017, including Kenny’s home on St. John. Proceeds from…MORE

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Jam Session

Jam Session

Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie Daniels will air on AXS TV on Aug. 19 at 10 p.m. ET. The broadcast features performances by Chris Young, Travis Tritt, Alabama, Chris Janson, Skynyrd & more.