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ZondervanIt’s a busy day for Scotty McCreery, as the American Idol winner both performs on NBC’s Today show and kicks off his 14-city tour to support his memoir, Go Big or Go Home:  The Journey Toward the Dream.

“The publisher actually came to me about two or three years ago and mentioned writing a book, and I said, 'You know, I'm still kinda green and still learning and figuring this stuff out. I don't know if I'm ready for a book yet,'” the North Carolina native recalls. “And I'm still young. I'm still young and learning. But at 22, and after being here five years and the crazy ride it's already been, I felt, you know, 'I think I have enough stories that I could probably jot something down and hopefully help some people out there that might read and be going through some stuff.'"

Go Big or Go Home takes fans inside Scotty’s transformation from everyday high school student to winner of the biggest talent competition on TV, and shares some of his secrets for dealing with overwhelming success at such a young age.

“I kind of call it the three big F's:  my faith, my family, my friends. That's kinda been my foundation throughout all of this,” Scotty reveals. “You know, I got my family who was there with me way before Idol, who just loves me for being family. Friends, who really could care less about any of this. I mean, they obviously like it, they like going on the road and stuff. But if I walk in the door with the big head, they will slap it out of me so quick. And my faith is just something that I lean on for every decision I make and you know, I'm by no means a saint. I screw up all the time. You know, I just try and stay who I am and not let this crazy world get to me.”  

Scotty’s book tour wraps up May 14 in his hometown of Garner, North Carolina. Go Big or Go Home:  The Journey Toward the Dream is available now.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Florida Georgia Line is set to guest on CBS's The Talk on Tuesday.

The Dixie Chicks have been performing a cover of Beyonce's song "Daddy Lessons" from her new album Lemonade on their DCX tour.

Willie Nelson guests on Confederate Railroad's 20th anniversary version of their hit, "Trashy Women," included on their new album Lucky To Be Alive, which comes out July 15.

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Capitol NashvilleAs Keith Urban gears up for the release of his long-anticipated Ripcord album this Friday, he becomes the latest artist to partner with rapper Jay Z’s streaming service, Tidal.

The Australian superstar will do three different shows in the coming days to showcase music from the new project, with the first taking place Wednesday night at New York City’s Stage 48. If you can’t make it to the Big Apple, you’ll be able to stream Keith’s 8 p.m. set via Tidal.

The following Monday, Keith returns to his hometown, to play a noon-time gig outside Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. A day later, he jets to Los Angeles, where he’ll share intimate stories and performances on stage at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theater.

You can find more info about how to attend all three events on Keith’s website

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RCA NashvilleJust as “Think of You” claims the top spot on the country chart this week, Chris Young is extending his tour with duet partner Cassadee Pope into the fall. Dan Shay will join the I’m Comin’ Over trek in September and October, with Dustin Lynch taking over in November and December.

“I’ve been friends with Dan Shay and Dustin Lynch for a while now, so to have them join me on tour and to have Cassadee back out with us again -- it’s going to be a blast,” Chris says.

“Think of You” is Chris’s eighth number one, while it’s Cassadee’s very first. Tickets for the latest leg of their tour go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

Here’s the itinerary for the fall leg of the I’m Comin’ Over Tour:

9/29 -- Bakersfield, CA, Rabobank Arena
9/30 -- Phoenix, AZ, Grand Canyon University Arena
10/6 -- Lubbock, TX, United Supermarkets Arena
10/7 -- Las Cruces, NM, Pan American Center
10/13 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
10/14 -- Portland, OR, Theater of the Clouds at Moda Center
10/15 -- Nampa, ID, Ford Idaho Center
10/20 -- Park City, KS, Hartman Arena
10/21 -- Kearney, NE, Viaero Event Center
10/22 -- Brookings, SD, Swiftel Center
10/27 -- Johnstown, PA, Cambria County War Memorial
10/28 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Memorial Coliseum Expo Center
10/29 -- Saginaw, MI, Dow Event Center
11/10 -- Orlando, FL, CFE Arena
11/11 -- Hollywood, FL, Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
11/12 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
11/17 -- Newark, DE, Bob Carpenter Center
11/18 -- Salisbury, MD, Wicomico Youth & Civic Center
11/19 -- Fayetteville, NC, Crown Coliseum
12/1 -- Kingston, RI, Ryan Center
12/2 -- Portland, ME, Cross Insurance Arena
12/3 -- Wilkes-Barre, PA, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
12/8 -- Cape Girardeau, MO, Show Me Center
12/9 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center
12/10 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena

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Capitol NashvilleDierks Bentley delivers the most dramatic episode yet, in the latest in his series of short films set to songs from his forthcoming album Black. In the first, “I’ll Be the Moon,” we met a girlfriend caught between her live-in boyfriend and a lover on the side. “What the Hell Did I Say” found her lover sending a series of drunken messages overnight that were ultimately intercepted by the boyfriend. Now, “Pick Up” shows what happens the morning after.

“When you’re in the throes of a relationship, it can be crazy and lustful, even obsessive and jealous,” Dierks observes. “‘Pick Up’ drops into the sequence as that point when you just have to be closer to your girl. For the story line and plot of these videos, [director] Wes [Edwards] definitely takes it there and puts a shocking spin on it.”

If you stay until the very end, you’ll be left with a cliffhanger that foreshadows the fourth and final episode, which is set to the title track of the record. It’s due May 13, one day after Dierks launches his Somewhere on a Beach Tour with Randy Houser and Cam. Look for the full album on the way May 27.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Which Willie Nelson album does Eric Church reference in his hit, "Record Year?" ANSWER:  1975's Red-Headed Stranger.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Ryan Kinder’s digital EP Deconstructed Studio Sessions is out now. In addition to the newcomer’s own songs, it also features a cover of Justin Bieber’s hit “Sorry.”

Garth Brooks has broken the Rolling Stones’ record for total ticket sales during a run in Saskatchewan, Canada. Mick Jagger and the gang sold more than 80,000 seats during two shows in 2006. So far, Garth has sold more than 86,000 for his six shows in June, with the number still continuing to grow.

Up-and-coming singer/songwriter Brett Young recently sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Los Angeles Dodgers home game.

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Warner Music Nashville/Katherine TylerIf you’ve spotted a photo lately of a fresh-faced Brett Eldredge, it turns out there’s a very specific reason he’s no longer sporting his familiar facial hair-- and it all has to do with the follow-up to his chart-topping single, “Drunk on Your Love.”

“I’ve been waiting to tell people and I actually haven’t really told many people, so now I’m telling people I’m releasing my new single called ‘Wanna Be That Song’ here very very soon,” he reveals. “I just shot an amazing music video for it. I’m so excited!”

While he’s not revealing many details about the shoot, one thing is clear-- the beard had to go!

“I had to shave my beard to-- I can’t really tell what role I played to shave this beard, but this is the first time I’ve seen my face without a beard for quite awhile, so it’s pretty wild. But you know what? You’ve got to get into the role whatever it takes. I like to act too. So when you see the video, it’ll all make sense.” 

“Wanna Be That Song” is the third single from Brett’s latest album, Illinois. “Lose My Mind” and “Drunk on Your Love” both went to number one.  

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Warner Music NashvilleIf you’re Obsessed with Dan Shay, there’s good news-- you won’t have to wait too much longer for their sophomore album. It’s set to be released in a little more than a month, on June 3.

Fans who pre-order the project now will instantly get two tracks, the top-25 lead single, “From the Ground Up,” as well as the new song, “Already Ready.” You can also check out the new music video for the song, which was filmed at a recent house party in Nashville, almost entirely in one shot.

For Obsessed, audiophile Dan Smyers not only wrote and sang, but also put on his producer’s hat, along with collaborator Scott Hendricks.

“There are still nights when I spend hours online or digging through stacks of albums to study the album liner notes,” he confesses. “There were so many moments when we had these amazing musicians in the studio and I would find myself so immersed in the note or the moment that I would honestly find my fingers on autopilot recording the takes without me even remembering… ” he recalls.  

Here’s the track listing for Obsessed, which was originally revealed song by song by fans on social media, with a little help from Dan Shay:

“All Nighter”
“Road Trippin’”
“From the Ground Up”
“Already Ready”
“How Not To”
“Lipstick”
“Round the Clock”
“Lately”
“Sway”
“Obsessed”

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ABC/Image Group LAEric Church and his bandmates drag out the classic vinyl for the new music video for his latest single, “Record Year.” Shot at an abandoned schoolhouse outside of Nashville, the clip stars teen McKinley James, who’s also in Eric’s ACM-winning Video of the Year “Mr. Misunderstood” and on his album cover as well.

Throughout the video, Eric plays his new signature edition Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar. The axe Eric has nicknamed Hummingbird Dark goes on sale at authorized Gibson dealers all across the country in May. You can watch the “Record Year” video on YouTube now. 

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ABC/Image Group LAAs their final single from Anything Goes, “Confession,” sits at the top of the country chart, Florida Georgia Line is unveiling the first taste of their third album, Dig Your Roots-- and Brian Kelley promises “H.O.L.Y.” is worth the wait.

“We really put in the time making sure this song was the strongest it could be,” he says, “and we’re pushing ourselves on all levels:  vocally, lyrically, melodically. I promise the fans, the wait was worth it.”

Musical partner Tyler Hubbard says the new direction in their music flows out of new inspiration in their personal lives.

“As we continue to grow and mature… we really wanted our music to start reflecting those changes,” he says thoughtfully. “‘H.O.L.Y.’ definitely lets the fans see a deeper side to us and we’re excited about this next chapter.”

Tyler and Brian also shot a breathtaking new video for the song on the seaside near Melbourne, Australia, that co-stars both of their wives. You can check it out now on YouTube

Florida Georgia Line’s full Dig Your Roots album is due out later this summer. 

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ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley will be one of the headliners for Live Nation’s 2nd Annual National Concert Day Show May 3 in New York City. Joan Jett & the BlackheartsCheap Trick, and rapper Wiz Khalifa will also take the stage at Irving Plaza.

The Today show’s Hoda Kotb will host, bringing on special appearances by Nick JonasGoo Goo DollsSimon Kirke of Bad Company and more. If you can’t make it to the Big Apple next week, you’ll also be able to stream the full concert live on Yahoo.

Live Nation will also offer a special $20 summer concert ticket May 13-20 to kick off the upcoming season of live music. Nearly a thousand concerts will be included in the deal. Though the specifics are yet to be announced, Blake SheltonBrad PaisleyBrantley GilbertDarius RuckerDierks, the Dixie ChicksFlorida Georgia LineHank Williams Jr. & Chris StapletonJason AldeanKeith UrbanKenny ChesneyLuke BryanMiranda LambertRascal FlattsToby Keith and Zac Brown Band are just some of the stars leading Live Nation tours this summer.

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Comstock/Thinkstock This 1997 Martina McBride album opens with a clip of the singer at age 7, singing the Little Jimmy Dickens hit "I'm Little But I'm Loud." Can you recall the project's title? ANSWER:  Evolution.

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BMLGWhen you think of daredevils who throw caution to the wind, Martina McBride probably isn't the first name that pops into your head. But the four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year has to confess -- Reckless is more than just the title of her new album and its lead single.

"I think back to that girl that left Kansas knowing nobody in Nashville, and I came from a town of like 200 people. I grew up on a farm. I mean nobody around me did what I wanted to do, and I didn't have any kind of role model or somebody to pattern myself after. My husband and I were newlyweds and we just picked up everything and moved to Nashville and just got started," she recalls. "I look back on that, and at the time I didn't feel like it was a reckless thing to do, but it really was, you know?" 

One of Martina's more recent "Reckless" moments came in the video for her latest release, when she decided to cut off a chunk of her signature raven mane while the cameras were rolling.

"You know the video is about peeling away layers and really getting to the heart of the matter and showing some hope and inspiration and just feeling reckless. So we thought it was just a good metaphor and I wanted to cut my hair anyway, so I was like, 'Well let's just do it in the video!'"  

Martina's thirteenth studio album, Reckless, is new in stores and online today.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Darryl Worley hosts a tournament at Nashville's Hermitage Golf Course May 6 to benefit the nonprofit Christmas 4 Kids.

The 4th Annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam will donate $2 from every ticket sold to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Eric ChurchBrad Paisley and Jake Owen headline the festival that takes place September 2-4 in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Country Music Hall of Famer Charley Pride will celebrate 50 years of recording by launching his 2016 tour April 30 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

You can check out Keith Urban's new video for "Wasted Time" on YouTube now.

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ABC/Image Group LAMiranda Lambert showed the world she’s definitely Anderson East’s “girl” this week in Los Angeles. The six-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year had been waiting in the wings while Anderson played his sold-out show opening for Chris Stapleton at L.A.’s Greek Theatre on Wednesday -- until the Traveller hitmaker spilled the beans, that is.  

“She’s gonna kill me,” he apologized, after calling Miranda onstage to join Anderson for their duet on The Temptations' “My Girl.” All was apparently forgiven, though, as Miranda jumped in, adding background vocals and impromptu choreography wiith Chris’s wife Morgane. You can check out the superstar couple’s collaboration in a video now posted to YouTube.

This isn’t Miranda’s first time to join her boyfriend onstage, having dueted on Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” during his Valentine’s Day show, according to Billboard.

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Capitol NashvilleThe superstar from Down Under is expanding his tour in the Great White North. Keith Urban is adding five new Canadian concerts to his ripCORD World Tour, with Maren Morris and native son Dallas Smith joining him on the new dates.

“Our Canadian shows have always been off the hook giant parties,” Keith recalls. “From the very first shows I ever did, there was a synergy with the audience that’s only grown stronger over the years.”

Keith’s August stop in Edmonton, Alberta is set to be the first concert in the new Rogers Place indoor arena. Look for the album that inspired the tour’s title on May 6.

Here are the new dates just added to Keith Urban’s ripCORD World Tour:

8/10 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
8/11 -- Kelowna, BC, Prospera Place
8/15 -- Calgary, AB, Scotiabank Saddledome
8/16 -- Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place
8/17 -- Saskatoon, SK, SaskTel CentreCopyright

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Mark TuckerGarth Brooks’ Sin City shows are selling so well, he’s sticking around for Independence Day.

The G-man is already set to play the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada the previous weekend and in the days leading up to July 4. Now, he and wife Trisha Yearwood will also do a 7 p.m. show on Sunday, July 3, as well as a 5 p.m. concert on America’s birthday.

Tickets for the new shows go on sale next Friday at 10 a.m. PT, through GarthVegas.com or 1-844-63GARTH.

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CTK Mgmt/Dolly Records/WebsterPREvery year, Dolly Parton celebrates the opening of Dollywood with a parade through Pigeon Forge, Tennessee -- and this year, she wants to take you along for the ride.

The entertainment icon's 31st Homecoming Parade will be streamed live on Facebook, in a feed originating from Dolly’s float, which is decorated to commemorate her new Lumberjack Adventure Dinner & Show. The trek through the gateway city to the Great Smoky Mountains starts Friday, May 6 at 6 p.m. CT.

You can link to the stream through LumberjackAdventure.com or DollyParton.com.

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ABC/Image Group LABrett Eldredge gave fifty music teachers from Music City a night they won’t soon forget this week at Nashville’s City Winery, passing out $100,000 worth of grants on behalf of the Country Music Association.

It’s a cause close to the “Drunk on Your Love” hitmaker’s heart, a fact that was illustrated by the presence of his own musical mentor, a veteran 27-year teacher from his hometown of Paris, Illinois.

“Everyone needs somebody to guide you along,” Brett asserts. “Someone that sees the talent in you, that believes. There are so many schools that don’t have this, because some kids may not have their Judy Carroll, or their mentor, or the person that helps them along. Kids should never be without the option to have music in their lives.”

Each teacher received a $2,000 grant as part of the first-ever CMA Music Teacher of Excellence honors. This is one of many projects funded by the proceeds from CMA Music Festival, which comes up June 9-12 this year in Nashville.

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