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Warner Music NashvilleCountry newcomer Michael Ray is becoming a regular at the Grand Ole Opry. He's set to make his third appearance in four weeks on the show this Tuesday night.

Michael says, "To be invited back for a third time in such a short time frame is mind-blowing. I was just as nervous the second time I performed and I'm sure I'll be just as overwhelmed.  It's an honor to step inside the circle of the Grand Ole Opry and I'm ready to play anytime they want me.”

Michael is currently climbing the country chart with his debut single, "Kiss You in the Morning."

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Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett is working hard to make himself stand out from the crowded field of solo male acts in the country format. That's why he tapped into his soul and R&B influence for the brand-new single, "Crash and Burn."

Thomas tells the Indianapolis Star, "If you don't do something that makes you stand out a little bit, I think you're always considered just in a category, rather than people knowing your name."

For inspiration, Thomas looks to legendary acts like Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin to see how they kept their sound fresh and stayed true to themselves over the course of their respective careers.

"They never really played it safe," Thomas says. "They were always pushing themselves. Every record had similarities to the previous one, but you could tell they were trying to push what they did to a different level."

"Crash and Burn" is the lead single from Thomas's as-yet-untitled sophomore album, due out later this year.

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CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert spend a lot of time apart due to their work schedules. It seems the couple would launch a co-headlining tour as a way to spend more time together, but bringing their respective live shows together would take a lot of compromises for both Blake and Miranda.

Miranda tells the New Orleans Times-Picayune, "It's interesting being married to an artist because we have two ways of doing everything, him and I. From our management and fans, from the way we write to the songs we pick -- but it's fun to watch because both ways work."

As for their relationship, Miranda says spending time apart makes her and Blake work that much harder to stay connected.

"You have to talk on the phone and text each other and be intimate, but rely on them in a different way," Miranda says. "It works, if you're up for it. It's not for everybody."

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Broken Bow RecordsJason Aldean returns to his days punching a clock as a blue-collar worker in the video for his new single, "Tonight Looks Good on You." Jason plays a supporting role in the clip's storyline about a couple as they struggle to make ends meet and support their family.

Says Jason, "It wasn’t that long ago that I was a Pepsi delivery guy racing the clock hoping to get home before sundown. So, it was easy to put myself back in those shoes and kinda cheer for the guy who works his *ss off to get home to his girl."

The "Tonight Looks Good on You" video premieres Saturday at 9 a.m. ET on CMT's Hot 20 Countdown and CMT.com. Look for the clip everywhere on Monday.

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Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley's family members have seen a dramatic increase in unwanted phone calls and text messages ever since his son was announced as the opening act for The Rolling Stones' June 17 show at Nashville's LP Field.

"You wouldn't believe it," Brad says. "There's people I don't know that called my father, that got his number and said, 'Hi, do you remember me? Is there any way?' Honestly, it's never a good indicator when they say, 'Do you remember me?'"

Brad wants to go on record as saying anyone not in his immediate family or band probably won't be getting on his guest list for the Stones show.

He adds, "How many tickets do you think I get that I'm on the 'Remember me?'  list?"

Even Brad's CMA Awards co-host Carrie Underwood hit him up on Twitter asking for a pair of tickets. Brad says her chances of getting into the show are very good if she agrees to join him onstage for their 2011 hit duet, "Remind Me."

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat was the name of Reba and Kelly Clarkson's 2008 joint tour? ANSWER: 2 Worlds 2 Voices.

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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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