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Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert's Platinum Edition re-release of his album, Just as I Am, has landed the project at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart. The set also hits the top 10 on the overall Billboard 200 tally. The expanded version of the project includes the song "Just as I Am" as well as a remix of Brantley's hit single, "Bottoms Up," with rapper T.I.

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CMADierks Bentley's decade of success as a country star means most everyone knows how to pronounce his unique first name. That wasn't always the case, though.

"I’ve seen it spelled and pronounced wrong so many times," Dierks tells Glamour.

Though many suspect "Dierks Bentley" is a stage name, Dierks is actually the maiden name of the singer's great-grandmother. Not that anyone would know that when they criticize it, which they apparently do.

Says Dierks, "People tell me it’s a horrible name! Like maybe I should have gone by Buck Bentley?"

Dierks Bentley's Sounds of Summer tour kicks off June 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Capitol NashvilleThe lineups for the 25th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game have been announced, with members of Little Big Town on opposing teams. Jimi Westbrook and Kimberly Schlapman are playing for one team, while Phillip Sweet and Karen Fairchild are batting for the other squad. Nashville's Charles Esten, plus Lauren Elaina, Love and Theft and newcomers Lindsay Ell and Doug McCormick are also stepping up to the plate at this year's event.

This year's Celebrity Softball Game takes place at Nashville's First Tennessee Park on June 13. Proceeds from the game benefit City of Hope in their fight against cancer.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Jake Owen's twin brother? ANSWER: Jarrod.

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Dove Wedding Photography/CMHOFThe Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville will present an impressive list of stars performing and signing autographs during the 2015 CMA Music Festival.  The festivities kick off Wednesday, June 10 with appearances from Chase Bryant and Old Dominion. Kelsea Ballerini, Danielle Bradbery and RaeLynn are among the artists performing at the Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 11 for CMT's Next Women of Country showcase.

Eric Paslay, Trisha Yearwood and Montgomery Gentry are among the other stars signing autographs at the Country Music Hall of Fame through Saturday, June 13.

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Nancy Seltzer & Assoc.Garth Brooks will bring his Man Against Machine world tour to New Orleans, LA, for two shows in July.  The stop marks Garth's first stop in Louisiana in 18 years.

The shows will be Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Smoothie King Center.  Garth's wife Trisha Yearwood will join him for the shows.  Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster Friday, June 5.

Garth's next shows take place this Thursday through Sunday at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, TN.  There are apparently still some tickets available for the Thursday night show -- the others are sold out.

As always, you can find more information at GarthBrooks.com.

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Mercury NashvilleCanaan Smith is closing in on the top 10 with his debut hit "Love You Like That," and it turns out Canaan is just as romantic with his wife, Christy, as the song would lead you to believe.

He says, "I have no problem buying her flowers and stuff like that, but I’d rather show her I love her just with taking her out on a cool date somewhere, being creative like that."

Christy is the inspiration for a lot of Canaan's songs, but he says, "I don’t get cheesy with it, you know what I’m saying? I try to make sure I’m coming home as the man that she needs.”

"Love You Like That" is the lead single from Canaan's debut album, Bronco, due out June 23.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrett Eldredge will perform his new single, "Lose My Mind," on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers Monday, June 1.

Mickey Guyton's self-titled debut EP is now on sale at all digital outlets featuring her debut single, "Better Than You Left Me."

Zac Brown Band's new video for "Lovin' You Easy" will premiere Saturday, May 30 on CMT's Hot 20 Countdown.

Kip Moore will perform an hour-long concert at the Daytona International Speedway Sunday, July 5 prior to the 57th Annual Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker and Dolly Parton are among the stars singing a bit of Glen Campbell's 1975 smash, "Rhinestone Cowboy," in a new video at People.com. The clip celebrates the song's 40th anniversary.

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RCA NashvilleJake Owen captured a vibrant sound on his new single, "Real Life," that makes it feel like the listener is dropping in on a jam session with Jake and his band. What you hear on the track is exactly what Jake sang in the studio when they recorded it.

"We just left it as is," Jake tells ABC Radio. "I think that's pretty cool. It adds, like, a live factor to it. "

Taking that approach in the studio fits in with the look at small-town life Jake sings about in "Real Life." No matter where you grew up, Jake thinks listeners will be able to find themselves in the lyrics of "Real Life." The song definitely struck a chord with Jake as he's faced several changes in the past few years.

He explains, "I've been dealing with a lot of real life circumstances lately: my father's sickness, fatherhood, getting married. These are the things I wanted to sing about, and I know my fans can relate."

"Real Life" is now available at iTunes.

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Mark Abrahams/SandboxShania Twain hasn't released an album since 2002, but she says during her upcoming Rock This Country tour -- which she says is her final one -- there's a possibility that she'll debut some new songs.

"It's to be determined," she tells Entertainment Weekly.  "Maybe it will work out.  I'm working on new music all the time."  Describing her new music, Shania says, "It breaks my heart in a good way.  It speaks to me. It's very personal music, but it feels good. I enjoy listening to it and writing it."

In fact, Shania says when her touring days are ended, she's going to concentrate on releasing albums because, she tells EW, "I don't feel like I've made enough in my life. I've got a lot more to say."

"I'd love to do a Christmas album at some point," she adds. "I've got all kinds of albums I want to make that I've been putting off.  I feel like I need to grow another me if I'm going to be able to do it all."

"I need to get my petri dish out or something," laughs Shania. "And duplicate my creative self so I can write and record and produce and perform all at the same time."

The Rock This Country tour kicks off June 5 in Seattle.

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Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington has scored his 10th #1 hit with his latest single, "Don't It."

Billy says of the milestone, "I'm so appreciative of the support from the fans to everyone it has taken to accomplish this. I wake up every day grateful I still get to chase this dream and can't wait to hit the road this summer to play some new music!"

Billy's new album, Summer Forever, comes out Tuesday, June 2, and he's releasing the song "Drinkin' Town with a Football Problem" as the follow up to "Don't It."

Look for Billy to perform on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on the album release date. He joins Tim McGraw on the Shotgun Rider tour starting June 5 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Mike Coppola/Getty Images for EB Media PREric Church will make his second appearance at Marty Stuart's 14th Annual Late Night Jam coming up Wednesday, June 10 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The show takes place the night before the CMA Music Festival officially kicks off June 11.

Eric tells Rolling Stone, "I was fortunate enough to play the Late Night Jam early on in my career [in 2007], and enjoyed the whole vibe and experience. I love Marty and his guys and I can't wait to join an already fantastic lineup."

Eric joins previously-announced artists Brothers Osborne, Connie Smith, Charley Pride and Jimmy Webb on the bill for the Marty Stuart Late Night Jam. Go to Ryman.com for tickets.

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EB Media PRRodney Atkins has assembled an all-star lineup for his 5th Annual Music City Gives Back concert coming up Tuesday, June 9 on Nashville's Lower Broadway. Kip Moore, Tyler Farr, Lee Brice and Maddie & Tae will join Rodney for the show to raise money for the W.O. Smith Music School in Nashville.

Rodney says, "I’m grateful to be hosting this special event for the fifth year in a row alongside a stellar group of artists."

The concert is free to the public and kicks off at 6 p.m. CT with a performance from DJ Silver.

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CMACarrie Underwood will perform Saturday, June 13 as part of the CMA Music Festival's nightly concerts at LP Field. The appearance marks the 10th anniversary of Carrie's first appearance at the CMA Music Festival -- her first was just a month after she won American Idol in 2005.

Carrie will perform at the Grand Ole Opry for two shows Tuesday, June 9, just one day shy of the 10th anniversary of her first appearance on the show. Carrie's annual fan club party will also be held at the Opry that night.

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Comstock/ThinkstockSam Hunt played quarterback for which college football team? ANSWER: UAB -- University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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CMALuke Bryan has some pretty trusty advisers telling him which songs to record for his albums.  He knew his latest single, "Kick the Dust Up," was a hit when his two young sons, Bo and Tate, couldn't enough of the songwriter demo of the track.

Luke says, "My boys wanna hear that song over and over and over and over, and they're going, 'Let's tear it up, up!' It's simple as can be, but there's a time and place for just a big, 'ol, fun, simple song."

Luke explores some deeper topics on his upcoming album, Kill the Lights, but he agreed with his record label's decision to put out "Kick the Dust Up" first.

He says, "The label was like, 'Yeah, we're doing that one.' So, I was like, 'All right, let's do it.'"

Luke's new album, Kill the Lights, comes out August 7.

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Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge's New Artist of the Year win at last year's CMA Awards has kicked his career into overdrive. "Lose My Mind," the lead single from Brett's upcoming sophomore album, is shaping up to be a big hit as a result.

Brett tells ABC Radio, "'Lose My Mind' is rising faster than any song I've ever had times 10. So, it's good to have that momentum and people having my back out at radio."

The song is taking over the airwaves just like the girl in the song is taking over Brett's mind.

He explains, "[It's about] the way girls drive you crazy in a way where you can't get 'em out of your mind. Every thought is consumed by that girl and what they do. And I think we've all been there. It just has that crazy feeling."

Brett's as-yet-untitled sophomore album will be released later this year.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockToby Keith's 12th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic event in Oklahoma earlier this month raised $1.2 million for the OK Kids Korral in Oklahoma City. The facility serves as a home away from home for the families of pediatric cancer patients.

Montgomery Gentry has been selected as the NRA Country Artist of the Month for May. Check out an exclusive video for their latest single, "Folks Like Us," at NRACountry.com.

Tyler Farr, Jerrod Niemann, Sam Hunt, Eric Paslay, Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, Chase Rice and The Swon Brothers have each donated a portion of ticket sales from their recent shows to ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music. The total for all artists' donations comes to just under $30,000.

Mo Pitney's video for his debut single, "Country," is now live at CMT.com.

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images/ACMReba and Kelly Clarkson are together for most holidays since Kelly is married to Reba's stepson, Brandon Blackstock. So, how do these two superstars pass the time during these big family get-togethers?

They all love watching movies together, but Kelly and Reba love making everyone play board games, too.

As for who wins those epic family board games, Kelly tells Rolling Stone, "Reba and I are both competitive – she'll tell you she's not, but she's a liar. I can win Sequence, but if we play backgammon or Mexican Train dominoes, she kills me. She's like a backgammon magician."

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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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There are MANY GREAT regional concerts throughout the year--who would you LOVE to see?
MONTGOMERY GENTRY!
Lady Antebellum
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Florida Georgia Line
Zac Brown Band
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Eric Church
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