ABC/Image Group LAChris Lane is officially off the market: The country singer is now dating The Bachelor alum Lauren Bushnell. The couple made their red carpet debut Tuesday night, walking the red carpet together at the BMI Country Awards in Nashville.
“It’s brand-new and they are enjoying spending time together,” a representative of Chris' told People.
Chris also documented their date night with a photo posing with his new girl on Instagram. "Good time last night @bmi."
Lauren is featured in the music video for Chris' latest single, “I Don’t Know About You.” Chris is an unabashed fan of The Bachelor, having previously performed on the show.
In addition to managing his budding relationship, the singer is keeping busy on the road: He's currently headlining his Laps Around the Sun Tour. In 2019, he'll join Dan Shay as part of their Dan Shay the Tour, which kicks off in March.
ABC/Image Group LAChris Young is hard at work in the studio and he's giving fans an early listen to the fruits of his labors.
While he's usually not one to share music before it's ready, Chris decided to switch things up this time, posting a snippet of a new song called "Raised On Country."
"I'm just hanging out in the studio," Chris shares in a short clip on Instagram. "I've been talking a lot about new music. I never, ever play anything early at all but I'm gonna break tradition a little bit because I'm so pumped about this one."
The clip shows Chris in the studio with frequent collaborator and producer Corey Crowder. He then plays a new tune that name drops Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Joe Diffie and George Strait.
"I was raised on Merle, raised on Willie/Got my honky tonk attitude from Joe Diffie/Daddy did too, it's family tradition...My upbringing sounds like George Strait singing /And I gotta give props to the radio/Because if you know me, I was raised on country," he sings in the clip.
Chris also hinted that more new music's coming soon. The singer recently scored his 11th number one single with "Hangin' On."
ABC/Image Group LACassadee Pope is set to embark on her first-ever headlining tour next year. The "One More Red Light" singer will serve as headliner for the upcoming 2019 CMT Next Women of Country Tour.
The news was announced Tuesday in Nashville while Cassadee was co-hosting the induction of the 2019 Class of CMT's Next Women of Country with Leslie Fram, CMT senior president of music strategy. Joining Cassadee on the road are Clare Dunn and Hannah Ellis. Tour dates will be announced soon.
Cassadee is hard at work on her second studio album. The follow-up to 2013's Frame by Frame, the recordis due for release in early 2019. Previously released tracks "Take You Home" and "One More Red Light" are out now.
Bob Mahoney/NetflixJennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald star in the upcoming Netflix film, Dumplin', and both actresses are featured in the new movie trailer. The film tells the story of a plus-size teenager, played by Danielle, and her former beauty queen mother, played by Aniston.
In a nearly three-minute clip, Danielle -- whom her mother lovingly refers to as Dumplin' -- is seen venting to her friend about the upcoming pageant season. As the storyline develops, she decides to sign up for her mom's pageant as a protest. Soon, other contestants follow suit in a movement that eventually revolutionizes their Texas town.
Dolly Parton penned Dumplin's soundtrack, which is available November 30. In addition to Dolly singing on many of the songs, she enlisted the help of Sia, Elle King, Mavis Staples, Miranda Lambert, Willa Amai, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Macy Gray, and rock band DOROTHY.The project was produced by Linda Perry.
Dumplin' will be available on Netflix and in select theaters December 7.
Sony Music NashvilleKane Brown could have his first number one on the Billboard 200 chart with his sophomore album, Experiment. Billboard reports that industry forecasters are predicting the project will amass over 130,000 equivalent album units by November 15.
If Kane does reach the top of the album heap, it would mark the third time this year that a country artist has gone number one on the all-genre chart. Previously, Carrie Underwood's Cry Pretty and Jason Aldean's Rearview Town have reached number one on the Billboard 200.
Kane is no newcomer to breaking chart records. Recently, he became the first-ever artist to top all five Billboard Country Charts. He secured the #1 slot on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with his self-titled debut, while "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina, topped the publication's Country Airplay, Hot Country Songs and Country Streaming Songs charts. His previous single, "Heaven," also debuted at No. 1 on the publication's Country Digital Songs chart.
Kane is eyeing yet another #1 as his current single, "Lose It," sits in the top five on the country charts.
ABC/Image Group LABrad Paisley has released his new single, "Bucked Off," to country radio. The light-hearted breakup song has him realizing his relationship is on the rocks.
"This ain't my first rodeo/Someone's gonna get hurt/Whenever someone says we need to talk/It feels like there's a number pinned onto the back of my shirt/'Cause this is where the cowboy gets bucked off," Brad sings on the chorus.
Brad describes the throwback track as a "turbo honky-tonk, reminiscent of '80s and '90s country, but futuristic." The singer co-wrote the track with Chris DuBois and Kelley Lovelace.
Brad will perform "Bucked Off" for the first time tonight during the CMA Awards, which airs on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
Courtesy Country Music AssociationThe 52nd Annual CMA Awards air tonight on ABC, but Kenny Chesney, David Lee Murphy and Thomas Rhett are already winners.
This morning on ABC's Good Morning America, it was revealed that Kenny and David Lee have won the Musical Event of the Year category for their #1 duet "Everything's Gonna Be Alright." In addition, TR has won Video of the Year for his clip for "Marry Me," directed by TK McKamy.
Kenny has previously won the Musical Event of the Year twice: once in 2007 for "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," with Tracy Lawrence and Tim McGraw, and again in 2012 for "Feel Like a Rockstar," with Tim. This is David Lee's first-ever CMA nomination and win.
Thomas Rhett has been nominated in the past for Music Video of the Year, but this is his first win. TK McKamy previously won the award for Maddie & Tae's "Girl in a Country Song" in 2015.
Kenny is also competing for the Entertainer of the Year trophy, while TR could still win Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for Life Changes.
Tune in to see who takes home the rest of the CMA Awards tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Craig SjodinJourneys of Faith, a podcast hosted by ABC's Paula Faris, debuts its first three episodes Wednesday, November 14.
Faris takes an intimate look at how some of the world’s most influential people lean on faith and spirituality to guide them through the best and worst of times. Among Faris' early podcast guests are Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, as well as Luke Bryan, both of whom share their thoughts on life and faith.
"As beautiful as this world is, it's broken," says Hillary. "And the hope in heaven is that there is no more brokenness, there is no more sickness, there is no more suffering. It's all -- good."
For Luke, one of the biggest questions is why bad things happen to good people.
"Me and my family have countless times, you know, sat around and wondered what the heck is God doing?" says Luke, whose brother and sister both died unexpectedly. "Why are we the ones that, you know...right when it seems like we've got our footing under us, the rug gets pulled out?"
You can listen and subscribe for free to Journeys of Faith by streaming it on the ABC News app, or via Amazon Echo, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan will be performing an intimate show for Citi/AAdvantage card members on December 3 at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. Card members can currently purchase tickets using their Citi card.
Lee Ann Womack accepted the ASCAP Golden Note Award at Monday night's ASCAP Country Music Awards in Nashville in recognition of her career milestones. Her honor included surprise tributes by Alison Krauss and Tony Lane, Chris Stapleton, and Buddy Miller.
CMT has announced that Clare Dunn will be part of its 2019 Next Women of Country Tour alongside Cassadee Pope and Hannah Ellis. Tour dates and cities will be announced in the coming weeks.
ABC/Image Group LAKelsea Ballerini is up for Female Vocalist of the Year at Wednesday's CMA Awards, but she's convinced that she has no chance of winning...because she's practical.
"I feel like hopefully there will be a year where I feel like maybe it might be this year, but it's not this year," she tells ABC Radio. "It's not time for me yet. Every year, things seem to grow in a positive direction, so we'll see."
O.K. so if Kelsea doesn't think she's going to win, who does she think will take home the trophy? The co-host of the CMA telecast, Carrie Underwood.
"I think it's Carrie's," predicts Kelsea. "She put out a beautiful album, she's working her tail off, she's about to have a baby and she's still working her tail off! And if you're actually going on vocalists, she's just the queen. I think it's her year!"
And even if Kelsea doesn't win, she's got plenty to be proud of: 2018's been quite a year for her.
"I started the year with a headlining tour, which is just something that feels really special to me, to have people in the room that connect with an album enough to sit there with you for two hours," she tells ABC Radio. "That was amazing."
"And then opening for Keith Urban...and learning from him," Kelsea continues, "And then doing the coaching on The Voice, and doing a single with the Chainsmokers and releasing my third single off my record...it's just been crazy!"
Tune in Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC to see if Kelsea's prediction of a Carrie Underwood victory comes true.
ABC/Image Group LALady Antebellum are up for Vocal Group of the Year at Wednesday's CMA Awards. They've been attending the show for about a decade now and Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood and Hillary Scott say there are certain things they look forward to seeing on the show each year.
"Seeing these new artists, I think...'cause this is what these shows are, to me -- to break new artists, and to show people, 'This is the new crop,'" Charles tells ABC Radio. "And also, you're always excited to see Keith Urban and our buddy Luke [Bryan] and see what they do...there's so many [things] to look forward to!"
Hillary Scott adds that personally, she's excited to attend the CMA Awards so she can spend time with their fellow artists, who they rarely get to see.
"We all tour kinda at the same time, we're never in the same place at the same time except on nights like this," she explains. "So to be able to hug a lot of my best girlfriends and say hi, it's really special."
One of those girlfriends Hillary's looking forward to seeing is Kelsea Ballerini. Lady A brought her out on tour with them when she was up-and-coming, and now she's nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.
"I'm so unbelievably proud for her and everything that's going on...her poise, and her record," gushes Hillary. "And obviously she's like a baby sister to me, so I'm rooting for her for sure!"
Tune in Wednesday night at 8 p.m. on ABC. to see if Lady A can beat out young upstarts Old Dominion, LANCO and Midland to capture the Vocal Group of the Year trophy for a fourth time.
ABC/Image Group LABrett Young married his longtime girlfriend Taylor Mills earlier this month in California, but he's returned from his honeymoon in enough time to attend the CMA Awards on Wednesday, where he's up for New Artist of the Year. He tells ABC Radio his wedding couldn't have gone better -- thanks to Taylor.
"She did such a good job planning the wedding...I'm glad I stayed out of it as much as I did, 'cause it was a lot of fun surprises for me throughout the day," he laughs.
The wedding day, which featured 81 degree weather, sunshine and a waterfall, was "just literally fairy-tale and perfect," says Brett.
Adding to the festivities were performances by Luke Combs, Lee Brice and Gavin DeGraw. Brett sang too, but he admits, "I got super-emotional and forgot lyrics and screwed up the song...it was just a nightmare!" Luckily, everyone was still talking about how great Luke, Lee and Gavin were so, he says, nobody really noticed.
The couple's honeymoon was almost a nightmare, too -- until they made a bold move.
"We went to the Virgin Islands and it rained for three days straight!" Brett tells ABC Radio. "We finally went, 'O.K., we just gotta go somewhere where it's sunny.' So I found a non-stop flight from St. Croix to Miami...and we ended up having three amazing days on the beach...it was fantastic!"
Also fantastic? Brett's nomination, which he says has given him "a sense of validation."
But, he notes, "When you're up against so much talent, it's one of those things where if you actually do sneak away with [the award], it feels like you stole one, a little bit!"
Tune in to see if Brett steals the award Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LALauren Alaina is the only female artist nominated in the Best New Artist category at this Wednesday night's CMA Awards. While she'd like to win, she thinks she doesn't have much chance, especially against one particular nominee in her category.
"I got to tour all summer with Luke Combs and the force that is Luke Combs is unstoppable," Lauren tells ABC Radio. "And I just got to witness what he's done first-hand every night. I would obviously love to win but I'm really proud to represent the ladies, and just to be nominated at all. It's been a really amazing year."
And what are some of the things Lauren's done that have made this year amazing?
"I was able to go out on the road and feel the difference, to see it first-hand with the fans, and to feel the impact that we've had. And I got engaged!" she laughs. "It's just been a lot of pinch-me moments. And then winning the ACM and now to be nominated as [CMA] Best New Artist, I'm just really proud. It's been really crazy."
But while Lauren's thrilled to be nominated there's something she says she'd like to see next year. "How amazing would it if next year, in the [New Artist] category, there's one male and four females?" she asks.
Even if she doesn't win Wednesday night, Lauren's got a few more things to celebrate: Her duet with Kane Brown, "What Ifs," has just gone quadruple platinum, and Kane recorded a song she co-wrote for his new album, Experiment.
ABC/Image Group LAScotty McCreery's successful 2018 continues with recognition for his song "Barefootin.'"
Penned by Scotty, David Lee Murphy and Frank Rogers, "Barefootin'" was named National Song of the Year at the 2018 Carolina Beach Music Awards this past weekend.
"Barefootin'" is featured on Scotty's latest album, Seasons Change, released in March. The song hit number one on the Beach Music Top 40 Chart in September.
“I was raised on beach music, so to be honored by the Carolina Beach Music Awards for National Song of the Year is really special,” Scotty said in a statement. “I had a lot of fun writing ‘Barefootin’ with David Lee and Frank, and I’m so happy that people are enjoying it. My wife and I have talked about taking shag dancing lessons. It could be fun to eventually shag dance to my own song.”
Scotty's current single, "This Is It," remains in the top 25 on the country charts. It was inspired by his proposal to now-wife, Gabi Dugal McCreery.
ABC/Image Group LALANCO is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at Wednesday's CMA Awards, and lead singer Brandon Lancaster says he can barely handle the fact that they're nominated, let alone imagine actually winning.
"It does sound cliche but really, we're new to the scene. Last year, going to the CMAs, we were just happy to be there and this year, to have a nomination and to be in the category we're in and to see the other artists that are in there, it's incredible," he tells ABC Radio. "We're honored."
"Winning it? I don't even know...my mind, it goes there sometimes, [but] I almost push it off," he laughs. "I'll clear some room in my trophy case. I don't have a trophy case! I would GET a trophy case!"
But if the "Born to Love You" hitmakers don't go home with the Vocal Group of the Year Award, Brandon says he'd be O.K. if a certain other nominee in the category wins instead.
"I probably have the closest personal ties to Old Dominion," he tells ABC Radio. "We've played bars with them and watched them kinda go on the same journey that we have and [we've] written with those guys."
"They've worked so hard and really, they deserve it," he adds. "The hard work has just paid off so I would like to see them get it, for sure."
To see if either LANCO or Old Dominion take home the trophy, tune in to the CMA Awards this Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Gary Miller/Getty ImagesToby Keith celebrates the 25th anniversary of his debut single, "Should've Been a Cowboy," this year with a brand-new music video. The five-minute clip includes concert footage from Toby's USO Tours over the years.
"I feel the need to get western on, y'all," Toby says from the stage at the clip's start. "We're gonna do you a little campfire song here."
The video features dozens of live performances from Toby at various operating bases he's visited throughout his 11 USO Tours. The singer has performed at more than 285 USO events and sang for nearly 256,000 troops and military families.
The video itself is available ahead of Toby Keith -- Should've Been a Cowboy [25th Anniversary Edition], an expanded re-release of Toby's April, 1993 self-titled debut. The album will be available November 30 and includes three vault tracks: "Tossin' and Turnin'," "I'll Still Call You Baby," and "Daddy Mac."
ABC/Randy HolmesKacey Musgraves is nominated for Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year going into Wednesday's CMA Awards. Kacey's album Golden Hour has been one of the most universally acclaimed releases of the year, but it's not exactly what you'd call a "country" album. That's why Kacey says she's so honored to have been nominated.
"For my version of country music to be recognized is really meaningful to me because I love where the genre came from," Kacey tells ABC Radio. "And to be able to be someone that's recognized in modern country, I mean, that's a goal for me. Y'know, I love country music. So it's really cool."
Kacey says that Golden Hour is different from her other releases because it's her "most personal record yet."
"I don't think I've really let people in on an emotional scale this way very much," she explains. "I've never really talked much about my feelings, and falling in love, and meeting the right person, and talking about my flaws, and being lonely, coming off the road and missing my mom...I've never had songs like that. And it was really nice."
As for the Female Vocalist category, Kacey hates to think that that she's competing with Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini to find out who's "better."
"Awards shows are silly because no one's 'better' than the other," she says. "That's not what music is about. Art is very subjective...everyone's different and that's what's cool about it...everyone's obviously winning and doing her own thing!"
That being said, Kacey admits that she doesn't actually consider herself to be "much of a vocalist" -- so, she says, "To be in a category with some really great singers is a big compliment."
ABC/Image Group LAWalker Hayes will embark on a 2019 tour beginning January 31 in Houston, TX. The Dream On It Tour borrows its name from a fan submission posted to Walker's social channels earlier this year and was selected by the singer himself.
“I’m so jacked to announce my Dream On ItTour and get back on the road," Walker said in a statement. "Thank you to my fans for working so hard to help me pick the perfect tour name. Y’all have been involved since the beginning, so it only seemed fitting to have y’all be part of it."
Tickets for the Dream On It tour are available for purchase on November 16 at 10 a.m. CT via Walker's website.
Here’s the complete itinerary for Walker Hayes's 2019 World Tour:
1/31 -- Houston, TX, House of Blues Houston 2/1 -- Dallas, TX, House of Blues Dallas 2/2 -- Baton Rouge, LA, Texas Club 2/8 -- Lake Buena Vista, FL, The Block 2/22 -- Rosemont, IL, Joe’s Live 2/23 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Elevation at The Intersection 2/28 -- Ashwaubenon, WI, Green Bay Distillery 3/1 -- Madison, WI, Majestic Theatre 3/2 -- Des Moines, IA, Wooly’s 3/5 -- Nashville, TN, Mercy Lounge 3/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Buckhead Theatre 3/8 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City 3/14 -- Rocky Mount, VA, Harvester Performance Center 3/15 -- North Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues Myrtle Beach 3/21 -- Silver Spring, MD, The Fillmore 3/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, The TLA 3/23 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues Boston 4/11 -- Columbus, OH, Newport Music Hall 4/12 -- Knoxville, TN, The Mill & Mine 4/13 -- Greensboro, NC, Cone Denim Entertainment Center 4/26 -- Denver, CO, Grizzly Rose 4/27 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot 4/29 -- San Martin, CA, Clos La Chance Winery 4/30 -- Sacramento, CA, Ace of Spades 5/2 -- Seattle, WA, Showbox 5/3 -- Spokane, WA, The Knitting Factory 5/4 -- Boise, ID, Knitting Factory Concert House
ABC/CMA When you tune in for the 52nd CMA Awards Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, you can expect three hours of unforgettable performances, plenty of comedy from hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood -- and there are some trophies to pass out, too.
Having won their share of CMAs themselves, Brad and Carrie know there'll be some nervous celebrities in the audience.
"I know I was, back in the day when I was really needing to win something," Brad reveals. "You feel it. It's a big night for people."
"That's why we have to be really respectful of them..." he adds." "You don't want to belittle somebody who's expecting a life-changing evening."
These days, Carrie -- who's up for Female Vocalist -- admits she's more focused on hosting than winning awards.
"If we're ever nominated, I know that kind of takes a backseat to the hosting, sometimes," she explains. "It'll be like, we have to be here for this thing, and then it's like, 'Oh yeah, now I have to go have my award up next.'"
"And then right after it's over," she continues, "no matter what happens, you're back to hosting. So then you don't really get to reflect on anything until after it's all said and done."
Carrie says it's worth remembering this is an evening that will go down in country music history.
"It's a big deal," the Oklahoma native reflects. "I mean this is country music's biggest night, and those awards do mean something."
"And everybody is a family and very supportive of each other," she points out, "but I think a lot of people in our genre are very competitive too. And of course you want to win."
"So, yeah, just best of luck!" she smiles. "May the odds ever be in your favor."