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ABC/Image Group LA Keith Urban’s new album and world tour will both be called Graffiti U. The Aussie superstar made the announcement Wednesday evening during a special Facebook Live event from a surprise pop-up show at Nashville’s Exit/In.

“I’ve been full-on writing, recording, collaborating and creating with some incredibly talented people for Graffiti U, a lot of whom I’ve never worked with before,” Keith says of the album. “I can hear how some of the songs will translate live already, which really makes putting on a new show so exhilarating..."

Kelsea Ballerini, who’ll open the U.S. dates on the tour, joined Keith on stage for the live stream, and stuck around to play some songs for the fans.

“I remember hearing Keith Urban songs that stopped me in my tracks and made me want to drop everything and chase that kind of lyric and heart-filled artistry,” the “Legends” hitmaker says. “He’s the best in the business and I can’t wait to fangirl and learn from him this year. Truly an honor to tour with him.”

The 58-city Graffiti U Tour will kick off June 15 in St. Louis, Missouri. Here’s a look at the complete itinerary:

6/15 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
6/16 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
6/22 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/23 -- Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
6/27 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/29, 30 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
7/5, 6 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of NH Pavilion
7/8 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
7/13 -- Salt Lake City, UT, USANA Amphitheatre
7/14 -- Denver, CO, Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
7/15 -- Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheatrer
7/20 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/21, 22 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys
7/27 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
7/28 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
7/29 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre
8/3 -- Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
8/4 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Center
8/5 -- Bangor, ME, Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
8/10 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/11 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
8/12 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
8/15 -- Rogers, AR, Walmart AMP
8/17 -- Kansas City, MO, Spring Center
8/18 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
8/19 Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/24 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/25 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf Amphitheater
8/26 -- Tuscaloosa, AL, Tuscaloosa Amphitheater
9/7, 8 - Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
9/14 -- Ottowa, On, Canadian Tire Centre
9/15 -- London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
9/19 -- Winnipeg, MN, Bell MTS Place
9/21 -- Saskatoon, SK, SaskTel Centre
9/22 -- Edmonton, AB, Rogers Place
9/23 -- Calgary, AB, ScotiaBank Saddledome
9/25 -- Vancouver, BC, Rogers Arena
9/27 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
9/28 -- Boise, ID, Taco Bell Arena
9/29 -- Missoula, MT, Adams Center
10/4 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
10/5 -- Laughlin, NV, Laughlin Event Center
10/12 -- Peoria, IL, Peoria Civic Center
10/13 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
10/14 -- Grand Forks, ND, Ralph Engelstad Arena
10/18 -- Toledo, OH, Huntington Center
10/19 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
10/20 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
10/24 -- Youngstown, OH, Covelli Centre
10/25 -- Hershey, PA, Giant Center
10/27 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
10/28 -- Charlottesville, VA, John Paul Jones Arena
11/1 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
11/2 -- New Orleans, LA, Smoothie King Center
11/2 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center

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ABC/Lou RoccoWe’re barely two weeks into 2018, and the awards are already piling up for Dolly Parton, as the Emmys, Guinness World Records, and the RIAA are all coming calling.

The Sevierville, Tennessee native will receive The Governors’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Community Service January 20 at the 32nd MidSouth Regional Emmys. Her Smoky Mountains Rise telethon, which raised money to help her hometown after 2016’s devastating wildfires, is also nominated at this year’s ceremony.

If you flip through the pages of Guinness World Records 2018, you’ll find Dolly now holds the titles for both “Most Decades with a Top 20 Hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart” and “Most Hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart by a Female Artist.” It was Dolly’s 2016 re-recording of “Jolene” with Pentatonix that put her over the top.  

“Jolene” has also passed half-a-million in sales, picking up gold certification from the RIAA, as did Dolly’s original recording of “I Will Always Love You.” Whitney Houston’s version has sold more than three million copies, earning Dolly a triple-platinum plaque.

Dolly’s own 1980 hit “9 to 5” is also officially platinum now, having passed the one-million mark in sales.

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ElektraZac Brown and his side project, Sir Rosevelt, have recorded a new song for the movie, 12 Strong.

“It Goes On” is featured in the film, which stars Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon12 Strong tells the story of the U.S. Special Forces team that worked to take down the Taliban and al-Qaeda in the wake of 9/11.  

“It Goes On” is available to stream or download now. 12 Strong opens on Friday.

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The GreenRoomGet ready for the show that promises to be the feel-good tour of 2018. Pals Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker are teaming up for the Summer Plays On trek, starting in July. “Yours” hitmaker Russell Dickerson will open.

“For us as a band, being out on the road together is where it all comes to life,” Charles Kelley says. “Darius is one of our closest friends, and so we just feel really excited to get to share this tour and those memories on and off stage with him.”

“There’s no doubt that it’s going to be a total blast,” Charles continues. "And we’re thrilled to have Russell out with us too this summer. We’re already brainstorming ways to shake things up and make each night all about just being in the moment.”

Darius agrees, saying, "Reuniting this summer and heading back out on the road with my friends Lady Antebellum feels like a home away from home. It’s going to be an incredible summer, and I can't wait to see y'all out there!"

The two acts already have one hit under their belt together:  Lady A provided background vocals for Darius’s chart-topping 2013 version of “Wagon Wheel.” Charles also sings on Darius’s cover of Drivin N Cryin's "Straight to Hell,” on his album When Was the Last Time.

Here’s the complete itinerary for the Summer Plays On Tour, with the first tickets going on sale January 26:

7/19 -- Toronto, ON, Budweiser Stage
7/20 -- Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center
7/21 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater
7/26 -- Bethel, NY, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/27 -- Gilford, NH, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
7/28 -- Hartford, CT, Xfinity Theatre
8/2 -- Columbia, MD, Merriweather Post Pavilion
8/3 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/4 -- Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
8/16 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/17 -- Sacramento, CA, Toyota Amphitheatre
8/19 -- Seattle, WA, White River Amphitheatre
8/23 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/24 -- Irvine, CA, FivePoint Amphitheater
8/25 -- San Diego, CA, Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
9/6 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
9/7 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/8 -- Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion
9/13 -- St. Louis, MO, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/14 -- Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
9/15 -- Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/20 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
9/21 -- Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion
9/22 -- Mansfield, MA, Xfinity Centre
9/27 -- Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Amphitheatre
9/28 -- Tampa, FL, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
9/29 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre
10/4 -- Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
10/5 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
10/6 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live   

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ABC/Image Group LA Kane Brown is kicking off 2018 on top of the world.

The “What Ifs” hitmaker is currently spending his second week this year at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums ranking. It’s the fourth week at the top overall for the newcomer’s self-titled debut.

Kane Brown immediately ascended to #1 when it was originally released in December of 2016, and then returned to the pinnacle when the Deluxe Edition came out in October of last year. Along the way, the project’s also been certified gold.

Its latest single, “Heaven,” is currently climbing the charts. It’s the follow-up to Kane’s first #1, “What Ifs,” with former schoolmate Lauren Alaina.

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ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley released the lead single from his forthcoming album, The Mountain, on Wednesday.  Just like his #1 hit, “Black,” the song, “Woman, Amen” is a tribute to his wife Cassidy.

“My wife and our relationship has been the one constant element in my life over all the ups and downs of my career and personal life,” Dierks says. “Our journey together has made me the man I am today. I doubt my heart would even recognize the old me.”

“This song addresses that in the most direct possible way,” he explains. “The personal gratitude expressed in the lyrics, mixed with a track that leans heavily on some bigger sounds, is the perfect way to introduce the album.”

Dierks will perform “Woman, Amen” for the first time on TV Thursday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Check your local listings to find out when the syndicated program airs in your area.

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ABC/Image Group LA Chris Young’s 2018 World Tour may be named Losing Sleep, but the Tennessee native isn’t staying up at night worrying about his opening acts.

“You know, obviously we were out with Kane Brown on the Jason Aldean tour,” Chris explains, “so I got to know all of his camp, all of his guys. I've gotten to know the LANCO guys because they've opened for me over the past several years, just on random shows. Everybody likes everybody, all of their music is insane, their shows are great.”

As the name at the top of the bill, Chris wants to make sure a good time is had by all.

“For me, I want it to be top-to-bottom a great experience,” he says. “I want everybody that's opening on this tour to have as much fun as I do. And I plan on having a hell of a good time!”

So far, everything seems to be working out just as Chris had hoped. His opening-weekend shows in Indianapolis, Kansas City and St. Louis were all sell-outs, just as the tour’s namesake single, “Losing Sleep,” climbed into country’s top five.

This week, Chris, Kane and LANCO play Cincinnati, Grand Rapids and Chicago.

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Comstock/Thinkstock The uncle of newcomer Jordan DavisStan Paul Davis, wrote two major hits for Tracy Lawrencein the nineties. Can you guess which ones they were? ANSWER:  "Today's Lonely Fool" and "Better Man, Better Off."

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Allister AnnKenny Chesney is leaving his longtime record label, Sony Music Nashville, to sign with Warner Brothers.

“It’s a big deal to change labels," the superstar from East Tennessee says. “To me, music is only complete when it gets to the fans and becomes part of their lives. The people at Warner understand my commitment to that idea, and they’re just as committed to those ideals as I am.”

Kenny’s been with Sony since the mid-nineties, scoring his first top-ten hit on the label in 1995 with “Fall in Love.” His most recent studio album for Sony, Cosmic Hallelujah, is up for the Best Country Album Grammy later this month.

Kenny’s new music will be released under the Blue Chair Records/Warner Bros. Records imprint. So far, there’s no word on when a new album for Warner will come.

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ABC RadioNearly three decades ago, Alabama’s Randy Owen took up the cause of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, leading the charge for country music to raise money to help end childhood cancer.

As of this weekend’s 29th annual Country Cares for St. Jude Seminar in Memphis, country’s efforts have brought in more than three-quarters of a billion dollars.

Drake White -- who hails from the same part of Alabama as Randy Owen -- talked to the Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer about his motivation.

“I asked him, 'What planted that seed? Was there a sickness in your family? Was there a young person that had cancer or whatever?'” Drake explained. “And he said, his faith. And he starts talking about growing up, and his roots of growing up in a small town, which is my home as well.”

“So, it's very inspirational,” Drake continues, “that somebody that had a seed planted inside of them followed through at this magnitude. $750 million have been raised, just because the odds were stacked against them and they just kept on keepin' on.”

Jerrod Niemann is another artist who’s proud to continue the work that Randy started.

“What I learned…  is in country music we're all so lucky to hold a torch… but it encompasses so much more than just music. And to see the footprints that all of our heroes have left behind, you know it's our duty to keep that going.”

Last month, the hottest stars in country music helped launch the new “This Shirt Saves Lives” campaign. You can find out more at StJude.org.

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ABC/Image Group LA Keith Urban happens to be a superstar who can take on any size venue he likes these days. Still, one of his favorite things to do is get his band together and play a tiny club or dive bar.

That’s why the Aussie music maker hints you haven’t seen the last of his pop-up shows.  

“Yeah, I absolutely love doing 'em,” Keith says. “Someone said, 'Well, you know when you advertise at the last second, we may only get like ten people who hear about it, just in time to make it.' And I'd be like, 'Well, then we play to ten people.’ … So far, we've had enough people show up,” he laughs.

The “Female” hitmaker finds there are advantages to playing smaller venues that just aren’t possible with larger audiences.

“As a guitar player,” Keith explains, “the best place for a guitarist's amp to be is basically right behind your back legs, about two feet away, the very place where it can't be when you're playing a large arena.”

“I miss standing two feet away from the drummer,” he continues, “and the whole band crammed onto a tiny little stage. I miss the audience being right there... inches away from you. I miss all of that, because that's a particular environment that creates a certain way of playing, that you just can't play that way in a big venue.”

For Keith, the list goes on:  “The spontaneity, the liberated free-ness, the unexpectedness, the danger that's in a place that's so small and like -- ‘I don't know what's gonna happen here!’ It's like loud and anything could happen. That's exhilarating.”

We should find out more about what’s ahead for Keith in 2018, during a special livestream event that starts Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT on his Facebook page.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Johnny Cash at Folsom PrisonWhitney Houston’s recording of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” and Linda Ronstadt’s 1974 Heart Like a Wheel album are just three of the recordings joining the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018.

LANCO performed their recent #1 “Greatest Love Story” Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. You can check out their appearance on YouTube.

If you missed Tyminski playing the tracks “Wanted” and “Temporary Love” from his Southern Gothic album Tuesday on Good Morning America, you can catch up online.

Newcomer Jillian Jacqueline made her TV debut Monday on Late Night with Seth Meyers, doing her new single, “Reasons.”

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Jake Niles Getter/CMTRayna Jaymes’ daughter has signed a record deal -- but it doesn’t sound like she’ll be singing a country tune.

Lennon Stella -- who’s played Maddie Jaymes on all six seasons of Nashville -- will release her debut pop album later this year. The 18-year-old’s project will be on the RECORDS label, which is a partnership with Columbia Records.

“There are no words to describe the feeling of finally being able to release my own music, something I have always dreamed of,” the Ontario native said in a news release.

Lennon, along with her younger sister Maisy, has recorded innumerable country tracks, as part of the volumes of soundtracks that have accompanied Nashville. The show is currently in its final season on CMT.

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ABC/Image Group LA Faith Hill and Kellie Pickler’s daytime talk show will return for a second season in the fall of 2018. The E.W. Scripps Company delivered the good news on Tuesday.

Faith is one of the executive producers of Pickler & Ben, which is hosted by Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron.

The Nashville-based program is recorded in front of a live studio audience, and premieres in syndication, before re-airing the next morning at 9 a.m. ET on CMT.

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ABC/Image Group LA It’s busy days and Hallelujah Nights for the guys in LANCO, as they prepare to release their debut album this Friday.

Brandon Lancaster and company will follow their Tuesday performance of their #1 single “Greatest Love Story” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, by popping up in the next episode of The Bachelor.  You can watch for them Monday starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

“It’s a surreal feeling for us that the wait is over and our first record will finally be out for the world to hear…” Brandon says. “What started as a dream when it was just the five of us jamming in a two-bedroom house has finally become a reality and I couldn’t ask for a better group of friends and team to go through this journey with.”

Next week will also find LANCO stopping by the Today show on Thursday, January 25 to do their new single, “Born to Love You.” They’ll make their late night debut that same evening on Jimmy Kimmel Live! You can catch it at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

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ABC/Kelsey McNealFlorida Georgia Line’s hit with pop star Bebe Rexha is currently enjoying its sixth week at the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. And “Meant to Be” doesn’t seem likely to vacate the #1 position anytime soon.

Next Tuesday night, FGL and Bebe will bring their pop/country crossover hit to life on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. You can watch for their performance starting at 11:35 PM ET January 23 on NBC.

That happens to be the day Tyler Hubbard’s little one, daughter Olivia Rose, will be one-month-old. When he’s not “crushing the diaper game,” Tyler is busy working with Brian Kelley on FGL’s fourth studio album.

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MCA NashvilleWith his debut hit, “Singles You Up,” in the top-20, the first album from newcomer Jordan Davis is now officially on the way.

The Louisiana native had a hand in writing all twelve tunes on Home State, which comes out March 23.

“Making this record has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done…” Jordan says. “I can’t wait for y'all to hear it.”

Jordan sets out on the White Wine and Whiskey Tour next month with fellow newbie Jillian Jacqueline.

Here’s the complete track listing for Home State, which is available to pre-order now:

“Take It from Me”
“Going ‘Round”
“More Than I Know”
“Slow Dance in a Parking Lot”
“Singles You Up”
“Sundowners”
“Tough to Tie Down”
“Made That Way”
“So Do I”
“Selfish”
“Dreamed You Did”
“Leaving New Orleans”

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ABC/Image Group LA With hits to his credit like “A Little More Country than That” and “Roll with It,” Easton Corbin is definitely in touch with his traditional side.

He admits it took a little bit of vision to imagine how a song like “A Girl Like You” could work for him.

“It's funny,” Easton tells ABC Radio, “I heard this song… and I kept going back to it. It was definitely progressive, the demo…. but I kinda heard through that. I'm like, 'There's something really cool about this song.' I said, 'Man, I could take my voice and frame it, you know, my way and we can kinda marry that traditional thing with the modern thing.' I think that's what's important today.”

While Easton would love to totally give in to his hardcore country urges, he says he realizes that’s not completely practical.

“You know, I'd love to record a whole record of [MerleHaggard-type songs,” he reveals, “but to be competitive, you know on radio today, you have to definitely stay current. And that's just part of the deal.”  

It’s a deal that’s working out for Easton. “A Girl Like You” has become the sixth top-ten hit of his career. The Florida native is currently putting the finishing touches on his upcoming fourth studio album.

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Comstock/Thinkstock1988 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year K.T. Oslin made it to #1 on the country chart in March of that same year with this collaboration with Country-Music-Hall-of-Famers Alabama. Can you name the track from the band's Just Us album? ANSWER:  "Face to Face."

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ABC/Image Group LA In addition to her regular gig opening Sunday Night Football, NBC gave Carrie Underwood a special assignment this season:  creating a new sequence to start the biggest game of them all.

“We were asked to come up with something special for the Super Bowl,” Carrie explains. “We knew we wanted the open to be as grand as the Super Bowl is, so I was really excited that NBC and Sunday Night Football kind of gave us control to be creative and go in and see what we could do.”

In the end, what Carrie came up with was so good, NBC wanted to include it in its Olympic coverage as well.

“We spent a couple of days,” Carrie recalls. “We went in and just gave it our all trying to figure out what would best set up something as amazing as the Super Bowl. After we turned it in, they loved it so much we were told, ‘The Olympics are gonna want this!’ So, that was just more incredible news because it certainly fits everything that the Super Bowl stands for as well."

Carrie’s special open featuring her new song, “The Champion,” will premiere Sunday, February 4 before Super Bowl LII on NBC.

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