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ABC RadioMeghan Trainor surprised Lauren Alaina by flying in for her very first #1 party Wednesday afternoon in Nashville. The two co-wrote Lauren’s hit “Road Less Traveled” with Jesse Frasure long ago, even though it just hit the top of the charts in April.

Meghan recalled secretly fan-girling Lauren, sending her mom photos of the American Idol runner-up, since she at the time was still completely unknown. Since then, of course, Meghan broke through with her mega-hit “All About That Bass,” and took home the Best New Artist Grammy.

While this is Lauren’s first chart-topper, it’s Meghan’s second on the country chart, having hit #1 last year with Rascal Flatts’ “I Like the Sound of That.”    

Lauren managed to inject her own quirky sense of humor into the gathering at the Sutler Saloon just off 8th Avenue South in Music City, turning her #1 party into a onesie party. Meghan wore a simple black number, while Lauren sported a custom-made turquoise sequined outfit. Guests were issued their own onesies at the door, in designs ranging from hotdog to astronaut to Frankenstein.

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ABC/Brett OronzioAs Eric Church rolls into Music City to wrap up his Holdin’ My Own Tour this weekend with two sold-out shows at Bridgestone Arena, he’ll also re-open his popular storefront in East Nashville.

No matter where you live, you can preview the pop-up shop Thursday on Facebook Live starting at 11 a.m. CT. The store at 218 South 11th Street will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Customers will be able to check out Eric’s signature Gibson Hummingbird Dark guitar and custom Jack Daniels barrels, as well as exclusive merch not available anywhere else.

At this weekend’s shows, Eric will also unveil the new Chattanooga Lucy design in his These Boots by Lucchese line. You’ll be able to take home a pair when the pop-up shop reopens from Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11 during CMA Music Festival.

This is the third year in a row for the “Round Here Buzz” singer’s temporary store. Part of the proceeds go to his Chief Cares charity.

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BMLGJust as it’s on the verge of  going #1, Brett Young’s “In Case You Didn’t Know” has been certified platinum.

That not only makes it Brett’s first million-selling single of his career, it’s also the first country release of 2017 to reach that milestone.  If you’re keeping up, that puts Brett’s sales on par with pop hitmakers like Ed SheeranFutureThe Chainsmokers and Katy Perry.

Next month, “In Case You Didn’t Know” vies for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. This Friday, Brett hits the road with Lady Antebellum and Kelsea Ballerini on the You Look Good World Tour.

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CMTCMT is cueing up the superstar pairings for its 2017 awards show.

Florida Georgia Line will team up with pop phenomenon The Chainsmokers at the Wednesday, June 7 event, while Lady Antebellum will collaborate with R&B legends Earth, Wind & FireKeith Urban and Carrie Underwood will take the stage together as well.   

FGL does “Last Day Alive” on The Chainsmokers #1 album, Memories… Do Not Open, while Lady A is planning a decades-spanning performance with their CMT Crossroads co-stars. Keith and Carrie, of course, have a top-15 hit with “The Fighter.”

Blake SheltonBrett EldredgeLuke BryanMiranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett have already locked in their spots on the show that airs live from Nashville’s Music City Center at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 7. Nashville’s Charles Esten will host the 2017 CMT Music Awards.

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ABC/Image Group LA If you've wonderered what Shay Mooney’s baby son looks like these days, all you need to do is check out the proud papa’s socials to find out.

Shay shared a photo of his dark-eyed, well-fed little one with a full head of hair, adding “Happy 4 months Asher James! Me and momma are pretty dang proud.”

Shay and Asher’s mom, former Miss Arkansas USA Hannah Billingsley, have been engaged since last August. He says he expects they’ll marry sometime in the fall, but now they’re more focused on enjoying their time with their son.

On the work front, Dan Shay’s latest single, “How Not To,” is just one spot away from cracking country’s top five.

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Happy 4 months Asher James! Me and momma are pretty dang proud. Thanks for the fresh digs @juneandjanuary ! 😎😍 pic.twitter.com/8MiJADodld

— Shay Mooney (@ShayMooney) May 24, 2017

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ABC/Image Group LA It appears Kelsea Ballerini must have some skills in the kitchen.

“@KelseaBallerini made pancakes this morning,” her fiancé Morgan Evans tweeted, adding “It’s a good Wednesday.”

Morgan, who just signed his own U.S. record deal with Warner Nashville, should likely enjoy Kelsea’s culinary talents while he can. She's about to get significantly busier, as she embarks on the You Look Good World Tour with Lady Antebellum and Brett Young this Friday.

Meanwhile, the Australian singer is in the studio working on his own music, as we wait to see how Kelsea will follow up her top-five single, “Yeah Boy.”

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Comstock/Thinkstock Both Kelsea Ballerini and Alison Krauss have covered Shenandoah's top-five hit from 1990, with Voice contestant Lauren Duski recently performing it on the NBC reality show as well. Can you name this tune? ANSWER:  “Ghost in This House.”

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ABC/Image Group LAIf things go as planned, Martina McBride fans will be listening to a new holiday album from the four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year this Christmas.

Martina heads to Los Angeles to work on the project this Thursday and Friday.

“I’m making kind of a big band, swing kind of Christmas album, kind of classic-sounding [with] legendary arranger Patrick Williams,” she tells Billboard.

Martina’s 1998 holiday record, White Christmas, has been certified Platinum.  

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Sony Music Entertainment UKEarly in her career, Kelsea Ballerini hit the road with Lady Antebellum as their opening act. That experience not only exposed the superstar-in-waiting to a new array of fans, it also forged a lasting bond with the trio, particularly with Hillary Scott.

“She had a surprise party for me at her house for my 21st birthday,” the now-23-year-old Kelsea recalls. “And she's celebrated my first two number ones with me; I was out of town for my third.”

“I mean, she's always there,” Kelsea goes on. “She's always there to encourage me and uplift me. She's a very special human being.”

Kelsea admits she’s pretty excited to kick off the You Look Good World Tour this Friday with Hillary, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood.

“I'm friends with all of them… and our bands are friends,” she says. “So it's gonna be like a reunion for a whole summer, which is gonna be really fun.”

The “Peter Pan” hitmaker adds that she’s obsessed with Lady A’s horn-fueled top-15 hit "You Look Good."

Brett Young rounds out the bill for the trek that kicks off Friday in Bakersfield, California.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Garth Brooks will play Oklahoma City for the first time in 20 years, doing a concert with wife Trisha Yearwood on Saturday, July 15. Tickets for the show at Chesapeake Energy Arena go on sale Friday, June 2.

The new single from Pat Green, “Drinkin’ Days,” will be available digitally this Friday.

You can check out Midland’s first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in the latest edition of My Opry Debut on YouTube.

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PRNewswire/NabiscoLady Antebellum kicks off their You Look Good World Tour with Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young this Friday in Bakersfield, California, and it'll not only look good, it'll taste good as well.

They’ll be bringing along a food truck to some of their dates, thanks to the tour's sponsor, Nabisco. Fans will be able to sample new recipes from the popular snack maker, as the “Remix Your BBQ” campaign shows you how to use their products in your summer outings.

Nabisco is also giving away a VIP trip for four to Lady A’s Nashville show on September 9. You can enter at NabiscoBBQ.com.

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ABC/Paula LoboJason Aldean’s new music video for “They Don’t Know” is a mini tour documentary of his new trek that bears the same name -- with some muddin’, ATVs and tractors thrown in.

“We’re just getting back out on the road for summer, and after seeing the crowd sing this song back to me the first couple weekends, it reminded me how much the fans relate to it,” Jason says.

“To me, this video represents every person on my team… my family and the fans who come out from all over the place,” he goes on. “It’s because of them I keep getting to sing about the things I know and have lived.”

The ACM Entertainer of the Year’s new logo also figures prominently in the new video. You’ll spot plenty of barns, backdrops and banners that have been tagged with the new symbol. It features Jason’s initials, with the “A” stylized in the shape of his home state of Georgia.

You can check out the new “They Don’t Know” video on YouTube.

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Mercury NashvilleLauren Alaina is following up her first #1 with one of the most personal songs of her career so far.

With lyrics like “Daddy got sober, Momma got his best friend” based on her parents’ struggles, divorce and remarriages, you might expect “Doin’ Fine” to be a bit of a downer, but that’s not the case.

“‘Doin’ Fine’ is a really special song because it’s uplifting, but really honest at the same time,” Lauren says of the song she co-wrote.

“If you don’t know me and you don’t know that that’s actually what I went through, you would almost think, ‘Oh my gosh, she really tried to write a country song,’ but the truth is, I really live a country song!’” she jokes.

“Doin’ Fine” is the opening track on Lauren’s latest album, Road Less Traveled, which shares its title with her chart-topping hit.

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Frederick Brown/NBCKelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton are longtime pals, but Blake says he's a little concerned about her joining The Voice as a coach for the show's next season.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Blake says, "Well, I can tell you that I used to think Miley Cyrus would be the person that talks the most, ever in the history of this show. Now that they brought in Kelly Clarkson… oh, my God. Oh, my God."

He adds, "Thank God they are at least on different seasons because my ears would fall off my head. There would be no oxygen left in the room. Neither one of them can stop talking."

Blake also says that he isn't planning to offer any helpful hints to either Kelly or Jennifer Hudson, who'll also be joining next season.

"I could give a crap about helping them," he jokes. "I don't have any advice. I'm not helping them. I don't want them to succeed. That's not what they pay me to do."

Blake's girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, is taking a season off of The Voice, but Blake told ET it's been fun getting to hang out with her all the time. 

"Oh my God, at some point, it kinda builds your ego up when you walk into a room with Gwen," he admits. "But also it's a crashing blow to your ego when you realize all the cheers and people shouting at ya. You realize it's not you, it's her!...Being in the vicinity of her is unbelievable."

Jennifer Hudson and Miley Cyrus will both perform on tonight's The Voice season finale, along with Chris Stapleton and other acts.

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Comstock/Thinkstock The new drama The Gospel of Kevin premieres this fall on ABC, and happens to star the grandson of a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Can you name both the actor and his famous grandfather? ANSWER:  Jason Ritter, grandson of singing cowboy Tex Ritter.

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Shore Fire Media/Jimmy FontaineZac Brown Band makes it four in a row this week, as Welcome Home becomes their fourth project to debut at #1 on the country albums chart.

The Georgia-based musicians also make an impressive showing on the Billboard 200 as well, coming in at #2. This is the band’s fifth album to emerge in the top-10 on the all-genre tally.

Next up, Zac and company take to the outdoor stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this Wednesday. You can watch for their performance starting at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

Then it’s on to Gilford, New Hampshire for four sold-out shows over the Memorial Day weekend.

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ABC/Image Group LA Jason Aldean already has two girls, and soon he’ll have a baby boy.

On Monday, the ACM Entertainer of the Year and his wife Brittany Kerr shared their gender reveal on Instagram.

“Today is the day….. what’s it gonna be? Boy or girl!” Jason posted, along with a photo of the couple holding “It’s a girl!” and “It’s a boy!” balloons.

He followed up with a video of his whole family popping balloons filled with blue confetti, unveiling the answer. His daughters, 14-year-old Keely and 9-year-old Kendyl, both jumped up and down and squealed with delight, hugging their stepmom and dad.  

Jason and Brittany announced their pregnancy earlier this month. So far, we don’t know exactly when the baby boy is due.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Phil VassarBrooke Eden, Knoxville Central High School’s Bobcat Company and Restless Heart will each sing the national anthem to kick off the nightly CMA Music Festival concerts June 8-11 at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.

Jamey JohnsonEaston CorbinRandy Houser, and Chris Janson are just some of the artists who’ll take part in the Tug McGraw Foundation’s 6th Annual Celebrity Pro-Am Sporting Clay Tournament June 6 at the Nashville Gun Club.

The debut release from new MCA Nashville artist Jordan Davis is titled “Singles You Up.”  

Look for Luke BryanMichael RayDustin Lynch and LOCASH, who all make cameo appearances in Chris Janson’s new video for “Fix a Drink.” You can check it out on YouTube now.

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Big Machine With their debut single firmly seated in country’s top-20, the new trio Midland is off to the kind of start that makes you think they may be around for a while.

Lead singer -- and former Calvin Klein model -- Mark Wystrach attributes some of the success of “Drinkin’ Problem” to something legendary songwriter Dean Dillon once told the band.

“He said, 'Boys, write what you know.' And we know a lot about bars,” Mark says, half-joking. “I grew up in a bar. My family owns a live country music honky tonk…”

“I think it's the kind of song you can listen to on a Friday night when you're getting ready to go out with your friends, and on Monday evening when you've got the blues,” he says of “Drinkin’ Problem.”

Mark believes the authenticity in the writing carried through to the studio.

“It's not a put-on,” he asserts. “When we performed it and recorded it, it was cut with feeling and emotion, and I think that's what people are responding to. For us, we grew up on music that made you feel something. When Merle Haggard sang 'Misery and Gin,' you said 'Holy cow!' And you don't forget that song, ever! That's a part of your life from that point on,” he reflects.

“Drinkin’ Problem” is one of five songs on Midland’s self-titled debut EP, which was released in October.

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CMAIf you didn’t score tickets to CMA Music Festival’s big nightly concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium this year, the Country Music Association is offering you a free alternative for the first time ever.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday of CMA week, the Cracker Barrel Country Roads Stage will take over Ascend Amphitheater on the Riverfront in Music City.

Big & RichDeana CarterBilly Ray CyrusThe Oak Ridge Boys and others kick off the first night. On Friday, it’s Ladies of Country night with Sara EvansKellie PicklerDanielle BradburyAubrie Sellers and more. Dan ShayHunter HayesHigh Valley, and RaeLynn are just part of the Saturday night party.

CMA Music Festival takes over downtown Nashville June 8-11 this summer. As part of the festivities, Cracker Barrel is also bringing 644 rocking chairs to Music City, one for each of their restaurants in the U.S. If festival-goers rock at least 150,000 times, the comfort-food chain has promised to donate $15,000 to the CMA Foundation.  

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