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BMLGThe Backstreet Boys are one of the unexpected guests on Florida Georgia Line's Dig Your Roots: they duet with the "Cruise" duo on a track called "God, Your Mama and Me."  Now, both acts have teamed up for the song's video, which was just released Tuesday.

The clip features the groups singing on Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, intercut with of each of the guys doing something romantic for their real-life loves. There's champagne, cocktails, an actual gift horse, a candlelit dinner, a rose petal-strewn bathtub and bed, a hot tub dip and more. As the song lyrics say, "No one's ever gonna love you more/than God, your mama and me." You can watch the clip now on BigMachineTV.com.

As for why Florida Georgia Line asked the Backstreet Boys to sing with them in the first place, it turns out that the duo's Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley were both huge fans of the group when they were younger.

"We've become friends with them at this point," Tyler told Entertainment Weekly. "And it's become more and more exciting with everything that we do together."

Backstreet's Kevin Richardson added, "We're buds now. It's just a real positive vibe. It's been a pleasure and an honor to do this song with them."

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ABC/Image Group LAThe first time many country fans heard of roots musician Anderson East was when they found out that he’s dating Miranda Lambert. But lately, Anderson’s been making some impressive strides in his own right.

His song “What Would It Take” appears alongside the likes of Taylor Swift, John Legend and Nick Jonas on the soundtrack for the provocative flick Fifty Shades Darker. Even more impressive, the collection just debuted at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

Anderson also re-teams with his previous tour partner Chris Stapleton on his All American Road Show dates starting June 9 in Southaven, Mississippi.

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Capitol NashvilleAs they celebrate the chart-topping success of “Better Man” this week, Little Big Town will also be busy promoting their new album, The Breaker.

The foursome is set to return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, on the heels of their memorable November appearance, which featured them playing the show’s Silly String game, “Stranger Strings.”

Tune in to see if the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year reprise their Taylor-Swift-penned #1, which they’ve already sung on the show, or debut another tune from their seventh album, which comes out Friday.

The record’s release date will find LBT on NBC’s Today show Friday morning, before they head back to Nashville to kick off their Little Big Town at the Mother Church residency at the historic Ryman Auditorium that night.

From there, the media appearances continue. Little Big Town stops by the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show on February 28, before guesting on CBS’s The Talk on March 14.

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BMLGFor the second week in a row, Reba McEntire is hanging on to #1.

Her gospel double album set Sing It Now:  Songs of Faith & Hope remains at the top of both Billboard’s Country and Christian/Gospel album charts in its second week of release. So far, the video for its lead single, "Back to God," has also been viewed close to 5 million times on YouTube.

After two shows last week at Nashville’s historic Ryman auditorium, Reba’s headed back to work in Sin City. She and Brooks & Dunn continue their Together in Vegas residency Wednesday, holding on to their title as the longest-running country show in the history of The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace.

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BMLGOn Tuesday, Florida Georgia Line will roll out their new video with the Backstreet Boys at BigMachineTV.com.

In the meantime, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have been sharing snippets of “God, Your Mama and Me” on social media. Look for plenty of footage of the guys’ significant others and kids, as well as a performance clip set on the beach.

“God, Your Mama and Me” is the third single from the duo’s Dig Your Roots album. Both “H.O.L.Y” and “May We All” with Tim McGraw have gone to #1.

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Here’s a sneak peek of our new video for “God, Your Mama, and Me” feat. @BackstreetBoys — premiering 2/21 on https://t.co/K2mVchAgdM pic.twitter.com/JATvm86lZl

— Florida Georgia Line (@FLAGALine) February 19, 2017

 

Two days until the world premiere of our new video for “God, Your Mama, and Me” feat. @BackstreetBoys on https://t.co/K2mVchRR5k pic.twitter.com/kJtr8MY3fe

— Florida Georgia Line (@FLAGALine) February 20, 2017

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-one years ago, Joe Diffie went to #1 with this tune that references the Fab Four. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Bigger than the Beatles."

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ABC/Image Group LA Even though Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren went for an ultrasound last week, they opted not to learn the sex of their new baby until a gender reveal party on the weekend.

TR taunted the excited family and friends on-hand for the big announcement by hesitating as he started to cut the cake that would reveal whether the first-time parents are having a boy or a girl. A pink cake confirmed it’s a girl.

The happy couple learned they were expecting a baby of their own after they’d already started the process of adopting a child from Africa. They hope to have that completed before Lauren delivers sometime in early August.

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😜 pic.twitter.com/bDpjGOQhhh

— Thomas Rhett (@ThomasRhett) February 19, 2017

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteMonday night in Nashville, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood helped out at a fundraiser for the Opry Trust Fund on the stage of the historic venue.

Meanwhile on the charts, the lead single from Garth’s Gunslinger album is closing in on the top 15. The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year says he believes “Baby, Let’s Lay Down and Dance” works simply because it’s so much fun.

“It's real easy to sing, one of those things that kinda just fell out,” he says of his latest hit. “[I] love everything from the double harmony to it to [the fact that I] put a bouzouki on something for the very first time," he says of the Greek stringed instrument he used on the record, "so it's pretty cool.”

It also doesn’t hurt that it has his wife’s seal of approval.

“Miss Yearwood loves it… They all got together and picked this single. There's probably four or five that could've been the first one,” he reveals.

As for the album, Garth sees it simply as an extension of what he’s been doing on the road.

“I think it's kind of more of a reflection of the live show that we've been living for two years,” he adds. “So when you create an album in the middle of a world tour, like In Pieces was, then I think this is what you get.”  

Garth and Trisha wrap up their sold-out run in Edmonton, Alberta this weekend.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Ricky Skaggs headlines this year’s annual Jammin’ to Beat the Blues benefit April 4 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Proceeds help Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee.

Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers will pay tribute to Kenny Rogers Wednesday night, as he’s honored with the Lifetime Achievement honor at the 2017 Texas Medal of Arts Awards in Austin.

Angaleena Presley’s sophomore album will include tunes she co-wrote both with her Pistol Annies band mates Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe, as well as with Chris StapletonWrangled comes out April 21.

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ABC/Image Group LAHunter Hayes wants to take you into a new dimension. He’s partnered with YouTube to offer a new virtual reality version of his latest single, “Yesterday’s Song.”

If you hadn’t guessed it already, the multi-instrumentalist is also a bit of a techno-geek.

“Anyone who knows me knows how much I love technology,” he confesses, “and I’m constantly amazed by all of the things we can do with just the click of a button. The fact that we can bring fans into the room with us… and actually share an experience with them using virtual reality technology opens up a whole new world for us.”

Be prepared to experience at least half-a-dozen hardworking versions of Hunter as you check out the 360-degree cut of “Yesterday’s Song” on YouTube.

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ABC/Image Group LA With less than a week to go before the release of their new album, The BreakerLittle Big Town is taking fans inside the studio for a sneak peek at one of their new tunes.

You can sample the band’s black-and-white clip of the Jimi-Westbrook-fueled ballad, “When Someone Stops Loving You,” on social media.  You can also check out the full version of the song in an audio-only post on YouTube, or download it via the usual digital outlets.

The eighth studio album from the foursome is due next Friday, the same day the band kicks off their Little Big Town at the Mother Church residency at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

The Breaker’s Taylor-Swift-penned lead single, “Better Man,” is poised to be #1 at that time.

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'When Someone Stops Loving You' #TheBreaker https://t.co/zjdUpTLWiH pic.twitter.com/ngVRJLrLxT

— Little Big Town (@littlebigtown) February 17, 2017

 

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ABC/Image Group LAMusic City can’t get enough of Luke Bryan. Fans quickly snapped up all the tickets to his May 5 tour kickoff in Nashville, so the four-time Entertainer of the Year is adding a second date.

Luke will also play Saturday, May 6 at the Bridgestone Arena. Tickets for the new show go on sale next Friday, February 24.

Brett Eldredge and newcomer Adam Craig will open both concerts on the Huntin’, Fishin’ & Lovin’ Every Day trek. 

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Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban and Carrie Underwood team up for their new video for “The Fighter,” but they also have a pretty spectacular co-star, thanks to director John Urbano.

“John said, ‘I know this girl who dances,’” Keith recalls, “’sort of street dancing, I don’t even know what it is,’ but it was so good and John said ‘listen to the song and watch her dance at the same time’ and they just went together so incredibly well…” the 7-time ACM nominee observes.

The street dancing scenes are juxtaposed against Keith and Carrie’s performance, which was inspired by the lighting and the look of a photograph of a Muhammad Ali/Joe Frazier fight from the seventies.

You can check out both the music video for “The Fighter” and a behind-the-scenes feature on YouTube now.  

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Courtesy of Broken Bow RecordsSure, there are lyric videos and music videos, but Dustin Lynch has found a new way to showcase his latest single, “Small Town Boy.”  You can check out the "driver's-side mirror version" of the second release from his forthcoming new album on YouTube.

On Thursday, Dustin teased the arrival of the new song with a video of him getting into a classic pickup truck and turning on the radio. On Friday, he followed with a new clip of him singing the tune solely in the mirror as he cruises down the road.  

“’’Small Town Boy’ is about being in love with someone for who they are and what makes them unique,” he says. “I grew up in the small town of Tullahoma, Tennessee, and that town made me who I am. It’s somewhere I long to always go back to and visit…” he adds, “my family is still there.”

You can download “Small Town Boy” now at the usual digital outlets. Dustin continues on Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots Tour the first part of this year, before joining Brad Paisley on his Life Amplified trek in May.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty years ago, this George Strait record became the first one ever to debut at #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. Can you name it? ANSWER:  Ocean Front Property.

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Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley’s eleventh studio album now has a new release date. Originally set for March 3, Love & War will now be available on April 21.

Arista Nashville also unveiled the project’s cover, featuring a predominantly blue backdrop with Brad playing his electric guitar next to a red amp. In an atypical move, the West Virginia native is not wearing his hat on the cover -- but it’s hovering near his head.

Love and War’s current release, “Today,” is a top-five hit. It’s not clear if Brad’s previous single with Demi Lovato, “Without a Fight,” will appear on the album.

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ABC/Image Group LAGiven Taylor Swift’s reputation for writing songs about her exes, it seems reasonable to wonder exactly which of her boyfriends might have inspired Little Big Town’s hit “Better Man.” But if you’re thinking the CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year might know the answer to that question -- well, they say you’re dead wrong.  

“The great thing is we don't know who she wrote it about and I never want to know!” Karen Fairchild quips.

“Yeah, I don't know,” Phillip Sweet agrees.

“We specifically didn't ask!” Jimi Westbrook laughs.

The motivation for the soon-to-be-number-one song aside,  Little Big Town grows excited at the prospect of someday performing their Taylor-Swift-penned hit with the superstar.

“Oh sure!” Kimberly Schlapman exclaims.

“Well that would be awesome,” Karen says.

“That would be amazing,” her husband Jimi agrees.

 “… I mean, it would be great to experience that with her. I have no idea if that could happen, but that would be really fun,” Karen ponders.

“Yeah, that would be cool to collaborate with her…” Phillip says, relishing the idea. “Yes, we would love that!”

“We'll just put it out into the world right now,” Karen offers, settling the issue.

“Better Man” is the lead single from LBT’s new album, The Breaker, which comes out next Friday, the same day the foursome kicks off their residency at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

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CMTIf you missed Thursday night’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, you missed the most shocking 60 minutes in the show’s five-season history.

Even with a restraining order, Rayna Jaymes’ stalker made bail and returned to haunt her family. In the midst of the increased stress, the country music icon still managed to be there for her daughter Daphne as she got her first period, rescuing her at school and comforting her at home later.

The tension eased between Rayna and Maddie, as the apprehensive mother warmed toward her older daughter’s talented boyfriend Clay. While she stopped short of offering him a record deal on her label, she told him to come by Highway 65 for some advice.

Juliette Barnes continued to fight back from her paralysis after her near-fatal plane crash, focusing on making her gospel album with the choir from Hallie Jordan’s church. Even though Hallie warned her that the African-American choir might not take kindly to a rich white woman telling them how to make music, Juliette persisted -- and accidentally showed them the old, obstinate Juliette who’d been such a tabloid favorite. In the end, she returned to apologize and all was well.

Scarlett O’Connor did her best to move past her attraction to video director Damien George, but the chemistry proved too strong. The on-again off-again romance between the musical partners The Exes was officially off, after Scarlett told Gunnar Scott she felt numb to him and wasn’t ready to be with anyone right now. It was a feeling that quickly passed, as a new Scarlett made her way to the director’s hotel and the relationship was consummated.

With tighter security, Rayna felt safe working inside her office at Highway 65 with her detail posted outside. What the label head didn’t realize was that her stalker had hidden in a closet overnight, and was waiting to take her hostage at knifepoint. Rayna seemed to be making progress talking with the troubled man, and managed to call 911. When he realized what she had done, he was enraged and his knife was at the singer’s throat. In a flash of activity, police swept in and saved her.

A sobbing Rayna managed to call her unaware husband from the back of the police car as she headed to safety. Rayna was on the phone with Deacon Claybourne as an oncoming truck smashed into her door, impacting the vehicle exactly where Rayna was sitting.

Find out what happens next, when a new episode of Nashville airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.  

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kenny Chesney’s The Big Revival and Life on a Rock have both been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, while Lucky Old Sun and Welcome to the Fishbowl are now officially Platinum.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love was awarded the Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program at the 25th Annual Movieguide Awards in Hollywood. Its predecessor, 2015’s Coat of Many Colors, picked up the same honor last year.

Sony Nashville has signed country trio Levon to a long-term recording contract.

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ABC/Image Group LAJon Pardi has the third top-ten hit of his career with “Dirt on My Boots” right now, on the heels of his first #1, “Head Over Boots.” The California Sunrise singer is also relishing his very first Academy of Country Music Awards nod, though he admits his boots were in the bed when his name was called in the New Male Vocalist category Thursday.

“When I found out I was nominated, I was sleeping, and I woke up to about 30 texts. So you could say it was a good morning,” he laughs.

The Golden State native says the recognition means even more to him, because he stuck to his guns to get here.

“Getting nominated is amazing. It's a great feeling,” Jon says. “You know, I stuck to being myself and who I wanted to be, and not changing, and to be recognized for that is awesome.”

Though he’s certainly no stranger to the Las Vegas-based show, Jon expects this will be his best trip to Sin City yet.

“I've been to the ACMs about five times,” he recalls, “so I'm really looking forward to this one! It's always a good time and it's just gonna be a good party. It always is!” he adds.

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