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Martina McBride Scores Fifth #1 on Country Albums Chart with "Everlasting"


Congratulations to Martina McBride on earning her fifth #1 on Billboard's Country Albums chart with Everlasting this week. The project comes in at #7 on the overall Billboard 200 chart, giving Martina her best showing on that chart since 2007's Waking Up Laughing debuted at #4.

Everlasting marks a departure for Martina as she delves into R&B covers with a little help from Kelly Clarkson and Gavin DeGraw.

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Lady Antebellum and Kip Moore Exchange Gifts as He Leaves Take Me Downtown Tour


Capitol NashvilleLady Antebelum and Kip Moore exchanged gifts at the end of his run on the Take Me Downtown tour. Kip got each member of Lady A a bottle of their favorite booze, and Lady A presented Kip with a waterproof watch so he won't lose track of time while surfing.

Lady A's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood told Kip that Kenny Chesney gave them their first watches back when opened for him. The guys wanted to continue that tradition with Kip, and he joked, "I'll make sure to only put it on when I see you guys."

Lady A's tour continues through the summer. Kip joins Tim McGraw's Sundown Heaven Town tour starting next month.

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Blake Shelton Hopes to Get all the Liquor in Reported Divorce from Miranda Lambert


CMABlake Shelton and Miranda Lambert took to Twitter Wednesday to poke more fun at the endless tabloid stories claiming that they're headed for a split. He said, "Me & @mirandalambert are reading about our separation. I hope I get all the liquor in the divorce!" Miranda tweeted back, "AND the imaginary baby?!"

A fan then asked Miranda, "Don't you guys separate every 6 months and have a baby every 3 months?" She replied, "Yes it's very exhausting!!"

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Dierks Hitting Both Coasts to Film a Video and Support His Wife in the Boston Marathon


Photo Credit: Nino MunozDierks Bentley is hitting both coasts this week. First up, he's headed out to Los Angeles to film the video for his latest single, "Drunk on a Plane." After that shoot wrap, Dierks flies back across the country to cheer on his wife, Cassidy, in the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21.

Dierks tweeted his plans for the week along with the hashtag #BostonStrong in honor of those affected by the bombing at last year's race.

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Taylor Swift Posts Video Blog Documenting Super-Fan Gena Gabrielle's Bridal Shower


Instagram via Gena GabrielleTaylor Swift has posted a video blog of her weekend trip to Ohio to attend her super-fan Gena Gabrielle's bridal shower. Taylor documented the entire visit including the moment she surprised Gena with a handmade, framed sign, a Kitchen Aid mixer, fine cookware and homemade chocolate chip cookies among other items.

Gena got more than 100 text messages from friends and family once word got out Taylor was at the bridal shower. Even though Taylor is 24 years old, this is the first bridal shower she's ever attended.

Taylor ended the video with a message to Gena saying, "Thank you for inviting me to your bridal shower, and for me into your life. (Since 2007!!!)."

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Jake Owen Teams Up with Discover Boating to Present the Days of Gold Tour


RCA NashvilleJake Owen's Days of Gold tour is designed to give fans the experience of being on the water, so it's only natural the Discover Boating campaign has signed on as the trek's presenting tour sponsor. Jake will share his own stories of boating in the organization's Stories of Discovery video series as part of the tour.

Jake says, "People boat to get away. The same way people come to our concerts. People like to get away from reality sometimes and as real as this beautiful land of ours is, being out on a boat can take you away to a different sort of reality."

The Discover Boating campaign is presented by the Recreational Boating Industry. More information is available at DiscoverBoating.com. To see where Jake is playing next, visit JakeOwen.net.

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Kenny Chesney's most recent studio album? ANSWER: Life on a Rock.

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Dan + Shay Bonded Over Music and Horror Movies


Warner Music NashvilleDan Shay's Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney met at a party just over a year ago, and they've been hanging out together making music ever since.

Shay tells ABC News Radio, " I think the reason that this whole thing has worked out is we have that mutual respect musically and just as people. We like hanging out and that's kind of how it started out."

In addition to making music together, Dan and Shay love watching movies during their downtime on the road. Shay's a huge fan of comedies like Anchorman, while Dan prefers blockbusters like The Dark Knight Rises. They find some middle ground on horror movies though.

Dan says, "We're always like, 'You wanna watch a horror film?' That's our thing. But I love The Ring. That's a scary one. It still holds up. I'm still terrified of that one."

Shay adds, "We'll have to watch The Ring pretty soon. We're actually gonna screen it instead of performing. We're just gonna watch The Ring. It's gonna be fun."

In all seriousness, Dan Shay will be singing songs from their just-released debut album, Where It All Began, Thursday night in Huntsville, AL.

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Hunter Hayes Not Ready to Reveal Who Is Inspiring the Love Songs on Upcoming Album, "Storyline"


Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes admits both the happy and sad love songs on his upcoming album, Storyline, are mostly inspired by his personal experiences. He's just not ready to reveal exactly who inspired those songs just yet.

When asked why he keeps his personal life under wraps, Hunter explains, "I've bared my soul on this record. That's my choice for my life. Anyone that is connected to me doesn't necessarily make those choices, so I guess I just -- I respect them."

It doesn't look like Hunter will reveal the name of anyone he's dating until things turn pretty serious in the relationship.

He adds, "They don't ask to be written about and they don't ask to be talked about in interviews. So, I just kind of prefer to respect that, until otherwise noted -- until otherwise it feels like that's right."

For now, it seems the main love in Hunter's life remains his music.

"Seriously, it does come down to me just being pretty boring," Hunter says. "I mean, the only thing for me to really talk about is music, and that's fine with me."

Hunter's new album, Storyline, is due out May 6 featuring his latest single, "Invisible."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrad Paisley has signed on guest star on the season 11 finale of CBS's Two and a Half Men on May 8, according to TV Guide. His wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, is guest-starring on a multi-episode story arc this season.

Dolly Parton will release a limited seven-inch blue vinyl single on Record Store Day this Saturday at independent record stores. The single features the new songs "Blue Smoke" and "Home."

Kenny Chesney tweeted a picture from the recording studio where he's working on his new album this week. We'll keep you posted on when to expect that new music.

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70,000 Tickets Sold for 50th Annual ACM Awards and Party for a Cause Next April


ACMAll 70,000 tickets for the 50th Annual ACM Awards and the ACM Party for a Cause music event in Arlington, TX sold out just 18 minutes after going on sale this week.  The awards show will take place April 19, 2015 at AT&T Stadium while the ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music & Memories event is set for April 17 and 18, 2015 at Globe Life Park.

A few seats may open up closer to the event date. Fans who sign up for the free ACM A-List at ACMCountry.com will be notified first about that availability. Artists appearing at these events will be announced at a later date.

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Kip Moore's Latest Single, "Dirt Road," Is Already a Fan-Favorite


MCA NashvilleKip Moore has been road-testing new songs for his upcoming album, and his new single, "Dirt Road," passed with flying colors.

He says, "I actually worked it up with the band on the road and we played it live that same night.  We did that with a lot of the new songs and in a way the live crowds helped shape this album because of that."

Kip especially loves the groove of "Dirt Road," which will be included on Kip's new album, due out later this year.  He'll be playing it live this summer on Tim McGraw's Sundown Heaven Town tour starting May 8.

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Zac Brown Band Adds New Member in Time for Upcoming Summer Tour


CMAZac Brown Band has added an eighth member just in time for their Great American Road Trip starting next month. Matt Mangano has joined the group on bass, leaving bassist and vocalist John Driskell Hopkins free to play other instruments. Matt previously toured as a guitarist with John Mayer and is also featured on Zac Brown Band's latest album, Uncaged. He appears on their live DVD, Pass the Jar, too.

Zac Brown Band's upcoming tour includes two sold-out shows at Boston's Fenway Park June 27 and 28. Kacey Musgraves will join the trek May 29 through June 1, too.

Here are Zac Brown Band's Summer Tour Dates:

5/24 -- Lincoln, NE, Pinnacle Bank Arena
5/29 - 5/30 -- Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
5/31 - 6/1 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
6/5 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Amphitheater at the Wharf
6/6 -- Pelham, AL, Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
6/7 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
6/12 -- Charlotte, NC, PNC Music Pavilion
6/13 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
6/14 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
6/19 - 6/20 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
6/21 -- Forest Hills, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
6/22 -- Bristow, VA, Jiffy Lube Live
6/27 - 6/28 -- Boston, MA, Fenway Park
7/3 -- Milwaukee, WI, Summerfest - Marcus Amphitheater
7/10 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
7/12 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
7/13 -- Noblesville, IN, Klipsch Music Center
7/16 -- Paso Robles, CA, Midstate Fair
7/20 -- Lake Tahoe, NV, Harvey's Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena
8/2 -- Camrose, ABC (CAN) Big Valley Jamboree
8/4 -- Sturgis, SC, Buffalo Chip
8/9 -- Detroit Lakes, MN, WE Fest
8/15 -- Endicott, NY, Dick's Sporting Goods Open

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Keith Urban's "American Idol" Dressing Room Leaves a Lot to Be Desired


FOXKeith Urban isn't exactly living the good life on the American Idol set this season.

In the hilarious first installment of the new Idol Chatter video series, Keith reveals he's making do with a small U-Haul trailer in the parking lot as his American Idol dressing room. The cramped quarters are located next to fellow Idol stars Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest and Harry Connick Jr.'s luxury trailers. Keith's U-Haul is decked out with a folding chair, a banana, a guitar, and a hanging rack for his signature t-shirts.

Keith blames his small quarters on a "communication mix-up," but he insists he's not upset about it. He makes the best of it by listening to his hit, "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," on his "boombox," which turns out to be his iPhone in a red Solo cup to amplify the sound.

See if Keith's rough surroundings affect his judging abilities on American Idol Wednesday night at 8:00 ET on FOX.

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Country Star Trivia


Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Justin Moore's middle name? ANSWER: Cole.

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Justin Moore Just Says No to Talking Politics in Public


Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is an open book on most topics, but you won't find him speaking out on politics. It's not that Justin isn't interested in what's going on in Washington, D.C.

He says, "I think the older you get and the more responsibility you have, and in particular, the more responsibility you have for your kids and your family, I think you get into it a little more. I like to keep up with what’s goin’ on. I like to be informed."

Of course, Justin has his own opinions about how the country should be run, but he can respect people with different opinions, too. For his part, Justin prefers to keep the focus on his music over his political positions.

"Whether or not you can really express your opinions, when you have a job in the spotlight, I think you have to very careful about it," Justin says. "I just kinda keep it under the vest and kinda roll along and try not to tick anybody off."

Justin continues his Off the Beaten Path tour Tuesday night in Springfield, MA.

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Nashville Notes


Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockVince Gill, Lee Ann Womack and Ricky Skaggs are performing at the grand opening for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's new exhibit space Tuesday afternoon in Nashville.

More than 44,000 fans attended Rock the Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival over the weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  Eric Church and Luke Bryan were the headliners.

Kip Moore's new single, "Dirt Road," has been delivered to country radio.

Kacey Musgraves received her two Grammy awards in the mail Monday.

Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard has a new puppy named Harley, who he describes as "the freshest pup on the block."

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Randy Houser Explains His "Slightly Creepy" Love Song, "Goodnight Kiss"


Stoney Creek RecordsRandy Houser continues his string of romantic hits with "Goodnight Kiss," but he admits this one is more forward than his recent #1 hits, "Runnin' Outta Moonlight" and "How Country Feels."

"Yeah, we're definitely taking things probably, slightly creepy fast in that song," Randy tells ABC News Radio. "We just wrote it about thinking about that nervous energy whenever you're trying to build up the courage to get your first kiss on a date or waiting 'til the end of the night for the good stuff."

Instead, Randy suggests he and his lady get to the good stuff earlier in the evening in "Goodnight Kiss."

He adds with a laugh, "You know, have fun and then go play. That's kinda creepy, isn't it?"

"Goodnight Kiss" is included on Randy's latest album, How Country Feels, available now.

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"Nashville" Tour Sells Out Three Shows, Adds Philadelphia Date


ABCThe Nashville concert tour is a big hit. Tickets for the trek's stops in Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C. sold out within minutes of going on sale earlier this month. Now, the cast of the ABC TV hit has added another concert date: Monday, May 5 at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia.

Nashville stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack will perform at all concerts. Will Chase joins them for the May 6 show in Manhattan.

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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Bid Farewell to Las Vegas Residency


VenetianTim McGraw and Faith Hill closed out their Soul2Soul residency at The Venetian in Las Vegas Saturday night, and Faith took to Twitter to mark the occasion.

"We would like to thank the incredible staff & crew at The Venetian for their hard work and hospitality during both runs of #soul2soul," Faith posted,  She also thanked the fans who came out to see the shows: "It was a thrill getting to perform for you all on that stage."

Faith is featured on Tim's new single, "Meanwhile Back at Mama's." That song is included on Tim's upcoming album, Sundown Heaven Town, due out September 16.

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