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ABC/Craig SjodinWant to know more about the next season of American Idol? Well, all you have to do is ask Luke Bryan.

Luke’s been busy shooting new episodes of the show as he wraps up the final few dates on his What Makes You Country Tour. On Wednesday at some point, he’ll be answering questions on the Idol Twitter page. If you have one, all you need to do is tweet it, adding the hashtag #AskLuke.

On Thursday, Luke plays Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, before wrapping up his 2018 concerts with a Saturday night stadium show at Detroit’s Ford Field.

By next Tuesday, he’ll be back with the Idol judges, as he guests with Lionel Richie and Katy Perry on Live with Kelly and Ryan. You can catch the show after Good Morning America on most ABC stations.

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ABC/Image Group LA It seems likely we won’t have to wait much longer for new music from Lady Antebellum.

“2019 is going to be big…” Lady A teased fans Tuesday on their socials, along with a new, short video clip of the band. In it, we see Hillary ScottCharles Kelley, and Dave Haywood dressed in Great Gatsby-era glamour, behind vintage mics in a theater from the same time frame. It ends with the word, "Tomorrow."

Tuesday evening, Lady A’s also planning an industry-only event at a Nashville-area venue that’s likely the same place where the new footage was shot.

Early last month, we found out the “Heart Break” hitmakers were leaving their longtime label, Capitol Nashville, to sign with its rival, Big Machine.

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Courtesy of At Large Magazine / Credit: Cole CameronEarlier in his career, Midland’s Mark Wystrach modeled for Calvin Klein. Now, he’s getting back to his fashion roots with bandmates Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson, in the new music issue of At Large Magazine.

This time, however, Mark isn’t showing off his Calvins for the men’s independent fashion magazine. The trio’s showcasing their vintage 70’s western style in a new profile shot at a performance in Ft. Loramie, Ohio this summer. You can check out the profile that describes Mark as “George Strait channeling Freddie Mercury” at AtLargeMagazine.com.

Wednesday, Midland kicks off their Electric Rodeo headlining trek in Tucson, Arizona, before continuing on Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes Tour for the rest of the weekend.

The “Burn Out” hitmakers are nominated for New Artist, Vocal Group, and Single for “Drinkin’ Problem” at next month’s CMA Awards.  

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Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell was out performing for his fans when he found out “Break Up in the End” has claimed the #1 spot on the Mediabase chart this week, making it the eighth chart topper of his career.

“My fans are the best and I was so excited to be on the road celebrating with them this past weekend…” the Georgia native reflects. “There is so much work that goes in to the successes of all artists and I never take that for granted and am reminded each time I see one of my songs make it to #1.”

“I have been blessed with not only the best fans who allow me to do this for a living,” Cole adds, “but I have a team that continues to believe in me and my music. It can’t get much better than that. Thank you all!”

“Break Up in the End” is the lead single from Cole’s #1 album, All of It.

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ABC/Image Group LAFor the second year in a row, Aaron Watson is bringing a taste of the Lone Star State to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

The “Outta Style” hitmaker will headline A Night of Texas January 24 at the historic Music City venue.

“It is such an honor to headline the iconic Ryman stage again,” the staple of the Texas music scene says. “What a way to kick off the new year!”

“We had such a great time last year and we are excited to bring another night of Texas to Nashville in 2019,” he adds.

Tickets for A Night of Texas at the Ryman go on sale this Friday. Aaron expects to announce the full details of his 2019 tour soon.

Earlier this month, Aaron released his first holiday album, An Aaron Watson Family Christmas.

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ABC/Mark LevineLuke Combs sets a new record this week, as his latest hit, “She Got the Best of Me,” ascends to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay chart: Luke’s the first solo artist to send his first four releases to #1 since the chart’s beginning in 1990.

The North Carolina native’s impressive run started with “Hurricane” in May of last year, continuing with “When It Rains It Pours” and “One Number Away.”

“She Got the Best of Me” also happens to be the fastest-rising song of Luke’s career, making it to #1 in only 16 weeks.  

The new feat puts Luke in some pretty impressive company: both Florida Georgia Line and Brooks & Dunn  went to #1 with their first four singles as well.

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Comstock/Thinkstock This Country Music Hall of Famer was on the very first cover of Men's Health, back in the winter of 1988. Can you name him? ANSWER: Randy Travis.

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Warner Music NashvilleCole Swindell marks the eighth #1 of his career this week with "Break Up in the End."  Even though it's not a song he wrote, the Georgia native confesses that it's very personal for him, and brings one specific relationship to mind.

"From when I was in college to now, I've dated people," Cole reveals. "But, you know, there is one in particular -- and who knows how it really will end? -- Yeah, there's one that I think of when I hear this song, and I don't like saying names or being too specific, but I think they would feel the same when they heard it."

Even though it's called "Break Up in the End," Cole admits he likes to think the couple in the song ultimately ends up together.

"You don't know," he points out. "It says 'I'd do it over and over again and again.' So maybe it's never over. Maybe they work it out."

"That's the beauty of songs," he adds. "You know, you leave 'em wondering, like, it does say you break up, but do they? Do they get back together? You don't really know. It's just the end of the song, not the end of the story. So that's a cool thing of it."  

This week, Cole's Reason to Drink... Another tour stops in Missoula and Bozeman, Montana on Thursday and Friday, before playing Bismarck, North Dakota on Saturday.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Luke Bryan will guest on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, October 30, along with fellow American Idol judges Lionel Richie and Katy PerryLive airs after Good Morning America on most ABC stations.

William Michael Morgan is teasing a new track that'll be available to stream or download on Friday.

You can check out Russell Dickerson's lyric video for his new single, "Billions," on YouTube now.

If you missed Maddie & Tae doing their latest single, "Friends Don't," on the Today show, you can check out their performance online.

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BMLGFlorida Georgia Line will follow up their #1, “Simple,” with the track “Talk You Out of It.”

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley originally released the song back in July, as a preview of their forthcoming fourth album.

“‘Talk You Out of It’ has a very different feel for us… It’s the baby-making song on the album,” Tyler laughs. “But really, BK and I are always challenging ourselves creatively and knew that we had to record it when we first heard it."
 
“The vibe was just so money,” Brian agrees. “Nothing like a good date night in!”

“Talk You Out of It” is available to stream or download now, and you can check out its lyric video on YouTube as well.

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BMLGFlorida Georgia Line will follow up their #1, “Simple,” with the track “Talk You Out of It.”

Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley originally released the song back in July, as a preview of their forthcoming fourth album.

“‘Talk You Out of It’ has a very different feel for us… It’s the baby-making song on the album,” Tyler laughs. “But really, BK and I are always challenging ourselves creatively and knew that we had to record it when we first heard it."
 
“The vibe was just so money,” Brian agrees. “Nothing like a good date night in!”

“Talk You Out of It” is available to stream or download now, and you can check out its lyric video on YouTube as well.

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ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley will executive-produce a new single-camera comedy set in a Nashville bar, according to Variety.

It’s a topic the Arizona native knows a thing or two about, since he regularly played the honky tonks on the Music City stretch known as Lower Broadway before being discovered.  On top of that, Dierks now runs one of his own establishments in that area: Whiskey Row.

The show will be written and executive produced by Last Man Standing creator Jack Burditt. Dierks’ manager, Mary Hilliard Harrington, will be an EP on the show as well.  

Right now, the show has a pilot commitment from Fox.

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Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert duets with Dolly Parton on the new version of her first hit, 1966’s “Dumb Blonde,” for the soundtrack of the new Netflix film Dumplin’.

Bluegrass powerhouse Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, rocker Elle King, pop star Sia, and R&B’s Mavis Staples and Macy Gray join Dolly on the album too, as do the film’s stars, Jennifer Aniston and Danielle MacDonald.

In the movie, MacDonald plays a teen who finds inspiration in Dolly’s music, as she rebels against the beauty pageant culture embraced by her mother, who’s portrayed by Aniston.

The 12-track album includes re-recordings of six Parton classics, as well as six new songs she crafted with writer/producer Linda Perry. The streaming version of the project will include both the original versions and remixes of Dolly’s songs from the movie.

The new song, “Girl in the Movies,” has already been nominated for Best Original Song from a Feature Film at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. It’ll be available to stream or download on November 2.

So far, we don’t know when Dumplin’ will premiere on Netflix. Here’s the complete track listing for the soundtrack, which comes out November 30:

“Girl in the Movies”
“Push & Pull” (with Jennifer Aniston & Danielle MacDonald)
“Here I Am” (with Sia)
“Dumb Blonde” (with Miranda Lambert)
“Why” (with Mavis Staples)
“If We Don’t” (with Rhonda Vincent and Alison Krauss)
“Red Shoes”
“Holdin’ On to You” (with Elle King)
“Here You Come Again” (with Willa Amal)
“Who”
“Jolene” (New String Mix)
“Two Doors Down” (with Macy Gray featuring Dorothy)

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ABC/Randy HolmesFirst came Dan Shay the album, and next year, Dan Shay The Tour will follow.

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are set to launch their new headlining trek February 28 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Label mate Morgan Evans will join the “Tequila” hitmakers for the first leg of the tour, with Chris Lane taking his place at the end of March.

Later this month, Dan Shay join the fall leg of Chris Young’s Losing Sleep World Tour.

Pre-sales for Dan Shay The Tour are underway now, with tickets becoming available to the general public on Friday. Here’s the complete itinerary:

2/28 -- New Orleans, LA, Harrah’s New Orleans
3/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Coca-Cola Roxy
3/8 -- Hartford, CT, Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
3/9 -- Philadelphia, PA, Fillmore Philadelphia
3/14 -- Birmingham, AL, Alabama Theatre
3/15 -- St. Augustine, FL, St. Augustine Amphitheatre
3/16 -- North Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
3/21 -- Omaha, NE, Orpheum Theatre
3/22 -- Minneapolis, MN, The Armory
3/29 -- Madison, WI, The Sylvee
3/30 -- Chicago, IL, Rosemont Theatre
3/31 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
4/11 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
4/13 -- Boise, ID, Revolution Concert House Event Center
4/15 -- Portland, OR, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
4/16 -- Spokane, WA, Fox Theatre
4/17 -- Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
4/19 -- Edmonton, AB, Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
4/20 -- Calgary, AB, Macewan Hall, University of Calgary

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Columbia NashvilleTim McGraw has teamed up with world-renowned “light painter” Patrick Rochon to create a unique lyric video for his latest hit, “Neon Church.”

“We wanted to give the fans something really special with this lyric video,” Tim says, “and we were blown away with Patrick's work. He’s an artist who uses light as paint and darkness as a canvas. That couldn’t be more perfect for ‘Neon Church.’”

You can check out the first-of-its-kind lyric video on YouTube now.

Both “Neon Church” and the new track “Thought About You” are from Tim’s new album, which is expected sometime in 2019.

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Mickey Bernal/Getty ImagesLauren Alaina’s stepfather passed away this weekend after battling cancer.

“My stepdad, Sam, went to heaven at one o’clock this morning,” she shared on Instagram on Sunday, along with a photo with her family after she won the ACM New Female Vocalist trophy this year.

“He was the purest example of how to love and live life fully…” she added. “We are only here for a short amount of time, and we have to live like there is no tomorrow.”

“I want us to all be a little more like Sam,” Lauren went on. “He was strong. He was the most compassionate person in the world. He would go without to help a stranger. He was a great dad.”

Lauren took the weekend off from the Reason to Drink… Another Tour with Cole Swindell and Dustin Lynch to be with her family. She closed her note by thanking her fans for their support.

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Trae Patton/NBCTonight on The VoiceKeith Urban continues supporting Blake Shelton in Part 3 of the Battle Rounds.

The Aussie superstar -- and former American Idol judge -- was all too happy to help out on the show that was once his TV rival.

"I had a blast doing it," Keith says. "I love that side of it. You know, I love being able to try and offer any advice, feedback, insight, guidance -- anything -- to a lot of these guys and girls who haven't had that opportunity, haven't been around people who can give them specific help, you know."

"But I loved it," he adds. "Blake was fun to work with."

After being in the trenches with Team Blake, Keith says his relationship with the Oklahoma native is even deeper.

"I like Blake a lot. I liked him even more after spending that whole day with him and getting to know him a little bit more," he admits.

"I realized I didn't know him that well. You know, I've never really spent any time with him. So I really enjoyed it."

Thomas Rhett's helping Blake's rival Kelly Clarkson during the Battles. You can watch for TR and Keith both Monday and Tuesday night starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The Knockout Rounds start on Monday, October 29. 

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Comstock/Thinkstock Fifty years ago this month, this late, great Country Music Hall of Famer won both Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist at the very first televised CMA Awards. Can you name him? ANSWER: Glen Campbell.

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ABC RadioGarth BrooksDierks Bentley, and Chris Stapleton turned out to induct Ricky Skaggs into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday in Nashville.

The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year started the tribute to Skaggs in the Hall’s CMA Theater, singing Ricky’s #1 from 1983, “Highway 40 Blues.” Dierks performed the honoree’s subsequent single, the #2 hit, “You’ve Got a Lover.”

Ricky mouthed the words “Oh my god,” as fellow Kentuckian -- and three-time CMA Male Vocalist of the Year -- Chris Stapleton surprised him to sing the bluegrass classic, “The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn,” a song he recorded will Emmylou Harris.

It was Garth himself who inducted Ricky into the Hall, recalling how a friend questioned whether Skaggs was more “country” or “bluegrass.”

"I said, 'Are you kidding me?... Any man who'll step up the mic and say "If you're gonna cheat on me, don't cheat in our hometown" -- People, that's countrier than a biscuit right there!'" Garth recalled, as the crowd roared with laughter.

It was one of the museum’s priceless treasures that stole the show, however, as the Hall brought out Bill Monroe’s irreplaceable mandolin for Ricky to play the traditional closing number, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”

Ricky first played the Father of Bluegrass’s instrument when he was a six-year-old musical prodigy, and years later promised Monroe he’d keep the art form he’d created alive. As Ricky closed the ceremony playing his famed mandolin, there was no doubt he’d made good on his vow.

Larry GatlinSteve WarinerJeannie Seely and Brenda Lee helped usher the late Dottie West into the Hall’s hallowed ranks, with her daughter -- and fellow country star -- Shelly West accepting the honor with her siblings.

Famed fiddle player Johnny Gimble was inducted into the Hall as well.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Maddie & Tae are set to sing their latest single, "Friends Don't," Monday on the Today show. You can watch for them starting at 7 a.m. on NBC. 

Trace Adkins is this year's big name at Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas in Nashville. He'll headline A Trace Adkins Christmas featuring songs from his 2013 holiday album The King's Giftstarting November 16 and running through December 25.

"Burning House" hitmaker Cam duets with the late Roy Orbison on Unchained Melodies: Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  The two are heard together on the track "Heartbreak Radio." The new project, which comes out November 16, matches the legendary singer's original vocals with new orchestrations from the London-based musicians.

"Drunk Me" hitmaker Mitchell Tenpenny has recorded "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for the 2018 season. It's available to stream or download now.

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