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ABC/Image Group LACBS is putting a celebrity spin on its reality hit Undercover Boss, and Darius Rucker will be the first star to try out the new take on the show.

Using state-of-the-art prosthetic makeup, the series will disguise the Hootie & the Blowfish front man as he heads to Austin, Texas to look for new talent. Along the way, he’ll work as a roadie, host an open mic night, and scour Austin’s famed Sixth Street for stand-out street performers.

You can check out Darius’s episode of Celebrity Undercover Boss when it premieres May 12 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Brian Bowen Smith/NBCShania Twain’s new single “Life’s About to Get Good” is on the way in June, followed by her first album in 15 years in September.  

Fans will have the chance to hear the new song this Saturday night, as the Canadian superstar performs  it for the first time at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California.  

“I was at home looking out at the ocean,” Shania recalls of writing the tune, “and I said to myself, ‘Here I am stuck in this past of negativity, but it’s so beautiful out. I’m not in the mood to write a feeling-sorry-for-myself song.”

So the country/pop icon decided to channel that into her music.

“You can’t have the good without the bad,” she reflects. “And that’s what the song ended up being about.”

Shania has previously said she worked out many of her emotions surrounding her divorce from her husband and longtime collaborator, Mutt Lange, on the new record. So far, we don't know what the album will be called.

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Paul Morigi/Getty ImagesKellie Pickler will star in a new daytime talk show, executive-produced by Faith Hill, that’s set to debut this fall.

The as-yet-untitled lifestyle program will originate from Nashville, and be co-hosted by New York City-based journalist Ben Aaron, who's married to Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee.

“We will bring a little bit of southern charm and inspiration to our viewers, alongside insights from top tastemakers and experts in many areas,” Faith says.

“Kellie is very much southern while Ben is everything New York,” Faith adds. “Complete opposites, but together their chemistry is magic and our viewers are going to love them.”

The syndicated show will premiere on Monday, September 18.

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Bryan Kasm/HSNDuring the recent two-day launch of her new LaBellum line of fashions on HSN, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott sure left ‘em wanting more.

Eight of the items in Hillary’s collection instantly sold out, including a lace-up blouse and a faux-suede vest.

Though she’s surely used to success in the musical arena by now, the “You Look Good” hitmaker says her good fortune in fashion has left her stunned.

“I could not have asked for a warmer welcome to the whole experience…” Hillary says. “I was so excited that we sold out one piece, but to keep hearing that piece after piece was sold out just completely blew me away!”

You can peruse what’s left of the initial run of LaBellum at HSN.com now, but there’s also more on the way. Hillary will debut a new collection in July.

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ABC/Image Group LAIt looks like the man behind Madea is a big fan of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

“I saw one of the best concerts I’ve seen in years! Tim & Faith #Soul2Soul tour,” entertainment mogul Tyler Perry tweeted, after taking in this weekend’s Atlanta-area show.

“Trying to find another city to go again,” he added, along with a photo of both Tim and Faith onstage. “I love these two!”

“Great to see ya man,” Tim answered. “Come on out whenever you want!”

In addition to starring in the hit Madea movie franchise, Perry also writes, produces and directs multiple series for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel, including The Haves and the Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor.

Tyler’s next chances to see Tim and Faith are this week in St. Louis, Missouri; Louisville, Kentucky; and Indianapolis, Indiana.

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I saw one of the best concerts I've seen in years! Tim & Faith #Soul2Soul tour. Trying to find another city to go again. I love these two! pic.twitter.com/iyyYIGv2ed

— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) April 24, 2017

 

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Photo Courtesy Sony REDSara Evans is starting her own record label, and she expects to be back with a new album sometime this summer.

The new partnership with Sony is called Born to Fly Records, and it takes its name from Sara’s 2000 #1 hit.

“I love that the label is [called] ‘Born to Fly,’” she says. “I wrote that song about my own life, coming to Nashville and following my dreams.”

“It’s a dream come true to surround myself with my own team and truly embrace my entrepreneurial spirit…” she adds. “I can’t wait to share this new project with everyone!”

Sara scored her most recent hit when the title track from 2014’s Slow Me Down made it into the top-20. We should learn more about her upcoming eighth studio album in the next few weeks.

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ABC/Image Group LAIf you happen to be in New York City on May 1, you can check out Jason Aldean’s performance at Irving Plaza during National Concert Day. And if you’re really lucky, you may be able to land a $20 ticket to his They Don’t Know Tour this summer.

The ACM Entertainer of the Year is just one of the artists taking part in the kickoff to the summer concert season. Rock bands Foreigner, Nickelback and Daughtry are also set to take the stage, as well as hip-hop group The Roots and singer/songwriter Prince Royce.

National Concert Day also marks Live Nation’s commitment to make 1 million tickets available to some of its biggest tours for only $20. Brad Paisley, Brantley Gilbert, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Hank Williams Jr., Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, and Zac Brown Band are all part of the promotion.

Pre-sales start May 1, with the remainder of the affordable seats up for grabs between May 2-9. You can find out more at LiveNation.com/20Ticket.

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BMLGThis week, Brett Young lands the second top-10 of his career with “In Case You Didn’t Know.”  And in case you didn't know, the inspiration for the popular wedding song originally came from co-writer Trent Tomlinson’s mother.

“He said his mom always used to stop him on his way out the door and say, 'Hey Trent! In case you didn't know, I love you,’” Brett recalls.

“I thought, 'That's so how men are,’” he goes on. “We assume that people know all the time. We forget that it's as easy as saying, 'Hey, I love you!' So… we kept it really simple and we just wrote a love song.”

The California native says that by the time his debut single “Sleep Without You” hit #1, the right choice for his next release was obvious.

 “When I moved to Nashville, somebody said to me that the right song would raise its hand,” Brett remembers. “The EP was brand new, and people were already putting [‘In Case You Didn’t Know’] in their weddings."

“We hadn't even started talking about the next single before 'In Case You Didn't Know' was like, 'Hey! Pick me!'” he laughs. “So it was pretty nice to have that responsibility of picking taken out of our hands.” 

This summer, Brett heads out on the You Look Good World Tour with Lady Antebellum and Kelsea Ballerini.

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Comstock/ThinkstockStarting in 1989, Clint Black managed to send five songs from his debut album, Killin' Time, all the way to #1. Can you name the Texas native's first chart-topper? ANSWER:  "A Better Man."

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ABC/Mark LevineWhile we may not know many details about Sam Hunt’s recent super-private wedding to Hannah Lee Fowler, there’s one thing we do know for sure: according to Billboard, the newlywed officially has the #1 country song in America with "Body Like a Back Road." But when he was initially crafting the song, Sam admits he did have some reservations.

“I wanted to write it because I thought it was a fun song, but I didn’t know for sure if I wanted to put it out,” he explains. “I didn’t want it to come across as objectifying women or to lack depth… I had some concerns, but I tried to make it fun to offset any risks of those things happening."

But once “Body Like a Back Road” was done, Sam started to realize it might be even better than he’d suspected.

“When we finally finished it, it finally hit me…” he recalls, saying that he told himself, "Okay, wait a minute, maybe I underestimated the potential of this song. I think this could be a fun song and it will connect with folks."

"At that point," Sam remembers, "I was excited to put it out."  It's the first single from his forthcoming sophomore album.

The Georgia native is getting ready for his 15 in a 30 Tour this summer with Maren Morris, Chris Janson and Ryan Follese.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson stars in the new film Pure Country:  Pure Heart, which will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on August 1.

Clint Black is extending his On Purpose tour this summer, adding more than a dozen dates that kick off August 13 in Newton, New Jersey.

John Berry begins taping a new half-hour TV show next month at Douglas Corner in Nashville. Billy Dean, Neal McCoy, Suzy Bogguss and Billy Ray Cyrus are just some of the stars set to guest on Songs and Stories with John Berry, which will debut in July on various cable outlets.

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ABC/Image Group LAGeorge Strait’s experiment of playing sixty #1 hits over two nights went so well that he plans to do it again.

King George first tried out the new strategy earlier this month at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Now he plans to do it again when he next plays Sin City on July 28 and 29.

“Back when we announced 2 Nights of Number 1’s, I said if the fans wanted to hear more, we would look at it,” the Country Music Hall of Famer says. “Well, we heard them loud and clear. This is something they want more of, so that’s what they will get.”

Tickets for the July dates are on sale now at StraitToVegas.com. Cam is set to open the shows.

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ABC/Image Group LAZac Brown Band is adding four new dates to their Welcome Home Tour.

The Georgia-based band announced the new shows on social media, with tickets for the August and September concerts in Canada, Arkansas, and Texas going on sale this Friday.

ZBB will kick off their Welcome Home trek May 12 near Atlanta, on the same day their album of the same name comes out. Its first single, “My Old Man,” has already hit the top-20.

Here are the new additions to Zac Brown Band’s summer tour:

8/18 -- Vancouver, BC
9/14 -- Rogers, AR
9/16 -- Houston, TX
9/17 -- Austin, TX

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ABC/Image Group LABrad Paisley took the stage at the world-famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Sunday night in downtown Nashville, celebrating the release of Love and War, along with many of the superstars who appear on his new album.

Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer John Fogerty joined Brad for his ninety-minute-plus set, contributing his own hits, as well as the pair's anthem of support for America’s veterans, which is the record's title track. Country Music Hall-of-Famer Bill Anderson and hip-hop/R&B artist and super-producer Timbaland also stopped by to show off their contributions to Love and War.

Earlier in the evening, Brad unveiled the visual album that accompanies his eleventh studio effort, which is said to be the first of its kind in country music.

Brad also revealed he’ll be the face of Sarah Cannon’s Band Against Cancer campaign this year, with his #1 hit “Today” serving as its official song.  The organization that works to fight cancer is inspired by legendary Opry comedian Minnie Pearl, whose real name was Sarah Cannon.

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Comstock/ThinkstockJosh Turner sits at the top of the country chart this week with "Hometown Girl," but the South Carolina native's most recent prior #1 came with this song from 2010. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "All over Me."

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ABC/Image Group LAKenny Chesney isn’t just singing about a “Bar at the End of the World” these days, he’s looking for it as well.

The superstar from East Tennessee most recently engaged his wanderlust on an excursion to Europe.

“There’s a lot of places that I’m curious about,” Kenny says. “I love being a tourist. I went to Italy this past year and I loved it because I love to eat,” he laughs.

“I love red wine so it was a lot of fun. I grew up loving cheese, tomatoes,” the notorious fitness buff goes on. “All that’s in Italy. I love it and… I love being a tourist when I can be.”

Since he’s not mounting a full-fledged tour this summer, one of the rare chances to see Kenny this year comes this weekend at the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California. 

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Lady Antebellum will play the 19th Annual Grammy Block Party, May 2 in Nashville’s Cumberland Park, with Miranda Lambert’s beau, Anderson East, set to take the stage as well. The Recording Academy throws the private event every year for its members in Music City.

Charlie Worsham’s sophomore recording, Beginning of Things, is available now. The video for the album’s first single, “Cut Your Groove,” premiered on CMT this weekend.

The new album from Statler Brothers’ tenor Jimmy Fortune is now available nationally at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores. Jimmy Fortune: Sings the Classics features a guest appearance by Ricky Skaggs.

The latest project from Eli Young Band, Fingerprints, will be released June 16. It features the band’s latest single, “Skin & Bones.”

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MCA NashvilleJosh Turner returns to the top of the country chart this week with “Hometown Girl.” While you might assume the South Carolina native is envisioning his wife Jennifer when he sings his hit, he says he’s actually thinking about his female fans, thanks to the song’s universal message.

“There might not be a girl out there who feels like they can relate to the whole song, but they can relate to bits and pieces of it…,” he tells ABC Radio. “I feel like they can relate to different lines or different verses in this song and they've really kinda latched on to it.”

The artist who broke through with “Long Black Train” finds that “Hometown Girl” is a tune his male audience relates to as well.

“For my guy fans out there, I feel like that's the kind of girl they're either looking for, or they have already, or they wish they had,” Josh says.

“It basically tells the story of this girl who has the potential to go and do anything she puts her mind to,” he goes on, “but yet she doesn't forget where she came from and she's got a sense of humility, and just got her head screwed on straight.” 

“Hometown Girl” is from Josh’s Deep South album, which recently debut at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart.

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Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley and Rock-and-Roll Hall-of-Famer John Fogerty recently shot the music video for their new song “Love and War” aboard the USS Midway aircraft carrier in San Diego, California.

The West Virginia native teamed up with the former Creedance Clearwater Revival lead singer to make a statement about how the U.S. treats its servicemen and women.

"I think the message is, really, 'We can do better,'” Brad tells Entertainment Tonight. “We can do a lot better when it comes to taking care of veterans. I don't think there's anyone who would disagree with that…It feels like we should be giving these people the moon! They should be getting anything they need from us."

Brad felt like Fogerty was the perfect collaborator for the song, since he served in the Army Reserve in the seventies.

"I wasn't shipped to Vietnam, but… I had my eye on that all the way through," the rock legend says.

"We send people off do this great service for us and possibly die, but when they come home, we don't treat them very well,” he adds. “That's what we wanted to express in the song -- we need to do something about that."

The duet is the title track on Brad’s new album, Love and War, which was just released on Friday.

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ABC/Image Group LAKacey Musgraves makes a cameo appearance on the new album from the Zac Brown Band.

The Pageant Material singer and the Georgia music-makers duet on “All the Best,” written by renowned Nashville singer/songerwriter John Prine. He originally recorded the track on his Grammy-winning 1991 album, The Missing Years.

“I had so much fun singin’ on one of my favorite old John Prine songs on the new ZBB record,” Kacey shared on social media, along with a video of herself in the studio with ZBB. “Zac -- Thanks for always being so kind and supportive to me,” she added.

You can hear the full version of “All the Best” via Zac Brown Band’s new lyric video on YouTube. Their new album, Welcome Home, is due May 12.

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