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ABC/Mark LevineThomas Rhett is feeling the love this week: his new album, Life Changes, tops both the all-genre Billboard 200 and the country albums chart.

“It blows my mind to have a #1 album,” he tells Billboard. “I feel like we started working on this project the moment we put out Tangled Up in 2015, so it’s the end of a couple of years of hard work and growth.”

“It’s an autobiographical album in a lot of ways,” TR continues, “which makes it really personal. So for it to be received the way that it has is extra gratifying. And to be the first country artist this year to have a #1 on the all-genre chart is really humbling.”

This week, the record’s second release, “Unforgettable,” also breaks into the top 10 on the singles chart. That makes it the tenth top 10 hit of Thomas’s career.

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ABC/Image Group LA Native Texans Clint Black, the Eagles’ Don Henley, and Lyle Lovett are coming together to stage their own fundraiser for the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Helping Texans:  A Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert will take place Tuesday, November 28 at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Texas.

“We all watched on the news as Harvey destroyed much of Southeast Texas and Houston, my hometown,” Black says. “We braced ourselves through the night as the flood waters grew closer to our family’s doorsteps in Houston and Katy. My mom, brothers, niece and nephews were all very fortunate and I knew I had to find a way to help those who weren’t so lucky..."

Tickets go on sale this Friday at BassHall.com. All proceeds will go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the North Texas Community Foundation, with the three stars helping decide how the money is spent.

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Mercury NashvilleIn a little more than a week, we’ll get to hear Shania Twain’s first studio album in 15 years, in its entirety.

NOW is the Canadian superstar’s first new project since 2002’s diamond-certified Up!.

“A lot has changed since then,” Shania writes in a new essay in the current issue of InStyle. “I’m divorced and remarried, been diagnosed with Lyme disease, lost my singing voice, and had to rebuild my vocal chords.”

Shania says the only place things haven’t changed for her is onstage.

“Even now, when I’m all dolled up, I feel as though I’m the same person onstage,” she continues. “It’s a mood change more than anything. The minute I walk out there, I’m with everyone, and we’re at this party all together.”

The country/pop icon promises she even has some new catsuits to slip into when she hits the road on her world tour next year.

Shania continues to roll out clips of new songs like “Roll Me on the River” on social media, in advance of NOW’s September 29 release. The tracks “We Got Something They Don’t,” “Swingin’ with My Eyes Closed,” “Poor Me,” and “Life’s About to Get Good” are all available to stream or download now.

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RCA Nashville/Zone 4Kane Brown has the first top five hit of his career with “What Ifs,” a duet with Lauren Alaina, and he gives her a lot of the credit for the song's success.

Even though Kane is a relative newcomer and Lauren’s been around since she came in second on American Idol in 2011, they go way back: they first met in school in the Rossville, Georgia area.

Kane says that makes his first big hit even more special.

“It's cool, you know," he recalls. “In choir, I was really quiet, so she's the one that kinda got me to sing and get out of my shell. So it's cool that she accepted to sing on [‘What Ifs’], and I feel like she's a big part of why it's doing so good right now.”

Earlier this year, Lauren celebrated the first #1 of her career with “Road Less Traveled.” Her follow-up single, “Doin’ Fine,” is now climbing the chart.

The deluxe edition of Kane’s self-titled debut album, which adds four new songs, comes out October 6.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Miranda Lambert's 2005 debut album took its title from a fuel used in both households and jet planes. Can you name it? ANSWER:  Kerosene.

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ABC/Image Group LA Jon Pardi is on the verge of locking in his third #1 in a row with the uptempo “Heartache on the Dance Floor.”  But just because the California native delivers dancehall-ready anthems like that song and “Dirt on My Boots,” you shouldn’t expect to see him showing off his own fancy footwork.

“I'm not much of a dancer,” Jon confesses. “But I like it. People like it. People like to dance. Just because you don't want to dance, doesn't nobody mean else wouldn't want to dance.”

Still, when the spirit moves him, Jon admits he might bust a move.

“I just do what I want, shake some legs, spin around,” he says casually. “Sometimes when I'm playing I'll do a spin. Then I'll see my bass player do a spin, my guitar player do a spin. Like, it creates a chain reaction.”

You can check out Jon’s moves -- or lack of them -- on his Lucky Tonight Tour with Midland and Runaway June. It kicks off October 12 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock The mother of the Gatlin Brothers -- LarrySteve and Rudy -- passed away on Friday night. Billie Doan Gatlin was 88.

Ashley McBryde is the newest artist signed to Atlantic/Warner Music Nashville. Her first single will be her already-popular track, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.”  

You can check out the video for The Cadillac Three’s new single, “Dang If We Didn’t,” on YouTube now.

Nineties hitmaker John Berry has written and recorded the new song, “All Come Together,” to raise money for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Collin RayeBryan WhiteTrick Pony’s Heidi Newfield, members of Restless HeartJohn Oates of Hall & Oates and more join him on the track, which will be available for download in the next two weeks. Meanwhile, you can watch the “All Come Together” music video on YouTube.

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Black River EntertainmentIt looks like Kelsea Ballerini is heading back to “High School” this Friday.

“Why would he want to change when every memory bows to him // 9.22,” Kelsea tweeted on Monday, along with a photo of herself posing in front of the bleachers in either a stadium or a gym.

It didn’t take long for Kelsea’s fans to figure out the “Peter Pan” hit maker was quoting the lyrics to her song “High School,” and that she plans to release it on Friday.

Kelsea wrote the track by herself after moving to Nashville, but had never recorded it until her forthcoming album Unapologetically. She’s frequently sung it in concert, however, and has always referred to it as one of her favorites.  

“High School” will be the third instant download available from Kelsea's sophomore album, due November 3. So far, if you pre-order Unapologetically, you can immediately download the first single, “Legends,” as well as the title track.

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Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson will mark the release of his sophomore album by hanging out at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Missouri native’s second release, Everybody, comes out Friday, and on Saturday, he’ll be the subject of a Songwriter Session in the Hall’s Ford Theater. If you can’t make it to Nashville for the free event, you can watch it online starting at 11:30 a.m. CT at CountryMusicHallOfFame.org/streaming.

Everybody’s lead single, “Fix a Drink,” is already a top ten hit. Chris will also play Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater on Saturday night with Sam Hunt and Maren Morris, as Sam's 15 in a 30 Tour passes through Music City.

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ABC/Paula LoboLady Antebellum’s drummer, Chris Tyrrell, already lives in a house full of women -- and that’s a situation that’s only growing.

You see, Chris is married to Lady A’s Hillary Scott, and the two already have a four-year-old daughter named Eisele. Last month, the couple revealed they’re expecting twins, after a particularly difficult miscarriage that inspired Hillary’s Christian hit, “Thy Will.”

“We are overjoyed to be having TWO more girls!” Hillary recently shared on social media, along with a photo of three tutus, along with matching shoes. 

“Now we wait with great expectation (and many prayers) for them to get here safely!” she added.

Bandmate Dave Haywood and his wife are also awaiting the birth of their second child.

Lady A’s new single is the title track from their latest album, “Heart Break.”

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The Valory Music Co.This week, Thomas Rhett bests his buddies Dustin Lynch and Kip Moore, debuting at #1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 albums chart.

Life Changes is TR’s first chart-topper on the tally, marking the best sales week of his career so far. It’s also the first country record to debut at the top of the all-genre ranking since Jason Aldean did last October with They Don’t Know.

For the record, Brett EldredgeZac Brown BandChris Stapleton and Brantley Gilbert all came close this year, managing to make it to #2 with their latest efforts.  

Dustin Lynch and Kip Moore both scored some bragging rights as well with their new albums this week. Dustin’s Current Mood comes in at #7, while Kip’s Slowheart is close behind at #10.

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John Peets PhotographyThis weekend, newcomer Ashley McBryde stepped into a coveted spot, opening two dates for Eric Church. But while the Arkansas native has gotten plenty of attention for her latest single, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” it was an earlier appearance with Eric that initially put her on the map.

At the time, Ashley was working on her new album with Eric’s longtime producer Jay Joyce, and Eric reached out with an invitation to his show in Chicago.

“I've never been on a private plane before, of course, and we flew there,” she explains. “And the pilot handed me a bottle of Angel's Envy, which is a very nice bourbon. And I was like, 'I don't know whose this is, but I'm happy to hold it!'"

When it came time for soundcheck, Ashley says things got even more surreal.

“I've never been in an arena when it wasn't full of people,” she tells ABC Radio, “so they gave me one of Eric's guitars and had me go out… And I was really glad to have that experience because had I had to walk into a full arena, I probably would've fallen down.”

“When Eric said, 'I want to do "Bible and a .44" because I already know the words…’” Ashley explains, “I thought 'Not only am I gonna sing with the Chief, he wants to sing a song that I wrote about my Dad.' I was blown away!”  

You can check out Ashley and Eric’s performance on YouTube. Look for details about her new album, coming soon.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Thirty years ago this month, Kenny Rogers hit #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Make No Mistake, She's Mine." Can you recall his duet partner? ANSWER: Ronnie Milsap.

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Big & Rich Records/Sony RED/Thirty TigersBig & Rich’s new album, Did It for the Party, is out now, and John Rich says the title track is more than just a fun tune: it’s a reflection of who the duo really is.

Big Kenny wrote 'Did It for the Party" and played it for me on the back of our bus one night when we were out on tour,” John tells ABC Radio. “I got through listening to it and I said, 'Well buddy, if that ain't the truth! I mean, you nailed that one.'”

“And he said, 'Yeah man, I was just thinking, the reason we're a duo instead of being solo artists is because we have more fun together making music.'”

John says it’s that spirit that helped create MuzikMafia, the informal collection of artists and friends that initially propelled their career forward.

“We were just wanting to get as many people together as we could and have as much fun as we could making our music,” John explains, “and that's where all of our opportunities have always come from, because we were doing it for the party. And we're still doing it for that reason.”  

The lead single from Did It for the Party, “California,” is currently in country’s top 30.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Fans who pre-order Dolly Parton’s first-ever children’s album, I Believe In You, will be able to download the title track instantly. The project will be released digitally on September 29, with physical copies coming October 13.

2001 CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Lee Ann Womack is releasing a radio edit of the track “All the Trouble” as her new single. Her new album, The Lonely, the Lonesome and the Gone, comes out October 27.

Newcomer Carly Pearce’s debut album, Every Little Thing, won’t be out until October 13, but if you pre-order the project, you can instantly download the top ten title track, as well as “If My Name Was Whiskey,” and “Color.”

If you missed Dustin Lynch’s performance of the Current Mood cut “I’d Be Jealous Too” Thursday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, you can check it out online.

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Photo Credit: George Burns, JrKellie Pickler got quite a surprise during the taping of the first episode of her new syndicated Nashville-based talk show: a surprise visit from her hero, Dolly Parton.

You can share the moment on Monday, when Pickler & Ben premieres in close to forty markets across the U.S. Executive-produced by Faith Hill, the show is co-hosted by Ben Aaron, the husband of Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee.

Check your local listings to see when Pickler & Ben airs in your area. If you can’t catch it during its first run, the show will re-air each morning on CMT, starting at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Of course, CMT is also the home of Kellie’s hit reality show, I Love Kellie Pickler.

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RCAChris Young is inviting you on a little “Holiday” as he gets ready to release his new record.

If you pre-order Losing Sleep, you'll instantly get the track titled “Holiday,” as well as the lead single and title song -- and there’s more on the way. You’ll get an instant download of “Hangin’ On” on September 29, with “Where I Go When I Drink” on the way October 13.

Chris’s seventh album will be his very first to be released on vinyl when it comes out October 20. It’ll also be available with an exclusive bonus track at Cracker Barrel, one appropriately named “Encore.”

Cracker Barrel will start rolling out a five-part Chris Young docu-series on September 28. You’ll be able to watch it on the restaurant’s YouTube channel.

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Average Joes EntertainmentYou can now stream or download “Better Me,” the song that premiered Thursday at the end of Troy Gentry’s funeral at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House.

The tune is one of the final batch of songs that Troy recorded with his Montgomery Gentry bandmate, Eddie Montgomery, and was to be included on the new album the two were working on for Average Joes Entertainment.

In the song’s lyrics, Troy looks back on the pair’s hard-partying reputation, admitting the fun has given way to somewhat calmer times. “I’ve turned the page on wilder days, I’m writing all this down hoping you see,” he sings, “I ain’t sayin’ I’m perfect, but I’m workin' on a better me.”

The 50-year-old singer lost his life in a helicopter crash in New Jersey on Friday, September 8.

At the conclusion of Thursday’s service, plans were revealed to release Troy and Eddie’s last recordings together over the next few months. You can also listen to “Better Me” via an audio-only YouTube clip.

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BMGThis season, Country-Music-Hall of Famers Alabama will release their first all-new holiday album in more than twenty years.

The 15-track American Christmas includes four new songs written by the band members, as well as an update of “Christmas in Dixie,” which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.

The new record comes just six months after Jeff Cook announced he’d scale back his live appearances as he deals with Parkinson’s Disease. Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry have continued to tour in his absence.

Here’s the complete track listing for American Christmas, which comes out October 6:

“Ain’t Santa Cool”
“Go Tell It on the Mountain” 
“Silent Night”
“Why Can’t Christmas Day Last All Year Long”
“Away in a Manger”
“Christmas Joy”
“First Christmas Without Daddy”
“Winter Wonderland”
“Greatest Gift”
“Jingle Bells”
“Remember Me”
“(I Wanna) Rock N Roll Guitar”
“Christmas in Dixie”
“Sure Could Use Some Christmas Around Here”
“Auld Lang Syne”

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteThe line-up for Luke Bryan’s ninth annual Farm Tour is growing.

Newcomers Adam CraigJon Langston and DJ Rock will join the four-time Entertainer of the Year for his yearly trek, along with Georgia-born songwriters Rhett AkinsDallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, who are known as the Peach Pickers. As previously announced, reigning ACM New Male Vocalist Jon Pardi will take the stage as well.

Money raised from the six shows goes toward scholarships for students from agricultural families.

Here’s the itinerary for Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour 2017, which kicks off September 28 in Lincoln, Nebraska:

9/28 -- Lincoln, Nebraska, Benes Farm
9/29 -- Baldwin City, Kansas, Don-Ale Farms
9/30 -- Boone, Iowa, Ziel Farm
10/5 -- Fort Wayne, Indiana, Spangler Farms West
10/6 -- Edinburg, Illinois, Ayers Family Farm
10/7 -- Centralia, Missouri, Stowers Farm

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