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BMLGDanielle Bradbery is busy promoting her new single, “Sway,” and readying her sophomore album, I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, which comes out December 1. But you can bet the season four winner of The Voice will be watching tonight, as the show that thrust her into the national spotlight kicks off its 13th season.  

With Blake SheltonAdam LevineMiley Cyrus and new coach Jennifer Hudson seated in the famous red chairs, Danielle is expecting the best year of competition yet.

“That's a powerful set of coaches,” Danielle observes. “ I feel like these contestants are gonna really just be shocked and excited. I would be, I mean, speechless, just to see who's there and let alone pick who I want as my coach. Either one, I know Blake and Adam's been there through day one, but oh my gosh, that's a powerhouse! I would not know who to pick, but they're gonna learn a lot, I know that.”

Danielle, for the record, was team Blake during her winning season.

This year, Rascal Flatts will be guest advisors for the Shelton camp, while Billy Ray Cyrus will help out his daughter Miley.

You can catch the season 13 premiere of The Voice tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.  

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Comstock/Thinkstock Reba McEntire scored her first #1 album with this 1986 record that takes its title from the song that was also her very first music video. Can you name it? ANSWER: Whoever's in New England.

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ABC/Ida Mae AstuteLuke Bryan has been locked down as second judge on ABC's revival of American Idol, sources tell Variety.

Luke would join Katy Perry, who was signed back in May for a reported $25 million.

Neither ABC, nor Bryan's rep have confirmed the deal.

The show reportedly is looking to go with a panel of three judges, rather than four, according to the insider; and with just a week remaining until auditions are set to begin, the third spot has yet to be filled.

Lionel RichieCharlie Puth and former Idol judge Keith Urban -- all rumored to be in contention for the spot -- appear to be out of the running.

Ryan Seacrest, who has hosted every season of the show since its debut in 2002, is back on board and told reporters this weekend that "an announcement about judges is expected imminently," according to Variety.

American Idol is set to return in early 2018.

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Warner Music NashvilleIf you’ve heard Blake Shelton’s new song, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” it’ll come as no surprise that the Oklahoma native is devoted to keeping it country.

“You know, I think the thing that inspires me musically...is trying to find a way to remain as traditional as I can in country music, but still push it forward a little bit more,” he reveals.

But the Oklahoma native is the first to admit it’s not always easy.

“It's always a fine line to walk,” Blake says. “You're always gonna want to have a new sound and do something fresh and different, but without abandoning what it is you do and your fan base. It's almost an impossible task, but it's the thing that inspires me. It's the thing that I'm constantly looking for.”

For his new album, Blake literally got back to his roots, recording Texoma Shore along the Sooner State’s Lake Texoma. It arrives in stores and online November 3.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock If you pre-order Darius Rucker’s new album, When Was the Last Time, you’ll instantly get the new track “Don’t,” as well as his current single, “For the First Time,” and his #1, “If I Told You.” Darius’ fifth country record comes out October 20.

Luke Bryan takes you behind the scenes at the Grand Ole Opry during the recent Country Cares for St. Jude night in the latest edition of LBTV on YouTube.

If you missed Little Big Town’s appearance Friday on ABC’s The View, you can watch both their interview and their performance of “When Someone Stops Loving You” online.

You can check out Chris Young’s new lyric video for “Holiday” on YouTube. The song is the third track on his Losing Sleep album, which comes out October 20.

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ABC RadioIt was everything you would want a night at the Opry to be, as Reba McEntire celebrated the fortieth anniversary of her first performance “in the circle” on Friday night.

Reba’s fellow Country-Music-Hall-of-Famers Vince Gill , Connie Smith and Bobbie Bare had already graced country music’s most famous stage, as a video intro rolled, looking back on Reba’s decades of Opry appearances and memorable looks.

“That was hysterical and I heard ya’ll laughing at my big hairdo jacked up to Jesus,” she joked, after opening with the Ray Price classic, “Invitation to the Blues.”

The Oklahoma native’s mom Jackie, her sister Susie and her brother Pake were all in the audience, just as they'd been back in 1977, when Reba first appeared on the Opry stage.

“I couldn’t have done it without you, and I wouldn’t have wanted to,” Reba said emotionally, before delivering the #1 she sang as she became an Opry member in 1986, “Somebody Should Leave.”

By the time Reba finished the first few lines of “Does He Love You,” most of the audience had begun to suspect who would play the duet’s other female role. Carrie Underwood re-emerged to major applause, after appearing for a surprise Opry set just moments earlier.

“Here we are just two little ole girls from Oklahoma getting to be on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry!” Reba exclaimed, before launching into “Oklahoma Swing” with another Okie, Vince Gill.

The biggest surprise of the night was to come, as Vince tossed to a video clip that seemed to be malfunctioning. In truth, it was all a distraction, as Dolly Parton emerged to congratulate Reba, bringing on a cake and leading the crowd in singing “Happy Anniversary” to the night’s honoree, changing the last line to her signature “I Will Always Love You.”

Reba closed her unforgettable 40th anniversary show at the Opry with a fiery rendition of “Fancy.”

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ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley has just finished the first song he’s ever written and performed for a major motion picture, and it’s one that’s particularly close to his heart.

“Hold the Light” will be featured in Only the Brave, which recounts the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots. Nineteen members of that elite firefighting team lost their lives while battling a wildfire in Dierks’ native Arizona in 2013.

Shortly afterwards, Dierks put together a benefit concert that raised more than half a million dollars for the firefighters' families. Now, he couldn’t be prouder to help bring their story to the big screen.

“This is at the top, if not the most meaningful experience I’ve ever been a part of,” Dierks says. “It hits me harder than any other song I’ve had a chance to be a part of."

"Over the last couple years I’ve met and gotten to know Brendan, the sole survivor, and my mom has met with some of the guys’ families, and it’s still unfathomable to put yourself in any of their shoes," he adds. "But our goal was to create a message of hope and love. I’m honored to have been a part of it.”

Only the Brave will be in theaters October 20. “Hold the Light” is available to stream or download now.

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CurbAs his chart-topping single “My Girl” nears platinum status, newcomer Dylan Scott is turning his thoughts toward the holiday season.

The Bastrop, Louisiana native will release the five-song set titled Merry Christmas on October 13.

“Christmas is my favorite time of the year, and I am really excited about the release of my first Christmas EP,” Dylan says. “I grew up listening to the holiday classics and to be able to record and perform some of these songs is a dream come true.”

Dylan’s yuletide offering comes out the same day he kicks off the Hell on a Highway Tour with Justin Moore. The trek starts in Monroe, Louisiana, just 30 miles from Dylan’s hometown. He's just released "Hooked" as the follow-up to his #1, "My Girl."

Here’s the complete track listing for Merry Christmas:

“Winter Wonderland”
“Jingle Bell Rock”
“The Christmas Song”
“White Christmas”
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

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Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton and girlfriend Gwen Stefani are already making holiday plans.

On Friday, they released their duet, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas,” which is the first single and the title track of Gwen’s new yuletide album, which comes out October 6.

Even in the upbeat, happy holiday song, there seems to be a little bit of shade toward the pair’s exes:  “Thought I was done for, thought that love had died,” Blake sings. “But you came along, I swear you saved my life.”

Blake and Miranda Lambert, of course, divorced in 2015. Gwen and husband Gavin Rossdale split around the same time.

“You Make It Feel Like Christmas” is available to stream or download now.  You can also check out an audio-only version on YouTube.

Blake’s 2012 holiday album, Cheers, It’s Christmas, is also set to be re-released on October 6, with three new songs. His new studio record, Texoma Shore, features his new single, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” and follows on November 3.

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ABC/Image Group LA Florida Georgia Line already have eleven country number-ones to their credit, but now the duo is making some serious headway on another Billboard chart.

This week, Tyler Hubbard and Bryan Kelley crack the top-10 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs ranking, thanks to their collaboration with actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld. “Let Me Go” checks in at #9, and also features Swedish DJ Alesso and singer/guitarist Watt.

This isn’t the first time FGL has made an impressive showing on the dance/electronica chart. Back in April, they made it to #16 with The Chainsmokers  and “Last Day Alive.”

Back at home on the country tally, FGL’s “Smooth” is making its way into the top 20.

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ABC RadioAvid golfer Darius Rucker celebrated his latest #1 with a party Thursday night in Nashville at the new location of Topgolf.

The festivities not only commemorated “If I Told You,” which topped the chart back in June, but also welcomed the golf entertainment complex to Music City, prior to its official opening this weekend.

After the traditional plaques and trophies were handed out, Darius went on to become the first artist to play on Topgolf’s Nashville stage, as he previewed five songs from When Was the Last Time. The father of three ended by doing “Wagon Wheel” especially for a little girl in the audience.

Once the festivities died down, Darius stuck around to hit some balls with his friends in the Topgolf bays.

Darius’ fifth country album comes out October 20. Its second single, “For the First Time,” is now making its way up the chart.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Midland's Jess Carson points to Gary Stewart as one of his main influences. Can you name Stewart's iconic hit that turned out to be his only #1 on the country chart? ANSWER: 1975's "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)."

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Warner Music NashvilleChris Janson finishes one chapter this weekend and opens another: the 15 in a 30 Tour comes to a close, just as Chris’s sophomore album, Everybody, arrives on Friday.

Sam HuntMaren Morris and Chris will wrap up their time together with two dates at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater.  Chris says there’s no doubt about it -- it’s been a great ride.

“I had no idea that Sam was going to invite me on the tour, and then he did,” Chris reflects. “I am grateful that he did, because I tell you, it's an absolutely polarizing tour, and I mean that on a good note. Because Maren's so different from me, I'm so different from Maren, Maren's so different from Sam, and vice versa. So people are getting all different genres of country music basically on one stage.”

While the three hitmakers are very different, they’ve become a family since the tour kicked off back in June.

“Everybody gets along really good,” Chris says. “The vibe's really nice, and the crowds are not just showing up for the marquee, like they're showing up from the very beginning of the night to the very end of the night. It's the best tour I've ever been a part of, to be honest with you, and Sam's great.”

Chris’s second record, Everybody, is new in stores and online today and features its top-ten lead single, “Fix a Drink.”

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Comstock/Thinkstock To commemorate the release of Chris Janson’s sophomore album, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has proclaimed Friday Everybody Day in Music City. Mayor Barry will give Chris the official proclamation and “Fix a Drink” to celebrate at 4 p.m. CT at Margaritaville on Lower Broadway.

A capella sensation Home Free will play Fox & Friends on Friday, as they release their new album, Timeless. You can catch their performance of Blake Shelton’s “Hillbilly Bone” during the 8 a.m. ET hour on Fox News.

If you missed Little Big TownKacey Musgraves and Midland singing a medley of “Drinkin’ Problem,” “Merry Go ‘Round,” and ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down” Wednesday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, you can watch it online. The three hitmakers will set out on The Breakers tour together next year, with tickets going on sale today.

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ABC/Randy HolmesWith their vintage threads, retro look and throwback sound, you might think Midland put a great deal of effort into crafting their image.  But Mark WystrachCameron Duddy, and Jess Carson insist things came together much more organically than that.

“There was no conversation, or any like meeting, where we were saying like 'We should be this, or we should be that,’” Jess tells ABC Radio.

“See here boys! What do the people want? What does the world desire? Some vintage cool?” Mark and Cameron joke, finishing each other’s sentences.

“It's just the sound that came out, you know, with the three of our sort of shared, but also diverse, backgrounds,” Jess concludes.

“Cam's from California, so he's got that Eagles thing, you know,” he continues. “Gary Stewart is my all-time favorite. Mark's...”

“Song and dance, you know, Broadway!” Mark interjects, once again.

“Mark's Marty Robbins and Merle Haggard and stuff like that, you know,” Jess says, offering a serious answer, “so it's just kind of what happened when we brought our musical influences together.” 

You can get the most complete picture of Midland’s sound yet as their debut album, On the Rocks, arrives online and in stores today. It features their chart-topping debut single, “Drinkin’ Problem.”

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MCA NashvilleJosh Turner is giving you a front-row seat for his live show in the video for his latest single, “All About You.”

The clip takes you behind-the-scenes and on-the-road with the “Long Black Train” hitmaker, as he performs his current hit from his #1 album, Deep South. You can check it out on YouTube.

Earlier this week, Josh found out his recent #1, “Hometown Girl,” has been certified gold, just before stepping onto the Grand Ole Opry stage. The South Carolina native celebrated his tenth anniversary as a member of the legendary institution on Tuesday.

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Warner Music Nashville“Daddy Likey.” That was Blake Shelton’s response to girlfriend Gwen Stefani’s announcement Thursday that their duet will be the first single from her new holiday album.

Gwen’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas comes out October 6, and you can hear a snippet of the title song featuring Blake in a snippet posted on her socials. Since Blake’s 2012 yuletide album, Cheers, It’s Christmas, is set to be re-released that same day with three new tracks as well, it seems a safe bet the duet might be one of them.

That wasn’t Blake’s only big music news on Thursday, however. “YEEEHAWW who’s ready for some more new music??!!” he tweeted later. #TexomaShore coming at y’all November 3, preorder [Friday]!”

Texoma Shore features the lead single, “I’ll Name the Dogs,” which has already cracked country’s top 25 after only being out two weeks.

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#YouMakeItFeelLikeChristmas out Oct 6th!! Preorder starting tonight & get the first single feat @BlakeShelton 🎄😍🎄gx pic.twitter.com/JyAiE2HeM7

— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) September 21, 2017

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Kenny ChesneyKenny Chesney has long proclaimed his love for nineties hitmaker David Lee Murphy -- singing his praises, inviting him onstage, and recording his songs. Now, the eight-time Entertainer of the Year is taking it one step further, producing Murphy's new record.

Kenny and longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon took the helm for No Zip Code, the “Dust on the Bottle” and “Party Crowd” singer’s first album for Reviver Entertainment Group.  

“David Lee is the original, and the last of, the hillbilly rock stars…” Kenny  says. “He knows the life, and he bottles it up in song. Making this record showed us what country music can be in the 21st century.”

In recent years, Murphy has focused mainly on songwriting, penning tunes like “Livin’ in Fast Forward” and “Pirate Flag” for Chesney, and “The More I Drink” for Blake Shelton.

“I didn’t think I’d ever get out here and do this again,” David Lee admits. “You focus on writing, and that’s its own kind of great. But Kenny and I got to talking, and it seemed like something worth doing. Then when we got in the studio, it felt so good, every day was more exciting than the one before.”

So far, there’s no word on when No Zip Code will be out. In the meantime, you can catch David Lee teaming up with Kenny on his signature hit, “Dust on the Bottle,” on the new Live in No Shoes Nation, which comes out October 27.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though he's best known for his chart-topping "Dust on the Bottle," David Lee Murphy first hit the top ten in 1995 with this song. Can you name the tune that made it to #6? ANSWER: "Party Crowd."

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Black River EntertainmentIf you’ve noticed Kelsea Ballerini’s stage outfits and red carpet looks, it’s no secret the 24-year-old is a bit of fashionista.

While she’s previously admitted she loves playing “dress up,” tonight, the “Legends” hitmaker will really have a chance to show off her fashion know-how.

“Thursday!!!” Kelsea tweeted, along with a short video of her dancing with Project Runway stars Zac Posen and Georgina Chapman. She’ll be tonight’s guest judge on the Lifetime show that airs at 9 p.m. ET.

On Friday, Kelsea releases a new track from her forthcoming sophomore album. You’ll be able to stream or download “High School” this week, ahead of Unapologetically’s November 3 release.

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🎉 @zac_posen🎉@KelseaBallerini🎉@georginachapman🎉 pic.twitter.com/mL3uJ8DDgS

— Project Runway (@ProjectRunway) September 20, 2017

 

 

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