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Mickey Guyton shares the crazy story of that time she sang “Natural Woman” at Prince’s house

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Anyone who’s heard Mickey Guyton’s music can attest to the fact that she can sing, but there’s one thing even superfans might not know about the star: She was once a jam session duet partner for famed singer-songwriter Prince

Mickey shares the wild story of how that came to be during a new installment of CMT's “Probably Shouldn’t Tell You This” series, explaining that it all started during a night out in Hollywood with a friend who happened to be dating the pop superstar. When they couldn’t get back to their car at the end of the night, the friend called Prince to pick them up, and he showed up in a limo to escort them to his house in Sunset Plaza. 

“We get in this purple suede elevator....yes, a purple suede elevator! With Prince!” Mickey details. “I don’t know if we went up or down, but we went somewhere, he opens the door, and there’s this large, giant ballroom.”

In it was a piano, microphone setup and drum kit -- and Mickey first went over to the drums. 

“And he takes the drumsticks away from me and tells me I have no rhythm, which I don’t,” she adds with a laugh. Next, Prince sat down at the piano and invited her to sing with him. 

“I was like, ‘Okay, well, I’m with Prince, and he loves soul, so why not sing ‘Natural Woman’?’” she recalls. “Who am I right now?!...And I sing ‘Natural Woman’ with Prince. It doesn’t sound real, right? Like, you don’t even believe that that actually happened, but it did.”

Mickey’s upcoming album, Remember Her Name, is due out on September 24.


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Carly Pearce, Lee Brice mark “I Hope You’re Happy Now”’s 2X Platinum status from two famous Nashville stages

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Carly Pearce and Lee Brice’s chart-topping duet, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” is continuing to hit new milestones.

On Tuesday night, the song officially received RIAA 2X Platinum certification, and Carly and Lee each got a special plaque commemorating the occasion. It was a memorable night for both artists, as both were handed their surprise plaques in the middle of nights that were already shaping up to be pretty memorable.

Lee was presented with the plaque at the end of a performance at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium. He was there to play a benefit show for the John Hiatt Adolescent and Young Adult Treatment Fund at Cumberland Heights.

Meanwhile, Carly was also standing on one of her very favorite hometown stages: the Grand Ole Opry. She was there to be officially inducted as a member into the hallowed hall, fulfilling one of her lifelong dreams. 

During the show that night, Carly performed “I Hope You’re Happy Now” solo, along with a number of other songs. She also duetted with Trisha Yearwood -- who inducted her -- on the latter star’s “How Do I Live.”  Jeannie Seely then joined the two women for a multi-generational rendition of Kitty Wells’ “Making Believe.” 

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” also won Carly and Lee trophies for Musical Event of the Year at both the CMA and ACM Awards, and it’s the ACM’s 2020 Single of the Year, too. 

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Trisha Yearwood’s “She’s in Love with the Boy” becomes the most-heard country song by a woman

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Trisha Yearwood was at the Grand Ole Opry to celebrate brand-new Opry member Carly Pearce this week, and amid the celebrations of Carly’s accomplishments, Trisha received a surprise of her own. 

The singer’s breakout debut single from August, 1991, “She’s in Love with the Boy,” has officially become the most-listened-to country song by a female artist in the history of MRC Data. In the 30 years since she released it, Trisha’s history-making hit has become one of the most popular songs ever to be released by a woman in country music.

“When people come to a show, I see these girls singing ‘She’s in Love with the Boy’ and they’re like, you know, 15. I’m thinking, ‘How do you know this song?’” Trisha noted backstage at the Opry.

“But now learning that it’s...been heard that many times -- it’s just such an honor! It’s so cool!” she continues. “All I ever wanted to do was to be a country music singer, so...for a song in my career to have that kind of ‘life’ just makes me proud.”

In celebration of the song’s 30th anniversary, Trisha released a new, acoustic version of “She’s in Love with the Boy.” That song will find a home on the track list of her upcoming deluxe version of Every Girl, due out August 13.

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Miranda Lambert’s music video for “Tequila Does (Telemitry Remix)” is a booze-fueled family affair

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Miranda Lambert throws a backyard party for a dozen or so of her closest friends and family members in the music video for the Telemitry Remix of her song, “Tequila Does.” 

Starring in the clip are her brother Luke and his husband, Marc, who enlisted several of their closest friends as well as a collection of other LGBTQ+ allies to join the fun. The result is a tequila-soaked, rainbow-studded Pride-themed summer party.

“This is my first remix of any song in my whole career,” Miranda explains. “I knew it was right up my brother Luke’s alley so I sent it to him to see what he and Marc thought. They loved it and gave me the confidence to put it out there. I thought, why not invite my family and friends out to my farm and shoot it at my vintage trailer park. It seemed perfect.”

Fans who’ve been following Miranda on social media might recognize a couple of other familiar faces. The singer’s husband, Brendan McLoughlin, makes a shirtless appearance in the video, playing the role of the handsome partygoer who catches Miranda’s eye. 

Also featured are Brendan’s brothers, K.C. and Patrick, as well as Miranda’s background singer and longtime friend, Gwen Sebastian. In one scene, Miranda -- a well-known animal lover -- can also be spotted hanging out with a pair of dogs.

The original version of “Tequila Does” appears on Miranda’s Wildcard album, which she dropped back in 2019. 

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Country star trivia


On this day in 2007, this country-turned-pop superstar's self-titled debut album, featuring hits "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "Our Song," reached #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, where it remained for 24 non-consecutive weeks over the next year. Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Taylor Swift.

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Nashville notes

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Time Life has partnered with Dolly Parton to release Dolly: The Ultimate Collection for the first time at retail on September 21. The collection of six DVDs features episodes of Dolly's variety show, footage from her Live From London concert, and more. 

Keith Urban is the cover artist for the September issue of Rolling Stone Australia. It hits stands on September 6. 

Don McLean's re-recording of "American Pie" featuring a cappella group Home Free won three trophies at the Telly Awards in the categories of Music Video, Remote Production, and Best Use of Animation.

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Carly Pearce steps into Opry membership with her heroes and friends, Trisha Yearwood and Jeannie Seely

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Carly Pearce realized a lifelong ambition Tuesday night, as Trisha Yearwood made her the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Thirty years to the day that Trisha's debut, "She's in Love with the Boy," topped the chart, the two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year presided over her first Opry induction. 

Carly wore a pink and white ruffled gown she bought online, one her mother wasted no time replicating as a memento.

"Y'all, my mom actually got a Barbie made with a dress that looks like this, and an Opry mic," Carly told reporters before the show. "Like literally a Barbie that looks like this is at my house right now. It's pretty awesome."

Introduced by her neighbor and mentor, Opry legend Jeannie Seely, Carly opened her set with her career-defining hit, "I Hope You're Happy Now," before calling Trisha onstage for an impressive duet version of Yearwood's Oscar-nominated "How Do I Live." 

Afterwards, Trisha presented her with the coveted statue -- a miniature version of the iconic Opry mic stand -- which signifies her membership. A tearful Carly paid tribute to her late grandparents who helped inspire her love for the country music institution, having earlier expressed what it means to her.

"Singles will come and go, awards will come and go," she said. "The arenas will be full, and then maybe they won't be. But this is something that nobody can ever take away from you."

Carly then strapped on her guitar to play her new track, "Dear Miss Loretta," before calling out Trisha and Jeannie to close out the night. The three alternately traded lines and harmonized on 1955's "Making Believe," a tribute to country's first female superstar, Kitty Wells

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"Love at first sight": Luke Bryan recalls meeting wife Caroline in 'My Dirt Road Diary'

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Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline look back fondly on the night they first met in a clip from the upcoming documentary, My Dirt Road Diary. 

The couple met as college students at a local bar, Dingus, while attending Georgia Southern University. "I saw this character sitting across the bar. All I could see was white teeth," Caroline remarks of her first reaction of Luke in a sit-down interview.

On the other end, Luke recalls seeing Caroline and her friends walk into the bar when his future wife immediately caught his eye. "I was just like, 'who is that?' I got to figure out a way to strike up a conversation, do something cheesy or whatever," the country superstar says. 

Too sheepish to approach her, Caroline says Luke sent one of his friends over to introduce them. "It was just like love at first sight, college magic. It was pretty awesome," Luke says. 

Luke and Caroline married in 2006 and share two sons, 13-year-old Bo and 10-year-old Tate

My Dirt Road Diary is a five-part docuseries chronicling the American Idol judge's life through interviews, home videos and other footage. It premieres on August 6 on IMDb TV.

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Garth Brooks reevaluating remainder of 2021 Stadium Tour

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Garth Brooks may be hitting pause on his Stadium Tour. 

A representative for Garth shared in a statement on Tuesday that following his upcoming sold-out shows at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 7 and at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, on August 14, there will be a three-week window where shows will not be scheduled to give the team time to assess how to proceed in regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Additionally, ticket sales for the show scheduled in Seattle on September 4 will be halted. 

"It breaks my heart to see city after city go on sale and then have to ask those sweet people and the venues to reschedule," Garth says in a statement. "We have a three week window coming up where we, as a group, will assess the remainder of the stadium tour this year. It's humbling to see people put this much faith in you as an artist, and it kills me to think I am letting them down."

In recent weeks, cases of COVID-19 have increased across the country as the Delta variant continues to spread. The CDC is now recommending that people who are fully vaccinated wear masks indoors in public places in areas of high transmission. 

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Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood make history on country charts with "If I Didn't Love You"

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Fans are clearly loving Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood's new duet. 

Since its release on July 23, "If I Didn't Love You" has bounded to #2 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, setting a record as the highest debut for a duet featuring a solo male and female artist since the chart's inception in 1958. 

It bests the previous record set by Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani when their hit "Nobody but You" debuted at #9 in 2019. 

This marks Jason's 35th top-10 hit on the Hot Country Songs chart and Carrie's 30th. Her previous highest-charting debut on the chart was with Miranda Lambert on "Somethin' Bad," which bowed at #5 in 2014.  

"If I Didn't Love You" also has launched into the top 30 of the Billboard Country Airplay chart with a debut at #28, and sits at #1 on the Billboard Country Digital Song Sales Songs chart and #4 on the Billboard Country Streaming Songs tally.

"If I Didn't Love You" serves as the lead single off Jason's forthcoming album.

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Mitchell Tenpenny sends "Truth About You" to country radio

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Mitchell Tenpenny is unveiling the "Truth About You" in his new single. 

The song went viral among Mitchell's fanbase after he teased it on TikTok in early July, and he's now officially releasing the track as his next single at country radio. It marks the largest streaming debut of the country star's career: 2.5 million times in its first three days. 

The banjo-tinged song finds the Nashville native on the bitter end of a breakup, asking for compromise from his former partner. "If you quit telling lies about me/I won't tell the truth about you," he sings in the defining line. 

“I have the best and most reactive fans. Their instantaneous feedback is invaluable to me as an artist. There is nothing more gratifying than making music for them," Mitchell says in a statement. 

"Truth About You" will be featured on a forthcoming EP, set for release later this year. Mitchell is also featured on Chris Young's new album, Famous Friends, and will open for Chris on the Famous Friends Tour, kicking off in October.

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Garth Brooks praises fans' "character," working on rescheduling Nashville stadium show


After intense thunder and lightning storms led to a cancellation of his show at Nissan Stadium in Nashville on Saturday, Garth Brooks is actively working to reschedule the performance.

On Inside Studio G Monday night, Garth expressed that he was "heartbroken" that the weather forced him to postpone his first show at the Music City stadium, which drew more than 70,000 fans. He says he and his team are in the process of collaborating with the Nissan Stadium staff to work around the Tennessee Titans' schedule and find a new date for the show. 

“There is a rescheduled date that we’re working with, but we can’t confirm it yet. We’ve got to line it up with our stuff. But we’ll figure out what we do," Garth explains.

The superstar went on to praise his loyal fans, who had to take shelter inside the concourses of the venue during the storm, lifting one another's spirits with sing-a-longs to "Friends in Low Places."

"They say that character is not created in crisis, it is displayed in crisis, or it is revealed. The one thing that I’ll brag about against anybody is the Garth crowd, ‘G City.’ Those people? Friggin’ amazing," Garth raves. “My hat’s off to the Titan organization, to Nashville, the EMTs, all the first responders -- amazing. The firemen, the police, everything. And then, of course, for the people that sat in those seats. So sweet.”

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Carly Pearce's new album, 'Written in Stone,' features collaborations with Patty Loveless, Ashley McBryde

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Carly Pearce's story of 29 continues with her upcoming album, Written in Stone. 

Carly is expanding upon the personal album she released in February, which processes her divorce from Michael Ray and the passing of her producer, busbee, with Written in Stone. It features eight new songs, alongside the original seven on 29. 

The project features collaborations with Patty Loveless on "Dear Miss Loretta" and Ashley McBryde on "Never Wanted to Be That Girl," alongside other new tracks "Diamondback," "What He Didn't Do," "Easy Going," "Your Drinkin,' My Problem," "All the Whiskey in the World," and "Mean It This Time." 

Coinciding with the album news, the Kentucky native released "Dear Miss Loretta," a country ode to Loretta Lynn with strong supporting vocals from Patty, in which Carly shares how she connects to the legend's pain-soaked songs.  

“So much has happened to me in the last year. The more my life unraveled, the more the songs lifted me up," Carly describes. "As the smoke cleared, and some unbelievable things started happening, I was writing even more truth and getting lifted up even higher -- and I realized, as much as 29 captured a moment, I wasn’t done with the story.”

News of Written in Stone arrives on September 17, hours before the "I Hope You're Happy Now" singer is to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

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Country star trivia


On this day in 1991, this country icon scored her first #1 single when "She's In Love with the Boy" topped the country charts. Can you name her? ANSWER: Trisha Yearwood.

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Katy, Lionel and Luke returning for 20th season of 'American Idol'

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Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will be back behind the judges' table when American Idol returns on ABC in the spring of 2022.  It'll be the show's fifth season on ABC, but its 20th season overall. Host Ryan Seacrest is also on board for this historic season.

American Idol's executive producer and showrunner Megan Wolflick said in a statement, "The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer.”

Auditions for the new season start this Friday, August 6 with the return of the virtual nationwide "Idol Across America" search, which will take place in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.  The most recent American Idol champ, Chayce Beckham, auditioned via "Idol Across America."

Visit to find out how to sign up.  Here are the dates; you can audition on any date, regardless of where you live:

Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina (Aug. 6)
Connecticut, New Jersey, New York (Aug. 8)
Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas (Aug. 11)
Florida, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia (Aug. 13)
Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi (Aug. 16)
Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee (Aug. 18)
Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada (Aug. 21)
Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming (Aug. 23)
Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin (Aug. 25)
Open Call: Nationwide (Aug. 27)
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah (Aug. 31)
Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont (Sept. 2)
Delaware, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. (Sept. 8)
Open Call: The South (Sept. 10)
Open Call: East Coast (Sept. 13)
Open Call: West Coast (Sept. 16)
Open Call: Nationwide (Sept. 21)

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