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Redbook/Ben WattsEven though both her single, “Vice,” and her album, The Weight of These Wings, have each sold a million copies and been certified platinum, Miranda Lambert has struggled to land a major radio hit since releasing the double-set last year.

“It’s B.S., straight up!” Miranda tells Redbook, commenting specifically on how hard it is for females to get played on country radio these days.

Carrie Underwood still struggles,” she continues, “and that just blows my mind because she’s got a million hits and she’s Carrie Freakin’ Underwood. I tell them at radio stations, ‘Just play one of us; it doesn’t have to be me. Then we all win.’ I’ll fight for it until I can’t no more,” she vows.

Miranda’s current single, “Tin Man,” is currently one spot away from the top-25, while “Vice” made it into the top-15 last November.

The Texas native shares more of her opinions in her new cover story in the November issue of Redbook, which hits newsstands next Tuesday.

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Jamie Gilliam for Lipscomb UniversityIn her stellar career, Reba McEntire has taken home trophies from the Grammys, CMA, ACM, People’s Choice and American Music Awards, just to name a few. But in Nashville on Tuesday night, she scored a career first, picking up her inaugural Dove Award for her foray into Christian music.

The Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer took home the Christian-music-equivalent of a Grammy for her double-album, Sing It Now:  Songs of Faith and Hope.

“It’s not mine. It’s God’s,” Reba told the audience as she accepted, according to the Tennessean. “We’ll give him all the glory. I’ll put it up on the mantle, and think of him every time I look at it.”

Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, who co-produced the record, shares in the honor and was there to celebrate as well.

Reba closed the show with a performance of “Back to God” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” backed by a choir, as well as Mary Mary’s Erica CampbellTauren Wells and Southern Gospel artist Joseph Habedank, who co-wrote the title track of Reba’s winning album.

You can watch the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on TBN.

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ABC/Image Group LA Since he retired from touring in 2014, George Strait has made T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas his unofficial home to play live.  That’s a relationship that will continue into 2018.

King George has schedule two shows for February 2 and 3, with tickets going on sale Friday, October 27.

“We said from the beginning that we would listen to the fans and follow what they want,” George explains. “Fan support is just as strong now as it was when we started, and we are responding to that interest by adding shows in 2018.”

Fellow Texans Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will open the concerts at T-Mobile Arena.

The Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer has also scheduled three shows next year that aren’t in Vegas, but are relatively close to his home in the Lone Star State. He’ll play BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 1 and 2, before heading to Frank Erwin Center in Austin on June 3.

You can find out more about tickets at GeorgeStrait.com.

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CMTWhat would American Idol winner Phillip Phillips sound like singing Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road”? We’re likely to find out Wednesday night, as the singer/songwriter pays tribute to the smash at the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year event.

Backstreet Boys will also honor their pals and recent tour mates Florida Georgia Line with a special performance at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Though the other Artists of the Year -- Chris StapletonJason AldeanKeith Urban and Luke Bryan -- will play tonight as well, CMT is shifting the tone of the annual event away from being an awards show, in favor of a night of coming together after the recent shootings in Vegas, and the multiple hurricanes that have ravaged many parts of the U.S.

Stars from outside the world of country, like Andra Day and Common, will collaborate with Lee Ann Womack and Little Big Town on a medley of Day’s hit “Rise Up” and “Stand Up for Something.”

Also look for appearances tonight from Blake SheltonChris YoungDolly PartonKelsea BalleriniVince Gill and Amy GrantBrothers Osborne, and new American Idol judge Lionel Richie.

You can catch the 2017 Artists of the Year special live from Music City tonight at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Twenty-five years ago this week, Country Music Hall-of-Famers Garth Brooks and Randy Traviswalked the red carpet for the Nashville premiere of this movie starring their fellow legend George Strait. Can you name the film? ANSWER: Pure Country.

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ABC RadioKane Brown, Garth Brooks and Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey all made appearances Tuesday night at the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research 42nd New York Honors Gala, which honored outstanding leaders in the music business. 

Garth didn't perform; he was on hand to present Steve Boom, Amazon's VP of Music, with the Music Innovation Award. Garth was introduced by chart-topping hip-hop deejay, producer and social media star DJ Khaled.

Matthew, there without the rest of Old Dominion, was introduced by super-producer Shane McAnally, and performed the group's smash hit "No Such Thing as a Broken Heart." Kane also performed, as did pop/rock star Elle King, who won a CMA last year for her duet with Dierks Bentley, "Different for Girls."

"I always say that what I do for a living is something that I would do anyway," Matthew told ABC Radio on the red carpet before his performance. "And then we really get to see that music actually makes a difference.  And so if I can come in here and lend a little bit of talent to that, to help, then I'm happy to do it."

As for Kane, he's never met a charitable cause he didn't like.

"I just love supporting any cause," the chart-stopping star told ABC Radio.  "I know it sounds weird but any way I can help people out, I just love to do it!"  

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Blue Chair Bay/Columbia NashvilleAfter a summer largely off the road, Kenny Chesney is raring to go -- and next year, he’ll be bringing Thomas RhettOld Dominion and newcomer Brandon Lay with him.

Kenny will kick off his 18-stadium Trip Around the Sun Tour April 21 in Tampa, Florida. Pre-sales are already underway, with tickets coming online for the general public on Friday, October 27 -- the same day his new 30-song live album is available.

“Listening to all those tapes of all those shows led to Live in No Shoes Nation,” Kenny says in a statement, “and playing those two nights in Foxboro this year made me really want to get out there with all the people who LIVE this music. We have so much fun, so much life, so many memories -- all tied up in these shows and these songs. I am ready to get out there and kick into another summer where we can all celebrate how lucky we are to love life and be able to come together.”

Here’s the complete itinerary for Kenny Chesney’s 2018 Trip Around the Sun Tour:

4/21 -- Tampa, FL, Raymond James Stadium
4/28 -- Milwaukee, WI, Miller Park
5/5 -- Minneapolis, MN, US Bank Stadium
5/19 -- Arlington, TX, AT&T Stadium
5/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
6/2 -- Pittsburg, PA, Heinz Field
6/9 -- Philadelphia, PA, Lincoln Financial Field
6/16 -- Columbus, OH, Mapfre Stadium
6/23 -- Phoeniz, AZ, Chase Field
6/30 -- Denver, CO, Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium
7/7 -- Seattle, WA, Centurylink Field
7/14 -- Kansas City, MO, Arrowhead Stadium
7/21 -- St. Louis, MO, Busch Stadium
7/28 -- Chicago, IL, Soldier Field
8/4 -- Detroit, MI, Ford Field
8/11 -- Nashville, TN, Nissan Stadium
8/18 -- East Rutherford, NJ, MetLife Stadium
8/24 -- Foxboro, MA, Gillette Stadium

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CMAA who’s-who of nominees and one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame make up the initial list of performers at the 51st Annual CMA Awards.

So far, Garth BrooksBrothers OsborneLuke BryanEric ChurchAlan JacksonMiranda LambertLittle Big TownOld DominionJon PardiChris StapletonThomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood are all set to take the stage next month at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Jackson officially takes his place in the Hall of Fame during the annual Medallion Ceremony in downtown Nashville this weekend.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the show for their tenth time together. You can take in all the action live from Music City starting at 8 p.m. ET on November 8.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Ricky Skaggs will be this year’s special guest on the annual CSX Santa Train, as it travels from Shelby, Kentucky to Kingsport, Tennessee on November 18 to deliver food, toys and winter clothes to the people of Appalachia. This will be the 75th year for the tradition.

RaeLynn performs her latest single “Lonely Call” Wednesday during the 10 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today show.

Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher helped raised $500,000 for Danita’s Children during a fundraiser this weekend in Nashville. The money goes to help the people of Haiti.

If you missed Dierks Bentley’s Tuesday morning appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America, you can see it online now.

You can watch The Chew's Clinton Kelly play a game of "I Beg Your Parton" with Dolly herself in a new YouTube video from the legend's Tuesday appearance on the ABC show. 

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ABC RadioChris Young is officially the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry, after one of his heroes invited him to join back in August, and another inducted him on Tuesday night.

“If you pick two people that I've been lucky enough to not only get to know, but also grew up loving their music and have been to one of their shows… [it would be] Vince Gill and Brad Paisley,” Chris said before taking the stage. “Vince being the one that asked me to become a member, and Brad being the one inducting me is just incredibly special.”

That didn’t stop Brad from having a little fun at his expense, however.

“On the way up here, I texted him,” Chris explained. “And you know, this is just a huge deal for me, so I'm emotional today, and I'm sending everybody like really nice messages, and Brad just brought me right back to reality, perfectly...”

“I texted him,” he continued, “I was like, 'Man, I really appreciate you being here tonight, and wanting to be the one that inducts me. That means a lot…'”

“He goes, 'I called the Opry like two or three times, but I couldn't get 'em to change their mind, so I figured I might as well show up.' Which is, if you've ever been around Brad Paisley, is not surprising. I was like, 'Thanks, dude. Love you too!'” Chris laughed.

In addition to his first #1, “Gettin’ You Home,” and his hit “I’m Comin’ Over,” Chris played two songs especially for the occasion:  Marty Robbins’ “Devil Woman” was a song his granddad played for him growing up.  Before doing Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing at All,” Chris recalled how his admiration for the late singer had made him especially excited to sign with his label, RCA.

“This is a zoo,” Brad quipped, after coming on stage for the induction ceremony. “It’s not a museum of inanimate objects -- you can come see the animals!”

In a more serious moment, Brad added, “This is a great human being. This is what the Opry needs,” before giving Chris the statue that signifies his membership.

Chris then walked to the back of the stage where his mother was seated, hugged her and handed her the trophy, before bringing Cassadee Pope on to sing their #1 duet, “Think of You.”

Losing Sleep, Chris’s seventh album, comes out on Friday.

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Black River Entertainment“High School” is more than just a track on Kelsea Ballerini’s new Unapologetically album -- it’s where she’s headed.

Fresh off playing shows in Amsterdam, Ireland, and the United Kingdom on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good World Tour, the Tennessee native is traveling back to her alma mater to play a free concert. She’ll take the stage at Knoxville’s Central High School on October 28 through a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

For a chance to win tickets, all you need to do is follow “Tennessee” on Snapchat.

Kelsea’s sophomore album arrives November 3. You can download the title track, “Unapologetically,” the first single “Legends,” and “High School” now, with the track “Miss Me More” coming Friday.

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CurbAs Jerrod Niemann prepares to release his new single “I Got This,” from his latest album This Ride, he’s getting a pretty impressive shout-out from five-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Garth Brooks.   

“This is one of the greatest talents I’ve ever got to run into, just a humble kid from Kansas,” Garth said recently on Facebook Live, while holding Jerrod’s album. “I would write with this guy every day. I think his well is infinite and I think he’s a great writer, great kid, great singer.”

Jerrod co-wrote both Garth’s #1 “Good Ride Cowboy” and the cut “That Girl Is a Cowboy.” He quickly responded back to Garth's praise, saying he’d be “ready to write any day… or night.”

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RCAKane Brown not only has the biggest country album and song in America this week, he’s breaking records as well.

For the first time in history, Kane becomes the first artist to top all five Billboard country charts at the same time. His duet with Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs,” is #1 on the Country Airplay, Hot Country Songs, Country Streaming Songs and Country Digital Songs rankings. The Deluxe edition of his self-titled debut album is #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums tally as well.

On top of that, Kane Brown Deluxe arrives at #5 on the all-genre Billboard 200 ranking.

While he's currently on Jason Aldean's They Don't Know Tour with Chris Young, he'll continue with Chris after the first of the year on Chris' own Losing Sleep World Tour.

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ABC/Randy HolmesIf things had gone as scheduled, Lady Antebellum would’ve kicked off their first tour of South Africa this past weekend.  But even though the trio had to postpone the trip because Hillary Scott is pregnant with twins, Charles Kelley and his wife Cassie kept their plans to go on safari.

“That’s my tall brother from another mother,” the 6’6” Charles shared on Instagram, along with a video of an impressive giraffe. “#Twins,” he added. He also joked that he was singing Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up,” as he posted a clip of an elephant pawing the ground.

Despite the fun the couple had, they were also missing their toddler Ward, who turned one in February.

“Had the most amazing experience in South Africa with my best friend and wife @CassieKelley!” Charles concluded. “Only once did I think we were about to be eaten by lions and almost peed myself. Now we are almost home and get to squeeze little man.”

Next up, Lady A competes for Vocal Group and Album of the Year for Heart Break at next month’s CMA Awards.

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Mercury NashvilleShania Twain’s already demonstrated she knows a thing or two about fancy footwork in a handful of her iconic music videos.  Next week, she’ll share her knowledge as a guest judge on Dancing with the Stars.

The pop/country superstar will take her place at the judge’s table during movie night, as the celebrity contestants pay tribute to memorable dance moments from the silver screen.

Shania will also perform the track “Soldier,” which is featured in the film Thank You for Your Service. It’s also included on her new NOW album, which recently debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200.

You can see Shania on Dancing with the Stars Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Comstock/ThinkstockThis #1 hit from 1973 was also the title track of Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn's third album of duets. Can you name this song, which mentions two Southern states? ANSWER:  "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man."

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ABC/Image Group LA Reba McEntire has a shot at a career first: Tonight at Allen Arena on the campus of Nashville’s Lipscomb University, the Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer could win her very first Dove Award.

The Oklahoma native is up for both Album and Recorded Song of the Year in the Bluegrass/Country/Roots category at Christian music’s equivalent of the Grammys. Reba is nominated for the track “Back to God” from her Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope project.

“It's wonderful,” she tells ABC Radio. “I was very honored to get nominated for the album and the song. It's great to be accepted, no matter what kind of genre of music you're singing. But it was a thrill for me. I was very grateful.”  

Reba is set to sing on the show as well. You can watch her performance -- and see if she wins -- when the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards air Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on TBN.

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ABC RadioKeith Urban kicked off an impromptu Monday night show at Nashville’s The Basement with a rocking version of Dave Edmund’s 1970 classic “I Hear You Knocking.” Earlier in the day, the Australian superstar had hinted he was feeling like playing a surprise show, before tweeting out the details several hours later.   

“I miss playing,” he told the capacity crowd at the intimate venue off 8th Avenue South. “We’re not touring right now. I miss gigging. So we called… and said, ‘Can we come and plug in?’ And they said, ‘Sure.’”

The CMA Entertainer of the Year contender continued his solo acoustic concert with his hits “Day Go By” and “Raining on Sunday,” before bringing his band out for “Long Hot Summer” and “You Look Good in My Shirt.” Along the way, he threw in his group The Ranch’s debut single, “Walkin’ the Country.”

“It’s been a crazy month, really. Just insane,” he said to the audience. “And literally while I was driving here tonight, I was talking to a friend of mine who is going out to be a part of Tom Petty’s memorial tonight for family.”

“We were both talking about the fact that we are both just going to be of service and be a part of something tonight,” Keith continued. “And I just wanted to play music so we can remember what it’s like to be alive, to celebrate and to be together and enjoy this beautiful, precious life.”

From there, Keith’s free concert rolled on with signature tunes like “Break on Me,” “Somewhere in My Car,” “Good Thing” and “Blue Ain’t Your Color” as well as the Ripcord cut, “Gone Tomorrow, Here Today.”

He also covered Mike Posner’s “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” and Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker,” and sang “Happy Birthday” to a fan as well.  

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Kacey Musgraves tied the knot with singer/songwriter Ruston Kelly this weekend in Tennessee. The two have been engaged since last Christmas Eve.

Look for Dolly Parton on The Chew on Tuesday. You can catch the show at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.

Garth Brooks has broken his previous record in Lincoln, Nebraska, selling nearly 67,000 tickets to his five shows that run October 20-22 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Brad Paisley’s new single from his Love and War album will be the track “Heaven South.”

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RCAJust days before the release of his new album, Losing SleepChris Young marks a career milestone tonight in Nashville, as he’s officially inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

For the Murfreesboro, Tennessee native, it’s the pinnacle of more than a decade of Opry memories.

“I think it was Jean Shephard one time that asked me to do… one more song,” Chris remembers, recalling the late Opry pioneer. “The Opry band had not played with me enough for me to know, off the top of my head… something that I was 100-percent certain that they were gonna know and I was gonna nail. [I] did [an] acoustic [version of] 'Begging to You' by Marty Robbins, and that was the only time, honest-to-God, everybody in the room was standing up. It was just a cool moment, and it's something that I'll always remember.”

Chris admits he’s had his share of humorous moments on the Opry stage too, particularly one involving a Cajun country music legend.

“Probably the funniest thing that happened to me at the Opry was Jimmy C. Newman loaned me a guitar strap one time, and I didn't check it before I went onstage,” Chris explains. “And it looked like I was playing a mandolin… But seriously, it's been something that I've been lucky... I signed my record deal eleven years ago, and the Opry has let me play so many times.”

Brad PaisleyDustin LynchTracy Lawrence and Chris’s “Think of You” duet partner Cassadee Pope are all set to play Tuesday night’s Opry. Chris’s new album, which takes its title from his latest top-20 hit, “Losing Sleep,” comes out on Friday.

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