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Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton spent his birthday on Tuesday in the Windy City, touring Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, as his girlfriend Gwen Stefani revealed in an Instagram post.

“Happy b day to my favorite human!!! Can’t believe your [sic] mine,” she posted, adding the hashtag #GreatestGuyIKnow.

Gwen also included a collection of photos of the Oklahoma native, including some pictures from early in his career when he sported a mullet and regularly wore a cowboy hat.

The post also includes an adorable video where Blake bends down to let a seal kiss him on the cheek.

In Nashville, Blake’s Ole Red restaurant and bar even paid for a billboard that read, “Happy Birthday Blake, You Ole Dog,” to celebrate the singer’s 43rd year.

Next fall, Gwen and Blake will be together again on TV, as the new season of The Voice premieres Monday, September 23 on NBC. Kelly Clarkson and Jon Legend are set to return as coaches as well.

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Courtesy PEOPLECarrie Underwood’s youngest son, Jacob, will be five months old on June 21, and according to Carrie, he’s simply “this perfect little bundle of a smiley guy.”

But before Jacob arrived in January, the “Love Wins” hitmaker had a particularly difficult time, losing three babies in the two years prior.

In a new People cover story titled “How Faith & Family Made Me Stronger,” Carrie opens up about dealing with her fertility problems following the birth of her first child, Isaiah, in 2015.

“The miscarriages made me get real with God and say, ‘Okay, I’m kind of giving up a little bit. If this isn’t meant to happen, then I need to accept that and know that someday I’ll understand why,’” she reveals.

“Of course, you wonder if it’s you,” Carrie continues, “‘What am I doing wrong, or what have I done wrong?’ I remember having conversations with [husband] Mike [Fisher] trying to make sense of it all.”

The American Idol winner even admits she felt guilty that she struggled to manage her emotions.

“I’ve always wanted to be a good daughter to my parents but also to God and not complain, because we are beyond blessed,” she reveals. “I get to do what I love, I have an incredible family. I have Mike, I have Isaiah, I have great parents. I have all of these amazing people around me, and I don’t want to complain, ever.”

It wasn’t too long after that, that Carrie got the news that helped brighten her perspective: “We heard that everything was okay and I was pregnant with Jacob."

Now, Carrie has both Isaiah and Jacob along with her on her Cry Pretty Tour. “It’s a big awesome mess,” she smiles.

You can read Carrie’s full People cover story when the new issue of the magazine hits newsstands on Friday.

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In Midland's lead single from their sophomore album, "Mr. Lonely" is the good-time guy who's always up to entertain the ladies.

But in the video, things take a darker turn, as a group of women enact their revenge on the man who's done them wrong, played by actor Dennis Quaid.

If you've watched the cartoons where Wile E. Coyote pursues the Road Runner, Cameron Duddy -- who directed the "Mr. Lonely" video with his brother, Colin -- says that's the tone they imagined for the clip.

"It was just like this Looney Tunes-style music video where we destroyed a whole bar over Dennis Quaid's head," Cameron explains.

"I mean, that's essentially what the video treatment was: 'We're gonna beat ya up,'" he continues. "And he showed up and wanted to do all the stunts."

That also involves one particular scene where a dart is directed toward a very personal area.

"I love the video because of that dart going at his special place," Mark Wystrach jokes, adding, "I think it's a really fun song and the video kind of turns it on its head and it's really empowering for women."

You can check out the "Mr. Lonely" video on YouTube now. Midland's second album, titled Let It Roll, is set to arrive August 23.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Lionel Cartwright scored his only #1 so far in September of 1991 with this song. Can you name the lead single from his Chasin' the Sun album? ANSWER: "Leap of Faith."

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Luke Combs not only has the #1 country album this week with The Prequel, his EP is also the highest-ranking country record on the all-genre Billboard 200, coming in at #4.

All five songs in the collection are also in the top 25 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart -- a feat that hasn't been equaled since Johnny Cash did it in 1959.

Luke titled the EP The Prequel because the North Carolina native wanted his fans to know there's more on the way.

"I didn't want people to think it was the only thing we were gonna do for a long time," he explains. "I didn't want to say, 'We're just gonna put out these five songs and that's kinda it.'"

"I wanted them to know it's I guess kind of a jumping off point for the next part of the career," Luke continues, "whatever that may be as far as whether it's a new album or a new tour or whatever. I just wanted to say the This One's for You era is kind of coming to an end."

Luke's debut is still going strong, however, hanging on to the #2 spot on the album chart.  But if you've been anxious for new music, Luke says he can relate.

"To me, I mean, it's really been like five years, from writing the songs to making the album to releasing the album," he points out. "And then the deluxe, and now -- I mean, I put the album out two years ago, which is crazy to think that we didn't even have an album out two years ago."

The Prequel also broke another record, achieving the biggest streaming week ever for a country artist. Meanwhile, its lead single, "Beer Never Broke My Heart," is currently in country's top ten.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBoth Keith Urban and Tim McGraw are sponsors of this year's 33rd annual Music Row Ladies Golf Tournament, which raises money for United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee. It takes place August 19 at Old Natchez Country Club in Nashville.

"Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine" hitmakers The Kentucky Headhunters will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their Pickin' on Nashville album with a show Friday, June 28 at The Basement East in Music City.

USA Today is set to premiere Scotty McCreery's new video for "In Between" at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

You can check out Riley Green's acoustic version of his album track, "Get That Man a Beer," on the Grand Ole Opry's YouTube channel.

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ABC/Mark Levine Brett Eldredge started 2019 playing the Country to Country Festival in Europe, and had such a great time that he’s planning his own tour early next year.

His eight-date run will kick off January 24 in Denmark, and wrap up a couple weeks later in London.

“Playing on tour in Europe this year was such a musical game changer for me that we decided to book my very own European tour in 2020,” Brett says.

“I am already buzzin’ to get back over and see you all,” he adds. “I hope you are ready!”

Meanwhile this week, Brett’s celebrating his seventh number one in the U.S. with “Love Someone.”

Pre-sales for Brett’s European trek start on Wednesday, before tickets become available to the general public on Friday. Here’s a look at the complete itinerary:

1/24 -- Cologne, Denmark, Carlswerk
1/25 -- Hamburg, Denmark, Docks
1/29 -- Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paradiso
1/31 -- Cambridge, England, Junction
2/1 -- Birmingham, England, Institute
2/3 -- Manchester, England, Ritz
2/4 -- Glasgow, Scotland, Old Fruitmarket
2/7 -- London, England, Shepherd’s Bush Empire

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ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/PR NewswireFlorida Georgia Line put on the biggest concert St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has ever seen last weekend, bringing the entire lineup of their Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour to the hospital's Memphis campus.

Dan ShayMorgan WallenCanaan Smith, and HARDY all entertained patients and their families on Saturday prior to their show that night in Southaven, Mississippi.

After the up-close-and-personal show, the artists’ wives stuck around for a personal tour of the hospital -- which was founded by actor and comedian Danny Thomas -- while their husbands went off to work.

Country music enjoys an especially close relationship with the hospital, which works to cure childhood cancer and other diseases.  Since Alabama’s Randy Owen founded the Country Cares for Kids campaign thirty years ago, artists, fans, and radio stations have raised more than $800 million for the facility, where no family ever receives a bill.

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Columbia Nashville If you’re scandalized by the fact that Maren Morris appears in the new issue of Playboy, the “Girl” hitmaker wants to remind you that no less a country legend than Dolly Parton also took some tasteful, non-nude photos for the magazine back in 1978.

As part of Playboy’s 20Q, Maren talks about sexuality, body image, marriage, pop crossovers, fitting into the country mold, and much more.  She confesses that “locking into becoming an established country artist...has been daunting.”

“It’s where I’m comfortable; it’s what I grew up in,” she continues. “But I’m sick of the standards we’ve been forced into, and it scares me that I’m getting so fed up with certain norms.”

As an example, Maren cites posting a photo of a Parkland shooting survivor and losing “probably 5,000 followers” on social media.

Maren does admit that she’s “speaking such a loud, noisy concept of what it means to be a woman in the music industry right now,” but notes, "I could just shut up and sing, keep my head down, not talk about politics or sexuality in my songs, [but] sometimes it’s [about] letting it all be a little more freewheeling.”

And Maren has no regrets.

“Every time I’ve spoken up or clapped back at some troll, it has been very much me,” she says. “I wouldn’t go back on any of it, because they deserved it.”

Maren also feels a responsibility to stand up for her fellow female country artists.

“I’m just trying to say, while I have the success and while I’m here, why aren’t any of my friends getting played [on the radio]?” she asks. “I want to shine a light while I have it and not let it be just about me.”

You can read Maren’s full Playboy article online now.

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ABC/Image Group LANobody seems to want to take off their “Whiskey Glasses,” least of all Morgan Wallen. The East Tennessee native’s latest hit is currently spending its third week atop Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

"The power of this song, my fans, and country radio continues to just blow me away," Morgan reflects. "I can’t even express how grateful I am to everybody who made this all possible.”

“Thank you for my first multi-week #1!" he adds.

Previously, Morgan took his first trip to the top of the chart last June with “Up Down,” his collaboration with his pals Florida Georgia Line.

He continues on the road this summer on FGL’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour, before joining Luke Combs’ Beer Never Broke My Heart trek in October.

Look for Morgan to get romantic with his next single: it’ll be “Chasin’ You” from his If I Know Me album.

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James Devaney/Getty ImagesChris Lane is now officially off the market, after asking girlfriend Lauren Bushnell to marry him on Sunday.

The “I Don’t Know About You” hitmaker got her dad’s permission to pop the question on Father’s Day, and did it in the backyard of her family’s Oregon home.

“I knew she wouldn’t want some elaborate crazy proposal,” Chris tells People. “So, I decided to keep it pretty casual.”

“I asked her parents for different places in Portland I could potentially take her to,” he continues, “but after a lot of thought I decided doing it at the family cookout would be the most laid-back setting and that she’d appreciate the simplicity of me proposing to her in her parents’ backyard.”

Chris wrote the song “Big, Big Plans” for Lauren and used it as part of the romantic moment, even capturing the whole thing on video. You can check it out for yourself on YouTube.

“I lost it,” The Bachelor alum admits. “It was the happiest moment of my life!”

Chris says he expects Lauren will do most of the wedding planning, though he’ll probably help pick the pastor who officiates, because that’s important to him.

The two had been friends for awhile and started dating last fall, before moving in together in March.

So far, Chris and Lauren haven’t revealed what they’re thinking as far as a wedding date.

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ABC/Image Group LARascal Flatts plans to stretch summer into fall, extending their Summer Playlist trek into October for a Canadian run.

Renamed the Forever Summer Playlist Tour, the dates will kick off October 24 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, with Canadian artists Aaron Goodvin and Steve Lee Olsen joining them for the shows.

Until then, Gary LeVoxJoe Don Rooney, and Jay DeMarcus are crisscrossing the U.S. with their Summer Playlist concerts, which resume June 27 in Charlotte, North Carolina with Billy Currington and LOCASH.

Here’s the full itinerary for Rascal Flatts’ Forever Summer Playlist Tour, with tickets going on sale on Monday:

10/24 -- Medicine Hat, AB, Canalta Centre
10/26 -- Dawson Creek, BC, Encana Events Centre
10/27 -- Prince George, BC, CN Centre
10/29 -- Kamloops, BC, Sandman Centre
10/30 -- Penticton, BC, South Okanagan Centre
11/1 -- Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford Centre

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Pearl Records“We’re gonna spend the weekend in the deep end of a dive bar,” Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton declare in their rollicking new duet.

As you might imagine, “Dive Bar” sounds a lot like the music you’d probably hear in one of the hole-in-the-wall joints that inspired it.

“This is kind of a salute back to the dive bars, the honky tonks, all those places that country music is born in and lives everyday,” Garth explains. “You know, it says in that line, 'Think of this as your oasis/It's the safest of the places/That a broken heart can find to hide.' That's what a dive bar is!”

Garth and Blake are set to perform the song together live from the first time on Saturday, July 19 during Garth’s show at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. In the meantime, Garth hints they’re already working on a unique idea for a music video.

Right now, “Dive Bar” is available exclusively via country radio, though you can sample a bit of it on Garth’s Instagram.

It’ll be available on Amazon Music on Amazon Prime Day which, although technically still a secret, is rumored to be July 15.  

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Comstock/Thinkstock Earlier this month, RaeLynn scored the first platinum single of her career with this song. Can you name her release from the summer of 2014? ANSWER: "God Made Girls."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockOld Dominion's Matthew Ramsey is featured in the new episode of And the Writer Is... with Ross Golan. You can listen at your favorite spot to stream or download podcasts.

You can watch Hunter Hayes in the studio creating the new song "One Good Reason" in a new behind-the-scenes video on YouTube. The tune is the fourth preview track from his upcoming album, which features his single, "Heartbreak."

Willie Nelson is set to guest on The View on Tuesday, which starts at 11 a.m. ET on ABC. He'll also be on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on NBC at 11:35 p.m. ET.

If you missed Shania Twain announcing her new Let's Go! residency in Las Vegas on ABC's Good Morning America, you can watch her segment online. The Canadian pop/country superstar will also be on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, which follows GMA on most ABC stations.

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When Shania Twain kicks off her new Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood in December, she plans to deliver an experience unlike another other in Sin City.

Even the title -- which comes from her smash, "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" -- conveys her show's good-time vibe.

"Since I'm taking this production into a very 'party' theme," Shania explains, "more of a dance-along, sing-along, party theme in this room, a short, punchy, exclaimated [sic] phrase/thought seemed appropriate: Let's Go!"

In the past, Zappos Theater has been the home-away-from-home for Backstreet Boys, Florida Georgia Line, Gwen Stefani and more, but Shania's mapping out a spectacle like the venue has never seen.

"I plan on delivering something exciting and different," she tells ABC Radio. "In that room, I'm changing up the stage. So there's gonna be things done in there that have never been done before."

In fact, Shania says the Let's Go! staging is so high-tech, it could never be part of a traditional tour.

"This production is something I could never take on the road," she points out. "The quality, the standard of the technology is too fragile to pack up and tear down every night."

The Canadian pop/country superstar says her fans will be a big part of the concert.

"It's a 'let your hair down' in every way show," Shania says. "And I'm gonna pull the audience into the production. I'm really excited about it..."

Shania's iconic fashion sense is a big part of the vision as well.

"I'm paying a lot of attention to the wardrobe and how much fun I'm gonna have there," she promises. "I want people to be wowed every night."

Tickets for Shania's Let's Go! Vegas residency go on sale Friday at Caesars.com.

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Loretta Lynn & Garth Brooks in January; ABC RadioLoretta Lynn is lashing out against reports she’s in a nursing home and on her deathbed.

In a short video posted on her Facebook page, the Country Music Hall of Famer holds a tablet and reacts to what she’s just seen online.

"You're kidding me!” she says in disbelief. "I ain’t dead and neither is Willie! Both of us are coming back to life and we’re gonna raise hell.”

The 87-year-old mentions fellow legend Willie Nelson, who's also frequently had to address rumors of his demise.

Loretta goes on to blast the false reports in the post that accompanies the video.

“Well, through the years they’ve said I’m broke, homeless, cheating, drinking, gone crazy, terminally ill, and even dead!” she adds. “Poor things can’t ever get it right.”

“I guess if those old pesky tabloids are harassing me then they’re giving someone else a break,” Loretta continues, “But I’m about an inch from taking ’em to Fist City!”

“Fist City,” of course, is the Kentucky native’s self-penned number one from 1968.

Loretta closes her post with more than half-a-dozen hashtags: #raisinghell, #yourmommashouldataughtyoubetter, #tellthetruth, #fistcity, #trashtalkingtabloids, #fakenews, and  #liarliarpantsonfire.

The “Coal Miner’s Daughter” has been fighting back since suffering a stroke in 2017, followed by a broken hip last year.

In April, she was well enough to attend an All-Star Celebration in her honor at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, evening joining in to sing her signature song during the finale.

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ABC/Mitch HaasethKane Brown’s long-awaited collaboration with Marshmello is set to arrive on Friday.

On his socials, the electronic music producer and deejay revealed the song, called “One Thing Right,” is on the way -- to which Kane replied, “I’m so ready.”

Kane’s previously described the tune as “kind of the opposite of [Marshmello's] single ‘Happier.'” That song, which featured British band Bastille, made it to #2 on the pop chart, and was certified multi-platinum.

The new Marshmello collaboration isn’t Kane’s new country single, however. Earlier this month at CMA Fest, he revealed that the track “Homesick” from his Experiment album would be his next offering at country radio.

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RiverHouse Artists/Columbia NashvilleLuke Combs’ debut album, This One’s for You, has been the most successful country album of the last several years, and The Prequel to his sophomore effort seems to be following in its footsteps.

This week, the North Carolina native’s new five-song EP debuts at #4 on the all-genre Billboard 200, having sold 48,000 units in its first seven days.

The Prequel EP also equals the success of the deluxe edition of Luke's debut, titled This One’s for You Too, which emerged at #4 during its first week back in June of 2018 as well.

Last week, Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road debuted at #1 on the same ranking. This week, the Jonas Brothers’ debuted at #1 with their comeback album Happiness Begins, blocking Luke’s chance at the top spot.

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Warner NashvilleBlake Shelton will turn 43 on Tuesday, but it’s his fans who’ll be getting the presents -- at the flagship location of his restaurant and bar in Music City.

Ole Red Nashville will be serving Blake Cake on June 18 in honor of the Oklahoma native’s birthday. Your meal will also be on the house, if you happen to share a birthday with the coach from The Voice.

So far, Blake hasn’t revealed how he’ll be celebrating the big day, but he’s already gotten a pretty good gift: His fast-rising single, “God’s Country,” moves up to #3 on the country chart this week.

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