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  • "American Idol" reportedly taps Luke Bryan as its second judge

    "American Idol" reportedly taps Luke Bryan as its second judge

    Luke 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 Richie, Charlie Puth and former Idol judge Keith Urban — all rumored to be in contention for the spot — appear to be […]

  • Blake Shelton is keeping it country and pushing it forward with "Texoma Shore"

    Blake Shelton is keeping it country and pushing it forward with "Texoma Shore"

    If 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 […]

  • Dolly, Carrie, Vince and more: The stars turn out to celebrate 40 years of Reba at the Opry

    Dolly, Carrie, Vince and more: The stars turn out to celebrate 40 years of Reba at the Opry

    It 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 […]

  • "Hold the Light": Dierks Bentley's first song for a movie hits close to home

    "Hold the Light": Dierks Bentley's first song for a movie hits close to home

    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 […]

  • Dylan Scott hopes you'll be "Hooked" on his new Christmas EP

    Dylan Scott hopes you'll be "Hooked" on his new Christmas EP

    As 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 […]

  • Listen now: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani throw a little holiday shade in "You Make It Feel Like Christmas"

    Listen now: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani throw a little holiday shade in "You Make It Feel Like Christmas"

    Blake 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 […]

  • Florida Georgia Line takes it to the top ten on the dance floor with Hailee Steinfeld

    Florida Georgia Line takes it to the top ten on the dance floor with Hailee Steinfeld

    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. […]