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Wednesday
Jan272016

Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood Set to Collaborate on the Grammys

ABC/Image Group LACountry music’s star power will now shine a little brighter on Grammy night.  Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt are set to join previously announced nominees Little Big Town to sing on the show next month.

Carrie and Sam are just two of the artists the Grammys are putting together for a series of special duet performances. Though we don’t know for sure what they’ll do, the two are a natural pairing since Sam sings backgrounds on Carrie’s current top-ten hit, “Heartbeat.”

Rocker James Bay and fellow Best New Artist nominee Tori Kelly are also set to collaborate, as well as R&B nominee Andra Day and pop singer Ellie Goulding.

Though Carrie has performed on the Grammys before, this will be Sam’s first time. He’s up for both Best New Artist and Best Country Album, for Montevallo. Carrie competes for Best Country Solo Performance for “Little Toy Guns.”

You can check out their stage time together Monday, February 15 at 8 p.m. ET when the 58th Annual Grammy Awards air on CBS.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Ellie Goulding Escapes Sinking Vehicle in Frozen Norwegian Lake

ABC/Image Group LAEllie Goulding knows what it feels like to be on thin ice. The singer was traveling across a frozen lake in Norway recently, when the ice suddenly cracked and she nearly found herself submerged in freezing cold water.

The singer posted about the frightening ordeal on Instagram this week. She had been driving with photographer Conor McDonnell, who managed to snap a photo of their vehicle half-submerged in the water.

“Throwback to a few weeks ago when myself and @conormcdphoto nearly ended up in a lake in -30...,” Ellie captions the photo. “Note to self don't drive a BV206 over a frozen lake.”

Conor also posted about the incident, writing that they had to evacuate through the roof. While they lost the vehicle for good in the lake’s murky depths, they thankfully escaped unharmed.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Zayn Malik Cancels UK Talk Show Appearance

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagicZayn Malik won’t be appearing on U.K.’s The Graham Norton Show after all, Entertainment Weekly reports. The former One Direction member was set to make his solo TV debut on the program this Friday, but had to cancel because of a scheduling issue.

“Due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts with recording commitments, Zayn’s appearance on Graham Norton has been postponed,” Zayn’s rep says in a statement obtained by EW. “Zayn has confirmed that he would love to appear on the show at a later date.”

Zayn is set to release his first solo single, “Pillowtalk,” on Friday.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Tyler Farr Cancels Concert Dates After Vocal Surgery

Columbia NashvilleTyler Farr is canceling all his concert dates for the next few months and immediately going on vocal rest after undergoing microlaryngeal surgery to remove a polyp on his vocal chords. The operatically-trained singer first noticed he was having problems during his summer tour with Jason Aldean, but didn’t discover exactly what the issue was until he suffered through a severe round of bronchitis at the end of the year.

 “I hate cancelling shows, especially the upcoming tour with my buddy Lee Brice, but I never want to give the fans less than everything,” the “Redneck Crazy” hitmaker says. “I know the sooner I let my body heal, the sooner I can get back out there -- and the fewer problems I will have in the long run. To me, it’s never about the next few days, but doing the right thing overall, and now I’m under doctor’s orders.”

Tyler’s sophomore album, Suffer in Peace, came out last April, with its first release, “A Guy Walks into a Bar,” becoming his third number-one in a row. His latest single, “Better in Boots,” is currently in the top 30.

Tyler hopes to be able to return to the road by spring.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Bruce Springsteen Adds Dates to The River Tour; Reschedules Postponed NYC Show

Credit: Danny ClinchBruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's 2016 The River Tour will keep flowing a bit longer than originally planned. The North American trek, which initially had been scheduled to wind down with concerts on March 15 and 17 in Los Angeles, has been extended through an April 23 and 25 stand in Brooklyn, New York.

The newly added run of dates kicks off with a third L.A. concert, on March 19, and includes stops in Portland, Oregon; Seattle; Denver; Oklahoma City; Dallas; Kansas City, Missouri; and Baltimore. In addition, Springsteen and company have announced a March 28 makeup date for the show at New York's Madison Square Garden this past Sunday, January 24, that they postponed because of the blizzard that struck the city. Tickets for the January 24 event will be honored on the new date.

Bruce and his group also have lined up one international gig as part of The River Tour, a May 19 headlining appearance at Portugal's Rock in Rio Lisboa festival. Visit BruceSpringsteen.net to find out when tickets will be available for the new concerts.

Each performance on the current trek features Springsteen and the E Street Band playing the Boss' 1979 album The River in its entirety, as well as other select songs from Bruce's catalog. The tour was organized in conjunction with last December's release of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, a multiple-disc box set containing a remastered edition of The River, an early 10-song single-CD version of the album, a variety of outtakes, a making-of documentary, a vintage concert video and more.

Here are all of the upcoming dates on Springsteen and the E Street Band's 2016 tour:

1/27 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena
1/29 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
1/31 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
2/2 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
2/4 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
2/8 -- Albany, NY, Times Union Center
2/10 -- Hartford, CT, XL Center
2/12 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
2/16 -- Sunrise, FL, BB&T Center
2/18 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
2/21 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
2/23 -- Cleveland, OH, Quicken Loans Arena
2/25 -- Buffalo, NY, First Niagara Center
2/27 -- Rochester, NY, Blue Cross Arena
2/29 -- Saint Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
3/3 -- Milwaukee, WI, BMO Harris Bradley Center
3/6 -- St Louis, MO, Chaifetz Arena
3/10 -- Phoenix, AZ, Talking Stick Resort Arena
3/13 -- Oakland, CA, Oracle Arena
3/15 -- Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
3/17 -- Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
3/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena*
3/22 -- Portland, OR, Mode Center*
3/24 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena at Seattle Center*
3/28 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden Arena+
3/31 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center*
4/3 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena*
4/5 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center*
4/7 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center*
4/10 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum*
4/12 -- Columbus, OH, Schottenstein Center*
4/14 -- Auburn Hills, MI, The Palace of Auburn Hills*
4/18 -- University Park, PA, Bryce Jordan Arena*
4/20 -- Baltimore, MD, Royal Farms Arena*
4/23 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center*
4/25 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center*
5/19 -- Lisbon, Portugal, Rock in Rio Lisboa*

* = new concert.
+ = rescheduled from January 24.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Andra Day Feels "Honored" to Take Part in Grammy Duets 

Photo credit: Myriam Santos 

Andra Day is among the handful of artists that have been announced for the trademark "Grammy Moments" pairings, taking place during next month's Grammy Awards.

The R&B singer, who's up for two awards, including Best R&B Performance for "Rise Up," has been paired with pop singer Ellie Goulding for a duet, which will serve as Andra's first Grammy performance ever.

"Honored to be performing @TheGRAMMYs with @EllieGoulding!," Andra tweeted.

Other pairings include country stars Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt, as well as pop singer Tori Kelly and folk singer James Bay. They'll join previously announced performers The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Adele and country group Little Big Town on the show, which will air February 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Decries High School's Cancellation of "American Idiot" Production 

ABC/Fred LeeA Connecticut high school's decision to call off a planned production of American Idiot has drawn a response from Billie Joe Armstrong. In an Instagram post, the Green Day frontman criticized the Enfield High School school board for cancelling the production of the musical, which is based on the punk band's 2004 album of the same name.

"I realize the content of the Broadway production of [American Idiot] is not quite 'suitable' for a younger audience," writes Armstrong. "However there is a high school rendition of the production and I believe that's the one Enfield was planning to perform which is suitable for most people."

Armstrong also claims that Enfield High's cancellation of American Idiot is an issue of "censorship."

"This production tackles issues in a post 9/11 world and I believe the kids should be heard," he writes. "And most of all be creative in telling a story about our history."

Since Armstrong posted his feelings about the American Idiot cancellation, Enfield High drama club director Nate Ferreira has clarified that it wasn't the school board who called off the production.

"I know that Mr. Armstrong posted something in support of our intention to do the show but in fact it wasn't the school board as he thinks that forced us not to do the show," Ferreira tells The Hartford Courant. "It was a decision that the principal and I arrived at together because there were some kids in the group whose parents didn't want them involved."

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dear Enfield high school board, #enfieldhighschoolmusical #highschoolidiot #enfieldidiot It has come to my attention that you cancelled your high school theater production of American Idiot. I realize the content of the Broadway production of AI is not quite "suitable" for a younger audience. However there is a high school rendition of the production and I believe that's the one Enfield was planning to perform which is suitable for most people. it would be a shame if these high schoolers were shut down over some of the content that may be challenging for some of the audience. but the bigger issue is censorship. this production tackles issues in a post 9/11 world and I believe the kids should be heard. and most of all be creative in telling a story about our history. I hope you reconsider and allow them to create an amazing night of theater! as they say on Broadway .. "the show must go on!" rage and love Billie Joe Armstrong ps. I love that your school is called "Raiders"

A photo posted by Billie Joe Armstrong (@billiejoearmstrong) on Jan 25, 2016 at 10:59am PST

 

Wednesday
Jan272016

Iggy Pop and Josh Homme Schedule World Tour

Rekords Rekords/Loma Vista/Caroline InternationalIggy Pop and Josh Homme have officially announced a world tour in support of their collaborative album, Post Pop Depression. The tour, which is being described as a "one time only" affair, will start off with a U.S. jaunt that runs from March 28 in Seattle to April 28 in Los Angeles, followed by a trip to Europe, which concludes May 15 in Paris. Visit PostPopDepression.com for all ticket info.

Along with Pop and Homme, the Post Pop Depression tour lineup includes The Dead Weather's Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders, who also played on the album, plus Homme's Queens of the Stone Age band mate Troy Van Leeuwen and journeyman guitarist Matt Sweeney.

Post Pop Depression will be released March 18. Here are Iggy's tour dates:

3/28 -- Seattle, WA, Paramount Theatre
3/29 -- Portland, OR, Keller Auditorium
3/31 -- San Francisco, CA, The Masonic
4/2 -- Denver, CO, Ellie Caulkins Opera House
4/4 -- Minneapolis, MN, Northrop Auditorium
4/6 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
4/7 -- Detroit, MI, Fox Theatre
4/9 -- Toronto, ON, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
4/11 -- Boston, MA, Orpheum Theatre
4/12 -- New York, NY, United Palace Theatre
4/15 -- Philadelphia, PA, Academy of Music
4/19 -- Miami Beach, FL, The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater
4/28 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Greek Theatre
5/4 -- Stockholm, Sweden, Cirkus
5/5 -- Copenhagen, Denmark, Falconer
5/7 -- Berlin, Germany, Tempodrom
5/8 -- Hamburg, Germany, Mehr! Theater
5/10 -- Amsterdam, Netherlands, Heineken Music Hall
5/13 -- London, UK, Royal Albert Hall
5/15 -- Paris, France, Le Grand Rex

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Miley Cyrus, Adam Lambert & Troye Sivan Nominated for GLAAD Media Awards

Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesThe nominations for the 27th annual GLAAD Media Awards have been announced. Miley Cyrus, Adam Lambert and Troye Sivan all scored nods in the Outstanding Music Artist category.

The awards recognize and celebrate the fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBT community in different forms of media. Both Adam and Troye are openly gay, while Miley identifies as pansexual, meaning she’s attracted to people of any sex or gender identity.

Other nominees include TV shows like Transparent, Empire, Orange Is the New Black and I Am Cait; and movies including Carol and The Danish Girl.

The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in Los Angeles on April 2 at the Beverly Hilton, and in New York on May 14 at the Waldorf Astoria. The Los Angeles ceremony will air on Logo as a one-hour special premiering in April.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThis actress played the mom in the classic Vacation movies and Patsy Cline in Coal Miner's Daughter. Can you name her? ANSWER:  Beverly D'Angelo.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

"I Got the Boy" Singer Jana Kramer Is Doing Anything She Can to Bring on the Birth of Her Baby Girl

Warner Music NashvilleThe countdown is on for Jana Kramer. Any day now, the “I Got the Boy” singer is due to deliver her baby girl, according to her Celebrity Baby Blog at People.com, and she admits she’s getting antsy. “Everyone warned me of this time, that the last few weeks will be the longest and it’s so true,” she shares. “I feel like the days are creeping by.”

Lately, she’s been keeping busy doing anything that might bring on the start of labor, including eating pineapple, spicy food and working out with her trainer Erin Oprea, who’s also hit the gym with Carrie Underwood.

“My doctor says to keep doing more squats,” Jana tweeted. “If I do any more squats my legs are gonna fall off. #anyday.” She adds with a wink she’s also done “more fun stuff” that she can’t mention online that are said to bring on childbirth.  

In the meantime, she’s passing the time with social media, tweeting with fans and even flirting with her husband a little -- “Hey @MCAUSSIN80 remember when u stalked me on Twitter, we met, fell in love and now we are having a baby? Thanks @twitter!”

Jana’s official due date is in early February. If all goes well, she hopes to be back at work by late April.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

John Fogerty Schedules Encore Las Vegas Residency in the Fall

Credit: Myriam SantosAfter wrapping up his first-ever Las Vegas residency over the weekend at The Venetian hotel and casino, John Fogerty now has announced plans to return to Sin City for a new run of performances later this year. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman has scheduled a nine-date engagement of his show, Fortunate Son in Concert, kicking off September 14 and winding down on October 1.

"It was the greatest rockin' Las Vegas at The Venetian," says Fogerty of his sold-out January residency.  "I am overwhelmed and so grateful at the response we have had that we are going to bring my show…back in September! Come join us next fall to shake things up rock 'n' roll style."

Adds, George Markantonis, president of The Venetian, "The amount of positive feedback we have received from guests and fans about John's sold-out residency has been overwhelming. We hope fans who missed those shows will get the chance to see his passion and talent in the fall."

Tickets for the upcoming performances go on sale on Friday, February 5, at 10 a.m. PT.  You can purchase tickets online at Venetian.com/JohnFogerty, at any Venetian or Palazzo box office, or by calling 702-414-9000702-414-9000 or 866-641-7469866-641-7469 FREE.

As previously reported, Fortunate Son in Concert features Fogerty and his band playing many classic songs that appeared on the three albums Creedence Clearwater Revival released in 1969, and also will feature John performing other well-known CCR tunes, as well as selections from his solo career. The shows, which take place at The Venetian Theatre, are scheduled for September 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28 and 30, and October 1.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Mariah Carey & Fiancé James Packer Are "Match Made in Heaven," Says Source

ABC/Randy Holmes Wondering what makes Mariah Carey and new fiancé James Packer so compatible? They’re both alphas.

A source tells People magazine, “It’s a match made in heaven because he’s unafraid of an alpha woman. He’s an alpha male.”

It also doesn’t hurt that he’s a billionaire businessman. James is estimated to be the fourth-richest person in Australia, with around $4.7 billion in assets. A friend of Mariah’s tells People the singer likes the fact that James is more successful than she is.

The insider adds, “Mariah is someone who likes to be taken care of.”

Plus, James gets along with Mariah’s twins with ex Nick Cannon, Monroe and Moroccan. "It's obvious that [James] cares about Mariah's kids," the source says. "He is a businessman first, but when he is around, he is great with the kids."

The two got engaged last week, after James presented Mariah with an enormous 35-carat ring. It was rumored that Mariah’s ex Nick wasn’t too happy when he found out the news, but he congratulated the two in an Instagram post and called them a “great couple.”

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Breaking Benjamin Plots First European Tour

Scott Dudelson/Getty ImagesBreaking Benjamin is taking their live show across the Atlantic for their first ever European tour this summer. The outing kicks off May 29 in The Netherlands and includes stops in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the U.K., Belarus, Russia and Sweden. For ticket info, visit BreakingBenjamin.com.

"Breaking Benjamin is excited beyond words to finally be going to Europe," says the band in a statement. "We want to give a huge thanks to all of our fans who have eagerly awaited the band overseas and have supported us through all these years! We also hope to welcome many more Breaking Benjamin fans to the family."

Breaking Benjamin is currently on an acoustic tour through North America in support of their latest album, Dark Before Dawn. The band will embark on a proper electric U.S. tour in February.

Here are Breaking Benjamin's European tour dates:

5/29 -- Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Melkweg (The Max)
5/30 -- Berlin, Germany, Huxley’s
6/6 -- Zurich, Switzerland, X-Tra
6/7 -- Milan, Italy, Magazzini Generali
6/12 -- Donnington, UK, Download Festival
6/14 -- Hamburg, Germany, Docks
6/16 -- Minsk, Belarus, Sports Palace
6/17 -- Moscow, Russia, Stadium Live
6/18 -- St Petersburg, Russia, A2
6/20 - Stockholm, Sweden, Debaser Medis

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Toni Braxton Selling in California Mansion

ABC/ Jeff Neira Toni Braxton is selling her mansion in Calabasas, California.

According to Variety, the singer's 5,323-square-foot-home, which boasts four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, has been placed on the market for just under $3.5 million. Braxton purchased the gated, single-story residence in October 2014, for $2.9 million.

The future homeowner will enjoy features and amenities like French doors that open to the backyard, a swimming pool with courtyard entry, an outdoor fireplace, an open air poolside pavilion with built-in fire pit, a jetted garden tub in the master bathroom, walk-in closets, crystal chandeliers, granite counter tops, a built-in media center and more.

In related news, Lifetime's Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart biopic broke records during its Saturday premiere by becoming the network's most-watched movie in a year with 3.6 million viewers.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

What to Expect from Coldplay’s Super Bowl Halftime Show

Image Group LA/ABCMajor details about Coldplay’s Super Bowl halftime show are still being kept tightly under wraps, but the director of the event did drop some hints aboutwhat we can expect.

Hamish Hamilton -- who also directed halftime shows for Katy Perry, Beyonce and Madonna -- tells Entertainment Weekly, “I think the buzzword will be involvement. They are a band that’s big on inclusion.”

As for who’ll be “involved,” rumored guests include former halftime headliners Beyonce and Bruno Mars.

Hamilton also says Coldplay will be honoring the Super Bowl’s 50th anniversary. “The legacy of 50 Super Bowl halftimes will certainly be featured,” he says. “It may not be a literal thing, but you’re definitely going to get the sense of 50. [And] there are always guests. I don’t see why this show would be different.”

One challenge for this year’s halftime show is that it will be broadcast during daylight hours -- so there likely won’t be any videos or lasers. Lighting director Bob Barnhart says he’s designed five completely different scenarios for the show, and will pick one based on what the weather is like that day.

Coldplay begins rehearsals on February 3. Super Bowl 50 takes place in Santa Clara, California on February 7. The Carolina Panthers are playing the Denver Broncos.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

James Bay & Tori Kelly, Ellie Goulding & Andra Day Team Up for Grammy Duets

Courtesy The Recording AcademyThe Grammy Awards have announced a few of the trademark "Grammy Moments" artist pairings that we'll be seeing on this year's telecast.

James Bay, who's up for three Grammys including Best New Artist, will duet with Tori Kelly, also up for Best New Artist.  Ellie Goulding, nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for "Love Me Like You Do," will team up with rising R&B star Andra Day, who's up for two awards. 

In addition, country stars Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt, who have three nods between them this year, will also come together for a duet.

This will mark the debut Grammy performances for Sam, James, Tori, Ellie and Andra.  They'll join previously announced performers Adele, The Weeknd, rapper Kendrick Lamar and country group Little Big Town on the show, which will air February 15 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Rihanna Releases First "ANTI" Single "Work," Featuring Drake

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for WESTBURY ROAD ENTERTAINMENT LLCShe's back -- for real.  Not long after Rihanna suggested on Twitter that her long-awaited album ANTI was completed, we've got the first single.

The song is called "Work" and it features Drake.  The single art, which Rihanna tweeted, is a topless shot of Ri-Ri, her arms covering her breasts and her hands covering her face, smiling.  It appears to be available only on Tidal, for the moment.

A few days ago, Rihanna tweeted a selfie with an accompanying caption that reads, "listening to ANTI." In the picture, she stares directly into the camera while wearing a pair of rhinestone headphones with crown, which retails for $8,895 on Dolce & Gabbana's online store.

There is still no official release date for ANTI.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Kanye West Changes Title of New Album to "Waves"

Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesKanye West's upcoming album will not be called Swish, as he previously stated.

West took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that the title has been changed to Waves, adding, "This is not album of the year. This is album of the life."

Later, Kanye tweeted a picture of a sheet of note paper with an updated track list and graffiti-like scrawling that included the messages "Kylie was here" and "Kim never left," referring to his sister-in-law Kylie Jenner and his wife Kim Kardashian West, respectively.

Waves is actually the third title Kanye's given the album.  It was originally called So Help Me God.

Waves will be released February 11.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChris Young took in Eric Paslay's Tuesday-night show at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, tweeting, "Watching my boy KILL IT in tonight!!!"

Chuck Wicks kicks off his Turning Point tour February 19 in Lexington, Kentucky. His new album of the same title comes out one week later, on February 26.

Cam's follow-up to her Grammy-nominated breakthrough "Burning House" is the midtempo "Mayday," from her album, Untamed. She made the announcement on Twitter, with the help of an adorable toddler named Audrey.

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