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Wednesday
Mar162016

Taylor Swift’s Sexy Beach Look Doesn’t Come Cheap

Jason Merritt/Getty Images via ABCStill swooning over Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris’ vacation Instagram pics? Then you might have noticed the super sexy black lace bikini Taylor was sporting. If you’re coveting one for yourself, People tracked it down for you.

The mag discovered it’s the “Valencia” bikini from For Love and Lemons. The top sells for $167 and the bottom for $140. If you do the math, that’s $307. Tropical setting and DJ-producer boyfriend not included.

Taylor and Calvin recently celebrated their one-year anniversary. The two shared pictures of their enviable getaway Tuesday, including one of them kissing on the beach and another of their initials written in the sand.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Ne-Yo’s Wife Delivers Baby Boy in Emergency C-Section 

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Ne-Yo and wife Crystal Renay have grown to a family of three. The newly married couple welcomed a baby boy Tuesday night.

“Prince Shaffer Chimere Smith Jr. has arrived,” Renay wrote on Instagram Wednesday morning. The baby arrived weighing 6 lbs, 80z, and was 19 inches long.

The singer's wife shared her scary delivery process.  “It was the scariest delivery ever and I ended getting an emergency C-section cause of complications but with the help of my amazing doctor @drsherryr and my super calming husband @neyo I was able to get through it all and come out with the best reward in the world… SJ!!!!”

Ne-Yo has two children from a previous relationship with reality star and former fiancee, Monyetta Shaw.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Bring Me the Horizon Shares Apocalyptic "Follow You" Video

Credit: Danny BaldwinBring Me the Horizon tackles the apocalypse in their newly released video for "Follow You." The bloody, cartoonishly violent visual starts with a dog eating the brains of a human corpse, followed by a mailman shooting that dog's head off with a shotgun. Things get worse from there. For the non-gore-averse, you can watch the "Follow You" video now on YouTube.

"Follow You" is a track from Bring Me the Horizon's latest album, That's the Spirit, which also includes the singles "Throne," "Happy Song" and "True Friends."

This May, Bring Me the Horizon will embark on a U.S. tour in support of That's the Spirit.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Coldplay Talks Super Bowl Halftime Show, Performs on "The Tonight Show"

Andrew Lipovsky/NBCColdplay stopped by The Tonight Show Tuesday to perform a couple of cuts from their latest album, A Head Full of Dreams. Chris Martin was also interviewed by host Jimmy Fallon, during which the singer shared a behind-the-scenes story from the band's Super Bowl halftime show performance.

After joking that they were "high" during the halftime show, Martin explained that pop stars Beyonce and Bruno Mars, who joined Coldplay for the Super Bowl performance, wanted the production to feature a "dance-off."

"Our idea was let's show like a picture of togetherness in this time of everyone being so divided. Let's show we can all get along and everyone's voices count," Martin said of Coldplay's vision for the performance. "And Bruno was like, 'Yeah, let's have a dance-off!'"

As for their performance on The Tonight Show, Coldplay played their song "Up&Up" and, as a Web exclusive, the A Head Full of Dreams title track.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Mike Posner, Pete Wentz on Board for Island Life Concert Event 

Don Le Studio Mike Posner and rising star That Poppy have signed on to perform at the next Island Life concert event, hosted by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz. The show will take place at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre on April 12.

An American Express pre-sale begins today. Tickets go on sale to the general public Thursday, March 17 at 10 a.m. PT at AXS.com. Fans also will have the option of purchasing VIP meet-and-greet passes that will include a sound check pizza party with the artists.

Island Life was launched by Island Records in 2014 to showcase young artists on the label.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris & Linda Ronstadt's Trio Albums Being Reissued as Three-CD Set with Bonus Disc

RhinoThree of the music world's finest female voices, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, joined forces in 1987 to release the chart-topping country album Trio, and they teamed up again in 1999 for a sequel record, Trio II. Now, a three-CD set titled The Complete Trio Collection featuring remastered versions of the two albums and a third disc of unreleased tracks and alternate renditions of tunes versions from the Trio sessions is scheduled to hit stores on September 9.

In addition to reaching #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, Trio also peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200. The album also yielded four top 10 hits on the country singles tally, including a chart-topping cover of The Teddy Bears' 1958 pop classic "To Know Him Is to Love Him." In addition, Trio won a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

Trio II peaked at #4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It also garnered Parton, Harris and Ronstadt a Best Country Collaboration with Vocals Grammy for their version of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush."

The Complete Trio Collection's bonus disc features 20 tracks, including 11 unreleased songs and various alternate versions of tunes from the Trio and Trio II sessions.

Also being released on September 9 will be a single-disc compilation titled My Dear Companion: Selections from the Trio Collection, as well as a two-LP vinyl set called Farther Along featuring all of the bonus material from The Complete Trio Collection. Lastly, Trio II will be made available on vinyl for the first time ever that same day.

Here is the full track list of The Complete Trio Collection:

Disc One -- Trio

"The Pain of Loving You"
"Making Plans"
"To Know Him Is to Love Him"
"Hobo's Meditation"
"Wildflowers"
"Telling Me Lies"
"My Dear Companion"
"Those Memories of You"
"I've Had Enough"
"Rosewood Casket"
"Farther Along"

Disc Two -- Trio II

"Lover's Return"
"High Sierra"
"Do I Ever Cross Your Mind"
"After the Gold Rush"
"The Blue Train"
"I Feel the Blues Movin' In"
"You'll Never Be the Sun"
"He Rode All the Way to Texas"
"Feels Like Home"
"When We're Gone, Long Gone"

Disc Three -- Bonus Material

"Wildflowers" (Alternate Take -- Unreleased 1986)
"Waltz Across Texas Tonight" (Unreleased 1994)
"Lover's Return" (Alternate Mix -- Unreleased)
"Softly and Tenderly" (Unreleased 1994)
"Pleasant as May"  (Unreleased 1986)
"My Dear Companion" (Alternate Take 1986)
"My Blue Tears" (Unreleased 1998)
"Making Plans" (Alternate Take 1986)
"I've Had Enough" (Alternate Mix 1986)
"Grey Funnel Line" (Unreleased 1986)
"You Don't Knock" (Unreleased 1986)
"Where Will the Words Come From" (Unreleased 1985)
"Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" (Dolly Lead -- Alternate Take 1994)
"Are You Tired of Me" (Unreleased 1986)
"Even Cowgirls Get the Blues"
"Mr. Sandman"
"Handful Of Dust" (Unreleased 1993)
"Calling My Children Home" (Unreleased A Cappella Version 1986)
"White Snow" (Unreleased 1986)
"Farther Along" (Alternate Mix 1986)

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Martina McBride Gets "Reckless" with Thirteenth Studio Album and New Music Video

Nash Icon RecordsMartina McBride’s first country album in nearly five years is on its way April 29. Her thirteenth studio set, Reckless, takes its title from its lead single, and is her first recording since 2014’s collection of R&B favorites, Everlasting. It’s her first country effort since Eleven in 2011.

“This album feels so good! That’s the best way I can describe it,” she says of the recording made at Nashville’s Blackbird Studios, which she owns with her husband John. “I spent a lot of time finding songs that felt personal to me. I figure if I can relate to them someone else will too. There are songs about love, life, hope, loss, leaving and coming home.”

The four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year believes she’s managed to propel her sound forward, while also maintaining the qualities that have made her one of country’s most well-respected singers.

“That’s what making this album felt like to me…coming home. We took our time and just let the songs and production develop...Somehow we captured a sound that feels like the music I’ve done my whole career and yet fresh at the same time.”

You can check out Martina being a bit “Reckless,” giving herself a haircut and doing some questionable painting, in the video for her new single, which was filmed on location in Watertown, Tennessee.

Here’s the complete track listing for Reckless:

“Reckless”
“It Ain’t Pretty”
“Just Around the Corner”
“Everybody Wants to Be Loved”
“Low All Afternoon”
“That’s the Thing About Love”
“The Real Thing”
“Diamond”
“We’ll Pick Up Where We Left Off”
“You and You Alone”

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Tim McGraw Gets His Fans Involved in His ACM Performance of "Humble and Kind"

ABC/Eric GebhartTim McGraw wants you to be a part of his performance of “Humble and Kind” at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. All you need to do is take a picture of yourself holding a sign containing the one word that sums up what the song means to you.

Fans should then post their photos to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #HumbleAndKindACMs. Friday, March 25 is the deadline, with more info available on the CBS website.

Then tune in Sunday, April 3 to see if yours is one of the images chosen to be projected behind Tim’s performance during the 51st Annual ACM Awards. The show airs live from Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Can you name Martina McBride's first entry on the Billboard Country Singles chart? ANSWER: "The Time Has Come," which made it to number 23 in 1992.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Billy Corgan Says Smashing Pumpkins Belong in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; Band Adds "In Plainsong" Dates 

Credit: Scarlet PageThe Smashing Pumpkins are now eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and frontman Billy Corgan thinks that his band deserves to be inducted.

"If it's a meritocracy, I think my band belongs in there because we were one of the prime bands of our era and we continue to be a top band," Corgan tells Rolling Stone. "Next year will be, technically, our 30th year. So the fact that I've been in this band, you know, essentially 25 of the last 30 years, I think that says something."

Along with the Rock Hall eligibility, The Pumpkins passed another milestone last year: the 20th anniversary of their seminal 1995 double album, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness. Just don't expect Corgan and company to trot out Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness live in full, though.

"The idea of getting up and playing an album that was never meant to be played live in that sequence smacks of consumerism," Corgan tells Rolling Stone. "That stuff is the dregs of the music business. I have a hard time believing that everybody out there doing it really wants to do it."

In related news, The Smashing Pumpkins have added a batch of dates to the end of their In Plainsong tour, which is set to begin March 22 in Portland, Oregon. The new shows run from April 22 in New Orleans to May 1 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Here are The Smashing Pumpkins' newly added In Plainsong tour dates:

4/22 -- New Orleans, LA, Saenger Theatre
4/23 -- Little Rock, AR, Verizon Arena
4/24 -- Memphis, TN, Orpheum Theatre
4/26 -- Atlanta, GA, Cobb Energy Center
4/27 -- Charlotte, NC, Ovens Auditorium
4/29 -- Akron, OH, Goodyear Theater at East End
5/1 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for Performing Arts

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Dave Grohl Remembers Recording "Nevermind" in Clip from "The Smart Studios Story" Documentary 

ABC/Andrea McCallinNirvana's Nevermind was recorded in two studios: Sound City in California, and Smart Studios in Wisconsin. The former studio is already the subject of a documentary, the Dave Grohl-directed Sound City, and now the latter has a documentary of its own, too. The Smart Studios Story will make its world premiere today at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

As a preview for the film, you can watch a clip of The Smart Studios Story, featuring Grohl talking about recording Nevermind, now at Billboard.com.

Nevermind producer Butch Vig founded Smart Studios in 1983 with his Garbage band mate Steve Marker.

"When I went to make [Nevermind] I had no idea it was going to profoundly change my life," Vig tells Billboard. "None of us had any idea. I think those sessions were fun because none of us had any expectations."

Smart Studios closed in 2010. During its run, bands including The Smashing Pumpkins, Fall Out Boy and Death Cab for Cutie also recorded albums at Smart Studios.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Report: Chris Brown Is Bitter About Karrueche Tran and Rihanna 

ABC/Randy HolmesLate last week, former lovers Karrueche Tran and Chris Brown had a heated exchange on social media that has since been deleted. While some fans are holding out hope for a reconciliation, it seems Brown has grown bitter of not wining over his ex-girlfriend, who he recently shouted-out on a the remix to "Back to Sleep."

“He can’t get her back so he do what he does best take out his anger on her,”an unnamed source is quoted as saying by Urban Islandz. “He can’t get back Rihanna and he can’t get back Karrueche so he resort to bashing them and let his fans troll them on social media.”

“If that is not the case of a bitter ex then I don’t know what is,” the source is quoted as saying.

In case you missed it, Brown downplayed Karrueche's acting talents since their split.  “I wish u the most successful career ever,” the singer wrote before deleting the message. “But I promise you this, once this ‘TALENT’ you have starts to simmer, so will everyone else including Jacob. all of your famous friends know u how?”

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Melissa Etheridge Recording Stax Records Tribute Album

ABC/Lou RoccoMelissa Etheridge will be releasing a tribute album honoring the legendary Stax Records, Billboard reports. The singer will be covering songs by artists from the label's diverse catalog, including soul icon Otis Redding and blues singer Albert King.

Melissa is currently recording the album in the city where the label was founded: Memphis, Tennessee. “There were no racial boundaries inside Stax,” she says. “And I have a very color blind audience. I’ve spent months just honing in on which songs to record, the album’s ultimate feel and how we can marry today with yesterday and create something new.”

The yet-to-be-titled project will be released in late summer or early fall of this year. It will be Melissa’s first album since 2014’s This Is M.E.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Weezer to Perform on "Good Morning America"

Credit: Sean MurphyWeezer will be celebrating the release of their new album, Weezer (The White Album), on ABC's Good Morning America. Rivers Cuomo and company will perform their single "King of the World" on the morning show April 1.

The White Album will also be released on April 1. Along with "King of the World," the record features the songs "Thanks God for Girls," "Do You Wanna Get High?" and "California Kids."

This summer, Weezer will be touring in support of The White Album alongside Panic! at the Disco.

GMA airs weekdays from 7-9 a.m. ET on ABC.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Metallica to Rock New Minnesota Vikings Football Stadium 

Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images for F1 Rocks in India with VladivaThe new home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings will rock when it officially opens in August.  Metallica will headline the first-ever rock concert at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

The metal legends will perform Saturday, August 20 as part of the opening weekend events there.  "We had such an amazing time playing in our hometown stadium the night before the Super Bowl that when asked we couldn't say 'no' to another chance to be part of a very special weekend," Metallica's Lars Ulrich said in a statement.

Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will open for Metallica at the concert.  It’ll be one of the few stateside shows A7X will play this year.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 25, with various presales offered March 22 and 24.  Visit Metallica.com for more info.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris Share Photos of Tropical Vacation

Larry Busacca/BMA2015/Getty Images for dcpAfter recently celebrating their one-year anniversary, Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris are enjoying a tropical vacation.

Both artists have shared photos on Instagram of their getaway. Calvin posted a couple of pics of Taylor in a bikini.

Taylor's snapshots are sweet. In one, she's kissing Calvin. In another, the initials "T.S." and "A.W." are scrawled in sand.

Calvin's birth name, by the way, is Adam Wiles.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

"The Voice": Christina & Blake Both Try to Steal an Artist from Pharrell 

L-R: Maya Smith & Hannah Huston; Tyler Golden/NBCThe battle rounds continued on The Voice Tuesday night, with artists from all four teams taking the stage. The two-hour episode ended after Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton fought to steal an artist from Pharrell Williams.

Once again, we saw this season's mentors assist the contestants during rehearsals. Blake was joined by his girlfriend, occasional Voice coach Gwen Stefani; Adam Levine brought in pop star Tori Kelly; Pharrell welcomed Sean "Diddy" Combs; and Patti LaBelle helped out Christina's team.

A pair of Team Christina artists got things started: Shalyah Fearing and Tamar Davis, the latter of whom was a member of an early incarnation of Destiny's Child. They were assigned "Lady Marmalade," by their mentor's group, Labelle. The contestants' coach has a connection with the song, too -- Christina was featured on the hit 2001 version with Pink, Lil' Kim and Mya. Christina and Patti even sang with Shalyah and Tamar at rehearsals.

Following Shalyah and Tamar's performance in front of the coaches, Pharrell marveled at Shalyah's ability at the age of 15. Adam said Tamar has a sparkle when she performs, which would give her the edge, in his opinion. Christina named Tamar the winner of the battle. Pharrell used a steal on Shalyah.

Blake paired Justin Whisnant and Mary Sarah, and gave them the country tune "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" by Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty. Gwen suggested to Justin in rehearsals that he put more character into his performance.

Christina enjoyed Justin's variations in his vocals, adding that he and Mary are two different singers. Adam said he'd want to hear more from both of them. Blake declared Mary the winner. It was the end of the road for Justin.

Jessica Crosbie and Nick Hagelin faced off for Team Pharrell. Their coach had them sing MGMT's "Electric Feel."

Blake commented on Nick's falsettos in the performance, which Adam took exception to, given his own vocal style. Blake responded by comparing Adam's blond hairdo to that of Miley Cyrus. Nick advanced to the knockout rounds, with Pharrell citing his energy. Jessica was stolen by Adam.

Christina matched Chelsea Gann with Kata Hay. The two artists took on the Melissa Etheridge song "I'm the Only One." Patti compared Kata to a "little pit bull" during rehearsals.

Pharrell said he would favor Chelsea, though he noted Kata's engaging personality. Adam called Kata a "firecracker" and Chelsea "the nicest person in the world." While Blake also said he would choose Chelsea as the winner, Christina went with Kata due to her energy. Chelsea was eliminated.

Adam's first matchup of the night pit Natalie Yacovazzi against Nate Butler. He put pressure on his artists by having them sing "Hollow," by their mentor, Tori Kelly. Tori was excited to hear a new spin on her own song.

Blake continued to chide Adam in his critique, referring to him as "Lance Bass." Christina complimented Natalie's "super powerful voice." Pharrell said Nate brings an "interesting mix." Adam kept Nate on his team, while Natalie was sent home.

Team Pharrell's Hannah Huston and Maya Smith were involved in the final battle of the night. They covered Sia's "Elastic Heart." At one point, mentor Diddy pulled Hannah aside and told her to bring more attitude.

Blake commented that Hannah seemed more intense during the duet, and that Maya was shaky but made up for it when she went for the "big stuff." Pharrell said Hannah's control was "another level." He added that Maya showed a "super strong run." Hannah was named the winner of the battle.

Christina pressed her button and attempted to steal Maya. Just as Christina was celebrating, Blake pressed his button, too -- not surprisingly, since earlier in the show, host Carson Daly teased Blake backstage for purportedly copying Christina's decisions. Maya picked Christina anyway.

The battle rounds continue next Monday night on NBC.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

How a Trip to Nashville Inspired Josh Kelley and Katherine Heigl to Think About Having Another Baby 

Sugar Hill RecordsNext month, Josh Kelley hits the road with younger brother Charles on the Lady Antebellum singer's tour to promote his first solo album, The Driver -- and Josh's latest offering won't be far behind. His record, New Lane Road, comes out April 22. Both projects boast songs the brothers wrote together.

But even though big brother was in town to talk about his new music, there was another, more important task at hand -- meeting Charles' firstborn, Ward, who's a little more than a month old. Josh confesses it has him thinking about adding another little one to his clan -- and it sounds like his wife, actress Katherine Heigl, is in agreement.

"I just met him for the first time last night -- and this morning. He's amazing. He's the cutest little dadgum thing I've ever seen. I love it, man!  He makes me want another baby. Yeah, Katie was saying that too -- maybe just one more kid. I told her I can't promise her a boy, though. I don't know if there's any way to promise that," Josh adds, laughing.

He goes on to explain that even though he has two brothers, these days there aren't that many male offspring in the Kelley clan.

"There's not many. My sister has two girls, we have two girls. Yeah, John, my older brother, has one girl and two boys, so yeah. We're outnumbered. Just like at my house. I'm totally outnumbered." 

Josh and Charles play their first date together Saturday, April 9, at the Fillmore Silver Spring in Washington, D.C., with Josh's album following a couple weeks later.

Fans who pre-order the project starting Friday will instantly be able to download its first single, "It's Your Move," which was inspired by a fight Josh had with the former Grey's Anatomy actress earlier in their relationship. If you think Heigl minds her husband sharing their struggles with the rest of the world -- well, you'd be wrong. She both stars in and directed the music video for the song.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Dan+Shay celebrate the #1 success of their hit "Nothin' Like You" on Wednesday with a party at South near Nashville's famed Music Row. 

Darius Rucker will host the ACM Lifting Lives Golf Classic Saturday, April 2 in Las Vegas. It’s the avid golfer’s fifth year in a row to helm the charity event.

"Swingin'" hitmaker John Anderson's new single is a tune called "Magic Mama." It was written especially for him by Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard.

You can check out Chris Janson's performance of his top 40 hit "Power of Positive Drinkin'" Tuesday on Late Night with Seth Meyers online.

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Wednesday
Mar162016

Carrie Underwood to Headline Friday Night at This Year's CMA Music Festival

Courtesy CMACarrie Underwood will headline the Friday-night concert at this year’s CMA Music Festival, with Chris Stapleton starting off the second nightly show at Nissan Stadium on June 10. He’ll be followed by Sam HuntEric Church and Hank Williams Jr., who’ll go on right before Carrie.

Dierks BentleyJason AldeanMiranda Lambert and Rascal Flatts are set to play the first night of the festival on Thursday, with the talent on subsequent nights to be announced in the coming weeks. Since all the four-day passes to the 2016 edition of CMA Music Festival sold out long before the lineups were announced, no single-day tickets were available to this year’s events.

If you’d still like to be part of the fun June 9-12, tickets still remain to see the stars perform and sign autographs at Fan Fair X inside Music City Center. As usual, downtown Nashville will also be overtaken by free stages and activities you can experience without ever having to spend a dime.

The artists who play CMA Music Festival perform for free, with all the proceeds going toward music education in schools.

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