May 16

You Keep Me Hangin' On: Dierks Bentley Delivers Few Answers in Final Short Film

Capitol NashvilleThe fourth and final video from Dierks Bentley’s series of short films set to songs from his album Black raises more questions than it answers. When we last left the lover’s triangle at the center of the storyline, the cheating girlfriend had run away with her lover, leaving her live-in boyfriend apparently dead in their home. In the latest installment, the remaining two flee to a hotel room — but it’s not clear if their union will survive.

“The final episode of the series actually ends with some questions still to be answered, which is kind of what relationships do… it feels like they are always twisting and turning, and it is really all up for your own interpretation,” Dierks offers. “The album was built around the song ‘Black’… it’s the first song in the album sequence and those three and a half minutes set the rest of the story in motion. It’s really bare and also one of the most intense songs I’ve ever written.”

You be able to hear the rest of the story when Black is released May 27. You can check out the short film set to the title track on YouTube now.

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May 16

Keith Urban Pulls the "Ripcord" and Lands at #1

Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban’s eighth studio album not only debuts at the top of Billboard’s country albums chart in the U.S. this week, it’s also number one in his native Australia and in Canada as well. It’s an accomplishment that’s even more significant for the superstar, since the time it took to make the record meant he was already three singles in before its release.

“The 15 months that I spent recording Ripcord was one of the most incredible musical journeys I’ve ever had,” he reflects. “Working with some of the most creative and inspiring musicians to explore and expand my music in the studio was exhilarating. To now see this music connecting with my audience in this way is an extraordinary feeling– it means everything to me.”

Ripcord moved a total of 106,000 units in its first week, enough to finish at number four on Billboard’s all-genre chart. This week, the third single “Wasted Time” becomes Keith’s 36th top ten in a row.

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May 16

Brad Paisley and Demi Lovato Ready to "Fight" on "Jimmy Kimmel"

Arista NashvilleBrad Paisley and Demi Lovato officially have a date with Jimmy Kimmel. The pair will mark the TV debut of their new duet Tuesday, May 24 on the comedian’s late night talk show.

“Without a Fight” is the lead single from Brad’s tenth studio album, which is due later this year. Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.

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May 16

Score One for Carrie Underwood — She'd Like to Sing with Demi Lovato, Too!

ABC/Image Group LASince Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood have the good-natured camaraderie that comes from having hosted the CMA Awards together eight times, the perpetual jokester couldn’t resist taunting his most-frequent duet partner about his new collaboration with pop star Demi Lovato.

“Hey @CarrieUnderwood I’m singing with @DDLovato on my new song. Jealous?” Brad tweeted.

But it’s hard to get the best of Carrie.  “As a matter of fact, I am…I’ve always wanted to sing with Demi Lovato!” she responded.

Brad and Carrie took their duet “Remind Me” to number one in 2011, and they also team up for “High Life” on Brad’s current album. His collaboration with Demi, “Without a Fight,” is the lead single from his next project.

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May 16

Wait a Minute, Brandy Clark — Maureen McCormick Has Something to Say About Your Marcia Brady Lyric

Warner Music NashvilleIt’s one of the perils of the social media age — if you casually reference a pop culture icon, that person may instantly reach out to you. That’s exactly what happened to Brandy Clark, who boasts “Sorry, I ain’t sorry, but I ain’t your Marcia Brady” in her new single “Girl Next Door.” Luckily, the actress who brought the seventies icon to life wasn’t too upset.

“I mean, one of the coolest things that ever happened was Maureen McCormick, who played Marcia Brady, tweeted at me, ‘Hey Brandy Clark, I ain’t no Marcia Brady either,'” the Grammy New Artist of the Year nominee says. “I mean, that was pretty cool, and [she] came to a show in L.A. and we met. I mean, every night — I have shirts that say ‘Ain’t Your Marcia Brady,’ and I feel like I sign an awful lot of those shirts from women of all ages saying, ‘Hey, this is my song!'”

What might be even more surprising is that men seem to relate to the song, too.

“You know, men love it too. I get a lot of men that will tweet videos of themselves singing it to me. I mean women love it because — I think every woman feels like, I think, feels like both those things at some point,” she says of her song’s contrast between the “perfect mess” and the girl in a “perfect dress.” “Somebody tweeted about it being an estrogen anthem. I re-tweeted it, ’cause I was like, ‘Man, who wouldn’t love an estrogen anthem?'”  

Brandy’s sophomore album Big Day in a Small Town comes out June 10.

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May 15

"Playing with Fire" on Live TV: Jennifer Nettles Chats Up New Album

BMLGWith her sophomore solo album, Playing with Fire, just out and her single “Unlove You” climbing the charts, Jennifer Nettles now has a date with your DVR. She’ll start the week Monday morning with an appearance on the Today show, which starts at 7 a.m. on NBC. The Sugarland songstress then will stay up late to chat with with Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live at 11 p.m. ET on Bravo.

On Friday, Jennifer heads to the kitchen with the cast of The Chew. You can check it out at 1:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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May 14

DCX on Tour & Vinyl: Dixie Chicks Return with Re-Releases and Extensive Tour

Columbia/LegacyEven though the Dixie Chicks haven’t put out an album of new material in close to ten years, there’s still something for fans to be excited about. Columbia/Legacy has remastered and reissued all four of the trio’s studio albums on 150-gram vinyl.

1999’s Fly, 2002’s Home and 2006’s Taking the Long Way are all two-disc sets, while 1998’s Wide Open Spaces is a single disc. In all, the Chicks have sold more than 30 million copies of the four projects, bringing home thirteen Grammys along the way.

This summer, the Dixie Chicks embark on an extensive trek across the U.S. Their DCX MMXVI Tour kicks off June 1 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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May 13

Joe Nichols Comes “Undone” on Facebook

Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols is hoping you’ll come “Undone” over his new single. The Arkansas hitmaker with half a dozen number ones to his credit will chat with fans about his new music Monday, during his first-ever Facebook Live chat starting at 1 p.m. CT.

“I love this song. Rarely have I found a song that I think appeals to traditional and new country fans in a romantic way like this song does. My greatest hope is that my wife likes it,” he jokes.

You can check out “Undone” for yourself, in a new audio-only video now posted on YouTube.

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May 13

Josh Turner Flirts with "Hometown Girl"

MCA NashvilleIt’s been more than a year since Josh Turner released a new song to country radio, but the South Carolina native is plotting his return.

“The first time I heard ‘Hometown Girl’ I was excited,” the “Long Black Train” singer says of his new single. “First of all, it sounded like a hit to me. It just had that chorus and vibe that held your attention and didn’t lose you. Honestly, it was different for me and that was kind of what I was looking for.”

“Hometown Girl” will be on Josh’s forthcoming sixth studio album. You can download the new track now at the usual digital outlets.

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May 13

Murder on Music Row: Stars Mourn the Death of ABC's "Nashville"

ABC With only two more episodes remaining in season four, the stars of Nashville reacted to the news Thursday that the much-loved music business soap opera won’t return for a fifth year.

“So grateful to so many for the dream that has been #Nashville,” the show’s leading man, Charles Esten, shared on Twitter. “Not always easy to be Deacon. But to play him? An absolute joy and an honor.”

“My heartfelt thanks to all the fans of #Nashville,” Will Chase, who plays fictional superstar Luke Wheeler, added. “And a special congrats to all the new shows starting their adventure on @ABCNetwork.”

Chris Carmack took on perhaps the show’s edgiest story line, playing gay country singer Will Lexington. “#Nashville will be so cherished by so many… Trying to wrap my head around it…” he said.

Aubrey Peeples played Will’s one-time wife. “I’m so thankful I was a part of a special show. I wish it was handled with more care,” she offered candidly. “Thank you to every fan who kept us going #Nashville.”

Hayden Panettiere‘s comments on social media addressed a more personal issue, one she shared with her character Juliette Barnes. “The postpartum depression I have been experiencing has impacted every aspect of my life. Rather than stay stuck due to unhealthy coping mechanisms I have chosen to take time to reflect holistically on my health and life. Wish me luck!”

You can catch the remaining episodes of Nashville Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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