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Valory Music Co. Brantley Gilbert kicks off this weekend Friday night by playing the iconic Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming -- and things only get bigger from there.

Sunday, he’ll get to do a song at the NASCAR race that just happens to be named after him: the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400. The Georgia native admits it’s all beyond his wildest dreams.

“You don’t ever think about things like your name on a race like this,”  he says. “But it’s pretty cool. You know, to be a part of something that means so much to a lot of people is powerful. It’s an honor.”

You can check out all the action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday starting at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Brantley's label mate, newcomer Carly Pearce, will perform the national anthem.

Brantley will return to Indianapolis next month, for his August 5 date at Klipsch Music Center.

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Mercury NashvilleIts sounds like Shania Twain is getting ready to release new music from her first studio album in 15 years.

“Who wants another song from #ShaniaNow?” the country/pop superstar shared on her socials Thursday morning, along with a ten-second video clip that marries an instrumental track with an animation that declares “Poor Me.”

The tune is listed as the fourth cut on Shania’s NOW album, which comes out September 29. So far, we’ve only heard the opening track, “Swingin’ with My Eyes Closed,” which she performed on the Today show, and the project’s first single, “Life’s About to Get Good.”  

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Who wants another song from #ShaniaNOW? pic.twitter.com/3Lg9HxHZ3K

— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) July 20, 2017

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Black River EntertainmentYou can go behind-the-scenes of Kelsea Ballerini’s new video for “Legends,” thanks to E! News.

E! tagged along as Kelsea shot the performance parts of her video in a field by the ocean in Carmel, California. Even though the view was breathtaking, it did have its pitfalls.

“There’s also horse poop everywhere and I’m barefoot, so pray for me,” Kelsea quipped.

Aside from her walking shots, a freezing Kelsea also borrowed some inspiration from a Disney heroine.

“It’s California in June. We thought it’d be hot, but we were very wrong,” Kelsea said as she shivered. “But we just shot over this way with the rock. I kinda felt like The Little Mermaid.”

“Legends” is the lead single from the “Peter Pan” hitmaker’s forthcoming sophomore album.

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Warner Nashville/Robby KleinSo far, we’ve gotten to know Australian Morgan Evans mainly as Kelsea Ballerini’s fiancé, and through his mega-mashup covers of established hitmakers. But Friday, we’ll get our first taste of his own music, as Morgan releases his first single for Warner Nashville, titled “Kiss Somebody.”

On his socials, Morgan teases a special “prelude” video that’s coming as well. Inspired by the song’s lyric “sometimes you’ve got to kiss somebody in the back of a cab,” the new clip finds Morgan performing the tune in a vintage taxi, as he rides around Music City on a hot summer night.

As for the person Morgan happens to be kissing in real life, Kelsea has teased that the two definitely plan to make their union official before 2017 comes to a close.

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2 SLEEPS. #KissSomebody💋 pic.twitter.com/dJ8X1SGXtB

— Morgan Evans (@Morgan_Evans) July 19, 2017

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Comstock/Thinkstock Though she wrote the number-ones "You Take Me for Granted" and "Someday When Things Are Good" for then-husband Merle HaggardLeona Williams scored her only top-10 hit with this duet with the Country Music Hall-of-Famer. Can you name the trucking song from 1978? ANSWER:  "The Bull and the Beaver."

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Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and TV DistributionSeacrest...in!  Kelly Ripa made the news official Thursday morning on Live with Kelly and Ryan: Ryan Seacrest is the new host of ABC's reboot of American Idol.

"I'm happy to confirm, I can confirm with absolute confirmation, that Ryan Seacrest is returning for the host of American Idol!" said Kelly.  Then, realizing her error, she said, "Let me try that one more time.  Ryan Seacrest is returning as the host of American Idol!

"Absolutely, without a doubt," Ryan agreed. "I'm so excited. It's gonna be the best time!"

Ryan hosted American Idol on Fox for all 15 seasons.  When he signed off last year, he said, "Seacrest out...for now."

In a prepared statement, Seacrest said, "It’s genuinely hard to put into words what American Idol means to me. I’m so grateful for the show and all the career and life opportunities it’s allowed me to experience. It’s been an incredible journey from day one. To be asked to return this year, at my new home at Disney|ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal."

He added, "I believe ABC is the perfect home for Idol, and I’ve every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it – especially Idol’s best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true.”

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock What’s your favorite male/female country duet of all time? Billboard wants to know. You can vote in their online poll now, and pick from a list of fifteen choices that includes everything from Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ “Islands in the Stream” to Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett’s “Craving You.” If you have other ideas, you can even write in a pick of your own.

If you missed Brett Young performing his #1 “In Case You Didn’t Know” and his new single, “Like I Loved You,” Tuesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, you can check out his late-night-TV debut online.

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ABC/Randy HolmesIt's no secret Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and Kelsea Ballerini are good friends. But if there's one person who loves having the "Legends" hitmaker on the You Look Good World Tour more than Hillary, it's definitely her soon-to-be four-year-old daughter.

"My little girl, Eisele [EYES-lee], is obsessed with Kelsea," Hillary tells ABC Radio. "I think she literally thinks she's a Disney princess. She'll always, you know, seek her out in catering and we've had a couple nights of just hanging out, having some girl time."

Overall, Hillary admits it's just great to have a kindred soul on the trek.

"It's so nice to be able to have another female artist out on the road," Hillary says, "to be able to just enjoy this experience with, but also commiserate with on, you know, the days you just aren't having a good hair day."

But all the female bonding does seem to be making the guys a little nervous.

"Commiserate?" Charles Kelley asks.

"Yeah, it's nice to [be] like 'Oh, man we're just the only two girls on this tour,'" Hillary explains.

"I get it now," Dave Haywood chimes in, growing suspicious. "They're commiserating about us!"

"It's normally just when we have a bad hair day, guys," Hillary says, reassuring her bandmates. "Don't worry!" 

If the guys need to form a quorum, they shouldn't have much trouble. Hillary's husband, drummer Chris Tyrrell, and opener Brett Young are both along as well.

This weekend, the troupe passes through Cleveland, Ohio; Hartford, Connecticut; and Gilford, New Hampshire.

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BMLG/Carly PearceNewcomer Carly Pearce has the first-top twenty hit of her career with her debut single, “Every Little Thing,” and on Thursday, she’s unveiling the accompanying music video.

The Kentucky native shared a sneak of the romantic, playful clip for the heartbreaking love-gone-wrong ballad on her socials. You’ll be able to watch it for the first time Thursday at People.com.

Meanwhile, Carly has released another preview of her debut album, which she’s currently working on with producer busbee. You can download or stream the new track, called “If My Name Was Whiskey,” now.  

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#everylittlething | tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/S3VUvoISPZ

— Carly Pearce (@carlypearce) July 19, 2017

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Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImageKelsea Ballerini and Australian singer Morgan Evans got engaged over the Christmas holidays last year, and since then, the two haven’t revealed much about their wedding plans -- except that a trip down the aisle is definitely on the books for 2017.

This week in Nashville, Kelsea opened up a little more.

“We are so focused on music, and I think meeting each other and falling super in love with each other was a big surprise for both of us,” she revealed. “And I think we're kinda like...we're so stoked to get married, but the actual wedding part isn't really what we care about.”

But rest assured, there’s still a major bash in the works.

“We have a wedding planner,” Kelsea says. “She did Carrie [Underwood]'s wedding. Her name's Jane, she's amazing… I was like, 'I want this amount of people and I don't want it to be in Nashville or Australia. I want it to be neutral.’"

“It's at the end of the year,” she goes on, ‘and we're both gonna keep, you know, sprinting until then and then get married and take December off. I don't have my dress or anything!”

Morgan’s debut single on Warner Nashville, “Kiss Somebody,” comes out this Friday, while Kelsea has just released “Legends,” the lead track from her sophomore album. Expect details on her follow-up to The First Time any day now.

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David Becker/Getty Images via ABCIf you’re looking for a laugh, you’ll want to be sure to check out Blake Shelton’s new video for “Doing It to Country Songs.”

For the fifth single from his If I’m Honest album, Blake opted for an animated treatment that casts him as Blake Buck, performing alongside his backup singers, Country Music Hall-of-Famers The Oak Ridge Boys. While Blake is a deer, William Lee Golden becomes a possum, Joe Bonsall is a chipmunk, Duane Allen is either a dog or a fox, and Richard Sterban morphs into a frog.  

Inside the Blake Shelton Bar & Stage, you’ll find plenty of tongue-in-cheek references to Blake’s hits like “Some Beach” and “Sangria,” as well as Oaks’ classics like “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue.” Blake even jabs Brad Paisley with a clock advertising Paisley Light Beer.

You can watch the “Doing It to Country Songs” video on YouTube now.  

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ABC/Paula LoboFormer American Idol judge Keith Urban is the latest superstar to join the new YouTube talent competition Best.Cover.Ever.

Hosted by rapper Ludacris, the show challenges aspiring musicians to upload their best version of a particular song by a big-name artist. The winner gets the chance to duet with that artist on YouTube.

To earn your place on the stage next to Keith, you’ll need to submit your cover of his 2014 hit “Somewhere in My Car.”

“The Internet is the ultimate vehicle for creative discovery,” the Aussie superstar says. “It connects people, lets their talents be heard and sometimes produces stars. I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens -- to hearing how people interpret my songs -- and, fingers crossed, to find a killer duet partner.”

So far, pop stars Katy PerryDemi LovatoBackstreet Boys, Charlie PuthFLo Rida and Jason Derulo have all signed up to participate in the show, which will premiere on YouTube in the fall. You can find out all the details at TheBestCoverEver.com.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Anne Murray scored two top-ten hits in 1972 and 1973 by covering these two tunes that had earlier been recorded by pop-rock duo Loggins & Messina. Can you name them? ANSWER:  "Danny's Song" and "A Love Song."

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Atlantic/Warner Music NashvilleThe infectious, fun “Somethin’ I’m Good At” may be the lead single from Brett Eldredge’s forthcoming album, but the crooner wants you to know his self-titled effort will have plenty of love songs, too.

In fact, it starts with one, the track titled “Love Someone.”

“It’s about the simplicity of love…” Brett says of the tune. “This is one of those first-listen songs that just makes you smile, makes you feel good, makes you want love if you don’t have it and makes you happy to be in love if you are.”

You can check out the cuts “Love Someone,” “Castaway,” and “The Long Way” on Brett’s YouTube channel, or you can instantly download them -- along with “Somethin’ I’m Good At” -- if you pre-order the album.

Brett Eldredge comes out August 4.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Sara Evans will follow the Friday release of her new album Words with a performance on Live with Kelly and Ryan next Tuesday.

Brothers Charles and Josh Kelley are featured on Colt Ford’s new single, “Young Americans.”

If you missed Chris Stapleton’s performance of “Broken Halos,” “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Second One to Know” on the Today show, you can check it out online.

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ABC/Image Group LA When Billy Currington first heard his latest single, “Do I Make You Wanna,” he admits it reminded him of another pivotal song in his career.

“It feels like it's been a little bit since I had a song like 'Must Be Doing Something Right’…” he says. “When we put that out and it became the first #1, I knew in my mind, like, that's my connection. You know, that's something that feels right for me.”

The Georgia native recalls having a similar feeling with his latest hit.

“When this song came along, 'Do I Make You Wanna,’ it was one of the first things I thought…” he reveals. “It has a soulful feel, and is kinda saying similar things. And it just felt right to record it, and now, at the moment, it felt right to put it out as the single.”

With the song now edging toward the top five and showing no signs of slowing down, Billy’s instincts were no doubt right.

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ABC/Image Group LA Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s merch on the Soul2Soul trek is getting an upgrade.

The superstar couple has partnered with jeans-maker Lucky Brand to create an exclusive 17-piece collection of tour merchandise, according to Billboard. The line includes blue jean jackets embroidered with either “Faith” or “McGraw,” and t-shirts that say things like “You be my Tim and I’ll be your Faith,” as well as Mrs. McGraw’s personal favorite:  a denim shirt emblazoned with “Respect Your Mama.”

Tour souvenirs will run you anywhere from $40 for a t-shirt, to $149 for embroidered denim.

This weekend, Tim and Faith play Glendale, Arizona; Ontario, California; and San Diego, California with Rhiannon Giddens.

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ABC/Lou RoccoPeach state native Lauren Alaina settles the age-old debate over how you say the word “pecan” -- sort of -- in a new video for the Georgia Pecan Growers Association.

The American Idol runner-up ponders whether it’s puh-kahn or pee-kan in the clip, and for the record, she settles on puh-kahn. You can check out Lauren’s humorous take on the topic online.

Meanwhile, the Rossville, Georgia native is following up her first #1, “Road Less Traveled,” with her top-25 duet with former schoolmate Kane Brown on “What Ifs.”  

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Webster Public RelationsKenny Rogers and Dolly Parton will reunite for one final performance, as the entertainment icon's touring career draws to a close.

“All in for the Gambler:  Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” will take place Wednesday, October 25 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Little Big TownAlison KraussJamey Johnson, Broadway and Frozen star Idina Menzel, and rockers Elle King and The Flaming Lips will all be part of the show, with more talent to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. CT.

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Comstock/Thinkstock The duo Rusty and Doug scored a top ten hit in 1961 with this cajun anthem, which also became a top fifteen hit for Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Connie Smith in 1970. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Louisiana Man."

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