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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May 13

Intimate Moments with Nicole & Keith: Carpool Karaoke with the Kidman-Urbans

ABC/Image Group LAIt looks like Carrie Underwood’s place as Keith Urban’s duet partner might not be as secure as it seems. The American Idol winner trades vocals with the Australian superstar on the tune “The Fighter” from his new album Ripcord, but in a new Facebook video, his Oscar-winning wife sings Carrie’s part.

“Oh my God, I love this song!” Nicole squeals as it starts to play while the two are sitting in what appears to be an SUV.

“Good — thank goodness!” Keith jokes from the driver’s seat, before the two launch into a lip-sync of the track.

“Oh my goodness, I love this!!!!” Carrie shared on her socials several hours later, including the video as well. “Could they be anymore adorable?! And she sounds pretty good, too!”

Carrie and Keith will get a chance to do their duet live, as they tour his homeland together in December. Whether Nicole and her boo would ever consider singing the song together onstage is yet to be seen — though she has said she and the couple’s daughters do plan to come along on the trek.

Earlier in the week, Nicole posted a video of her singing along to Keith’s latest single, “Wasted Time,” from the trailer of her new HBO series Big Little Lies.

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May 13

Jennifer Nettles' "Playing with Fire" Is Road-Tested and Fan-Approved

BMLGWhen it came time for Jennifer Nettles to pick the first single from her sophomore album, the Sugarland frontwoman had a unique problem. She’s managed to make a record she feels so confident about, it really didn’t matter to her.

“I love all of these songs. So for me, whenever the label posed the question to me, ‘Well which song would you like to be the first single?’ I said, ‘I love all of ’em. You want to know which song I want to be the first single? The one they’re gonna play the most!” she says candidly.

So to answer that question, Jennifer turned to some trusted radio friends she’s developed strong relationships with through the years. She also took advantage of the chance to test her new tunes on the road.

“’Unlove You’ is definitely a moment within the show that everybody gets excited about,” she says of her eventual choice, “especially now that they’ve been hearing it on the radio and they’re more connected to it by familiarity. But I’ve been using this tour as an opportunity to play this new music and introduce it to my fans and to see what gets a response.”

If you like the album’s first hit, Jennifer’s fans are telling her there’s more where that came from.

“They love ‘Drunk in Heels,’ they love ‘Hey Heartbreak.’ You know, interestingly enough, ‘Salvation Works’ is one that always has, I think, an emotional little hook there for folks. I play ‘Playing with Fire’ first, you know… I think I could play anything for the first song and they’d be excited!”

One song she hasn’t had the chance to do live yet is the record’s final track, where in her own words, “Jenny from the dirt road” meets “Jenny from the Block.” “My House” is a duet with Jennifer Lopez.

The 12-song Playing with Fire is new in stores and online today.

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May 12

Newcomer Drake White Roughs It in the Mountains with GMA's Jesse Palmer

BMLGABC’s Jesse Palmer has been “Livin’ the Dream” with newcomer Drake White. The new artist from neighboring Alabama gave the Good Morning America personality some pointers on life in the great outdoors during an overnight camping segment in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains. It was all to commemorate the 100th birthday of America’s National Parks System.

“I feel most myself when I am in the woods and spending time in nature,” Drake says. “There is no better feeling than disconnecting from your phone for a few hours to really relax and enjoy life. There is an ease of the mind that usually inspires new songs.”

There’s a whole batch of new songs on the way from Drake, as he’s putting the finishing touches on his debut album, which is due later this year. This summer, he hits the road on the Black Out the Sun Tour with Zac Brown Band.

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May 12

"Variety" Reports It's the End of the Line for "Nashville"

ABC After four seasons on ABC, it looks like it may be the swan song for Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Nashville won’t return for season five, according to Variety, and the May 25 season finale of the drama set in the country music capitol of the world will be the show’s last episode.

The series starring Connie BrittonHayden Panetierre and Charles Esten has been responsible for a sizable boom in tourism in real-life Music City, especially at locales often featured on the show like the Bluebird Café. It’s also moved more than five million songs from its soundtrack through its association with Big Machine Records and spawned several sold-out tours by the cast.   

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May 12

How Rascal Flatts Is Getting Up Close and Personal with Prince Harry

BMLGYou can watch along with Prince Harry Thursday night as Rascal Flatts performs at the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games. The British royal is in Orlando along with the trio, to recognize the achievements of the wounded service men and women who’ve participated in four days of competition this week.

The wrap-up of the Invictus Games will be televised live at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN 2.

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