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Darius Rucker made the day of his fellow iHop patrons.  ABC affiliate WCIV reports that over the weekend, Darius foot the bill for the entire iHop restaurant he was dining at in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.  Manager Stephen Vitale said in addition to paying for everyone's meals, the singer also left a "generous" tip for the…... Read More

Brett Young is taking to the runway.  The country crooner is partnering with Spirit Airlines and Mastercard to promote the new Free Spirit Mastercard loyalty program with a first-of-its-kind performance at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. The show will begin from inside a new Spirit aircraft before Brett takes his music…... Read More

Maren Morris, Carly Pearce & more welcome CMT Next Women of Country 2021 class

CMT has unveiled the 10 up-and-coming artists named to its Next Women of Country class of 2021 -- Tenille Arts, TikTok star Priscilla Block, Brittney Spencer, Hannah Dasher, Ashland Craft, Reyna Roberts, Harper Grae, MacKenzie Porter, trio Chapel Heart, and Sacha.  Launched in 2013, the annual program aims to elevate rising female artists in the genre. The new inductees were welcomed in by…... Read More

Morgan Wallen is 'Dangerous' with second week at #1 on 'Billboard' 200

Morgan Wallen has set yet another Dangerous precedent in country music.  The 27-year-old singer sits in the #1 spot on the all-genre Billboard 200 album chart for the second week in a row with his double album, Dangerous, making for the first country album to accomplish this feat since Chris Stapleton's Traveller in 2015.  Additionally, Morgan is the first country act…... Read More

Country star trivia

On this date in 2014, Luke Bryan hit the top of the country charts with a heartstring-tugging ballad about grief and loss, featuring backing vocals from a then-little known singer-songwriter named Chris Stapleton. The song would remain atop the charts for a total of five weeks. Can you name it?…... Read More

Nashville notes

Rory Feek, formerly of country duo Joey + Rory, has announced a solo project called Gentle Man. The first single is a cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Gentle Man will arrive in June. Ahead of the release of her new album, Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, Lainey…... Read More

Watch now: Gabby Barrett hopes

Now that Gabby Barrett's breakthrough hit, "I Hope," has become a smash on both the country and pop charts, the American Idol alum is turning her attention to her follow-up single -- and it couldn't be more different. "'The Good Ones' is another very special song," she tells ABC Audio. "It's kind of -- well,…... Read More

Carly Pearce details how “Next Girl” evolved from a “sad little letter” to an “anthem for women”

Carly Pearce’s current single, “Next Girl,” is filled with musical nods to ‘90s country and a twangy, upbeat message of empowerment for any woman staring down a relationship full of cheesy pickup lines and broken promises. But Carly says that the idea for the song actually started from a much…... Read More

Garth Brooks thanks Lady Gaga for loaning him her glam squad on Inauguration Day

Blame it all on his roots, he showed up in boots...and apparently needed a little extra help getting camera-ready before his Inauguration Day performance! Garth Brooks was among the stars who turned out to celebrate President Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday, and the country superstar opted for an a cappella performance…... Read More

Shania Twain recounts memories of the best shows she watched during her Las Vegas residency

In the latest episode of her Home Now Radio show on Apple Music, Shania Twain takes a walk down memory lane of her Las Vegas residencies, sharing some of the most memorable highlights and stunning shows she saw by other resident artists. “During my first Las Vegas residency at Caesers…... Read More

Jason Aldean + wife Brittany had a five-hour trip to the ER, but everything turned out okay

Jason Aldean and his wife, Brittany were tired but still cracking jokes late Thursday night, after a five-hour emergency room trip turned out to have a happy ending. The couple went into the ER after Brittany began experiencing chest pains earlier that day. She updated fans via Instagram stories, having…... Read More