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Blake Shelton's Steamy "Sangria" Video Hits YouTube

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton’s steamy new video for “Sangria” begins and ends with a naked woman submerged in a wine-colored bath.  Shot at Miranda Lambert’s bed and breakfast The Lady Smith in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, the clip features her husband performing his latest single as a model and her partner engage in a heavy make-out session that ends in the bedroom.

The video, which premiered earlier this week on Vessel.com, a new premium video service, hit YouTube on Friday. The Voice star says his latest video simply reflects the message in the song.

“It’s just about one of those nights where you drink too much and you’re gonna end up hookin’ up with this person, it’s just inevitable," he says.

“Sangria” is the third single from Blake’s Bringing Back the Sunshine.

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Kenny Chesney Wants Your Old iPod

Image Courtesy Sony Music Nashville/Blue ChairIf you’ve ever wondered what to do with your old iPod, Kenny Chesney has the answer. The country superstar has partnered with the non-profit Music & Memory to encourage fans to donate their old mp3 players to help people struggling with Alzheimer’s.

“The gift of a music player full of favorite songs can help reconnect people with Alzheimer’s to good memories and to the people around them, and that’s a ray of hope for a lot of people,” Kenny says in a PSA he taped for the organization.

Music & Memory provides patients with individually-tailored playlists that help enhance their quality of life. It started with four facilities in New York, and has grown into a nationwide program with 1,000 outlets.

This week, Kenny kicked off his Big Revival tour with two shows in Nashville.

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Brett Eldredge Has Broadway and a Standards Album in His Sights

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleSo far, fans have only glimpsed Brett Eldredge’s talent as a thespian in his music videos. But if he has his way, we’ll likely one day see him on Broadway.

“I'd do it in a heartbeat,” he reveals. “I would totally do that. I mean, I was in that stuff. I was in musicals in high school and stuff. I loved it. I loved being onstage. I love acting. I definitely want to get into that as well. So, absolutely, I would do it. It's fun. I love to watch shows.”

Brett adds he’d also like to record a standards album inspired by his hero, Frank Sinatra, but it’ll be a while before he branches out to do either project. He’s currently climbing the country chart with his top ten hit, “Mean to Me.”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockThe Oak Ridge Boys sang backup on which 1976 Paul Simon hit? ANSWER:  "Slip Slidin' Away."

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Brad Paisley Pulls Hidden Camera Pranks on Repeat After Me

Arista NashvilleNotorious prankster Brad Paisley shows off his comedic chops in primetime next week. Brad guests on Repeat After Me, the hidden camera show hosted by The Goldbergs' Wendi McLendon-Covey. She communicates with celebrities via an earpiece, suggesting awkward and often inappropriate things for the stars to say and do, as they interact with unsuspecting civilians.

Produced by Ellen DeGeneres, the half-hour series started as a sketch on her daytime talk show. Repeat After Me airs Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Lee Brice Embarks on Environmentally-Friendly College Tour

Image Courtesy Curb RecordsLee Brice goes back to school next month, as he launches the first leg of a unique tour of college campuses. He's partnering with REVERB, a non-profit that brings musicians and students together to work toward environmental and social change. The avid hunter and fisherman will focus on outdoor preservation and water conservation, even working to lessen the effect of the shows themselves.

"We're hoping to offset the environmental impact of the tour by supporting clean energy projects and using buses and trucks fueled with locally produced biodiesel," he says. "I have two sons and I look at this as investing in their future and that of kids around the world."  

The South Carolina native plays his alma mater, Clemson University, on April 11. 

Here are the dates so far for Lee Brice's college tour:

4/8 -- Buies Creek, NC, Campbell University
4/9 --Erie, PA, Penn State University
4/10 -- High Point, NC, High Point University
4/11 -- Clemson, SC, Clemson University
4/15 -- Saint Charles, MO, Lindenwood University
4/22 -- Conway, AR, University of Central Arkansas
4/24 -- Monroe, LA, University of Louisiana
4/30 -- North Andover, MA, Merrimack College
5/1 -- Slippery Rock, PA, Slippery Rock University

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Sam Hunt Had His Doubts About "Take Your Time"

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleEven though “Take Your Time” has turned out to be Sam Hunt’s latest top ten hit, he confesses he wasn’t always sure that would be the case.

“‘Take Your Time’ is a song I wrote two or three years ago,” he recalls, “and it was sort of my first experience using a unique cadence in the verses and flowing from that spoken thing into a melody and then back again.”

Along the way, Sam worried the song might just be too different for country radio.

“It probably represents a lot of the R&B influence that a lot of my music has, and I’ve always been really attracted to that rhythmic style of music. It’s a song that I’ve had for a while and been most antsy about putting out, because it is one of the first songs I wrote when I started working on my own project.”

Sunday night, Sam takes his Lipstick Graffiti tour to the campus of Iowa State University.

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Taylor Swift Joins Kenny Chesney for His Tour Kickoff Show

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Kenny ChesneyTaylor Swift was a special guest at Kenny Chesney's opening show on his Big Revival tour in Nashville on Thursday night.

She joined Kenny -- who turned 47 on Thursday -- on stage at the Bridgestone Arena for a performance of his hit song "Big Star." Video of their collaboration was quickly posted on YouTube.

Also joining Kenny were Chesney collaborator and songwriter David Lee Murphy, Grace Potter, Uncle Kracker, and veteran rocker and Eagles member Joe Walsh.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockScotty McCreery co-hosts the Top 20 Countdown on Great American Country this weekend.  The show premieres Friday at 6 p.m. Eastern, and repeats on Saturday and Sunday.

The new album from soon-to-be Country Music Hall of Famers The Oak Ridge Boys is called Rock of Ages: Hymns and Gospel Favorites. It’s new in Cracker Barrel stores this month.

Charlie Worsham and Casey James performed alongside The Doobie BrothersTom Johnson at Nashville’s Tin Pan South festival this week. Both Charlie and Casey re-recorded Doobie’s hits for the band’s latest album, Southbound.

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Darius Rucker Takes His Southern Style to TV

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker will be making the media rounds next week, as he unveils his fourth solo album, Southern Style on Tuesday. The admitted sports fanatic will make multiple appearances on ESPN on the release date, after starting his morning on the Today show. Darius guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, April 6, before stopping by ABC’s The Chew on April 16.

Darius co-wrote all thirteen tracks on the new album, including his current top 5 collaboration with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, “Homegrown Honey.”

Here’s the track listing for Southern Style:

“Homegrown Honey”
“Good for a Good Time”
“Baby I’m Right” (featuring Mallary Hope)
“Southern Style”
“High on Life”
“Perfect”
“You, Me and My Guitar”
“Low Country”
“Need You More”
“Half Full Dixie Cup”
“Lighter Up”
“You Can Have Charleston”
“So I Sang”

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New Artist Striking Matches Is Already Huge in the UK

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Even though the debut album by Striking Matches just came out stateside this week, the two are already big stars in the U.K., thanks to the popularity of the ABC show Nashville. So far, the duo has written eight songs that have been featured in the nighttime drama, and Sarah Zimmermann says it’s not uncommon to see fans overseas singing along to every word, thanks to the show’s huge British following.

Sarah met musical partner Justin Davis in 2007 when a professor paired the two together when both were freshmen guitar majors at Nashville’s Belmont University. Their CD Nothing But the Silence features their latest single “Hanging on a Lie.”

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the first country hit Kenny Chesney collaborated on with Grace Potter? ANSWER: "You and Tequila."

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Kenny Chesney's Sleepless Nights End Tonight with The Big Revival Tour Launch

Image Courtesy Sony Music Nashville/Blue ChairKenny Chesney has spent several sleepless nights worrying about The Big Revival tour. The trek kicks off tonight in Nashville, and Kenny admits he's been anxious about putting the new show together for his fans.

He tells The Tennessean, "To see it all start to come together is the exciting part. This is a very creative, stressful but rewarding process for me. That anxiety is brought on by myself; it's just because I care so much. "

Today just happens to be Kenny's 47th birthday, too. He says he wanted to play Music City on his birthday so his mother could be with him to help celebrate.

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Darius Rucker Explains the "Homegrown Honey" Lyric About a Girl Being "Money"

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleDarius Rucker is obviously singing about his lovely wife, Beth, on his latest hit, "Homegrown Honey," but we wondered what the song's lyric about her being "money" actually means to him.

Darius explains with a laugh, "[To borrow a] 2002 term, she's all that and a bag of chips, man! She looks real good when she's money."

When asked if there is any specific times Beth looks especially "money," Darius replies quickly, "Always. My wife is always beautiful. She's always gorgeous. She had the flu the other day, and she was money."

"Homegrown Honey" is the lead single from Darius's new studio album, Southern Style, due out Tuesday.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRaeLynn is shooting a guest-starring role on the Disney Channel series I Didn't Do It. She posted a photo of the script on Instagram Wednesday.

 

Guess what?? I'm gonna guest star in an episode of "I didn't do it" ???????????? who's excited?

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The first photos of Christina Aguilera's upcoming guest role on ABC's Nashville have been revealed at People.com. She plays pop star Jade St. John, who just happens to be the ex-fiancée of music executive Jeff Fordham. Look for Christina to make her debut on Nashville April 15.

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Trisha Yearwood, Florida Georgia Line and Vince Gill Featured on Dan Rather's "The Big Interview"

Image Courtesy AXS TVTrisha Yearwood is the featured guest on Dan Rather's series The Big Interview coming up Tuesday, April 14 at 8 p.m. ET on AXS TV. In addition to talking about her dual music and cooking careers, Trisha opens up about her work with Habitat for Humanity and the special surprise her husband Garth Brooks pulled off to celebrate her 50th birthday.

The Big Interview continues with new episodes featuring Vince Gill on April 21 and Florida Georgia Line on May 12.

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Keith Urban Answering Questions on Facebook Today About Learning to Play Guitar

Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban is fast becoming country music's guitar guru. He's got his own line of guitars through the Home Shopping Network, and now Keith is answering fan questions about the instrument on Facebook.

The conversation starts Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ET on Keith's Facebook page. You can post questions about learning to play the guitar, and Keith will answer as many as possible.

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Florida Georgia Line Debuts Hot New Video for "Sippin' on Fire"

Image Courtesy Jeremy Cowart/Republic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line's new video for "Sippin' on Fire" is out today on VEVO. The guys went to the dry lake beds near Las Vegas and performed inside an actual ring of fire as actors played out the storyline in separate scenes.

"Sippin' on Fire" is the third single from Florida Georgia Line's latest album, Anything Goes. It follows the back-to-back #1 hits, "Dirt" and "Sundaze."

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Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr Reveal Wedding Photos and Details

Image Courtesy CMAJason Aldean and Brittany Kerr are sharing their wedding photographs exclusively with Us Weekly, out now. The couple's also sharing details from last Saturday's ceremony. Brittany walked down the aisle barefoot while John Legend's "All of Me" played. Jason actually cried when he saw his bride in the long-sleeved lace Pnina Tornai gown.

See all of #JasonAldean and Brittany Kerr’s official wedding pics -- only in the new issue of Us Weekly!

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Jason tells Us, "She looked beautiful. I was so excited to see her."

The seaside wedding took place in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Jason's family, including daughters Keeley and Kendyl from his first marriage, were on hand for the ceremony.

Jason and Brittany got engaged last September.

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Garth Brooks, Reba, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert & George Strait to Receive ACM 50th Anniv. Milestone Awards

Image Courtesy ACMThis year is the 50th anniversary of the ACM Awards, and to mark the occasion, a special group of artists will be honored for their unique achievements over five decades of the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Reba, Taylor Swift, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, and Miranda Lambert will all be presented with the 50th Anniversary Milestone Award, which will mark their ACM history-making achievements.  Each will receive an exclusive trophy, created by famed jewelry designer David Yurman, during the ACM Awards, airing April 19th on CBS, live from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will co-host the awards.

Garth is the most-awarded ACM Entertainer of the Year, having won the category six times, while Kenny received the first-ever fan-voted Entertainer of the Year trophy.  Miranda is the most-awarded female solo artist in ACM History, have taken home a total of 18 trophies. 

Reba is the most-awarded ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, having won that category seven times.  George Strait is the ACM winner with the longest span between his first and most recent wins: 24 years.  Taylor Swift is the youngest ACM Entertainer of the Year: she took home the trophy when she was 21. 

Finally, Brooks & Dunn are the most awarded ACM act, having won 27 ACM trophies in all.  They're also the most-awarded Vocal Duo, with 16 wins in that category.

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