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Charles Kelley digs Michael Ray's new single

Atlantic Michael Ray’s new single officially has the Charles Kelley seal of approval.

“Digging [Michael Ray’s] new single #GetToYou!” the Lady Antebellum hitmaker tweeted. “Well done buddy. I remember hearing the demo [songwriter Abe Stoklasa] played me and you did it justice.”

You can check out the video for the lead single from Michael’s forthcoming sophomore album on YouTube. In the clip, the Florida native drives by a lake in the countryside as he sings the song. Since the video is titled “Get to You” (Chapter 1), it seems to indicate there may be more to come.

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Hillary Scott unveils her latest efforts to make sure "You Look Good"

Bryan Kasm/HSNThe latest additions to Hillary Scott’s HSN fashion line aren’t supposed to come out until July, but the Lady Antebellum hitmaker is rolling them out ahead of time.

“Y’all, I just got the early shipment of the next collection of LaBellum…” Hillary shared on social media, along with a link to check out her new garments.

Hillary’s collection made its debut in April, with many of her designs instantly selling out.

HSN is also offering a special edition of Lady A’s #1 album Heart Break, which includes five bonus tracks.

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Y'all, I just got the early shipment of the next collection of @LaBellumHS and I'm all 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 https://t.co/k5P7hYsAlJ pic.twitter.com/qBfijSvnlo

— Hillary Scott (@HillaryScottLA) June 27, 2017


Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" "Walk[s] on By" one chart record; can he "Cruise" past another?

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images via ABCThere’s no stopping Sam Hunt’s hit “Body Like a Back Road.” This week, the tune marks its twentieth week atop Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart... and that makes history.

Sam is now the country solo artist with the longest streak at #1.  He was previously tied with Leroy Van Dyke, who spent 19 weeks at #1 with “Walk on By” from 1961-62.

Sam will have to make it to 25 weeks to break the overall record, though. Florida Georgia Line set that one in 2012-13, when “Cruise” spent 24 weeks in the top spot.

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CMA Fest 2017 is over... ready for next year?

Bob D'Amico/ABCCMA Music Festival 2017 is barely in the rearview mirror, but it’s already time to get ready for CMA Fest 2018.

Four-day passes for next year’s nightly concerts at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium officially went on sale to the public Tuesday morning. The 2018 edition of country music’s biggest event will take place June 7-10.

If you didn't make it out to the event earlier this month, you can see what you missed on Wednesday, August 16, as Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini host ABC's annual three-hour wrap-up special, CMA Fest:  The Music Event of Summer.  

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Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band landed at #1 in 1987 with this song that extols the virtues of casting a line after sunset. Can you name it? ANSWER:  "Fishin' in the Dark."

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Kelly Clarkson already planning to "annihilate" Blake Shelton on "The Voice"

Courtesy of EdelmanThis weekend at Chicago's Solider Field, Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton will perform at the opening ceremony of the Department of Defense Warrior Games. While they're longtime friends, the two will become colleagues next year on The Voice -- and that's when Kelly says the gloves will come off.

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune about the Soldier Field show, Kelly says, "I'm a big fan of [Blake's], always have been for, I don't know, for, like a decade now, we've been friends. So yeah, it should be fun."

"But yeah, I guess it will be a precursor for The Voice," she adds. "A precursor to when I annihilate him."

Kelly will join The Voice as a coach for season 14, which airs in the spring of 2018.  Season 13 debuts September 25, with coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson.  Between now and then, Kelly will release a new album.

While Kelly will be in Chicago for the performance, she tells the paper she won't be hanging out in the Windy City for too long -- she has to get back to Nashville to join her husband, Brandon Blackstock, for a huge Fourth of July bash.

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Florida Georgia Line helps Backstreet Boys score their first #1 on the country chart

BMLGNineties boy band Backstreet Boys top the country chart for the very first time this week, with a little help from Florida Georgia Line.

“Finding out that ‘God, Your Mama, and Me’ went #1 is surreal,” FGL’s Tyler Hubbard says. “[It’s] really cool to be a part of Backstreet Boys’ first country #1!”

“If you told me growing up that I would share a #1 song with BSB, I would have told you to get outta here!” his musical partner Brian Kelley adds. “Dream big, work hard, surround yourself with an amazing team and anything is possible.”

BSB is understandably thrilled with their new accomplishment as well.

“We’re fans of each other and that’s one of the reasons why the song works so well,” the band’s Nick Carter says. “I’m glad it’s with these boys that we just reached #1 at country radio for the first time.”

Backstreet will join FGL, Chris Lane and hip-hop icon Nelly for three stadium dates on The Smooth Tour starting July 7 in Boston.  

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