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ABC/Image Group LA Miranda Lambert not only released her new single, “It All Comes Out in the Wash,” on Thursday, she also made good on her promise that a little something extra was coming: She also dropped “Locomotive”, the rock-influenced tune she debuted last month at CMA Fest.

Nearly three years since the release of her last album, Miranda is anxious to put out new music, revealing the full “record should be out by fall.”

“I’m very ready,” she tells Billboard. “Having time off to write was great. I got to live some life for a little bit, which helps, but I’m definitely really excited to have new music to play on the road.”

Miranda says her new single “definitely has the attitude and tone of the record,” which is “a little more upbeat than The Weight of These Wings.”

“My last record went through a lot of the trials and tribulations I had been going through personally, and I feel like I’m kind of over the hump,” she admits.

Miranda went on to reveal she’ll be “putting more songs out as soon as possible,” and the new collection contains a “collaboration with a friend.”

And if you enjoyed the shirtless video the newlywed posted of her husband on Wednesday, Miranda teases she’ll probably share more of the New York City policeman, since she has more to promote.

“I do have a tendency to creep on him when he’s doing house chores shirtless," she confesses. “I creep on him doing all kind of things: moving, laundry, dishes.”

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Capitol NashvilleEven though Carrie Underwood is devoted to her workout routine and has a physique envied by many, she says you’ll never see her in a tiny bikini.

“I feel like with swimwear, growing up in my teenage years, early 20s, I couldn’t wear a triangle swimsuit,” she told People Tuesday at the launch of her new CALIA swimwear line in the Hamptons.

“I can’t do it, it’s not going to happen,” she adds. “It would never have happened.”

So for her new line of swimsuits, Carrie stuck to more “sporty” styles that are “pretty and functional.”

“I’ve had women come up to me and be like, ‘Thank you! I can take my teenage daughter and we can get things that are cute but also appropriate for her and for me’,” the “Southbound” hitmaker says.

“And I think of myself running after my crazy kids and being at hotel pools, wanting to be cute but also not wanting to worry about things,” she adds. “Everything stays where it’s supposed to!”

While Carrie herself prefers “being by the water or on the water, not so much in it,” she says her four-year-old Isaiah “is a fish” and “loves being in the water.”

You can find Carrie’s new CALIA swimwear -- along with the rest of her athleisure line -- at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

This Friday and Saturday, Carrie’s set to play two shows each night at the Grand Ole Opry, while she’s on a break from her Cry Pretty Tour. It resumes September 10 in San Diego.

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ABC/Mitch HaasethHow does Marshmello manage to drive while wearing the huge “marshmallow” helmet that covers his head? That’s one question you may have after you watch his new music video with Kane Brown.

The “One Thing Right” clip starts with the electronic music producer/DJ getting out of jail, and then being picked up by the country hitmaker. Kane then takes ‘Mello to see his lady -- and that’s where the trouble starts.

Her father -- who’s dressed as a member of law enforcement -- manages to keep them apart. Soon after the two musicians drive away -- this time with Marshmello behind the wheel -- a police chase starts. It’s big enough that it makes the news, and supporters line the road holding signs and cheering Kane and Marshmello on.

In the end, the new country/EDM duo rides away, leaving the cops in the dust. You can check out the “One Thing Right” video on YouTube now.

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ABC/Lou RoccoFirst, Billy Ray Cyrus joined rapper Lil Nas X to help turn "Old Town Road" into a certified smash. Just last week, yodeling viral video sensation Mason Ramsey added a new verse to another remix of the monster hit. Now, it looks like Dolly Parton just might be next.

After X joked on Twitter that he wanted to do another version of his chart-topping smash with Dolly and rising rapper Megan Thee Stallion, the country legend responded in a low-key way: She tweeted a picture of the "Old Town Road" artwork, which features two horses, with a pink horse with a blonde mane added in. She also added a horse emoji and a unicorn emoji.

To which Lil Nas X responded, "YEE YEE GANG!" with three horse emojis and some hearts.

Stay tuned to see what's next. "Old Town Road" has been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 15 weeks.

In the meantime, you can check out CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban traveling down "Old Town Road" with Billy Ray and Lil Nas X on next month's annual CMA Fest special. It airs Sunday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Curb Two weeks after it topped the chart, Lee Brice's latest number one has been certified platinum, for sales of one million units. 

"'Rumor' is platinum, y’all!!" the South Carolina native tweeted. "I have to shout out our incredible fans who have supported 'Rumor' by tuning in, downloading, streaming and coming to see our shows."

"None of this happens without you," he added.

This is Lee's eighth platinum single, bringing his total career certifications from the RIAA to 14 million.

That total includes the platinum album Hard 2 Love, the two gold albums Love Like Crazy and I Don't Dance, and two gold singles. 

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If the title of Russell Dickerson's top-twenty hit "Every Little Thing" seems familiar to you, there's a good reason: its name is exactly the same as the breakthrough, chart-topping single by his friend and former tour mate, Carly Pearce.

"You know what? I had it first," Carly laughs.

In reality, Carly points out that the two songs with the same title couldn't be more different.

"I feel like that's the interesting part of what we do for a living... writing songs," she tells ABC Radio. "He wrote that song and it's an uptempo...bop about being in love and being so obsessed with every little thing about his wife, Kailey."

Carly's, on the other hand, is about "Every Little Thing" in her former relationship breaking her heart.

"Mine was the complete opposite, but still the same title," she continues. "So it's been interesting to see...different perspectives happen in the writers' room." 

Earlier this year, Carly and Russell went out together on The Way Back Tour, which took its name from the fact that the two singer/songwriters go "way back."

"Every Little Thing" is the third single from Russell's Yours, album, following its chart-topping title track and "Blue Tacoma." 

Carly's current hit, "Closer to You," is the lead release from her forthcoming sophomore album.

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Comstock/Thinkstock Forty years ago this week, Country Music Hall of Famer Dottie West recorded the song that would go on to become her first solo number one. Can you name the tune that would also be a hit for Jo Dee Messina in 1999? ANSWER: "A Lesson in Leavin'."

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Miranda Lambert isn't too proud to use her new husband to promote her new single.

In a new video posted on her socials, Miranda sneaks up on a shirtless Brendan McLoughlin as he's loading clothes into a stackable washer/dryer.

"C'mon, really?" the New York City policeman asks as he realizes he's being caught on camera showing off his abs.

Miranda's new single is appropriately titled "It All Comes Out in the Wash."

"I wrote 'All Comes Out in the Wash' with The Love Junkies, some of my favorite people to write with: Mrs. Lori McKenna, Liz Rose, and Hilary Lindsay," Miranda explains. 

"I had the title for awhile written down on my phone, and we like to talk about girly things, and things going on in life when we write together," she continues. "So I feel like this song is just kind of a mix of scenarios that all of us have either been a part of or seen or, you know, something that's happened in all of our lives."

In addition to the literal laundry reference, Miranda admits the new song does have a deeper meaning.

"Realizing that when you have something in your life that's a little hurtful or a moment that you wish would pass, it does all pass," she says encouragingly. "And it all comes out in the wash."

"And, you know, that's something that all of our moms would say to us when we were little, 'Let's not worry about a stain,'" she adds. "So I'm really proud of it. It's a really fun song."

You can hear "It All Comes Out in the Wash" in its entirety starting at 6 a.m. ET today. Miranda's also been hinting she may have some more surprises on Thursday as well.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock"More Hearts Than Mine" newcomer Ingrid Andress will launch her European tour September 16 in Cologne, Germany. You can also watch for her Thursday starting at 7 a.m. on NBC's Today show.

Country Music Hall of Famers Alabama will receive the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the Musicians Hall of Fame during a ceremony October 22 at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Cole Swindell will release "All Nighter" on Friday. It's the latest track from his Down Home Sessions V EP.

You can check out Old Dominion's new lyric video for their track "Some People Do" on YouTube now.

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ABC/Image Group LA; Warner NashvilleWhile “God’s Country” is spending its second week atop the country chart, Devin Dawson’s putting his own spin on the monster hit, which he co-wrote for Blake Shelton.

Devin delivers a stripped-down, acoustic take on the tune he authored with HARDY and Jordan Schmidt in a new video now available on YouTube. Shot on producer Scott Hendricks’ farm, the clip shows Devin sitting on a stool in the shallows of a shaded creek as he accompanies himself on guitar.

“God’s Country” is Devin’s first number one as a writer. Previously, he made it to number two as both an artist and a songwriter with his platinum-selling debut single, “All on Me.”

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Big Machine Tonight, you can tune in to watch the premiere of Carly Pearce’s episode of Front and Center on public television.

Recorded last September in New York City, Carly’s performance features songs from her debut album, including its chart-topping title track, “Every Little Thing,” plus the hit “Hide the Wine” and the fan favorite “If My Name Was Whiskey.”

“Since I was a little girl growing up in Kentucky, all I’ve wanted to do is sing country music like the greats on the Grand Ole Opry,” Carly says. “When the chance to truly be 'front and center' with my own songs came along, I was thrilled.”

“I’ve been inspired by so many artists and shows like this,” she adds, “[that] allow for both discovery and a deeper connection with fans.”

Check your local listings to see when Front and Center airs in your area. You can also watch Carly’s episode online at PBS.org.

The Kentucky native’s latest single, “Closer to You,” is currently nearing country’s top 25, as Carly opens Jason Aldean’s Ride All Night Tour this summer.

This weekend, the trek plays Gilford, New Hampshire on Friday and Saturday, before continuing on to Camden, New Jersey on Sunday.

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Harper WaveWith one best-seller already under his belt, Tim McGraw is unveiling what will likely be his next one.

“Really excited to share the cover of my new book #GritandGrace coming this fall,” the Louisiana-born superstar tweeted on Wednesday.

The full title of the 304-page volume is Grit & Grace: Train the Mind, Train the Body, Own Your Life. On the cover, Tim wears his signature black cowboy hat, along with a black t-shirt and jeans, against a grey background.

The “one-of-a-kind lifestyle book” mixes Tim’s “personal transformation story with practical advice to inspire healthy changes in readers’ lives,” according to his publisher, Harper Wave. It’s set to come out November 5.

Tim’s historical offering, Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest, and the Music That Made a Nation -- which he wrote with Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Meacham -- is currently spending its fourth week on the New York Times’ list of Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers.

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MCA NashvilleGeorge Strait is re-issuing a new limited-edition version of Strait Out of the Box: Part 1 this fall, exclusively in Walmart.

The 72-track collection recaps King George’s career from its beginning through 1995, including 31 number one hits, all personally selected by the Country Music Hall of Famer.

The four-disc set includes classics like “You Look So Good in Love,” “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” and “Check Yes or No,” and goes for less than $30.

The re-issue arrives in Walmart September 13, but you can stream it now, as well as the second volume of Strait Out of the Box.

You can also check out the complete collection of Strait’s music videos -- newly remastered in HD -- on YouTube now.

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ABC/Image Group LA This fall, for the third year in a row, Kimberly Williams-Paisley will be taking Music City back to the eighties. The actress -- who’s also Mrs. Brad Paisley -- will host her annual Dance Party to End Alz on Sunday, September 29 at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon.

Some of country music’s biggest names will take the stage to cover some of their favorite tunes from the heydays of MadonnaCyndi Lauper and Prince, while also raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association. 

“Our third year is going to be the best yet, and I can’t wait to bring together another great group of musicians to rock out to hits from the ‘80s,” Kimberly says. “The event is raising awareness and much-needed funds that will help accelerate research and push us closer to finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”

“It’s moving and motivating to see Music City’s continued support of the cause,” she adds, “which is so important to me and my family, and millions of other families across the country.”

Kimberly lost her own mother after a long battle with dementia in 2016.

Pre-sales for the fundraiser start Thursday, before tickets become available to the general public on Monday. You can find out more at Alz.org/DanceParty.

Look for this year’s performers to be announced in the coming days. In the past, they’ve included Darius RuckerChris YoungLindsay Ell, and of course, Kimberly’s husband, Brad.

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1999, Lonestar's signature hit began an eight-week reign at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Can you name the song? ANSWER: "Amazed." 



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Tuesday night in Nashville, Dustin Lynch, Mark Wills, the Gatlins and more walked onstage at the Grand Ole Opry to help induct Luke Combs as its newest member.

Since Luke's mom sneaked him into a Vince Gill show as his first concert, the Country Music Hall of Famer led the honors.

"What I love about this guy: he opens his mouth [and] his singing is undeniable..." Vince declared.

"I found out not too long ago that the first concert he ever went to was one of mine. So I obviously didn't ruin him," Vince added.

Luke listened to hits like "Pickup Man" and "John Deere Greene" before he was in kindergarten, so it was Joe Diffie who actually pronounced him the Opry's latest addition.

"It's pretty hard to find anything to say that makes me feel like I wouldn't sound like an idiot right now," Luke said candidly as the audience laughed and applauded.

"Here I am onstage with people that... shaped me as an artist," he added, "and I just want to say thank you to you guys."

The North Carolina native went on to voice his appreciation for the ones that make it all possible.

"Thank you to the fans. You guys should always remember that you are the most important thing... that all of us have on this stage," Luke continued. "Without y'all, there is no country music. There is no Grand Ole Opry."

For his debut as an Opry member, Luke sang the title of his record-setting debut album, This Ones for You, changing some of the words for the special occasion: "There's a couple people in the Grand Ole Opry tonight I owe a beer to. And three or four I owe more than a few," he closed, ending to thunderous applause.

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Big Machine Tuesday, Riley Green marked a coveted milestone, celebrating his debut single, "There Was This Girl," at a number-one party at Nashville's Sutler saloon.

Riley recalls hearing the song on the radio for the first time, not that long ago.

"I was coming back from a hunting trip in Georgia," he remembers, "and one of those stations in Atlanta were pretty early on playing it."

"And it's weird," Riley adds. "You hear the song eight billion times when you're in the studio, and then when you're going to shoot the video... But hearing it on the radio's got a different feel, for sure."

Even though Riley had been making music before, the Alabama native couldn't believe how things changed once he signed with Big Machine and put out his first single.

"I was really fortunate to be able to put out a lot of music before I ever signed a record deal and have a fan base kind of grow in the Southeast..." he explains. "But that was something that I couldn't get over, was... going to all these places I never thought I'd go, and places I've never stepped foot, and people are singing this song just louder and louder every week."

It's a phenomenon Riley's still noticing this summer, opening Brad Paisley's World Tour.

"It takes awhile for people to hear it, even when it was played on the radio for awhile..." he says. "Still even today, it just gets louder every show..."

"I may... be in a place where people don't know who I am. But I get there and play that song and they know it, and that's a pretty cool thing. It makes it a lot easier to go play in front of new crowds."

Riley's follow-up's the new single, "In Love By Now."

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockJoLivi has released the music video for her new song, "Better." 

Teddy Robb has released his debut single "Really Shouldn't Drink Around You."

The Gatlin Brothers have partnered with Colorado-based company Newton Running to design a custom shoe that will benefit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS).  It's a nonprofit that provides resources and counseling to those grieving the loss of a loved one who served in the military.

Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith are teaming up for a seven-date Christmas tour later this year.  It kicks off November 30 in Cincinnati, Ohio and ends on December 8 in Des Moines, Iowa. 

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJimmie Allen put a ring on it! 

The "Best Shot" singer proposed to his girlfriend Alexis Gale, a nurse from his hometown of Milton, Delaware, on Monday, July 15, during a trip to one of his favorite places -- Disney World.

The two were surrounded by family and friends -- including both sets of parents -- when he popped the question in front of Cinderella's Castle in the Magic Kingdom.

Jimmie, 33, and Alexis, 23, began dating during the spring, and he says he knew she was the one because of the compassion she has for him and his five-year-old son Aadyn

“With Alexis being from my hometown, it is like always having a piece of home with me. We had an immediate connection. It was like we’d always known each other," Jimmie shares with People

“Her smile melts me, her pure heart challenges me to love better, the way she motivates and supports me is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, the way she loves me and my son is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced," he gushes. "It feels incredible to find the type of love I’ve been writing songs about all these years!”

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Scott Legato/NBCMaren Morris continues to climb the ladder of success with a series of new sales certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. 

The star was surprised with four new plaques commemorating the success of her two albums, Hero and Girl during a private reception at the home of Randy Goodman, chairman and CEO of Maren's record label Sony Music Nashville.

Maren received a platinum certification for her debut album Hero -- signifying one million units sold -- and a gold certification of its fourth single, "Rich," as well as gold certifications for her songs "Girl and "The Bones."  Gold certifications signify 500,000 units sold.

"Tequila was served tonight. GIRL, The Bones, and Rich are gold and HERO IS AN EFFING PLATINUM ALBUM!" Maren writes on Twitter.  "Thank you Sony, my Columbia team and thank you to every writer, player, and fan who made this possible."

Maren continues on her Girl: The World Tour through the summer and fall before serving as an opening act for select dates of Miranda Lambert's Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour in October and November. 

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