ABC/Image Group LA Lee Brice is set to perform during Monday's 2018 Miss USA competition. The show will air live on Fox from George's Pond at Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, starting at 8 p.m. ET.
While we don't know what Lee will sing, he scored his latest top-20 hit with "Boy," from his self-titled album released last year.
Vanessa and Nick Lachey will host this year's Miss USA pageant, with Nick also taking the stage with his band, 98 Degrees.
You can check out the contestants and cast your ballot for your favorite online now and during the show.
ABC/Eric McCandlessThe first installment of the two-night American Idol finale airs this Sunday on ABC, but the three remaining contestants have already released the songs that will be their "coronation singles," should they be crowned the winner on Monday night.
Maddie Poppe's song "Gone Gone Gone," is an upbeat, folk-influenced modern pop song that suits her voice well. It's somewhat reminiscent of Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips' song "Home."
Caleb Lee Hutchinson's single "Johnny Cash Heart" is country through and through, and its lyrics refer to the deep love between late country icon Johnny Cash and his beloved wife, June Carter Cash. "You are my June/June in my Johnny Cash heart," he sings.
Gabby Barrett's song "Rivers Deep" is soulful pop with a some gospel thrown in, and shows off her powerful voice.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the other songs the finalists will sing on Sunday night include Caleb doing Johnny Cash's classic "Folsom Prison Blues," Gabby singing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Maddie performing "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac.
The American Idol finale begins at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday and continues Monday night at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
Big Loud Life's whatcha make it, but when you're playing baseball stadiums, sometimes you get rained out.
That's the situation Jake Owen finds himself in this weekend, as he's been forced to postpone the first dates on his Life's Whatcha Make It tour with Chris Janson and Jordan Davis.
"Anyone who had planned for an awesome Fri and Sat night in Chattanooga and Augusta...I’m so sorry we have to reschedule because of the weather," Jake tweeted around noon on Friday. "Tickets will still be good when we return.. I’m bummed. It was our opening weekend for the tour."
As of now, the trek -- which will mainly play minor league baseball stadiums -- is set to resume June 1 in Solomons, Maryland.
Jake's latest single, "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," just broke into country's top ten.
ABC/Image Group LA The self-titled, third album from Dan Shay will arrive June 22, featuring their top-ten lead single, "Tequila," as well as a guest appearance by Kelly Clarkson.
Kelly appears on "Keeping Score," one of eleven cuts on the new project. The duo revealed the details at midnight Friday as they simultaneously dropped the track "Speechless," which was inspired by seeing their wives for the first time on their respective wedding days last year.
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney also released an accompanying music video, made up of footage of their brides Abby Law and Hannah Billingsley, on their special day. You can check it out on YouTube.
Here's the complete track listing for Dan Shay:
"Alone Together" "Tequila" "What Keeps You Up at Night" "All to Myself" "Keeping Score" (featuring Kelly Clarkson) "Make or Break" "Speechless" "Stupid Love" "No Such Thing" "My Side of the Fence" "Island Time"
ABC/Image Group LA Rolling Stone nicknames Maren Morris "The Boundary Pusher" in the article titled "The New Classics" in the latest issue of the magazine -- and the Texas native is inclined to agree.
Now that she's had a huge pop hit with "The Middle," the "My Church" hitmaker expects to spread her wings a bit on her sophomore record, which she's working on now.
"I want to strike a balance of continuing the story but also being a little edgy," she tells Rolling Stone.
Maren also recounts the first time she heard "The Middle," her smash with DJ/producer Zedd and electronic duo Grey. At the time, she was on vacation in Tulum, Mexico, shortly before November's CMA Awards.
"Oh my God, this is a jam," Maren says, recalling her initial reaction. "I had never felt that kind of energy for a song I didn't write."
Maren's set to perform "The Middle" on Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, along with Zedd and Grey. The show airs live from Las Vegas starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Comstock/ThinkstockBaillie and the Boys scored the biggest success of their career so far in 1989, with this #4 hit from their Turn the Tide album. Can you name it? ANSWER: "(Wish I Had a) Heart of Stone."
ABC/Image Group LA Kelsea Ballerini competes for Top Country Female Artist at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Even though she's not set to perform on the show, the "I Hate Love Songs" singer says she wouldn't miss it.
"I am gonna go! I love it!" she tells ABC Radio. "I mean, I love seeing other country artists there and, I dunno, I feel like country's cool, and so I want to make sure that everyone knows it!"
Part of the appeal of a show like the BBMAs is the chance to rub elbows with artists from other genres, although Kelsea confesses she doesn't feel like she's any good at interacting with her heroes.
"No!" she says definitively. "I fangirl in country settings still. I'm, like, not good around famous people. It continues to get worse."
"I admire from afar," she goes on. "And then every now and again I'll awkwardly go up to someone and fangirl. But not often."
But Kelsea acknowledges that her run-ins with celebs usually go pretty well.
"Everyone's always been very nice. Kelly Clarkson's hosting, and she knows that I'm just actually obsessed with her, so I'll probably fangirl her," she laughs.
Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris are also in the running for this year's Top Country Female Artist trophy, with Maren also set to perform her pop hit "The Middle" on the show.
You can tune in to the show live from Las Vegas Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRunaway June will kick off the entertainment on the Chevy Riverfront Stage during this year's CMA Fest in Nashville. They'll perform the national anthem the morning of Thursday, June 7.
The debut album from The Sisterhood Band, titled Summer Setlist, comes out June 8 on Sony Music Nashville. The duo is made up of Rod Stewart's daughter, Ruby Stewart, and Alyssa Bonagura, the offspring of Baillie and the Boys' Kathie Baillie and Michael Bonagura.
Busbee, Buddy Cannon, Dave Cobb, Dann Huff and Michael Knox are this year's Academy of Country Music Producer of the Year nominees. The winner will be part of the 12th Annual ACM Honors August 22 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
ABC/Image Group LA Dierks Bentley kicks off his Mountain High tour tonight in Columbia, Maryland, and the "Woman, Amen" hitmaker can't help but remember some of the difficult times before he became one of country's biggest acts.
"I've been doing this for a long time," the Arizona native recalls "I had, like, three years of trying to headline tours, playing these big arenas that hold 25,000 people and only 2,500 showed up...Every review was like, 'Bless his heart. He was playing like it was a sold-out show, but no one came.' [So] this feels like a second career almost, and a second chance."
Now, with hit records and successful business ventures, Dierks says touring these days is about a lot more than just selling tickets.
"I've already got a lot of great stuff going on," he says candidly. "I've got a 9-year-old, a 7-year-old, and a 4-year-old. It's not about making money, it's about my life. I want to have a great summer, have a lot of fun, make great memories, [and] be totally present from the second we get there on site."
Having Brothers Osborne and LANCO on the road with him is part of the fun for Dierks.
"You want to spend that summer with people you want to be around," he explains. "And obviously, it'd be nice if that's people that also are having success in their career and can help sell tickets and all that. You're always trying to find that [equation] where one plus one equals three -- where a group of people come together and their sum is greater than their parts."
The Mountain High trek visits Holmdel and Camden, New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday.
Dierks' new album, The Mountain, comes out June 8.
Country Music AssociationThe country music gathering that started out as Fan Fair has morphed into CMA Fest, but the spirit of the event that lets you get close to your favorite stars still lives on at Nashville's Music City Center.
Each day starting at 9:30 a.m. CT, fans can collect autographs at Fan Fair X and see their favorite artists in intimate settings in the air-conditioned comfort of Nashville's new convention center.
This year, Dierks Bentley will be the Artist of the Day on Thursday, June 7, with Luke Bryan coming to the CMA Close Up Stage on Friday. The parade of major stars continues on Saturday with Dustin Lynch, while Kelsea Ballerini will be Sunday's final Artist of the Day. Each appearance typically includes an in-depth interview and often a stripped-down, acoustic performance as well.
Tickets for Fan Fair X at Music City Center will run you $10 per day or $25 for a four-day pass. You can find out more at CMAFest.com/tickets or via the CMA Fest mobile app.
ABC/Image Group LA This weekend, Brothers Osborne kick off the Mountain High Tour with Dierks Bentley and LANCO, with three stops in the Northeast. On Monday, they'll stick around that region of the country to appear on Late Night with Seth Meyers in New York City.
On the show, TJ and John Osborne plan to play their ode to the three things they believe in: "Weed, Whiskey and Willie." You'll find the tune on the duo's new album, Port Saint Joe. You can watch for their performance May 21 starting at 12:35 a.m. ET on NBC.
The reigning CMA and ACM Duo of the Year just returned from their first headlining tour of the United Kingdom, selling out all of their shows except one. They'll head back to the U.K. for another run of shows in November.
The pair's latest single, "Shoot Me Straight," just broke into country's top 30.
BMLGMidland is heading back to the Urban Cowboy era in their new video for "Burn Out."
"In 1980 one of our favorite movies, Urban Cowboy was released," the trio tweeted. "On this coming Friday we’re releasing our tribute to that cinematic masterpiece with our music video for 'Burn Out.'"
"Here’s a [behind-the-scenes] look at the shoot. We hope that we make Bud and Sissy proud," they added, referencing the characters played by John Travolta and Debra Winger.
In the new video, Billy Bob's Texas in Fort Worth subs for Gilley's, the legendary honky tonk where much of Urban Cowboy is set.
You can check out the "Burn Out" preview on Midland's socials now, ahead of the clip's release Friday.
ABC/Image Group LA Three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean is joining the star-studded lineup of nightly concerts during CMA Fest this year. The "You Make It Easy" hitmaker will close out the first show on Thursday, June 7 at Nashville's Nissan Stadium.
We're also finding out who'll kick off each evening's entertainment by singing the national anthem. The Oak Ridge Boys will do the honors on Thursday, accompanied by the Marine Corps Band New Orleans. Viral video star Mason Ramsey steps up to the mic on Friday, with newcomer Jillian Jacqueline following on Saturday. Legendary country comedian Ray Stevens wraps things up on Sunday.
A limited number of four-day passes to the concerts at Nissan Stadium are still available, with more information at CMAFest.com/tickets. The entire spectacle will be recorded for a massive prime-time special that will air later in the year on ABC.
ABC/Image Group LA Dan Shay are planning to leave you "Speechless" on Friday.
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney continue to preview tunes from their forthcoming third album, and this week, they're unveiling a very personal song inspired by their wives.
"We both got married last year, and wrote a song about the moment we first saw our beautiful brides walking down the aisle," the duo explained on social media. "It’s called #SPEECHLESS..."
It's emotional territory the two know well: in 2016, Dan Shay hit #1 with "From the Ground Up," a song inspired by the lifelong loves of their grandparents. "Speechless" will be available to stream or download on Friday.
So far, we still don't know the title or the release date for Dan Shay's follow-up to Obsessed, which came out nearly two years ago. The album's lead single, "Tequila," is currently in country's top ten.
CMTTickets for this year's CMT Music Awards go on sale this weekend, with pre-sales starting Friday at 11 a.m. ET.
To buy your tickets early, all you need to do is use the code BUCKLEUP on Ticketmaster.
Little Big Town is set to host Wednesday, June 6 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line are the most-nominated artists this year, with pop stars like Justin Timberlake and Backstreet Boys in the running as well.
Seats become available to the general public on Saturday, with the lineup of performers and presenters to be revealed soon. You can cast your ballot for the fan-voted show now at Vote.CMT.com.
Tune in to see who wins when the 2018 CMT Music Awards air live from Music City, starting at 8 p.m. ET June 6 on CMT.
Comstock/Thinkstock Forty-five years ago this week, then-14-year-old Tanya Tucker scored her first #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with this song. Can you name it? ANSWER: "What's Your Mama's Name."
ABC/Image Group LA It's already been a whirlwind year for Carly Pearce: the Kentucky native started 2018 opening for Blake Shelton on his Country Music Freaks Tour, before dropping in for several dates on Thomas Rhett's Life Changes trek.
Next month, she heads out with Rascal Flatts and Dan Shay for their Back to Us shows, before joining the stadium dates on Luke Bryan's What Makes You Country tour in September.
All the while, Carly says she'd proud to be carrying the banner for the women of country.
"I get to be the girl power on all of these amazing tours and it’s crazy," she says. "I look at the schedules and I look and I see my name next to these amazing artists that I’ve idolized for a long time and look up to and I just can’t believe it. I feel like every time I step out on stage I’m like, ‘What?’"
Carly's new single, "Hide the Wine," is currently making its way up the chart. It's the follow-up to her chart-topping debut single, "Every Little Thing."
Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Joe Nichols and Wynonna and The Big Noise are set to headline the Chillin' on the Lucie festival October 3-7 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. RaeLynn, Thompson Square, Craig Campbell, Restless Heart, Love and Theft and others are booked to play, as well.
If you missed Kane Brown doing "Heaven" or Blake Shelton singing "I Lived It" Tuesday on The Voice, you can catch up on their performances on YouTube.
Scotty McCreery guests on Harry Connick's syndicated talk show on Thursday, while Kacey Musgraves is set to stop by The Late Late Show with James Corden on CBS.
Columbia Nashville A new five-song EP from Tyler Farr is now available in stores that sell Durango boots.
Livin' Hard features Tyler's three number-ones -- "Redneck Crazy," "Whiskey in My Water," and "A Guy Walks into a Bar" -- as well as the unreleased title track and the new song, "I Hope I Don't Live to See That Day."
Tyler's latest single, "Love By the Moon," is available to stream or download now.