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ABC/Image Group LANicole Kidman loves being a “tour wife” and can memorize Keith Urban’s concert schedule in one glance, she reveals in Vanity Fair’s May cover story.

In fact, she’d just returned from the European leg of the Aussie superstar’s Graffiti U World Tour when she did the interview with the magazine.

“[It’s] extremely simple with what we want from each other and what we want from a relationship,” Nicole says of the couple’s marriage. “Just peas in a pod in that regard.”

The Big Little Lies actress goes on to describe what it’s like to live with the reigning CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year.

“I love that Keith is a guitar player and a singer,” she tells Vanity Fair, “but his passion is guitar and writing music. That’s what I’m around every day.”

We also get a peek at what life is like for the couple’s children -- ten-year-old Sunday and eight-year-old Faith -- and it’s pretty traditional.

Both are interested in music, with Sunday playing piano and Faith learning the violin. Nicole says her daughters don’t have a phone or Instagram, and they all go to church as a family.

“That’s how we are raising our children,” she explains. “Keith has his own beliefs but he comes, too. I had a very Catholic grandmother, and I was raised praying, so that had massive impact.”

You can check out the full article on Nicole Kidman in the May issue of Vanity Fair.

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ABC/Image Group LASeven-time nominees Dan Shay are set to perform on next week’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney will team up with pop star Tori Kelly, who previously scored a country hit with “Take Back Home Girl” with Chris Lane.

This year, Dan and Shay are not only competing in the country categories, but they’re also up for the all-genre Top Duo/Group honor and the Billboard Chart Achievement Award as well.

In the country field, they’ll vie for Top Country Artist, Top Country Duo/Group, and Top Country Album for their latest, self-titled effort. They also have two chances to win in the Top Country Song category, since both “Tequila” and “Speechless” are nominated.

Dan Shay join an impressive line-up of performers, which include MadonnaMariah CareyJonas Brothers, host Kelly Clarkson, and more. You can tune in to watch Wednesday, May 1 starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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ABC/Image Group LABrett Young’s latest hit “Here Tonight” is sticking around for a second week atop Billboard’s Country Airplay chart this week.

What’s even more impressive is that Brett’s three previous hits have all spent multiple weeks at the top as well: “Mercy,” “Like I Loved You,” and “In Case You Didn’t Know.” 

The California native’s debut single, “Sleep Without You,” peaked at #2 on the Billboard tally.

Only four other songs have spent multiple weeks at #1 so far this year: Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy,” Scotty McCreery’s “This Is It,” Jason Aldean’s “Girl Like You,” and Dan Shay’s “Speechless.”

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Capitol NashvilleCarrie Underwood’s stepping up the tempo with her new single from the Cry Pretty album: It’s the summer-themed “Southbound,” which she recently performed on the Academy of Country Music Awards.

“Summer dripping off of us/From the river bank to the party cove/Long as it floats, we’ll rock the boat,” Carrie sings. “It’s all looking up when we get down/And get a little southbound, southbound.”

The Oklahoma native’s ACM performance holds the distinction of being the largest production in the show’s 54-year-history, with its outdoor pool beginning, deejay, dancers, extras, and cameos by Carrie’s tour mates Maddie & Tae and Runaway June. If you missed it, you can check it out on YouTube.

Meanwhile, Carrie’s counting down to her Cry Pretty 360 Tour, which kicks off next week in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Comstock/ThinkstockAfter many years as a gospel quartet, the Oak Ridge Boys scored their first major country hit with this track in 1977. Can you name this top five hit, which was also the title cut of the album that featured the future hits "You're the One" and "I'll Be True to You?" ANSWER: "Y'all Come Back Saloon."

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Lee Brice has his biggest hit since 2015's "That Don't Sound Like You" with his latest single, "Rumor."

Had it not been for his vocal problems several years ago, however, the South Carolina native's new hit might never have happened.

"Before my vocal surgery, I was struggling really badly to sing -- to even talk," Lee explains. "And so it lent itself to me writing more soulful songs, because I'm sitting here trying to sing these songs that weren't that hard to sing, but they were at the time."

"So it kind of led to this raspy voice," he continues, "these soulful songs, and 'Rumor' was one of the first ones..." 

Lee remembers how the second single from his latest, self-titled album came together.

"I've got a bass line going," he recalls, "and I'm going to this kind of Motown, groovy, bluesy thing because of the fact that my voice was injured."

"It'll be cool to look back one day," he observes, "and go, 'You know, there's a reason why that song was created, because I was at a different place vocally.'"

After undergoing surgery in October of 2016, all is well with Lee's voice. But he admits he can't really sing "Rumor" like he once could.

"Now I'm kinda back to 120 percent," he points out. "So it's almost -- it's not cool, but it's kinda cool that I can't quite sing it like I did back then, you know."

"Because my voice is almost cleaned up too much. So I can fake it pretty good now," Lee laughs.

Thursday night, Lee plays American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas, before joining Rascal Flatts on their Summer Playlist Tour in May.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockStaind front man Aaron Lewis has this week's best-selling country album with his latest effort, State I'm In.

Sara Evans performs with The Barker Family Band -- also known as her children Avery and Olivia -- Tuesday on the syndicated Pickler & Ben. Check your local listings to see when the show airs in your area.

Toby Keith kicks off his That's Country Bro! Tour May 26 at the Tree Town Country Music Festival in Forest City, Iowa. "That's Country Bro" is also the title of the Oklahoma native's new single.

The band Heartland is releasing a new version of their 2006 hit, "I Loved Her First," featuring Tracy Lawrence.

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Atlantic/Warner Nashville Michael Ray’s slowing things down: The follow-up to his chart-topping track “One That Got Away” is the heartbreak ballad “Her World or Mine.”

The Florida native says it’s already a song his fans have embraced.

"When we added ‘Her World or Mine' to our live show last year, the response was immediate and now every night on the road the crowd sings it back to us,” Michael explains.

“I think it has resonated so strongly with fans,” he goes on, “because no matter which side you are on -- the one who has moved on or the one who is hanging on -- everyone has been there at some point in their life.”

“They see themselves in this song,” he adds. “I certainly do.”

“Her World or Mine” was co-written by newcomer Travis Denning.

You can check out the “Her World or Mine” concept video -- which came out shortly before Michael’s Amos album last year -- on YouTube now.

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MCA NashvilleJordan Davis will perform his new single, “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot,” Thursday on ABC’s Strahan and Sara.

The new release is the third single from Jordan's Home State album, and the follow-up to his first two number ones: “Singles You Up” and “Take It from Me.”

“Slow Dance” was inspired by the real-life love story of Jordan’s co-writer, Lonnie Fowler.

“‘Slow Dance in a Parking Lot’ is a really special song on my album,” Jordan observes. “Getting to relive Lonnie’s first date with his wife in the writing room that day was pretty cool.”

“We’ve been getting a great reaction when we play it during our live show,” he adds, “so I’m really excited for fans to hear it on the road this summer.”

You can tune in to see Jordan perform “Slow Dance” Thursday at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.

This Sunday, he’s set to play the Stagecoach Festival in Indio, California.   

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ABC/Image Group LABrett Young’s “Here Tonight” has just become his fifth number one hit in a row -- and that means every single the California native has put out so far has made it to the top of the chart.

Brett co-wrote “Here Tonight” with Charles Kelley on Lady Antebellum’s You Look Good Tour in 2017.

“We wanted to write a song about living in the moment and trying to enjoy what is happening, while it’s happening,” Brett explains.

“That’s very much what I’m trying to do right now,” he adds. “I don’t think it’s fully sunk in yet that this is my fifth number one. It’s an incredible feeling and I’m beyond grateful."

Brett’s currently out on the Miss Me More Tour with Kelsea Ballerini and newcomer Brandon Ratcliff. This week, the trek passes through Estero and St. Augustine, Florida, as well as Augusta, Georgia.

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CurbDylan Scott and his wife Blair will be welcoming a little girl into their family. The new arrival will join big brother Beckett, who celebrated his first birthday in December.

The “My Girl” hitmaker revealed the baby’s gender on his socials on Easter via a video which shows Blair holding a balloon that says “Oh Baby!” as Beckett looks on. When Dylan pops the balloon, it erupts with pink confetti.

“Man, God has sure blessed Blair and I,” he captioned his post.

“And it’s a GIRL!!!!” Blair added on her page. “We can’t wait to meet our little chick in September!”

There’s another arrival on the way for Dylan this week: his six-song EP, Nothing to Do Town, arrives on Friday.  

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Arista NashvilleLANCO brings the message of their new single, “Rival,” to life in their new music video for the song.

The clip mixes an energetic live performance by the band with footage of a group of people owning their challenges: in the video, each person writes a negative comment or criticism they’ve faced on a cinder block wall. Eventually, the wall comes down with a sledgehammer, as the band finishes singing “Rival” in the rain.   

“We really wanted to capitalize on the true message behind the song that was built from different times in our lives and the stories from fans who have felt beat-down and lost, but ultimately find hope and redemption,” lead singer Brandon Lancaster explains.

"Every caption on that wall was an experience that person had to overcome,” he adds, “and when it was knocked down you could feel the genuine joy from everyone on the set. It was a powerful moment I’ll never forget." 

You can check out the “Rival” video -- as well as a behind-the-scenes feature -- on YouTube.

Next up, the ACM New Group of the Year takes their Hallelujah Nights Tour to London, England on May 1.

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ABC/Mark LevineBrett Eldredge will play an intimate show this spring as part of the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour.

Brett’s concert will be May 16 in St. Louis, Missouri, which also happens to be the home of Budweiser. You can go to to sign up to win tickets and find out more.

Meanwhile, Brett’s latest hit, “Love Somebody,” is nearing country’s top ten. It’s the third single from his self-titled fourth album, which came out in the summer of 2017.

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Comstock/ThinkstockJohnny Cash scored his final number one on the Billboard country chart in 1976 with this novelty song about building a Cadillac. Can you name it? ANSWER: "One Piece at a Time."

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ABC/Eric McCandlessLast week, after America failed to vote them into the top 10, the American Idol judges picked Uché, Dimitrius Graham and Alyssa Raghu as wild cards, giving them another chance.  Sunday night, Alyssa won over the viewers well enough to make it to the top eight, but Uché and Dimitrius were once again left out in the cold, and were eliminated.

Ryan Seacrest announced that Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie would have the ability to save one contestant, but they could only use that save once before the finale.  When asked if they wanted to use their save on either Uché or Dimitrius, Katy asked how many shows they had left.  When Ryan told her there were three or four shows left, Lionel announced they were "holding" their vote -- which meant goodbye to the two singers.

Uché's chances of making the top 10 were likely hurt by the fact that he sang "I2I," from A Goofy Movie, a song that none of the judges -- and likely the audience -- were familiar with.  Dimitrius gave an emotional performance of "You'll Be in My Heart," from Tarzan, dedicated to his mom, but it wasn't enough to sway the voters.

That means your top eight are Madison VanDenburg, Walker Burroughs, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Wade Cota, Laci Kaye Booth, Alyssa Raghu, Laine Hardy, and Alejandro Aranda.

Sunday night's show was Disney Night and to mark the occasion, Katy Perry dressed as Ursula from The Little Mermaid, complete with purple makeup and a dress with tentacles.  Actress Rebel Wilson was the mentor, and reigning American Idol champ Maddie Poppe and her boyfriend, runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, made a special appearance to sing "A Whole New World."

American Idol season four champ Carrie Underwood also appeared in a spot, wishing the contestants good luck and reminding them to enjoy every moment of their American Idol journeys.

Here's what the top eight sang:

Alejandro Aranda -- “Remember Me,” from Coco
Alyssa Raghu -- “Colors of the Wind,” from Pocahontas
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon -- “Candle on the Water,” from Pete’s Dragon
Laci Kaye Booth -- “I See the Light,” from Tangled
Laine Hardy -- “Oo-De-Lally,” from Robin Hood
Madison VanDenburg -- “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana
Wade Cota -- “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” from Toy Story
Walker Burroughs -- “When She Loved Me,” from Toy Story 2

Of note: After Laine's performance, Katy said, "Remember when I said you could win it this time? Don't NOT believe that." 

In addition, Luke praised Laci for "becoming a Disney Princess right in front of our eyes," while Lionel called Walker's spot "about as close to a perfect performance as I could ever think of." 

All the judges raved over Wade's performance, which he enhanced by writing "ANDY" on the sole of his boot, just like Andy does to Woody in Toy Story. They praised Jeremiah for being a "total pro," and complimented Madison on the notes she hit during her performance.

Monday night at 8 p.m. ET, ABC will air a two-hour special called American Idol: Meet Your Finalists, which takes a deep dive into each finalist and their story. The special will include new, never-before-seen songs, stories, performances and footage from the show, as well as a look back at this season's favorite moments so far.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Ann Womack's new video for "Hollywood" features custom-made dolls and intricate, stop-motion animation. You can watch the video for the second single from her Grammy-nominated The Lonely, the Lonesome, and the Gone album on YouTube.

Love and Theft's new single, "Gimme Tonight," is available to stream or download now.

If you missed Josh Turner performing the Hank Williams classic, "I Saw the Light," on NBC's Today show, you can check out his performance online. His version is from his gospel album, I Serve a Savior.

Actress Chrissy Metz' new music video for the song she performed on the ACM Awards is out now. "I'm Standing with You" is from the Breakthrough soundtrack, which also features tracks by Carrie UnderwoodDarius RuckerMaddie & Tae and more.

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ABC/Image Group LAMorgan Wallen's enjoying his second bona fide country hit with "Whiskey Glasses," the follow-up to his chart-topping collaboration with his pals Florida Georgia Line on "Up Down."

The East Tennessee native says he released "Whiskey Glasses" as a single based on the response it generates in his live show.

"We started playing it live," Morgan explains, "and you definitely take what you see when you play a song live and [ask yourself], 'Would this translate as a radio song? With exposure, could this turn into something big?'"

"And we kinda just started seeing people really reacting to that song [in an incredible way]," he remembers.

Once more people heard "Whiskey Glasses" on the radio, it evolved into the centerpiece of Morgan's set. 

"That song has become the highlight of my show," he tells ABC Radio. "I usually put it in the middle of my set somewhere, and right when we play that song, the energy just immediately... it's just like, you can tell that that's, like, the catalyst, and then the rest of the show is just a different level."

From Morgan's perspective, "Whiskey Glasses" is poised to be an even bigger hit than his breakthrough, "Up Down."  

"It is definitely rivaling it," he reveals. "It may even [have] surpassed it."

"You know, you have one hit," Morgan elaborates, "and... you've got a lot of pressure that you need another one, you know. I mean, I'm sure that's always the case, no matter if you had twenty or one."

"But it definitely relieved a lot of stress for me," he admits, "just realizing that people really connected with that song."  

Both "Up Down" and "Whiskey Glasses" are from Morgan's debut album, If I Know Me.

This summer, Morgan heads out on the Can't Say I Ain't Country Tour with FGL.

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Warner NashvilleIn a preview of a new behind-the-scenes video coming on Monday, Blake Shelton talks about the first time he heard his latest hit, "God's Country."

At the time, he was on his ranch in Oklahoma.

"I was shocked," Blake recalls. "I had to stop and just listen to this song, because the song was talking to me about a place that I was in at that moment, which was a place in the middle of nowhere that meant something to me that probably nobody else could ever understand: what that is and what it is inside of me and what my connection is to the land."

He continues: "At that moment, I realized, 'I've gotta record this song.' And I think I even decided before I even recorded it, 'This has got to be the song that I put out.'"

It's a strategy that's proven successful. Even though "God's Country" has only been out a matter of weeks, it's already at top-25 hit.

You can watch the preview of the "God's Country" behind-the-scenes video on YouTube now.

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ABC/Image Group LAThere’s no shortage of country songs about smoking weed with Willie, but Brantley Gilbert’s new one actually includes a brief cameo by country music’s most famous advocate of marijuana.

Not only is Willie Nelson featured on Brantley's song “Welcome to Hazeville,” his son Lukas Nelson and country rapper Colt Ford are also on the 4/20-friendly song.

“Get that homegrown ready/That smoke gon' rise/Run the speed limit/Never seen blue lights,” Brantley sings on the track. “Everybody’s chillin’/Well, we always high/Hangin’ out with Willie on that laid-back vibe.”

To hear Willie’s cameo, you’ll need to stick around ‘til the very end.  As for Colt's presence on the song, he and Brantley wrote and originally recorded Jason Aldean’s smash, “Dirt Road Anthem.”

“Welcome to Hazeville” is the latest preview of Brantley’s new album, which is expected in the fall.

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The Valory Music Co.Thomas Rhett’s giving his fans another sneak preview of his forthcoming Center Point Road album with the new track, “Remember You Young,” which is available to stream or download now.

“Remember You Young” continues the nostalgic vibe TR promises on much of the record, which is named for the street where he grew up.

"We wrote this song about the people in life that we love,” he explains, “and always remembering them in their youth no matter how much time passes and [how much] we all change.”   

“There’s something sentimental about remembering your very best friends -- who have real jobs and families now -- tearing it up in college,” TR continues, “or picturing me and my wife with no cares at the Tin Roof back in Knoxville.”

Near the end of the song, Thomas addresses his hopes for the future.

“I love that the last verse is a bit of twist, with it all coming full circle,” he explains. “It actually makes me emotional… It's easily one of my favorite tracks on the album."

The full Center Point Road album arrives May 31. You can check out the lyric video for “Remember You Young” on YouTube now.

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