Miranda Lambert Says There's "Something for Everybody" on Her New Album, "Platinum"

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert still has plenty of "sassy" moments on her upcoming album, Platinum, but there are plenty of vulnerable moments. On "Bathroom Sink," Miranda sings about dealing with body image issues, and "Priscilla" finds her addressing the challenges of having a famous husband, Blake Shelton.

"I always try to make my records be about where I am right now," Miranda says. "I'm 30 years old. I'm happily married, but I still have problems good and bad. I face everyday life as a 30-year-old girl. So, I wrote a lot about that."

Some other tracks, like the title cut and "Little

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Carrie Underwood Named to "TIME" 100 List of the World's Most Influential People

Sony Music NashvilleCarrie Underwood has made TIME magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.  Not only did she make the list, she's included in the category "Icons."

In an accompanying essay written about Carrie by Brad Paisley, her CMA Awards co-host says, “Not only has she earned her place [in country music], she's raised the bar: a prolific songwriter, a trend-setter, and an Opry member.  But it's her decency as a person that is so impressive.”    

Brad adds, "So many young girls want

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLuke Bryan's album, Crash My Party, is back at #1 on Billboard's Country Albums tally in its 37th week on the chart.

Eric Paslay performs a cover of the Sheryl Crow song, "I Shall Believe," on Ram Country on Yahoo Music. Check it out at RamCountry.Music.Yahoo.com.

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Is Jerrod Niemann Secretly Writing Songs for a New Garth Brooks Project?

Sony Music NashvilleGarth Brooks is expected to announce plans for a massive world tour in the coming months, and he's hinted there might be some new music to go along with the trek. Since Jerrod Niemann had a hand in writing several of Garth's singles, including 2005's "Good Ride Cowboy," we wondered if Jerrod might know something about Garth's recording plans.

"When I chat with him, I don't hit him up for a bunch of details," Jerrod tells ABC News Radio. "You know, I wouldn't probably trust myself with any details 'cause I get so excited."

While Jerrod doesn't have any insight on what or when

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Chris Young Previews Brand-New Live Show in Nashville

RCA NashvilleChris Young hosted a preview of his brand-new live show for a few members of the press Wednesday afternoon in Nashville. The hit-filled set kicked off with the title track from his latest album, A.M., and continued with the single from that album, "Aw Naw" and "Who I Am with You."

The massive stage features high-tech LED screens and state-of-the-art lighting, making this Chris's biggest tour production ever. Hits like "Gettin' You Home," "Voices" and "You" rounded out the set list.

Look for Chris to take his new show out on the road this summer with a mix of headlining shows and dates opening for Dierks

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Craig Morgan Challenging Fans to Go-Kart Race at 2014 Fan Club Party

Black River EntertainmentCraig Morgan is challenging fans to a go-kart race at his "Wake Up Racing You" fan club party, coming up June 4 in Nashville. The event takes place that morning at the Music City Indoor Karting & Entertainment Center. Fans will be treated to an acoustic performance and a light breakfast in addition to the race.

Go to EventBrite.com to purchase tickets.

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Miranda Lambert's 2013 Year in Review Going on Display in New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

Country Music Hall of FameThe new Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit, "Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access," opens May 16 with a focus on what Miranda did in 2013. Items going on display include outfits from last year's CMA Awards, ACM Awards and CMA Music Festival as well as a costume she wore on her Locked & Reloaded Tour.

The outfits Miranda wore in her "Mama's Broken Heart" video and the "We Were Us" video with Keith Urban are also going on display. Miranda's own tweets accompany each item to tell the story of Miranda's life last year.

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Rascal Flatts Performs for Patients and Families at Nashville Children's Hospital

Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts performed for young patients and their families at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Tuesday in Nashville. After singing their hits "Fast Cars and Freedom," "My Wish" and "Rewind," the Flatts posed for photos with every family in the audience.

Over the last 10 years, Rascal Flatts has donated more than $3 million to the Children's Hospital. They are now focused on raising funds for research on premature babies.

Lead singer Gary LeVox tells

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Grand Ole Opry Kicking Off CMA Music Festival Week with Carrie Underwood and Josh Turner

Photo Credit: Chris HolloThe Grand Ole Opry has a big show planned for Tuesday, June 3 to kick off CMA Music Festival week. Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Jennifer Nettles and Charlie Worsham are on the bill for two shows that night at the Grand Ole Opry House. Terri Clark will be there  as well, to celebrate her 10th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member.

The party continues that Friday, June 6 with Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans and more set to perform on the Opry. Go to Opry.com for

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Rascal Flatts cast member made a cameo on ABC's Nashville this season? ANSWER: Jay DeMarcus.

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Kacey Musgraves Shows Her Vulnerable Side on "Keep It to Yourself"

Photo Credit: Kelly Christine MusgravesKacey Musgraves is more vulnerable than ever before on her latest single, "Keep It to Yourself." She wrote the song after a breakup when her ex was trying to tell her he still had feelings for her.

Says Kacey, "You literally have to be the strong person and say, 'Don’t tell me, because it’s just going to rope me back in.' It’s going to create that cycle again. It's just about getting over that hump."

Ultimately, Kacey found love again with her band member, Misa Arriaga, and that relationship wouldn't have happened if she'd gotten roped back into

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Is Taylor Swift Selling Her Mansion in Rhode Island?

ABC/Jon LeMayEver since Taylor Swift shelled out a reported $17 million a year ago for a huge mansion in Rhode Island's tony Watch Hill neighborhood, the home has been the site of much drama, from random trespassers, to angry locals accusing her of blocking access to the beach.  Now, word is she's looking to unload the 11,000 square-foot home.

The rumor evidently started when a reporter for the local Rhode Island paper The Westerly Sun

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWynonna and her band, The Big Noise, will perform at the 24th Annual William Shatner Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show April 26 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Proceeds go to special-needs children charities in Los Angeles.

Keith Urban discovers American Idol host Ryan Seacrest jamming on the bass prior to showtime in the latest installment of the Idle Chatter video series. American Idol airs Wednesday and Thursday nights on FOX.

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The Music of "Nashville" Comes to Life on New ABC Concert Special Airing Tonight

ABCThe music of ABC's Nashville is coming to life with the new special, Nashville: On the Record, airing Wednesday night. The hour-long show features Nashville cast members Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack and more performing live at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Several of the stars have been performing around Music City and on the Grand Ole Opry in the past few years. Nashville: On the Record gives fans outside Tennessee a chance to get that live concert experience.

Jonathan Jackson, who plays Avery

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Eli Young Band's Mike Eli Celebrates Wedding Anniversary Eating Roast by Candlelight in Front of the TV

Republic NashvilleEli Young Band front man Mike Eli didn't spring for a fancy night out to celebrate his recent wedding anniversary. Instead, Mike and his wife celebrated very simply at home.

He tells Country Aircheck, "We celebrated in front of the television with two bar stools, a roast and a candlelight on the bar stools in front of us."

Since Mike is out on the road so much touring, we're sure his wife enjoyed the quiet night at home. Eli Young Band continues their opening spot on Darius Rucker's True Believers tour this weekend with shows in Florida and Alabama.

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George Strait Adds June 5 Stop in Hidalgo, TX to The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

EB Media PRGeorge Strait has added a June 5 show in Hidalgo, TX to his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour schedule. The concert at State Farm Arena is just two days before his massive tour-ending concert at Dallas's AT&T Stadium on June 7. Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Eric Church, Vince Gill and Martina McBride are on the bill for the sold-out Dallas date.

Tickets for the June 5 date go on sale to the public Friday, May 2.

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Rascal Flatts Performing at "Rewind" Album Launch Party in Los Angeles

CMARascal Flatts will perform an acoustic album launch concert for their latest release, Rewind, on the release date, May 13. The show takes place at the Avalon nightclub in Los Angeles, and only Citi card holders can purchase tickets at CitiPrivatePass.com.

Flatts lead singer Gary LeVox says, "We're immensely proud of our new album and I can't think of a better way to celebrate than with some of our closest fans. We can't wait for everyone to hear Rewind and look forward to kicking things off with Citi in Los Angeles next month."

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Ronnie Milsap, Hank Cochran & Mac Wiseman Are Newest Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumThe latest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame have been announced: Ronnie Milsap, Hank Cochran, and Mac Wiseman.  The inductees were revealed Tuesday morning in Nashville.

Soulful keyboardist Milsap, who's blind, was of the biggest crossover country performers of the '70s and '80s, thanks to hits like "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World," "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me," "Stranger in My House," "Lost in the Fifties Tonight," and "Any Day Now."  He's won six Grammys and scored forty #1 country hit singles.  Milsap's name was announced

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Billy Currington Gets Amped-Up Performing "We Are Tonight" in Concert

Mercury NashvilleBilly Currington's latest single choice, "We Are Tonight," is a direct result of his recent leap to arena headliner status. Billy loved what he calls the "amped-up energy" of the song, and the carefree lyrics appealed to him as well.

Says Billy, "It made me think of football games and the summer rolling down the window, driving down the beach boulevard. Everything that the song states took me back to my younger years."

Billy will be playing "We Are Tonight" at his shows in Alabama and North Carolina this weekend. Go to BillyCurrington.com to see where

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich member of Lady Antebellum is the youngest? ANSWER: Hillary Scott.

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Justin Moore Spending Less Time on the Road as His Family Continues to Grow

Valory Music Co.Justin Moore is taking some well-deserved time off after he wraps up the Off the Beaten Path tour this weekend. The trek started back in November 2013, and Justin is anxious to spend more time with his wife, Kate, and their two daughters. Their third child is due in July.

Looking forward to his summer touring plans, Justin says, "We’re gonna do some of the big fairs and some of the big festivals. We’re not gonna do as many of the county fairs, and things that we’ve done in the past, simply because my girls are gettin’ older and I wanna spend as much time at home as I can with

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockLee Brice and Jerrod Niemann will host a joint fan club party June 2 at Rocketown in Nashville.

Craig Morgan will host his 8th Annual Celebrity Off-Road Trail Ride and Outdoor Concert July 20 in Dickson, TN.

Dierks Bentley has launched an interactive photo booth at Dierks.com to help fans get in the mood for his new single, "Drunk on a Plane." The booth allows fans to upload their own picture and customize it with airline and party-themed stickers.

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Miranda Lambert Keeps It Simple Designing Her Shoe Line

Sony Music NashvilleMiranda Lambert launched her own line of shoes and boots last December with her music and lifestyle serving as the main inspiration. Some of the high heels have a rock and roll edge, while the boots give a nod to Miranda's country roots.

She tells Women's Wear Daily that running her boutique, The Pink Pistol, taught her some valuable lessons going into the shoe line launch.

"Keep it simple," Miranda says of her design philosophy. "You can't get crazy with design because

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Lee Brice Celebrates First Anniversary with Wife, Sara

Photo Courtesy Lee BriceLee Brice and his wife, Sara, celebrated their first wedding anniversary Monday. Lee marked the occasion by posting a picture of himself with Sara on Twitter. The caption reads, "It's been a year today since Sara made me the luckiest dude in the world."

Lee's latest single, "I Don't Dance," was written about Sara for their first dance as a married couple at the wedding reception. The video for the song features actual footage from Lee and Sara's wedding day.

The couple has two children, sons Ryker

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Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and Wife, Kelli, Expecting a Baby Boy This September

Capitol NashvilleCongratulations to Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood and his wife, Kelli, on the impending arrival of their first child. The couple took to Lady A's Twitter account Monday to share the good news saying, "So excited for a new Baby A on the way in Sept! And it's a boy!!!"

Dave and Kelli tied the knot in April 2012. His band mate, Hillary Scott, welcomed her first baby, daughter Eisele Kaye, last July.

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Kelly Clarkson's Baby Bump on Display During Easter Boating Outing

Justin Lubin/NBCEver since Kelly Clarkson announced she was expecting, glimpses of her baby bump have been rare.  But this past weekend, she was out and about with her pregnant belly definitely on display.

US Weekly has photos of Kelly on a boating outing with her husband Brandon Blackstock

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Carrie Underwood Among Final Nominees for "Billboard" Milestone Award

Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has made it to the final round of voting for the Milestone Award at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards next month. She's up against Ellie Goulding and OneRepublic for the fan-voted trophy. The polls are now open at Billboard.com/Milestone.

The Milestone Award recognizes an innovative artist who achieved a notable chart milestone in the past year. The winner will be announced during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, airing on ABC Sunday, May 18 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Comstock/ThinkstockDustin Lynch studied pre-med at which Nashville college? ANSWER: Lipscomb University.

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Dustin Lynch's Fans Give a Big "Yep Yep" to His Latest Hit, "Where It's At"

Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch's latest single, "Where It's At," features him singing the phrase "yep yep" at several points in the song. Fans have latched onto "yep yep" so much, Dustin's already selling t-shirts and other items with that line at his concerts.

Dustin tells ABC News Radio, "What's crazy is how many people have picked up on that in social media, like Twitter and Facebook. I see it all over the place now. Hashtag yep yep."

The overall message of "Where It's At" celebrates the everyday magic of a true love relationship well beyond the first few dates.

"It's about not being able to take your hands off of someone,

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