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Shania Twain Would 'Love' To Work With Mutt Lange Again

Despite a nasty breakup with her now ex-husband and former producer, Mutt Lange, who was cheating on her at the time with her now ex-best friend, Shania Twain says she would be open to working with him again. She told Apple Music 1's Zane Lowe, "I would love to. I'd make another album with him or just a song."

However he might not be so willing. Shania said, "I don't think he would ... I just don't think he'd be interested. I just think he's turned that page very definitively. I just don't think he wants to. I think he just wants the past to be behind him, which is fair enough. So yeah, I don't think that will ever happen. But I do think about it often. I think it would be great."

Shania's new album, Queen of Me, is out today (Friday, February 3rd). Her tour of the same name launches on April 28th in Spokane, WA.

Chris Stapleton Extends 'All-American Road Show' Tour

Chris Stapleton has added dates on his headlining All-American Road Show Tour to now run through August 25 in Alpharetta, GA. He will be joined by a rotating group of artists including Charley Crockett, Marcus King, Nikki Lane, Margo Price, Allen Stone, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and The War and Treaty. The upcoming stadium shows will also feature special guests Little Big Town.

The new leg of Chris' tour will kick off on April 26 in El Paso, Texas.

Tickets for the newly announced All-American Road Show dates go on sale next Friday (February 10th) at 10 am local time.

Chris will perform the National Anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday (February 12) at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Reba McEntire Still Says No To 'The Voice'

Reba McEntire was The Voice's original choice for a coach on the NBC hit show, and, of course, Blake Shelton went on to become its beloved star after she turned it down. Now that Blake is stepping away from The Voice after 12 years, would she reconsider the opportunity? No, she told Entertainment Tonight, and for the same reasons she declined it the first time around. Reba said, "I got (a look at) the Holland version of The Voice. They sent it to me and I said, 'I can't see me doing that.' Because, you know, I'm a gypsy at heart."

Reba can't even imagine who could take Blake's place saying, "Who could fill Blake's shoes? To fill Blake's chair? Wow. That's gonna be tough. He did a great job and kudos to him."

Reba's own restaurant and entertainment venue, called Reba's Place, recently opened in her native Atoka, OK.

Carly Pearce Guns For First Grammy This Weekend

Carly Pearce heads to Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards this weekend where she is nominated for her very first Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance with Ashley McBryde for their chart-topping hit, "Never Wanted to Be That Girl." Carly co-wrote the song with Ashley and Shane McAnally and was thrilled to discover how well she and Ashley harmonized.

Carly tells us: "Something that I think is so special that you'll hear on the track is, we sing different harmony parts, not because it was planned. It organically happened in the room. And we flip over each other and sing around each other, and it's this really fun blend of two voices that aren't similar, but they just work. And that's so fun for me."

The Grammy Awards will air on Sunday (February 5th) on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Zach Bryan Says He Won't Release Album This Month

Zach Bryan won't be releasing his album this month after all. Despite telling fans back in September they could expect a project sometime in February, on Tuesday (January 31st) he posted a message to fans on social media writing, "Decided not to release an album in February. I love you guys and I apologize I said something I didn't stick to. Mercy here please. Going to let my life play out."

In November, Zach shared that the upcoming project would be titled Writers and Fighters.

Zach continues climbing the charts with his single "Something In The Orange." The song is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday (February 5th). The show airs live from Los Angeles on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

Bits And Pieces: Shania Twain, Willie Nelson & More!

Shania Twain will be a presenter at Sunday (February 5th) night's Grammy Awards, airing live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. Cardi B, Viola Davis, Billy Crystal, James Corden, Olivia Rodrigo, Dwayne Johnson and First Lady Jill Biden will also serve as presenters.

Willie Nelson is among this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees, it was announced yesterday (Wednesday, February 1st). Sheryl Crow, Warren Zevon, The White Stripes, Kate Bush, Missy Elliott, Iron Maiden, Joy Division/New Order, Cyndi Lauper, George Michael, Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden, The Spinners, and A Tribe Called Quest round out the 2023 nominees. The honorees will be announced in May, followed by an induction ceremony scheduled for sometime this fall.

Dierks Bentley To Perform Daytona 500 Pre-Race Concert

Dierks Bentley will perform at this year's Daytona 500 race set for Sunday, February 19th. The concert will take place prior to the 65th running of the race. Dierks previously performed at the Daytona 500 back in 2011.

He said, "I'm ready to get back to Daytona with all the biggest NASCAR fans. The energy there is unmatched and I know we will have a blast getting them ready for the race."

Tickets and passes to the Daytona 500 are currently on sale.

Dierks will release his new album, Gravel & Gold, on February 24th. His current single, "Gold," is at Top 15 hit and climbing on the country charts.

Ed Sheeran Returns To Social Media After Personal Turbulence

Ed Sheeran came back to social media with an apology to his fans. He explained in a video that he was going to be totally honest and said, "I've had some turbulent things happening in my personal life, so I just didn't really feel like being online."

And with his charming personality, he apologized to his fans that his pages had "gotten boring" and said that was all his fault.

After revealing that "things are looking up," in his personal life, he told Instagram followers that - now that he's back, "weird sh** is gonna start being posted."

At the last check, he had not yet posted to Twitter.

TL;DR:

  • Ed Sheer said, "I've had some turbulent things happening in my personal life, so I just didn't really feel like being online
  • He apologized to his fans that his pages had "gotten boring" and said that was all his fault.
  • At the most recent check, he had not yet posted to Twitter.

Kacey Musgraves To Pay Musical Tribute To Loretta Lynn At Grammys

Kacey Musgraves will be paying a musical tribute to Loretta Lynn during Sunday's (February 5th) Grammy Awards. CMT.com reports she will perform Loretta's signature hit "Coal Miner's Daughter" during the live broadcast airing on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. The performance will happen during the "in memoriam" segment.

Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt will reportedly honor Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie with a rendition of "Songbird," while Maverick City Music and Quavo will perform "Without You" in remembrance of the late rapper Takeoff.

Previously announced Grammy performers include Luke Combs, Brandi Carlile, Harry Styles, Lizzo, Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Steve Lacy, Sam Smith and Kim Petras.

Michael Ray Works On New Music, Readies For Tour

Michael Ray has been busy working on new music and rehearsing to return to the road beginning on February 18 in Los Fresnos, Texas. His upcoming project will capture the life he's been living over the past few years.

Michael said, "My romance with the business of music was starting to take its toll on me. Things really come into focus when you take the time to live a little life. I feel like the music that we've been writing has real intention and is focused on the next chapter. I've discovered lately, especially in spending time with my family, that there's a lot of life you miss when you've got your head down, doubling down on work. I think a lot of folks feel that way as all our lives changed, and so this idea of being present has moved beyond an idea…it's how I'm living life these days."

Michael has a string of dates on the books through the summer, with more to be added. He'll be revisiting some of the cities and towns that he played when his form of transportation was a 15-passenger van.

He said, "I want people to come out to see us and know that when they do, we're gonna take great care of that time as it means more to us all now."

Michael's latest project is 2021's Higher Education EP. He is expected to release new music this spring.

Carrie Underwood Resumes 'Denim & Diamonds' Tour Tonight

Carrie Underwood resumes her headlining Denim & Rhinestones Tour tonight (Thursday, February 2nd) in Miami with special guest Jimmie Allen. She has enjoyed a break over the holiday spent with family and friends and now she tells us she's anxious to get back to work and back to her fans. "I'm excited about getting back on the road on the Denim & Rhinestones Tour. I think the thing that I always look forward with tours is just getting on stage. We just have so much fun. I love this show so much. I feel like it's definitely bigger and brighter and better than any tour we've ever done; This show is so much fun. The crowds have been so much fun. There's such a great energy whenever we get to be on stage, so, I look forward to that."

The weekend includes a stop in Tampa on Saturday (February 4th). The tour wraps up on March 17th in Seattle.

Elle King Calls Fellow Country Star A 'Famous A**Hole'

Now we know exactly who gave Elle King the idea for the title of her album -- Chris Young! Elle previously shared that while in a verbal argument with someone, that unnamed person yelled to her fiance and told him to "come get your wife," which is what Elle named her new album. While leaving his name out of the story, Elle shared the story on Instagram, referring to him as a "famous a**hole."

Page Six reports the altercation went down while Chris and Elle were filming Blake Shelton and Carson Daly's new USA Network show, Barmageddon, back in April of last year. The two were playing against each other and, according to a witness, Elle was winning and talking a little trash.

The source said, "I can't hold my tongue about how that country singer Chris Young treated Elle King. He talked down to her because she's a woman. I'm sure the network will cut it up to make him not look that bad, but once she started kicking his a** in the bar games and s**t talking like the guys were doing, he couldn't take it anymore. He was seeing red."

The source added, "He called her names and then even yelled over her head to a guy who was with her that he better ‘Come get your wife' — what was he even gonna do? So stupid. The whole crew saw and heard it."

Not surprisingly, that interaction did not make the final edit of Chris and Elle's episode of Barmageddon, which aired last week.

Jason Aldean's Latest Hit Went Right Into The 'Keep Listening Pile'

Like his last few chart-topping hits, Jason Aldean's latest single, "That's What Tequila Does," the co-writers are a couple of his longtime bandmembers, Tully Kennedy and Kurt Allison. Jason was immediately interested in the song the first time he heard it. He tells us: "I typically know first listen of like, 'Ok, this is interesting. This is going over here in the "keep listening pile",' or either it goes into the 'never listen again pile,' right, so that was one that I was like, 'Man, there's something really cool about that,' and I think that was one they specifically went in really kinda trying to write for our album, and I can kinda hear those things when they play me the song, so I love it. I thought it was great, really well-written."

"That's What Tequila Does" sits at Number Seven and climbing on the Mediabase chart.

It's included on Jason's 2022 Macon, Georgia double album.

Jon Pardi Plans To Release Christmas Album This Year

Jon Pardi will be in the studio this week working on his first Christmas album. He recently told CMT that he plans to be recording on Thursday (February 2nd) and Friday (February 3rd) in Nashville, and that the project should be due out later this year.

The album will be anything but traditional. He said, "I did go through a lot more pop songs and other stuff. I can't give it away because I was really detailed in what we're recording. But we're not singing 'Silent Night' or 'O Holy Night' or any boring a-- Christmas songs . . . It's very uptempo and fun. I feel like there's all kinds of weird Christmas songs that everybody does. It's a merry Christmas party."

Jon described the album as "Christmas with a drink."

Jon and his wife, Summer, are awaiting the arrival of their first child, who is due this month. They're expecting a girl who will be named Presley Fawn.

Brad Paisley Named Ambassador For Rebuild Ukraine Program

Brad Paisley has been named an ambassador for the United24 platform in support of the Rebuild Ukraine Program. He was officially introduced as such during an online call by Ukraine President Zelenskyy, Taste of Country reports. United24 collects donations to help rebuild and restore homes damaged in the war with Russia.

Brad reportedly said, "I am not alone in wanting to help Ukraine. But like a lot of people in America, until now I haven't been sure exactly how to lend a hand from over here in the U.S. I count myself very lucky to have been given a platform that will allow me to do that very thing. As an American, I see how very similar we are, how we share so many common values with these brave people in Ukraine, and I'm focusing my efforts on helping Ukrainian families rebuild and return to their homes."

For more information about United24 or to make a charitable donation, visit u24.gov.ua.

Bits And Pieces: Loretta Lynn & Dolly Parton

According to Variety, the late Loretta Lynn will be honored with an "all-star tribute" during this weekend's Grammy Awards. The Grammys will air live from Los Angeles on Sunday (February 5th) on CBS.

Dolly Parton was presented with some gold from the RIAA. Her songs "Hard Candy Christmas" and "Faith" were officially certified for sales of more than half a million units.

Kane Brown Forced To Cancel Last Date On International Tour

Illness has forced Kane Brown to cancel the last date on the international leg of his headlining Drunk or Dreaming Tour. That show was scheduled for tonight (Tuesday, January 31st) in Stockholm, Sweden. Kane broke the news on his Instagram stories yesterday (Monday, January 30th) writing in part, "I have been very sick over the past few days and the doctors have said that I will not be able to perform tomorrow."

He continued, "I'm upset I won't be able to see you guys and play for you. Tickets will be automatically refunded at point of purchase. Hopefully we'll be back soon and will make it up to you."

Kane canceled his show in Berlin on Sunday (January 29th) just hours before due to illness. He has not revealed his diagnosis, other than to tweet in response to one fan that he had a "103 degree fever."

Morgan Wallen Sets Third Album For March Release

Morgan Wallen will release his third studio album, called One Thing At A Time, on March 3rd. He shared the news on social media yesterday (Monday, January 30th) writing in part, "This announcement has been a long time coming . . ." The project will include a whopping 36 new songs.

Morgan said, "This record represents the last few years of my life, the highs and the lows. It also brings together the musical influences that have shaped me as an artist – country, alternative and hip-hop. There are 36 songs on this album because we just kept exploring with fresh lyrics, music and production ideas and these are the songs that felt right to me. It was a blast to create, and I was so grateful to be back in the studio to lay this out for my fans."

One Thing At A Time features three collaborations -- Eric Church on "Man Made A Bar," HARDY on "In The Bible," and "Cowgirls" with ERNEST --as well as a guest appearance from Morgan's sister, Ashlyne Wallen, who sings harmony on "Outlook."

Morgan added, "I just try to tell it how it is – the good, the bad, the love, the heartbreak. That's all I know how to do. My hope is that this album makes my fans proud; makes ‘em laugh, smirk, cry, and think – just like it did for me."

Morgan just released three new songs off the album -- "Last Night," "Everything I Love" and "I Wrote The Book."

Lainey Wilson To Be Honored At Billboard Women In Music Awards

Lainey Wilson is among this year's honorees at the upcoming Billboard Women in Music Awards, set to take place on March 1st the YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. She will receive the Rulebreaker Award and is the first country artist to ever win in this category. Other honorees at this year's Billboard Women in Music Awards include Becky G, Doechii, Ivy Queen, Kim Petras, Latto, Lana Del Rey and Twice.

Yesterday (Monday, January 30th) Lainey tweeted, "Crazy...thank you Billboard."

Tickets to the 2023 Billboard Women in Music Awards will go on sale to the general public on Friday (February 3rd) at 1 p.m. ET.

Luke Bryan Announces 2023 'Country On' Tour

Luke Bryan will be busy this summer and fall on his headlining Country On Tour run set to open on June 15th in Syracuse, New York. The 36-city tour will feature special guests on select dates including Chayce Beckham, Tyler Braden, Ashley Cooke, Jackson Dean, Jon Langston, Conner Smith, Alana Springsteen, Hailey Whitters, and DJ Rock. Tickets go on sale on Friday (February 3rd) at 10 a.m. local time at Lukebryan.com.

Luke said, "Artists get into the business to make music and perform it for the fans. Leaving it all out on that stage is what it's all about for me. I'm excited to support and have so many talented new artists along for the ride this year. It's one of the most rewarding parts of our job."

The tour borrows its name from Luke's 30th Number One hit single, "Country On."

Luke launches his 2023 headline dates at Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas beginning on Wednesday (February 1st).

Nate Smith Charts First Number One Hit

Rising star Nate Smith has his very first Number One hit on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/Country Aircheck Charts this week with "Whiskey On You." Nate co-wrote the song, which will be included on his self-titled debut album, due out on April 28th.

He told Billboard, "When I released ‘Whiskey On You' I wasn't sure what would happen. I just knew I loved it! First my fans were super encouraging on social media and then country radio welcomed the song with open arms, and for that I couldn't be more grateful! This is such a proud moment for me and I feel so blessed to get to say I have the No. 1 song on country radio! Meanwhile, my dad is just glad I have a job! A huge thank you to country radio, my fans, my team, and everyone who has lifted this song up!"

Nate and his writing partners wrote and recorded the song while at a friend's lake house. He recorded it while sitting at the kitchen table, and is turns out, that first simple recording turned out to be the best. He tells us: "When I came back to Nashville, we re-recorded all of it. I re-sang it, we replayed the drums, all that kind of stuff, and it felt good, but it didn't feel the way that it did the day that we wrote it. There was something about that day. The magic was in the demo, so we actually just mixed the demo so the vocal that you're hearing on the radio right now is actually my voice the day of writing the song."

Nate released a MOTi remixed version of "Whiskey On You" last week.

He'll join Thomas Rhett on his Home Team Tour 23, which will kick off May 4 in Des Moines, IA, and will hit a total of 40 cities this summer.

Tyler Hubbard Followed Shania Twain's Lead By Self-Titling Album

Tyler Hubbard released his self-titled debut solo album on Friday (January 27th), which includes the Number One hit "5 Foot 9" as well as his current single, "Dancin' In The Country." Tyler wrote or co-wrote all 18 songs on the album in addition to co-producing it.

Tyler says the songs on this album are much more personal, and while it's an introduction of sorts as a solo artist versus the lead singer of Florida Georgia Line, he wanted to make a connection with fans by self-titling the album. And, as he tells us exclusively, Shania Twain had a little something to do with it. "I spent some time looking at all the titles of the songs and thinking about, 'What am I gonna call this album,' and it hit me. I was watching a Shania Twain documentary, the new one on Netflix. At some point they talked about her first album and how she self-titled it and I thought, 'What easier way to connect the dots for the fans?' Put a name with the face with the sound and the songs, so I have my face on the front of the album and my name on the front of the album and the songs on the back of the album, so, yeah, not over thought or over complicated there, just connecting the dots."

Tyler will make his solo late-night television debut with a performance of "Dancin' In The Country" on NBC's The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight (Monday, January 30th). Tomorrow (Tuesday, January 31st), he'll also perform on ABC's Good Morning America, in addition to headlining a special sold-out show at New York's Bowery Ballroom later that night.

Cole Swindell Releases Single Off Upcoming Deluxe Album

Cole Swindell has released his new single, called "Drinkaby," across all digital platforms. It will be one of the three new songs included on his upcoming deluxe album, Stereotype Broken, due out on April 28th.

Cole said, "'Drinkaby,' from the first time I heard it, I pictured it being a huge show opener. The guitar lick in the intro just grabs you and doesn't let you go. I'm not sure if there is such thing as a fun breakup song but that's kind of what this is. Glad it's finally out and can't wait to get out there and play it live."

"Drinkaby" was co-written by Jon Pardi, Jordan Schmidt, HARDY and Hunter Phelps. It follows on the heels of Cole's three Platinum-certified, multi-week Number One singles from his latest album, Stereotype -- "Never Say Never" featuring Lainey Wilson, "Single Saturday Night" and, most recently, "She Had Me At Heads Carolina."

Jo Dee Messina To Release Greatest Hits On Vinyl

Jo Dee Messina will release Heads Carolina, Tails California: The Best of Jo Dee Messina on March 10th. The album features 11 of her hits, including "Bye, Bye," "I'm Alright," "Lesson In Leavin,'" "Heads Carolina, Tails California" and more. This marks Jo Dee's first-ever vinyl release on "a limited-edition, 180-gram clear vinyl with wisps of color throughout," according to a release.

She said, "It's amazing to look back over a catalog and have so many songs with so many memories attached. Now, to have them come out on vinyl? Wow! It's a new way to hold those memories. It's very exciting!"

Jo Dee Messina's catalog includes nine Number One hits and 16 Top 40 hits and has racked up more than 700 million on-demand streams.