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Riley Green to drop 7-song ‘Behind The Bar’ project this Friday

Riley Green will drop a 7-song project titled, Behind The Bar, featuring a number of unreleased fan favorites like “I Let A Damn Good Woman Leave,” “That’s What I’ve Been Told,” “That’s My Dixie”, this Friday, July 2nd.

Said Riley: “I’ve always enjoyed writing songs and one of the biggest tools I’ve used over the years to shape my songwriting is playing those songs on the road for fans and gauging their reactions. I’m looking forward to releasing Behind The Bar and getting to play those songs on the road this summer.”

Riley will also celebrate the release of Behind the Bar with a live stream concert from Joe’s Bar in Chicago, which you can view via Riley’s YouTube channel.

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BTS’s “Butter” stays on top of the Billboard Hot 100 for record-breaking 5th consecutive week

Billboard announced that BTS’s “Butter” has once again taken the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 for the fifth consecutive week. “Butter” also topped the list for top-selling songs of the week.

BTS set the record for the longest-running No. 1 hit by any Asian act when it topped the Hot 100 for the fourth consecutive time last week, and this week’s fifth consecutive No. 1 extends that record. Billboard’s Gary Trust writes, “Only one song by a group has topped the Hot 100 for more weeks from its debut than ‘Butter’: Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s ‘One Sweet Day,’ which spent its first 16 weeks on the chart at No. 1 in 1995-96.”

According to Billboard, “Butter” is just the 11th song out of the 54 songs that have debuted at No. 1 to spend its first five weeks at No. 1 in the history of the Hot 100.  “Butter” also took No. 1 on Billboard’s Global Excl. U.S. chart and No. 2 on the Global 200 chart again this week. The song also topped the Digital Song Sales chart again and ranked No. 18 on the Streaming Songs chart and No. 22 on the Radio Songs chart.

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Halsey announces fourth album ‘If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power’ produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Halsey has announced her next album will be called If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, produced by Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

No release date has yet been announced for If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, but Halsey shared a short teaser of the album earlier on her social media pages with the caption: “If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power The FOURTH album by Halsey Produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.”

Halsey has been dabbling in the rock genre recently, releasing “11 Minutes” with Yungblud and Travis Barker in 2019, “Forget Me Too” with Machine Gun Kelly in 2020, and several songs with Bring Me the Horizon. Her last release, Manic, reached number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts and included hit such as “Graveyard” and “Without Me.” The full-length album also featured BTS’ Suga and Alanis Morissette.

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“It's really happening”: Luke Bryan shares tour rehearsal photos

Luke Bryan is eager to get back on the road. 

On Monday, the singer shared behind-the-scenes photos from rehearsals for his upcoming Proud to Be Right Here Tour. The black-and-white snaps show a barely visible Luke standing center stage with a guitar in hand, several spotlights glowing behind him, creating a disco ball-like effect.

“It’s really happening guys. Rehearsals are done,” the superstar teases in the caption.

“Can’t wait!!!!” one fan exclaims in the comment section, while another shares, “I’m so glad to see you back on the road,” with many fans posting what dates they’ll be seeing the “Waves” singer on tour.

Luke kicks off the Proud to Be Right Here Tour on July 8 in Syracuse, New York, continuing through mid-October. Runaway June, Caylee Hammack and Dylan Scott join the trek as supporting acts. 

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Blake Shelton to perform at 'Macy's Fourth of July Spectacular'

Macy’s 4th of July show just got more spectacular with the addition of Blake Shelton

The country superstar has joined the lineup for the annual Macy’s Fourth of July Spectacular, taking place in New York. 

The two-hour broadcast will also feature musical performances by fellow country star Reba McEntire, the Jonas Brothers, Coldplay, OneRepublic and Black Pumas before a fireworks display lights up the New York City skyline.  

Additionally, the special will feature stories of everyday heroes, along with a drone light show during the Jonas Brothers’ performance in celebration of Team USA heading to Tokyo for the Olympics.

The televised event also supports Red Nose Day, an organization that works to end child poverty. 

Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular airs on NBC on July 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

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“Summertime in a can”: Little Big Town add new flavor to can wine collection

Little Big Town has added a new flavor to their line of canned wine. 

The Grammy-winning group has introduced Pontoon Punch to Day Drinking by Little Big Town, boasting a flavor palette of pineapple, orange, lemon and other fruity notes.

Named after the band’s 2014 hit, Day Drinking is produced in partnership with Precept Wine and has grown into the second-largest flavored can wine brand, according to the company. 

“Diving into the wine world has been an incredible way for us to extend ourselves creatively,” LBT’s Karen Fairchild says in a statement. “From every single flavor profile down to the last detail of the can design is as thought out as if we were writing or recording a song. We're thrilled to know that it's connecting with consumers on such a huge level.”

“Can't wait for you to taste this bit of summertime in a can!!” the band writes on Twitter, adding, “cheers!” 

Pontoon Punch joins previously released flavors Watermelon Rose, Southern Peach, Rose Bubbles and Black Cherry.

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Chris Stapleton joins Cameo in benefit of Outlaw State of Kind

Chris Stapleton is joining Cameo in an effort to pay it forward. 

The “Tennessee Whiskey” singer shares in a video message that he’s joining the social platform where celebrities send personalized videos to their fans. The net proceeds will fund his and wife Morgane Stapleton‘s charity, Outlaw State of Kind.

“I’ll say whatever you need me to say I’ll wish people well, I’ll give you a happy birthday, I’ll tell somebody to get their sh** together, you know any of those things,” Chris notes. 

Since its inception in 2016, the Stapletons’ Outlaw State of Kind has been supporting “a variety of causes that are close to their heart,” including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Habitat for Humanity, MusiCares Foundation and more.

Chris will be on Cameo for a limited time. He’s the latest country artist to join the platform, following Carrie Underwood, Mickey Guyton, Tyler Hubbard and others.

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“Memorize You”: Laine Hardy performing on 'The Bachelorette'

Laine Hardy is the latest country artist to score a performance slot on The Bachelorette.    

The American Idol season 17 winner is set to serenade current bachelorette Katie Thurston and one of her suitors with a performance of his single, “Memorize You.” The episode airs on ABC on July 5 at 8 p.m. ET. 

Laine says he’s “so excited” for the performance, sharing the news via social media alongside a photo of a rose propped up against his fishing boots. “Think they’ll let me wear my waders? Ha!” he quips. 

“Memorize You” is featured on Laine’s new album, On the River.

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Garth Brooks to resume Dive Bar Tour next month

Garth Brooks is heading back to dive bars. 

On Inside Studio G Monday night, the superstar announced that he will be resuming his Dive Bar Tour this summer, kicking off July 16 in Salt Lake City, the night before his sold-out show at Rice-Eccles Stadium. 

“I loved the Dive Bar Tour! It was fun. So, I say we do 'em,” Garth shares.

Garth launched the Dive Bar Tour in 2019 with seven stops around the country, including the famous Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California, and Joe’s on Weed St. in Chicago. 

Seeing as this will be his first dive bar show since the COVID-19 pandemic, Garth says it’s a litmus test for whether or not they can continue the trek safely. 

“It's the same thing as like when my girls would ask, Hey Dad, can we take the jeep out on the farm with some people?' I'd always say, the next time always depends on this time.' So let's make sure this first dive bar comes off clean, everything's good, and then we can continue the dive bars,” he describes. “The dive bars are great!”

Like the previous Dive Bar Tour shows, tickets will only be available through local country radio stations. The Salt Lake City venue will be announced at a later date. 

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Supreme Court refuses appeal for transgender bathroom ban at Virginia school

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a Virginia school board that sought to reinstate a ban on transgender students using any public restroom other than the one of their birth sex.  The Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal and left in place the lower court decision; and only two dissenting justices, Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, voted to hear the appeal. The court did not give a reason for refusing to hear the case.

The Gloucester County School Board had asked the Supreme Court to reverse a decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals last year in student Gavin Grimm’s favor. That court decided that the school’s policy segregating transgender students was unconstitutional and violate Title IX. Grimm, who was born female but identifies as male, was initially told by his high school principal that he could use the boys restroom — but the school board later adopted a ban against using any public school restroom that doesn’t correspond to a student’s assigned gender at birth. The Gloucester School Board argued that its issue was about weighing the privacy rights of other students against the rights of transgender students. It contended that the rights other students were at-risk if transgender students are allowed to use restrooms opposite from their biological sex.