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Jimmie Allen is featured on one of the songs from Elton John's new collaborations project, The Lockdown Sessions. Elton and Jimmie's duet is called “Beauty in the Bones.”

Tickets went on sale today for Garth Brooks' upcoming two nights of shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. After just over an hour, they'd sold out, but Garth hopped on Twitter to say that he is working on a plan to increase ticket-buying opportunities for fans who haven't been able to grab their seats yet.

The Miranda Lambert-led trio Pistol Annies dropped their Christmas album, Hell of a Holiday, today. The project includes a selection of original tracks, as well as a cover of Merle Haggard's “If We Make It Through December.”

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Brett Eldredge returns as 'Mr. Christmas' with his newest holiday release

Brett Eldredge's latest foyer into the festive world of holiday music arrives today, as he releases his 11-track project, Mr. Christmas.

Over the years, Brett has become known as one of the country genre's best Christmas crooners, combining his warm baritone vocals with a jazzy, big band-inspired musical backdrop. Altogether, he's got all the right ingredients to create an instant classic holiday album.

Brett first brought the magic of the season to his fans with his 2016 holiday project, Glow. In the years since, he's borrowed the name of that project for his annual Christmas tour. Now, he'll add to his growing cache of Christmas music with a new batch of tracks.

“I really think some of the last of the magic left in this world is in Christmas music,” the singer says. “There's a lot of joy in this record — even more than the first in some ways — and I wanted to tip a hat to where I started…but also take it to the soulful side of my music.”

Most of all, Brett hopes the new record will offer listeners some festive fun after what has been, for many, a difficult couple of years.

“The world is the world, and life comes at you like it does, but I hope you find some joy in this music,” he says. “I hope it softens life a little bit and puts a smile on someone's face when they need it. If it does, I've done my job.”

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Kane Brown shares a sweet onstage moment with a young fan fighting cancer: “You're so strong”

Kane Brown recently shared a special moment with the crowd during a stop on his Blessed & Free Tour, when the singer spotted a little girl named Mia in the crowd and pulled her up onstage to meet him — and the rest of the audience.

In addition to being a big fan of Kane, Mia is currently facing a cancer battle. While in the audience, she held up a sign that said “Sorry for being Xtra, help me get my cancer fighter [to] meet Kane.”

Not only did the singer meet Mia and give her a hug — he also sang his hit “Homesick” to her onstage and autographed her sign before she hopped back down into the crowd to rejoin her family.

After the show, Kane posted some snapshots of the moment on his social media. “This post is dedicated to this sweet little girl Mia,” he wrote in the caption. “You're so strong and I know everyone in this crowd prayed for u that night.”

When he's not on the road, Kane is typically hanging out with his own little family: The singer often shares clips and snapshots of himself hanging with his daughter, Kingsley, both on and off the road.

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“Drink Up”: Lee Brice and Randy Houser join Hardy for his newest Hixtape installmen

Hardy has recruited two of country music's most powerful, soul-filled vocalists — Lee Brice and Randy Houser — for the newest release off his upcoming Hixtape Vol. 2.

The new song, “Drink Up,” is a rowdy ode to late nights with plenty of good beer and better friends. “Drink up, drink up/ Whatever you got in your Dixie cup,” the three stars sing in the song's chorus. “The girls are on fire and the beer's ice cold/ Something bout tonight just makes me wanna hold my/ Drink up…”

It's the latest track to be released off of Hixtape Vol. 2, which will be out in full on December 10. In the meantime, Hardy is releasing one song off the collection every Friday, each of which features a star collaboration or team-up.

Other artists who've lent their voices to Hixtape include Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne, Midland, Dierks Bentley and more. Vol. 2 is the follow-up to the first Hixtape, which Hardy put out back in 2019.

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Jimmie Allen's making big moves for 2022, as he teases his first-ever headlining tour

Big things are on the horizon for Jimmie Allen, and he couldn't help but share his excitement with fans on social media this week.

The “Best Shot” star took to Twitter to let fans know that they'll very likely be able to catch him on the road next year. “It's official!!!!” he tweeted. “Spring 2022 I'm going out on my first-ever headlining tour.”

The singer hasn't yet shared any further details, such as an exact lineup of dates or information on his opening acts. However, his upcoming tour plans are just the latest in an exciting string of developments in Jimmie's career. He's currently a competitor on NBC's Dancing with the Stars, and on Friday, his new duet with Elton John, “Beauty in the Bones,” came out.

Jimmie's personal life has been exciting lately, too. The singer and his wife, Alexis, welcomed a baby girl named Zara James earlier this month.

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Brett Young spreads some early holiday cheer with 'Brett Young & Friends Sing the Christmas Classics'

Christmas came early for Brett Young fans this week, as the country star dropped his first-ever full holiday album, Brett Young & Friends Sing the Christmas Classics.

A collaborations album that showcases musical guests like Darius Rucker, Colbie Caillat and Brett's tour mates Maddie & Tae, the album revisits favorite holiday tunes from Brett's own childhood. Among them are sweet, traditional holiday ballads like “Silver Bells” and “White Christmas,” as well as more lighthearted selections like “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late).”

Brett's collaborators aren't limited to the country genre. For example, he tapped Australian singer-songwriter Sam Fischer to join him on his version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

The festive magic will continue to roll on for Brett this holiday season. He'll bring Brett Young & Friends Sing the Christmas Classics to life with an upcoming CMT special, called CMT Christmas Crossroads with Brett Young and Friends.

More details on that are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Jon Pardi's “Head Over Boots” for “Tequila Little Time,” a tune he “shelled out” with in an hour

When Jon Pardi can’t think of anything else to do, he likes “Tequila Little Time.” And it helps if he has Thomas Rhett‘s dad, singer/songwriter Rhett Akins, around.

You see, Jon’s latest hit came to life on the final day of a writing getaway for his latest album, Heartache Medication

“It’s a fun song,” Jon says of “Tequila Little Time.” “I love how it’s just the sleek little title that Rhett Akins came up with.”

“He was laying on the couch,” Jon recalls. “It was the last day of our retreat and we… just couldn’t think of anything. I mean, it was like silent for maybe 20 minutes, and… just out of nowhere, he’s like ‘Tequila little time, man!’ And we wrote the song in an hour.”

Jon has a theory about songs like that — one that’s true of his first number one.

“Usually there’s something special about songs you can shell out in an hour,” he explains. “‘Head Over Boots’ was one we shelled out in an hour. And it just fell out of us.”

“It was just kind of like picking up somebody when they’re down, having a shot of tequila and dancing and having fun,” he says of the idea behind his new song.

“And right now, I feel like everybody wants to have a shot of tequila and have fun if they’re drinking,” he laughs.

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With help from Garth Brooks, the Recording Academy will honor Charley Pride with its Lifetime Achievement Award this month. The event will take place on October 25 at Nashville's National Museum of African American Music. Dion Pride will accept the award on behalf of his late, legendary father.

The Cadillac Three's “Devil's Lettuce” music video arrives today. The band premiered the new clip, which features cameos from the Brothers Osborne and Brent Cobb, on YouTube.

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Dolly Parton has a crush on Jimmy Fallon, and he says he's “obviously” crushing right back

Earlier this month, Dolly Parton admitted that she's got a crush on late-night host Jimmy Fallon — and it turns out the feeling's mutual.

During an appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Jimmy — who duetted with Dolly on “All I Want for Christmas is You” as part of her 2020 holiday album — says he “obviously” has a crush on her, too.

“Who doesn't?” Fallon points out. “She's the whole package…she's funny, she's gorgeous, she can sing, she's interesting, she's interested…she's funny! She brings the jokes and she's such a good guest. She comes on and has good stories, and everyone laughs. She's just a dream.”

In fact, Jimmy goes on to recall one particularly hilarious moment from a time Dolly came on as a guest on his show. “She let me try one of her wigs on,” he says, going on to say that not only is there a picture of the incident, but it's “framed in my dressing room.”

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Tenille Arts felt “a lot of pressure” with the follow-up single to her hit debut, “Somebody Like That”

As she readies the follow-up single for her hit debut “Somebody Like That,” Tenille Arts is keenly aware that a number-one song is a tough act to follow.

“It feels like there's a lot of pressure on the second song you put out after a big song like that,” she admits during a conversation with Kelleigh Bannen on Apple Music's Today's Country Radio.

Ultimately, she chose to follow her hit with “Back Then, Right Now,” a song that she says shows another side of her personal story while also dialing into a universal feeling of nostalgia.

“I was like, This is the most perfect song for where we are right now, because everybody just wants to get back to simpler times,' you know?” she explains. “And for me, even in the second verse, we mentioned my little yellow Pontiac and that was the car that I drove around my hometown and drove all the way to Nashville, and still drove up until, like, a couple of months ago.”

“Back Then, Right Now” will be included on Tenille's recently announced new album, which she's titling Girl to Girl.

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