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Tyler Hubbard is fully “committed” to his solo career

Tyler Hubbard knows that being a part of Florida Georgia Line was an important chapter in his expanding story. Now, he’s fully embracing his identity as a solo artist. 

In February, the hit-making duo of Tyler and Brian Kelley announced that they were taking a break, both pursuing their own careers. Tyler views his solo endeavor as a commitment, knowing that his vast experience with FGL helped him get here. 

“I truly feel that Florida Georgia Line was just a chapter in the book, an important chapter, and one I’m forever grateful for. But it’s not my whole story,” Tyler expresses. “I am having fun making my music and this is a win for me. Seeing the response, it’s affirmation for me and it’s validation and it inspires me [that] I can do this on the same level that I’ve done it before.” 

Tyler already has a top-20 hit to his name with his debut solo single, “5 Foot 9,” climbing the charts. The singer says he welcomes the challenge of being a solo act, ready to defy the odds he feels he’s up against as he branched off from the highly successful duo. 

“There’s this extra element of challenge that I love. I think the traditional mindset of people when they hear a band or duo’s breaking up, ‘they’re going to have fun doing their solo stuff for a little while and they’ll go back and do their thing.’ I think that challenge really pushes me to not be the statistic,” he explains. “So I am really excited and committed to giving this all I got.” 

The Georgia native will join Keith Urban‘s The Speed of Now World Tour as an opening act in the fall before releasing his debut album in January. 

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Nashville notes: Garth Brooks sets another record, Kenny Rogers auction & more

Presale tickets for Ernest‘s Sucker For Small Towns Tour are available Tuesday. Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday.  

Garth Brooks‘ record-breaking Talkshoplive episode Sunday night drew more than 1 million viewers who tuned in to watch him screen the 25th anniversary of Garth: Live From Central Park.  

Memorabilia from the late Kenny Rogers‘ estate will be available for sale through the three-day online auction “Property From the Estate of Kenny Rogers,” taking place October 21-23. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Music Health Alliance. 

Jackson Dean and bluegrass band Mountain Heart will open for Carly Pearce at the Ryman Auditorium on October 26 and 27, respectively. 

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Despite reports, Luke Bryan asserts that his finger is not broken

Luke Bryan is setting the record straight on his alleged broken finger. 

The country superstar turned to Instagram on Sunday to dispel rumors that he broke his finger while at an amusement park. The rumor started when his wife, Caroline, posted a photo of the family posing in front of the Steel Vengeance roller coaster at Cedar Point in Ohio, claiming in the caption that Luke broke his finger and she twisted her ankle. 

But Luke has since posted a video stating that the reports circulating about his supposed injury are not true.

“I did not break my finger, and I did not break my finger at a roller coaster park,” he says. “My finger’s not broken. Please stop reporting that it’s broken.”

“. you got in Bo's way. Admit it,” Caroline responds in the comments, referencing their 14-year-old son. “Dude I hope your finger is okay after breaking it,” Jake Owen jokes, while Luke’s fellow American Idol judge Katy Perry quips, “show us or we don't believe you.” 

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Singer, activist and 'Grease' star Olivia Newton-John dies at 73

Chart-topping singer, actress and activist Olivia Newton-John has died, according to a post on her Instagram page from her husband, John Easterling. She was 73.

“Dame Olivia Newton-John passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends,” the note reads. “We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time.”

Originally diagnosed with breast cancer in the ’90s, Newton-John was in remission for more than 20 years before her cancer returned in 2017. “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer,” continues the post.

“Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer,” it concludes. “In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the @onjfoundation.”

Newton-John is survived by her daughter, Chloe Lattanzi; Easterling, whom she married in 2008; as well as a sister, a brother, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Born in 1948 in Cambridge, England, Olivia was the granddaughter of Nobel Prize-winning physicist Max Born. When she was five, her family relocated to Melbourne, Australia. By her teen years, she’d landed her big break, winning a talent contest on the TV show Sing, Sing, Sing.

By 1966, Olivia had a deal with Decca Records, but her major breakthrough wouldn’t come until 1973, with the country-flavored hit “Let Me Be There.” That same year, the Academy of Country Music named her its Most Promising Female Vocalist. In 1974 the Country Music Association agreed, crowning her its Female Vocalist of the Year in a move that sparked controversy among the genre’s traditionalists.

The next year, Olivia’s career would gravitate more toward the pop side, as she released one of her signature songs: “I Honestly Love You.” It won both Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 1974 Grammys.

Generations of fans — particularly young girls — would come to identify with Newton-John as she took on her most iconic film role in 1978, playing Sandy alongside John Travolta‘s Danny Zuko in the big-screen adaptation of the musical Grease. The two would become one of cinema’s most beloved couples, performing the duets “You’re the One That I Want” and “Summer Nights” together. Olivia also scored a Grease solo hit with “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”

In 1980, Newton-John teamed up with the legendary Gene Kelly for the roller skating fantasy Xanadu. Though it failed to be “Magic” at the box office, it was destined to become a cult classic and also gave Olivia another chart-topping hit from its double-Platinum soundtrack.

Newton-John and Travolta rekindled their onscreen romance for Two of a Kind in 1983. While the film wasn’t successful, once again Olivia’s music was. The soundtrack went Platinum and “Twist of Fate” was a top-five hit.

On the small screen, Olivia would become a music video pioneer, turning her super-sexy single “Physical” into a campy romp through saunas, aerobics and workout rooms. The clip propelled the song to 10 weeks at the top of the chart, and “Physical” won the 1982 Grammy for Video of the Year.  

All told, Newton-John charted 10 #1s and sold more than 100 million albums, continuing to work right up until the recurrence of her cancer forced her postpone her 2017 tour. Earlier, she’d staged a well-received Las Vegas residency at the Flamingo for two years, starting in the spring of 2014.

In her eyes, Olivia was certain to see both her family and her humanitarian work as her greatest accomplishments. She gave birth to her daughter, Chloe, in 1986, and later helped establish the Healthy Child, Healthy World organization after Chloe’s childhood friend died of a rare form of cancer.

After going into remission in 1992, Newton-John worked to raise awareness for breast cancer, recording multiple albums that addressed the issue and eventually establishing the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center. It opened in her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, in June 2012.

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Dylan Scott rides to #1 with “New Truck”

Dylan Scott has the #1 song in country music this week. 

The Louisiana native is sitting at the top of the charts with “New Truck,” the lead single off his newly released sophomore album, Livin’ My Best Life, which came out Friday. 

This marks his third chart-topping hit following “My Girl” in 2017 and “Nobody” in 2021.  

To celebrate his new hit and corresponding album, Dylan is performing a free album release show Monday at Luke Bryan‘s bar and restaurant, Luke’s 32 Bridge, in downtown Nashville at 5 p.m. ET.

“We may have the #1 song in the country right now too. What? Crazy!” Dylan says in a video teasing the show, zooming in on the surprised expression on his face. 

The showcase will also be available to livestream via Facebook and YouTube. 

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Carly Pearce is blown away by crowd singing “What He Didn't Do”

Carly Pearce is reveling in the joy of music. 

Over the weekend, Carly performed at the Mississippi Valley Fair in Davenport, Iowa, where she got a measure of the impact of her new radio single, “What He Didn’t Do.” The singer took to Instagram to share a video of the packed crowd singing the lyrics so loudly that the singer can’t get a word in. 

Standing on the stage, Carly attempts to sing into the microphone, but is drowned out by the sound of the massive crowd as they sing at the top of their lungs, “The devil’s in the details, I won’t tell the hell that he put me through/All I know is in the end, it wasn’t what he did, no/It was what he didn’t do.”

“ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This song just went to radio & y'all sing it like this?! I couldn't even sing through all the tears!” Carly writes in the caption with a crying face and heart emojis. “I LOVE YOU, IOWA!” 

“What He Didn’t Do” is the third single off the Kentucky native’s latest album, 29: Written in Stone. ?She recently made a donation to the American Red Cross to help with relief efforts after a devastating flood ravaged her home state last month. 

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Carrie Underwood performs Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty cover at local bar

Carrie Underwood‘s girls night out turned into a karaoke session. 

Over the weekend, Carrie and a group of friends were visiting Fox & Locke, a restaurant and music venue in Leiper’s Fork just outside of Nashville, when the superstar decided to hop onstage with the band. 

video posted by local cover band The Heartshakers shows the hitmaker performing a cover of Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty‘s Grammy-nominated collaboration, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” taking lead vocals as she sings to the packed house, “And baby, you could never look me in the eye/But why you buckle with the weight of the words/Stop draggin’ my heart around.” 

“Girls' night! OK, so, the guys were there, too, but we were doing our best to pretend they weren't!” the singer captions the photo of her and a group of girlfriends during their night out on the town. “I am so lucky to be surrounded by so many amazing ladies! [Love] you guys!!!” 

Carrie will hit the road on her Denim & Rhinestones Tour beginning October 15. 

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Ernest is ready to “party” on his first headlining tour

Ernest is embarking on his first headlining tour later this year with the Sucker For Small Towns Tour that takes him to college towns across the country for 11 dates. 

Throughout October and November, Ernest will perform in cities across the South and Midwest, including Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama; Columbus, Ohio; and at the famous Joe’s on Weed in Chicago. The “Flower Shops” singer will deliver songs off his album of the same name, among other country hits he’s written. The trek begins on October 6 at Zydeco in Birmingham and wraps up November 19 at Crusens in Peoria, Illinois.  

“Well look what we have here..I'm Gonna be comin to party with y'all this fall!!” Ernest writes on Instagram, adding in a statement, “It’s an experience we put together specifically for the fans and I think it’s going to be special for them to be able to say they were there for it!”

Tickets go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. ET. Visit Ernest’s website for a full list of shows. 

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Chris Young + Mitchell Tenpenny might be “At the End of a Bar,” but Chris doesn't know Mitchell's drink order

In the lyrics of their new duet, “At the End of a Bar,” Chris Young and Mitchell Tenpenny list off some of the “million things” that you might find when you’re belly up to a bar.

From a bartender's friendly ear to a lifelong love, there's any number of things just waiting to be found “At the End of a Bar” — but Chris says he's usually only looking for just one.

“If there's a place with some good whisky, it's good. Yeah. That's all I need,” Chris tells ABC Audio. If he had to pick a specific brand, it'd be Crown Royal, a brand he's frequently partnered with for initiatives supporting the military.

But if he's ordering for Mitchell, Chris says all bets are off — he's got no clue what his duet partner's favorite drink order is.

“I don't really order for my friends at the bar,” the singer explains. “I always laugh when, you know, you see a group [of] people, and they sit down and they'll be like, What do you want?' I don't know, what are you having?'

“And I'm like, We can have different things,'” Chris continues with a laugh. “They've got different bottles. You can order whatever you want.”

Chris may not be well-versed in Mitchell's favorite booze choices, but he's a big supporter of his duet partner when it comes to his music. Mitchell was presented with Sony Music Nashville's Billion Streams Award earlier this week, and Chris popped up at the plaque presentation to support his pal.

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Nashville notes: New songs from Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block + more

Parker McCollum has a new song out, called “Handle On You.”

Priscilla Block returned on Friday with a new song called “Off The Deep End.” She recently extended her Welcome to the Block Party tour, including some dates as a supporting act for Jon Pardi.

Dylan Scott's sophomore album, Livin' My Best Life, is out now. He'll celebrate with an album release party at Luke Bryan's 32 Bridge bar in downtown Nashville on Monday night.

Jordan Davis, Lee Brice, Michael Ray, Jelly Roll and more have all signed on to play in the Folds of Honor Celebrity Golf Tournament at The Governors Club Tennessee on August 29. The event will benefit the families of fallen and injured military service members.

Craig Morgan returns Friday with a new song, “How You Make a Man.” The song comes off the track list of his upcoming God, Family, Country (Deluxe Edition) project, due out in full on November 11.

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