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Carly Pearce and Lee Brice are even more “Happy Now” that their single has been certified platinum

Electric Machine/CMA Carly Pearce and Lee Brice celebrated yet another milestone this week with their chart-topping duet, “I Hope You’re Happy Now.” The song officially received RIAA Platinum certification, and the two artists were presented with a celebratory plaque during Wednesday night’s CMA Summer Stay-Cay event.

“Having songs that meant something to people was always my dream,” Carly reflected of the new honor. “To see these songs reach such big milestones and see that my music is making an impact on people’s lives is more than I ever could have hoped for.”

The song, which comes off Carly’s self-titled sophomore album, has topped 225 million global streams.

“I knew when I heard this song for the first time that this was something special, and I’m honored that Carly asked me to be a part of it,” added Lee. “Thank you to all the fans for loving this song as much as Carly and I did recording it and making this a platinum hit.”

On the same day that “I Hope You’re Happy Now” earned her a platinum certification plaque, Carly also officially received gold certification for her 2017 single, “Hide the Wine.”

It was a night full of career celebrations during a recent period that’s been pretty tumultuous for Carly. Just days after celebrating “I Hope You’re Happy Now”’s ascent to the top spot at radio, news broke that she was filing for divorce from her husband of eight months, fellow artist Michael Ray.

By Carena Liptak
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Keith Urban will be the special guest on a new “country twerk” song from Breland

ABC/Mark LevineAtlanta-based upstart Breland dropped a bombshell during the CMA Summer Stay-Cay on Wednesday night: He’s planning to feature Keith Urban on an upcoming new track, which he describes as “country twerk.”

Even before officially announcing that a duet was in the works, Breland had been teasing some kind of collaboration with the country superstar.

Earlier in the week, he posted a montage video of himself quietly geeking out over getting to visit Keith’s house, ending the clip by proclaiming “I’m in Keith Urban’s house!” before panning across a recording studio to reveal Keith smiling and strumming a guitar.

Keith isn’t the first country A-lister who’s teamed up with Breland. Sam Hunt recently jumped on a remix of the rising singer-songwriter’s “My Truck,” a swagger-filled, genre-blending ode to the singer’s favorite set of wheels. 

In addition to making waves with big-name collaborations, Breland recently marked Juneteenth by releasing Rage & Sorrow, an introspective, three-track EP that addresses police brutality, racism and his complicated relationship with masculinity.

By Carena Liptak
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Country star trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1991, this Georgia native and Grand Ole Opry member released her self-titled debut album. It included her breakout hit, “She’s in Love with the Boy.” Can you name her? ANSWER: Trisha Yearwood.

By Carena Liptak
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“Got What I Got”: Jason Aldean's new music video shares a sweet peek into his quarantine family life

ABC/Eric GebhartJason Aldean highlights sweet family moments in the new music video for “Got What I Got,” which debuted during the CMA Summer Stay-Cay on Wednesday night.

Filmed during the COVID-19 quarantine in Destin, Florida, the clip focuses on the star at home with his wife, Brittany, and their two young children, Navy and Memphis. After the kids go to bed, the couple enjoys a date night in, complete with vinyl records and Jason’s own Wolf Moon Bourbon brand, which he created with Florida Georgia Line.

Elsewhere in the video, the couple stroll on the beach, take a drive around town and spend time with family. Given the current pandemic, keeping the video’s treatment small and scaled down was the only option Jason had. However, focusing on family fits perfectly with the single’s message of gratitude for a loving, lasting relationship.

“Got What I Got” was the second single to be released off of Jason’s newest album, 9. It followed the project’s hit lead single, “We Back.”

By Carena Liptak
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Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockSugarland bandmate Kristian Bush is teaming up with Ram Trucks tonight for the next installment of their virtual concert series, Ram Jam Sessions. You can catch his live performance on Ram Trucks’ Facebook page at 7PM ET.

Country newcomers Avenue Beat have scored almost 10 million views on TikTok with a snippet of their very NSFW song, which shares how they really feel about the year 2020. The song found a famous fan in Maren Morris, who voiced her approval on Twitter.

John Prine has been named the first-ever honorary Poet Laureate in his home state of Illinois. He’s being honored posthumously, following his death in April of complications of COVID-19.

By Carena Liptak
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Matt Stell's moving “Everywhere But On” from some sort of Fourth of July celebration

Matthew BerinatoAs America prepares to celebrate its birthday this weekend, it’ll be an Independence Day unlike any we’ve experienced before, due to the ongoing protests and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Still, for Matt Stell, the Fourth of July brings back memories of summers spent in his native Arkansas.

“Me and my dad always threw a big Fourth of July party,” he reminisces. “We’d cook and we’d eat and have people over, and we’d shoot off a bunch of fireworks and throw bottle rockets at each other. It was a lot of fun.”

With everything going on, the “Prayed for You” hitmaker still has hopes of keeping the tradition alive, even if it’s scaled down quite a bit.

“This year will be a little bit different for everybody,” he reflects, “but man, hopefully, we’ll still get to maybe get outside and cook some meat outside. That’ll be fun.” 

Matt also has another reason to celebrate: His heartbreak ballad “Everywhere but On” is on the verge of cracking country’s top twenty.

Meanwhile, Matt’s just released the socially-distanced “Many Matts” music video for “If I Was a Bar,” where he plays all the characters in the clip. At the same time, he’s continuing to ready his major label debut for later this year.

By Stephen Hubbard
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Old Dominion teases breezy new “Everything to Lose,” due out Friday

ABC/Image Group LAOld Dominion are gearing up to share more new music, and from the snippet they posted to social media this week, the next song they’ve got coming is a flirty, tropical summertime anthem.

“This is one y’all haven’t ever heard yet,” the group revealed on social media, posting a 30-second clip of their new song along with a portion of the lyrics. Called “Everything to Lose,” the tune focuses on the early stages of a new relationship.

“Everything that you do is driving me crazy / Dancing and singing along and it’s catching my ear, catching my eye,” the song begins. “Think that it’s been long enough, girl, you know I ain’t playing / So let’s blow this popsicle stand, girl, and kiss it goodbye…”

“Everything to Lose” will be the first taste of previously unheard music from Old Dominion since May, when they dropped three older songs that they’d written for previous projects but that didn’t make the cut.

The band released their self-titled third album in October of last year. That project includes hits like “Make it Sweet” and “One Man Band.”

By Carena Liptak
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In quarantine, Randy Travis thinks back to how his life suddenly changed after his 2013 stroke

ABC/Image Group LARandy Travis and his wife, Mary, consider themselves to be lucky during the COVID-19 lockdown: They live on a farm, with plenty of opportunities for fresh air.  Plus, the country legend has plenty of personal experience with having to adjust to a dramatic life change overnight. In 2013, he suffered a debilitating stroke that robbed him of his ability to speak or sing.

“Randy and I were talking about it, reflecting on how our world kind of shut down and came to screeching halt seven years ago, when the stroke happened in July 2013,” Mary tells Rolling Stone in the couple’s latest interview.

“That’s when we hit a brick wall and everything changed and we were isolated from everything we had known before,” she continues. “So to us, [the COVID-19 shutdown] was not that much of a transition.”

Still, the pair acknowledge that for much of the rest of the world, the pandemic has brought life changes on an entirely new scale.

“But for people that have never been through something like [Randy’s stroke] in life, or a tragedy where your whole world has shattered and it changes in an instant, I’m sure that it’s hard to adjust to, because it was hard for us to adjust seven years ago,” Mary reflects.

Though Randy is still unable to perform the way he could before his stroke, he continues to recover, even doing things that his doctors didn’t think he would ever again be able to do.

For example, Randy will deliver a landmark performance on Josh Turner’s upcoming project, Country State of Mind, contributing to Josh’s rendition of “Forever and Ever, Amen.” His participation in the new version of the song marks Randy’s first recording session since his stroke.

By Carena Liptak
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Tenille Townes' stacked “Big Hearts for Big Kids” virtual benefit raises $89,000

Weston HeflinTenille Townes hosted a virtual version of her annual “Big Hearts for Big Kids” fundraiser concert this week, performing a set from the stage of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.

A long list of country stars offered from-home performances, too. Dierks Bentley, Luke Combs, Brandi Carlile, Ashley McBryde and more joined the lineup, helping the event raise a total of $89,000. Since its 2010 launch, “Big Hearts for Big Kids” has raised over $2 million for children in need.

Proceeds from the event benefit Sunrise House, a youth shelter located in Tenille’s hometown of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, as well as the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee’s Troup 6000.

“Thinking about how difficult circumstances can make the beginning of somebody’s story always breaks my heart,” Tenille wrote on Instagram after the event. “But nights like last night always inspire me because we really can show up for each other. Thank you for showing up last night.”

During her set, Tenille dipped into her brand-new debut album, The Lemonade Stand. The project features her breakout hit, “Somebody’s Daughter,” which is itself a meditation on the impact of homelessness and the fact that everyone has a story, no matter their circumstances.

In case you missed it, the “Big Hearts for Big Kids” concert will be available to watch on Tenille’s YouTube channel for the next week.

By Carena Liptak
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Country Music Hall of Fame extends closure through the end of July

View Pictures/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesDue to the continued threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has once again extended its shutdown. The downtown Nashville location will now remain closed to the public through July 31.

In a statement, the Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young stressed the importance of keeping visitors and staff safe, especially as COVID-19 case numbers rise in Tennessee and beyond.

“With the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in Nashville and throughout the country, we determined it was necessary to extend our temporary closure to protect the health of our staff and guests,” he explained. “We look forward to welcoming guests and having them explore our galleries once again. When we reopen, we want to make sure it is in the safest possible environment.”

Before making the decision not to re-open as originally planned in June, the Hall of Fame had already decided to cancel in-person events — such as performances, screenings, summer camps, the internship program and family programming — through the end of July.

However, the Hall of Fame is helming a number of online offerings to tide country fans over until it’s safe to re-open. Would-be visitors can listen to episodes of the museum’s Voices in the Hall podcast, watch its weekly Songwriter Sessions live on Instagram, and enjoy a number of family-friendly online workshops.

By Carena Liptak
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