Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Little Big Town Pick Up Platinum Certifications

Warner Music NashvilleBlake Shelton racked up two triple-platinum digital singles last month with his hits “God Gave Me You” and “Honey Bee,” respectively, that means they’ve moved more than three million copies in sales and streams. He also got platinum certifications for “Over,” “Drink on It” and “Austin.”

The Recording Industry Association of America, the organization that hands out those certifications, also recognized Florida Georgia Line with a double-platinum certification for “Round Here” and a gold certification for “Sippin’ on Fire,” for 500,000 in sales and streams. Platinum plaques were also awarded to Jason Aldean‘s “When She Says Baby” and “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town.

Jason’s hit “Just Gettin’ Started” was certified gold along with A Thousand Horses‘s “Smoke,” “Turn on the Radio” by Reba, Miranda Lambert‘s “Little Red Wagon,” Billy Currington‘s “We Are Tonight,” “Dust” by Eli Young Band and Dierks Bentley‘s “Say You Do.”

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Lee Brice Releasing New Six-Song EP, “Mixtape: ‘Til Summer’s Gone,” This Friday

CurbLee Brice has a new six-song EP coming out Friday called Mixtape: ‘Til Summer’s Gone. Since he’s constantly working on music, Lee wanted to find a way to get music out to his fans in between albums.

He says, “I created a mixtape to give out during my CMA Fest Fan Club party,” shares Brice. “Word about the mixtape spread pretty quickly, so we’re making it available on Apple Music and iTunes on July 17th.”

Look for Lee to perform on ABC’s CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock coming up Tuesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Luke Bryan Announces Star-Studded Lineup for Crash My Playa 2016 Concert Vacation

Jim WrightLuke Bryan has revealed the lineup for his second Crash My Playa concert vacation coming up January 22 through 26, 2016 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Luke will headline two of the weekend’s four nightly concerts with Dierks Bentley and Cole Swindell headlining the other two nights.

Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Dustin Lynch and Chris Stapleton also have been confirmed to perform at Crash My Playa. Head to for more information on booking your trip.

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Kelsea Ballerini Heads to New York City for Two Big Performances Later This Week

Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini will perform her #1 hit, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” on Fox News’s Fox & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series this Friday morning. Look for Kelsea to also sing her second single, “Dibs,” as well as a few other selections from her debut album, The First Time, available now.

Kelsea plays her first headlining show in New York City Thursday night at the Gramercy Theatre.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockBrad Paisley is a graduate of which Nashville college? ANSWER: Belmont University.

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Kix Brooks Visits the Nation’s Top Steakhouses on New Series, “Steak Out”

Greenroom PRKix Brooks‘ new Cooking Channel series, Steak Out with Kix Brooks, premieres Tuesday night at 9 ET. On each episode, Kix will take you on a tour of his favorite steakhouses across the country starting with Johnny’s Café and Dario’s Gorat’s in Omaha, Nebraska.

Kix says, “Having spent so much time on the road, I have had the opportunity to eat at some of the best steakhouses in almost every city, I loved getting to travel back to places for Steak Out that I remember loving and try some new spots. We had a blast sharing why I gave them all a big ole stamp of approval!”

Steak Out will feature steakhouses in Dallas, Denver, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and New York City, too. The show  is an extension of Kix’s passion for food and wine. He also owns a highly successful winery, Arrington Vineyards, south of Nashville.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEli Young Band has teamed up with pop singer Andy Grammer for a duet version of his hit “Home, I’m Good,” hitting country airwaves July 27. The song will be available for download at iTunes Tuesday.

Frankie Ballard played on the school basketball team when he attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

Kenny Chesney‘s new video for “Save It for a Rainy Day” premieres on CMT Sunday, July 12.

Darius Rucker‘s video for “Southern Style” premieres on CMT Saturday, July 18.

Jennifer Nettles is back with a new single, “Sugar.”

Easton Corbin has released “Yup” as the follow-up to his #1 hit, “Baby Be My Love Song.”

Canaan Smith‘s Sounds of Summer tour mates Dierks Bentley, Kip Moore and Maddie & Tae all dressed up in white coveralls and masks to surprise Canaan on stage over the weekend in Washington, D.C.  The guys pulled the prank in celebration of Canaan scoring his first #1 hit this week with “Love You Like That.” Dierks posted a video of the prank on Twitter.

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Tyler Farr Celebrates “A Guy Walks into a Bar” Success; Talks October Wedding Plans

Sony Music NashvilleLife is going very well for Tyler Farr these days. He  had a party at Nashville bar Winner’s Monday afternoon to celebrate his latest #1 hit, “A Guy Walks into a Bar.” The venue was appropriate since it’s the spot he first heard songwriter Jonathan Singleton perform the song during a writers round.

Blake Shelton was also in the running to record the song, but Tyler got lucky and beat him to the punch. While Blake was sad to miss out on the song, he is a big fan of Tyler’s version. Tyler played the song before it was released for Blake backstage at a Miranda Lambert concert.

Tyler says, “We were sitting in Miranda’s Airstream. I remember playing it for him the first time, a cut of it. He said, ‘Well done, sir. Well done.’ After he said words that I can’t say on these microphones.”

Blake’s approval was important for Tyler. He adds, “That was a cool feeling having him condone that and being like, ‘Man, you did well. Good job.'”

Things are great in Tyler’s personal life as well. He’s currently helping plan an October wedding to his fiancée, Hannah Freeman. Tyler admits he’s leaving most of the decisions to Hannah, though.

“Once you get engaged, the plans of the wedding is all they seem to want to talk about,” Tyler says of planning the wedding with Hannah. “Where, when, how, why. It overtakes their minds, and I understand why. Guys don’t necessarily need to go and visit the venue to see it. They can see pictures and be like, ‘Oh, that looks like a cool place. Let’s do it!'”

In all seriousness, Tyler says he’s very lucky Hannah said yes to his proposal. He adds, “Yeah, I have a beautiful fiancée. She’s awesome. There’s a reason I got engaged to a critical care nurse. Yeah, welcome to country music.”

The couple is planning a small wedding in Tennessee. They’ve been dating for almost three years.

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Kenny Rogers to Release New Holiday Album, “Once Again It’s Christmas”

Webster PRKenny Rogers will release his first new Christmas album in 17 years this fall. The project is called Once Again It’s Christmas, and Kenny recruited Alison Krauss, Jennifer Nettles, Home Free and Jim Brickman to join him on the album.

Kenny says, “I’m excited for people to hear it. I feel like this is a special group of songs — both old and new — and I was particularly lucky to be joined by many talented guest artists and musicians who each have something unique to say.”

Kenny will support the album with the Once Again It’s Christmas Tour this holiday season. The tour dates, and the album release date, will be announced soon.

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Dolly Parton Has Found the Girl Who Will Play Her in “Coat of Many Colors” TV Movie

Webster PRDolly Parton has found the little girl who will play her in the upcoming NBC TV movie, Coat of Many Colors.

Dolly surprised seven-year-old Alyvia Lind with the good news in a video now posted online.

Alyvia will play Dolly as a child in 1955 growing up in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. We’ll keep you posted once NBC announces an air date for Coat of Many Colors.

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