Hunter Hayes Commemorates a Milestone Birthday with Brand-New Single, “21”

Ray Burmiston/Warner Music NashvilleHunter Hayes has dropped his brand-new single, “21,” to country radio. The song captures Hunter’s excitement and nostalgia about celebrating his 21st birthday.

Look for Hunter to perform “21” on ABC’s The View on Monday. You’ll be able to download the track the next day, May 26.

Hunter’s currently headlining his sold-out Let’s Be Crazy Tour UK in support of the UK release this week of his album, I Want Crazy. He’ll continue as a special guest on Lady Antebellum‘s Wheels Up Tour with Sam Hunt May 29 in Wantagh, New York.

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Eric Church Breaks Nebraska Arena Attendance Record Set by Elton John

Jill Trunnell/EB MediaEric Church continues to shatter North American ticket sales records with The Outsiders World Tour. His Wednesday night show at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska played to 15,823 fans, breaking the venue’s previous attendance record of 14,368 fans, set at a 2014 Elton John concert.

Eric’s already broken arena attendance records in Chicago, Nashville and North Dakota this year.

“I’m humbled by the success this tour has had,” Eric says. “The records it has set, by some of my muses and heroes, it’s [all] very surreal. As an avid music fan, I’m not sure it’s deserving in comparison to those I adore musically.  I can only say this happened because, in my opinion, our fans are second to none.”

On top of his arena gigs, Eric will open Nashville’s new Ascend Amphitheater with two back-to-back solo shows July 30 and 31. Tickets for those dates are sold out, too.

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A Thousand Horses, Old Dominion, Canaan Smith and More Playing CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert

CMATickets for the nightly LP Field concerts at next month’s CMA Music Festival have been sold out for months now, but many of country’s biggest new artists are playing free shows throughout the week in Nashville. A Thousand Horses, Old Dominion, Parmalee, Canaan Smith and newcomers Clare Dunn and Haley Georgia are slated to perform at the CMA Music Festival Kick-Off Concert at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on Wednesday, June 10. The show starts about 10 a.m. CT and will continue throughout the day.

The LP Field concerts run June 11 through June 14 with tons of free shows and events throughout downtown Nashville each day. Go to CMAFest.com for details.

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Miranda Lambert, Lady A and Keith Urban Playing 2015 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Labor Day Weekend

Gulf Coast JamMiranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Keith Urban are headlining the 2015 Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida, over Labor Day weekend. The festival will run September 4 through 6 with Sam Hunt, Gary Allan, Tyler Farr, Kristian Bush, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Hunter Hayes and The Swon Brothers among the other stars on the bill.

For tickets, go to GulfCoastJam.com.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockKeith Urban was the lead singer in a band before he launched his solo career with his 1999 self-titled album. What was the name of that band? ANSWER: The Ranch.

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Luke Bryan Sees His Life Story on Display at Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit Opening

Jason Davis/Getty Images for CMHOFLuke Bryan is the subject of a major new exhibit opening Friday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. It’s called Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary, and fans will see the story of the country superstar’s entire life starting with his childhood in Georgia. Luke’s elementary school backpack and kindergarten graduation diploma are on display, along with the first guitar he ever got at age 14. Seeing all those items on display at the private exhibit preview Wednesday night was a big deal for Luke.

He says, “That’s the thing. How did this guitar make it from leaned up against my bed when I was 14 and 15, how did it make it to the Hall of Fame? So, it’s pretty crazy to think about.”

Other items on display in Luke’s exhibit include his ACM and CMA Entertainer of the Year trophies, as well as the outfits he’s worn at those awards shows over the years. Luke’s love of hunting and fishing is represented by some of his fishing tackles and the trophies he’s won for hunting deer over the years, too.

Luke brought his wife, Caroline, as well as his nephew, Til, and his mom and dad along to see the exhibit with him for the very first time Wednesday at the private preview event.. The experience reminded Luke of going to the Hall of Fame with his father when he first moved to Nashville in 2001.

“I think at one point Garth [Brooks] was in there doing a real neat audio/video piece where he described stuff — me and my dad sitting there watching it,” Luke recalls.

To this day, Luke thinks a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame is essential for any trip to Music City.

He adds, “You’re showing friends around, you got to take ’em to the Opry and you gotta take ’em by the Hall of Fame. So yeah, I’ve come in here quite a bit.”

Luke’s Dirt Road Diary exhibit is on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville through November 8.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRandy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Kip Moore, Justin Moore and Maddie & Tae have joined Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley on the bill for the Farmborough Music Festival in New York City June 26 through 28.

Keith Urban has released a new video for his song, “Come Back to Me,” at KeithUrban.net. He shot the clip last December.

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Chris Young Scores His Biggest iTunes Debut Ever with New Single, “I’m Comin’ Over”

RCA NashvilleChris Young opted not to play his brand-new single, “I’m Comin’ Over,” in concert until the track was available for download at iTunes. He knew as soon as he sang the song in public it would be all over YouTube, and Chris didn’t want fans to hear the live version of “I’m Comin’ Over” first.

He tells ABC Radio, “I really wanted people to hear it as we put it down as we did it in the studio. You spend all this time doing all that work [in the studio]. I wanted that to be their first listen.”

Chris and his team teased the new single nonstop on his social media accounts before it went live at iTunes, and that promotion really paid off. “I’m Comin’ Over” sold more than 70,000 downloads in its first week on iTunes, which beats his previous record-best debut week at iTunes by 40,000 downloads.

“[‘I’m Comin’ Over’]  was sitting at #1 country on iTunes for a lot of the week and #3 overall, which was something I’ve never done before,” Chris says with a smile. “I’ve never had a single be at #1 on iTunes. So, it was pretty awesome. “

Chris has added “I’m Comin’ Over” to his set lists now that it’s a hit. It’s the lead single from his as-yet-untitled studio album, due out later this year.

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Kristian Bush Launching International Military Concert Tour with Memorial Day Show at Pearl Harbor

Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush is headed overseas to entertain U.S. troops, though the journey starts closer to home with a Memorial Day Performance at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. The trek will continue with seven performances for service men and women throughout Japan through June 6.

Playing these shows is a true labor of love for Kristian, who comes from a family of U.S. veterans. He says “My father was an officer in the Army and my grandfather served in World War II, and I am so proud of their service. I’ll always do whatever I can to support our troops.”

Following his shows in Japan, Kristian is making multiple appearances in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival, including a performance at the Bluebird Café on June 9 and another appearance at the Grand Ole Opry June 13.

Kristian’s new single, “Light Me Up,” is also coming to country radio June 1 as the follow-up to his top-20 hit, “Trailer Hitch.” Both tracks are included on Kristian’s debut solo project, Southern Gravity, available now.

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Kristian Bush Launching International Military Concert Tour with Memorial Day Show at Pearl Harbor

Streamsound RecordsKristian Bush is headed overseas to entertain U.S. troops, though the journey starts closer to home with a Memorial Day Performance at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii. The trek will continue with seven performances for service men and women throughout Japan through June 6.

Playing these shows is a true labor of love for Kristian, who comes from a family of U.S. veterans. He says “My father was an officer in the Army and my grandfather served in World War II, and I am so proud of their service. I’ll always do whatever I can to support our troops.”

Following his shows in Japan, Kristian is making multiple appearances in Nashville during the CMA Music Festival, including a performance at the Bluebird Café on June 9 and another appearance at the Grand Ole Opry June 13.

Kristian’s new single, “Light Me Up,” is also coming to country radio June 1 as the follow-up to his top-20 hit, “Trailer Hitch.” Both tracks are included on Kristian’s debut solo project, Southern Gravity, available now.

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