Jana Kramer Performing “I Got the Boy” on TV Friday Morning

Warner Music NashvilleJana Kramer is getting up early Friday to perform her latest single, “I Got the Boy,” on Fox News’ Fox & Friends as part of their Summer Concert Series. If you’re in New York City that morning, you can catch Jana’s performance in person in the plaza of the Fox building.

Jana says, “It’s always a blast, so make sure you tune in or if you’re in Manhattan come out and party Friday morning!”

“I Got the Boy” was co-written by Britney Spears‘ sister, aspiring country artist Jamie Lynn Spears, along with two of Nashville’s top songwriters.

Jana says, “It’s amazing how songwriters can write your life. ‘I got the boy, she got the man’ perfectly summarizes the relationship of my high school boyfriend.”

Jana recently wrapped up her co-headlining trek with Kelsea Ballerini on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour.

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Dierks Bentley Takes Over New York City with Major TV and Festival Appearances

CMADierks Bentley is gearing up for a big weekend of country music in New York City. First up, he’s performing a four-song set in Central Park Friday morning for Good Morning America‘s Summer Concert Series on ABC. Dierks is also headlining the first-ever FarmBorough Festival in the Big Apple that night.

Dierks says, “It’s a big weekend for country fans in NYC…they got their own festival! And it’s just as big of a deal for me to get to kick the whole thing off.”

Also, look for Dierks to perform on NBC’s Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular Saturday, July 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Carrie Underwood Is Back for the 2015 Sunday Night Football Opening

CMACarrie Underwood will return to NBC’s Sunday Night Football this fall to to sing the opening theme song, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.” Carrie and Sunday Night Football revealed the news in a series of tweets from the set, with the country superstar rocking a short silver minidress.

Several of the NFL’s top players join Carrie for the new opening sequence, which will debut before reigning Super Bowl champs the New England Patriots play the Pittsburgh Steelers September 10 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWho was the featured vocalist on Brad Paisley‘s 2005 hit “When I Get Where I’m Going?” ANSWER: Dolly Parton.

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Dustin Lynch’s Fear of Commitment Keeps Him from Getting a Tattoo

Broken BowUnlike his fellow stars such as Brantley Gilbert or the guys in Florida Georgia Line, Dustin Lynch has decided to keep himself tattoo-free for the time being. It’s not that he doesn’t like tattoos in general.

Dustin tells Glamour, “I’m kind of a fan of tattoos, but I’m scared of the lifetime commitment. I feel like I would wake up six months later and want something different. Like why is there a grasshopper on my arm?”

Even if Dustin liked what he chose to get tattooed on his body, he’s afraid it might turn out badly,  like the deer tracks tattoo Blake Shelton got on his arm that often gets mistaken for ladybugs.

Dustin says with a laugh, “What the hell was he thinking there? Now he has to put up with that the rest of his life.”

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKelsea Ballerini will play her first headlining show in New York City July 16 at the Gramercy Theatre.

Hunter Hayes visited the campers from the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp in the studio Monday while they recorded the original song they wrote, “Wherever You Go.” Hunter even played mandolin on the track. The annual camp caters to individuals with Williams syndrome through music enrichment programs.

Look for Darius Rucker on CBS’s The Talk Wednesday.

Get well wishes go out to Little Big Town‘s Jimi Westbrook, who had surgery Wednesday to remove a polyp from his vocal cord. He posted a “hospital selfie” on Instagram before going in the operating room. The surgery will keep LBT off the road through July 30.

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Hospital selfie. Let’s do this.

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Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” Controversy Paved the Way for Their Biggest Hit Yet

John Russell/CMALittle Big Town‘s latest single, “Girl Crush,” is on track to be the biggest hit of the band’s career, but the song was almost a bomb at country radio earlier this year. Instead of understanding the lyrics as depicting a jealous woman singing about the man she loves being in love with another woman, a few mistaken listeners complained about the song’s perceived lesbian subject matter. Those calls led a few stations to stop playing the song as much just as it was starting to climb the country chart.

LBT’s Kimberly Schlapman says, “I think that controversy, when it started, it was very disheartening, ’cause we just wanted the people to listen to the words of the song. Everybody has been rejected and can identify with rejection and jealousy.”

When it looked like “Girl Crush” might never become a hit at radio, country stars, including Reba, Dustin Lynch, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, rallied behind the song and started wearing “Girl Crush” hats in photos on social media. Miranda and Kelly Clarkson even performed covers of “Girl Crush” in concert, and the song has now been downloaded more than a million times. It currently sits in the top 10 at country radio.

Kimberly doesn’t think the song would have become the monster hit it is now without that initial resistance.

She says, “I think the controversy was important for a lot of reasons, and the main reason is that it took to a greater mass of people. So, all these people would not have heard this song had it not been for that controversy. So, it was certainly meant to be.”

While they’re thankful for the big exposure the “Girl Crush” controversy brought the song, Kimberly adds, “We like being on this side of it much better.”

Her band mate Phillip Sweet adds, “I’m glad that people leaned in and listened to the lyrics and what it really meant. I think it turned out beautifully.”

“Girl Crush” is included on Little Big Town’s album, Pain Killer, out now.

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Easton Corbin Made Sure You’d Want to Hear “Baby Be My Love Song” Again and Again

Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryEaston Corbin knows his latest hit, “Baby Be My Love Song,” has probably gotten stuck in your head in the last few weeks, but he hopes the catchy song’s groove and tempo sound good to your ear.

Easton says, “That was probably one of the top things about this song that really appealed to me, and I first heard it, and I was like, ‘Man, this song just really sounds fresh.'”

As he was looking for songs for the new project, Easton played the tracks he liked several times over the course of a few weeks to see if they still affected him the same way. “Baby Be My Love Song” passed that test with flying colors.

“Every time I listened to it, it seemed new,” Easton explains. “I felt like if it did that to me, hopefully, my fans would react the same way.”

As “Baby Be My Love Song” makes its way towards the top of the country airplay chart, Easton can see his concert crowds love the song just as much as he does.

Says Easton, “It’s great when you get out there and people are singing it back to you. That’s probably one of the most rewarding things about watching a song progress up the charts.”

“Baby Be My Love Song” is the lead single from Easton’s new album, About to Get Real, due out Tuesday, June 30.

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Keith Urban Working with Chic Guitarist/Producer Nile Rodgers to Create “EDM-Country”

CMAKeith Urban is the latest country artist experimenting with EDM sounds. He’s been working in the studio with Chic guitarist and producer Nile Rodgers, who was recently featured on the Daft Punk hit “Get Lucky.”

According to Yahoo Music, the songs feature Keith’s banjo playing along with Nile’s signature guitar riffs to create something Nile calls “EDM-Country.” The rough tracks feature those instruments set to a club beat with Keith singing urgently on top of it all.

Nile says, “I really pushed him to sing at the top of his range. Keith was nervous about it; he wanted to do another take. But I told him I loved the way it sounds.”

Keith and Nile first met at a pre-Grammy party in February and instantly hit it off. No word on whether or not their collaboration will make the cut for Keith’s as-yet-untitled studio album, due out later this year. The lead single from that project, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” is now climbing the country chart.

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Dolly Parton Honors Kansas School Teacher with the 2015 Chasing Rainbows Award

Webster PRDolly Parton presented Kansas teacher Dyane Smokorowski with the Chasing Rainbows Award from the National Network of State Teachers of the Year. The honor recognizes an outstanding educator who “has overcome great obstacles in his or her life, has captured the rainbow and is helping children.”

The presentation happened at Dollywood in East Tennessee. Dolly was the first recipient of the Chasing Rainbows Award in 2002 in honor of her worldwide reading program, The Imagination Library. She has gone on to present the Chasing Rainbows award every year since then.

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