Taylor Swift Reveals Second Clue

ABC/Jon LeMayTaylor Swift has dropped another mysterious “clue”…but for what?

Earlier this week, Taylor posted onto Instagram her “first clue”: a clip of her repeatedly pressing an elevator button for the 18th floor.

She released a second clue on Wednesday. It was a screenshot of her phone featuring her white kitten, Olivia Benson, sitting nearby an old-school camera inside a storage shelf. Above the cat is a drawing of a city. The clock on the screenshot reads “5:00.”

So far, it’s hard to tell what the singer is hinting at, though rumors are strong that it all ties in to new music from Taylor.


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Brantley Gilbert Having a Blast Performing with Pals Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett on “Small Town Throwdown”

Image Courtesy CMABrantley Gilbert‘s latest album, Just as I Am, was recently certified gold thanks in large part to his hit collaboration with Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett on “Small Town Throwdown.” The trio performed the song on ABC’s CMA Music Festival special Tuesday night, and it was obvious the guys are genuinely friends in real life.

Brantley says, “Man, I love those guys to death. It’s no joke. You see a lot of collaborations, [but] these two guys are good buddies of mine.”

Justin and Thomas both quickly agreed to cut the song when Brantley approached them. Their natural friendship is on full display in the brand-new “Small Town Throwdown” video. The guys shoot guns, take on a former wrestler and show off some funky dance moves in the clip.

“Me and Justin and T.R. cut up pretty good,” Brantley says. “We have a good time.”

Since Brantley, Thomas and Justin are all on the same record label, there weren’t any legal issues with their contracts preventing them from cutting the song.

Says Brantley, “It was an easy idea, and a whole lot of fun carrying it out.”

Brantley will perform “Small Town Throwdown” when he joins Luke Bryan‘s concert bill at Lincoln Financial Field Friday, August 15. Lee Brice and Cole Swindell also are on that stadium show.


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Rascal Flatts Cancels This Weekend’s Shows Due to Illness

Image Courtesy Big Machine RecordsRascal Flatts has canceled their shows this weekend due to an illness affecting Gary LeVox‘s voice. The affected shows include stops in Nampa, Idaho; Airway Heights, Washington; and Mission, British Columbia in Canada.

“It is incredibly difficult to make the decision to cancel shows and disappoint our loyal fans who have been so good to us over the years,” says Flatts member Jay DeMarcus. “The schedule of shows this past weekend, coupled with media days in New York City, have left him without a voice. We promise to return as soon as we can and give our fans the best show possible!”

Ticketholders can contact the concert venues for refunds.


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Jake Owen Offers a Natural Solution to California’s Water Shortage on Jimmy Kimmy Live!

Image Courtesy Danny Clinch/RCA NashvilleJake Owen shared a very interesting solution in song for California’s ongoing drought during his appearance on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Tuesday night. In an effort to convince listeners to conserve water, Jake sang a song titled “Drink Your Pee.” He somehow kept a straight face as he sang lines touting urine as 95 percent water and “American-made.”

The hilarious performance had the audience in stitches before Jake returned to sing his latest single, “What We Ain’t Got.”



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Brad Paisley Offers Two Immediate Song Downloads with “Moonshine in the Trunk” Pre-Order

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleFans who pre-order Brad Paisley‘s new album, Moonshine in the Trunk, at iTunes will immediately get a download of his latest hit, “River Bank,” as well as another track, “Perfect Storm.” The lyric video for “Perfect Storm” premiered this week as the latest sneak peek from the new album along with a new song called, “High Life.” That track features a cameo from Carrie Underwood, and the lyrics actually talk about a family getting quick money from suing Carrie for copyright infringement.

Moonshine in the Trunk is in stores August 26.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Dustin Lynch‘s debut, #1 hit? ANSWER: “Cowboys and Angels.”


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Dustin Lynch Could Be Popping Up Near You to Play His New Album, “Where It’s At”

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsDustin Lynch is appearing at surprise, pop-up listening parties around the country in support of his sophomore album, Where It’s At. In addition to sharing tracks from the project, Dustin is also giving an acoustic performance during the events.

“It’s really exciting to me to get to share my new music with my fans in an up-close-and-personal setting,” Dustin says. “My fans fuel me and are the reason I get to do what I love for a living.  This new album is very personal to me and I wanted to find a way to do something special for the people that have supported my music for the past two years.”

To find out where Dustin is popping up next, go to FindWhereItsAt.info and unlock the dates by connecting with Dustin via Facebook or Twitter. You can also enter your email address to get the dates.

Where’s It At comes out September 9 featuring the hit title track.


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Luke Bryan Will Shoot Scene for “Nashville” During “Good Morning America” Performance

Capitol NashvilleNot only will Luke Bryan perform in New York’s Central Park for Good Morning America this Friday, he’ll also shoot a cameo for another ABC program, Nashville, while he’s there.

Luke will film a scene with Nashville star Connie Britton and ABC News’ Amy Robach on the GMA stage for an episode of Nashville set to air October 1.

Luke will perform his new single, “Roller Coaster,” and some of his hits on the GMA stage as part of the morning show’s Summer Concert Series.

Nashville begins its third season September 24 on ABC.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChase Rice performs on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers Wednesday.

Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts was once one-half of the Christian music duo East to West.


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Sunny Sweeney Pulls No Punches on Brand-New Album, “Provoked”

Image Courtesy Jon Paul Bruno/Thirty TigersSunny Sweeney is back with a brand-new album out this week titled Provoked. It’s her first release since scoring at top 10 hit with “From a Table Away,” which led to an ACM nomination for Top New Female Vocalist in 2013.

The new project finds the native Texan outspoken as ever, singing about every aspect of her life from the divorce that ended her first marriage to the challenges of building a life with her current husband, Jeff. They tied the knot in 2011.

Sunny tells ABC News Radio, “I don’t mind singing about things and saying things that other people are thinking but don’t want to say.  I like doing that, because it relates to people.”

That honest attitude can be heard in the album’s first single, “Bad Girl Phase” — a song that speaks to the freedom Sunny experienced after her first marriage ended.

She says, “I didn’t do anything too crazy, but not having to check in was a big thing and going out with your girls and doing whatever you wanted. Not having to go home. Like, you could spend the night at your friend’s house.”

As for that album title, Sunny tells us her husband, Jeff actually came up with the word “provoked” to capture the spirit of these 13 songs. It also speaks to the spunky nature of Texas women.

Sunny says with a smile, “You mess with our eyeliner, or our hair, or our man, then there is a situation. Big situation.”

There are a few tender moments on Provoked, including an unlikely love song comparing her new man’s heart to a trusty automobile on “Used Cars.”

“I never thought that would happen,” Sunny says. “I never have written a love song.”

Provoked has already cracked the top 10 on the iTunes Country Albums chart.


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