Carrie Underwood Is Very Happy with Progress on Her Next Studio Album

Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood has been hard at work writing and recording songs for her new album, but she's not sure about a release date just yet.

Carrie explains, "I don't put a stamp on a finish date, because I feel like that kind of is a creativity killer. It's done when it's done."

So far, Carrie says the new project is looking really good. She adds, "Hopefully, it won't be too long."

Fans haven't gone without new Carrie music in the last few weeks, though. Her collaboration with Miranda Lambert, "Somethin' Bad," just hit iTunes, along with Carrie's new patriotic single, "Keep Us Safe." As for possible collaborations on her next album, Carrie is open to crossing genre lines to duet with a pop star like Shakira.

"I'm up for anything," Carrie says. "I mean, I'm a lover of music, and I feel like so many people now, they don't listen to just one kind of music. They're influenced heavily by so many different kinds of music, and I think that's awesome."

You can now download "Somethin' Bad" and "Keep Us Safe" now at iTunes.


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Florida Georgia Line Expects to Release Sophomore Album This October

CMAFlorida Georgia Line fans can look forward to hearing the duo's sophomore album later this year.

FGL's Tyler Hubbard says, "I think October is when album two's gonna be out. Got a bunch of amazing songs that we really can't wait for the fans to hear. We're pumped."

The new project is headed up by Joey Moi, the same guy who produced Florida Georgia Line's platinum-selling debut album, Here's to the Good Times.

"We've been working real hard and writing as hard as we can go -- the best songs we can write," Tyler says of their work in the studio. "[We've been] picking the best songs we know how."

Florida Georgia Line is also keeping the road hot this summer on their This Is How We Roll tour, featuring rapper Nelly. Go to FloridaGeorgiaLine.com for dates.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockZac Brown Band's Southern Ground Music and Food Festival returns to Charleston, SC October 11 and 12. Ashley Monroe, Blues Traveler and The Wailers are among the acts slated to perform.

Josh Turner, Tyler Farr, Craig Morgan and Lauren Alaina are among the stars signing autographs at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville June 3 through 8. The autograph sessions are part of the Hall of Fame's CMA Music Festival event schedule.

Florida Georgia Line's episode of Inside Fame premieres Thursday night at 10 ET on CMT.


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Craig Morgan Launches New Line of Merchandise with Farm Boy Brand

Monarch PublicityCraig Morgan has teamed up with Farm Boy Brand to launch a new line of co-branded merchandise, including men's and women's t-shirt designs. Look for Craig to sign autographs at the Farm Boy Farm Girl booth at the CMA Music Festival's Fan Fair X on Friday, June 6 in Nashville. The merchandise is also available at Craig's website and at stops on his 2014 The Journey tour.


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Wynonna Performing New Song, “Follow Me,” on “Good Morning America” and “Katie” Thursday

ABCWynonna and her husband, Cactus Moser, are making several TV appearances this week to perform their new song, "Follow Me." The track is included in the new film, The Hornet's Nest, which tells the story of U.S. troops on a dangerous mission in Afghanistan. Look for Wy and Cactus on ABC's Good Morning America and Katie on Thursday. They'll be interviewed on Fox News's Fox & Friends on Friday, too.

The full video for "Follow Me" can now be seen at ETOnline.com. The Hornet's Nest soundtrack album will be released Tuesday through iTunes and Amazon. $1 from each soundtrack sold will go to military foundations around the country.


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Joe Nichols Premiering “Yeah” Video, Performing on “The Queen Latifah Show” Friday

Red Bow RecordsJoe Nichols will premiere the video for "Yeah" Friday on CMT and CMT.com. The clip breaks down the song's love-at-first-sight storyline with a comic strip format, complete with animation and special effects.

Joe is also set to perform "Yeah" on The Queen Latifah Show Friday. Check local listings for air time.

"Yeah" is the follow-up to Joe's #1 hit, "Sunny and 75." Both songs are included on his latest album, Crickets, available now.


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Jerrod Niemann Teams Up with Pitbull for Pop Remix of “Drink to That All Night”

Sony Music NashvilleJerrod Niemann has teamed up with Pitbull for a pop remix of his #1 hit, "Drink to That All Night." The song is now at pop radio and available for download at all digital outlets.

Jerrod is excited to introduce himself and his music to a lot of new fans thanks to the Pitbull collaboration. Jerrod says, "To be able to step in and do anything with Pitbull is an amazing opportunity, and I’m glad that he liked the song and cared enough about it to do it.”

Pitbull thanks Jerrod for the opportunity to join him on "Drink to That All Night."

"I love this record because that’s what we love to do, have fun and drink Voli," Pitbull says. "But most important and goes to show -- music is the true universal language, Daleee!”

The original version of "Drink to That All Night" is included on Jerrod's new album, High Noon, available now.


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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the name of Dierks Bentley's beloved white dog? ANSWER: Jake.


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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDierks Bentley performs "Drunk on a Plane" on CBS's Late Show with David Letterman Wednesday night.

Lee Ann Womack's new album, The Way I'm Livin', is due out September 23.

Tim McGraw shot down rumors he and Faith Hill are adopting a child Tuesday during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. They already have three daughters.


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Lady A’s Hillary Scott Stepping into Character for “Bartender” Performance on “American Idol”

Green Room PRLady Antebellum debuts their brand-new single, "Bartender," on the American Idol season finale Wednesday night. Band member Hillary Scott is excited to show off her fun, sassy side singing lead vocals for this performance.

She says, "It's gonna be a great fun one to really interact with Charles and Dave and just really get all the girls involved and excited about it hopefully in the audience."

Since "Bartender" is written and performed from a strong female perspective, Hillary's band mate Charles Kelley is proud of Lady A's role in representing women on country radio.

"This is really heavy Hillary on this," Charles says, "and it's like, what a great time to kinda go, 'There's still some strong females.' Even though she's a part of a group, she's still representing that and helping carry that flag along with Miranda and Carrie and all the other girls."

Tune in to see Lady Antebellum perform "Bartender" on American Idol's season finale Wednesday night at 8 ET on Fox. Jennifer Nettles is also slated to perform with Idol finalist Jess Meuse on the finale.


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