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Chris Stapleton Leads Academy of Country Music Awards Nominations

(Radio.com) Nominations were announced Thursday morning for the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards. First-time Entertainer of the Year nominee Chris Stapleton leads with eight nominations.

Thomas Rhett earned six, including his second nod for Male Vocalist of the Year. Keith Urban has five, including his eighth nomination for Entertainer of the Year and Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris each received four; both were nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.

Hosted by Reba McEntire, the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live on CBS April 15th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. See the full list of nominees here.

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Bobby Brown Believes Whitney Houston Died Of Broken Heart

(Radio.com) Bobby Brown has his own theory about wife Whitney Houston's shocking death in 2011. The "Don't Be Cruel" singer opened up to Rolling Stone about Houston's unexpected passing, revealing that he doesn't believe it was drugs that killed her.

The surprising revelation came when Brown was asked how he thought Houston was most misunderstood. "I don't think she died from drugs," Brown said. "No, not at all."

Brown was vague when asked what he thought took the singer's life: "She was really working hard on herself to try to be a sober person and, um [pauses] she was a great woman."

Brown went on to bicker with his wife/manager, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, over whether or not drugs were present in Houston's body at the time of her death. He eventually conceded that drugs "played a part" in the singer's passing.

When asked again what he thought killed Whitney Houston, Brown had a definitive answer: "Just being broken-hearted."Read more here.

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Run the Jewels Reveal Remix Of Lorde's 'Supercut'

(Radio.com) Run the Jewels will open dozens of dates on the North American leg of Lorde's Melodrama World Tour. To celebrate their live partnership, the rappers hit the studio to remix a song from Lorde's GRAMMY-nominated sophomore album.

The new spin on "Supercut" takes a darker, more ominous tone than the original edit. Reimagined over a hip-hop beat, the remix features a cacophony of horns and industrial sounds.

Both El-P and Killer Mike contribute verses and with Mike's lyrics repping his "heinous cadence" and Netflix viewing habits. Read more here.

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Dolly Parton Recognized for Donating 100 Million Books To Kids

(Radio.com) Country music icon Dolly Parton was honored at the Library of Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 27 to celebrate the 100 millionth book donated through her non-profit organization, Imagination Library.

The singer joked that she never thought of being called 'the book lady," joking that she might have been called 'the painted lady." Parton read and sang the words from her autobiographical children's book, Coat of Many Colors, to a group of children at the celebration.

The star also explained that she was thinking of her father who could never read or write, but was the 'smartest man she ever knew," when she started the initiative.

The 'book lady" has been donating one book per month to children in need through her Imagination Library for 20 years. Read more here.

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Meghan Trainor Releases 'No Excuses' Video

(Radio.com) Meghan Trainor is back, and she's taking "No Excuses." The "All About That Bass" singer has revealed her brand new single, "No Excuses," with a colorful and eye-catching music video.

'I love how so many women are standing up for what's right," Trainor said in a press statement about the new track. 'I wanted to write us all a powerful anthem. Sometimes, people talk down to me, because I've only been doing this for four years, so I wrote this song. It's my modern version of 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T.' It's all about equality and being kind."

The sparkly new tune is Trainor's first new song since she dropped "I'm a Lady" for the Smurfs: The Lost Village soundtrack early last year. The pop singer is gearing up for a big 2018, promising more new music "very soon." Watch the video here.

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Singled Out: Whiskey Wolves Of The West's Lay That Needle Down

Whiskey Wolves Of The West release their brand new "Country Roots" album today (March 2nd) and to celebrate we asked Tim Jones to tell us the story behind the song "Lay That Needle Down". Here is the story:

Ruston Kelly had introduced me to Ward Guenther at a writing session, and I really loved what the three of us had come up with -- a song called "If I Only Knew" about the ability to predict the day of your death. (Might be the only song that has Stonehenge, pyramids, and Goodyear Blimp in the lyrics.)

We three set up another appointment and at the last minute Ruston canceled, so instead of meeting at Music Row, Ward came over to my house because we both lived really close to each other in East Nashville on Eastside Avenue. He had an idea to write a song about how loving someone can be like a drug that you are addicted to. I joked, "Like Kesha's 'Your Love is My Drug'?" He obviously had not yet heard that track.

I said I wanted to write a song where the verse and chorus are the same chords and only the melody changes. He wrote, "Your touch is the needle dropping down on the vinyl on the first side of the record," and then we went with a couple of metaphors about needles.

I played it like that for a year or so with my band Truth & Salvage Co., and then I finally sat down with Leroy and he challenged me and said it wasn't good enough and made the second verse the first: "This heart is like a pair of beat-up blue jeans," which is way easier to hear than the other way. And also, "Faded, but I can't give 'em up." Leroy knows his jeans! Furthermore, he had a nice addition for the second half of the chorus, "Won't you stay, don't make me live without, what I need right now, keep giving all your love to me." I couldn't figure out what was wrong with it before that. Fortunately, Leroy will be the first guy to let you know!
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album
right here!

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Elton John And Sharon Stone Play 'James That Tune' On TV

(Radio.com) Sharon Stone and Elton John teamed up to play "James That Tune," a segment on James Corden's Late Late Show, which is now streaming online.

In the bit, Corden, who does not know how to play piano, plays a song on a mini keyboard and the contestants have to guess the title of the Elton John original he is playing.

The British talk show host kicks off the game banging on random keys, but in a specific rhythm. Stone correctly guesses 'Is it that one about the little bitty dancer?" Check out the fun bit here.

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Rae Sremmurd Release New Track 'Powerglide' And Two Solo Tracks

(Radio.com) Rae Sremmurd's highly anticipated SremmLife 3 has taken shape as a triple album. Sr3mm will feature both brothers, Swaecation is a Swae Lee joint and Jxmtroduction is Slim Jxmmi's solo project.

The rappers debuted a track from each section of SremmLife 3 including the group effort "Powerglide" which illustrates both artists at the top of their game. The track samples Three 6 Mafia's classic "Side To Side" and recalls the energetic, melodic charm of "Black Beatles."

'Diamonds unthawed/ Coming in froze (froze)/ Got too many girls to let one of them go (oh)/ When I make a purchase, I can't wait to showboat (oh) /If she bad I put a pinky ring on snow globe," Swae raps.

In addition to "Powerglide," Swae released his own track "Hurt To Look" and Jxmmi debuted "Brxnks Truck." Listen to Rae Sremmurd's new music, which contains profanity, here.

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Kelly Clarkson Performs 'Didn't I' On Late Night TV

(Radio.com) Kelly Clarkson's eighth studio record Meaning of Life has delighted fans with its rootsy sounds and confessional lyrics. On Wednesday night, the O.G. American Idol brought the album track, "Didn't I," to Late Night with Seth Meyers.

Supported by a band and two backup singers, Kelly performed the Meaning of Life deep cut--which has not yet been released as a single. On Meyers' couch, Kelly talked about her role on The Voice and said Blake Shelton is her strongest competition: "I do go in on Blake a lot. But he's kind of a giant target," Clarkson said. 'I'm kind of annoyingly competitive."

Kelly also described her whirlwind experience at the Golden Globes. She met Steve Carrell, who famously shouted her name during the chest-waxing scene in The 40-Year-Old Virgin. Behind the scenes, Clarkson says the funnyman is just as nice as he seems. She also recalled meeting Meryl Streep during a red carpet moment that went viral. Watch Kelly charm the Late Night audience here.

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Dan + Shay Release 'Tequila' Music Video

(Radio.com) Country duo Dan + Shay have released a video to accompany their latest single, "Tequila." The video for the heartbreaking ballad stars Nyle DiMarco (America's Next Top Model, Dancing With The Stars) and Instagram star Mica Von Turkovich.

In the story, set in the Colorado mountains, the couple falls in love then break up. Fast forward four years and DiMarco returns to the bar he and Turkovich used to frequent and texts a female bartender his order for a tequila.

She turns around and when she realizes it's her old flame she uses sign language to confirm his order (DiMarco is deaf) and show she recognizes him. Dan + Shay's website promises more new music is coming soon. Check out the video here.

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