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Carrie Underwood Returning To American Idol, Releases New Video

Former American Idol champion Carrie Underwood will be returning to the newly rebooted show this coming Sunday, May 13th but this time she will be a guest mentor.

The program will be broadcast live on ABC 8:00 PM Eastern/7:00 PM Central/5:00 PM Pacific and she will also be performing her hit single, "Cry Pretty," during the show.

The top five contestants, consisting of Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe and Michael J. Woodard, will perform songs from the Carrie Underwood songbook on next week's live show, following a special mentoring session with her during a surprise trip to Nashville.

Her appearance was announced during Idol's live show on Sunday, May 6, along with a worldwide exclusive look at her new music video for "Cry Pretty", the lead single and title track from her forthcoming album. Watch the video here.

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Brett Eldredge Announces North American Fall Tour

Country music star Brett Eldredge has announced that he will be returning to the road this fall for launch a new leg of his headlining The Long Way Tour.

The trek will kick off September 13 in Denver with tickets going on sale beginning May 11. The 14-city run will once again feature label mate Devin Dawson as special guest.

Before hitting the road in the spring for his headlining dates, Eldredge joined Blake Shelton in February for the Country Music Freaks Tour alongside Carly Pearce and Trace Adkins. See the dates here.

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Charley Pride Celebrates Grand Ole Opry Anniversary

(2911) Charley Pride celebrated his 25th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with appearances on the famed venue this past weekend. We were sent the following details:

Pride, who made his Opry debut in 1967, performed extended Opry sets in celebration of his milestone anniversary. Opry flagship station 650 AM WSM (wsmonline.com) saluted the award-winning artist with a "Country Pride Weekend."

Upon his Opry induction 25 years ago, Pride recalled his initial dream of baseball stardom. "It's as if I had made it in baseball and they came up to me and took me to Cooperstown and said, 'This is where your plaque is going to be - beside Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, and Hank Aaron." Read more here.

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Lea Michele and Darren Criss Add Dates To American Tour

Lea Michele and Darren Criss have expanded their upcoming coheadlining tour with the announcement of the addition of new shows in five additional markets.

According to the announcement, the duo will hit the stage together and solo, performing songs from Broadway, Glee and original songs from their recent solo albums.

In addition to previously announced dates, Michele and Criss will also be performing in Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta, Durham and Charlotte. The trek will kick off on May 30, 2018 at The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. See the dates here.

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Rogue + Jaye Release 'Open Your Mind' Video

Rogue + Jaye (Courtney Jaye and Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue) have released the music video for their single "Open Your Mind." The song comes from their debut album "Pent Up."

Jaye had this to say that the track is "a song about opening up to intimacy and vulnerability without fear, as well as exploring the unknown in ourselves and through another."

She also decribed how the partnership came about, "My decision to move back to Los Angeles after living in Nashville for nine years was because I needed a change.

"I think both places will always feel like a home to me and will forever occupy equal space in my heart and equal influence over my music and sound. I've never been a traditional Pop, Americana, or Country artist, and living out west right now represents for me the freedom to be untethered to one particular musical sound, scene, or genre. And I feel this project is an extension of that."

The new clip was directed by Ben Bennett and was filmed by Stefan Colson and edited by Ethan Jacob. Watch it here.

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Singled Out: FYKE's Awake

FYKE recently release a video for their song "Awake" from their "Nightmares Deluxe" album and to celebrate we asked Enik Lin to tell us about the track. Here is the story:

The most frequent question that I have been asked in press interviews is "is there any advice you would like to give to aspiring artists?". Every time I hear that question, my mind cycles through my collective artist career and I start to weigh the pros and cons of the hardships vs the rewards that this career path has given me. From the multitude of failed relationships due to the unstable financial status of an artist too when someone tells you that your music may just have saved their lives. If I'm being honest with myself, I don't know which side wins.

"Awake" is about my journey as an artist. I grew up in a household of musicians. My mother, a classically trained piano teacher and my father, once a seasoned Opera singer. From a young age, my parents put me and my sister through classical piano training then sent me to violin lessons with hopes that one day I might professionally play in an orchestra. Every day after school, my father would pick us up and drop us off at my mother's music school where we would wait for her to finish teaching her classes. I remember the first time I heard one of the music instructors wailing away on an electric guitar. That was the day, that I knew I wanted to be in a rock band.

Fast forward over a decade to the joys and heartache of following after your passion. I've watched fellow musicians drop off the path, watched my parents grow old in a blink of an eye, experienced poverty, lived out of a van for months, traveled the world, played on some of the largest stages, experienced success, drowned in failure, watched my friends who chose "normal" careers make families and create stability…… the list seems endless…but I wouldn't trade it for the world. I know I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing and that will have to do.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen and watch for yourself right here!

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