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Luke Bryan, Eric Church, FGL and Blake Shelton Added to CMA Music Festival Special Lineup

Image Courtesy Donn Jones/CMAThe CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock special just added a lot of star power to the lineup. Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Lady Antebellum, and Blake Shelton are all slated to sing on the show, airing Tuesday, August 5 at 8 ET on ABC.

Little Big Town returns for their second turn as hosts. They join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Cole Swindell, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, and Thomas Rhett.

The CMA Music Festival special was filmed at the event of the same name held last month in Nashville.


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Brett Eldredge Explains Why Working Out Is Essential to His Life on the Road

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleBrett Eldredge works out constantly to look good onstage, but it turns out the exercise is essential to keeping up with his hectic tour schedule.

He tells Michigan’s Jackson Citizen Patriot, “This job is more than just singing. You’ve got to stay healthy because being on the road is hard on your body.”

When he’s playing arenas, Brett usually runs the stairs before his concerts.

“I do a lot of high-impact cardio and then go hammer out the weights, when they are available,” Brett explains. “When they aren’t, I use this great 100 push-ups app. I also use a seven-minute workout app.”

Brett will be working it out on Keith Urban‘s Raise ‘Em Up tour all summer long.


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Lady Antebellum Owes a Lot of Their Success to Tight Jeans and Chest Hair

Image Courtesy: Capitol NashvilleLady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood‘s names always come up in discussions about the sexiest men in country music. Their band mate, Hillary Scott, has revealed the secret to Charles and Dave’s sex appeal: “Tight jeans and chest hair.”

She tells them with a laugh, “It’s true, and you always show it.”

Charles claims to be a pioneer among male country stars who are now painting on their pants. He says, “We were wearing tight jeans before Luke [Bryan] did. Let’s just say that. No, I’m just kidding. I just bust on him.”

Dave adds, “We have more chest hair than Luke.”

Charles agrees, saying, “He doesn’t have any chest hair.”

Lady A’s new album, 747, is due out September 30 featuring their latest hit, “Bartender.”


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English Professor Gives Taylor Swift’s “Wall Street Journal” Op-Ed a B-Minus

ABC/Todd WawrychukTaylor Swift made waves not long ago by penning an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal about the future of the music business. Most people focused on Taylor’s optimism about the industry, but now, her actual writing ability has been put under a microscope.

Entertainment Weekly invited Margo Mifflin, a professor of English at the City University of New York, to “grade” Taylor’s essay and point out any flaws. Professor Mifflin’s opinion? “She has a strong, effervescent writing style,” she told the magazine. “But the piece has serious focus problems. It skids all over the place.” She gives Taylor a B-minus.

Taylor’s essay includes her thoughts about how artists need to surprise fans constantly and take musical risks, how albums can become best-sellers if they connect emotionally with listeners and how autographs and distinctions between musical genres are both obsolete.

For comparison’s sake, Mifflin also critiqued an piece by George Clooney, in which he expressed his anger and frustration over a story in a British tabloid claiming that his future-mother-in-law opposes him marrying her daughter. She gave Clooney’s effort an A-minus, saying that his writing was “pointed” and “persuasive,” but “a little too concise.”


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Kip Moore Kicking Off CMT Summer Concert Series Saturday on “Hot 20 Countdown”

Image Courtesy MCA NashvilleKip Moore is kicking off CMT’s Summer Concert Series this Saturday on CMT Hot 20 Countdown premiering at 11 a.m. ET on CMT. David Nail will be featured on the series’ July 26 installment, and Chris Young follows on August 9.

Dierks Bentley will close out the series with a performance at the Bristol Motor Speedway airing September 6. Dierks will also appear on all four Summer Concert Series bringing fans exclusive videos and features on his ongoing RISER tour.

Look for additional videos from the CMT Summer Concert Series to air on CMT.com, too.


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