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Dan + Shay Drop Third Album Today

Dan + Shay's new studio album, called Dan + Shay, arrives in stores today. It features their current hit single, "Tequila," along with 10 other songs, most of which were co-written by either Dan Smyers or Shay Mooney. Dan also served as co-producer on the project.

He tells us: "We're so proud of our album that's coming out. It's our self-titled album. It's our third record. We feel like, at this point, we've put out a few albums, we've put a bunch of singles out on country radio and we've kind of figured out who Dan + Shay really is. That's why we decided to call it a self-titled album. We feel like these songs are so representative of where we are in our lives and where we've been in our lives. We're so proud to get it out to the fans. This feels really special to us and every song. We thought so much about every song that was on the record. We went through a lot of songs, we probably had 200-300 songs in the mix for this project and we narrowed it down to eleven. We can't wait for the fans to hear these. These are the most special songs we've ever recorded and we're super proud of the way they turned out."

"Tequila" sits at Number Three on the country charts this week.

Dan + Shay perform tonight at the Big Country Bash in St. Charles, IA. They are also on the road with Rascal Flatts on the Back To Us tour until late September.

Chris Hollo
Brett Young Almost Done With Sophomore Album

Brett Young’s latest single, "Mercy," is in the Top 15 on the charts and climbing, but he is anxious to share new music from his upcoming sophomore album with fans. Brett is nearly done with the project, as he tells us: "We’ve already recorded nine of the 12 for the next record and we wrote most of it on that Lady Antebellum tour last year. I had writers out almost every week on the bus. So ‘Mercy’ will be the last single from this record and then sometime this summer we’ll come with a single from the new record. So I’m super excited. I’m kind of chomping at the bit. This record’s been so special and so good to me but I’m ready to put out new music."

Brett's self-titled debut album has already produced three Number One hits -- "Sleep Without You," "In case You Didn’t Know" and "Like I Loved You."

Miranda Lambert's Boyfriend Granted Sealed Divorce

Miranda Lambert's reported new boyfriend, Turnpike Troubadours lead singer Evan Felker, has gotten his request to keep the details of his divorce sealed granted by a judge in Oklahoma. Felker's wife, Staci, filed for divorce in February. Lambert and Felker reportedly began dating in early 2018 while touring together on Lambert's Livin' Like Hippies tour.

Taste of Country reports that Felker's attorneys filed a request in Oklahoma County District Court on June 13th asking a judge to enter a protective order stating that divorce documents and pleadings related to the couple's finances should be marked "unavailable online" to "prohibit public viewing."

Lambert will return to the road next month with Little Big Town on their co-headlining The Band Wagon tour.

Courtesy of Universal Music Group
Brandon Lay Says Every Show With Kenny Chesney Is Like 'Christmas Morning'

Brandon Lay has been opening shows for Kenny Chesney on his Trip Around the Sun stadium tour, and he says it’s pretty exciting to be on the road with someone he grew up idolizing. He tells us: "It’s like Christmas morning every Saturday. It’s crazy. Obviously growing up a Kenny fan, just to be on the tour was a very surreal moment hearing that he dug what I did and thought I’d be a good way to kick off his tour. So, definitely not a role that me and my band take lightly, and it’s just been, we’re not even halfway through the tour yet, but it’s already been such an education. I’m just trying to soak it up and enjoy it and obviously, it’s been a platform for fans of new country music and people that enjoy the discovery process, it’s been the absolute platform for that, so we’re very fortunate." Brandon joins Kenny, Old Dominion and Thomas Rhett at Chase Field in Phoenix.

Brandon just released his new single called "Yada Yada Yada."

Courtesy of Sony Nashville
Luke Combs Releases Fan Favorite To Radio

Luke Combs will release a new single to radio next week called "She Got The Best Of Me." The song is among the five fresh tracks added to Luke's deluxe album release, This One’s For You Too. The new single comes on the heels of Luke's three consecutive Number One hits off his debut album – "Hurricane", "When It Rains It Pours" and most recently, "One Number Away." Luke co-wrote "She Got The Best Of Me," which originally appeared on his 2014 Can I Get An Outlaw EP.

Luke joins Leon Bridges for a special edition of CMT Crossroads from downtown Nashville airing on June 28th, as well as on PBS’ A Capitol Fourth special live from Washington, D.C. on July 4th.

Fans can catch Luke on the road this summer with Jason Aldean on the cross-country High Noon Neon tour through September.

Charlie Daniels To Speak, Perform At Veteran Impact Celebration

Charlie Daniels will speak and perform at the inaugural "Veteran Impact Celebration" in Murfreesboro, TN on Thursday (June 28th. The sold out fundraiser benefiting MTSU's Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center (Daniels Center) will be held at The Grove at Williamson Place off Medical Center Parkway and will highlight corporate and community leaders who have generously supported and invested in the Daniels Center's transitioning student-veterans and military family members.

Charlie said, "We owe our country's veterans for their service and should do everything we can to help them. The Daniels Center does a great job of supporting the student-veterans and helping them to transition from military to civilian life. Thank you to everyone who has supported this inaugural sold out event. Every donation makes a difference."

The private event features dinner, a VIP meet and greet/photo op with Daniels, as well as additional speakers, including retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber, MTSU senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives, and university President Sidney A. McPhee.

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