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Carrie Underwood Shares Candid Selfie, Shows Off Facial Scars

Carrie Underwood shared the most up-close-and-personal view of her face since her November accident on social media on Friday (April 20th) while attending a Nashville Predators hockey game and cheering on her husband, Mike Fisher. While not bad, Carrie's scars on her upper lip and chin are visible in the picture. She is decked out in Predators garb, including baseball hat and jersey, writing, "Ready to cheer on the boys tonight! Especially that #12! I hear he’s alright! @mfisher1212 @predsnhl #LetsGoPreds"

Carrie's husband, Mike, came out of retirement this year to play once again for the NHL team, which is again in the playoffs. Last year, the team made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, and as Carrie tells us, the team's talent and Nashville's support of the team should never have come as a surprise to people around the country. "It was amazing to me and surprising to me that people didn’t know Nashville’s a hockey town. I would even do interviews, and they were like, ‘Oh, everybody’s jumping on the bandwagon.’ I’m like, ‘No. There’s no bandwagon. That arena is full every single game.’ So, to see the town like really get out and show everybody how much support they have behind the Predators was incredible, and for people all around the country to see how much Nashville loves the Predators was just incredible. and the town was absolutely electric the few weeks leading up to the final especially during that last week or so. To see 100,000 people lining Broadway, I mean, that was incredible, so let’s do it again (laughs)."

Carrie's new single, "Cry Pretty," is racing up the country charts. Her album of the same name will be released on September 14th.

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Jason Aldean Album Debuts At Top Of All-Genre Chart

Jason Aldean claims the Number One spot on both the all-genre Billboard Top 200 and Country albums charts this week with his brand new album, Rearview Town. According to Forbes.com, Jason achieved the feat with 183,000 equivalent units, 162,000 of which are actual sales. Rearview Town is Jason's fourth album to debut at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart.

We caught up with Jason backstage at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas last week where he took home the Entertainer of the Year award. He told us that having having a Number One album would be a great way to cap album release week. "Ultimately we want people listening to the record, you know? We spend a lot of time working on those albums and, you know, it just so happened we released the album on ACM weekend because we knew we were gonna be doing a lot of press. It would help promote it, all that kind of stuff, and Entertainer of the Year is pretty big. If we end the week with a Number One album to top it off, I mean, I don't know that it gets any better than that."

Rearview Town features Jason's current single, "You Make It Easy," which was co-written by Florida Georgia Line members Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley and Morgan Wallen.

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Kenny Chesney Launches 2018 Tour

Kenny Chesney kicked off his 2018 Trip Around The Sun tour on Saturday (April 21st) in Tampa, Florida at Raymond James Stadium. The superstar performed for 127 minutes singing 25 songs for the crowd who began lining up to get in their seats before day break.

Kenny said, "Music is medicine, and it’s energy, and it’s fuel. To me, when music is really firing, it can help you do impossible things, lift you out of unthinkable problems and give you a reason to keep going . . . When people come together in the name of music, then let go, there’s no feeling like it. Listening to the fans sing ‘American Kids’ and ‘Setting the World On Fire’ was a total rush. It’s not the only reason I do this, but it’s a good one."

Raymond James is the first of 19 stadiums that Kenny will perform at throughout the summer, along with special guest Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay. Next up is Miller Park in Milwaukee on April 28th.

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New Sugarland Single Came Compliments Of Taylor Swift

Sugarland's brand new single, called "Babe," seems destined for success. For starters, it was written by Taylor Swift and features the pop star singing on the track. Sugarland members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush tell us the song was brought to their attention by Taylor herself. "She reached out. We've obviously known each other for many years when she was just getting started, and she was excited we were getting back together and reached out and said, 'Hey, I have a song,' and that is a short list of people to whom she has said, 'Hey, I have a song. Wanna sing it?' So we said yeah. (Kristian) We'd really never put a song by anybody else on any of our record. We weren't really used to sorting through that and we didn't want to mess it up . . . (Jennifer) Nope (Kristian) So we didn't tell anybody about it til we got finished and she like it, thank God, cause it's a good song (laughs)."

"Babe" is the second release from Sugarland's upcoming album, Bigger, which will be released on June 8th.

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Bits And Pieces: Maren Morris

Maren Morris performed the national anthem for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs during which the Nashville Predators took on the Colorado Avalanche on Friday (April 20th) night at Bridgestone Arena. Maren posted a few pics on social media writing, "GO PREDS! Honored to sing the national anthem during the playoffs." The Avalanche won on Friday (2-1) but yesterday (Sunday, April 22nd), the Preds were up 4-0 at press time.

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Jake Owen Celebrates Release Of 'I Was Jack (You Were Diane)' Video

Jake Owen has released the long-form video for his current hit soingle, ""I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," during an invitation-only industry event at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville late last week. The video is actually a short film starring actors MacKenzie Porter (Netflix Travelers) and Jake Etheridge (CMT’s Nashville).

Jake said, "I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about a music video. I’ve never had anyone send me a 14-page treatment before, but this isn’t your typical country music video. I think it could be considered a short film. I really appreciate the attention to detail and hard work that everyone put into making it. I’m anxious to hear what people think."

He added, "I’m so thankful to have a career in this business. I’m excited about everything in my life right now. I sense that people are pulling for me and that’s very humbling. It makes me want to work that much harder, not just for me, but for everyone who has been so supportive of me all these years. We’re in this together."

The evening also included a performance of his hit single, "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," plus a few new tunes, "Made for You," "Down to the Honkytonk," and because the event took place in the Country Music Hall of Fame, Jake felt moved to play one of his favorite country songs by Hank Williams, Jr., "Blues Man."

Owen will be hitting the road in May on his 2018 Life’s Whatcha Make It Tour with special guest Chris Janson and Jordan Davis. The majority of shows will take place at baseball stadiums across the country.

Joseph Llanes
Parmalee Releases Musical 'Party Pack'

Parmalee has released something called a Party Pack, a summer-ready collection of six songs. The EP is a compilation of the group’s most rebel-rousing party songs, including the band’s new single, "Hotdamalama," which heads to radio soon.

The video for the song premiered over the weekend on CMT. The clip finds the guys trying to survive on a tropical island. Matt Thomas said, "We had so much fun shooting this video and hope that viewers have just as much fun watching it. That’s what the entire Party Pack is all about—having a good time, bringing people together and enjoying the moment."

In celebration of the release of the Party Pack and the release of "Hotdamalama," Parmalee is hosting a free concert at The Cowan at Top Golf in Nashville today (Monday, April 23rd) at 6 p.m. CT.

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