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Thomas Rhett To Release 'Life Changes' On September 8th

Thomas Rhett has finally announced the news his fans have been waiting for -- his third studio album will be released on September 8th. The project is called Life Changes, and it will feature his chart-topping duet with Maren Morris, "Craving You," along with his brand new single called "Unforgettable" which heads to radio today (Friday, July 28th).

Thomas co-wrote the new single which, although not autobiographical, was inspired by his wife, Lauren. He tells us: "You know, we didn't go like super personal with this song. Like the events mentioned in this song are not a hundred percent true to mine and Lauren's story but we really wanted to write a love song that kind of represented basically a guy telling the girl that he loves like how much he remembers the night that they fell in love or the night that they first kissed or the night that he knew he was gonna marry her and all that kind of stuff cause I think that women do love to hear that you remember sweet moments like that, and it really is just a great love song with a storyline that I think a lot of people have met in this kind of circumstance before, and it's a song that's really happy that maybe if you have had a couple of drinks you might cry towards the end of it and I just love it and I'm so glad we're using it for our second single choice."

While Thomas once again pushes the musical boundaries with the 14 songs on Life Changes, he said, "I am and will always be a country artist. It's who I am, it's in my blood. I will always try to push boundaries because that rebellious side has been in me since I was a kid. My voice and my journey that inspired these songs is the glue that makes this album cohesive. This is where I'm at musically, and these are my stories."
Thomas co-produced the new album, in addition to co-writing 10 of the songs.

Garth Brooks Pushes The Limits

Garth Brooks is no stranger to giving more than 100% every time he walks onstage – whether playing until the clock struck 3 a.m. in his home state of Oklahoma a couple weeks ago, or staging back-to-back concerts when that’s the only means of meeting demand, as he did in upstate California last night (Thursday, July 27th) before making a return to Los Angeles to wrap up a two-weekend stand at the legendary Forum tonight (Friday, July 28th) and Saturday (July 29th). The North American leg of his World Tour With Trisha Yearwood is filled with such circumstances, and there are more to come, for instance, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota where a seventh concert went on sale yesterday after more than 45-thousand tickets to six shows were snatched up last week.

So how does Garth -- specifically Garth's voice -- keep up with the pace? He tells us: "You just do your best (to) take care of it. Just try not to do anything stupid. I believe it’s a gift from God, and as long as it’s gonna last it’s gonna last. So, my thing is – just go out there and do it. Say your prayers. Get sleep, usually, is the big thing. Which, in this business, of course, is the one thing you don’t get. And the great thing is, if it’s gone, they’ll pick you up and carry you."

Garth is climbing the charts with his latest single, "Ask Me How I Know."

Courtesy of UMG Nashville
Shania Twain Releases 'Life's About To Get Good' Video

Shania Twain has released a video to go along with "Life's About To Get Good," the first single from her upcoming album, Now. The clip was directed by Matthew Cullen (Katy Perry, Weezer, Beck), and features the superstar shaking off a lost love and embracing the future. It even features a quick return to Shania's "Man I Feel Like A Woman" video costume which she proves she can still pull off!

Shania said, "I was at home, looking out at the ocean, and I said to myself, ‘Here I am stuck in this past of negativity, but it’s so beautiful out. I’m not in the mood to write a feeling-sorry-for-myself song.' You can’t have the good without the bad. And that’s what the song ended up being about."

Shania tells us that even though "Life's About To Get Good" tells her true story of total heartbreak, it's anything but a depressing song. "Well, every time I hear the song it makes me happy and as many times now as I've heard the song it still just picks me up when I hear it. It just cheers me up and it makes me feel good, so what I'm looking forward to is that effect on the listener. I'm just happy that this song ended up being the first single. It was a tough decision, really tough decision. It's hard for me to be objective but I want people to feel how good this song can make them feel and appreciate the story in it."

Shania's Now album will be released on September 29th.

Dove Shore
Old Dominion Deliver 'Happy Endings' At Nashville Dive Bar

Old Dominion and Bud Light kicked off a special partnership on Monday night (July 24th) with a special dive bar show at Blue Bar located in Nashville, where the hit-makers first began as a band over eight years ago. Fans who were lucky enough to gain access to the small room were treated to a first listen of Old Dominion’s upcoming sophomore album, Happy Endings, which releases on August 25th. The band performed the album in its entirety, from start to finish.

Six additional Old Dominion Bud Light Dive Bar Shows will be announced next week. The special shows will take Old Dominion to Los Angeles, Chicago, Grand Rapids, Cincinnati, Cleveland and New York City, with full details to be announced soon.

Little Big Town, Keith Urban To Be Featured On 'Opry Entertainment'

Opry Entertainment is set to launch eight new digital series over the next four weeks celebrating country music, Country music's biggest stars, the city of Nashville, and country living. Opry Entertainment will premiere on the Opry’s YouTube channel, with exclusive features running on a variety of partner sites including ABC News/Good Morning America, Billboard, PEOPLE, Country Rebel and more. ABCNews.com / GoodMorningAmerica.com will exclusively premiere the series debut of Opry Look Book this Sunday (July 30th) featuring Opry member Little Big Town. The episode includes group member Kimberly Schlapman’s sentiments on wearing her first Gucci dress on the Opry stage, member Karen Fairchild’s commentary on Opry guest Pharrell Williams’ Opry wardrobe, and more.

Other artists to be featured on Opry Entertainment include Kelsea Ballerini, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Brett Eldredge, as well as Zac Brown's wife, Shelly Brown, and rising stars Jacob Davis, Devin Dawson, and Ashley McBryde.

'Bluer Than Blue' - 70's Hitmaker Michael Johnson Passes Away

Michael Johnson, the singer-songwriter who had Top 40 and Adult Contemporary hits with "Bluer Than Blue," "This Night Won't Last Forever," and "Almost Like Being In Love" during the late 70's, died on Tuesday (June 25) following a long illness.

In 1967, he joined the Chad Mitchell Trio and co-wrote music with another member of the group, John Denver. In the 80's he had a successful country music career, charting 10 hits in that genre.

Michael Johnson was 72.

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