The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry Divorcing Former MLB Player J.P. Arencibia

Kimberly Perry, from The Band Perry, confirmed on Sunday, March 4, that she and husband J.P. Arencibia are splitting.  Perry and Arencibia’s divorce paperwork cites irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split.  “Yes, sadly it’s true, my marriage has come to an end,” Perry wrote on Instagram. “I know that beauty will come from these ashes and, as always, I want to thank you all for your love and support.” The couple got engaged in the fall of 2013 at Perry’s parents’ house, and married on June 12, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church in her hometown of Greeneville. As has been previously reported, the couple met backstage at a meet-and-greet for the band’s performance at the Florida Strawberry Festival in 2012, after the Arencibia, who was a fan of the group, went backstage and asked Perry for her phone number.   

The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry Files for Divorce From J.P. Arencibia

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Blake Shelton Cancels Show Due To Flu

Blake Shelton had to cancel his Saturday night (Mar. 3) date at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, La., due to a case of the flu. The show has been rescheduled to Tuesday, Mar. 6. Shelton took to social media, explaining he almost never has to postpone a show, but the flu just got the best of him. He also apologized to fans who were scheduled to see his show on Saturday night. Shelton promised fans in a later tweet that he’d “make up for the inconvenience” and that his support guests Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and Trace Adkins would still be on the bill at the make-up show. Ticket holders who are unable to make Tuesday’s date will get a full refund.  Shelton’s Country Music Freaks Tour is set to run through March.

Blake Shelton Concert postponed until Tuesday

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Ronnie Prophet, Country Music Singer And TV Host, Dies At 80

Country music legend Ronnie Prophet, who had 26 hit singles in Canada, five which charted in the U.S. and also hosted several television shows, died Friday, March 2 in Florida from cardiac and kidney failure. “With a very heavy heart, but with so many fond memories, so very sad to hear the legendary Ronnie Prophet passed away this morning at the age of 80,” family spokesperson Dave Bancroft posted on Prophet’s Facebook page. Prophet’s wife, singer Glory-Anne Carriere, made her own post on her personal Facebook page.  In the ’70s, he became a household name when he hosted CBC’s Country Roads (1973), then CTV’s The Ronnie Prophet Show (1974) and Grand Old Country (1975-1980). From 1973 to 1992, Prophet had 26 charting country singles in Canada. Five songs ranked on Billboard charts from 1975 to 1977, beginning with “Sanctuary” and followed by “Shine On,”  “It’s Enough,” “Big Big World” and “It’s Ain’t Easy Lovin’ Me.” He also had a half-dozen hits with his wife.

Country Music Singer and TV Host Ronnie Prophet Dies at 80

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ACM Awards Announce 2018 Nominations

The Academy of Country Music Awards has shared the list of nominees for the 53rd annual celebration, which is set for April 15. Chris Stapleton leads the nominees with eight nods, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year. Other stars such as Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert racked up multiple nominations, while relative newcomers like Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, and Midland also scored multiple nods.   Read the full list of ACM Awards nominees below and tune in to CBS on April 15 at 8 p.m. for the live ceremony.

ACM Awards: Chris Stapleton Leads 2018 Nominees

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Reba McEntire Will Be Back As ACM Awards Host In 2018

Reba McEntire is going to be back as the host of the ACM Awards in 2018. McEntire announced the 2018 ACM Awards nominees on Thursday morning (March 1) during an appearance on CBS This Morning, and ET Online revealed that she is returning to host the awards show in 2018. ET host Nancy O’Dell helped reveal the rest of the 2018 ACM Awards nominees. The news comes just after Dierks Bentley revealed that he and Luke Bryan were not returning to host in 2018. Bentley and Bryan co-hosted the awards for two years, and Bryan hosted the show three times with Blake Shelton prior to that. The 2018 ACM Awards will take place on April 15, 2018. They will be broadcast live on CBS from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Reba McEntire on the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Donates 100 Millionth Children’s Book To Library Of Congress

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, her charity that gives free books to children, has just given away its 100 millionth book.  The milestone was a copy of Parton’s newest children’s picture book, Coat of Many Colors, titled after her 1971 single of the same name. It was given to the Library of Congress in Washington, where Parton has has a partnership to livestream story readings. Parton established Imagination Library in honor of her illiterate father in 1995. The program donates books to families once a month, and will do so from a child’s birth to age 5.  

Dolly Parton’s nonprofit marks 100 millionth book donation, gives it to Library of Congress

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Jake Owen Updates A John Mellencamp Classic With New Single ‘I Was Jack (You Were Diane)’

Jake Owen revisits a John Mellencamp classic with his nostalgic new single “I Was Jack (You Were Diane).”  Borrowing from Mellencamp’s 1982 hit song “Jack and Diane” (when Mellencamp was performing as John Cougar,) Owen’s updated version highlights the original’s impact while a regular Joe reminisces about falling in love to the tune years before. The track was written by David Ray, Jody Stevens and Craig Wiseman, with Mellencamp receiving credit as well. Owen has stated that Mellencamp gave the new tune his blessing. “I Was Jack (You Were Diane)” will be part of Owen’s upcoming Jake Owen EP.  You can listen to the single in the article linked below.

Is Jake Owen’s ‘I Was Jack (You Were Diane)’ a Hit? Listen and Sound Off!

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Brett Young Gets Engaged to Taylor Mills

Country singer Brett Young proposed to his longtime girlfriend — Taylor Mills, who accepted — earlier this month. The couple told People, “We are both more excited than we can express, and looking forward to starting this chapter of our lives together.” Young proposed at the Graduate Hotel near Ole Miss, where he went to college. According to Young, the couple met over 10 years ago in Arizona, while Mills attended ASU.  Young and Mills dated for six years, broke up when he moved to Nashville and then reconnected. He says he wrote much of his first record, the Brett Young album, about her – it includes love songs like “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Sleep Without You,”  and also  breakup songs like “Mercy and “Like I Loved You.”  Young said: “It was just the wrong time for us. We recently got back in touch and realized that we were both finally in the same place and knew it was right.”

Brett Young and Taylor Mills Are Engaged

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Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation Donates $189,000 To Animal Shelters

Miranda Lambert and her Muttnation Foundation showed some love to shelters all across the United States by sending out huge donations to animal shelters in multiple cities. The monetary gifts ranged anywhere from $3000 to $5000 each for the 50 shelters that received help from Lambert and her team. After all the money was sent off to help the pets at various humane societies, it totaled up to $189,000 for all of the shelters’ needs. The singer’s mother, Bev Lambert, began the Mutts Across America campaign, which has aided more than 200 shelters in total during its run. Encouraging fans to give back to the initiative, the money raised always goes to spay and neuter protection, pet adoption and relocation of animals from dangerous situations and homes.  Currently, Miranda is touring across the country for her Livin’ Like Hippies Tour with Jon Pardi. Tickets and tour date information can be found on her official website.

Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation Surprises More Than 50 Animal Shelters With $189,000

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Cole Swindell Reveals New Track ‘Break Up In The End’

Cole Swindell jiust released his new single “Break Up In the End,” along with a performance video. “Break Up In the End” is the first track from his yet-untitled third studio album, and was written by Jon Nite, Chase McGill and Jessie Jo Dillon. In a press release Swindell said: ‘I am honored that my songwriting friends trust me with such an amazing message. I’m excited and confident in the strength of ‘Break Up In The End’ and it being the first song from my upcoming third album. This is the perfect set up of what’s to come.” Take a listen to the new single in the article linked below:

Listen to Cole Swindell’s New Single, “Break Up In the End”

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