Carrie Underwood Shares Anthemic Super Bowl LII Opening Song ‘The Champion’ With Ludacris

Following a brief teaser during an NFL playoffs commercial last weekend (Jan. 7), Carrie Underwood shared the full version of “The Champion,” which features rap veteran Ludacris. The Jim Jonsin-produced record was released alongside a lyric video, and has been confirmed to be the opening track for Super Bowl LII. The song will also be accompanied by a video during the opening on February 4. Underwood looks to make a strong return in 2018, following a serious fall that required her to undergo surgery on her wrist and receive stitches on her face. Check out the lyric video below and see details on how to download “The Champion.”

Hear Carrie Underwood, Ludacris’ New Super Bowl Anthem ‘The Champion’

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Zac Brown Band Announce 2018 ‘Down the Rabbit Hole Live’ Tour

Country band Zac Brown Band have announced dates for their eighth headlining concert tour, dubbing the summer-long run Down The Rabbit Hole Live: Zac Brown Band 2018. The tour kicks off June 8th in Lincoln, Nebraska, and includes 27 dates before wrapping with a pair of September concerts at San Francisco’s AT&T Park and San Diego’s Petco Park, where the band will support rock icons the Eagles. The tour will feature 14 stadium dates, with support from opening acts, pop-rock band OneRepublic and retro soul star Leon Bridges. Tickets for Down The Rabbit Hole Live: Zac Brown Band 2018 go on sale January 19th.

Zac Brown Band Announces New 27-Date Tour

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Alan Jackson Adds Several Stars To 2018 Honky Tonk Highway Tour

Alan Jackson is adding some star power to his Honky Tonk Highway Tour, announcing a series of artists that will join him on the road. Jackson’s longtime collaborator Lee Ann Womack has been named one of Jackson’s special guests, along with Randy Houser and burgeoning newcomers Lauren Alaina and Runaway June. Alaina is set to join Jackson during the first weekend of the tour in Kentucky and Arkansas, while Runaway June will pick up two dates in February. Houser will be with Jackson for most of the tour from February through September and Womack is currently slated for one date only, in New Hampshire. The 2018 leg on Jackson’s tour will begin Jan. 19 in Lexington, Ky. and runs through Sept. 15 where it concludes in Charlotte, N.C.

Alan Jackson Adds Headliners to His 2018 ‘Honky Tonk Highway Tour’ – Concert Tickets

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Miranda Lambert And Little Big Town Announce ‘Bandwagon’ Tour

Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town announced they are co-headlining a tour this summer. Thirteen stops on the Bandwagon tour were announced on Thursday, January 11th.  The 2018 Bandwagon tour focuses on the east coast and midwest, with stops in Indianapolis, Tampa and Pittsburgh after the kickoff on July 12 in Charlotte, N.C. The final stop is an Aug. 24 stop in Clarkston, Michigan.  The artists have collaborated before, most notably on Lambert’s song “Smokin’ and Drinkin'” from her Platinum album, however it’s not clear if they’ll share a stage at any point during their summer tour stops. 

Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town Announce Joint Bandwagon Tour

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Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Face Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘The Rest of Our Life’

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have landed themselves in a musical lawsuit for alleged copyright infringement. The singers are being sued by songwriters Sean Carey and Beau Golden. The writers claim that McGraw and Hill scored a hit with their current single, “The Rest of Our Life,” by “blatant copying” their 2014 song, “When I Found You,” featuring singer, Jasmine Rae.  The lawsuit, filed in New York federal court on Wednesday, asks for an injunction and at least $5 million in damages.  It alleges that “The Rest of Our Life” is “in many instances, verbatim, note-for-note copying of original elements of the Song, and is obvious to the ordinary observer.” The lawsuit also names “The Rest of Our Life” songwriters Ed Sheeran, Amy Wadge, Johnny McDaid and Steve Mac as well as Sony/ATV and WB Music.

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Hit With Copyright Lawsuit Over ‘The Rest of Our Life’

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Rascal Flatts Announces 2018 “Back To Us” Tour Featuring Carly Pearce And Dan + Shay

Rascal Flatts are hitting the road, with the group announcing that they will be heading out on their Back to Us Tour this summer. The trek will support the group’s Back to Us album, which was released in 2017, and the tour also follows the group’s residency at the Venetian in Las Vegas last year. The trio will be joined by special guests Dan + Shay and Carly Pearce.  Pearce had a breakout year in 2017 with her song “Every Little Thing” and her debut album of the same name, while Dan + Shay has just released new single “Tequila” from their forthcoming album, due later this year. Tickets go on sale Jan. 26 for select cities as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket.

Rascal Flatts Plot 2018 Back to Us Tour

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Dierks Bentley Announces New Album, ‘The Mountain’ For 2018 Release

Dierks Bentley has announced his ninth studio album, The Mountain, is slated to be released later this year. No specific details about the songs on The Mountain have been revealed, although the 42-year-old indicated he would release the first single in January.  Last month Bentley shared two new songs, “Burning Man” and “Living” with fans at a concert in Las Vegas. The Mountain will be the follow-up to Bentley’s critically acclaimed Black, and is currently available for pre-order via his website. Fans who pre-order the album will receive a key to The Mountain that will unlock extra tracks, bonus videos, special merchandise and VIP experiences with Bentley on his 2018 tour.

Dierks Bentley Heads Back To ‘The Mountain’

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Walker Montgomery Releases Single Entitled “Simple Town”

18 year old  Walker Montgomery — son of John Michael Montgomery and nephew of Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery — is branching out into the country music world.  In his new track called “Simple Town,” Montgomery sings of leaving his hometown to make his way in the real world.  “Simple Town” was produced by Colt Ford and Noah Gordon. “I am blessed to have grown up in a town where everyone knows everyone,” Montgomery said, adding “I’m overwhelmed and so thankful for the support that ‘Simple Town’ has gotten in my home state.”

John Michael Montgomery’s Son, Walker, Debuts a Country Single and It’s Great

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Willie Nelson Cancels Concerts Due To Illness

Country music legend Willie Nelson abruptly ended a concert in San Diego after barely making it through one song. The 84-year-old performer subsequently canceled several additional shows in order to recuperate from an apparent illness. According to reports, Nelson did not make it through the opening rendition of “Whiskey River” during his appearance last Saturday at Harrah’s Resort SoCal, and he “was coughing and apparently experiencing some difficulty breathing as he left the stage.” Nelson has since canceled all shows through Sunday, January 14. A representative for Nelson said that the singer returned to his home in Texas to recover from “a bad cold or the flu.” Nelson’s next scheduled performance is currently planned for February 7 at the Macon Auditorium in Macon, Georgia.

Willie Nelson cancels shows due to ill health

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Kalie Shorr’s ‘Awake’ EP Coming This Month

Kalie Shorr is giving fans the new music they’ve been waiting for with an EP called Awake, set for release on Jan. 26. The seven-track project features “Two Hands,” the first single, plus a title track and songs called “Candy” and “Cool Kids.”  Awake follows the rising star’s 2017 EP Slingshot and the release of her debut single “Fight Like a Girl.” She’s also made waves with her cover of Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” in collaboration with Lindsay Ell and Kelleigh Bannen. Shorr was recently appointed to CMT’s Next Women of Country class for 2018. She’ll embark on the CMT Next Women of Country Tour alongside RaeLynn and headliner Sara Evans starting Feb. 12.

Kalie Shorr Announces Release of New EP, ‘Awake’

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