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Jo-Walker Meador, Longtime CMA Chief, Dead at 93

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 12:31pm

Jo Walker-Meador, who built the Country Music Association from a tiny, ragged startup into one of the nation’s most visible and successful trade organizations, died Wednesday (Aug. 16) in Nashville at the age of 93. Under her leadership, which extended from 1959 until her retirement in 1991, the CMA established the Country Music Hall of... Read more »

How CMT Crossroads Enlivens Florida Georgia Line and...

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:52am

The all-new CMT Crossroads premiering Aug. 30 will be the only place fans will get to see Florida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys performing new arrangements of their biggest hits as one big super group. The hour-long special will feature new collaborations of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” “As Long As... Read more »

Brett Eldredge Debuts Atop Country Albums Chart

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:19am

Brett’s the name and Brett’s the game this week, as Brett Eldredge’s self-titled collection bows at No. 1 on Billboard‘s country albums chart. To add to the dazzle, it also comes in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 all-genres list. Meanwhile, Billy Currington’s “Do I Make You Wanna” settles in for its third week... Read more »

Ryan Follesé Makes Country Debut a Family Affair

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:00am

Currently on the road with Sam Hunt’s 15 in a 30 Tour, former Hot Chelle Rae front man Ryan Follesé surprised fans with an announcement on Wednesday (Aug. 16) that his self-titled debut country album lands Friday (Aug. 18). Most of the music was written or co-written by Follesé and his hit-making family. His father... Read more »

Kelsea Ballerini Let Herself Be 23

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10:40am

When Kelsea Ballerini started writing and recording songs for Unapologetically, her second album, she said she had to act her age. “I had to let myself be 23,” Ballerini told Vulture. “I think for a while I tried to get back into the headspace that I made my first album in. But not only was... Read more »

Miranda Lambert’s Shout-Out to a Hero

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 9:14am

You may not know who Allison Moorer is. But Miranda Lambert does, and she recently told the alt-country singer-songwriter that she is her hero. Moorer had tweeted out a long-read post about how she was about to release a new album — a her first collaborative album with her sister Shelby Lynne — and that... Read more »

Shania Twain Lands Film Role in Trading Paint

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 8:53am

Shania Twain has joined the cast of John Travolta’s new racing movie Trading Paint. The 2016 CMT Artist of a Lifetime has been tapped for the role of “Becca.” Variety reports pre-production is underway in Alabama and shooting is scheduled through mid-September. Actors Michael Madsen (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), Kevin Dunn (Veep)... Read more »


Trump says US culture being 'ripped apart' by Confederate memorial removals

Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:51am

Comes days after violence broke out in Charlottesville.

Before questioning statue removal, Trump supported taking down Confederate flag

Thursday, August 17, 2017 3:38am

The president characterized the act to remove the statue as "changing culture."

Unpacking the controversy over what Trump has said, and not said, on Charlottesville

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:54pm

How this week unfolded for the president.

US weekly requests for jobless aid down 12,000 to 232,000

Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:15am

Fewer Americans applied for jobless aid last week, as the number of people seeking benefits remained close to historic lows. The Labor Department says that weekly unemployment applications fell by 12,000 to a seasonally-adjusted 232,000.

Israeli leader criticized for response to Charlottesville

Thursday, August 17, 2017 9:49am

Israeli prime minister under growing criticism for relative silence over Trump's response to Charlottesville violence

Special counsel's Russia probe loses top FBI investigator

Thursday, August 17, 2017 6:48am

FBI veteran Peter Strzok has left Robert Mueller's team.