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"Happens Like That": How FGL's Tyler Hubbard and Tacoma, Washington helped inspire Granger Smith's new song

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BBR Music Group Granger Smith co-wrote his new single with Florida Georgia Line‘s Tyler Hubbard, as the two were sitting on a tour bus, watching fans file into a show in Tacoma, Washington.

“Writing on tour, in the heart of our fans… is a game changer for me,” Granger tells Billboard. “We can literally look out the window of the bus and write songs about the town where we are parked…I can’t get more connected than that.”

The subject of the song, however, came straight from his and Tyler’s personal lives.

“[It] came from the idea that as soon as you sort of stop looking and are content with being single, that’s when the love of your life walks into your life,” Granger says. “That narrative unfolded as all of us had lived it. It’s when we least expect it– it happens like that.”

You’ll be able to stream or download “Happens Like That” on May 19, ahead of Granger’s new album, which is due this fall.

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"Asphalt Cowboy" Jason Aldean rides into the Hall of Fame

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ABC/Paula Lobo“Asphalt Cowboy” is now more than just a song on Jason Aldean‘s self-titled debut album from 2005: It’s the title of his upcoming exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

“Jason Aldean: Asphalt Cowboy” will open May 26 and run through November 5, and it promises plenty of rare memorabilia from the two-time ACM Entertainer of the Year.

Items in the exhibit trace Jason’s life from his childhood rocking horse to his first guitar, given to him by his father. Continuing on, it offers a glimpse of his high school band, the Young Guns, and features a poster commemorating one of his first big milestones: opening for fellow Georgia native Trisha Yearwood in the late nineties.

“To look around the space and see my personal heroes and artists who helped shape country music is a surreal feeling,” Jason says of the Hall of Fame. “To be a part of a legacy like this really is a dream come true.”

The “They Don’t Know” hitmaker is also continuing his legacy in other ways. Just this week, he announced he and his wife Brittany Kerr are expecting their first baby together.

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Utah teen accused of filming 16-year-old girl's death

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By David Rind

KXTV(SPANISH FORK, Utah) — An 18-year-old man has been arrested in Spanish Fork, Utah, for recording the death of a 16-year-old girl, according to a press release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

Tyerell Joe Przybycien, 18, was arrested Saturday after he allegedly confessed to helping a 16-year-old commit suicide, ABC affiliate KTVX reported.

According to the press release, on May 6 shortly after 7 a.m. deputies “were dispatched to a report of a body hanging in a tree near Maple Lake Campground in Payson Canyon.” When officials arrived at the scene, they found the 16-year-old girl hanging from a tree. While at the scene, officials said they were approached by Przybycien, who said he knew the girl and had been there when she died, according to the press release.

After further investigation, detectives learned that Przybycien had purchased items to assist the 16-year-old with her death and found a cellphone recording of the incident, the press release states.

“Based on the actions of the 18-year-old male, along with evidence collected, it was determined that he played an active role in the death of the 16-year-old female and was subsequently arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail,” according to the press release.

Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon told The Associated Press that the 18-year-old told deputies he had a fascination with death and that he had wanted to see what it was like to see someone die. Cannon added that assisted suicide is not legal in Utah and that county prosecutors were reviewing the case to determine whether Przybycien should face murder, manslaughter or other charges.

Utah County Jail officials confirmed to ABC News that Przybycien remains in custody and is being held on $20,000 bail. A spokesman for the Utah County Attorney’s Office told ABC News that Przybycien is not represented by an attorney and has not yet been formally charged with anything. He is expected to be charged on Thursday, the spokesman said.

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Joe Maddon: sleep deprivation "has a lot to do" with team's slow start

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By David Rind

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(DENVER) – Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is partly blaming fatigue for its team’s slow start.

“I sense sleep deprivation more than anything,” Maddon said before his team’s eventual 3-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. “Sleep deprivation has a lot to do with it. Right from the
beginning of the year our schedule has been awkward. No one has had a chance to settle in.

The Cubs are just 17-17 after winning the World Series last season following a 25-6 start.

“I don’t think anyone is taking anything for granted,” Maddon said. “I love the word expectations, I do, but on the flip side of that it’s going to be a different path this year. It is. It just has
to be. To this point we haven’t pitched nearly as well, as starters. The biggest thing for me is defense. We haven’t caught the ball with the regularity that we normally do. Those were our bedrocks
of our performance.”

The Cubs remain on the road through the weekend, with a three-game series at St. Louis.

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25-year-old hiker found in Montana nearly 1 week after she went missing

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Purestock/iStock/Thinkstock(MISSOULA, Mt.) — A 25-year-old woman from Illinois has been found safe nearly one week after she went missing on a hike in Montana.

Madeline Connelly left for a hike in the Great Bear Wilderness on May 4, planning to spend a night camping with her dog, Mogi, ABC affiliate KTMF in Missoula, Montana reported. Local officials
launched a search and rescue effort after she didn’t return.

Connelly was located around 11 a.m. on Wednesday by search and rescue crews about five miles from her car, the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. She was “uninjured” but
“tired and hungry” when she was found, police sad.

In an interview with KTMF broadcast on Facebook Live Wednesday, Connelly said she couldn’t believe that she and Mogi were able to get out of the wilderness, where she spent seven days in
“treacherous weather.”

Connelly said she knew something was wrong on the first night, when she realized she wasn’t in the right place. Police said she became lost and didn’t know how to get back to her vehicle and at
times she wandered further into the wilderness.

“I thought if I kept going I would be in the same loop of a trail, and I would just get out,” she said. “And then I ended up at a lake, and I was like, ‘well, this isn’t right.'”

Connelly didn’t have a tent or any supplies, she said, and slept under trees for protection from the elements. She was only wearing overalls, a T-shirt and a sweater with a hood.

She was able to find fresh water but had no food for days, police said.

Connelly said getting lost was just a “huge mistake” and said she didn’t realize the media attention she caused until after she was found Wednesday morning.

“I kind of just thought I was going to make it to my car this morning and go get a coke and then [go to] my uncle’s,” she recalled as her parents laughed beside her. “I had no idea that all this
other stuff was going on.

“I feel like an idiot, honestly,” she added.

Connelly’s mother told KTMF that her daughter being found was the “best Mother’s Day gift ever.” She said she “never lost the faith” that she would be found due to all of the support the family
received.

Connelly appeared smiling with first responders on a Two Bear Air Rescue helicopter as she was airlifted to safety.

Connelly was visiting Montana on her way to Alaska, where she was going to start a job at a bakery, the Chicago Tribune reported. She is originally from the Chicago area but had been living in
Arizona, Steven Bauer, a pastor at St. Luke’s Church in River Forest, Illinois, told ABC News. The church had been holding prayer vigils for Connelly, whose family still resides in the area.

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