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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockKeith Urban, Eric Church and Florida Georgia Line will headline the sixth annual Tortuga Music Festival April 6-8 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Country-Music-Hall-of-Famer Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson are both set to play MerleFest 2018 April 26-29 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Brent Cobb‘s headlining Ain’t a Road Too Long Tour kicks off February 16 in Memphis.

Craig Morgan is partnering with Lot18.com to launch his own wine. You can pick up a bottle of Craig’s Old Tattoo Cabernet Sauvignon online.

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Luke Bryan on Blake Shelton being "People"'s Sexiest Man Alive: "Am I being punked?"

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By Music News Group

PeopleBackstage Tuesday night at the annual CMA Country Christmas taping in Nashville, Luke Bryan could hardly believe the news: Blake Shelton is People‘s Sexiest Man Alive for 2017.

“I’m speechless,” Luke said, as he feigned disbelief. “He’s taken so many things from me, and now this. Who in the hell is choosing this? Am I being punked? And we’re sure that ya’ll didn’t Photoshop my face over his face and change the names out?” he joked. “Alright, well I guess we’re all stuck with it.”

Chris Young wasn’t quite so hard on the star of The Voice.

“You know what? I’m not surprised,” the “Losing Sleep” hitmaker reacted. “I don’t think I would be surprised by anything that Blake does or any honor he receives at this point in his career. I know that’s probably a little more sentimental than the reaction that you wanted out of me about him being Sexiest Man,” Chris laughed, “but I love that guy and I love his music and I’ve been a fan of his for a long time and gotten to know him as well.”

Brett Eldredge was singing Blake’s praises too — but he is heading out with the Oklahoma native on his Country Music Freaks Tour next year.

“I mean, he is a sexy man, don’t get me wrong,” Brett admitted. “But he’s a big goofball too, which is even better. Goofy’s the new sexy. He’s just Blake, man. He’s honest, he’s real, he’s unapologetically himself… To be touring with the sexiest man in the world — man, dreams come true, I’ll tell you what!”

Look for People‘s Sexiest Man Alive issue, featuring Blake on the cover, on newsstands Friday.

This year’s CMA Country Christmas, hosted by Reba McEntire, premieres Monday, November 27 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Rose McGowan arrested in Virginia on drug charge

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By Stephen Iervolino

Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office(VIRGINIA) — Rose McGowan was arrested Tuesday on a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance.

The actress turned herself in to authorities in Loudoun County in Virginia, on Tuesday, according to a Sheriff’s Office spokesman, and she was released on $5,000 bond.

According to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, a warrant was obtained for McGowan’s arrest on the possession charge back in February, after the MWAA says that personal belongings left behind by the actress on a United flight arriving in Washington Dulles International Airport in January tested positive for narcotics.

McGowan spoke to The New Yorker about the circumstances surrounding the arrest saying she had been contacted by a detective telling her she could retrieve her lost wallet but not mentioning that anything had been found in it, which, allegedly was cocaine. McGowan said she didn’t turn herself in right away out of fear.

“I was going to ASAP,” McGowan told The New Yorker, “but then things started to get really weird. I knew I was being followed and that I wasn’t safe. I even hired a private investigator to investigate whether the warrant was real.”

McGowan and her attorney, Jim Hundley, are arguing that the drugs could have been planted according to a memorandum to the Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorney asking that the charges be dismissed, cited by The New Yorker.

“I will clearly plead not guilty,” McGowan told the magazine.

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"The Voice" recap: Artists from Adam Levine’s team advance to the top 12

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By Stephen Iervolino

NBC Universal(LOS ANGELES) — The playoffs continued on Tuesday night’s one-hour episode of The Voice, with the six artists from Adam Levine’s team performing for a spot in the top 12. Blake Shelton and Jennifer Hudson’s teams performed on Monday. Miley Cyrus’ team will take the stage on Wednesday.

It was up to Adam to determine which three artists would represent him in next week’s live shows, where the power will shift to America’s vote.

Also, host Carson Daly revealed that before the show, Adam got to pick a “comeback artist” from his team to rejoin the competition. Levine chose Whitney Fenimore.

The artists advancing to the top 12 after Monday’s show are:

Team Blake: Addison Agen, Jon Mero and Adam Cunningham

Adam Cunningham — stolen from Blake’s team — led off with Joe Cocker’s “Have a Little Faith in Me.” Next, was Adam’s comeback artist, Whitney Fenimore, singing Sheryl Crow’s “If It Makes You Happy,” followed by Emily Luther, tackling Adele’s version of “Lovesong” by The Cure. 18-year-old California pop singer Anthony Alexander followed with Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.” Jon Mero showed his softer side on Adele’s “When We Were Young” and 16-year-old Addison Agen — stolen from Team Miley — rounded things out, singing Bonnie Raitt’s “Angel from Montgomery.”

Adam saved Agen, Mero and Cunningham. It was the end of the road for Fenimore, Luther and Alexander.

The Voice returns Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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California gunman fired 30 rounds at elementary school, left when he couldn't get inside

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By Leighton Schneider

moodboard/Thinkstock(SAN FRANCISCO) — The gunman who went on an apparently random shooting spree in rural Northern California allegedly left an elementary school after he failed to access classrooms there, authorities said.

Four people were killed and 10 more were wounded in a series of shootings this morning in Tehama County. The shootings took place in seven locations, including at the Rancho Tehama School, an elementary school in Corning, about 130 miles north of Sacramento, police said, but no children were killed.

Ten people were hospitalized, including at least two children, police said. One student was shot inside a classroom at the school, while the other injured child was shot while sitting in a truck when the shooter drove by, police said.

The shooter rammed a fence at the gate of the school before entering the grounds with a semi-automatic rifle, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston said in a press conference Tuesday afternoon. The school’s gate had been locked, the Corning Union Elementary School District said in a statement.

The suspect was wearing a vest with clips attached to it, similar to ones often worn by U.S. soldiers, and fired 30 or so rounds at a number of classrooms, Johnston said. The gunman shot out windows and through walls, and broken glass led to some injuries, the school district said. The student who sustained a gunshot wound is in stable condition.

It appears that the gunman became frustrated when he could not gain entry inside the classrooms, so he re-entered his vehicle and continued the shooting spree in the streets.

The incident could have been much worse had it not been for the quick thinking of staff at the elementary school, Johnston said. The school district commended the school’s staff for their “courageous and professional response” to the “terrible incident.”

“The school was able to go on lockdown very quickly and effectively, which prevented any further injury or violence,” the school district said.

Police have obtained surveillance video from the school but have not yet made the footage available to the public, Johnston said.

The male suspect was killed by police, but his motive is unknown, according to authorities. He has been positively identified, but Johnston declined to release his name at this point in the investigation.

There was an ongoing dispute between the gunman and a woman who was killed in the shooting spree, Johnston said. Authorities also said they were aware of a neighborhood dispute the suspect was involved in.

Coy Ferreira told ABC Redding, California affiliate KRCR he was dropping his daughter off for kindergarten when he heard what sounded like a firecracker. A school employee ran out and yelled for the children to get inside, Ferreira said. That’s when he ran into a classroom and multiple shots came through the classroom windows, hitting a student, he said.

Police said the motive is unknown but added that the gunman appeared to directly target the Rancho Tehama School and shot into the school multiple times, according to police.

Authorities said the shooting started just before 8 a.m. with random shots fired into residences. The suspect then engaged a citizen who followed him before stealing the citizen’s car and opening fire through the community, police said.

The gunman “arbitrarily” shot at residents in the rural area as he drove by, Johnston said.

Shortly after, the gunman engaged with a woman who was taking her two children to school and allegedly opened fire on them at an intersection, authorities said. The mother suffered severe and life-threatening injuries from the shooting, and one of her children sustained non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The gunman then turned his sights to the elementary school, where he spent about six minutes, Johnston said. After he left the school, he went back on the road and shot and killed one person, Johnston said.

After that, the suspect allegedly crashed the stolen car, robbed someone and took a second vehicle, authorities said.

The suspect, who was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, engaged two officers and they returned fire, killing the suspect at the scene, according to police. Another weapon was found in the crashed vehicle, but it has not yet been recovered, Johnston said.

Authorities said they are aware of a domestic violence incident involving the suspect, adding that he had prior contact with law enforcement and apparently had a history of neighborhood disputes.

The suspect had been issued a restraining order in January, Johnston said, but the circumstances surrounding the order are unclear.

About 100 students attend Rancho Tehama School, which was placed on lockdown following the incident, according to Ann Bates, administrative assistant to the superintendent of the Corning Union Elementary School District.

All students have been accounted for, and the children have since been reunited with their families, officials said.

ABC News’ Marilyn Heck contributed to this report.

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