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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockMiranda Lambert‘s main squeeze, Anderson East, plays the Today show on Friday. You can watch for his performance starting at 7 a.m. on NBC.

The CMA Songwriters Series is headed to Canada. Canadian singer/songwriters Dean Brody and Jessica Mitchell will join father and son Marcus and Levi Hummon to play the Tuesday, January 23 show at The Great Hall in Toronto. Marcus has written smashes like Rascal Flatts‘ “Bless the Broken Road” and The Dixie Chicks‘ “Cowboy Take Me Away.”

Randy Houser, Lee Ann Womack, Lauren Alaina and Runaway June will all take turns opening the next leg of Alan Jackson‘s Honky Tonk Highway Tour. Lauren is up first, as the trek kicks off January 19 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Florida Georgia Line is set to headline Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 30.

Chris Stapleton will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live on January 27. SNL alum Will Ferrell will host.

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"Proud Mary," "The Post", and "Paddington 2" among this week's new releases

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By Stephen Iervolino

Photo: Dana Starbard – ©2017 CTMG, Inc. All rights reserved.(NEW YORK) — Opening in wide release on Friday:

  • Proud Mary — Taraji P. Henson plays Mary — a hitwoman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around after crossing paths with a young boy during a botched hit job. Rated R.
  • The Post — Steven Spielberg’s historical drama, expanding to wide release — is about Katharine Graham, the first female newspaper publisher — played by Meryl Streep — who, along with legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee — portrayed by Tom Hanks — risks her career and freedom to expose a scandal. Also starring Sarah Paulson and Bradley Whitford. Rated PG-13.

  • Paddington 2 — The animated series picks up with Paddington — voiced by Ben Whishaw — taking a series of odd jobs to buy a gift for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, only to have it stolen. Hugh Grant and The Shape of Water‘s Sally Hawkins provide additional voices. Rated PG.

  • The Commuter — During his daily commute home, a businessman — played by Liam Neeson — is caught up in a criminal conspiracy. Sam Neil co-stars. Rated PG-13.




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"Nashville" recap: "Second Chances"

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CMTOn Thursday’s new episode of Nashville on CMT, Juliette Barnes falls further into the clutches of guru Darius Enright.

Though she goes to his compound to meet with him, he initially refuses to see her, instead encouraging her to focus on manual labor, spending the day helping build a house. By the time Juliette finally comes face-to-face with Darius, he works to convince her she should stay on his campus and not go home.

Scarlett O’Connor and Gunnar Scott continue to navigate the waters after the breakup of both their romance and their professional partnership. While Scarlett considers giving up music, Gunnar moves toward forming a new band with Avery Barkley and Will Lexington.

After several near-misses where Scarlett and Gunnar avoid each other, the two finally come face-to-face and have a pleasant, friendly conversation.

At Scarlett’s urging, Deacon Claybourne finally calls Jessie Caine and asks her out, after bumping into her at the farmers’ market. Even though the two seem like they’re on the road to romance at last, Jessie unexpectedly cancels their date, only to call back and reschedule later.

When Deacon and Jessie finally make it dinner, the conversation is awkward and the two decide they may simply be better as friends. Once they agree the chance for a relationship is over, the two end the night with a kiss — making it clear it’s not. By the time Deacon and Jessie bump into each other in the car line as they drop their kids off for school, it’s apparent they’re both pleased about the direction in which they’re headed.

Find out what happens next on the final season of Nashville, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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"I Could Use a Love Song" turns out to be exactly what "Hero" -- and Maren Morris -- needed

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ABC/Mark LevineMaren Morris is on the verge of having her very first solo #1 with “I Could Use a Love Song.”

The third single from the Texas native’s debut project didn’t come along until Hero was almost finished.

“I’d already gone through a breakup and I finished the bulk of my album,” Maren recalls. “And so I was writing with my friends here in Nashville. They were asking me, literally, ‘What else do you need on this album?’ And I said, ‘Well, you know, everything’s not about love.’ I wasn’t really going through that I guess… it’s not like a heartbreak record totally… But they’re like, ‘But you could use a love song on the record?’ And I was like, ‘Maybe.’”

That turned out to be all the inspiration they needed.

“We were like, ‘”I Could Use a Love Song”‘ is kind of a cool title,’” Maren explains. “And so, we just wrote it really quickly, because it was just one of those where you just grab it from the sky and hope that everything makes sense. Yeah, it really just came out of a conversation and an actual question.”

Last year, Maren scored her first #1 with Thomas Rhett and “Craving You.”

It’s worth noting that Maren’s romantic fortune has turned around: She’s engaged to fellow artist Ryan Hurd, with a wedding planned for later this year.

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Study: Number of Women Grows in Texas Prison System

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By Public News Service Study: Number of Women Grows in Texas Prison System HUNTSVILLE, Texas – Prison populations are dropping in most states, but a new study finds the number of incarcerated women isn’t falling as fast as it is for men, and in Texas, it’s actually growing.

Nationally, the total prison population peaked around 2009. The study, by the Prison Policy Initiative, shows most states have made progress in reducing their overall prison populations in the past ten years.
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