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Maren Morris delivers the "Rich," behind-the-scenes scoop on the Western video for her latest hit

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ABC/Image Group LA If the town in the video for Maren Morris‘s latest hit, “Rich,” looks familiar, it’s because it’s already been the home to several famous Westerns.

“It was this old movie town in Tucson where they shot Three Amigos and Tombstone,” Maren reveals. “It had all these movie posters that they shot at this, like, little movie town. And it rained the whole day.”

In spite of the wet weather, the “Rich” video remains one of Maren’s favorite things she’s ever shot.

“It was the most fun, easy shoot I’ve ever done,” she recalls. “I kind of conquered my fear of horses. I had a very nice horse.”

“I’m just so excited about it,” Maren adds. “It’s the last single from the record, and we get to do this like crazy, bada** Western video for it. And it’s very funny and doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is the meaning of ‘Rich.'”

If Maren has any regrets about the shoot, they may involve her husband, fellow singer/songwriter Ryan Hurd.

“Ryan looks really good in it. Ryan looks better than I do in it,” she laughs. “Ryan has never been in a video of mine, so he’s the cowboy in it.”

“But I basically put everyone I know in it,” she continues. “Like, my manager is in it. My tour manager, Jennifer, plays the sheriff. Ryan’s the love interest, and then I put my band in it. So, I got to look around all day and just laugh at how ridiculous everyone looked!”

Maren’s Western adventure must be working: “Rich” is currently just a couple spots away from entering country’s top ten.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Eric Church previewed the track, “Jukebox and a Bar,” from his new album, Desperate Man, for his Church Choir fan club on Wednesday. The full album arrives October 5.

Blake Shelton celebrated his 24th and 25th #1 songs, “Every Time I Hear That Song” and “I’ll Name the Dogs,” Tuesday with a party at Ole Red Nashville.

The latest volume in the Country Faith series, titled Christmas Vol. 2, comes out September 28. It features holiday tracks from Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Dylan Scott and many more. A Southern Gospel edition of the series is also set for release a week earlier.

If you missed Carrie Underwood‘s Wednesday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, you can check out both her interview and her performance of “Love Wins” online.

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Country star trivia

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Comstock/Thinkstock This 1964 recording was the first debut single by a female artist to make it all the way to the top of the country chart. It stayed there for eight weeks, and set another record for the most weeks at #1 by a female, a title it held until Taylor Swift came along with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in 2012. Can you name the iconic song and the Country Music Hall of Famer who recorded it? ANSWER: “Once a Day” by Connie Smith.

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The Chainsmokers are thrilled about their new collabo with Kelsea Ballerini: "Damn, this is exciting!"

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Disruptor Records/ColumbiaThe Chainsmokers just released their latest collaboration, “This Feeling,” on Tuesday, but the feedback they’re getting from fans about the song — which features country star Kelsea Ballerini — is blowing them away.

“Damn, this is exciting!” they tweeted. “Feel like we haven’t seen a reaction to a song of ours like this since the Coldplay collab!”

Of course, the “Coldplay collab” was the duo’s massive hit “Something Just Like This,” and “This Feeling” could follow in its footsteps. After all, country/pop collabs, like “The Middle” and “Meant to Be,” are all the rage these days. And as Kelsea told Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show, songs like these help break down barriers and change perceptions about country music.

She explained, “Having these kinda collaborations, people that have that stigma in their heads of like, ‘Well, it’s all about a truck’ — they’re like, ‘Oh, wait, I like this song! That’s a country singer? Wait, let me go check out more!’ It kinda opens the doors more, which is really sick!”

Kelsea, who’s covered the duo’s hits “Closer” and “Paris” in the past, told Lowe that working with The Chainsmokers is her “dream collab,” adding, “I love that they write their stuff. They’re songwriters, which I relate to so much and respect a whole lot.”

And The Chainsmokers love Kelsea just as much as she loves them.

As the duo’s Alex Pall told Zane, “I feel like, you look at her and you smile…like, she’s such a happy person!”

He added, “When we sent her this song…she wrote us back right away and was like, ‘I f****ing love it. I’m in.’ Everything’s been super fun.”

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"10% Happier": Brett Eldredge opens up about his anxiety and how meditation helped

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ABC RadioBrett Eldredge is baring his soul in the latest episode of the 10% Happier podcast from ABC’s Dan Harris.

In the hour-long conversation, Brett opens up about his struggles with anxiety, and how meditation helped him.

“For all of you who have struggled with anxiety and worries, you are not alone…” Brett tweeted. “You aren’t crazy, you are Human! You are normal!”

“Dan is one of my heroes!” he added, along with a link to the podcast. “Here’s my story!”

The “Love Somebody” hitmaker managed to make quite an impression on the ABC newsman as well.

“Was so impressed by my guest, Platinum-selling country artist Brett Eldredge,” Dan commented on Twitter. “He may have even made a country fan out of this New Yorker!”

You can check out Dan’s chat with Brett on the 10% Happier podcast on iTunes.

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