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Blake Shelton goes into battle with Keith Urban tonight on "The Voice"

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Trae Patton/NBCTonight on The Voice, Keith Urban continues supporting Blake Shelton in Part 3 of the Battle Rounds.

The Aussie superstar — and former American Idol judge — was all too happy to help out on the show that was once his TV rival.

“I had a blast doing it,” Keith says. “I love that side of it. You know, I love being able to try and offer any advice, feedback, insight, guidance — anything — to a lot of these guys and girls who haven’t had that opportunity, haven’t been around people who can give them specific help, you know.”

“But I loved it,” he adds. “Blake was fun to work with.”

After being in the trenches with Team Blake, Keith says his relationship with the Oklahoma native is even deeper.

“I like Blake a lot. I liked him even more after spending that whole day with him and getting to know him a little bit more,” he admits.

“I realized I didn’t know him that well. You know, I’ve never really spent any time with him. So I really enjoyed it.”

Thomas Rhett‘s helping Blake’s rival Kelly Clarkson during the Battles. You can watch for TR and Keith both Monday and Tuesday night starting at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The Knockout Rounds start on Monday, October 29.

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Kelsea, Carrie, OD, Dan+Shay, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and more set to play the 52nd CMAs

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CMA/ABCThe 52nd Annual CMA Awards are less than a month away, and we now know the first group of performers who’ll be taking the stage at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

Nominees Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Dan + Shay, Old Dominion, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are set to sing, with more performers and presenters to be announced in the coming weeks.

Carrie and Brad Paisley will team up to host the show for the eleventh time. You can tune in to catch all the action live from Nashville Wednesday, November 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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"It Ain't [Their] Fault": Brothers Osborne stops their show after a fight in British Columbia

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ABC/Image Group LA Hank Williams Jr. famously scored a major country hit with “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” and judging from Brothers Osborne‘s socials, those were the same folks who turned out for the duo’s concert Thursday night in Canada.

First, a fan tweeted a quote from TJ and John from the stage: “Who fights during ’21 Summer?’”

“21 Summer,” you might recall, is one of the singles from the CMA and ACM winners’ debut album, Pawn Shop.

Later, Brothers replied to another spectator who revealed the pair had stopped their set so a fan who’d been punched could get medical treatment during the show at Abbotsford Centre in British Columbia.

“Glad that guy is safe,” Brothers tweeted. “And, yes, tonight was so rowdy. Thanks for the hang!”

The Port Saint Joe music makers continue their swing through Canada into November, when they’ll also head to the United Kingdom — hopefully with less rambunctious crowds.

The Brothers currently have a top twenty hit with Dierks Bentley with “Burning Man,” and they’ve just released their own new single, “I Don’t Remember Me (Before You).”

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Listen now: Maddie & Tae "Die from a Broken Heart" in second taste of sophomore record

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Mercury NashvilleOn Maddie & Tae‘s current single, “Friends Don’t,” they tackle the possibility of a friendship that seems likely to turn into something more. In their new release, however, they’re fast-forwarding to full-blown heartbreak.

Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye chose “Die from a Broken Heart” as the second preview track from their forthcoming sophomore effort to show off the record’s different perspectives: It’s actually a concept album that follows the different phases of a relationship.

“How does he sleep at night?/Momma the nerve of this guy/To leave me so easy/Am I gonna be alright?” the CMA Vocal Duo of the Year nominees sing. “I wanna kick myself for falling so hard/Momma, can you die from a broken heart?”

Earlier this week, Maddie & Tae performed with their 2019 tour partners, Carrie Underwood and Runaway June, on CMT’s 2018 Artists of the Year special. Carrie chose the duo for the trek after hearing the new record.

“Die from a Broken Heart” is available to stream or download now, and you can also check out its new lyric video on YouTube.

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Travis Denning, Kassi Ashton, and Jameson Rodgers get a "KixStart" from the CMA

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Mercury NashvilleOver the next year, Travis Denning, Kassi Ashton, and Jameson Rodgers will be getting a helping hand from the Country Music Association.

The three newcomers were chosen from a field of 100 applicants as the first participants in the CMA’s new mentorship program. Known as the KixStart Artist Scholarship, it’s named for Brooks & Dunn‘s Kix Brooks, a longtime member of the CMA Board.

The CMA will align Travis, Kassi and Jameson with special opportunities at CMA Fest, the CMA Awards, and the UK’s Country 2 Country festival, among other services they’ll provide.

Travis is currently enjoying his first hit with “David Ashley Parker from Powder Springs,” while Kassi duets with Keith Urban on the track “Drop Top” from his Graffiti U album. Jameson heads out on tour with Luke Combs next year.

You can find out more about these three rising stars at CMAworld.com/KixStart.

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