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Comstock/Thinkstock Eight years ago this week, Jerrod Niemann scored his only #1 so far on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with this song. Can you name the tune that was a remake of a 1992 hit by the band Sonia Dada? ANSWER: “You Don’t Treat Me No Good,” which was renamed “Lover, Lover” for its country release.

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Fans are "Hooked" on Dylan Scott's second top ten hit

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CurbFor the second summer in a row, Dylan Scott has a top ten hit on the country chart.

“Hooked” checks in at #9 this week, a little more than a year after “My Girl” peaked at #1. The Louisiana native’s breakthrough went on to become the seventh most-played song of 2017.

“It is a real honor to once again break into the Top 10 with my single ‘Hooked,’” Dylan says. “When ‘My Girl’ went #1 last summer, I didn’t think life could get much better. However, the current success of this song has reinforced the fact that I am truly living my dream, and I feel more blessed than ever before.”

“Hooked” happens to have been co-written by Morgan Evans, who also has a top five hit right now with “Kiss Somebody.” The idea for “Hooked” started out as a joke, because Morgan’s wife Kelsea Ballerini‘s single at the time was “Peter Pan.”

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How to be a country star: Russell Dickerson's getting a crash course from his pals Thomas Rhett and FGL

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With his first #1, “Yours,” already under his belt, and the follow-up single, “Blue Tacoma,” rapidly approaching the top ten, Russell Dickerson‘s career is definitely on the rise. Add to that a high-profile opening spot on the Summer Plays On Tour with Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker, and the relative newcomer is dealing with a unique set of challenges.

Luckily, the graduate of Nashville’s Belmont University has his pals Thomas Rhett and Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line to lean on — and learn from.

“It’s not like, ‘Hey, sit down, let me give you some advice’…” Russell explains. “I just kinda watch them, and how they handle hiring people or firing people, or how they have learned to be as efficient as possible on the road.”

“You know, like sleep schedules,” he continues. “Do you get up at 11 a.m. or do you get up at 6 a.m.? When do you work out? When do you write songs? How do you do this? Because I’m having to figure a lot of that out.”

A big task on Russell’s plate right now is crafting his sophomore album.

“Writing album two — like, how? I don’t know,” he admits. “And so, it’s really cool to watch Tyler and them. They bring a whole bus out with writers, or TR will bring out writers just on his bus.”

“Just kinda learning from that, and trying to figure out how to do this,” Russell adds. “So yes, lots of valuable advice.”

This week, Russell, Darius and Lady A take their Summer Plays On trek to Mountain View and Sacramento, California; Brownsville, Oregon; and Auburn, Washington.

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Watch now: Spend the "Weekend" with Kane Brown in new video

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ABC/Image Group LA As Kane Brown continues work on his sophomore album, which comes out November 9, he’s just released a new video for the song “Weekend.”

The clip starts as Kane, his band, crew and friends pick up some party supplies at Walmart, before retiring to a lake house for some boating, barbecuing and trips down a homemade water slide. You’ll also spot Kane’s fiancee, Katelyn Jae, in the video.

Meanwhile, TIME magazine has named Kane of of its “31 People Who Are Changing the South,” for his “willingness to stretch genre boundaries and highly personal storytelling.”

“Lose It,” the lead single from Kane’s forthcoming album, is currently climbing the charts.

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Reba, Tim, Faith, Darius and more: Nothing but "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" for the Queen of Soul

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Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesAretha Franklin was the Queen of Soul, but her appeal and influence was so universal it extended to nearly every other musical genre, including country.

Thursday morning, some of the biggest stars in the country format responded to the loss of the 76-year-old legend, who died from advanced pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit.

Reba McEntire is the country artist with perhaps the most obvious connection to the Queen of Soul: her cover of Aretha’s signature song, “Respect,” became a concert favorite, and in 1988, she recorded the tune on her Reba album.

“I’ve had so many influences in my life,” Reba tweeted on Thursday, “and one of them is the Queen of Soul. Rest In Peace, Aretha.”

“I’ll sing this one for you,” she added, along with a clip of her performing “Respect.”

Tim McGraw included a clip of Aretha singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at President Obama‘s first inauguration along with his tribute.

“The queen of soul… There will never be another,” Tim offered. “So much love and respect from the McGraw family. A friend of mine told me once, ‘When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced, live your life so that when you’re gone, the world cries and you rejoice.’”

Tim’s wife Faith Hill shared a treasured photo with the legend, showing her smiling as Aretha’s outstretched hand reaches toward the camera’s lens.

“The choir of angels now have the greatest voice of all time to lead, praise and join in to sing before Jesus,” Faith said. “I wanted to share this photo because it shows just how soulful Aretha was without uttering a word. To say I was humbled to be in her presence would be an understatement.”

Darius Rucker also envisioned Aretha singing on high: “We lost one of the most important all time greats today. My love goes out to her family. Love you Aretha. That band in Heaven just got a lot better!!”

“Aretha,” Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles started simply. “The Queen of Soul. As singers, we all aspire to her passion, authenticity, and power. Her talents, gifts and contributions changed hearts and touched lives. She was and remains a national treasure. Rest in Power Queen.”

Rascal Flatts echoed the sentiment: “Rest in Peace, sweet Aretha #QueenOfSoul. We loved you and your music oh so much. An absolute legend that can never be replaced!”

“One of my favorites,” Jon Pardi chimed in. “Rest In Peace Queen of soul!” adding the hashtags #respect and #youbetterthink, referencing two of Aretha’s biggest hits.

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery summed up Aretha’s impact on all singers: “Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul. A woman with an incredible God-given voice who shared it with the world, and we were lucky to have her while we did. She paved the way for every entertainer who came after her. May she rest in peace.”

Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced in the coming days.

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