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Luke Bryan brings home his 24th #1 with "What She Wants Tonight"

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Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan locks in the twenty-fourth number one of his career so far this week, as “What She Wants Tonight” ascends to the top of the country chart. 

It’s a track the Georgia native co-wrote at his Nashville-area farm.

“‘What She Wants Tonight’ is a song that I wrote at my house with Jon NiteRoss Copperman and Hillary Lindsey,” Luke explains, “and I’ve been wanting to get together and write with all of them for some time now.”

“Ross came in,” he continues, “and he had the track and that drum loop in the front kind of dialed in, and the second I heard it, it was just really, really infectious. And then we were able to really just put a really great lyric with a high energy track.”

It didn’t take long for Luke to realize they’d hit on an idea his female fans would love.

“When we came up with the hook, ‘She gets what she wants, and I get to be what she wants tonight,'” he recalls, “I was just, it just felt like something that could be played on the radio and it felt like something like that’s what women want to hear.”

“They want to have a confident guy kind of singing to them in that way,” Luke adds, “and I hadn’t been this excited about a song in some time.”

“What She Wants Tonight” is one of the tracks from Luke’s new album, Born Here, Live Here, Die Here, which is set to arrive later this year. 

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Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and others raise nearly $8 million on Fox's 'Living Room Concert for America'

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Elton John, Mariah Carey, Billie Eilish and other major music stars gathered together for the Fox Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert for America on Sunday, and raised nearly $8 million to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and salute the strength and resilience of the U.S. people during the health crisis.

Highlights included Demi Lovato performing her hit “Skyscaper”; Eilish and her brother Finneas teaming up for an acoustic rendition of “bad guy”; Camilla Cabello and Shawn Mendes joining forces for her song “My Oh My”; and Mariah belting out her hit, “Always Be My Baby.”

Elton, who hosted the event from his home, closed out the evening with a special performance of “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.”

Other performers included Backstreet Boys, Dave Grohl, Green Day‘s Billie Joe Armstrong, Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw.

The hour-long special drew more than 8.7 million viewers across multiple networks, who were encouraged to donate to two of the many charitable organizations that are helping COVID-19 victims and front line workers, such as health care professionals: Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.

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Jennifer Nettles reminds America of its resilience with emotional rendition of "Tomorrow" from 'Annie'

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ABC/Image Group LACountry star Jennifer Nettles is reminding America of its superpower: staying strong in the face of tragedy.  As the nation grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, Nettles on Friday released a special performance of “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie.

Originally, the song features an upbeat melody and swells with hope.  However, Nettles’ version is slower and more serious, featuring just a piano and her voice.

However, it’s the music video that carries the Sugarland singer’s message, which features the country braving is numerous unspeakable tragedies, from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina and beyond. 

The tone of the footage then changes to that of Americans banding together to help one another, a reminder that the country has always been full of compassion and hope for a better future.

And, with a better future in mind, the footage changes again to remind everyone what life is all about: celebrating major milestones like a baby’s first steps, blowing out birthday candles and spending time with your loved ones.

“These times are uncertain and anxiety-laden. We are worried for our health, for our loved ones, for our finances and for our futures, all the while practicing social distancing, which can be hard on the human psyche and soul,” Jennifer openly explained in the video’s caption.

“But, as the song sings of hope, the collage video also shows reasons we have hope: We have been through challenging times together as a country before. We have made sacrifices on the fire, we have seen movements and leaders rise from those ashes and we have found ourselves forged by those fires within our communities and families.”

She recorded “Tomorrow” on March 12, the same day Broadway went dark to prevent further spread of the virus.  It’ll be included in a future album full of theater songs.

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Thomas Rhett calls on Keith Urban, Reba McEntire + more to "Be A Light"

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The Valory Music Co.Via an uplifting new song, Thomas Rhett and friends are aiming to “Be A Light.

The superstar singer shared a special surprise with fans during his Instagram Live stream today:  He unveiled a new song, “Be A Light,” which features all-star friends Reba McEntireKeith UrbanHillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Christian singer Chris Tomlin

Thomas co-wrote the song with Josh ThompsonJosh Miller and Matt Dragstrem, and it boasts a positive message encouraging us all to find light in the darkness.

Each of the performers sings a portion of the track. Thomas opens the song by calling for peace amidst war; in the second verse, Keith asks us to practice the art of listening, while Chris urges others to make a difference in the world.

Reba and Hillary trade vocals on the chorus, singing in harmony, “In a world full of hate/Be a light/When you do somebody wrong/Make it right/Don’t hide in the dark/You were born to shine/In a world full of hate/Be a light.”

Thomas wrote “Be A Light” in 2019 “as a way to process negativity and sadness I was seeing in the world,” he says. But he feels the song’s message is particularly poignant in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, and in the wake of the tornado that hit his home city of Nashville in early March.

“Among the wreckage, I see us come together in ways I never dreamed possible. I knew in my heart this was the time to share this message with the world and our community,” he explains.

“The voices who join me on this track are some of the brightest lights I know. I hope this song serves as a reminder that we are all in this together.”

Thomas and his collaborators are donating proceeds from “Be A Light” to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund.   

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Kane Brown and Morgan Wallen join Post Malone's virtual beer pong tournament

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ABC/Image Group LAKane Brown and Morgan Wallen are two of the celebrity participants in rapper Post Malone‘s upcoming online beer pong tournament. 

Dubbed The Ballina Cup, Post Malone and fellow rapper MIKE have called on a group of friends to engage in a virtual game of beer pong that is set to take place over the course of eight days, TMZreports. The participants are divided into 16 teams, with two games taking place per night starting the week of April 6.

Former New England Patriots player Rob Gronkowski will play, along with Sports Illustrated model Camille Kostek, rapper Machine Gun Kelly and more.  

Each participant will also donate money that will be donated to COVID-19 relief funds. Fans can stream the action live on Instagram.

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