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Russell Dickerson promises "a big old banger" will follow his latest #1, "Every Little Thing"

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Triple TigersThis week, Russell Dickerson‘s celebrating his third number one in a row with “Every Little Thing.” But he’s not resting on his laurels — he’s already looking ahead to what’s next.

So what will his follow-up to 2017’s Yours be like?

“A big old banger, I promise!” Russell tells ABC Audio. “You know, I’ve been writing out on the road with all the people that I’ve written my singles with, written with Lady Antebellum, written with all these incredible songwriters. And I’m so pumped!”

“We’re working with a new producer AND the same one,” he adds. “So me and two other guys are producing this record. And, you know, I promise I’m gonna try to bring the heat!”  

“Every Little Thing” follows Russell’s previous number ones, “Blue Tacoma” and “Yours,” the title track of his debut album.

So far, there’s no word on when a new single or Russell’s sophomore album will arrive.

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Brad Paisley joins star-studded 2019 St. Jude Thanks and Giving national campaign

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ABC/Image Group LABrad Paisley is the latest in an impressive lineup of celebrities to join St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. 

Throughout the holiday season, Brad and other stars will appear in a series of television and digital ads, encouraging viewers to support St. Jude as they shop. 

“The country music community has always rallied around the life-saving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and this holiday season I hope you’ll join us in helping these incredible families during the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign,” says Brad, according to a St. Jude statement.

The country star will join actors Jennifer Aniston and Sofia Vergara, former football pro Michael Strahan, musician/actor Luis Fonsi and many more in support of St. Jude’s mission. The participating stars will be featured in commercials running through the end of 2019, and a St. Jude Thanks and Giving movie trailer will also be shown in theaters and via in-flight video promotion on American Airlines. 

St. Jude’s annual Thanks and Giving campaign was created in 2004 by Marlo, Terre and Tony Thomas, who are the children of St. Jude founder, the late entertainer Danny Thomas. Each year, the campaign focuses on a holiday-centric effort to raise funds and awareness in support of St. Jude’s mission of fighting childhood cancer.

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Little Big Town discuss their unanimous approach to music-making on "The Big Interview"

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ABC/Image Group LAIt might seem like a challenge to get four band mates on the same page for every musical decision, but after two decades together, Little Big Town say they’re pretty good at operating as a unit. 

In a new installment of The Big Interview, the band tells Dan Rather that over the years, they’ve honed what they call their “collective gut.” Now, the group’s policy is not to make any moves as a band unless they can unanimously agree to do so. 

“We either all have the same feeling this is the right thing to do, and often the gut says this is the wrong thing to do,” quartet member Kimberly Schlapman explains. “If we’re not all collective in that, we don’t do it.” 

“We always said we would check our ego at the door when we started this band, and we did that,” adds Phillip Sweet. “I feel like I’m so rewarded, artistically, by being able to not only create things that I dream individually, but the things we collectively work on together.”

Little Big Town’s interview will air on Wednesday, November 6 at 8PM ET on AXS TV.

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Kacey Musgraves to celebrate the holiday season with festive Amazon Prime TV special

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ABC/Paula LoboIt’s beginning to look a lot like…Kacey Musgraves! The singer has announced plans to release her own Amazon Prime Video holiday special, called The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show

According to Deadline, the variety show will deliver classic holiday cheer with a whimsical, updated twist. 

“My vision was to bring my old Christmas album to life visually and create a modern and fashionable, fresh take on a classic format,” Kacey says. “It’s a nostalgic, Wes Anderson-inspired reimagining of the holidays. It’s heartfelt, funny and most of all, real.” 

The special isn’t Kacey’s first musical foray into the holiday season: In 2016, she dropped her first Christmas album, A Very Kacey Christmas

This time around, though, Kacey’s performances will get an assist from a dazzling, multi-genre lineup of artists and entertainers. Fred Armisen, James Cordon, singer-songwriter superstar Camila Cabello, R&B singer Leon Bridges, pop star Lana Del Rey, actor Zooey DeschanelTroye SivanKendall Jenner and the Radio City Rockettes will all guest star in the special. Also appearing in the special will be Kacey’s very own grandmother. 

The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show will arrive on Amazon Prime on November 29, along with an accompanying soundtrack. Per Deadline, here’s the track list: 

“Let It Snow” featuring James Corden
“Countdown” – Dialogue
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
“Getting Ready” – Dialogue
“Present Without a Bow” featuring Leon Bridges
“Making a List” – Dialogue
“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” featuring Camila Cabello
“(Not So) Silent Night” featuring Fred Armisen
“Christmas Makes Me Cry”
“Amp It Up, Dan” – Dialogue
“Christmas Fail” – Dialogue
“Mele Kalikimaka” featuring Zooey Deschanel
“Cookies” – Dialogue
“Glittery” featuring Troye Sivan
“I’ll Be Home” Intro – Dialogue
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” Featuring Lana Del Rey
“NANA!” – Dialogue
“Ribbons and Bows” featuring the Radio City Rockettes

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Carly Pearce's self-titled second album is coming on Valentine's Day 2020

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Big Machine RecordsCarly Pearce fans already have a date for Valentine’s Day.

The long-awaited, self-titled sophomore album from the “Every Little Thing” hitmaker will finally arrive on February 14.

“So much has happened to me in the last few years,” Carly reflects. “My fans have changed my life and given my music a home in this world.”

“I grew up,” she continues, “let go of things that needed to go, fell in love, fell on my face, went through some hell and found ‘Carly’ fully for the first time EVER.”

Carly and Michael Ray tied the knot in early October, shortly after the loss in September of her longtime collaborator, busbee.

“This record is dedicated to my late producer busbee,” she explains. “It’s the last full record he made and one that I am so very proud of — Thank you for bringing these songs to life. I can’t wait to honor you and hear/see how people connect to what we created.” 

Carly’s second album features her current hit, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” a duet with Lee Brice.  Next week, she competes for New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards.

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