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Listen now: Luke Bryan unveils the title track of 'Born Here Live Here Die Here'

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Capitol NashvilleYou can check out both the cover and the title track of Luke Bryan’s new album, Born Here Live Here Die Here, via People.com now.

For his cover shot, a smiling, denim-clad Luke straddles a chair in the middle of a smoky warehouse.

As for the title cut of his seventh record, the Georgia native says he “fell in love with the song right away,” and knew he had to cut it.  

“The second I heard ‘Born Here Live Here Die Here’ it related to me,” Luke tells People, “how I grew up, how I have so many roots and so many ties to my hometown. And being tied to your hometown is very important in country music.”

The full Born Here Live Here Die Here set arrives April 24. You’ll be able to stream or download the album’s namesake tune Friday.

On Sunday, Luke kicks off his third season as a judge on American Idol at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Carrie Underwood’s son thinks she’s a 70-year-old, professional laundry-washer in hilarious new post

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ABC/Image Group LAIn a recent social media postCarrie Underwood revealed the hilarious truth of what her four-year-old son, Isaiahreally thinks of her.

The superstar shared a fill-in-the-blank-style story about her that Isaiah wrote, complete with descriptions of her physical appearance, favorite foods and more. 

While some of Isaiah’s answers were pretty accurate — he said his mom was blonde and had brown eyes, for example — others were adorably off-base. He wrote that he thought the 36-year-old Carrie was aged 70, for one thing, and explained that her job was to “wash the laundry.” 

“Soooo…apparently I’m 70 and I’m really good at doing the laundry,” Carrie wrote in the caption of her post. 

Carrie likely has more sweet motherhood mishaps in front of her. In addition to big brother Isaiah, she and her husband, Mike Fisher, welcomed their second baby boy, Jacob, in January of 2019.

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Darius Rucker earns 8X platinum certification, all-time top-five status for “Wagon Wheel”

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Strange Bird MediaIn 2013, Darius Rucker scored a big hit with his version of “Wagon Wheel.”  Seven years later, the song continues to sell: It was just certified for sales of eight million copies.

Now, Darius is the only solo male artist in history to achieve an eight-times-Platinum song. Additionally, “Wagon Wheel” has made the list of the top five best-selling country songs of all time. 

The singer was presented with a commemorative plaque during a surprise celebration of the milestone at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Wednesday. After executives from his label broke the historic news to him, Darius was in shock. 

“I don’t believe you. I don’t believe this! Wow, what a testament to the fans and their love of country music,” he reflected. 

The anthemic singalong began as an unfinished chorus recorded by Bob Dylan in 1973.  25 years after that, the string band Old Crow Medicine Show added some verses and released it as “Wagon Wheel.” But it wasn’t until Darius put his rootsy, infectious spin on the song that it catapulted into the mainstream.

Since Darius kicked off his country career, he’s notched nine chart-topping singles at country radio. Before that, he was best known as the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish; last year, the band reconvened for a new album and a sold-out tour.

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Dan + Shay, Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus are in the running at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

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ABC/Image Group LAThe nominations for the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2020 were unveiled today, and country act Dan + Shay gets a mention in the category of Favorite Music Collaboration. They’re nominated for “10,000 Hours,” their massively popular duet with pop star Justin Bieber

Dan + Shay aren’t the only country names in the Favorite Music Collaboration category: Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus also scored a nod for their 2019 juggernaut, “Old Town Road.”

The latter song has notched a slew of accolades since its release early last year, including, most recently, two Grammy Awards in January. Billy, Nas and a long list of special guests also performed the song in a epic, star-studded moment during the awards show. 

While “10,000 Hours” is a newer release, it’s already on track to become a major career milestone for Dan + Shay. Last month, the song went #1 across multiple country charts, and became the fastest country single of 2019 to earn platinum U.S. certification, with 1,000,000 track equivalents. 

The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2020 will take place on March 22 at 7:30 PM ET, broadcast live from the Forum in Inglewood, California. Chance the Rapper is set to host.

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Amy Grant reveals her heart condition in honor of Heart Health Awareness Month

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Jason Kempin/Getty ImagesAmy Grant is sharing a personal medical diagnosis in hopes that her fans will be inspired to take care of their heart health. 

On social media, the 59-year-old singer revealed that she’s undergone a battery of tests because of a family history of heart disease. Though she isn’t currently ill, the checkup revealed that Amy has had a heart condition since birth.

“The first good news is that I am completely asymptomatic,” Amy reassured her fans, stressing that she feels as healthy as ever. “The second good news is that it’s fixable.”

She went on to say that this summer, she’ll take the focus off of touring and her musical career in order to seek medical treatment for the unspecified heart condition before it becomes a serious issue. Additionally, she’s hoping that her story will inspire fans to make sure their hearts are healthy this Heart Health Awareness Month, which happens every February.

“Instead of camping trips and concerts this summer, I am going to take care of my heart,” she added. “Are you taking care of yours?! Please do.”

Over the recent holiday season, Amy and her Country Music Hall of Famer husband, Vince Gill, wrapped their annual Christmas at the Ryman residency, a 12-date celebration that took place last December at Nashville’s iconic Ryman auditorium.

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