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A 'Lady Like' dilemma leaves "More Hearts Than Mine" hitmaker Ingrid Andress wishing for some "creepy DMs"

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Warner Music NashvilleLady Like, the debut album by Ingrid Andress, arrives today, just as her first single, “More Hearts Than Mine,” is only a couple steps away from the top five. 

The Colorado native’s finding that lots of folks relate to her story about a family who loves her boyfriend every bit as much as she does.

“It’s been crazy hearing everybody’s stories that they have about it,” Ingrid tells ABC Audio. “That’s been the most fun interaction, is people coming up to me and being like, ‘Oh, that’s just like my dad.’ Or like grandparents who come to my shows [and are] like, ‘Oh, this was our story.'”

Ironically, the wholesome hit isn’t necessarily having a positive effect on Ingrid’s actual dating life.

“I get zero creepy DMs…” she laughs. “Nobody’s ever hitting on me, which I’m like, ‘Okay! Can somebody please hit on me and not talk about their family?'”

The singer/songwriter is getting plenty of compliments from male fans, even if they are a bit left-handed.

“It’s really great, because these guys are like, ‘Oh, yeah, I don’t normally listen to female country artists, but I really like your stuff,'” Ingrid explains.

“And I’m just like, ‘Thank you for that. Appreciate it,'” she says with a quizzical smile. “How do I respond to that?”  

Ingrid’s already made history, along with her label mate, Gabby Barrett. “More Hearts Than Mine” and Gabby’s “I Hope” mark the first time in Billboard history two new female country artists have landed their debut singles in the top ten at the same time.

Lady Like is available to stream or download now.

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Blake Shelton is rocking a striped "quarantine mullet" thanks to girlfriend Gwen Stefani

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ABC/Image Group LAWith people staying home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, some artists are getting a little creative with their hair and a pair of scissors.  Days after Pink revealed she gave herself a haircut while drunk,  Blake Shelton turned to his girlfriend Gwen Stefani to give him a makeover.

After declaring on March 17 that he would be spending the entire quarantine period growing his old mullet back, the “God’s Country” singer let Stefani jazz it up on Thursday.

“Quarantine mullet update 3/26/2020,” tweeted Shelton.  “@gwenstefani has decided to take it to the next level.. Stripes.”

He included a short video loop with the announcement, which shows Gwen gently playing with his new hairdo that now sports two noticeable stripes on the side.

 

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Some fans did point out his new style doesn’t exactly scream “mullet” but more like “mohawk” since the hair on top of his head is much longer than the buzzcut on his sides.

That said, with much of quarantined America tuning into Netflix’s latest smash hit Tiger King, fans are urging Shelton to call himself “Blake Exotic,” a nod to the star of the documentary, exotic cat breeder Joe Exotic.  

Shelton revealed that his decision to grow his hair out was inspired by “basically EVERYTHING I had scheduled being canceled” and that he wanted his mullet to be a “symbol of hope or some s*** like that.”

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Lionel Richie on friendship with Kenny Rogers, "he was that guy"

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Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesLionel Richie and Kenny Rogers‘ friendship goes way back — like four decades back. 

Rogers passed away at 81 on Friday, March 20.  In the wake of Rogers’ passing, Richie reminisced about how the two became best buds. In an interview with People, he opened up about writing the No. 1 hit song “Lady” for the country star.

It all started in 1980 when Richie was still a part of the Commodores

“I had written ‘Lady’ for the Commodores, and they didn’t want it,” Richie explained. “‘Kenny wants to have the song,’ they told me.”

“When ‘Lady’ came out, it was an explosion onto the music scene,” he said. “It was a mutual admiration society.”

Thus began a long-lasting friendship and mentorship. 

“Everything that happened in my life, truthfully, from that moment on, had a Kenny Rogers stamp on it. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor,” the American Idol judge revealed. “When I was going through everything, leaving the Commodores, trying to be a solo artist, trying to figure out what that means — he was that guy.”

Richie also shared how Rogers had no qualms in keeping it real with him saying, “‘Listen Lionel, this is what’s going to happen, this is what you’re going to feel.'” 

The 70-year-old “All Night Long” singer added, “Everything I thought was the end of the world, he would start laughing. And would ask him, ‘Why are you laughing? I am telling you something dire.’ And he said, ‘I’m from Houston, Texas. I’m from a poor family. You don’t know what hardship is.'”

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Zac Brown Band’s Coy Bowles is fast-tracking his children’s album in response to COVID-19

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Diego PerníaZac Brown Band bandmate Coy Bowles is planning to release a children’s album, Music for Tiny Humans. According to People, the singer has moved up the release date for his new project in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. 

Now, the record will be available on Friday, more than a month ahead of schedule, in order to “get the music out to the people when they need it most,” the singer says. 

Coy is also a children’s book author, with three published kids’ books to his name. His most recent, When You’re Feeling Sick, came out in 2017. 

Now, he’s adding his musical skills into the equation. “I put more heart and soul and love into this album than anything I’ve ever done professionally,” Coy explains. 

Part of the proceeds from the project will go to Save the Children and MusicCares, two organizations dedicated to supporting those in need through the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, Coy’s project includes a learning kit that he created in partnership with Lakeshore Learning.

“We are all in this together and I want to be part of the positive influence,” the singer added. 

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Brantley Gilbert brings a dose of heat in his flame-filled 'Fire’t Up' music video

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Jeff NelsonBrantley Gilbert is the ringleader of a fiery, hard-rocking “redneck circus” in the music video for his new song, “Fire’t Up.” The clip ups the ante for the country rocker, featuring a fire-breather, a pair of stunt motorcyclists and, of course, plenty of pyrotechnics. 

“It was a good time, man! It was a party all day long,” the singer tells CMT about the shoot. “It was an awesome experience and that’s one video shoot that I would do all over again, several times.”

“Just because we’re all stuck at home doesn’t mean we can’t still Fire’t Up,” Brantley wrote on Instagram, alongside a clip of his new video. The singer had to put the brakes on his 2020 Fire’t Up Tour as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Still, he’s finding creative ways to connect with fans and celebrate the new song. He recently debuted Fire’t Up Fridays, a weekly check-in with his fans over Instagram Live. On tomorrow’s installment, Brantley will be joined by comedian Josh Pray.

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