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In this age of on-demand listening, terrestrial and satellite radio remain the key power players in making or breaking a star.

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Pictured (L-R): Jon Nite, Jimmy Robbins, Bob Kingsley, Chris DeStefano

For the fourth consecutive year, "Bob Kingsley's Acoustic Alley" returned to Country Radio Seminar (CRS) this past week in Nashville with an all-star lineup of hit songwriters.

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Tim McGraw performs in Los Angeles in November 2014. His single "Shotgun Rider" recently marked four weeks atop the Billboard Country Airplay chart. Mark Davis/WireImage

It's been more than 20 years since Tim McGraw first scored a Number One hit with his Conway Twitty-esque ballad "Don't Take the Girl," and the success of "Shotgun Rider," off of 2014's Sundown Heaven Town, is proving the sun's not nearly set on this country star's radio domination.

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When you have Brett Eldredge, Thomas Rhett, Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell, Tyler Farr, Dan + Shay, Kip Moore and Chase Rice in the same category, it’s a challenge to name a Top 3.

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Sexy songs play a big role in country music. Need a romantic ballad to put you in the mood? Looking for just the right hit to crank up the heat?

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Seven-time GRAMMY nominated singer gives a rare peek behind the curtain on The Outsiders World Tour!

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The Band Perry are looking to help up-and-coming artists further their musical careers.

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Grand Marshal Luke – we liked the sound of that! Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline headed south to New Orleans where he took the helm at the Krewe of Endymion parade.

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Since 1959, “Music’s Biggest Night” — the Grammy Awards — has featured the world’s top artists in every musical genre, from pop and R&B to country, bluegrass, folk and Americana.

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Pictured: Pete Fisher (Grand Ole Opry Vice President & General Manager), Joe Galante (honoree), Bob Kingsley, and Kenny Chesney. Photo by Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry

The stars all showed up on Tuesday night (Feb. 10) to honor one of the most influential industry executives in country music.

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Country music has some great love songs in its repertoire, but even more romantic than tracks like ‘Through the Years,’ ‘You’re Still the One’ or ‘Forever and Ever, Amen’, are the real-life love stories of country stars.

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The funniest and most poignant lines from CMA winners over the years

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At every level and in often unexpected ways, his truths are expressed in melody, lyrics, hooks and sounds … but his reality goes even deeper than that.

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‘Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical’, a new musical comedy lovingly (and loosely) inspired by the classic TV series, will get the Broadway treatment when it has its eagerly awaited World Premiere this fall at Dallas Theater Center.

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From a hard-rocking group of country boys to a vocalist who may be the next Carrie Underwood.

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Only two 2015 ACM Award nominees for Entertainer of the Year were nominated in 2014.

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Sugarland singer, solo artist and CMA Country Christmas host, Jennifer Nettles already knows how to put on a show. But taking on Broadway has been a challenge unlike any other, the singer admits.

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Glen Campbell recorded his final song, ‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You,’ in January of 2013, as the effects of Alzheimer’s were robbing him of his abilities to sing, play guitar and complete daily tasks.

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Okay, so maybe it's more "mutual respect for each other as artists" and less bromance, but Keith Urban and Eric Church sure do make beautiful music together.

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Ronnie Dunn tweeted “Word of mouth is king”…and he’s right.

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Platinum-seller Billy Currington is a Special Guest, along with new-comer Chase Bryant who will join too.

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Love songs have been around ever since people starting writing songs. After all, it’s a universal subject.

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If you follow Brian Kelley from Florida Georgia Line on social media, then you know he is not shy about sharing his relationship with his wife Brittney.

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Carrie by Jeremy Cowart/Schmidt Relations; Florida Georgia Line by Jeff Neira/FOX

There will be no shortage of country music during the summer of 2015, that’s for sure.

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In 2012, Taylor Swift‘s ‘Mean’ took home the Best Country Solo Performance prize; 2013 was Carrie Underwood‘s year with ‘Blown Away;’ and Darius Rucker nabbed the award last year.

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Continue reading because we have Dolly—in her own words—about seeing the good in people…plus three myths about Dolly…de-bunked! 

The Network is to Develop Slate of Two-Hour Movies With Legendary Country Icon as Producer.

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You may know about some of these singer-songwriter-musicians’ time in front of the camera, or you may learn something new here today.

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