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  • Mark Gray, ‘80s Hitmaker, Dead at 64 December 4, 2016
    Songwriter and recording artist Mark Gray died Friday (Dec. 2) in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was 64. Among the No. 1 songs he co-wrote were Alabama’s “Take Me Down” and “The Closer You Get” and Janie Fricke’s “It Ain’t Easy Being Easy,” as well as his own Top 10 hits, “Left Side of the Bed” and... […]
  • Granger Smith Hospitalized After Stage Fall December 3, 2016
    Granger Smith has been admitted to a trauma center in Brunswick, New Jersey, after crashing off the stage mid-show at Sayreville’s Starland Ballroom on Friday night (Dec. 2). Video footage online shows that Smith was standing on a monitor when it gave way, causing him to crash off the stage and into a metal barricade.... […]
  • World Premiere Video: Dustin Lynch Is “Seein’ Red” December 3, 2016
    Don’t worry. Dustin Lynch isn’t mad. His new single “Seein’ Red” is not about getting angry. It’s about getting frisky! He’s seeing red, all right, but on the high heels, party dress and lips of a beautiful woman. Pretty clever, really. And it’s so catchy, you’ll be singing it for the rest of the day.... […]
  • Cole Swindell Wouldn’t Be Here Without ’90s Country December 3, 2016
    When Cole Swindell was 11, and his parents were going through a divorce, he fell in love with country music. More specifically, a country song about a divorce. “Looking back, I remember the moment I knew I loved country music. It was when I heard Clay Walker’s ‘This Woman and This Man,’” Swindell told me... […]
  • Alicia Keys and Maren Morris Share Mutual Love of Soul on CMT Crossroads December 2, 2016
    While taping the newest episode of CMT Crossroads, hearing Alicia Keys sing her original lyrics was a surreal feeling for Maren Morris. “It’s cool to see an artist that is so iconic in her own right — in every right really — singing words that I wrote in a dark studio somewhere a year or... […]