Lori McKenna will release new acoustic versions of two songs from her "Bittertown" album, "Bible Song" and "Stealing Kisses," on July 24, in honor of the album's 15th-year anniversary.  

The songs also will appear on limited edition 7" vinyl along with speciality merch which will be available for purchase at six performances of the album this summer. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, May 23rd at 10 a.m. local time.

A Nashville-based country singer is suing Live Nation for $25 million alleging the touring giant stole her idea of an all-female music festival, but several artists that were said to be headlining her inaugural Zenitheve Music Festival say they never agreed to perform at the Chicago event.

In a lawsuit filed in Davidson County, Tennessee, circuit court, Rae Solomon claims the world’s largest concert promoter stole the concept for her all-female lineup, which included Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Lauren Alaina and Lindsay Ell. Those artists are opening the first day of Live Nation’s 2019 Country LakeShake Festival in Chicago June 21-23.
 
Management teams from Lambert, Morris and Ell each confirmed to Billboard they had no knowledge of Zenitheve Music Festival and had not been booked to perform.  

If none of these women were scheduled to play Zenitheve, like Solomon initially claimed, did Live Nation really steal the idea of an all-female festival lineup? The five artists addressed in her initial suit remain festival mainstays and represent a select few female artists getting played on country radio. 

Solomon's lawsuit alleges that while in discussions with Live Nation’s Women Nation Fund she was asked to provide a list of acts she was pursuing for her own festival. Three of the five names she provided denied involvement-- weakening her argument.

In November when Live Nation announced its fifth-annual LakeShake festival, which includes an all-female lineup for its first day, Solomon was quick to argue theft. Her suit alleges, “the opening day of the Country LakeShake is, essentially, a mirror image of Zenitheve.”
 
Following Live Nation’s festival announcement, Solomon claims investors in Zenitheve then backed out, “citing the direct competition from Live Nation.” Without the ability to secure new investors, Solomon says in the suit that she could not move forward with Zenitheve. She then issued a lawsuit to the concert promoter on May 7, 2019, for “Live Nation’s fraudulent misrepresentations about the nature of their supporting Zenitheve.”

Solomon’s lawyer is asking for a jury to take the case, for `compensatory damages of $25 million, as well as punitive damages and litigation costs.

Chris Stapleton joined pop star P!nk on stage during her sold-out show at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday (May 21) to perform the live debut of their new song, “Love Me Anyway.”

The duet is featured on Pink’s new album, "Hurts 2B Human".  

If the Academy of Country Music's Industry Awards are any indication, Nashville is living up to its Music City moniker.

The Academy revealed the winners of the ACM Industry and Studio Recording Awards on May 20, and Nashville sites swept the three Venue of the Year categories: Ryman Auditorium (small capacity), Ascend Amphitheater (medium capacity) and Bridgestone Arena (large capacity).

The Nashville venues will be recognized during the 13th annual ACM Honors ceremony, an evening dedicated to the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 54th ACM Awards on August 21 at the Ryman Auditorium.

Below is a complete list of the Industry and Studio Recording Award winners for the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Industry Award Winners
Casino of the Year | Small Capacity: Choctaw Casino & Resort | Durant, Ok
Casino of the Year | Large Capacity: Mohegan Sun Arena | Uncasville, Ct
Don Romeo Talent Buyer of the Year: Nicole More | Wilson Events, Inc.
Festival of the Year: Faster Horses | Brooklyn, Mi
Nightclub of the Year: Joe's on Weed St | Chicago, Il
Promoter of the Year: Ed Warm | Joe's Bar
Venue of the Year | Small Capacity: Ryman Auditorium | Nashville, Tn
Venue of the Year | Medium Capacity: Ascend Amphitheater | Nashville, Tn
Venue of the Year | Large Capacity: Bridgestone Arena | Nashville, Tn

Studio Recording Award Winners
Bass Player of the Year | Glenn Worf
Drummer of the Year | Matt Chamberlain
Guitar Player of the Year | Derek Wells
Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year | Dave Cohen
Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year | Ilya Toshinskiy
Steel Guitar Player of the Year | Mike Johnson
Audio Engineer of the Year | F Reid Shippen
Producer of the Year | Jay Joyce

The Academy of Country Music Industry Awards are voted on by all professional members of the Academy. The Studio Recording Awards are voted on by professional members of the Academy classified in the artist-entertainer/musician-bandleader-instrumentalist categories and the producer-engineer-studio manager sub-category.

Jason Aldean's 3-month-old baby girl, Navy, was rushed to the emergency room on Monday morning after her temperature spiked to 104 degrees.

After a weekend spent touring in Maryland and New Jersey, the family came home, but overnight Navy got very sick, so the singer and his wife Brittany decided to take her to the emergency room at 4:30AM. Doctors sent her home that day, but on Tuesday, the crew went back.
 
Aldean says, "Basically she had like a stomach bug that caused a lot of vomiting and other stuff and turned into like a UTI (urinary tract infection) that got infected, making her have a fever and all that kind of stuff. So it's kinda been a crazy, rough week for her, but we finally got her with some antibiotics through an IV — like really strong stuff — so she turned a corner."
 
Navy was slated to go home as he talked to media in Nashville on Wednesday (May 22).  Brittany Aldean's Instagram Stories shows a photo posted around 3PM CT from the hospital.

Garth Brooks performed in front of more than 75,000 fans at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field over the weekend, making it the biggest ticketed show in the history of the Steel City. The previous record was set during the Pitt vs. Penn State football game in 2016 with 69,983 tickets sold.

The Pittsburgh show follows Garth’s previously sold-out concerts in St. Louis, Glendale, Gainseville and Minneapolis. Upcoming sold-out shows include Denver (June 8), Eugene (June 29) and Boise (July 20).

Luke Combs will release a new five-song EP, "The Prequel", on June 7th.

The album’s lead single, “Beer Never Broke My Heart" is currently #15 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart after two weeks. "The Prequel" features four additional songs that Luke co-wrote, inclduing “Refrigerator Door,” “Even Though I’m Leaving,” “Lovin’ On You” and “Moon Over Mexico.”

Jon Pardi will kick off his headlining Heartache Medication Tour with back-to-back shows at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium October 1st and 2nd.  Riley Green will join him on select dates. 

 

Eli Young Band has scored its fourth #1 single with “Love Ain’t”.

The song is the band’s first #1 single since “Drunk Last Night” topped the charts more than five years ago in December 2013.

Brooks & Dunn is teaming up with the next generation of country singers for “CMT Crossroads: Brooks & Dunn and Friends.” The hour-long special will tape 8:30 p.m. June 4th in downtown Nashville.  

For the show, CMT will pair the duo with new artists including Brett Young, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, LANCO, Luke Combs and Midland, all of whom are featured on Brooks & Dunn’s new collaboration album “REBOOT.”  
 
The special will premiere 9 p.m. June 28th on CMT.

Thomas Rhett is gearing up for the release of his upcoming fourth studio album, Center Point Road, which will drop on May 31st. The 16-song album takes its name from the street in his Tennessee hometown that shaped much of TR's life experiences.

TR co-penned every track on the album, which also features a number of collaborations, including Kelsea Ballerini ("Center Point Road"), Little Big Town ("Don't Threaten Me With a Good Time") and Jon Pardi ("Beer Can't Fix"), which is available now.

Penned by TR, Julian Bunetta, Zach Skelton and Ryan Tedder, "Beer Can't Fix" was inspired by a golf outing.

"I was playing golf with one of my producers, Julian Bunetta, in Knoxville and we were both playing terribly, so we decided to drink a beer and suddenly we both started playing much better," Thomas Rhett says. "Julian looked at me and said 'Well, ain't nothing a beer can't fix' and we both were like, 'We have to write that.' As soon as it was done I knew I wanted Jon on it. It's basically about not taking life too seriously, and I just knew Jon's voice would be the perfect addition to the song."

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