Taylor Swift released her seventh studio album, "Lover", on Friday.

The 18-song set features a notable collaboration with the Dixie Chicks on the new tune, “Soon You’ll Get Better,” which Taylor co-penned about her mom, Andrea, who has been battling cancer.

During a YouTube Live Stream on August 22nd, Taylor revealed the song was “really, really hard to write . . . We as a family decided to put this on the album, and it’s something I’m so proud of, but it’s just really hard. I can’t sing it. It’s hard to just emotionally deal with that song.”

The song features background vocals from the Dixie Chicks, as well as stripped-down banjo and fiddle.

Miranda Lambert has been teasing songs off "Wildcard", her forthcoming album due out November 1st. And on Sunday she posted a photo of her and Maren Morris smiling side by side. The two released "Way Too Pretty for Prison," their first collaboration, just after midnight, today.

"Way Too Pretty for Prison" follows "It All Comes Out in the Wash," Lambert's first single in over a year.

Morris will join Lambert on the last leg of her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour in Charlottesville on Nov. 6. The tour wraps at the Maui Songwriters Festival on December 5th.

Kacey Musgraves celebrated her 31st birthday on Wednesday by seeing Cher's Las Vegas residency show.

Musgraves tweeted a cute clip of her singing along to Cher's hit "Believe," along with the caption "I have no choice I have to cover it".

She even got to meet Cher backstage. Along with their photo together, Musgraves equated meeting Cher on her birthday to the starry-eyed emoji.

Lastly, Musgraves posted a Boomerang of Cher, calling her "a septuagenarian queen." It means a person who is between 70 and 79 years old -- which Cher sure is at 73.  

Vince Gill    “Okie” 

Ty Herndon    “Got It Covered” (reimagined hits and covers of some of his favorite songs; second single: re-recorded version of his 1996 song “Living in a Moment”)

Shannon Lay    “August” (recorded with Ty Segall at his home studio on New York’s East Side)
Midland    “Let It Roll”  

The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys (winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2018 Emerging Artist of the Year award)    “Toil, Tears & Trouble” 

Robert Randolph & The Family Band    “Brighter Days”  

Taylor Swift    “Lover” (18-song album)

Tanya Tucker    “While I’m Livin'” (the country singer’s first original album in 17 years; producers: Brandi Carlile, Shooter Jennings; Target-Exclusive CD, with two extra songs, including a new version of “Delta Dawn”; Walmart-Exclusive CD, with limited-edition photos)

Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride, Gayle Holcomb, Miranda Lambert and Shane McAnally were among the honorees at Wednesday night's 13th Annual ACM Honors in Nashville.

Chris Young opened with Poet's Award winner Rodney Crowell's “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight." Additional performers included Caylee Hammack and Lauren Alaina honoring McBride; Chris Janson offering a tribute to Billy Joe Shaver; Tenille Townes and Maddie & Tae celebrating Kye Fleming; Ashley McBryde, with Chris Harris, honoring Brooks & Dunn; Midland performing a medley of McAnally songs; andKeith Urban joining Gene Weed Milestone Award recipient Lambert for "The House That Built Me." 

Garth Brooks is the recipient of The Inaugural George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award for Caring and Compassion. The award was created to honor individuals who advance solutions to the world's toughest challenges and exemplify the traits of its late founder, the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush. 

Brooks is the co-founder of the Teammates for Kids Foundation, which converts sports statistics into funds for children's charities focused on children's health, education and inner-city outreach. He is also a decade-long volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. 

Brooks will be honored during The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Awards Gala Sept. 26 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City.

Alabama will postpone the remainder of their 50th anniversary tour due to lead singer Randy Owen's ongoing complications with cluster migraines and vertigo.

A release from the band states that they had hoped to continue its record-breaking 50-city tour, but doctors have advised more time is needed for Owen to fully recover.
Alabama kicked off their 50th anniversary tour in January, more than a year after founding member Jeff Cook announced he has Parkinson’s disease. In May, the band added an additional 29 dates to the tour that were scheduled to run through November.
Rescheduled dates for the more than 20 tour stops are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Days after collapsing on stage in Roanoke, Virginia, singer Drake White announced he was diagnosed with an arteriovenous malformation, a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain, in January. He updated fans on Instagram, writing: "I’m gonna keep resting so I can come back stronger than ever."

Dolly Parton will play two sold out shows at the Grand Ole Opry on October 12th in commemoration of her 50th anniversary as an Opry member. And in celebration of Dolly’s golden Opry anniversary, the Opry House will host an exclusive exhibit that features 24 wardrobe pieces Parton wore on stage at the Opry House and Ryman Auditorium over the last 50 years. 
Dubbed “Dolly: My Opry Memories,” the exhibit will run September 3rd – October 31st. The dresses on display in the Opry House’s historic Studio A will include the dress Parton wore on the evening of her Opry induction in 1969, the gown worn to perform a duet with Vince Gill on “I Will Always Love You” in 1995 and the outfit she wore to surprise Reba McEntire during McEntire’s 40th Opry celebration. The exhibit will also include videos of Parton sharing some of her treasured Opry memories as well as performance clips that span the last five decades. 

Packages and tickets will go on sale 10 a.m. Wednesday at www.opry.com, which also lists available tour times. 

Country music icon Dwight Yoakam will make his Encore Theater debut in Las Vegas this December for a six-night residency. "An Evening with Dwight Yoakam & The Bakersfield Beat" will take place between December 4th-14th at the venue inside the Wynn Las Vegas casino.

For this exclusive residency, Yoakam will treat the audience to a musical exploration and storytelling of the history of sounds emerging from Bakersfield, California, beginning with the Dust Bowl era.
Yoakam will perform a variety of the music that influenced and created the Bakersfield and California country-rock genres of country music, from its early beginnings to its commercial zeniths, in addition to his own original music that was shaped and influenced by this legacy.

Yoakam will play shows on December 4, 6, 7, 10, 12 and 14. He will return to the Encore Theater stage in March 2020 for a three-night residency on March 4, 6 and 7. Tickets for the Encore Theater residency go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.