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Hear Tim McGraw's new single 'Lookin' for That Girl' -- EXCLUSIVE

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Thanks to the successful back-to-back runs of “Highway Don’t Care” and “Southern Girl,” Tim McGraw’s comeback is in full swing. And today, the (seriously) chiseled country staple is debuting his latest single, “Lookin’ for That Girl,” here on EW.

The midtempo pop-country track, which goes on sale on iTunes on January 21, is the first from his upcoming album, a follow-up to last year’s Two Lanes of Freedom. “Lookin’ for That Girl” was penned by Jimmy Slater, Chris Tompkins, and Mark Irwin, and it finds McGraw experimenting with some Autotune flourishes as he croons about his quest to find Ms. Right.

Give the song a listen below: READ FULL STORY

Country brodown: Every truck, beer, jeans, moonlight, and 'girl' reference on the current chart

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Just how bro is “bro country” right now? It’s pretty bro, bro.

In case you haven’t heard, the whole country music genre has been fighting a civil war lately over the rise of “bro country” in popular Nashville-produced music. Coined by New York Magazine‘s Jody Rosen, the term “bro country” refers to “music by and of the tatted, gym-toned, party-hearty young American white dude… If [Florida Georgia Line's smash] ‘Cruise’ were a guy at a bar, he would sidle up to the hottest blonde in the room, laugh loudly at his own jokes, and, after crashing and burning with a couple of lame pickup lines, ask, ‘Have you heard this awesome song?’ Whereupon he would whip out his iPhone and dial up the video for Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Cruise.’”

“Cruise” may have crystallized the “bro country” phenomenon — but Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” has become its unofficial representative thanks to Zac Brown, who last month called the No. 1 single the “worst song I’ve ever heard,” and added, “If I hear one more tailgate-in-the-moonlight, daisy dukes song, I’m gonna throw up.” Brown’s not the only star unhappy with the state of modern country music, either — this year, Alan Jackson, Gary Allan, Kacey Musgraves, and Naomi Judd have all spoken out about it as well. (Read more on that here.)

But surely, “bro country” can’t be that widespread. Not every artist is singing about trucks and beers…right?

Actually, it might be worse than you thought. READ FULL STORY

ACM Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The real winners were announced last night at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast you should feel free to weigh in on: READ FULL STORY

Best and Worst 2012: The year in country music

Ah, what a year in music it’s been! Here at EW, we’ve been in retrospective overdrive, looking back at the best and worst albums, singles, lyrics, and soundtracks that 2012 had to offer.

But since I’m already primed to hop onto a plane and head home down South for the holidays, I thought it might be fun to take let my music tastes do the same and take a deep-dive into the country music world. Here’s my take on the year that was — country music style:

BEST: Little Big Town The hard-working quartet has always had the respect of Nashville for their on-point harmonies and sumptuous live performances, so it was nice to see them find true mainstream success in 2012. “Pontoon” was a fresh, tongue-in-cheek summer smash that motorboated all the way to No. 1.

BEST: Eric Church With a sand-papery voice, a trademark baseball cap (which have now officially replaced cowboy hats), a drink in his hand, and some genuinely great melodies, Eric Church joined country’s A-list this year. “Springsteen” was a wide-open crossover hit that gave his confidently country disc Chief the mainstream appeal it deserved. Of course, it didn’t hurt that Chief won the CMA Award for Album of the Year, either. READ FULL STORY

CMA Awards 2012: See the winners here!

Check out all the country stars who took home trophies during tonight’s 46th Annual CMA Awards. Tomorrow morning, you can find a full recap of the show (UPDATE: It’s live now!), but in the meantime, feel free to read TV Critic Ken Tucker’s review of the show, see how EW readers voted for who they thought deserved each award, enjoy Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s funniest jokes, tear up at Blake Shelton and Miranda’s emotional acceptance speech, reflect on Taylor Swift’s Parisian-themed performance, and sound off in the comments below!

Awarded before the show:

Musical Event of the Year: “Feel Like A Rock Star,” Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw

Music Video of the Year: “Red Solo Cup,” Toby Keith

Musician of the Year: Mac McAnally

During the telecast:

Single of the Year: “Pontoon” by Little Big Town

Vocal Duo of the Year: Thompson Square

Song of the Year: “Over You” (written by Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton)

Album of the Year: Chief, Eric Church

New Artist of the Year: Hunter Hayes

Vocal Group of the Year: Little Big Town

Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Entertainer of the Year: Blake Shelton

What did you think of the CMA Award recipients?

More CMA Awards coverage:
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood’s best jokes
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s tearful acceptance speech
Taylor Swift performs ‘Begin Again’ at the CMA Awards

CMA Awards: Eric Church leads noms (and Snoop Dogg's in the house!)

Nominations for the 46th Annual CMA Awards (airing live on Nov. 1 on ABC) were announced this morning on Good Morning America. Eric Church led the way with five nods, including Male Vocalist and Album of the Year, along with Song, Single, and Video of the Year for his hit “Springsteen.” (Not a country music fan? Give that one listen and get back to us.)

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert scored four noms a piece while Taylor Swift, who earned three noms, was the lone female to make the Entertainer of the Year category. Kelly Clarkson’s nom for Female Vocalist of the Year is slightly less of a surprise than Snoop Dogg popping up in Musical Event of the Year (listen to Willie Nelson’s “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” featuring Snoop, Kris Kristofferson, and Jamey Johnson). The full nominees list: READ FULL STORY

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill announce series of Las Vegas shows

For the first time in six years, married country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will be performing together in a long series of shows in Las Vegas this winter.

The mini-residency, dubbed Soul2Soul, will begin on Dec. 7 at the Venetian Hotel and continue over ten nonconsecutive weekends through April of next year.

In a joint statement, the McGraw-Hill duo hinted that these concerts might be the last chance for fans to see them play together. “We are creating a show that will be completely different from what we’ve done before – and might ever do again,” the statement read.

“Everyone will be close,” they added, referring to the scant 1,815 seats available in the Venetian Theater. “So it opens up all kinds of creative possibilities, and we’re looking forward to exploring those so that we can really give our fans something truly special.”

Tickets, which range from $95 all the way up to $295 (or $1,000 for a VIP package), go on presale tomorrow and general sale next Monday.

The dates of their residency are as follows:

READ FULL STORY

ACM Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The real winners were announced last night at the 47th Academy of Country Music Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best hosts: They’re no Brad and Carrie, but Blake Shelton and Reba McEntire (or is it just Reba these days?) maintained a playful rapport and charming competitiveness throughout the telecast. During the opening bit, Blake nailed Taylor Swift’s trademark suprised face while joking about her upcoming perfume. “Oh my gosh! I can’t believe I smell this good!” he imitated as he put his hands to his cheeks. Reba roasted Blake a bit for his old mullet (never forget!), and in return, Blake offered a few barbs about her age — although she’s looking mighty fine at 57! Blake’s humor just ever so slightly delved into the mean territory (I could have done without the Randy Travis and Tim Tebow jokes), but he still garnered big laughs throughout the night. Why is it that country music award shows seem to be the only type that prove hosts can actually be funny? My guess is that they don’t take themselves so dang seriously! READ FULL STORY

ACM Awards: And the winners are...

Below, check out the winners of  the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards:

Song of the Year: “Crazy Girl” by Eli Young Band

Album of the Year: Four the Record by Miranda Lambert

Vocal Group of the Year: Lady Antebellum

Vocal Duo of the Year: Thompson Square

Video of the Year: “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith

Vocal Event of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

Single Record of the Year: “Don’t You Wanna Stay” by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson

New Artist of the Year: Scotty McCreery

Female Vocalist of the Year: Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist of the Year: Blake Shelton

Entertainer of the Year: Taylor Swift

To see the entire list, including industry, radio, and instrumentalist awards, check out the complete winners list at the official ACM website.

Tim McGraw, Jennifer Nettles, Luke Bryan, and Sara Evans to join 'Lionel Richie and Friends in Concert' -- EXCLUSIVE

Lionel Richie’s got once, twice, three times the friends you do.

As previously reported, CBS will be airing ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends in Concert after the Academy of Country Music Awards telecast April 13.

And while the special event already boasted an impressive roster of country stars — including Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Kenny Rogers, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, and Martina McBride — it turns out there are even more guests waiting in the wings.

Luke Bryan, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw, and Jennifer Nettles are the night’s newest additions, the ACM and Dick Clark Productions announced today.

The concert will feature a variety of offerings, from solo performances to duets with the man of the hour. Naturally, a whole bunch of Richie hits from the man’s upcoming country duets album Tuskegee, due March 26, will be addressed throughout the night; here’s a peek at the itinerary:

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