Little Big Town and Faith Hill Rank Among Top Shazamed Moments at “Billboard” Music Awards

Ethan Miller/Getty Images for ABCLittle Big Town and Faith Hill's performance of "Girl Crush" on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards had lots of viewers whipping out their mobile phones to find out more about the song. The song-search app Shazam ranked "Girl Crush" at #5 on their list of "Top Shazamed Moments" of the night, beating out searches for performances from Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson and more. Ed Sheeran topped Shazam's list with his solo performance of "Bloodstream."

LBT and Faith earned a standing ovation for their Billboard Music Awards performance. The rare musical performance from Faith coincides with her return to the big screen in the gritty indie film, Dixieland.

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Jon Pardi Getting Unreleased Songs Out to His Fans on New EP, “The B Sides 2011-2014”

Image Courtesy UMG NashvilleJon Pardi is busy working on the follow up to his 2014 debut album, Write You a Song, but he had a few unreleased tracks from that first project he really wanted to share with the fans. That's why he's releasing the six-song EP, The B Sides 2011 - 2014, to all digital outlets this week.

Jon tells ABC Radio, "I thought it'd be cool if we got this little project as something to kind of give the fans in between the first and second album."

Some of the songs on The B-Sides were written seven years ago, but Jon hasn't gotten tired of hearing those tracks or singing them in concert.

"I'm excited to see what a fresh listen will [do]," Jon says. "You never know what song's gonna be a fan favorite or something."

Here's The B Sides 2011-2014 track listing:

"Fightin' the Fool"
"Over My Head"
"Drinkin' with Me"
"Back on the Backroads"
"Rainy Night Song"
"Borrowed Time"

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhich Kacey Musgraves single won Song of the Year at last November's CMA Awards? ANSWER: "Follow Your Arrow."

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEric Paslay is a co-writer on Steven Tyler's debut country single, "Love Is Your Name."

Laura Bell Bundy will release her new album, Another Piece of Me, on June 9.

Tim McGraw appears on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday to talk about his role in the new movie, Tomorrowland.

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Kelsea Ballerini Gives a Voice to Her Female Fans on Debut Album, “The First Time”

Black River EntertainmentKelsea Ballerini had a hand in writing every song on her debut album, The First Time, including the lead single, "Love Me Like You Mean It." While she considered cutting a few songs by other writers around Nashville, Kelsea ultimately decided recording her own songs would be the best way to introduce herself to country fans.

She tells ABC Radio, "I wanted it to be the best album that it could be, but I also wanted it to be my album. I've been writing since I was 12. I signed my publishing deal with 240 songs, so I just had a ton to sort through."

The result is a collection of songs that capture Kelsea's confident approach to life while also showing her vulnerable side on songs like "Second Hand Smoke," which addresses her parents' divorce. Even when the subject matter is sad, Kelsea works to include a twist in the lyrics to provide a positive spin on things for both the singer and her audience.

"I am a girl. I struggle with insecurities all day, every day," Kelsea admits, "but even when I get to sing these songs, it helps me to remember to be confident and remember to stand up for myself and that kind of stuff. But I think it's really important for girls to have that voice, and I just kinda want to be that for them."

Kelsea's empowering message is getting across through her debut hit, "Love Me Like You Mean It." As the song hits the top 10 at country radio, Kelsea is amazed to hear fans singing every word of the song during her concerts.

She says, "I mean, it's my first single. It's my first time experiencing all of this. So, that's all you could ever ask for."

The First Time is now available in stores and at all digital outlets.

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