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You’re going to see this photo and think it’s a hoax. But it’s for real. Photographer Martin Le-May caught a weasel “riding” on the back of a woodpecker in flight. It looks like a whimsical moment straight out of a child’s story book. But it’s actually a life and death moment between a predator and […]

2015 ACM Awards ZinePak to Be Released Exclusively at Walmart March 24

Image Courtesy ACMIn celebration of the upcoming 50th Annual ACM Awards, the Academy of Country Music is releasing a 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak exclusively at Walmart on March 24.

The project includes a magazine with 25 exclusive interviews and memories from the first 49 ACM Awards shows. There's also a two-CD collection geaturing hits from this year's nominees, including Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line, as well as songs from country's hottest new acts.

Only 50,000 copies of the 2015 ACM Awards ZinePak will be produced. It's now available for pre-order at Walmart.com.

The 50th Annual ACM Awards broadcast live on CBS from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, April 19.

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Lineup Revealed for 2015 CMA Music Festival Concerts at Nashville’s LP Field

Image Courtesy Broken Bow RecordsThe lineup for the 2015 CMA Music Festival concerts at Nashville's LP Field has been announced. The performers include Jason Aldean, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Wynonna, Cole Swindell, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town, The Band Perry, and many more.

The CMA Music Festival runs June 11 through 14 in Nashville. It is sold out.

Proceeds from the CMA Music Festival go to the CMA Foundation's efforts to fund music education programs. Thomas Rhett was on hand for a performance of the Nashville Children's Theatre's production of the musical, Jack's Tale. After introducing the play and interacting with some of the students in the audience, Thomas reflected on his experience playing Scrooge in his school's production of A Christmas Carol. That early exposure to live performance gave him a taste of what it's like to connect with a crowd through music.

Thomas tells ABC Radio, "I remember from the time I was four-years-old, dad was always filming me singing 'Achy Breaky Heart' and 'Boot Scootin' Boogie,' and so when it got to a point where I could actually be in front of a lot of people doing anything that had any sort of entertainment value to it -- I tried out for the "Scrooge" part."

He adds, "It definitely opened me up to what that rush felt like to getting out in front of people and kinda just pursuing your talents."

It means a lot for Thomas to be able to help raise money for kids to be exposed to the arts at a young age.

"One of those kids I talked to today may have just been slightly inspired and maybe wanted to sing country music or maybe wanted to sing rock music or pop music," Thomas says. "Watching these guys up on stage doing this play today, maybe it'll inspire them to want to start writing songs or get into acting themselves."

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Shania Twain to Launch First Tour in 11 Years; Says It’ll Be Her Last

Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABCAfter spending the last couple of years doing a residency in Las Vegas, Shania Twain is taking her act on the road.  The Grammy-winning singer is launching her first tour in 11 years -- and she says it'll be her final one.

The Rock This Country tour -- named after a track on Shania's 1997 album, Come On Over -- kicks off in Seattle on June 5 and will visit 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, wrapping up in August.  When it's over, there'll be no more touring, but Shania isn't retiring. She also doesn't plan for the tour to serve as a tearful farewell to her fans: quite the opposite, in fact.

In a statement, Shania says, "This is a celebration tour. It's party time. It's a celebration that after all these years, I can still do it! The Rock This Country Tour will have a different spirit than my past tours."

She adds, "It's the momentum of confidence. The Vegas show was so intense and nerve-wracking because of not being onstage for all those years. So now that I got that out of my system, this tour is all about having fun, letting go and enjoying the new-found attitude." 

To that point, Shania promises a more upbeat show than her Vegas extravaganza.  "There's a lot more punch. It's dynamic and reflects the rockier edge of things, because I have so many electric guitars in my music," she explains. "I'm looking forward to rocking out."

The tour will visit  Boston, Miami, Atlanta, New York City, Nashville and Washington, D.C., among other dates, as well as Shania's native Canada.  She promises fans "a Shania they've never seen before," adding, "A lot of years have gone by and I've got a lot more to share. It's all about looking back together. It's that unified community spirit of 'I remember where I was when I first heard that song.'"

Shania's opening acts include Wes Mack from June 5 through June 28, and then Gavin DeGraw from June 30 through August 23.

Here are Shania's tour dates:

6/5 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena at Seattle Center
6/7 -- Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live! At Rogers Arena
6/9 -- Vancouver, BC, Pepsi Live! At Rogers Arena
6/11 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
6/12 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
6/14 -- Saskatoon, SK,  SaskTel Centre
6/15 -- Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
6/19 -- London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
6/20 -- London, ON, Budweiser Gardens
6/22 -- Hamilton, ON, FirstOntario Centre
6/24 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
6/25 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
6/27 -- Ottawa, ON, Wesley Clover Parks
6/28 -- Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
6/30 -- New York, NY,  Madison Square Garden
7/1 -- Long Island, NY,  Nassau Coliseum
7/3 -- Uncasville, CT,  Mohegan Sun Arena
7/7 -- Newark, NJ, Prudential Center
7/8 -- Boston, MA, TD, Garden
7/10 -- Pittsburgh, PA, CONSOL Energy Center
7/11 -- Grand Rapids, MI, Van Andel Arena
7/13 -- Indianapolis, IN, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
7/15 -- Jacksonville, FL, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
7/16 -- Miami, FL, AmericanAirlines Arena
7/18 -- Greenville, SC, Bon Secours Wellness Arena
7/19 -- Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
7/21 -- Washington, DC, Verizon Center
7/22 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
7/25 -- Auburn Hills, MI, Palace of Auburn Hills
7/26 -- Moline, IL, iWireless Center
7/28 -- Minneapolis, MN, Target Center
7/29 -- Rosemont, IL, Allstate Arena
7/31 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/1 -- Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena
8/3 -- Louisville, KY, KFC Yum! Center
8/4 -- St. Louis, MO, Scottrade Center
8/6 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
8/7 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
8/9 -- Austin, TX, Frank Erwin Center
8/10 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
8/12 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Chesapeake Energy Arena
8/14 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center
8/15 -- Salt Lake City, UT, EnergySolutions Arena
8/17 -- San Jose, CA, SAP Center at San Jose
8/19 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
8/20 -- Los Angeles, CA, STAPLES Center
8/22 -- San Diego, CA, Valley View Casino Center
8/23 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center

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Billy Currington Swears There’s No Love Affair Going on with His “Don’t It” Video Co-Star

Image Courtesy Mercury NashvilleIf you've caught Billy Currington's new video, "Don't It," then you're probably wondering how well Billy knows his beautiful, brunette co-star. The two get very cozy in the romantic clip, but Billy had never seen her before they shot the video in Nashville.

He tells ABC Radio, "I didn't know the girl. I still don't know her. I'll probably never see her again. But for that moment, that day, we had good chemistry. It was easy to do that."

Billy adds, "Hopefully, I made you feel like she's real, and the love was real. It was a good time."

The clip was shot at an old theater in downtown Nashville, but the space isn't used for plays or concerts anymore.

"They actually record music in there sometimes," Billy explains, "but they kind of emptied it out a little bit for us to make that video."

"Don't It" is the lead single from Billy's new studio album, due out later this year.

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