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The Search for Country’s Next Star Gets ‘Real’ With Shania Twain’s New Show

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The Search for Country’s Next Star Gets ‘Real’ With Shania Twain’s New Show
With so many options for music competition shows on television – “The Voice,” “American Idol” and “American’s Got Talent” among them — it’s high time the Country genre got its share of the spotlight. Enter: USA Network’s “Real Country,” a national showcase for promising artists hand-selected by panelists Shania Twain, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen, premiering Nov. 13.

It’s not the first time USA has developed a show for the country music-loving audience, and the network’s previous attempt, “Nashville Star,” had itself a successful six-season run and helped launch Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Chris Young. So what’s different this time around?

The talent on “Real Country” ranges from group performers to established songwriters who come into the show with years of experience, whether penning hits for some of the genre’s most prominent names or touring as working musicians. Each episode features three acts selected by the panelists,
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Jamey Johnson, John Carter Cash Sing at 2018 Sesac Awards

Jamey Johnson, John Carter Cash Sing at 2018 Sesac Awards
The words of Johnny Cash set the tone for the evening at the 2018 Sesac Nashville Music Awards on Sunday, as Jamey Johnson shared the stage with John Carter Cash to open the annual event with “Spirit Rider” from the Forever Words collection. The slow, stately number paired Johnson’s melodic instincts with Cash’s lyrics, while Cash’s son John Carter, who produced the album, stuck mostly to strumming his acoustic guitar while Johnson sang.

Held at the Country Music Hall of Fame with the lights of downtown Nashville serving as the twinkling backdrop,
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The Best Uses of Chris Young Songs in Movies or TV

This kind of goes to show that a person can be famous, well-known and respected and still not be prominent when it comes to having their songs featured in movies and on TV shows. Chris Young is in fact an award-winning country singer and yet looking at his stats he doesn’t have a lot of noted tracks in movies, though he is good at what he does without a doubt. It’s kind of a ruthless business that makes a person pour their heart out without any real guarantee that they’re going to go anywhere, but it is a business after

The Best Uses of Chris Young Songs in Movies or TV
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Why Kane Brown Is Country Music’s New Outcast King

Why Kane Brown Is Country Music’s New Outcast King
In the regimented world of country music — where would-be stars pass through a Music Row boot camp of nights spent at open mics and days spent peddling songs to publishers — Kane Brown, 25, thinks of himself as an outcast. He’s biracial, and came up hard in Tennessee and North Georgia, living with his mom in a car at one point and moving so often he went to five high schools. “I got bullied so much growing up for being a different color in a majority white school,” he says. “I
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Dan + Shay Plot Headlining 2019 Tour

Dan + Shay have announced a new series of headlining tour dates set to begin in early spring 2019. The Cma Award-nominated duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney are currently guests on Chris Young’s Losing Sleep World Tour, which runs through the end of 2018.

After opening 2019 with a handful of dates in the United Kingdom, Dan + Shay will return to the U.S. to launch the new trek, dubbed “Dan + Shay: The Tour,” in New Orleans on February 28th. In total, 19 shows have been announced, with stops including Atlanta,
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See Morgan Evans’ Loop-Savvy ‘Kiss Somebody’ on ‘Today’

See Morgan Evans’ Loop-Savvy ‘Kiss Somebody’ on ‘Today’
Morgan Evans needed only an acoustic guitar, a microphone and his trusty loop pedal for his debut on NBC’s Today show, where he performed his hit “Kiss Somebody.”

The Australian country singer gives one of his signature performances, building his track on the fly, one part at a time. He begins by tapping out a rudimentary drum pattern, adding cymbal sounds with his mouth, then layering rhythmic strums, a bass line and melodic fills with his guitar before singing the first word. He changes things up once he starts the first verse,
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‘Dance Til Dawn’ at 30: The Team Reflects on ‘Unusual Casting Process,’ #MeToo Relevance and DJ Dick

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The spring and summer of 1988 were consumed with a writers’ strike within the film and television industry, but one project that launched in the fall came out of it unscathed: “Dance ‘Til Dawn,” an original television movie about Hoover High’s senior prom first aired on NBC Oct. 23, 1988. The movie was a who’s who of 1980s television — from Kelsey Grammer and Alan Thicke, to Christina Applegate, Tempestt Bledsoe and Tracey Gold — and its multi-generational casting allowed it to be an early pioneer of content aimed at a co-viewing audience. It was also a love letter to Los Angeles, utilizing iconic locations such as the Cocoanut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel as its soundstage. Now, 30 years after its initial release, “Dance ‘Til Dawn” also finds new relevance within the era of #MeToo and Time’s Up.

“The whole idea of a prom was a universal thing for everybody — everybody had
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Grand Ole Opry to Host All-Star Ray Charles Concert With Chris Young, Boyz II Men

Grand Ole Opry to Host All-Star Ray Charles Concert With Chris Young, Boyz II Men
The genre-defying legacy of Ray Charles will be celebrated next month on one of the stages where the late entertainer felt most at home. During a special Monday night presentation of the Grand Ole Opry on October 8th, artists will gather for “An Opry Salute to Ray Charles.” Hosted by Opry member Darius Rucker, the evening will feature Chris Young, Boyz II Men, Brett Eldredge, Cam, Travis Tritt, Lukas Nelson, and others performing songs popularized by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame icon.

The event will be filmed for a
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Kim Kardashian, Activist, Visits White House to Call for Prisoner Freedom

Kim Kardashian’s role as a criminal justice advocate didn’t end when she convinced President Donald Trump to commute Alice Marie Johnson’s life sentence back in June; the reality star and lifestyle mogul has “connected” with Chris Young, another Tennessee prisoner serving a life sentence on drug charges thanks to mandatory-sentencing regulations.

“It’s so unfair,” Kardashian said in an interview on Jason Flom’s Wrongful Conviction podcast. “[Chris Young] is 30 years old. He’s been in for almost 10 years.”

On Wednesday, Kardashian was back at the White House for
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Ex-Judge Says Kim Kardashian West is Very Powerful in Trump's White House

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Ex-Judge Says Kim Kardashian West is Very Powerful in Trump's White House
Kim Kardashian West seems to have a powerful pull over President Trump's administration, and she's using it for good ... according to an ex-judge very connected to her cause. We spoke to former Tennessee judge Kevin Sharp Wednesday in D.C. after his White House meeting with Kim, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and, eventually, the President -- and he says the haters are way off base if they think Kim's only there as window dressing. Sharp
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Kim Kardashian Is Trying To Free Another Wrongfully Convicted Prisoner Serving A Life Sentence For Drugs

She's back at the White House! According to TMZ, Kim Kardashian flew to Washington DC in the middle of the night on Sept. 5 for a face-to-face meeting with President Trump. The Kuwtk star is continuing her prison reform mission — a cause that Kim has passionately advocated for since she learned about Alice Marie Johnson. Alice is a 63-year-old great-grandmother and former inmate who had been serving a life sentence since 1996 when she was convicted of a non-violent, drug-related crime. It was her first offense. Thanks to Kim's lobbying efforts, the president granted Alice clemency on June 6 and now, Kim is hoping to do the same for another inmate named Chris Young. Speaking with Jason Flom, host of the Wrongful Conviction podcast, the-mother-of-three revealed that she spoke on the phone with Chris and promised to fight for his freedom. Chris is 30 years old and has been incarcerated for nearly 10 years. He
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Kim Kardashian Meets Donald Trump On Prison Reform, Freeing Another Prisoner

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Kim Kardashian Meets Donald Trump On Prison Reform, Freeing Another Prisoner
11:35 Am Pt -- Kim just tweeted about the trip, saying, "It started with Ms. Alice, but looking at her and seeing the faces and learning the stories of the men and women I've met inside prisons I knew I couldn't stop at just one. It's time for Real systemic change." It started with Ms. Alice, but looking at her and seeing the faces and learning the stories of the men and women I’ve
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Kim Kardashian West Tries to Free Another Prisoner Serving Life Sentence for Drugs

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Kim Kardashian West Tries to Free Another Prisoner Serving Life Sentence for Drugs
Kim Kardashian West was serious when she said she was going to make prison reform her thing, because she's trying to free another inmate who is serving a life sentence for drug possession. Kim was on the podcast 'Wrongful Conviction' and said her new cause is freeing a guy named Chris Young, a 30-year-old man who is just under 10 years deep into a life sentence for cocaine and weed possession. Kim says she spoke with
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Dustin Lynch to Become Newest Member of Grand Ole Opry

Dustin Lynch to Become Newest Member of Grand Ole Opry
Singer Dustin Lynch’s summer just got a lot better, with an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. Trace Adkins surprised the Tullahoma, Tennessee, native while he was performing on the Opry’s Tuesday night show.

Removing his hat, Lynch was clearly overwhelmed while Adkins spoke. “All the folks at the Grand Ole Opry are very selective,” said Adkins, a 15-year member. “We think that Dustin Lynch is going to carry on in that grand tradition.”

“I can’t even talk or I’ll start crying,” said Lynch, going on to address his team.
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Hear Kane Brown’s Laid-Back New Song ‘Weekend’

Hear Kane Brown’s Laid-Back New Song ‘Weekend’
Kane Brown gets into a laid-back state of mind with his new song “Weekend,” the second taste of an upcoming release that follows current single “Lose It.”

Brown shared the song on Wednesday, promoting it along with scenes from a new video on Twitter. Rather than the maxed-out country-rock of some of his recent releases, it leans on a limber R&B groove that actually breathes, ushered in by a sly burst of dobro and hip hop-style brass hits. He heads into the weekend with a mission for himself and
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Nickelodeon Announces Its First TV Show Created With a Game Engine

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Nickelodeon is embracing real-time production technologies with a new TV show that is being created with a game engine. “Meet the Voxels,” as the show is working-titled, is based on work done at the Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab, the network’s R&D unit for Ar & Vr. It is being developed to air across Nickelodeon’s channels around the world.

“Meet the Voxels” is about the life of a family of video game characters, including a Street Fighter Mom, a bubble-popping teenage girl, a 13-year old who is the star of a laser-tag game, a retired arcade game dad and a younger brother in search of a game franchise of his own.

The show is being written by Jana Petrosini and Sean Gill, who both have previously worked on “Henry Danger,” “Kid Danger” and “Game Shakers.” It was conceived by Chris Young, Svp of of Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab (pictured above
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Nickelodeon to Develop Original Vr/Ar Animated Series ‘Meet the Voxels’

Nickelodeon has long been at the forefront of kids entertainment, especially when it comes to cutting-edge approaches to their animated programming. Today, the network announced the development of Meet the Voxels (working title), an original virtual and augmented reality series conceived by Chris Young, Senior Vice President of Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab. The animated sitcom marks a first for Nickelodeon in its use of next-generation virtual cinema technology, including real-time full body and facial performance capture, bringing an innovative approach to immersive storytelling. Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab is the network’s division established to spearhead long-range …
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Nickelodeon Developing Augmented Reality Series ‘Meet The Voxels’

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Nickelodeon is upping their game when it comes to original programming. The kid-centric cable channel is developing Meet the Voxels (wt), an original virtual and augmented reality series from the mind of Chris Young, Senior Vice President of Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab.

This marks Nickelodeon’s first project that will use its use of cutting-edge virtual cinema technology, including real-time full body and facial performance capture, which takes innovative and immersive storytelling to another level.

Meet the Voxels takes kids behind the scenes of a video game world and follows a family of video-game characters, the Voxels, on their adventures on-and-off-duty. The family members are: Hunter, the 13-year-old star of a laser-tag video game; Maude, a 16-year-old girl fighting to pop as many bubbles as she can;their younger brother Cody who has not found his video game calling yet; Mom, a popular street fighter in her game; and Dad,
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Nickelodeon Developing Animated Series 'Meet the Voxels,' With Vr and Ar Experiences

Nickelodeon is developing an animated sitcom with a working title of Meet the Voxels, which additionally will get a virtual and augmented reality experience.

It is being developed by the Nickelodeon Entertainment Lab, a division aimed at research and development around emerging platforms and new technology. The Lab's senior vp Chris Young conceived the multiplatform project.

Set in the video game world, Meet the Voxels will follow a family of video game characters. At this stage, the Voxels are: Hunter, the 13-year-old star of a laser-tag video game; Maude, a 16-year-old girl fighting to pop as many bubbles ...
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See Dan and Shay’s Passionate ‘Tequila’ on ‘Kimmel’

Country duo Dan + Shay offered up a double shot of tunes on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night, including their intoxicating multi-week Number One, “Tequila.”

Taking a large outdoor stage to play for a responsive Southern California audience, Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney jumped right into their latest chart topper, a smooth pour of crisp-but-warm vocals and nostalgic romance which had the Kimmel crowd singing along from the first chorus. Written by Smyers with Nicolle Galyon and Jordan Reynolds, the Gold-certified track revolves around memories of a love as powerful
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