Adele Pegs Chris Stapleton as Dream Duet Partner

Adele popped in for Vogue’s popular “73 Questions” this week and namedropped one of country music’s biggest – and currently quietest stars: Chris Stapleton.

Adele, who recently released her new song “Easy on Me,” revealed during the Q&A that pop songs are “all about the hooks,” London is her favorite city to play and there’s no cure for stage freight. She also shared her best piece of advice: “Keep your heart safe and your music dangerous.”

And she told fans that a wad of Celine Dion’s chewed gum is her most prized possession.

If she had stopped at the typical 73 questions instead of pushing to 95, we wouldn’t have learned that Stapleton is her dream duet! For emphasis, she added, “whoa,” when she said his name. The question came near the end of the interview.

Unfortunately for Adele and Stapleton’s other fans, he isn’t singing with anyone at the moment. Laryngitis forced Stapleton to cancel several weekend shows.

He did, however, recently record with one diva – Kelly Clarkson. Stapleton joins Clarkson to sing “Glow” on her new holiday album “Christmas Comes Around.”

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Jessie James Decker Celebrates EP at Justin Timberlake’s Bar, Reveals Tour

Jessie James Decker doesn’t shy away from sharing her personal life on social media – and she isn’t coy on her new EP, either.
Decker’s “The Woman I’ve Become” is out now.

“The Woman I’ve Become is unlike any record I’ve ever created,” Decker said in a statement. “It’s a true transition from the young girl I was to the woman I have become. I’ve never been this vulnerable before. I think life changes and growth have made me confident enough to show that vulnerable side.”
Decker, who is married to former football pro Eric Decker, celebrated her EP’s release with a party at Justin Timberlake’s The Twelve Thirty Club rooftop on Lower Broadway in Nashville. Executives from her record label Warner Music Nashville, Big Yellow Dog, her management office, agents, friends, family, and more gathered for the outdoor event. Decker performed “Should Have Known Better,” which has already accumulated 5.5 million global streams, “Tell You Enough” and “I Need A Man,” among others.

Friday Decker revealed plans for an early summer tour that includes a headlining stop at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on April 28.

The Woman I Am Tour Dates:

Thursday, April 14, 2022 // Detroit, MI // The Fillmore Detroit
Friday, April 15, 2022 // Columbus, OH // Express Live! Indoor Pavilion
Saturday, April 16, 2022 // Toronto, ON // HISTORY
Thursday, April 28, 2022 // Nashville, TN // Ryman Auditorium
Friday, April 29, 2022 // Rosemont, IL // Joe’s Live
Saturday, April 30, 2022 // Minneapolis, MN // Palace Theatre
Sunday, May 1, 2022 // Milwaukee, WI // The Rave
Thursday, May 5, 2022 // Jacksonville, FL // Florida Theater
Friday, May 6, 2022 // Clearwater, FL // Ruth Eckerd Hall
Saturday, May 7, 2022 // Atlanta, GA // Tabernacle
Thursday, May 12, 2022 // Glenside, PA // Keswick Theatre
Friday, May 13, 2022 // New York, NY // The Rooftop at Pier 17
Saturday, May 14, 2022 // Boston, MA // House of Blues
Sunday, May 15, 2022 // Washington, DC // Warner Theatre
Thursday, May 19, 2022 // Baton Rouge, LA // The Texas Club Baton Rouge
Friday, May 20, 2022 // Houston, TX // House of Blues
Saturday, May 21, 2022 // Dallas, TX // AT&T Performing Arts Center
Sunday, May 22, 2022 // Kansas City, MO // Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
Thursday, May 26, 2022 // Tempe, AZ // Marquee Theatre
Friday, May 27, 2022 // Las Vegas, NV // Brooklyn Bowl
Saturday, May 28, 2022 // Los Angeles, CA // The Novo
Sunday, May 29, 2022 // San Diego, CA // Humphreys Concerts by the Bay
Friday, June 3, 2022 // Sandy, UT // Sandy Amphitheater
Saturday, June 4, 2022 // Denver, CO // Mission Ballroom

Jessie James Decker + Kittenish Presale: 10 a.m. Oct. 26– 10 p.m. Oct. 28
Local Presale: 10 a.m.– 10 p.m. Oct. 28
Public on sale: 10 a.m. Oct. 29

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Jimmie Allen Adds New Duet Partner – Sir Elton John

Jimmie Allen not only waltzed his way into the hearts of “Dancing with the Stars” viewers this fall, he also captivated Sir Elton John. But not with his dance moves. The unlikely pair duet on “Beauty in the Bones” on John’s new album “The Lockdown Sessions” is out now.

“I have been (an) Elton John fan for as long as I remember,” Allen said on social media. “One of my ultimate dreams was to work with him.. IT HAPPENED!”
Allen co-wrote “Beauty in the Bones” with Taylor Bird and Phil Bentley.

The duet is one of 16 collaborations on the project, and Allen joins Glen Campbell as the only country artists featured. Other guests include Brandi Carlile, Dua Lipa, Stevie Nicks, Charlie Puth, Young Thug & Nicki Minaj, Lil Nas X, Eddie Vedder, Stevie Wonder, Miley Cyrus and more.

“The last thing I expected to do in lockdown was make an album,” John said in a statement. “But as the pandemic went on, one-off projects kept cropping up. All the tracks I worked on were really interesting and diverse stuff that was completely different to anything I’m known for, stuff that took me out of my comfort zone and into completely new territory.”
Allen discovered a thing or two about new territory, too, recently. He and his professional dance partner Emma Slater are still going strong on “Dancing with the Stars,” which airs 8/7 c Mondays on ABC. His wife Alexis just gave birth to the couple’s second daughter. The singer is nominated for New Artist of the Year at the CMA Awards on Nov. 10, and his duet with Brad Paisley “Freedom was a Highway” is nearing the Top 10 at country radio.

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The Roundup: New Music From Lady A, Parker McCollum, Jimmie Allen, And More

This week, CMT’s Weekly Roundup of new hits features some long-awaited fourth quarter of 2021 hits from seasoned stars and much-anticipated upstarts.

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Lady A feat. Carly Pearce, Darius Rucker, and Thomas Rhett – Friends Don’t Let Friends

Lady A continues the push for What a Song Can Do, their eighth studio album, with mega-collaboration “Friends Don’t Let Friends,” featuring Carly Pearce, Darius Rucker, and Thomas Rhett. Yes, six people on one collaboration is epic. But amongst friends, splitting the load and carrying the weight is accomplished well on the track. “Friends don’t let friends drink alone… it’s true! Loved getting to collaborate with some of our friends on the upcoming record,” noted the trio via Instagram. Regarding recording the album project, Charles Kelley notes via a press release, “We’ve rediscovered our purpose, and it’s to entertain and spread a positive message – I really truly believe that. I want our legacy to be songs that make people feel good. But, I also think there’s more to our story that hasn’t been written yet.”

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Parker McCollum – Blanco Country Rain

The self-described “Gold Chain Cowboy” ’s latest is a bonus track from his recent album. The rocking country track breaks down how emotionally guarded men are still able to feel heartache and pain. Regarding his indie-to-mainstream grind to success, McCollum told Apple Music’s Kelleigh Banner recently, “I wanted to do it the hard way. I really wanted to earn it. I didn’t want anybody to be able to say anybody bought me anything,” discussing how he put a band together, recorded music, and toured on his own before getting an offer from every major Nashville-based label. Bannen adds, [Parker McCollum] is one of those rare artists who has been able to translate serious regional fame into mainstream success without compromising his core artistic identity.”

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Jimmie Allen – My Voice Is A Trumpet

Newly-minted father of three and TV dancing star Jimmie Allen’s latest shares a name with the title of his just-released children’s book author debut. Advising children to “be kind” and “put a smile on someone’s face” falls right in line with the rest of the offerings in his youthful creative output. Regarding his book, Allen notes via a press release, “It’s very important to me that kids learn at a young age that they have a voice, and that it is powerful. It is up to us as adults to teach them to use their voice to encourage and show love. I’m hoping this book inspires at least one child and they always remember their voice is a trumpet.”

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Dillon Carmichael – Son Of A

Dillon Carmichael continues his string of solid singles with the new track “Son Of A.” The heartstrings get pulled, and tears jerked as he notes that he’s a “son of a mama and son of a dad, who will never stop loving [him] and giving [him] everything they have.” Regarding his inspirations for being able not to leave a dry eye in the house, he notes in a recent interview, “The inspiration behind why I do [what I do]… I grew up in the ’90s, so I love ’90s country. I love that you can make people smile, you can make people get in their emotions. That roller coaster ride is what I’m all about when it comes to songwriting.”

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Tenille Arts – Growing Old Young

Recent Mediabase chart-topper and CMT 2021 Next Women of Country member Tenille Arts returns with her latest single, “Growing Old Young.” The bittersweet buffets and blows of heartbreak are detailed in the well-written track. Regarding this single, as well as the rest of her album Girl to Girl, Arts notes via a press release, “These are songs I wish I had when I was 15 and 16 years old. I wanted to write these like a big sister and share my experiences in hopes that people would feel less alone. Whether you’re 15 years old, my age, or older, I want you to feel seen. I want you to dance to these songs, cry to them, and feel all the feels!”