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Dierks Bentley and More Added to ACM Party for a Cause Songwriter Showcase

Dierks Bentley and Cam have been added to the lineup for the ACM Party for a Cause Songwriter Showcase, which is set to take place in Las Vegas on March 31.

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Chuck Wicks Returns to Airwaves After Car Accident

It has been over three weeks since Chuck Wicks and members of the America's Morning Show were involved in a car accident that lead to the singer being hospitalized, but Wicks returned to the air on Thursday (March 22).

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See Highlights From Garth Brooks' Big Weekend at SXSW [Pictures]

Garth Brooks didn't get much rest during the recent SXSW music and media festival in Austin. The country superstar dropped a new single, gave an important speech and even surprised fans with a one-of-a-kind intimate acoustic performance.

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'No Scrubs' writers get added to Sheeran hit 'Shape of You'

The songwriters behind TLC's 1999 megahit "No Scrubs" are now listed as co-writers of Ed Sheeran's No. 1 hit "Shape of You."

On the website for performance rights organization ASCAP, Kandi Burruss, Tameka Cottle aka Tiny and Kevin Briggs have been added as co-writers of "Shape of You," co-written by Sheeran, Steve Mac and John McDaid.

"Shape of You" is currently on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Representatives for Sheeran and ASCAP didn't immediately respond to emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.

Burruss and Tiny were members of the R&B girl group Xscape. Burruss, also a reality star on Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," posted about the news Sunday on her Instagram page.

"To be a part of such a great song is a blessing," Tiny, in an email to The Associated Press, said of being added to the "Shape of You" songwriters.

Last year The Chainsmokers' ubiquitous No. 1 hit, the Grammy-nominated "Closer," extended writing to two members of The Fray because of similarities to the band's 2005 hit, "Over My Head (Cable Car)."

In 2015, a jury awarded Marvin Gaye's children $7.4 million after finding Robin Thicke and Pharrell's "Blurred Lines" copied their father's hit "Got to Give It Up." A judge later cut the verdict to $5.3 million.

That was the same year Sam Smith gave Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne writing credit on his Grammy-winning hit "Stay With Me" after some said it sounded like Petty's 1989 song, "I Won't Back Down," and Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, for their worldwide, Grammy-winning "Uptown Funk," extended credit to the five writers of Gap Band's 1979 hit "Oops Upside Your Head."

"Shape of You" has spent almost two months at No. 1 on the Hot 100. The song set the record for the most one-day streams on Spotify with 10,123,630 streams.

"No Scrubs" had a big pop culture moment in the late '90s. It also reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned a Grammy for TLC.


AP Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. in Atlanta contributed to this report.

Blake Shelton Gets a Kiss From 70-Year-Old Fan in Concert [Watch]

Blake Shelton granted one 70-year-old woman her birthday wish recently when he allowed her to plant a big kiss on his cheek in concert.

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RaeLynn Honors Husband Josh Davis With Song on 'Wildhorse'

There's a song on RaeLynn's new Wildhorse album that she struggles to sing live. During "Diamonds" she takes a moment to honor her husband Josh Davis, who's currently in boot camp. Continue reading…

Review: Even 'Middle of the Road' a blast with Eric Gales

There's nothing bland about "Middle of the Road," former teenage prodigy Eric Gales' 15th studio album ripe with funky blues-rock and blazing guitars.

Lyrically rooted in Gales' sobering up, the disc features guest spots by Gary Clark Jr. and older brother Eugene; a songwriting collaboration with Lauryn Hill; and a Freddie King cover.

Gales, whose playing of a right-handed guitar upside down and left-handed has to be seen to be fully appreciated, also performs bass duties, joined by his wife, LaDonna Gales, on soulful backing vocals.

Opener "Good Time" is secular gospel with a magnetic guitar riff, pure energy and passion. His sobriety and new outlook on life are present already in track two, "Change In Me (The Rebirth)," where Gales makes his mea culpa clear — "I got tired of doin' bad, now I'm doin' good."

Clark Jr. joins Gales on "Boogie Man," a song recorded by King, and Gales said Hill's help was crucial with "Been So Long," another of the songs with a positive mindset.

Gales takes Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, a 16-year-old guitarist from Mississippi, under his wings on "Help Yourself," while his own erstwhile mentor, older brother Eugene Gales, wrote and plays guitar on "Repetition."

Instrumental "Swamp" ends the album, a wild guitar tour-de-force that Gales describes as a "jam band, church-oriented sort of song." Even if taken as an expression of diversity in worship, it will sound just as formidable to non-believers.

Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett + More Added to 2017 ACM Awards Performers

Keith Urban and Thomas Rhett are just two of the superstar names that have been added to the list of performers at the 2017 ACM Awards.

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Faith Hill Embracing Smile Lines, Turning 50 in 2017

It’s a milestone year for Faith Hill. The singer turns 50 in September, but it doesn’t faze her. She feels that if she stresses about it, it’ll send the wrong message to her daughters. Continue reading…

Sam Hunt, Reba McEntire and More Added to 2017 ACM Awards Performance Lineup

More artists have been added to the lineup of performers for the 2017 ACM Awards!

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