Rock and roll pioneer, Fats Domino, has died at 89 years old.

Domino was born with the name Antoine Dominique Domino in New Orleans in 1928. He got the nickname “Fats” while playing piano at clubs when he was just a child. At 14 years old, he dropped out of school so he could work at a factory during the day and play at the bars at night.

He married Rosemary Hall in 1947, had eight children with her, and went on to make hit songs like "Blueberry Hill", "The Fat Man", "Ain’t That a Shame" and "I’m Walkin'".

During his long career, he recorded more than three dozen top 40 hits, got inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame, and influenced the next generation of artists, including Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

His family announced yesterday that he passed away peacefully on Tuesday, surrounded by his loved ones.

The superstar pairings set to take the stage during the 2017 CMA Awards are:  Kelsea Ballerini and Reba McEntire, Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts, Maren Morris and Niall Horan and Brad Paisley and Kane Brown.

Paisley and Brown will be performing Paisley's newest single, "Heaven South," and it seems likely that Morris and Horan's performance will include at least part of their new duet, "Seeing Blind."

Previously announced performers for this year’s CMA Awards include Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan.

The 2017 CMA Awards are scheduled to air on ABC on November 8th, at 7PM CT; the ceremony will take place live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the ceremony for the 10th year in a row.

Longtime collaborators Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton explained why they never dated.

Rogers jokes during an interview on the Today show:  "I'm a believer that tension is better if you keep it than if you satisfy it. And then secondly, she said no to me."

Dolly added, "I'm not his type," before sharing that the real reason the two never got together was because he felt more like family to her than a romantic partner. "Nah. You know what, we were almost like brother and sister. And it would almost be like incest. So we just never went there."

While being interviewed on "The Today Show", Kenny Rogers says he and Dolly Parton were never a couple, "We just flirted for 30 years..."

With the Country Rising show for victims of the Vegas shooting and hurricanes sold out on November 12th, a second concert has been added featuring other musicians.

The Country Rising Downtown Jam will be held at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville.

The show features Tucker Beathard, Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots, Bailey Bryan, Lindsay Ell, Chris Janson, Jon Pardi, Eric Paslay, Carly Pearcy and Drake White. More artists will be added.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. central on October 26th.

Bridgestone Arena's sold-out show features Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban and will be hosted by Bones.

The shows benefit The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes - Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria - along with the Las Vegas shooting.

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum introduced her exclusive “LaBellum” fall fashion collection, for entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN. Designed with comfort in mind to flatter women of every walk of life, Scott expands into different brands with embroidered dresses, sweaters knits and chiffon tops poised with velvet, embellishment details and warm floral prints.

For more information or to shop the collection, visit www.hsn.com.

 

Blake Shelton will launch his new clothing line "BS by Blake Shelton" November 2nd at Macy's Herald Square location in New York City.

For the second consecutive year, Keith Urban will ring in the New Year in Nashville. The singer is set to headline Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on December 31st, this year joined by Maren Morris, Cheap Trick, Carly Pearce, Jonny P and Fisk Jubilee Singers.

The event is free and open to the public.

Extra security measures will be put in place for the festivities following the shooting massacre at a country music festival in Las Vegas on October 1st, which left 58 people dead.

For more information and to purchase VIP tickets, visit visitmusiccity.com.

Dolly Parton will be on stage with Kenny Rogers for the last time tonight (10/25) at Nashville’s Bridgestone arena for his “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers farewell Concert Celebration.” 

As Dolly shares, he couldn’t do a final show without her...“We were just so magical when we were together and ‘Islands In The Stream’ of course was a huge huge hit. But when Kenny said he was retiring I thought, ‘Ah, you can’t retire until I do and I’m never retiring’ so, he said, ‘Yeah but I have to because you know I’m older than you’ and I said, ‘Well, not much.’ But anyway he said, ‘Now I’m not doing it without Dolly’ and I said, ‘You can’t do it without me.’”

Maren Morris has signed a major modeling deal with the renowned Wilhelmina agency.

The singer tells PEOPLE mag,  “This is one of the most exciting things for me personally just because I’ve always loved fashion and I’ve loved pushing the envelope and I just feel like taking it the next level with Wilhelmina.

“For me to be their first country music signing of the agency is incredible. Bridging that fashion and country music gap is such an amazing step forward for them and our genre. And I think it will certainly bring country music and its artists into the conversation with the high-fashion world.”

Luke Bryan is set to release his sixth studio album, “What Makes You Country”, on December 8th, his 11th wedding anniversary.
Luke married Caroline on December 8th, 2016, and gave a big diamond ring for their 10th wedding anniversary.

 

Kip Moore, Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen will kick off their four-date acoustic Tall Tales and the Truth Tour in Denver December 7th.
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will receive the Legends of Live award next month at the 14th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, a two-day event that unites some of the industry’s biggest artists and executives to discuss the constant changes in the live music business.
The conference will be held at the Montage Beverly Hills in Los Angeles on November 14th and 15th.

Blake Shelton released details for his upcoming album “Texoma Shore”. The 11th studio album features contributions from hit songwriters Craig Wiseman, Dallas Davidson, Ben Hayslip, Josh Osborne and more. There also is a song Shelton co-wrote entitled “Turnin’ Me On”.

The album’s title was inspired by the Lake Texoma where he spent most of the summer with his pop star girlfriend, Gwen Stefani. He stated, “‘At the House’ is, I think, part of the reason I decided to name the album Texoma Shore. I was spending a lot of time this past summer out on Lake Texoma. There was one week in particular where it was just Gwen and I out there just basically hanging out. We finally had some time off, so we went out on the water every day, went back up to the house every night and just had one of the greatest times of my life. We were listening to this song and relating to it and realizing, ‘Man, this is one of those summers that we’re always going to remember.'”

The song “At the House” was written by Jamie Moore and Craig Wiseman. Shelton is expected to perform the tune on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Oct. 30th.

The album will release on November 3rd.