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Eric Church

With new host Luke Bryan, the 55th edition of the annual country-music event will return to its home at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Guyton will be joined by Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, with other performers including Brothers Osborne and Dan + Shay For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Jesse Crankson

There may be no more definitively 2021 musical artist than PinkPantheress. Huge on TikTok, just barely past her teens, drenched in nostalgia for Y2K-era dance music, founded on overt sampling, intersecting with prevailing movements like bedroom pop and hyperpop and the pop-punk revival — this still mostly anonymous 21-year-old university student from South London could not be more zeitgeisty if she tried. And with the release of her debut mixtape to hell with it this Friday, she becomes the latest organic viral sensation to be swept up into the major-label machine.

For more, go to: Stereogum.com (Source)

With Church’s band sidelined by Covid-19, the country singer plays a mostly solo show with two disparate surprise guests For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Country music org will adhere to TV union Covid regulations when its annual ceremony returns to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on November 10th For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Francesco Carrozzini

You could be forgiven for assuming Yebba is British. The singer born Abbey Smith — her stage name is Abbey backwards — is working in a hip-hop-adjacent retro soul realm that, in the 21st century, has been dominated by English singers like Amy Winehouse, Duffy, and Adele. One listen to “Boomerang,” the most decidedly Winehouse-esque throwback on Yebba’s debut album Dawn, is enough to clue you in to Back To Black producer Mark Ronson’s involvement. But no, Yebba is not from the UK. She’s from Arkansas. And the music industry is doing its damndest to ensure she’s known all over the world.

For more, go to: Stereogum.com (Source)

Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ secures a lone nomination for Album of the Year For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

Cage the Elephant, Greta Van Fleet, Caitlyn Smith will also perform at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in November For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)

DJ Khaled’s brand is excess, opulence, and over-the-top enthusiasm. For the better part of two decades, the man born Khaled Khaled has been rounding up as many famous rappers, singers, and producers as he can, piling them onto XXXL pop-rap songs laser-targeted at radio, and shouting various catchphrases on top of them at maximum volume. This sometimes results in pump-you-up classics like “We Takin’ Over” and “I’m On One” and “All I Do Is Win,” modern-day jock jams guaranteed to send your average millennial’s adrenaline surging. In recent years the formula has led to a bloated pantomime of triumphant lavish living — songs that sound the way overpriced liquor bottles in the VIP section probably taste (which I hear is underwhelming, though I can’t speak from experience). Khaled is a blockbuster franchise unto himself: one that keeps roping in more and more impressive names, and one that can’t really descend into self-parody because this man has always been a living caricature.

For more, go to: Stereogum.com (Source)

Eric Church debuted at Number Two for the second straight week with Soul For more, check out: RollingStone.com (Source)