• DIERKS BENTLEY, LUKE BRYAN, ERIC CHURCH, LITTLE BIG TOWN, DARIUS RUCKER, SHANIA TWAIN, CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND KEITH URBAN JOIN THE ACM PRESENTS OUR COUNTRY.

    Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker (with Brad Paisley), Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are among the all-star lineup of performers for ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY, a two-hour special featuring intimate conversations and at-home acoustic performances with Country Music’s biggest stars, along with clips from the Academy of Country Music Awards’™ 55-year history. Kelsea Ballerini,Kane Brown & John Legend, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Sheryl CrowFlorida Georgia Line, Lady AntebellumMiranda Lambert, Tim McGrawOld Dominion, Thomas RhettBlake Shelton & Gwen Stefani will also perform. The special will be broadcast Sunday, April 5th at 8pm ET/PT; 7pm CT on CBS and CBS All Access.

    ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY will also honor 10-time ACM Award® winner Kenny Rogers with performances by Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker. As previously announced, artists will appear from their homes to share heartfelt thoughts and perform acoustic versions of Country hits. Additionally, video clips from previous ACM Award broadcasts will highlight favorite ACM moments from the past. It will be a night filled with entertainment, hope and reflection, bringing the healing power of music to Americans at a time when they need it most.

    The special will broadcast during the time slot previously scheduled for the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, which will now be broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 16 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network and streaming live and on demand on CBS All Access. The 55th ACM Awards, hosted for the first time by reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and 15-time ACM Award winner Keith Urban, honors the biggest names and emerging talent in the Country Music industry.

    About ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY
    ACM® PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY invites fans to join their favorite superstars for a new kind of entertainment special featuring at-home acoustic performances with top Country artists along with clips of their favorite moments from the Academy of Country Music Awards’™ 55-year history. ACM PRESENTS: OUR COUNTRY is produced for television by dick clark productions. R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Amy Thurlow are executive producers. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music®.

  • KEITH URBAN PERFORMS HIS SECOND URBAN UNDERGROUND ON MONDAY (MARCH 23RD).

    Keith Urban performed his second “Urban Underground” live stream on Monday (March 23rd). He kicked it off with a message to everyone from him and his wife Nicole Kidman. He then launched into a fan request for “Never Coming Down,” followed by “You’re Gonna Fly.” Nic played multiple parts in the video, including those of her husband’s roadie, his audience, while dancing around while her husband performed many of his hits in their home studio, Skye Studio. The 30-minute show also featured “Somewhere in My Car,” a tribute to the late great Kenny Rogers on “The Gambler.” Keith said it has been probably 25 years since he performed the song. Keith also performed his latest song, “God Whispered Your Name,” which Nic says is her favorite while she sang along. The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year also revealed there’s a video to the song coming out very soon. Check out the Facebook Live link below.

    In other Keith news, it was announced he will host this year’s ACM Awards, which had been moved from April 5th to September 16th.

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  • KEITH URBAN IS SET TO PERFORM LIVE AGAIN ON MONDAY (MARCH 23RD).

    Keith Urban had such a great time performing for fans last week, he’s decided to do it again. Titled Urban Underground, the reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year will go live at 4pm CT/5pm ET/2pm PT on Monday (March 23rd). Make sure to tune in.

     

  • KEITH URBAN PERFORMS FOR FANS LIVE ON INSTAGRAM.

    Keith Urban went live on Instagram Monday night to perform several of his hits including “Somebody Like You,” “Coming Home,” “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “The Fighter,” “Wasted Time” and his latest single “God Whispered Your Name.” He basically had an audience of one — his Oscar-winning wife, Nicole Kidman, who danced and sang along while her talented husband performed.

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  • 55TH ACM AWARDS® HOST KEITH URBAN TO PERFORM ON THE 55TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS.

    Keith Urban tops the list of the first round of performers at this year’s ACM Awards. Miranda Lambert has also been tapped for both a solo performance, as well as a multi-star performance with Caylee HammackElle King, Lindsey Elle, Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes for a can’t-miss live television premiere of the Music Event of the Year nominated song, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love.”

    With a recent announcement by the WHO marking the coronavirus a global pandemic, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions released a statement saying the health and safety of everyone connected with the show remains their top priority. “We are closely monitoring the situation along with the MGM team, who are in continuous contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Southern Nevada Health District, and other agencies and experts for guidance,” the statement reads. “We will take every precaution to ensure the safety of our artists, staff, crew, guests and attendees.”

    The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards, hosted by Keith, will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, April 5th at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

    For more information on the ACM Awards and all ACM events including ACM Party for a Cause®, visit ACMcountry.com. You can also like Academy of Country Music on Facebook or follow on Twitter at @ACMawards, follow on Instagram at @ACMawards and sign up for the FREE ACM A-List for more immediate updates.

  • KEITH URBAN STOPS BY STEPHEN COLBERT ON THURSDAY.

    Keith Urban stopped by The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Thursday night (March 6th) to chat about growing up as a country music fan and performer, Johnny Cash and much more. He also performed his new single, “God Whispered Your Name.”

     

     

     

    Keith will host this year’s ACM Awards, which will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 5th at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

     

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Keith, Carrie, Luke, Pardi, Hot Country Knights, Billy, Jordan, Caylee and more

    Keith Urban is scheduled to perform (and be interviewed) on Thursday night’s (March 5th) episode of the Late Show With Stephen Colbert. The show comes on at 11:35pm ET/PT.

    Carrie Underwood is in the midst of her book tour for Finding Your Path and will chat about the book when she makes a stop by NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday (March 6th).

    The Hot Country Knights will release a new song, “Moose Knuckle Shuffle” Thursday (K)night (March 5th). The song is from the band’s upcoming album, The K is Silent.

    Little Big Town just released a VEVO exclusive stripped down live performance of their song, “Sugar Coat,” which is featured on their latest album, Nightfall.

    Luke Bryan, Billy Currington, Jordan Davis, Jon Pardi, Caylee Hammack and Jon Langston will perform at this year’s Tortuga Music Festival. The three-day event, taking place April 17th-19th in Fort Lauderdale Florida, will also feature performances by Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Cole Swindell, Kelsea Ballerini, Barenaked Ladies, Vanilla Ice and many others. Tickets are available at TortugaMusicFestival.com.

  • NOMINATIONS FOR THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED.

    The Academy of Country Music announced the nominations for this year’s awards show today, and Universal Music Group Nashville is celebrating its honorees.

    Eric Church, who performing for three-and-a-half to four hours each night on his recent Double Down Tour) leads our nominees with three, including his second nod for Entertainer of the Year. He was also nominated as artist and songwriter in the Song of the Year category for “Some of It” – marking his eighth and ninth nominations in the category.

     

    Reigning Female Artist of the Year Kacey Musgraves earned three nominations including her seventh nod for Female Artist of the Year. Additionally, she received her first Single of the Year nomination as both artist and producer for “Rainbow.”

    Carrie Underwood is nominated for a pair of awards, including Entertainer of the Year, as well as Female Artist of the Year.

     

    Newcomer Caylee Hammack also picks up two nominations, including New Female Artist of the Year, as well as Music Event of the Year for Fooled Around And Fell In Love” with Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes.

    Little Big Town also picks up a pair of nods for Group of the Year and Video of the Year for “Sugar Coat.”

     

    Luke Bryan is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, an award he’s previously won twice at the ACMs.

     

    Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban are nominated for Male Artist of the Year; Jon Pardi  is up for Album of the Year for Heartache Medication; Jordan Davis for New Male Artist of the Year; and Brothers Osborne and Maddie & Tae are up for Duo of the Year.

     

     

     

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    The 55th Academy of Country Awards show, hosted by Keith Urban, will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 5th at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS.

     

    ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

    Luke Bryan

    Eric Church

    Luke Combs

    Thomas Rhett

    Carrie Underwood

    FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Kelsea Ballerini

    Miranda Lambert

    Maren Morris

    Kacey Musgraves

    Carrie Underwood

    MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Dierks Bentley

    Luke Combs

    Thomas Rhett

    Chris Stapleton

    Keith Urban

    DUO OF THE YEAR

    Brooks & Dunn

    Brothers Osborne

    Dan + Shay

    Florida Georgia Line

    Maddie & Tae

    GROUP OF THE YEAR

    Lady Antebellum

    Little Big Town

    Midland

    Old Dominion

    The Highwomen

    NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Ingrid Andress

    Gabby Barrett

    Lindsay Ell

    Caylee Hammack

    Tenille Townes

    NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    Jordan Davis

    Russell Dickerson

    Riley Green

    Cody Johnson

    Morgan Wallen
    ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett

    Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Thomas Rhett, The Stereotypes, Cleve Wilson

    GIRL – Maren Morris

    Producers: busbee, Greg Kurstin, Maren Morris

    Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi

    Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi

     

    What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs

    Producer: Scott Moffatt

    Wildcard – Miranda Lambert

    Producer: Jay Joyce

     

    SINGLE OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    God’s Country – Blake Shelton

    Producer: Scott Hendricks

    One Man Band – Old Dominion

    Producer: Shane McAnally

    Rainbow – Kacey Musgraves

    Producers: Ian Fitchuk, Kacey Musgraves, Daniel Tashian

    Rumor – Lee Brice

    Producers: Lee Brice, Dan Frizsell, Kyle Jacobs, Jon Stone

    What If I Never Get Over You – Lady Antebellum

    Producer: Dann Huff

     

    SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

    10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber

    Songwriters: Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Jessie Jo Dillon, Shay Mooney, Jordan Reynolds, Dan Smyers

    Publishers: Beats and Banjos (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Shay Mooney Music (BMI), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) / Big Ass Pile Of Dimes Music (BMI), Big Machine Music (BMI) / Buckeye 26 (ASCAP), Jreynmusic (ASCAP), WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Bieber Time Publishing (ASCAP), Universal Music (ASCAP) / Poo B Z Inc. (ASCAP), BMG Gold Songs (ASCAP).

    Girl Goin’ Nowhere – Ashley McBryde

    Songwriters: Jeremy Bussey, Ashley McBryde

    Publishers: Songs of Song Factory (BMI) / Universal Tunes (SESAC).

    God’s Country – Blake Shelton

    Songwriters: Devin Dawson, Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt

    Publishers: Relative Music Group (BMI), Administered by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing (BMI) / WB Music Corp. / Georgia Song Vibez / We-volve Music (ASCAP) / Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. / Neon Cross Music (BMI).

    One Man Band – Old Dominion

    Songwriters: Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Brad Tursi

    Publishers: WB Music Corp/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing. Rezsongs/Reehits World/Smacktown Music, a division of Smack Blue, LLC/Unfair Entertainment  (ASCAP) adm. by Me Gusta Music. We’re Really Doin’ It Publishing (ASCAP) adm by Words & Music. Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC (ASCAP) adm. by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing.

    Some Of It – Eric Church

    Songwriters: Eric Church, Clint Daniels, Jeff Hyde, Bobby Pinson

    Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Longer and Louder Music, admin. by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC; Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music/Little Louder Songs, admin. by Songs of Kobalt Music Publishing; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights; New Writers Of Sea Gayle Music/Not A Track Guy Music, admin. by ClearBox Rights (BMI).

    VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]

    10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber

    Director: Patrick Tracy

    Producer: Christen Pinkston

    God’s Country – Blake Shelton

    Director: Sophie Muller

    Producers: Jamie Amos, Patrick Kennedy

    One Man Band – Old Dominion

    Director: Mason Allen

    Producer: Mason Allen

    Remember You Young – Thomas Rhett

    Director: TK McKamy

    Producer: Dan Atchison

    Sugar Coat – Little Big Town

    Directors: Alexa Kinigopoulos, Stephen Kinigopoulos

    Producers: Wes Edwards, Carlo Glorioso, Angie Lorenz

    SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)

    Ashley Gorley

    Michael Hardy

    Hillary Lindsey

    Shane McAnally

    Josh Osborne

    MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

    10,000 Hours – Dan + Shay Featuring Justin Bieber

    Producers: Dan Smyers

    Record Label: Warner Music Nashville

    Dive Bar – Garth Brooks Featuring Blake Shelton

    Producers: Garth Brooks

    Record Label: Pearl Records, Inc.

    Fooled Around And Fell In Love – Miranda Lambert Featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King

    Producer: Jay Joyce

     

    Old Town Road – Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus

    Producers: Michael Trent Reznor, Atticus Matthew Ross, YoungKio

     

    What Happens In A Small Town – Brantley Gilbert Featuring Lindsay Ell

    Producer: Dann Huff

     

    Audio / ERIC CHURCH TALKS ABOUT THE ENERGY EXCHANGED BETWEEN HIM AND HIS FANS IN THE AUDIENCE AT HIS SHOWS

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    “Well, I think for me every night I try to empty the tank. There’s always that energy floating around. It’s a palpable thing, and it’s up to me to start that exchange and get the crowd to give it back to me and then watch it build on itself and just to have that experience. We have one night here in whatever city we’re in, you know, we’ve got this night. I’m not gonna see you for a while you’re not gonna see me for a while, you know? And I love being able to capitalize on that moment and trying to live in that moment and get as much energy exchange between myself and the crowd as we can. I love that. That’s my favorite part of what we do. I love being around people, I’m very passionate about my music, and I love people who are passionate about the music too and I love playing a show for that type of crowd.”

    Audio / ERIC CHURCH TALKS ABOUT HIS SONG "SOME OF IT."

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    Eric Church (Some of It coming of age) OC: …figure it out. :56
    “That’s a song, a coming-of-age song, it’s an adult song. It’s adult music. If you listen to the thematics in that and what it’s about, it’s about being older and having some wisdom about you. I think that’s something that I appreciate in my fan base now that early on probably wasn’t there. We were young and drunk and fighting and stupid. But I think now to see them grow – to see the fan base grow – it’s just one of those songs that came along at the right time. And again, it was such a blessing that happened. It wasn’t going to be on the album. It was just one of those freak things that I put it on the album, the last song on the album. The album was done, and all of a sudden it becomes the pillar, one of the pillars on the album. I think again, you go back to it’s one of the great things about music, is you just never know what’s going to happen until it’s all said and done. You can try to plan all you want to, but you’ll probably not going to figure it out.”

    Audio / LAST YEAR, CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKED ABOUT HER ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR NOMINATION FOR LAST YEAR’S CMA AWARDS…AND THE SAME SENTIMENT HOLDS TRUE FOR THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS.

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    Carrie Underwood (Entertainer nod 2019) OC: …sorry boys! (laughs) :28
    “I personally feel like entertainer. It’s everything, right? So, I feel like people kind of narrow it down to tours, but I feel like there’s so many more components to it. And, you know, I’m blessed and lucky to be nominated, obviously, and fantastic company. It would be amazing, but of course, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want it. (laughs) Sorry boys.” (laughs)

    Audio / LUKE BRYAN TALKS ABOUT BEING NAMED ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR FROM BOTH THE ACM AWARDS AND CMA AWARDS.

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    Luke Bryan (Entertainer wins) OC: …got it right. :49
    “The title is what it is, you know? I mean, my focus in life when I’m on stage is entertaining these fans. If it’s my smile and my demeanor, if it’s my song that does it, if it’s me picking up a child out of the audience and letting them sing, it’s not being so premeditated that you can see it from a mile away. I mean, my main thing is be a fan up there that just gets to sing. That’s kind of how I’ve always approached it, and being called the Entertainer of the Year makes me want to do that to the best of my ability every night for the rest of my life as long as I’m on stage. I want people to leave my shows and go, ‘You know what? Whoever’s voting him Entertainer of the Year, they got it right.’”

    Audio / Jordan Davis reacts to his ACM Nomination for New Male Artist of the Year this year.

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    Jordan Davis (ACM nomination) OC: …in Vegas. :18
    “Hey! This is Jordan Davis, and I just want to say thank you to the ACMs (and) to all my supporters in country music for making me a nominee for the New (Male) Artist of the Year at the 55th ACM Awards. I grew up watching this and to be on it now is a dream come true. So, thank y’all so much. Looking forward to an awesome weekend in Vegas.”

    Audio / Caylee Hammack is overwhelmed by her two ACM nominations for Music Event and New Female Artist of the Year.

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    Caylee Hammack (ACM nominations) OC: …Thank you. (laughs) :47
    “I am blown away and just completely in awe in this situation to wake up and realize that I have two nominations for the ACMs. It’s, this is the biggest blessing in my life, I feel like right now, and I’m just so excited to be included in such a great group of women in the first place with Miranda Lambert pulling us all together to do that cover. It is amazing to see that it was nominated for Music Event of the Year and also as a young female artist in this industry, it is such a validating moment for me to be nominated as a New Female Artist of the Year nominee. Just thank you. Anybody, whoever it was, who had to kill somebody to get me there. Thank you!”(laughs)

  • KEITH URBAN TO HOST THIS YEAR’S ACM AWARDS IN LAS VEGAS.

    In addition to being named the host for the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards, four-time GRAMMY Award winner and reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban today announced the release of his first new song of 2020 with  “God Whispered Your Name.”

     

    “As if having a new song out today wasn’t enough, I also get to host the ACM’s in April,” said Urban.  “I’ll tell you – this year already feels like the most creative and energized year of my life… and there’s so much more to come. Incredibly grateful – and ready to roll!”

    2020 is set to be a groundbreaking year of music for Urban.  Three distinctive shows, each with its own production and set list, will highlight the year on the stage for Urban, including fourteen concert events only to be seen at Las Vegas’ prestigious The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, a European tour this May and fairs and festivals this summer. All, will set the table for a huge 2020, which will be sprinkled by various song offerings, highlighted by a brand-new album later this year.

    The 55th Academy of COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™ show will be broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 5th at 8pm ET/delayed PT on CBS. The show will be available to stream live and on-demand across digital platforms on the CBS All Access subscription service. This will be Keith’s first time hosting the ACM Awards.

  • KEITH URBAN RELEASES HIS NEW SINGLE, “GOD WHISPERED YOUR NAME.”

    Keith Urban has released his new song, “When God Whispered Your Name.” The song, written by James Slater, Shy Carter, Micah Carter and Chris August, is the follow-up to Keith’s “We Were,” which he released last year.

     

    Keith said he had to record the song the moment he heard it, especially since it hit so close to home.

    “‘God Whispered Your Name’ really spoke to me the very first time I heard it. The opening line – I was so cold and lost/and nothing seemed to ring true – God, I know that place so well, and the rest of the song unfolded, and I just followed it every step of the way,” says Keith. “At the end of the day if I’m gonna record a song that I didn’t write, like this one, then it’s gonna be a song that speaks to me really strongly. And ‘God Whispered Your Name’ absolutely spoke to me and tells my journey in such a profound way going through a season in life of being very lost and lonely and confused and not knowing how to get out of that, and then the chorus hits — ‘God Whispered Your Name’ and everything starts to open up and become clear. And that second verse when it said, ‘I can feel the sunshine for the first time in a while,’ again, was just, it just went right to the core of me. And (it was) the most extraordinary song, and I just knew right then and there I had to get into the studio and record it.”

    Keith is set to perform at RodeoHouston March 16th, followed by a two-night stand at the Collosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas April 24th and 25th.

    Audio / Keith Urban knew he had to record "God Whispered Your Name" the moment he heard it.

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    Keith Urban (GWYN) OC: …record it. 1:07
    “‘God Whispered Your Name’ really spoke to me the very first time I heard it. The opening line – I was so cold and lost/and nothing seemed to ring true – God, I know that place so well, and the rest of the song unfolded, and I just followed it every step of the way. At the end of the day if I’m gonna record a song that I didn’t write, like this one, then it’s gonna be a song that speaks to me really strongly. And ‘God Whispered Your Name’ absolutely spoke to me and tells my journey in such a profound way going through a season in life of being very lost and lonely and confused and not knowing how to get out of that, and then the chorus hits — ‘God Whispered Your Name’ and everything starts to open up and become clear. And that second verse when it said, ‘I can feel the sunshine for the first time in a while, again, was just, it just went right to the core of me. And (it was) the most extraordinary song, and I just knew right then and there I had to get into the studio and record it.”

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